Calendar of Events

Monday, November 29, 2021

Light Up Lakeshore Park

  • November 28, 2021 — January 2, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family and Science, nature

The lights will go on Sunday, November 28 with a kick off celebration in the Park from 4-8 PM.

Lakeshore Park will be shining bright this holiday season. Trees throughout the park will be lit through sponsorships. There will be vendors and activities for the entire family. Kick off celebration is on Sunday, November 28 and lights remain until January 2.

Schulz Bräu Brewing Company: Christkindlsmarkt

  • November 27, 2021 — December 18, 2021

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts, Free event and Music


Schulz Bräu Brewing will be hosting our first Christkindlsmarkt! At this winter event, we focus on the coziness of the season as well as the participation of the community to appreciate the intrinsic, handmade products that come from our carefully selected vendors.

Official Festivities begin at 12:00PM and last all through the day. Enjoy live musical performances as you browse the different booths. Special treats & drinks will be available for purchase at our bars and kitchen. Christkindlsmarkt Schulz Bräu Mugs will be available for purchase as a memento of our first Christkindlsmarkt with you!

This event is Rain or Shine!

126 Bernard Ave Knoxville, TN 37917

Zoo Knoxville: Zoo Lights

Category: Festivals, special events, Kids, family and Science, nature

Zoo Lights, presented by Chick-Fil-A Knoxville, is back and better than ever. This illuminating holiday experience is complete with vibrant animal lanterns, mythical creatures and tree lights all while you enjoy festive food and drinks. The spectacular display has doubled in size to snake through the entire length of the zoo. Add a little light to your nights this winter beginning November 26th and flickering through January 9th!

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331,

Christmas in the City: Holidays on Ice

  • November 26, 2021 — January 2, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family

Take a skate on Knoxville's open air ice skating rink. Whether with family, friends or on a date you'll love skating in the heart of Downtown Knoxville in Market Square! Join us at Holidays on Ice presented by Home Federal Bank to make memories that will last long after the holidays are over. Enjoy skating under the stars and twinkling lights while listening to music every night. There may even be a panda sighting by our Holidays on Ice Mascot, 'Peppermint Panda'!

Ice rink is located in Market Square in front of the Knoxville Chamber at 17 Market Square in Downtown Knoxville. You can reach the Ice Rink by phone at 865-215-4423.

The ice rink will be closed during inclement weather, please check the Holidays on Ice Facebook page to stay updated.

Admission price includes entry fee, skate rental and unlimited time on ice!
We accept cash, Visa and Mastercard.
Adult: $12, Children Age 12 & Under: $9
Season Pass Adult: $50, Season Pass Children Age 12 & Under: $35

November 26, 2021 - December 17, 2021
Monday through Thursday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Extended Hours
December 18, 2021 - January 2, 2022
Monday through Thursday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Special Holiday Hours for Christmas & New Years
Christmas Eve: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Christmas Day: Closed
December 26: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
New Years Eve: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
New Years Day: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

More information available at
For more information on the year's Christmas in the City celebrations, go to

Three Rivers Rambler: Christmas Lantern Express

  • November 26, 2021 — December 23, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family

Climb onboard the "Christmas Lantern Express" and be a part of this beloved Knoxville tradition. Enjoy festive decorations, holiday treats, storytime with celebrity readers and a special visit with Santa.

Trips last roughly 2 hours and boarding starts 20 minutes before departure time.

*Please note purchased tickets are non-refundable*

Call 865-524-9411 with any questions or ticketing assistance.
The Three Rivers Rambler is located at: 2560 University Commons Way, Knoxville, TN 37919

Knoxville Parks & Recreation: Cyber Sale

  • November 26, 2021 — November 29, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events

The information you've all been waiting for is finally here... Knoxville Parks & Recreation's Cyber Sale is coming November 26-29! You will be able to purchase $25, $50, or $100 gift certificates online at 20% off! You will also receive 20% off classes between $30-$100. So, mark your calendars to make sure you don't forget about this great sale!

2022 classes and workshops at the Arts & Fine Crafts Center are online and available for registration! We have lots of amazing classes scheduled for the coming year so check them out here!

Give the gift of an art class for the art lover in your life!!

