Christmas in East Tennessee
Giant trees filled with lights, streets filled with marching bands and decorated floats, and holiday music emanating from the stage, it’s Christmas time in East Tennessee. Whether it’s a night on the town with dinner and a show or just a stroll through a free light display, you have plenty of choices.
Christmas in the City
A large lighted star hangs high above Gay Street in Downtown Knoxville, a sign the holidays are here. The Christmas Tree nearby towers high above the street and its lights lure people into the Regal Celebration of Lights at Krutch Park.
Market Square is all decked out in green and red and in the center of it all people enjoy their “Holidays on Ice” as they skate away the night. Christmas in the City provides plenty of magical moments, and there is plenty more Christmas fun around East Tennessee.
Everyone loves a parade
Friday, December 7th
WIVK Christmas Parade - Downtown Knoxville
Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade - Gatlinburg
Saturday, December 8th
Blount County Christmas Parade - Maryville
6:00 pm Oak Ridge Christmas Parade
6:30 pm Rocky Top Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 15th
Anderson County Christmas Parade – Downtown Clinton
A Vintage Christmas
The old buildings of Downtown Knoxville can make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time and on December 5th, singer Tim Shelton hopes to transport you back to Christmases past with his Vintage Christmas Concert. Shelton, who was a member of the bluegrass group Newfound Road, is trading in the bluegrass sound for music more in the style of Sinatra, Crosby and Nat King Cole.
The Vintage Christmas concert happens at the historic Bijou Theater with tickets starting at $15. The concert starts at 7:00 pm. Visit https://knoxbijou.org/event/?id=777855 for tickets and more information.
Holidays at the Historic Tennessee Theater
The Historic Tennessee Theater also gets into the holiday spirit with special performances ranging from Celtic Thunder to the Moscow Ballet and the showing of the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Check www.tenneeseetheatre.com for more information.
Plenty of churches in the area also host big Christmas musical events so be sure and keep your eyes out for those when you want to celebrate the reason for the season.
Light up your Christmas
One of the best parts about the holiday season is all the Christmas lights and holiday displays you can see for FREE. Here are a few festive light displays that should be on your list.
Christmas at the Cove
The Cove at Concord Park - December 21st - December 29th
(Closed on the 24th & 25th)
Regal Celebration of Lights
Krutch Park - Downtown Knoxville
Blount County Festival of Trees
Blount County Courthouse Lawn - Maryville
Christmas at Chilhowee Park
East Magnolia Avenue - Knoxville
The Island in Pigeon Forge
131 The Island Drive - Pigeon Forge
Founders Park Light Display
Campbell Station Road - Farragut
Do you have a favorite light display or holiday event that you must see each year? If so please tell us about it in the comments.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!