Calendar of Events
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Holiday Festival of Lights at The Cove
The Cove at Concord Park in Farragut will be lit with animated holiday-themed light features and characters. Enjoy hot chocolate as you stroll through the greenway path at this west Knoxville annual favorite from December 1-January 2.
Knox County cut the ribbon on the 23rd annual Holiday Festival of Lights at The Cove at Concord Park on Wednesday, Dec. 1. The Festival will run from 6 to 9 p.m. excluding Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. It is free and open to the public though visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to The Love Kitchen, which provides meals, clothing, and emergency food packages for the homebound, homeless, and unemployed.
Hot drinks will be available for purchase on site, and Santa Claus will be there on Fridays and Saturdays.
East Tennessee Historical Society: Murder and Mayhem in East Tennessee
In person & online
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 12:00pm
East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Seating is limited.)
Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom
Or visit the ETHS Facebook page at the start of the program to watch this on Facebook Live.
Although there were numerous incidents of murder and mayhem from which to choose, our speaker, author Dewaine Speaks, will share stories that have subplots or those with local historical significance. Some of the murder cases were solved, some were not. Speaks’ Brown Bag lecture will feature stories from his book Murder and Mayhem in East Tennessee. Each chapter of the book covers a story that affected lives and shocked communities. In some cases, mayhem, murder, and unexpected death were all present. Join us to learn more about these stories and the people and communities involved.
This program is one in a series of hybrid Brown Bag programs and lectures sponsored by the Albers Family Foundation in memory of Harriet Z. Albers. The East Tennessee Historical Society is privileged to share regional history with our members and the public.
Dewaine Speaks graduated from the University of Tennessee and retired in 2002 following a career in the marketing of industrial controls, both domestically and internationally. He is a lifelong resident of East Tennessee, and his interest in the area’s history is reflected by the titles of his published books: East Tennessee in World War II, Historic Disasters of East Tennessee, Murder & Mayhem in East Tennessee, and the forthcoming Tennessee’s Weston Fulton: Edison of the South.
Tennessee Theatre: Robert Earl Keen Christmas
The Bird and the Book: Songs and Stories with Dana Cooper
A new variety of musical experience is coming to Maryville! Enjoy anecdotes and entertainment on a monthly basis from local and nationally-acclaimed musicians, singers and songwriters.
Lee Zimmerman is the host for Songs and Stories from the Bird and the Book, which will take place the first Wednesday of every month from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Songs and Stories from the Bird and the Book offers an opportunity not only to share an intimate listening experience with artists performing their songs in stripped down settings, but also to learn about the craft and creativity that goes into their music and performance. Think “The Actor’s Studio,” but geared to musicians.
Admission is free.
The Bird and the Book is one of Maryville’s newest venues for all kinds of entertainment. With a bar and food service, it’s the ideal place to gather with family and friends to enjoy an evening of informal entertainment.
It’s located at 1509 E Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN, below Southland Books and Cafe. Phone (865) 984-4847 or https://southlandbooksandcafe.com/the-bird-and-the-book
Lee is an accomplished writer, blogger and reviewer. He contributes to several publications, but remains most proud of his work with Goldmine, American Songwriter, Americana Media Productions, Rock and Roll Globe, Holler (U.K.). https://www.storiesbeyondthemusic.com.
The first Songs and Stories will take place on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 and will spotlight acclaimed Nashville singer/songwriter Dana Cooper. A recipient of the Heritage Musician award from the Pilgrim Center for the Arts, Folk Alliance International's 2015 Spirit of Folk award and numerous Best of the Year kudos for both album and individual excellence, he’s performed at any number of major festivals, venues and gathering places where the folk faithful tend to gather in order to express appreciation and admiration for those that carry that tradition forward. So too, his songs have been covered by a veritable who’s who of today’s leading lights — Maura O’Connell, Pierce Pettis, Susan Werner, Claire Lynch and Trout Fishing in America, among them. His career trajectory extends back nearly 50 years, beginning with his eponymous major label debut in 1973. To date, he’s released no less than 15 albums, including four this past decade alone. His new album, I Can Face the Truth, will be released early next year.
Light Up Lakeshore Park
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
SATURDAYS AT 12 PM – 7 PM
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
Knoxville Museum of Art: 16th Annual East TN Regional Student Art Exhibition
The Knoxville Museum of Art proudly presents the 16th Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition Friday, November 26, 2021-Sunday, January 9, 2022. Now a long-standing tradition, the exhibition showcases the strength and diversity of art education programs in East Tennessee, celebrates talented middle and high school students, and supports arts education.
Middle and high school students from East Tennessee have the opportunity to display their talents in a juried exhibition and receive recognition for their accomplishments in a professional art museum environment. This event is generously sponsored by Carton Service, Inc., Home Federal Bank, the Rotary Club of Knoxville, the Guild of the KMA, Sarah Stowers, and Ann and Steve Bailey.
Students, family, friends, and the public are invited to a reception and awards ceremony Tuesday, December 7, from 6 pm-8 pm at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Welcoming remarks will be made by the Mayor of Knoxville, Indya Kincannon. The event is free and open to the public. Those who wish to attend the reception should register in advance at www.knoxart.org/exhibitions/etrsae-2021/.
The East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition is open to 6-12 grade students attending public, private, or home schools in 32 counties across East Tennessee. Categories for the competition include ceramic, drawing, digital imagery/video production, mixed media, painting, computer graphics, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. Participating schools were invited to submit up to 15 artworks per teacher, and each school will be represented by one winning work of art.
Approximately 347 works of the more than 712 entries in this highly competitive show made it through a rigorous jury process. The Best in Show winner will receive a purchase award of $500, and the artwork will become a permanent part of the permanent collection of Mr. James Dodson, on loan to the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Education Collection.
Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5pm, Sunday 1-5 pm, closed Mondays. Information: 865-525-6101, https://knoxart.org/
Zoo Knoxville: Zoo Lights
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, www.zooknoxville.org
Christmas in the City: Holidays on Ice
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.
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.
Three Rivers Rambler: Christmas Lantern Express
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
Clarence Brown Theatre: A Christmas Carol
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 Knoxvilletickets.com 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: https://clarencebrowntheatre.com/faq/
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 http://clarencebrowntheatre.com/. 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
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 farragutparksandrec.org/lightthepark.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and updates, see the Light the Park event on the Town of Farragut Facebook page.