80 + Best Knoxville Christmas Events 2019

Local events are the stuff family traditions are made of. From admiring the floats at your town parade to scoring adorably perfect gifts at the local Christmas market, holiday magic is in the air.

So grab a thermos full of hot chocolate and head on out to one of these awesome Knoxville Christmas events this year. This list is officially up to date for 2019, and is jam-packed with tons of great options!

Knoxville Christmas events 2019

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For your convenience, Knox county is listed first will all surrounding counties following in alphabetical order. As always you can click any blue event link to verify the information provided or get additional details.

Towards the bottom of the page, you’ll also find a fun section of events that are a little further away, but totally worth the drive!

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Knoxville Christmas Events 2019

Christmas at Chilhowee

  • Date: Friday, November 22, 2019 at 6 PM
  • Location: Chilhowee Park, Knoxville
  • Cost: FREE

A gorgeous Christmas tree lighting ceremony complete with music, crafts, games, balloon animals, face painting, Christmas lights, and more!

Light Up

  • Date:November 22, 2019 at 5 PM
  • Location: Pinnacle at Turkey Creek, Knoxville
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy live entertainment, kids crafts, activities, food and crafts vendors, and more, while you admire the festive holiday decor throughout the shopping center.

Three Rivers Rambler Christmas Lantern Express Train Ride

  • Date: December 6 – 23, 2019 (weekends and select weekdays)
  • Location: 2560 University Commons Way, Knoxville
  • Cost: starting at $27/adults, $16/children

Along the route you will enjoy stunning Christmas decor, festive stories, treats, and a visit from Santa.

Retropolitan Craft Fair

  • Date: Friday November 24, 2019 at 11 AM
  • Location: The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave, Knoxville
  • Cost: FREE admission

Each of the vendors at this popular craft fair are hand chosen to make sure each table is providing unique and high quality wares.

Light the Park

  • Date: November 25, 2019 @ 5:30 PM
  • Location: Founder Park, Farragut, Knoxville
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy live entertainment and a gorgeous tree lighting.

Fantasy of Trees

  • Date: Friday November 27, 2019 – December 1, 2019
  • Location: Knoxville Convention Center
  • Cost: $/8 adults, $4/children, $20/family 4 pack (online only)

This popular fundraiser for East TN Children’s Hospital features a stunning forest of elaborately decorated Christmas trees. While many people come just to view the quirky themed trees, the fully decorated trees are also available for purchase.

There is also a variety of kids craft tables ranging in cost from $2 – $4 per activity. There will also be FREE face painting, Rudolph races, and visits with Santa (picture extra).

A Christmas Carol

  • Date: Friday November 27 – December 21, 2019
  • Location: Clarence Brown Theatre
  • Cost: $18-$25/adults, $10/kids (kids under 5 will not be admitted under any circumstance)

This fun and very professional student production allows you to see a classic holiday play at a discounted price.

Regal Celebration of Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Date: Friday November 29, 2019 at 6 PM
  • Location: Krutch Park Extension (across from market Square), Knoxville
  • Cost: FREE

Bring out the family for some live music, train rides, photos with Santa, face painting, kids’ activities, and of course a grand tree lighting ceremony!

WDVX Holiday Ho Ho Hoedown

  • Date: Friday November 29, 2019 at 6:30 PM
  • Location: Market Square Stage
  • Cost: FREE

Dance and sing along to festive live music including jazz, blues, and swing music all in the style of 1920’s New Orleans.

Holiday’s on Ice

  • Date: Opening day is Friday, November 29, 2019
  • Location: Market Square Knoxville
  • Cost: $11/adults, $8/children

This picturesque open-air skating rink in the heart of downtown Knoxville is a seasonal family favorite.

Elf on the Shelf Adventure

  • Date: November 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020
  • Location: downtown Knoxville
  • Cost: FREE

This downtown scavenger hunt sends families searching for everyone’s favorite holiday elf. Pick up your North Pole pass at any participating location and find fun games and prizes along the way.

