Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 16, 2017

DJ MajestiQ & Elite Entertainment: Winter Wonderland Jam

  • December 16, 2017
  • 8:00PM-12:00AM

Category: Festivals & special events

Winter Wonderland Jam, a music and networking event, happens Saturday December 16, 2017, from 8:00pm-12:00am, at Modern Studio in Happy Holler.

This event celebrates the release of "Soul Skool," a new album by Aszelee J., a Knoxville-based Hip-Hop & Soul artist, with Elite Entertainment. Double-billed as a networking event, Knoxville's budding indie music artists and radio DJ personalities are invited along with press and media to build relationships and promote Knoxville's indie music renaissance.

Tickets available for $10 in advance at Eventbrite, or $15 at the door. A portion of the proceeds goes to Omni Visions foster care agency, and attendees are invited to bring an un-wrapped toy donation.

Other featured performers include:
R&B crooner Raymond B.
BLACK 865 Finest
Up and coming rap stars Yeah Lil' Kevin and Captain
Femcee Tye the Godde$$

Clothing and apparel vendors:
Beauteous Magazine & Beauteous Brand Urban Wear
Dreams 2 Lifestyles Clothing

Food truck: IDK Foods
Saturday December 16, 2017, from 8:00pm-12:00am, at Modern Studio,
109 West Anderson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917.

City Council Swearing In Ceremony

  • December 16, 2017
  • 11 AM - 1 PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

Hosted by 2017 City Council Movement - Knoxville
At City County Building, 400 Main St SW, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Join us to see new City Council members sworn in. The event is in the main assembly room of the City Council building and is open to the public. There will be a reception afterward. https://www.facebook.com/events/132366614209082/

Zoo Knoxville: Santa's Village

Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Science & nature

Santa Claus is coming to Zoo Knoxville and will be in residence at Santa’s Village this Thursday, Dec. 14 through Sunday, Dec. 17, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. daily. Santa Claus will be listening to Christmas wishes and available for photos in the festively decorated Santa’s Village, located in the zoo’s Kids Cove area. Guests will have the option to purchase portraits taken by a professional photographer and can take their own photos.

Complimentary event activities included with general admission are a visit with Santa Claus, reindeer games, holiday crafts and a story time each day at 12:30 p.m. Kids can also write a letter to Santa and they will receive a personal reply from Santa himself in the mail after their visit. For an additional ticket, rides will be available on the “Polar Express” train and kids can opt for a face-painting session for some holiday flair. All activities take place in the enclosed and heated Kids Cove tent for guests’ comfort. Now through February 28, 2018, zoo admission tickets are $5 off during Kroger Discount Days.

Currently, the zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331, https://www.zooknoxville.org

Market Square Holiday Market

  • December 2, 2017 — December 23, 2017
  • 11 AM - 5 PM

Category: Culinary arts, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts and Free event

The Market Square Holiday Market is held on Market Square, Union Ave, and Market Street on the December Saturdays before Christmas each year. From 11am-5pm, artisans, food producers, food trucks, and farmers fill downtown with their wares, perfect for holiday gift giving. Find farm-grown greenery for decorating, hand-crafted gifts, and hot beverages to keep you warm while you shop!

A small farmers’ market is held on Market Square from 11am-2pm featuring locally grown produce, meat, eggs, honey, plants, and more.

Parking and Transportation:

Free parking is available on Saturdays at several parking garages downtown including the Market Square, Locust Street, Walnut Street, and State Street Garages, as well as in commercial loading zones. Parking is $1 per hour on Wednesdays in all four garages. Short-term parking meters around Market Square are in effect Wednesday and Saturday, and are $1.50 per hour. See downtownknoxville.org for more information on downtown Knoxville parking options.

https://www.nourishknoxville.org/holiday-market/

Zoo Knoxville: Kroger Discount Days with $5 Admission

Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Science & nature

Zoo Knoxville is offering $5 off admission tickets during Kroger Discount Days, December 1 through February 28, 2018. During Kroger Discount Days, guests can discover why winter is an enjoyable time to visit the zoo. Many animals, including red pandas, river otters, elephants, gorillas, red wolves, lions and tigers, enjoy the cooler temperatures. On days when the temperature drops below 40 degrees, some animals will be moved indoors, but visitors can still see many in their indoor viewing areas. The Pilot Flying J Wee Play Adventure is a popular indoor area that’s an entertaining stop for creative play during visits as well.

A December trip to the zoo may even include a visit to Santa’s Village, a special holiday encounter and photo opportunity with Santa Claus. Santa’s Village will be open for holiday photos and Christmas wishes December 14 through 17, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day in the heated Kids Cove tent. Discounted tickets can be purchased at the zoo ticket window during regular zoo hours and online at zooknoxville.org. Discounted admission tickets must be used by Feb. 28, 2018, and cannot be combined with any other promotion, discount, or coupon.

