Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Nourish Knoxville: Winter Farmers' Market

  • December 2, 2023 — December 23, 2023

Category: Culinary arts, food, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, Kids, family and Science, nature

The Winter Farmers' Market by Nourish Knoxville will be here to spice up your winter starting December 2, outdoors in the heart of downtown Knoxville.

2023 - 2024 Winter Farmers’ Market schedule:
Every Saturday, December 2 - December 23 (10 am - 2 pm)
*** NO MARKETS December 24, 2023 - January 19, 2023 ***
Every Saturday, January 20 - March 30 (10 am - 2 pm)

The Tennessean Hotel: Holiday Tea

  • December 2, 2023 — December 16, 2023

Category: Culinary arts, food

Saturday, December 2, 9 or 16, 1 PM

Come celebrate the holidays at the Tennessean! Join us for a luxury tea service complete with our signature teas along with tier courses of scones, tea sandwiches and holiday desserts. It is an experience that you will treasure for years to come!

The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel
531 Henley Street Knoxville, TN 37902

The Tennessean Hotel Holiday Teas

  • December 2, 2023 — December 16, 2023
  • 1:00PM

Category: Culinary arts, food and Festivals, special events

Come celebrate the holidays at the Tennessean! Join us for a luxury tea service complete with our signature teas along with tier courses of scones, tea sandwiches and holiday desserts. It is an experience that you will treasure for years to come!
Saturday, December 2, 9, and 16 at 1:00 PM at The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel,
531 Henley Street Knoxville, TN 37902.

Advance reservations required.
Tickets at:

Appalachian Ballet Company: The Nutcracker

Category: Dance, movement, Kids, family and Music

The Nutcracker, a full-length classical ballet, will be presented by the Appalachian Ballet Company in their 52nd season. Live music by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, beautiful sets and scenery, lavish costumes and accomplished dancers will put you in the holiday mood! Dancing the role of the Sugarplum Fairy will be ABC alum, Laura Morton La Russa, “25 to watch” in Dance Magazine 2021. ABC will be featuring James La Russa as Herr Drosselmeyer and the Arabian Prince. For over 100 years, this classic story has proven to be a favorite, enchanting audiences of all ages. Come see the magic! Show runs 90 minutes with one intermission.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium
December 2, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
December 3, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Clayton Center for the Arts, Ronald & Lynda Nutt Theatre
December 8, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
December 9, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Blount Mansion: A Home for the Holidays

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

Step back in time and experience the magic of Christmas at Blount Mansion during A Home for the Holidays - our candlelit Christmas experience. Tours will be conducted on Saturday, December 2nd and 9th at 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, and 7:30pm. Tours will last approximately 30 minutes.

On these special evenings, the historic house will be adorned with hundreds of twinkling candles and festive decorations provided by the members of the Knoxville Garden Club. Our docents will lead you through the beautifully decorated rooms, sharing stories about the house's history and the many holiday traditions it exhibited over the centuries. You'll learn about the family who lived in the house, the customs they celebrated, and the decorations they used to create a warm and inviting Christmas atmosphere.

A Home for the Holidays is a truly magical experience for guests of all ages. They're a perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends and to learn more about the history and traditions of Christmas.

Tickets are available via our Facebook and Instagram or online at:

Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-2375,

Oak Ridge Art Center: Holiday Shops

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Free event

The booths are up and waiting for your arrival! This year we have 35 artists representing clay, fiber, painting, paper goods, fine jewelry, woodturning and more! Holiday Shops runs from Dec. 2nd through Dec. 9th, 9-4 each day.

REMINDER: additional parking is immediately past our lot, in the former Recording for the Blind and ORAU lots. See you there!

