100+ Holiday Events for Families in Knoxville

christmas-events-knoxvilleIf you’re looking for ideas and inspiration for family friendly holiday fun, this list is for you!  Below you’ll find details on over 100 things to do around Knoxville this Holiday Season!

Throughout the season, we’ll be adding to our event list! You can find additional details about most events by clicking on the titles. We’d love to have you share your favorite events with us!

Thanksgiving Weekend Events

Christmas Parades

Musical and Theatre Events

  • A Christmas Carol. Select days November 27th-December 15th at Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue.
  • Greetings! Select days November 29th-December 15th at Theatre Knoxville, 319 N. Gay Street.
  • Mighty Musical Monday. December 2nd at Tennessee Theatre.
  • The Nutcracker on Ice. December 3rd-7th at Ice Chalet beside the shops at Western Plaza on Kingston Pike in Bearden.
  • Scott Hamilton and Friends on Ice. December 6th at Knoxville Civic Coliseum.
  • The Nutcracker. December 7th and 8th at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and December 14th at the Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville.
  • The Nutcracker. December 6th-8th at Roane State Community College in Harriman.
  • Nutcracker Breakfast. December 7th at Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road.
  • Sing-Along Messiah Concert. December 7th at Norris United Methodist Church, 62 Ridgeway Rd. in Norris and December 8th at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge.
  • It’s a Wonderful Life. December 8th at the Tennessee Theatre on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.
  • Lessons and Carols. December 8th at Redeemer Church of Knoxville, 1642 Highland Ave.
  • Annual Celtic Christmas  Concert. December 8th at Palace Theater in Maryville, 113 West Broadway Avenue.
  • A Smokeyland Christmas. December 8th at Powell High School Auditorium 2136 W. Emory Road.
  • City of Maryville Tree Lighting & Music. December 9th at Blount County Library, 508 N Cusick St, Maryville.
  • Martina McBride: The Joy of Christmas. December 11th at Tennessee Theatre on Gay Street.
  • Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! December 13th and 14th at  Clayton Performing Arts Center, Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
  • Come to Bethlehem: Nativity Walk-Through. December 13th and 14th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 400 Kendall Road.
  • Nativity Pageant. December 14th-16th at Knoxville Civic Coliseum.
  • It’s a Wonderful Life. December 14th at Palace Theater in Maryville, 113 West Broadway Avenue.
  • The Living Christmas Tree. December 14th and 15th at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, 701 Merchant Drive.
  • Walk Through Bethlehem. December 15th at Church Street United Methodist Church, 700 Henley Street.
  • Miracle on 34th Street. December 20th at Palace Theater in Maryville, 113 West Broadway Avenue.
  • Miracle on 34th Street. December 20th-22nd at Tennessee Theatre.
  • A Celtic Holiday with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Choral Society, and GO! Contemporary Dance Studio. December 20th-22nd at Knoxville Civic Auditorium.
  • White Christmas. December 21st at Palace Theater in Maryville, 113 West Broadway Avenue.
  • The Living Christmas Tree. December 21st-22nd at Thompson Boling Arena.
  • Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. December 23rd at Tennessee Theatre.
  • A Dixie Family Christmas. Daily, except Christmas Eve and Christmas through December 31st.

Holiday Festivals

  • Light the Park. December 2nd at Campbell Station Park, 405 N. Campbell Station Road.
  • A Family Christmas at Dowell Springs. December 2nd at Provision Center for Proton Therapy, 6450 Provision Cares Way.
  • Celebrate the Season. December 5th at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive.
  • Christmas Tree Lighting and Reception. December 6th at the Oak Ridge Library.
  • Winter Wonderland. December 7th at UT Gardens, 2431 Joe Johnson Drive.
  • Breakfast with Santa. December 7th at Green Meadow Country Club, 1700 Louisville Road in Alcoa.
  • Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice. November 29th-January 5th on Market Square in downtown Knoxville.
  • Santa’s Wonderland. November 25th-December 1st and daily through December at Bass Pro Shops, 3629 Outdoor Sportsman Place in Kodak.
  • Cruising with Santa. November 30th, December 7th, December 14th at Tennessee Riverboat, 300 Neyland Drive.
  • Christmas Train Rides. November 29th-30th and December 1st and weekends in December aboard the Three Rivers Rambler on Neyland Drive.
  • Santa Train Rides. December 7th, 8th, 14th, and 15th aboard the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train in Oak Ridge.
  • Christmas in Old Appalachia. December 7th-24th at Museum of Appalachia, 2819 Andersonville Hwy. in Clinton.
  • An Old Fashioned Christmas Exhibit. December 9th-January 3rd at Farragut Folklife Museum, 11408 Municipal Center Drive.
  • Comcast Christmas at Chilhowee Park. December 13th, self-guided driving tours through January 1st.
  • Holiday Lights at the Cove. December 13th-28th (except Christmas day) at The Cove at Concord Park, 11808 S. Northshore Drive.
  • Breakfast with Santa. December 14th at First Farragut United Methodist Church, 12733 Kingston Pike.
  • Holiday Open House. December 14th at East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street.
  • Christmas in the Cave. December 12th-15th and December 19th-22nd at Historic Cherokee Caverns, 8524 Oak Ridge Highway.
  • Smoky Mountain Christmas. November 9th-January 4th at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge.
  • Miss Merry Christmas Pageant. December 22nd at Knoxville Center Mall.
  • New Year’s on the Square. December 31st on Market Square in downtown Knoxville.
  • Santa’s Village. December 5th-8th and 12th-15th at the Knoxville Zoo.

