List of Holiday Events

Special Events Director

Judith Foltz
jfoltz@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-4248

400 Main St., Room 578
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Christmas in the City

Christmas in the City list of events


2019 Christmas Events

Friday, November 15, 2019
Alive After Five Knoxville
Museum of Art
6:00pm-8:30pm
Live music, dancing, food, spirits, and fun! Music by Mighty Blue (Blues) Food available from Bayou Bay Seafood House

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Holiday Cards
Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center
12:30pm-2:30pm
Two-part workshop. Create Custom holiday cards for your friends and family using relief printing techniques. Students will be taught the basics of relief printing with styrofoam and linoleum plates to create beautiful stylized works of art

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Ceramic Jewelry Workshop
Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center
1:00pm-4:00pm
Learn how to make your own jewelry and wearable art with clay! In this 2-part workshop you will learn a range of techniques to design and create your own ceramic earring, brooches, beads, and pendants. No Experience needed. Materials included in cost.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Snowman Lanterns
Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center
10:00am-12:30pm
Using slab construction students will make cylinders, cut out mouth and eye shapes and add carrot noses for a fun & easy winter luminary decoration. Pieces will be glazed by the instructor and may be picked up at a later date. All materials included

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Winter Wreath

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center
6:00pm-8:00pm
Create your own hanging wreath using all natural materials just in time for Christmas! Using foraged Greenery from around Knoxville, you will learn how to make a wreath from scratch in this 2-hour workshop. All materials are included but feel free to bring some of your own favorites

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Memory Care Workshop

Knoxville Museum of Art
1:00pm-3:00pm
One-day workshop for individuals living with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or memory loss. Participants can experience Abstract Flower Painting. No experience necessary. Free but registration is required. To register, contact Rosalind Martin at 965-523-6349

Friday, November 22, 2019
Alive After Five

Knoxville Museum of Art
6:00pm-8:30pm
Live music, dancing, food, spirits, and fun! Music by Jeanine Fuller + The True Funk Soldiers (R7B + Soul) Food available from Jackie's Dream

Friday, November 22, 2019
Free Family Night

MUSE Knoxville
5:00pm-8:00pm
On the 4th Friday of the month from 5:00-8:00 PM, Muse Knoxville at Chilhowee Park is open FREE to the public, ensuring the museum is accessible to ALL families in our community. Special thanks to the Muse for All Scholarship fund and Corporate Partners throughout the year for making this possible. Please Note: No more than 3 children per adult may be admitted. This is a new program and due to capacity constraints at the museum, admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. https://www.themuseknoxville.org/free-family-night

Friday, November 22, 2019
Christmas at Chilhowee Featuring the Capitol Christmas Tree

Chilhowee Park
6:00pm-9:00pm
Join us for a free event in Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center. We will light the tree on the bandstand and will have live music and many free activities. This year we are one of the "Whistle Stops" for the Capitol Christmas Tree and will be featured during Christmas at Chilhowee. Come see the 60ft Christmas tree that will be traveling from New Mexico to the Capitol Building. During the event we will also have train rides for all ages, pictures with Santa Claus, hot cocoa, face painting, balloon animals and The Muse Knoxville will have a special activity.

Friday, November 22, 2019
Knoxville Ice Bears vs Pensacola Ice Fliers

Knoxville Civic Coliseum
7:35pm
For more information visit http://www.knoxvilleicebears.com/

Saturday, November 23, 2019
Knoxville Ice Bears vs Pensacola Ice Fliers

Knoxville Civic Coliseum
7:35pm
For more information visit http://www.knoxvilleicebears.com/

Saturday, November 23, 2019
Holiday Cards

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center
12:30pm-2:30pm
Two-part workshop. Create Custom holiday cards for your friends and family using relief printing techniques. Students will be taught the basics of relief printing with styrofoam and linoleum plates to create beautiful stylized works of art

Saturday, November 23, 2019
Santa's Workshop: Clay Addition

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center
9:30am-1:30pm
Kids! Join us in the clay studio for this super secret fun day of gift making. All participants will make 3-4 special gifts as well as wrapping paper. KAFCC staff will fire the objects & wrap them. Parents will have to come back to pick them up!

