More holiday fun in Knoxville


Pull on a Christmas sweater and head out to one of the many holiday events and activities happening around Knoxville this month. Here are some options coming up quickly. 

All-vocal country music entertainers Home Free will perform their Warmest Winter Holiday Tour at the Tennessee Theatre tonight on Dec. 2. The a cappella group will sing festive staples as well as their own original compositions. 

Ho-ho-hurry on down to the WIVK Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 3. Bands, dancers, lighted floats, characters and Santa Claus will parade down Gay Street starting at 7 pm. 

The Appalachian Ballet Company presents the holiday classic The Nutcracker Dec. 3-5 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Dec. 10-11 at Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville. The ballet company is celebrating its 50th season this year.

Theatre Knoxville Downtown presents A Doublewide Texas Christmas Dec. 3-19. Christmas is looking like trouble in Doublewide what with red-tape problems with the county, a pack of vengeful raccoons and romance gone wrong in this rollicking redneck comedy. 

Mannheim Steamroller performs the music that’s become a hallmark of the holidays at the Tennessee Theatre on Dec. 4, in both a matinee and evening performance.  

The Flying Anvil Theatre, meanwhile, presents Scrooge in Rouge, a quick-change, cross-dressing version of the Charles Dickens classic. When a case of food poisoning besets a performing arts group, its three healthy members soldier on through a performance of A Christmas Carol. But who will play Tiny Tim? Find out on Dec. 8-31

— These activities are ongoing throughout the holidays —

Christmas in the City fills the downtown district with lights and includes the Holidays on Ice skating rink on Market Square. The celebration continues through Jan. 2.

At Zoo Knoxville, Zoo Lights dazzles with animal lanterns, mythical creatures, festive food and drinks and lots of twinkle. It runs through Jan. 9. 

Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood includes more than 5 million twinkling lights, holiday shows, seasonal treats and fireworks. The celebration continues through Jan. 2.

Holiday Festival of Lights at the Cove at Concord Park in Farragut. Walk a 3/4-mile loop to enjoy holiday lights. 

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