Another busy week in the books for KAFCC! Starting out the week we had Printmaking: Pet Portrait may have been a small class, but we made up for lack of numbers with lots more fun! Amanda taught a fun and easy way of printmaking using tracing & cutting techniques. We ended up with lovely portraits of Lukie Skywalker the cat & Poppie the dog! Homeschoolers learned all about the ancient technique of paper quilling this week. Students used different quilling methods to make a colorful fall tree. In the Intermediate Wheel Topics class: Cream & Sugar, the participants are starting to decorate their sets using a carving technique called Sgraffito. We are excited to see their final sets! KAFCC had a brand-new class Monday night with Origami Quilts. Participants learned how to fold and interlock paper squares that they fit into a quilt pattern and then framed. We were all jealous of their professional looking frames at the end of class! Thanksgiving is just next week so that means...PIE! The After-school Art kiddos & the Dynamic Recreation group made a Thanksgiving Pie Garland to hang up for decoration. Pumpkin, Apple, Cherry & Blueberry were the favorites! And lastly, Preschool classes are back!! They read the book, "How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow" and learned how to mix color and paint stripes! They got messy and had fun doing it!!

Winter Classes & Workshops

Learn the basics!
Drawing I Skills: Gesture & Proportion
1-Day Workshop
Monday, January 3
Instructor: Lauren Strohacker
Registration Deadline: December 30th

In this 1-night workshop you will experience drawing objects quickly and generally before refining them to find accurate proportions. You will learn the drawing techniques of the line gesture, mass gesture, sighting, measuring and scaffolding.


Art Journaling:
Beginners Mindset
1-Day Workshop
Wednesday, January 5
Instructor: Jennifer MacIsaac
Registration Deadline: January 1st
Join Jennifer each Wednesday and learn the Art of Journaling. Each week Jennifer will offer visual and written prompts to get you started. There really is no better way to spend a “hump day” than discovering your creative side, journaling. Students will need to bring a mixed media sketchbook, all other materials will be provided. Take one or take them all!!


Needle felt a bird!!
Needle Felting
1-Day Workshop
Saturday, January 8
Instructor: Katherine Wagner
Registration Deadline: January 5th

In this class students will learn the process of needle felting by creating a small bird of their choice. This is an entry level class on needle felting, no experience necessary.


S.T.E.A.M is back!
Up Periscope
1-Day Class
Thursday, January 13
10:00 am-11:00am
Instructor: Emily Morin
Registration Deadline: January 10th

Periscope’s have been used for over 100 years to help submerged submarines see above the water. Join Emily Morin as she teaches students to design, create and decorate their very own periscope. You’ll be able to use it to see without being seen!


Snag a spot fast!
Throwing for Beginners
6-Week Class
Thursdays, January 6-February 10
Registration Deadline: December 30th
Have you always wanted to learn to throw on the potter’s wheel? If so, this class is the one for you! Learn to center, pull up walls and make shapes like bowls and cups. This foundation class teaches the skills that all beginning potters need. Students will also learn how to glaze and finish their pieces! Initial bag of clay and firings included in the cost of this class!


Get more practice!
Throwing for Skilled Beginners
6-Week Class
Mondays, January 3- February 14
No Class on January 17
5:30pm- 8:00pm
Instructor: Amanda Humphreys
Registration Deadline: December 27th

Phew! You finished your first beginning wheel throwing class and you can’t wait to get your hands dirty again! This class is perfect for you! These will be a refresher on basic skills as well as learning to throw some new forms. This class is also perfect for people who haven’t thrown in a while. Amanda will touch on the glazing process as well.


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City of Knoxville Website

November 2021
Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm

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Clarence Brown Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Category: Kids, family, Music and Theatre

By Charles Dickens
Adapted and Directed by Kate Buckley
November 24 – December 18 | CBT MainStage

With a wonderful new adaptation and stunning new costumes, set, and cast! “We are thrilled that – after such a long time apart – we are opening our season with this classic tale of love and redemption,” said Kate Buckley, director, adaptor and CBT interim artistic director.

$10 tickets for children ages 5 – 12 can only be purchased by calling the Box Office at 865-974-5161. UT Faculty/Staff receive 20% off ticket prices. Students see the previews for FREE and the rest of the performances for $5, excluding Opening Night. Don’t get scammed! The Clarence Brown Theatre only sells tickets through or by phone at the CBT Box Office at (865) 974-5161. General admission seating scaled to ensure patron spacing will be in effect for this production. Masks also are required. A complete listing of our safety protocols is available here:

The Pay What You Wish Preview performance, where patrons can name their own price, will be held Wednesday, December 1. Half of the proceeds from PWYW tickets will benefit the Knox County Friends of the Library. Behind the Scenes Sunday will take place following the Sunday, November 28 matinee. Deaf Night @ the Theatre, where all patron interactions including the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language, will take place Wednesday, December 1 at 7:30 pm. A Talk Back will take place Sunday, December 5 following the matinee. The Open Captioned performance is Sunday, December 12 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm.