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

Knoxville Civic Auditorium: The Nutcracker

  • December 2, 2023 — December 3, 2023

Category: Dance, movement and Kids, family

The Appalachian Ballet Company will present the annual holiday tradition - The Nutcracker at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on December 2 & 3. The production features live music by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for both performances.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information:

Knox Heritage: Candlelight Holiday Home Tour of Historic Westwood

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, 2023
Tours at 6pm and 7pm | Adults $15 | Children (12 & under) $8

Come see Historic Westwood's halls decked with holiday splendor!
Take a guided tour through the 1890 home, studio, and gallery of nationally acclaimed artist Adelia Armstrong Lutz. You’ll enjoy cookies and seasonal hot beverages as you take in the ornate architectural and design details of Historic Westwood, one of Knoxville’s most impressive Queen Anne style homes.

More information and tickets at: Knox Heritage at Historic Westwood, 3425 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-523-8008,

Tennessee Stage Company: Auditions for New Play Festival Night of Shorts

Category: Auditions, Free event and Theatre

Auditions for the Selected Shorts will take place on :
- December 2nd from 1 pm to 4 pm
- December 3rd from 6 pm to 9 pm
Preparation: Please provide a headshot and Resume if available. These will be group auditions with cold readings from sides. Please note that auditioners need only attend one session. Callbacks, if necessary, will be held on Monday evening, December 4th. We will also be holding Stage Management, Design, and Crew interviews during this time.

Location: Auditions will be held downtown, at First Presbyterian Church, located at 620 State St, Knoxville, TN 37902. There is ample parking available on the lower levels of the church, next door at the State Street Garage, and on Church Street.

Knoxville Classical Guitar: David Feder

  • December 2, 2023

Category: Music

Please join us for a wonderful night of music as Knoxville Classical Guitar presents David Feder in Concert. Tickets available at

Held at The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan Knoxville at 7 PM

Union Ave Books: Regional Author Ashley Cobb Post

  • December 2, 2023
  • 3:00PM

Category: Literature, spoken word, writing

Union Ave Books is proud to present an event with regional author Ashley Cobb Post as she discusses her book CANARY NIGHTS.

This event will take place on December 2 at 3 PM in our store in downtown.

Ashley Cobb Post was raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Life in The Secret City influenced her newest suspense novel, Canary Nights, with the release date of Halloween 2023. She is also the author of the 2021 southern novels Don’t Judge A Book… and Crimson Moonlight. Her 2022 Amazon Bestseller for New Release, A Journey To Repentance, is the standalone sequel to Don’t’ Judge A Book…. She writes romance and women’s fiction concentrating on interracial relationships, inspired from raising her multiracial son as a single parent. Ashley lives in Charleston while enjoying her family, rescue pets, and beach time.

Ms. Cobb Post is a member of the Atlanta Writers Club.

Union Ave Books, 517 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-951-2180,

McClung Museum: Talk by Photographer Will Wilson

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, History, heritage and Lecture, panel

Saturday, December 2, 2:00-3:30PM
McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture on the UT Campus,
1327 Circle Park Drive Knoxville, TN 37916

Join the McClung Museum as we present the photographer, Will Wilson, who reinscribes the varied identities, values, and customs of the contemporary Native American community in tintypes. His discussion is presented in tandem with the exhibition, In Conversation: Will Wilson, which is on view at the McClung Museum through December 2nd.

The talk will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.

About the Artist: Will Wilson’s art projects center around the continuation and transformation of customary Indigenous cultural practice. He is a Diné photographer and trans-customary artist who spent his formative years living on the Navajo Nation. Wilson studied photography, sculpture, and art history at the University of New Mexico (MFA, Photography, 2002) and Oberlin College (BA, Studio Art and Art History, 1993). In 2007, Wilson won the Native American Fine Art Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum, in 2010 the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Sculpture, in 2016 the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for Photography and in 2020 Wilson was the Doran Artist in Residence at the Yale University Art Gallery. Wilson has held visiting professorships at the Institute of American Indian Arts (1999-2000), Oberlin College (2000-01), and the University of Arizona (2006-08). In 2017, Wilson received the NM Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. His work is exhibited and collected internationally.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: Tu-Sa 9-5. Information: 865-974-2144,

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