Calendar of Events

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Smoky Mountains Storytellers Association

Category: Festivals, special events and Literature, spoken word, writing

Join the members of the Smoky Mountains Storytellers Association,
December 3 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

Nestled amidst the captivating backdrop of the Smoky Mountains, the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association is a vibrant collective of individuals deeply passionate about the age-old art of storytelling. These tellers, drawing inspiration from the rich tapestry of the region, weave tales that range from traditional Appalachian narratives to contemporary fiction, and from classical tales of distant lands to intimate personal chronicles. As they breathe life into their stories, listeners are transported on a journey through time and imagination, encapsulating the essence of what makes the Smoky Mountains so enchantingly timeless. Whether around a campfire or on a grand stage, the storytellers of this association ensure that every tale is a memorable journey.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Dr, Townsend, TN 37882. Hours: M-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

Knoxville Community Band: Christmas Concert

  • December 3, 2023

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

Our concerts are free to the public, bring your family and friends!
The Knoxville Community Band gives musicians of all experience levels the opportunity to perform in various concerts, including an outdoor concert series during the summer, other festivals and city events throughout the year playing an assortment of light classical, festive and marching pieces. The band meets in the band room at Northwest Middle School at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night.

3:00 PM at Bijou Theater, 803 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902

Ijams Nature Center: 10th Annual Ijams Holiday Marketplace

  • December 3, 2023

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

Ijams Nature Center invites you to participate in the 10th Annual Holiday Market. This year Ijams will host one weekend of the Holiday Marketplace. The event will be held outdoors at Ijams Nature Center at 2915 Island Home Ave. Knoxville, TN 37920 on Sunday, December 3, 2023. T

This event is rain or shine with an indoor rain plan in the chance of inclement weather. Ijams Holiday Market will be open from 10am-4pm for one and all to come and fulfill their holiday shopping needs at the booths of local artists and makers.

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Visitor Center open daily 10-6; grounds and trails open daily from 8 AM - dusk. Information: 865-577-4717,

Friends of Music and the Arts: Candlelight Service of Advent Lessons & Carols

  • December 3, 2023
  • 5:30 PM

Category: Free event and Music

Featuring Choirs of the Ascension

Friends of Music and the Arts, a support society for music at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, augments the calendar of liturgical feast-days with concerts and organ recitals throughout the year.

Contact info
(865) 588-0589 or
800 S. Northshore Dr., Knoxville, TN. 37919

Tennessee Theatre: Mighty Musical Monday Holiday Edition

Category: Free event and Music

Join us for a SPECIAL HOLIDAY edition of Mighty Musical Monday on Sunday, December 3 at 3pm. Due to our Broadway schedule, there will not be a normal performance on Monday, December 4. Stay tuned to learn more about our guest artists!

Please note that concessions will be available for purchase, and you are welcome to bring your own lunch to the Theatre to enjoy during this event.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information: 865-684-1200,

4th Annual Sequoyah Hills Holiday Makers Market

  • December 3, 2023

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

Sun Dec 3, 1-5 PM at 1212 Kenesaw Avenue

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,

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