What? The Holidays! :: Spending Your Holidays In Knoxville

The air is cold, the lights are twinkling and the activity list is full! Here are a few things to enjoy in Knoxville during the holiday season!

Knoxville Weekend made a list and checked it twice to ensure you and your loved ones will have fun this holiday season! Here are 10 events happening around East Tennessee to get you in the spirit of the season!

Christmas at Chilhowee Park

Experience the holidays at one of Knoxville’s oldest historic parks! Take your loved ones out for a night of lights, hay rides and treats. Santa is rumored to be at the park December, 8th!

COST: FREE admission

TIME: November 24th – January 1

WHERE: Chilhowee Park

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Tour de Lights 2017

On December 15th, the streets of Knoxville shut down for the free bike parade. The 5 mile route stretches from downtown to 4th & Gill and Old North Knoxville. Costumes and lights are encouraged! A costume contest will be held after the cycling event! Cookies and Cocoa will also be on hand during the parade!


TIME: December 15th, 6PM – 8:30PM

WHERE: bikers depart from Market Square

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"It's a Wonderful Life"

The Tennessee Theatre presents two showings of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on December 10th. The screenings are free, but make sure to get there early! Seating is first come, first serve. Doors open an hour before show time.


TIME: December 10th, 1PM & 5PM

WHERE: Tennessee Theatre

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Holidays On Ice

Hit the ice in Market Square! The iconic space will transform into an snowy wonderland for the holidays! Each night of the week will have different discounted themes!

COST: Adults $11, 12 & under $8, season pass varies

TIME: November 24th – January 7th

WHERE: Market Square

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Crafting Party

Bearden Beer Market hosts an ugly Christmas sweater crafting party to get you in the holiday spirit! Goodwill is providing all the supplies you need to make your sweater bright! $1 from every beer sold will go towards Goodwill’s vocational training programs and employment services for individuals with barriers to employment!


TIME: December 7th, 6PM – 8PM

WHERE: Bearden Beer Market

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Sunshine Santa 5K & Rockin' Santa Half Marathon

Get into holiday shape with the Rockin’ Santa 5K and half marathon. Christmas rock n’ roll music will play along the route! All runners get shirts, hats and metals! Make sure to register!

COST: 5K is $35, half is $55

TIME: December 16th, 9AM

WHERE: Endurance Sports Management

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Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas

Spend Christmas with Dolly Parton and the family! Dollywood has transformed into a winter wonderland with beautiful lights and holiday-themed performances! Can we say road trip??

COST: varies

TIME: November 4th – January 3rd

WHERE: Dollywood

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Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland

Pack up the car and head to straight to Shadrack’s for a drive in holiday light show! Afterwards visit Santa’s workshop for free!

COST: cars & family vans $25, half bus & limo $40, school bus  $80

TIME: November 3rd – January 7th

WHERE: Smokies Stadium

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Holiday Canstruction

Engineers, contractors, designers and students built holiday-themed art projects out of canned foods! Now you get to experience them for free! After the exhibit ends all the canned food will be donated to the Second Harvest of East Tennessee.


TIME: November 21st – December 13th

WHERE: Knoxville Convention Center

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"A Christmas Carol" LIVE

Starting November 22nd, the classic Charles Dickens story will come to life on the Clarence Brown Theatre stage! Show times and ticket prices will vary.

COST: varies

TIME: November 22nd – December 17th

WHERE: UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre

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