Saturday, November 23, 2019
GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 1807 Dandridge Ave
12:00pm-2:00pm
If you are going through the heartache of grief, the holidays can be especially painful. The event will help you discover how to deal with emotions, what to do about traditions, helpful tips for surviving social & family events, and how to find hope for the future. Please consider joining us! This event is FREE and open to the community. www.mtcalvaryknox.com

Saturday, November 23, 2019
East Tennessee Portfolio Day
Knoxville Museum of Art
12:00pm-4:30pm
East Tennessee Portfolio Day hosted by the Department of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University. Bring digital samples or physical samples of your art and get feedback from university professors and mentors. Free!

Sunday November 24, 2019
The Retropolitan Craft Fair

Mill and Mine (227 W Depot Ave)
11am-6pm
retropolitancraft.com

Thursday, November 27, 2019
Knoxville Ice Bears vs Evansville Thunderbolts

Knoxville Civic Coliseum
7:35pm
For more information visit http://www.knoxvilleicebears.com/

Wednesday, November 27 – Sunday, December 1, 2019
Fantasy of Trees
Knoxville Convention Center
Wander through a magical forest of more than 350 designer items, including beautiful trees, holiday accessories, and more! Visit Santa and enjoy bands and musical entertainment. The proceeds from Fantasy of Trees benefit East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

Wednesday, November 27 – Sunday, December 21, 2019
A Christmas Carol
Clarence Brown Theater
2:00pm, 7:30pm
A Knoxville Tradition! It wouldn’t be Christmas without "A Christmas Carol!" Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey in this celebration of generosity, compassion, and personal transformation.

Thursday, November 28, 2019
Hot to Trot 5k/10k & Fun Run

11619 Parkside Dr
7:30am
5k/10k road race and fun run

Thursday, November 28, 2019
Regal Turkey Trot

Mill & Mine W Depot St / Downtown Knoxville
8:30am
Thanksgiving Day 5K and kids mile highlighting Downtown Knoxville

Friday, November 29, 2019
Regal Celebration of Lights
Market Square, Krutch Park Ext, Union Ave
5:30pm-9pm
Join us for the lighting of our 42' tree in Krutch Park Ext. Enjoy live music, train rides, pictures with Santa, face painting, and more. knoxvilletn.gov/christmas

Friday, November 29, 2019
WDVX Holiday Ho Ho Hoedown

Market Square Stage
6:30pm-9:00pm
Live music with Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband, an energetic amalgamation of all the popular styles of the 1920's/30's – jazz, a little blues, a bit of swing, a pinch old time gospel, and even classic show tunes – all immersed in an early 20th century New Orleans sound. Also live music from The Royal Hounds; With their wild showmanship, stage tricks, quirky original songs, and stellar musicianship, it all adds up to the most unique live show around!

Friday, November 29, 2019
Knoxville Ice Bears vs Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs

Knoxville Civic Coliseum
7:35pm
For more information visit http://www.knoxvilleicebears.com/

Friday, November 29 – Tuesday January 5, 2019
Holidays on Ice Presented by Home Federal Bank

Market Square
Monday- Thursday: 4:00pm-9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 10:00am-10:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm-9:00pm
Enjoy skating under the stars and twinkling lights while listening to music every night. There may even be a panda sighting by our Holidays on Ice Mascot, 'Peppermint Panda'!
www.knoxvillesholidaysonice.com

Friday, November 29 – Tuesday January 5, 2019
Peppermint Trail
Downtown Knoxville
Downtown restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, bars, and boutiques feature peppermint specials throughout the season including peppermint coffees, desserts, cocktails, cookie decorating, cocktail classes, camps for kids, glass blowing...peppermint, peppermint, peppermint!!

Friday, November 29 – Tuesday January 5, 2019

The Elf on the Shelf ® Adventure
Downtown Knoxville Join us for a fun-filled holiday scavenger hunt and search for Santa’s magical helpers in Downtown Knoxville. Scout Elves will be sent from the North Pole by Santa to more than two dozen Knoxville businesses.
https://www.downtownknoxville.org/holiday/elf/

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Wreath Decorating

SouthEast Bank Community Room, 12700 Kingston Pike
2:00pm-4:00pm
Prime West Knoxville will provide all of the snacks, drinks, and supplies! Guests are welcome to bring along personal items to add to their wreaths. Space is limited, RSVP by calling 865-219-2910

Saturday, November 30, 2019
Old City Market

W Jackson between Central & State
11am-4pm
Old City Market transforms Jackson Ave into a curated, outdoor market showcasing artists, crafters, and creative makers.