Preview for “A Christmas Carol” is Wednesday, November 24 followed by Opening Night Friday, November 26.

For more information or tickets, call the CBT Box Office at 865-974-5161 or visit us online at Stay connected to the Clarence Brown Theatre on Facebook (Clarence Brown Theatre), follow us on Twitter (@ClarenceBrown) and view Clarence Brown videos on YouTube (Clarence Bro).

Farragut Light the Park

  • November 23, 2021 — January 2, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family and Science, nature

Light the Park is back to help usher in the winter holidays as the span of N. Campbell Station Road is illuminated by over 100,000 sparkling lights. The display will start at the commuter lot next to the Town of Farragut welcome sign and continue to Founders Park at Campbell Station, the Farragut Community Center and Mayor Ralph McGill Plaza. Lights come on every evening at dusk from Monday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Jan. 2. Restrooms at Founders Park and the plaza will stay open until 10 p.m. nightly, except for Dec. 25, when restrooms are closed.

Shop Farragut and the Town of Farragut will kick off Light the Park with the 9th annual Countdown to Light the Park. Take in this seasonal spectacle from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, at Founders Park, where the lights will be turned on with a flip of a switch at approximately 6:30 p.m. Additional parking will be available at the Farragut Community Center (239 Jamestowne Blvd.), the community center and the plaza.

Light the Park will offer special events every single day through Dec. 23. There will be gift giveaways from local vendors and organizations, caroling at the park and local food trucks serving up delicious holiday cheer. A calendar detailing all activities can be found at

Santa’s mailbox will continue to usher all wishes directly to the North Pole! Letters can be placed in the mailbox at Founders Park for delivery by elves to the North Pole beginning Monday, Nov. 22. To receive a reply from Santa, please mail letters by Dec. 20 and include a return address!

If your group or organization is interested in passing out goodies or caroling, contact Special Event and Program Coordinator Brittany Spencer at 865-218-3376 or at

For more information and updates, see the Light the Park event on the Town of Farragut Facebook page.

Pellissippi State: Fall 2021 Photography Student Exhibition

  • November 23, 2021 — December 15, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Bagwell Gallery
November 23 - December 15

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 9 AM – 9 PM. Information: 865-694-6405,

Oak Ridge Playhouse: It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play

Category: Theatre

It’s Christmas Eve 1946 and WBFR Radio is broadcasting live from their luxurious New York studio overlooking Manhattan. The airwaves of America are alive with this year’s holiday program when WBFR’s troupe of stars brings you an evening of comedy and music, and treat you to a radio presentation of “It’s a Wonderful Life” featuring six performers taking on the dozens of characters in the charming and heartwarming classic tale of how the angel Clarence got his wings!

The show is sponsored by GREATER SUM VENTURES and features some of our best-known performers including Josh Bigwood, Anna Elizabeth Gant, Chad Burchett, Marybeth Davis, Sheila Michel, Braxton Kiser, Kathy Tallent, Kirk Hoxie, and Reggie Law.

As we continue to navigate our way through COVID-19 safety measures, seating will be limited due to social distancing. Masks will be required for audience, volunteers, and staff.

Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Information and tickets: 865-482-9999,

Ewing Gallery: WORKFORCE

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

November 15 - December 7, 2021

The Ewing Gallery is pleased to present the art of staff members working in the Art + Architecture Building. Join us Monday, November 15 - 4:30 - 7pm for a reception for WORKFORCE, an exhibition of staff members working in the Art + Architecture Building. Exhibiting staff are: Mike C. Berry, Eric Cagley, Elysia Mann, Baxter Stults, Emory White, Ronda Wright, Whitney Caruthers, Casey Fletcher, Jeremy Hammond, Anders Van Harpen Nienstaedt, and Stephanie Phillips. Individually wrapped refreshments will be provided.

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

For more general information on the quilt, check out

Tennessee Environmental Council: Eco Challenge

  • November 8, 2021 — December 8, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Science, nature

Participate in Tennessee Environmental Council's Eco Challenge for a chance to win!

Until December 8th, you can get points for doing many of the sustainable actions you take on a normal basis and by pushing yourself to level up. Tennessee Environmental Council is hosting an exciting challenge from now until December 8th. Earn points for planting a native plant, calling up junk mail senders, refilling with KnoxFill (wink, wink), and so much more!

How to Participate:
- Register on their website at
- Report your action items to earn points. The more actions you take, the more chances you have to win some of their awesome prizes!
- Check the leaderboard and tune in on December 10 (and keep an eye on your email) to see if you won!

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