Knoxville Fine Arts and Crafts Center

  • Date: throughout November and December
  • Location: 1127 N Broadway B, Knoxville
  • Cost: $15 – $30 per person

Choose from a variety of fun Christmas craft classes including creating holiday cards, snowman lanterns, winter wreaths, Christmas stars, and more!

Smart Toys and Books

  • Date: throughout December
  • Location: 9700 Kingston Pike #12, Knoxville
  • Cost: varies

Come on out for some photos with Santa, story times, and crafts.

Michaels Craft Stores

  • Date: throughout November and December
  • Location: all locations
  • Cost: FREE – $10 depending on the class

Choose from a wide variety of craft classes including making Christmas ornaments, gingerbread houses, snowman t-shirts, and more!

Peppermint Trail

  • Date: November 29, 2019- January 5, 2020
  • Location: Downtown Knoxville
  • Cost: only pay for what you decide to buy

Look for the festive peppermint decals on the sidewalks throughout downtown Knoxville. The decals mark local businesses that are selling delicious peppermint flavored treats, or festive holiday gifts. This is a self-guided trail.

Cookies with Santa Holiday Cruise

  • Date: December 1, 2019 at 2:30 PM
  • Location: 956 Volunteer Landing Lane, Knoxville
  • Cost: $35/adult, $20/child

Enjoy decorating sugar cookies, Christmas crafts, and meeting Santa!

Nutcracker on Ice

  • Date: December 4 – 8, 2019, times vary
  • Location: Ice Chalet, Knoxville
  • Cost: $15 – $35 depending on the seats you choose

A fun an traditional performance on skates!

WIVK Christmas Parade

  • Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7 PM
  • Location: Gay Street, Knoxville
  • Cost: FREE

Christmas in the Cave

  • Date: December 6 – 8, 13-15, 20, & 21, 2019
  • Location: Cherokee Caverns, Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville
  • Cost: $10/per person 4 and up

Enjoy a stunning Christmas walk through the cave, which will be decorated with thousands of twinkling lights.

Celebrate The Season

  • Date: December 6, 2019 at 4:30
  • Location: Farragut Museum, Knoxville
  • Cost: FREE admission

This family-friendly event boasts cookie decorating, live music, crafts, museum tours, pictures with Santa, and more!

Market Square Holiday Market

  • Date: December 7 – 21, 2019
  • Location: Market Square
  • Cost: FREE admission

All your favorite food and craft vendors will be adding a fun holiday twist to their products.

Blount Mansion Christmas Open House

  • Date: December 7, 2019 at 5 PM
  • Location: Blount Mansion Knoxville
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy a rare treat of free admission into Blount Mansion to enjoy the traditional holiday decor.

Christmas Fun Run

  • Date: December 7, 2019
  • Location: World’s Fair Park
  • Cost: $30 all participants must be at least 21 years of age

Lace up those Santa boots to support our area’s homeless shelters and sample wine at this fun Christmas event.

Rocky Hill Christmas Parade & Festival

  • Date: December 7, 2019 at 3 PM – 7 PM
  • Location: Rocky Hill Business District, Knoxville
  • Cost: FREE admission

In addition to an awesome parade, this jam-packed festival boasts a holiday market, live music, carols, Santa, food trucks, and more!

A Safety City Christmas

  • Date: December 7, 2019 at 5:30 PM
  • Location: 165 S. Concord Street, Knoxville
  • Cost: FREE admission

All the miniature buildings will be decorated for Christmas and kids can enjoy a variety of games, activities, and music.

Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K

  • Date: December 8, 2019 at 2 PM
  • Location: Bearden Beer Market
  • Cost: $25 – $50

Break out those hideous Christmas sweaters for this fun run benefiting Second harvest Food Bank.

East TN Historical Society Holiday Open House

  • Date: December 14, 2019 at 11 AM
  • Location: East TN History Center, Knoxville
  • Cost: FREE admission

Enjoy cookies, hot cider, kids crafts, storytelling, live music, demonstrations, and more! The museum usually charges admission, so be sure to take advantage of this discounted event.

