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.