10 About Town: November 29 - December 2, 2018
10 About Town: November 29 - December 2, 2018
Photo: Erickson, Melissa
Author: Emily DeVoe
Published: 12:04 PM EST November 29, 2018
Updated: 12:13 PM EST November 29, 2018
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10 About Town: November 29 - December 2, 2018

Chapter 1

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Visitors in Gatlinburg can soak in the Christmas spirit by taking the trolley through town to see the beautiful light displays. The Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights runs November 7 through January 26. Admission is $5.

Starting November 9, the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is featuring a model train exhibit that will be on display every weekend until January 6. The display will feature a miniature Townsend landscape and a winter wonderland. Tickets start at $4.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is set up at Smokies Stadium through the holidays. Drive your car through a Christmas lights display that’s synced to the radio in your car. The light display opens every night at 6 p.m.

Actors at The Flying Anvil theatre are performing ‘The Great American Trailer Park Christmas’ November 18 through December 22. Tickets to this off-beat holiday comedy about a trailer park in Florida start at $16.

Hitch a ride on the ‘Christmas Lantern Express.’ Three Rivers Rambler is decked out for the holidays with holiday treats, story time, and decorations. The two-hour rides begin November 23 and continue every weekend through December 23. Tickets start at $7.50.

Holidays on Ice is open for the winter season. The outdoor skating rink is set up in the middle of Market Square through January 6, except in cases of inclement weather. You can purchase season passes or individual tickets that start at $8.

The River & Rail Theatre Company is performing ‘The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby’ November 21 through December 23. Tickets to this musical comedy start at $19.

The Clarence Brown Theatre is performing ‘The Santaland Diaries’ November 14 through December 9. This performance “for mature elves only,” is about an elf named Crumpet who experiences some less-than-merry Christmas adventures like being Santa’s helper during the Macy’s Christmas shopping rush.

Actors at Theatre Knoxville have decided to take a turn from their traditional Christmas productions and perform every Christmas Story ever told. The compilation production will fly through Christmas carols, tales, and traditions. Tickets start at $15. The play runs November 23 through December 9.

The Oak Ridge Playhouse is performing ‘Peter Pan’ November 23 through December 9. Tickets start at $20.

Keep your eyes peeled for Santa’s elves. The City of Knoxville is once again hosting its Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt. Kids can pick up a North Pole pass and collect stamps and prizes at participating businesses around town. The elves will be hiding out in Knoxville until January 6.

Lenoir City Parks and Recreation is hosting an evening with Santa on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Central Park. The free event features one-on-one visits with Santa, a movie, crafts, games, and more.

Head over to The Standard in downtown Knoxville on Thursday evening for a Winter Wonderland Wine Tasting to benefit Bridge Refugee Services. For $5, you get to taste four wines and sample appetizers while you listen to live jazz music. The event lasts from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Clarence Brown Theatre is performing the classic, ‘A Christmas Carol,’ November 28 through December 22. Tickets start at $18.

Chapter 2

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Museum of Appalachia is hosting its Candlelight Christmas Tours this weekend from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Walk through cabins in the museum village, take photos with Santa, and listen to Christmas storytelling. Tickets start at $5.

Yama-Con is a three-day anime convention that will be held at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge Friday through Sunday.

The city of Clinton is celebrating the lighting of its Christmas tree with a Downtown Cookie Crawl. All weekend long, various businesses will have cookies for visitors to sample while they do their holiday shopping. The tree will be lit on Friday at 6:15 p.m.

Race through scenic Loudon, Tennessee during the Run LOCO marathon, half marathon, and 5K on Saturday. Following the race, there will be an after party with BBQ and cold drinks that will be hosted by the Historic Downtown Lenoir City Merchants Association.

Experience Ijams Nature Center after dark during a guided nighttime hike on Friday at 6 p.n. The fee for the program is $4.

The City of Oak Ridge will celebrate the lighting of its Christmas tree with caroling and refreshments at A.K. Bissell Park on Friday. The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra string quartets are visiting Knox County libraries to enhance their story time sessions. The free musical story times are on various days throughout the winter. There’s one on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Powell Branch library.

The Knoxville Children’s Theatre is performing ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ from November 30 to December 16. Tickets start at $10.

Visit Fountain City Park on Friday beginning at 6 p.m. for a Christmas tree lighting celebration. There will be hot chocolate, cookies, and music by local groups.

Chapter 3

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Ijams Nature Center hosts a free Creature Feature on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. Visitors will learn about one of the center’s animal ambassadors. Each week it’s a surprise.

The streets of downtown Sevierville will be jolly at the 56th annual Christmas parade on Saturday. The parade steps off at 11 a.m. on Court Avenue.

The Appalachian Ballet Company is performing The Nutcracker alongside members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra this weekend at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Shows are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Head to Morristown on Saturday for an evening of music and entertainment as they celebrate the lighting of the official city Christmas tree. The free event begins at 5:45 p.m.

Run through the heart of Morristown on Saturday morning for the Jingle Run for Hope 5K. The race begins at 8 a.m. and benefits the patient fund at Morristown Regional Cancer Center.

You can take a tour of some of North Knoxville’s most beautiful homes on Saturday and Sunday during the 30th annual Victorian Holiday Home Tours. Advance tickets are $10, or you can buy them at the door for $15.

The Karns Branch Library is hosting a used book sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tellico Plains’ annual Christmas Candlelight Walk is Saturday evening. Stroll through town alongside flickering luminaries that line the sidewalks. There will be a gingerbread house contest, live music, a silent auction, and more.

The Christmas in Rockwood Tour of Homes is Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. following the town’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Friday. Tickets to tour some of the area’s most historic homes are $15.

Cherokee Caverns presents its Movie in the Cave on Saturday. ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ will be playing at several different times between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. inside the cool 58-degree cave.

There will be a live nativity scene set up in Krutch Park in downtown Knoxville this weekend.

Chapter 4

Sunday, December 2, 2018

The annual Townsend Christmas parade is Sunday on the Parkway.

The 2018 Reindeer Run is Sunday at 2 p.m. in Maryville. The race starts on Church Avenue and runners can choose between a 5K course and a 1-mile fun run. The event raises money for the Empty Pantry Fund.

Learn how to make your own wine at a special workshop at Ijams Nature Center on Sunday. Winemaker Mike Hardin will guide people through the process of making a grape table wine using frozen grape juice and a few other ingredients. The fee is $25, and the program starts at 2 p.m.

The Knoxville Community Band’s annual Christmas concert is Sunday at the Bijou Theatre. The concert is free, and doors open at 2:30 p.m.

Chris Tomlin is performing Christmas Songs of Worship at the Tennessee Theater on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29.

The Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra performs its annual holiday concert on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Ebenezer UMC. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for kids.