Cindy Lou Who Party

  • Date: December 14, 2019 at 2 PM
  • Location: Angela Floyd Dance School, Knoxville
  • Cost: $39, reserved for kids ages 2 +

Enjoy a fun Grinch themed ballet lesson and fun Christmas craft.

Nativity Pageant

  • Date: December 14 – December 16, 2019, various times
  • Location: Knoxville Civic Coliseum
  • Cost: FREE admission

Children are welcome at this hour long stage performance. The show starts in pitch black darkness, so don’t be late! Although admission is free, donations are welcome.

Tour de Lights

  • Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 5:30 PM
  • Location: Jackson Avenue, Old City, Knoxville
  • Cost: FREE

Community members are invited to decorate their bikes in Christmas lights to participate in this fun, FREE, and quirky Christmas bike parade. If you don’t want to ride, you can always come out to watch.

Choir Christmas Concert

  • Date: December 14, 2019
  • Location: Karm + Market Square, Knoxville (2 locations)
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy a festive holiday concert with with the East Maryville Baptist Church choir, which boasts 120 adult, and 80 child performers.

It’s a Wonderful Life

  • Date: December 15, 2019, multiple showings
  • Location: Tennessee Theater, Knoxville
  • Cost: FREE

This popular annual event is a free way to soak in some holiday cheer!

Downtown Church Walk

  • Date: December 20, 2019 at 5 PM
  • Location: Downtown Knoxville
  • Cost: FREE

During this fun Christmas event, many downtown churches will be having open houses where visitors can admire their holiday decor.

Winter Nights & Santa’s Village at Zoo Knoxville

  • Dates: December 12 – 15, 2019
  • Location: Zoo Knoxville
  • Cost: $10

Enjoy stunning decor, carolers, a visit with Santa, cookie decorating, and more!

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Clayton Holiday Concert

  • Dates: December 20 – 22, 2019
  • Location: Knoxville Civic Coliseum
  • Cost: $14 – $50

Anderson County and Oak Ridge Christmas Events

A Candlelight Christmas

  • Date: December 7 & 8, 2019 at 4 PM
  • Location: Museum of Appalachia, Clinton
  • Cost: $12/adult, $5/kids, $30/family

Enjoy a candlelight tour of authentic cabins, which will be decorated in their Christmas finest. There will also be music, a live nativity, living history demonstrations, kids’ activities, and more!

Clinton cookie Crawl & Tree Lighting

  • Date: December 6, 2019 at 5 PM
  • Location: Historic Downtown Clinton
  • Cost: FREE

Downtown shops will stay open late with special Christmas treats and sales. This event will be followed by a gorgeous tree lighting at 8 PM on Jackson Square.

Oak Ridge Tree Lighting

  • Date: December 6, 2019 at 6:30 PM
  • Location: AK Bissell Park, Oak Ridge
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy music, light refreshments, and a gorgeous Christmas tree lighting to ring in the holiday!

Clinton Christmas Parade

  • Date: December 7, 2019 at 6 PM
  • Location: Main Street, Clinton
  • Cost: FREE

Christmas Parade Around the World

  • Date: December 14, 2019 at 6 PM
  • Location: Corporate Center, 151 Lafayette Drive, Oak Ridge
  • Cost: FREE

Festival of Photons and Ornament Workshop

  • Date: December 14, 2019 at 1 PM
  • Location: American Museum of science and Energy
  • Cost: $5 + cost of museum admission ($8/adults, $5/kids)

This fun STEM craft will become a holiday keepsake for years to come!

Christmas Events in Knoxville TN

Blount County: Maryville, Alcoa, Townsend, and beyond

Smoky Junction Model Holiday Train Exhibit

  • Date: November 8, 2019 – January 5, 2020 (Fri, Sat, Sun only)
  • Location: Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Townsend
  • Cost: $4/ages 6 and up without museum visit; $8/adults, $6/kids including museum visit

Boasting 3 different displays all filled with Christmas cheer, this model train exhibit will highlight a variety of different sizes and styles of model trains.