Wednesday, December 4 – Sunday December 8, 2019
The 32nd Annual Nutcracker on Ice
Ice Chalet
Wed-Sun 7:00pm; Sat & Sun additional show at 2:00pm
This is an annual treat for the holiday season. Skaters of all ages and skill levels can play a role in one of the famous Christmas tales ever told, completely performed on the ice. Nutcracker On Ice is a holiday fairy tale about a young girl, Claire, and a magical Christmas night!
chaleticerinks.com/nutcrackeronice

Wednesday, December 04, 2019
After-School Art: Block Printed Cards

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center
4:15pm-5:15pm
Just in time to send cards to friends and family! Join KAFCC for our popular After-School Art Class. This particular class will have the kids making block-printed holiday cards. Materials all included!

Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Memory Care Workshop

Knoxville Museum of Art
1:00pm-3:00pm
One-day workshop for individuals living with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or memory loss. Participants can experience Abstract Flower Painting. No experience necessary. Free but registration is required. To register, contact Rosalind Martin at 865-523-6349.

Thursday, December 5, 2019
Knoxville Ice Bears vs Birmingham Bulls

Knoxville Civic Coliseum
7:35pm
For more information visit http://www.knoxvilleicebears.com/

Friday, December 06, 2019
First Friday

ArtWalk
Downtown Knoxville
5pm
Explore galleries, studios, and artist collectives; roam through shops hosting open houses and local artist exhibits; enjoy performance art and live music in the streets and a variety of venues and drop in restaurants along the way!

Friday, December 06, 2019
WIVK Christmas Parade

Gay Street
7:00pm
Join us for everyone's favorite parade, the WIVK Christmas Parade. Bands, dancers, lighted floats, characters and Santa Claus parade down Gay Street and brings fun holiday spirit to all!

Friday, December 06, 2019
Pre-School Art: Snow Knoxville

Arts & Fine Crafts Center
10:00am-11:00am
Join us on Fridays to make some art! This class is designed for the littlest artists to make unique art and learn new processes. We read a story and them make an Art project based on that story!

Saturday, December 07 & Sunday, December 08, 2019
"Live Nativity"

Krutch Park Extension
Sat: 10am-9pm
Sun: 1pm-7pm
A "Live Nativity": Mary, Joseph, Angel, Shepherd, (1) Donkey, and (2) Sheep, portraying the birth of Jesus Christ

Saturday, December 07, 2019
Market Square Holiday Market

Market Square, Union Ave, Market St
10:00am-2:00pm
Find farm-grown greenery for decorating, hand-crafted gifts, and hot beverages to keep you warm while you shop as well as locally grown produce, meat, eggs, honey, plants, and more.

Saturday, December 07, 2019
Make-A-Mug

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center
1:00pm-4:00pm
Just in time for gift-giving! If you ever wanted to make your own handmade mug this class is for you! No experience needed and all materials are included to make a functional, dishwasher safe mug!

Saturday, December 07, 2019
Ceramic Jewelry Workshop

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center
1:00pm-4:00pm
Learn how to make your own jewelry and wearable art with clay! In this 2-part workshop you will learn a range of techniques to design and create your own ceramic earring, brooches, beads, and pendants. No Experience needed. Materials included in cost of class.

Saturday, December 07, 2019
Christmas 5k/1k

Wine Run
WFP Festival Lawn
5:00pm-8:00pm
5k race 1k walk downtown and World's Fair Park wine tasting & live music

Saturday, December 07, 2019
Rocky Hill Christmas Parade & Festival

Rocky Hill Baptist Church & Rocky Hill Ball Park
3pm-8pm
Christmas market with live music in the Rocky Hill Center parking lot starting at 3:00pm. Parade steps off at 6:00 and finishes at 6:30. Festival wraps up at 8:00

Saturday, December 07, 2019
Market Square Winter Classic

Holidays on Ice, Market Square
9am-1pm
Little league hockey playoffs

Saturday, December 7, 2019
A Safety City Christmas

Safety City, 165 Concord St
5:00pm-8:00pm
Free family friendly event including train rides, s'mores, crafts, food trucks and Santa!

Sunday, December 08, 2019
Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K

Bearden Beer Market
3:00pm
A festive holiday 5k run/walk with proceeds supporting Second Harvest Food for Kids.