Currently, the zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331, https://www.zooknoxville.org

McClung Museum: Museum Store Holiday Sale

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Category: Festivals & special events

Join the McClung Museum for holiday specials, and unique gifts, stocking stuffers, jewelry, handmade artisan items, and more throughout the month of December.

Members and UT students always receive 10% off, and faculty/staff receive a special 10% discount from December 1–25. All proceeds benefit the museum’s free K-12 educational programming.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: M-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-974-2144, http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu

Knoxville's Holidays on Ice

  • November 24, 2017 — January 7, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

Knoxville's Holidays on Ice, presented by Home Federal Bank, is an outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of downtown Knoxville on Market Square. Enjoy skating under Christmas lights and stars while listening to music every night. The ice rink will be closed during inclement weather, please check the Holidays on Ice Facebook page to stay updated, Facebook.com/KnoxvillesHolidaysonIce. For questions about Knoxville's Holidays on Ice please call 865-215-4423.

Admission price includes entry fee, skate rental and unlimited time on ice!

RINK HOURS:
Regular Hours Nov. 24, 2017 - Dec. 17, 2017
Monday thru Thursday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Extended Hours Dec. 18, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018
Monday thru Thursday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Special Holiday Hours Christmas & New Years
Christmas Eve 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Christmas Day Closed
December 26: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
New Years Eve 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
New Years Day 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

http://www.knoxvilletn.gov/government/city_departments_offices/special_events/knoxvilles_holidays_on_ice/

Bass Pro Shops: Santa’s Wonderland

  • November 11, 2017 — December 24, 2017

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Kids & family

Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and Knoxville-area families are invited to enjoy this magical Christmas village offering free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities including fun crafts and games.

Features include rustic Christmas cabins, holiday characters and live elves set amongst a dazzling backdrop of snow-covered hills and illuminated Christmas trees. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, laser/ foam toy arcade, Lincoln Logs building area and much more. Kids can also spend time at one of the activity tables where they can write a letter to Santa, color and do fun crafts, all for free.

Families can enjoy the wonder of Christmas inside Bass Pro Shops with Santa’s Wonderland through December 24 including free photos with Santa. Guests can schedule their Santa time using the free Bass Pass system. Visit the Bass Pass Ticket Depot located at the entrance of Santa’s Wonderland to pick up a time-stamped pass.

Santa’s arrival coincides with Veteran’s Day and the start of a holiday round up program where customers can help support service members, military families and veterans through a donation program. Bass Pro Shops will donate 100 percent of customer contributions to USO Care Packages, which are shipped directly to active service members overseas, and AMVETS.

3629 Outdoor Sportsman Pl, Kodak, TN 37764. For hours and details visit www.BassPro.com/Santa.

Union Ave Books: Upcoming events

  • January 1, 2017 — December 31, 2017

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Literature & readings

Upcoming events:

Wednesday November 29th at noon The Bookaholics Reading Group discusses A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Wednesday, December 6th at 6 pm Book signing with author Norma Watkins reading from her new book That Woman from Mississippi

Wednesday, December 20th at 6 pm The Southern Writers Book Group discusses The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Wednesday, December 27th at Noon The Bookaholics Book Group discusses All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

All events are free and open to the public. UNION AVE BOOKS, 517 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-951-2180, www.unionavebooks.com

Ijams Nature Center: Events

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Category: Classes & workshops, Festivals & special events, Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

December 02, 2017 ANIMAL PROGRAM: Ijams Creature Feature
December 02, 2017 GIRLS IN STEM EVENT: Construct Animal Enrichment
December 02, 2017 Ijams Birds and Biscuits: Winter Waterfowl
December 02, 2017 CREATIVE SERIES: Sahaja Yoga Meditation Workshop
December 02, 2017 IJAMS FAMILY SERIES: Kids Holiday Craft Day
December 02, 2017 ANIMAL PROGRAM: Ijams Creature Feature
December 03, 2017 ANIMAL PROGRAM: Creature Feature
December 09, 2017 Beginner Birding: Winter Ducks at Cove Lake
December 09, 2017 ANIMAL PROGRAM: Ijams Creature Feature
December 09, 2017 IJAMS CREATIVE SERIES: Holiday Wreath Making
December 09, 2017 CREATIVE SERIES: Sahaja Yoga Meditation Workshop
December 09, 2017 ANIMAL PROGRAM: Ijams Creature Feature
December 10, 2017 IJAMS SPECIAL EVENT: 5th Annual Holiday Marketplace
December 10, 2017 ANIMAL PROGRAM: Creature Feature
December 12, 2017 CHILDREN'S PROGRAM: Little Tykes Hike

More events at http://ijams.org/events/. Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717, www.ijams.org