Springbrook Splendor

  • Date: November 26, 2019
  • Location: Springbrook Park, Alcoa
  • Cost: FREE

Stroll through gorgeous Christmas luminaries while you enjoy music, refreshments, kids’ activities, a tree lighting and more!

Maryville Holiday Craft Market

  • Date: November 30, 2019, at 10 AM
  • Location: downtown Maryville
  • Cost: FREE

Featuring over 70 arts and crafts vendors, foods trucks, entertainment, kids’ activities, and more!

Hometown Christmas Parade

  • Date: November 30, 2019 at 11 AM
  • Location: downtown Louisville
  • Cost: FREE

City of Maryville Tree Lighting

  • Date: December 2, 2019 at 6 PM
  • Location: Maryville Municipal Building
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy live entertainment, visits with Santa, and a gorgeous tree lighting.

Santa Mouse Christmas Craft Show

  • Date: December 5, 6, & 7, 2019 at 10 AM
  • Location: Fairview United Methodist Church, Maryville
  • Cost: FREE

This event boasts over 50 craft vendors with a variety of holiday crafts including wood crafts, metal art, fiber arts, and more!

Blount County Hometown Christmas and Festival of Trees

  • Date: December 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM
  • Location: Blount County Court House, Court Street, Maryville
  • Cost: FREE

At this kick off event you will enjoy a variety of gorgeously decorated live Christmas trees, refreshments, live entertainment, Santa Claus, and more! The trees will remain on display all month long.

Santa Comes to Town Christmas Parade & Festival

  • Date: December 7, 2019 at 1 PM
  • Location: downtown Friendsville
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy a fabulous parade, food and craft vendors, kids’ activities, Christmas tree lighting, carolers, live nativity, food trucks, entertainment, and more!

Blount County Christmas Parade

  • Date: December 7, 2019 at 11 AM
  • Location: Midland Plaza, Alcoa
  • Cost: FREE

Townsend Christmas Parade

  • Date: December 8, 2019
  • Location: Parkway, Townsend
  • Cost: FREE

Santa Calls

  • Date: December 10, 2019 (ages 3-5); December 12, 2019 (ages 6-7)
  • Location: Your Home
  • Cost: FREE

All Blount County Children can receive a phone call directly from Santa, thanks to a kind group of local volunteers. You must obviously register for the phone call in advance, and the deadline is December 9th. Don’t miss it!

Songs with Santa

  • Date: December 12, 2019 6 PM
  • Location: Blount County Public Library
  • Cost: FREE

Visit with Santa whiling enjoying music from the Knoxville Opera.

A Muppets Christmas Carol Movie Screening

  • Date: December 21, 2019 10:30 AM
  • Location: Blount County Public Library
  • Cost: FREE

Cocke County Christmas Events

Newport Christmas Parade

  • Date: December 24, 2019 at 3 PM
  • Location: downtown Newport
  • Cost: FREE

Christmas Bazaar

  • Date: December 7, 2019 at 9 PM
  • Location: Del Rio Elementary School, Del Rio
  • Cost: FREE admission

It won’t be hard to finish your Christmas shopping with so many craft vendor booths to choose from. There will also be yummy Christmas baked goods and food vendors. Proceeds form this event go to benefit the fire department.

Grainger County

Blaine Christmas Tree Lighting

  • Date: November 30, 2019 at 4 PM
  • Location: 220 Indian Ridge Rd, Blaine
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy live music, visits with Santa Claus, a car cruise-in, gorgeous tree lighting, and more!

Bean Station Tree Lighting

  • Date: December 2, 2019 at 6 PM
  • Location: Town Hall, 785 Main Street, Bean Station
  • Cost: FREE

Hamblen County

Morristown Christmas Parade

  • Date: December 5, 2019 at 7 PM
  • Location: Downtown Morristown
  • Cost: FREE

Christmas in the Park and Tree Lighting

  • Date: December 7, 2019 at 3 PM
  • Location: Farmers Market, Morristown
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy live music, a variety of kids activities, food and craft vendors, visits with Santa, and more! The activities will be followed by a stunning tree lighting ceremony at 6 PM.