Holiday Arts, Crafts, and Story Times

  • Chanukuh Storytimes. December 2nd at Karns Branch Library, December 3rd at South Knoxville Branch Library, December 4th at Lawson McGhee, December 11th at Cedar Bluff Branch, December 18th at North Knoxville Branch.
  • Merry, Merry at the Library with Santa. December 3rd at South Knoxville Branch Library, December 4th at North Knoxville Branch and Corryton Branch, December 9th at Carter Branch and Powell Branch, December 10th at Norwood Branch and Farragut Branch, December 11th at Lawson McGhee and Mascot Branch, December 12th at Murphy Branch, December 16th at Sequoyah Branch, December 17th at Bearden and Karns Branch, December 18th at Cedar Bluff Branch and Fountain City Branch, December 19th at Halls Branch.
  • Holiday Ornaments. December 3rd, 5th, 10th at Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, 461 W. Outer Drive in Oak Ridge.
  • Happy Birthday Jesus Party! at Mornings with Mommy. December 3rd, 4th, or 6th at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 10231 Sherrill Blvd.
  • Mommy, Daddy, & Me Classes. December 6th, 13th, 20th at Smart Toys and Books, 9700 Kingston Pike.
  • Polar Express Storytime. December 6th at Barnes and Noble, 8029 Kingston Pike.
  • Michael’s Kids Club. December 7th and 14th at Michael’s, 9622 Kingston Pike.
  • Santa’s Workshop. December 7th at the Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center, 1127B Broadway Ave.
  • Santa at the Library. December 9th at Blount County Library, 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.
  • Gingerbread Train. December 11th at Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, 461 W. Outer Drive in Oak Ridge.
  • Hand-made Decorations. December 13th at UT Gardens, 2431 Joe Johnson Drive.
  • Uniquely Kids Friday. December 20th at Knoxville Visitors Center, 301 S. Gay Street.
  • Celebrating Winter and the Holidays. December 21st at McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Drive.
  • Storytime with Miss Helen. Thursdays through December 23rd at Smart Toys and Books, 9700 Kingston Pike.

Christmas Tours

Sports Events

  • Candy Cane Classic 5K. December 7th at Third Creek Greenway at Tobler Lane.
  • Leftover Run 5K. December 8th at Tyson Park.
  • Reindeer Run 5K. December 8th in Maryville.
  • Run for God ‘Tis the Season 5K & 2 mile walk. December 8th in Clinton.
  • 23rd Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Walk. December 9th at Market Square.
  • Tour de Lights Bike Ride. December 12th at Market Square.
  • Santa Hustle Smokies 5K and Half Marathon. December 15th at Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville.

Holiday Shopping

Santa Pictures

  • Pictures with Santa Cow. November 26th at Chick-Fil-A Turkey Creek.
  • Portraits with Santa. By appointment, December 8th at Smart Toys and Books.
  • Photo Shoot with Santa. By appointment, December 8th with beall + thomas photography, 5308 Kingston Pike.
  • Pictures with Biker Clause. December 14th at Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson, 1820 W Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville.
  • Pictures with Santa. Daily at Knoxville Center Mall.
  • Pictures with Santa. Daily at West Town Mall.
  • Photos with Santa. Daily at Foothills Mall in Maryville.
  • Singing Santa. Daily at The Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, 2470 Parkway.
  • The Santa Experience. Throughout November and December at f/32 Photography, 7240 Kingston Pike Suite 120.
  • Santa Pictures. Throughout November and December at Stan Bass Photography, 10512 Kingston Pike.

While we strive for accuracy, these events are subject to change without notice. Be sure to check ahead to before attending these activities to avoid disappointment!

Do you know of any activities that we missed? Let us know by emailing familyfriendlyknoxville@gmail.com.

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  2. Lynette Whitlock says:

    The Maryville-Alcoa Jaycees Christmas Parade is listed on maryvillegov.com for December 8th from 11am – 1pm.

  3. Tracy Scarbrough says:

    Karns Christmas Parade is Dec. 7th not Dec. 8th as stated on the list. Please click on the actual link for correct date and time.

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