Sunday, December 08, 2019
Second Sunday Art Activity Day

Knoxville Museum of Art
1:00pm-4:00pm
Bring your children in grades K-6 for second Sunday Art Activity Day. Children will do a hands-on art activity taught by a certified art teacher. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, December 08, 2019
Second Sunday Docent Tour

Knoxville Museum of Art
2:00pm
Free tour given by a museum docent. Tours will take place in English and Spanish Monday.

December 09, 2019
Christmas Star

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center
4:15pm-5:30pm
In this 1.5 hour workshop, participants will create a large star using paper lunch bags. They will decorate the bags with their own unique design and learn how to cut and glue the bags together to make a star to hang for the Christmas season!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
East TN Regional Art Reception

Knoxville Museum of Art
6:00pm-8:00pm
Students, family, friends, and the public are invited to a reception and awards ceremony to honor students in the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition. Free and open to the public.

Friday, December 13, 2019
Alive After Five

Knoxville Museum of Art
6:00pm-8:30pm
Live music, dancing, food, spirits, and fun! "Holiday Dance Party!" with music by Soul Connection (R&B) Food available from 3 Old Chefs Catering.

Saturday, December 14 - Monday, December 16, 2019
Nativity Pageant of Knoxville
Knoxville Civic Coliseum
Sat & Sun: 3:00pm
Mon: 7:00pm
Join us for the 51st Anniversary of the Nativity Pageant of Knoxville. Beautifully costumed actors with live animals telling the traditional Christmas story of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Exceptional orchestra and 80-voice choir with soloists.

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Market Square Holiday Market

Market Square, Union Ave, Market St
10:00am-2:00pm
Find farm-grown greenery for decorating, hand-crafted gifts, and hot beverages to keep you warm while you shop as well as locally grown produce, meat, eggs, honey, plants, and more.

Saturday, December 14, 2019
East Maryville Choir/Orchestra

Market Square
4:00pm-5:00pm
Christmas music by the East Maryville Choir & Orchestra

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Old City Market W Jackson between Central & State

11am-4pm
Old City Market
Transforms Jackson Ave into a curated, outdoor market showcasing artists, crafters, and creative makers.

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Jingle Bell Run

WFP Festival Lawn
8am-10:30am
Festival holiday 5k run benefiting the Arthritis Foundation

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Tour De Lights

Market Square
5:30pm - 8:00pm
The community is invited to participate in the Tour De Lights presented by Visit Knoxville and Bike Walk Knoxville; a fun, free, family friendly bike ride through downtown and North Knoxville. Participants are encouraged to get in the holiday spirit by decorating their bikes.

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Rock'in Santa Half Marathon + Sunshine Santa 5k

Victor Ashe Park
9am-1pm
5th annual half marathon / 5k benefiting Sunshine Foundation of Knoxville -

Saturday, December 21, 2019
Knoxville Ice Bears vs Evansville Thunderbolts

Knoxville Civic Coliseum
7:35pm
For more information visit http://www.knoxvilleicebears.com/

Saturday, December 21, 2019
Market Square Holiday Market

Market Square, Union Ave, Market St
10:00am-2:00pm
Find farm-grown greenery for decorating, hand-crafted gifts, and hot beverages to keep you warm while you shop as well as locally grown produce, meat, eggs, honey, plants, and more.

Thursday, December 26, 2019
Knoxville Ice Bears vs Huntsville Havoc

Knoxville Civic Coliseum
7:35pm
For more information visit http://www.knoxvilleicebears.com/

Saturday, December 28, 2019
Knoxville Ice Bears vs Fayetteville Marksmen

Knoxville Civic Coliseum
7:35pm
For more information visit http://www.knoxvilleicebears.com/

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Knoxville Ice Bears vs Macon Mayhem

Knoxville Civic Coliseum
6:05pm
For more information visit http://www.knoxvilleicebears.com/

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
New Years on the Square

Market Square
10:00pm
Bring in 2020 with your friends and family on Market Square. Ball drop at Midnight

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Alive in 2020! Knoxville Museum of Art

9:00pm-1:00am
New Year's Eve Party with live music, dancing, food, spirits, and a great view of the fireworks on Market Square! Admission includes reserved seating at tables, music by Mac Arnold + Plateful O' Blues, supper and breakfast buffets by F.A.T.S. BBQ, party

Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Calhouns New Years day 5K

Neyland Dr
8:30am
Start your year out with the New Years Day 5K