Downtown Christmas

  • Date: December 13, 2019 at 5 PM
  • Location: Main Street, Morristown
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy a nostalgic Christmas festival with carolers, marshmallow roasting, carriage rides, shopping, dining, and more! The street will be closed to cars for this event.

Jefferson County

Candlelight Christmas Tours

  • Date: December 7, 8, 14, & 15, 2019 at 5 PM
  • Location: Glenmore Mansion, Jefferson City
  • Cost: $10/adults, $5/kids, under 6 is FREE

Enjoy a candlelight tour of the mansion in all its Christmas glory.

White Pine Christmas Parade

  • Date: December 7, 2019 at 4 PM
  • Location: Community Center, White Pine
  • Cost: FREE

Christmas Expo

  • Date: December 7, 2019 at 9 AM
  • Location: Field of Dreams Activity Center, Dandridge
  • Cost: FREE

Shop with over 140 vendors while enjoying kids’ activities, entertainment, Santa photos, and more!

CO-OP Christmas

  • Date: December 14, 2019 at 9 AM
  • Location: Jefferson Farmers Cooperative, 106 Hwy 96 S, Dandridge
  • Cost: FREE admission

Shop local this season for a variety of Christmas crafts and foods. There will also be visits with Santa.

Jefferson City’s Hometown Christmas Festival and Parade

  • Date: December 14, 2019 at 12 PM
  • Location: Mossy Creek Station711 East Main StreetJefferson City
  • Cost: FREE

Shop with a variety of arts and crafts vendors while enjoying live entertainment, kids’ activities, food vendors, giveaways, and festive parade, and more! The parade starts at 6 PM.

Loudon County

Lenoir City Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade

  • Date: December 5, 2019 at 5:30 PM
  • Location: Broadway, Lenoir City
  • Cost: FREE

The tree lighting ceremony will take place first, and will be followed by the Christmas parade at 6:30 PM.

Greenback Christmas Parade

  • Date: December 7, 2019 at 11 AM
  • Location: Town Center, Morganton Road, Greenback
  • Cost: FREE

Evening with Santa

  • Date: December 12, 2019 at 6 PM
  • Location: War Memorial Building, Lenoir City
  • Cost: FREE

Kids will enjoy crafts, games, light refreshments, and meet and greets with Santa.

Loudon Christmas Parade

  • Date: December 14, 2019 at 6 PM
  • Location: Mulberry Street, Loudon TN
  • Cost: FREE

Breakfast or Lunch with Santa

  • Date: December 14, 2019
  • Location: Loudon parks and Rec Office
  • Cost: FREE with advanced registration

Roane County

Free Movie Screening: National Lampoon Christmas Vacation

  • Date: December 2, 2019 at 7 PM
  • Location: Princess Theater, Harriman
  • Cost: FREE, donations welcome

Kingston Christmas Parade

  • Date: December 2, 2019 at 7 PM
  • Location: Cumberland Street
  • Cost: FREE

Pop-Up Christmas Market

  • Date: December 3, 10, & 17, 2019 at 5 PM
  • Location: Jim Henry Event Center, Kingston
  • Cost: TBA

Finish up your Christmas shopping with these festive arts and crafts vendors.

Holiday Ho-Ho Hoedown

  • Date: December 4, 2019 at 11 AM
  • Location: Jim Henry Event Center, Kingston
  • Cost: TBA

At this holiday themed chili cook-off you will enjoy live entertainment and a variety of chili with all the fixins’.

Harriman Christmas Parade

  • Date: December 5, 2019 at 7 PM
  • Location: Downtown Harriman
  • Cost: FREE

Rockwood Reindeer Games

  • Date: December 7, 2019 at 11 AM
  • Location: Downtown Rockwood
  • Cost: FREE admission

Enjoy games, kids’ activities, a scavenger hunt, and shopping with local vendors.

