Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 9, 2023

The Nativity Pageant of Knoxville

  • December 9, 2023 — December 11, 2023

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

Free / General Admission
At Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave, Knoxville TN 37915

Times: Saturday December 9 @ 3:00, Sunday December 10 @ 3:00, and Monday December 11 @ 7:00. Doors will open 1 hour prior to show time.

"Whatever else be lost among the years, let us keep Christmas - for its meaning never ends."

Come join us for the 55th annual Nativity Pageant of Knoxville. The floor of the Civic Coliseum will become the towns of Nazareth and Bethlehem as we reenact the birth story of Jesus Christ in a 1 hour production featuring a 150 voice choir, a 150 member cast, a full orchestra, and a stable of live animals. Bring the entire family to celebrate together as we remind ourselves how the Prince of Peace entered this world.

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Divine Magical Market

  • December 9, 2023 — December 10, 2023

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

December 9th, 10-6
December 10th, 11-5

Featuring five special Guest Artists! Tina Rosling, Karen Noggle, Ellen Robinette, Mary Nietling and Laura Gasparrini

For more information call Anne Freels at 865-705-9755

Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 Broadway St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-556-8676, and

Mabry-Hazen House: Christmas Candlelight Tours

Category: History, heritage

Celebrate the holiday season with Mabry-Hazen House! The historic house museum will offer its popular Christmas tours on December 9 and 10, 2023, 5pm to 8pm. Tours will be offered every thirty minutes.

See the historic house all lit by candlelight and decorated in a festive mix of historic and modern styles by our docents! Learn about the advent of Victorian Christmas in all its glory, join in classic Victorian parlor games, shop local vendors for gifts for family and friends, and celebrate the season with us.

Tours can accommodate up to 15 people and will last about 45 minutes. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 6 - 17), and FREE for members and children 5 & under. Tickets can be reserved at

Mabry-Hazen House’s holiday exhibit titled "Holiday Greetings: A Century of Christmas Cards” will return! Nearly 100 years of holiday cards addressed to the Hazen family will be on display for visitors to learn about this sentimental holiday tradition. Reproductions of Christmas cards from the collection will be available for sale.

Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37915. Information: 865-522-8661,

Ijams Nature Center: Upcoming Events

  • December 9, 2023 — December 10, 2023

Category: Kids, family, Music and Science, nature

Ijams Open House
12/9 • 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Join Ijams for a FREE Open House at the Visitor Center on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 am-2 pm! You’ll meet animal ambassadors, enjoy activities, and learn about all the great things happening at Ijams Nature Center.

Pickin' on Christmas: A Bluegrass Christmas Concert
12/9 • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
'Tis the season to join Ijams Nature Center and East Tennessee Bluegrass Association for the Annual Pickin' on Christmas Bluegrass Concert! Get your tickets now!

Self Care Sunday Yoga with Hope Irwin
12/10 @ 1:00 PM
Join Hope Irwin for a weekly Ijams yoga class on Sunday. Release all the holiday stress from the past week and get centered for the week ahead.

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,

Knoxville Opera Chorus & Children's Choir Concert

Category: Kids, family and Music

Saturday, December 9, 2023 // 2:00 PM - 3:25 PM
Location: First Presbyterian Church Knoxville | 620 State St, Knoxville, TN 37902

Celebrate the festive season with the harmonious voices of the Knoxville Opera Chorus and Knoxville Opera Children's Choir! On December 9th, First Presbyterian Church Knoxville will be filled with the sounds of holiday joy and classical charm. Join us for a magical performance that captures the essence of the holidays through music!

Tickets: $15,
Knoxville Opera: 865-524-0795

Bijou Theatre: Dave Barnes

Category: Music


Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,

Mill and Mine: Rumours ATL

  • December 9, 2023

Category: Music

Rumours ATL, a Fleetwood Mac tribute, December 9 at the Mill and Mine.

The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Tickets/information: 865-343-6000 or

Tour de Lights

  • December 9, 2023
  • 5:30-8:30PM

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family

Tour de Lights
Saturday, December 9, 2023
5:30 pm-8:30 pm

Tour de Lights is a fun, free, family friendly bike ride through Downtown and the Old City. Participants are encouraged to get in the holiday spirit by decorating themselves and their bikes. The event engages neighborhoods and businesses, along with others who come out to view the festivities.
More information available at

Marble Springs State Historic Site: John Sevier's Yuletide Tavern

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, History, heritage and Kids, family

Marble Springs State Historic Site is excited to welcome the community to "John Sevier's Yuletide Tavern," a special event that offers a glimpse into 18th-century Christmas traditions.

Crafting Traditional Decorations: On Saturday, December 9th, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, visitors can enjoy the art of crafting traditional Christmas and winter decorations. Participants have the opportunity to create ornaments, garlands, and other handmade decorations, either to decorate the tavern or take home.

Warm Beverages and More: To keep guests warm during the event, hot cocoa, tea, and other refreshments will be available. These comforting beverages complement the crafting activities, adding to the holiday ambiance.

Meet John Sevier: A unique aspect of this event is the presence of John Sevier, the first Governor of Tennessee. He will be available to meet with attendees, share stories of the season, and spread some holiday cheer. This provides a chance to connect with history in a special way.

Living History Experience: The event will also feature skilled living history interpreters who will transport visitors to the 18th century. They will engage with guests through captivating tales and insights into the customs and traditions of the era.
"John Sevier's Yuletide Tavern" offers an opportunity to experience the sights, sounds, and scents of an authentic 18th-century Christmas celebration. Families, friends, and history enthusiasts are encouraged to participate in this unique day of crafting, conversation, and commemoration.

Free to attend, but please RSVP.

Marble Springs State Historic Site: 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-712-9076,

Visit Knoxville: Tour de Lights Holiday Market

  • December 9, 2023
  • 3:30-8:00PM

Category: Festivals, special events

A Holiday Market to celebrate Knoxville's Tour de Lights. Saturday, December 9, 2023
Mary Costa Plaza at Knoxville Civic Coliseum & Auditorium
3:30pm - 8:00pm

ELF Classic Cinema Event at Maker Exchange

  • December 9, 2023
  • 2:00 PM

Category: Film and Kids, family

Families looking to spread holiday cheer join for an afternoon of Elf fun in Maker Exchange, 710 Clinch Avenue Knoxville, TN 37902, on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2:00 pm.

The Film & Food experience at The Tennessean Hotel welcomes guests to enjoy the holiday classic while selecting from themed offerings like chocolate spaghetti or movie snack grazing boards.

Admission $13.67 per person

Reserved seats are limited and advanced reservations should be secured. Tickets available at:

WDVX: KidStuff LIVE with Will Carter

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

Kidstuff Live – 12/9 – Will Carter
December 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
A multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter and record producer, Will Carter is a busy man – performing as a sideman with other musicians (including Jackson Brown, NEEDTOBREATHE, and Ashley Campbell), performing and releasing his own music, and recording projects for other people. But amidst everything else, he has found time over the years to play music for kids at the Boys and Girls Club and in local Knoxville schools.

He’ll bring his many talents back to the Kidstuff stage on Dec. 9. And if you’re getting in the Christmas spirit, you’re in for a treat. Will loves to arrange and perform Christmas songs.

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