Rockwood Christmas Parade

  • Date: December 9, 2019 at 7 PM
  • Location: Downtown Rockwood
  • Cost: FREE

Babahatchie Community Band Christmas Concert

  • Date: December 13, 2019 at 7 PM
  • Location: Princess Theater, Harriman
  • Cost: FREE, donations welcome

FREE Movie Screening: A Christmas Story

  • Date: December 14, 2019 at 7 PM
  • Location: Princess Theater, Harriman
  • Cost: FREE, donations welcome

Victorian Christmas Tea

  • Date: December 19, 2019 at 6 PM
  • Location: Penelope Pearl’s Tea Room, Harriman
  • Cost: $18

A traditional tea tasting experience with festive holiday flare!

Sevier County: Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and More

Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland

  • Date: November 16 – December 24, 2019
  • Location: Kodak
  • Cost: FREE

Family will enjoy a variety of free kids activities, crafts, and a free printed photo with Santa with options for paid digital packages.

Island Tree Lighting

  • Date: November 23, 2019 at 6 PM
  • Location: The Island, Pigeon Forge
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy a variety of Christmas performers and a stunning tree lighting ceremony.

Smoky Mountain Christmas

  • Date: November 9, 2019 – January 4, 2020
  • Location: Dollywood, Sevierville
  • Cost: included with admission to park

Throughout the holiday season, Dollywood will be covered in stunning Christmas lights and its vendors will offer a variety of Christmas crafts.

Breakfast with Santa

  • Date: December 15, 2019 at 8 AM
  • Location: Old Mill Pottery House, Pigeon Forge
  • Cost: varies

In addition to a visit with Santa, families will enjoy a variety of kids’ crafts. Advanced registration is required for this event.

Sevierville Christmas Parade

  • Date: December 7, 2019
  • Location: Historic Downtown Sevierville
  • Cost: FREE

Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

  • Date: December 6, 2019
  • Location: Downtown Gatlinburg
  • Cost: FREE

Union County

Maynardville Christmas Parade

  • Date: 2019 at 2:30 PM
  • Location: Main Street, Maynardville
  • Cost: FREE

Luttrell Christmas Parade

  • Date: December 7, 2019 at 12 PM
  • Location: Luttrell Park
  • Cost: FREE

Worth the Drive

Tennessee Valley Railroad’s North Pole Train Ride

  • Dates: December 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, & 15, 2019 (multiple times each day)
  • Location: Chattanooga
  • Cost: $22 – $37

On this magical train ride, you and your family will be whisked away on an imaginative journey to the North Pole, complete with storytelling, songs, treats, and more!

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad’s Polar Express

  • Date: November 8, 2019 – December 31, 2019
  • Location: 45 Mitchell Street, Bryson City, NC
  • Cost: $42-$91/adults, $28-$67/children

Based on the popular children’s picture book/movie, this fantastic train ride will immerse you and your kiddos in all the magic of Christmas. The entire train ride is actually set to the soundtrack of the movie. While taking in the sights and sounds, guests will also enjoy hot cocoa and a yummy treat.

National Gingerbread Championships

  • Dates: November 20, 2019 – January 4, 2020 (non-hotel guests are only allowed on specific days)
  • Location: Omni Grove Park Inn, Ashville, NC
  • Cost: $25

Marvel at the most stunning collection of gingerbread creations you will ever see in your life.

Christmas at Biltmore

  • Dates: November 1, 2019 – January 5, 2020
  • Location: 1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC
  • Cost: $70 – $100 (save $10 with advance online purchase)

Enjoy the beauty of Biltmore in stunning Christmas splendor. The mansion restaurants and cafes will also be serving festive fare,

ICE! Featuring A Christmas Story

  • Dates: November 8, 2019 – January 1 ,2020
  • Location: 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville
  • Cost: $30-$33/adults, $22/children

Everyone’s favorite Christmas movie comes to live at this marvelous winter wonderland, made entirely of real ice. This attraction boasts 2 million pounds of colorful ice sculptures, ice slides, and more!

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