Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Nourish Knoxville: Market Square Farmers' Winter Market

  • December 7, 2019 — December 21, 2019

Category: Culinary arts, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm

The Market Square Farmers’ Market is an open-air farmers’ market located on Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Everything at the MSFM is grown or made by the vendor in the East Tennessee region. Products vary by the seasons and include produce, eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, bread, baked goods, salsas, coffee, artisan crafts, and more. With interactive fountains, delicious local food, and surrounded by shops and restaurants, the MSFM is a perfect family destination.

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.

Mabry-Hazen House: Annual Christmas Open House & Tours

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

Celebrate the holiday season with Mabry-Hazen House during their annual Christmas tours on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 from 5-8pm and Sunday, December 8th, 2019 from 2-5pm. Mabry-Hazen House will be decorated in the spirit of the holiday, historically-inspired refreshments will be served, and there will be a few surprises as well. On Saturday evening, carolers will perform traditional favorites and Santa Claus will attend and be available for pictures. The historic house will open for visitors to casually walk through and enjoy a festive mix of modern and historic decorations.

Mabry-Hazen House’s holiday exhibit titled "Holiday Greetings: A Century of Christmas Cards” will return for a second year! Nearly 100 years of holiday cards addressed to the Hazen family will be on display for visitors to learn about this sentimental holiday tradition.

Tickets are not required to attend, but donations are deeply appreciated. The event is free for members and children under 13; a suggested $5 donation is encouraged for all others.

A $5 donation enters individuals into drawing for a door prize for a limited-edition porcelain replica of Mabry-Hazen House. A perfect addition to any Christmas village! (Winners will be notified the following day)

Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37915. Information: 865-522-8661,

Museum of Appalachia: A Candlelight Christmas

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

Join us as we recreate a meaningful holiday of simpler times. Traditional trees and hand-made decorations, typical of austere pioneer days, transform the Museum’s authentic log buildings. Wander through the village and marvel at the simple treasures of their settlement days. In the one-room, dirt-floored “Dan’l Boone” cabin, strings of popcorn and cotton bolls circle a dormant tree; Paper chains and other ornaments trim the tree in the Little Tater Valley Schoolhouse.

Sweet gum and sycamore balls are strung throughout the Mark Twain Family Cabin, and a traditional silver star tops a native red cedar Christmas tree in the turn-of-the-century Peters Homestead House. Apples, nuts, homemade toys, and oranges fill stockings hung in the cabins.

Pick up some stocking stuffers in the Museum Gift and Antique Shop, which features everything from hand-crafted ornaments, locally made muscadine and moonshine jellies, and beautiful pottery, along with baskets, quilts, and plenty of Appalachian specialties. Or just come and enjoy a homemade southern country lunch in front of the warm fireplace.

You’ll want to make A Candlelight Christmas part of your family’s annual holiday tradition!

Museum of Appalachia, 2819 Andersonville Hwy., Clinton, TN 37716 (16 miles north of Knoxville at I-75, exit 122, then one mile east). Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Information: 865-494-7680,

Mast General Store: Visit Santa

  • December 7, 2019 — December 8, 2019

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

Visit Santa in the Knoxville Store – December 7-8, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. – The Jolly Ol’ Elf will be in the store Saturday and Sunday; he’s making his list and checking it twice. Bring the kids in to visit with Santa, and don’t forget your camera to capture unforgettable moments.

Mast General Store, 402 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-546-1336,

Historic Old North Knoxville's Annual Holiday Home Tour

  • December 7, 2019 — December 8, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events, History & heritage and Kids & family

Make plans now to join us for the 31st Annual Victorian Holiday Home Tour on December 7th & 8th! Old North Knoxville features beautiful homes built in the Queen Anne, Craftsman/Bungalow, Neoclassical Revival, and American Four Square style. To help you kick off your holiday season, Old North Knoxville neighbors will open the doors of select homes in a variety of these styles, restored and decorated for the season for your viewing pleasure!

Candlelight Tour: Saturday Dec. 7th, 2019 4:00PM – 9:00PM
Afternoon Tour: Sunday Dec. 8th, 2019 12:30PM – 5:00PM

James White's Fort Holiday Open House

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

Holiday Open House
December 7 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Experience the sight, sound and smells of an old fashioned Christmas in the 1800s with James White’s Fort and enjoy the treats of the season. Period decorations of fruit and greenery. Self-guided tours and period demonstrations. Free Admission, but donations gladly accepted.

205 E Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915
(865) 525-6514 or

REI Knoxville: Knoxville Makers Market

  • December 7, 2019
  • 9:00AM-5:00PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Fine Crafts

Knoxville Makers Market Saturday, December 7, 9:00AM-5:00PM in the REI parking lot, 6700 Papermill Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919.

Oak Ridge Art Center: Gallery of Holiday Shops

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

Our 24th annual Gallery of Holiday Shops will be Saturday, December 7, from 9-4. This annual event will offer guests an opportunity to access the one-of-a-kind creations of regional artists and artisans in a variety of media. A gourmet bake sale will also be part of the event so you can take goodies home to share or hold for a holiday event. Free to attend!

The 2019 exhibitors represent a wide variety of unique items to beautify one’s own space or for gifting in the holiday season. We are fortunate to have several returning favorites as well as new vendors to titillate your mind and add new flair to your gifting ideas. Among the exhibitors are wood artists, Vern Bohnam, who specializes in boxes for a variety of uses, Janice Proffitt with turned vessels and natural bark “trees,” and newcomer, Steve Sullentrup, with turned pieces. Jewelry artists: Ruth Prince, Nikki Ferrara, Trish Lankford, Rene Mathies and Jo Brotherton, Kris Light, Charles Osten, JoAnn Hasty, Carolyn Fogelman, and newcomer, Janet Edkins. Silver, bronze, copper and beaded selections will all be available. Nikki Ferrara will also have beaded ornaments and other accessories for holiday decorating. Local potters represented are Bill Capshaw, Ryan Braby & Nicole Ferrara, Carol Donath, Linda Mabry, Kathleen Alexander, Janet Brudecki, Roger Lankford, and Joan-Ellen Zucker. Fiber artists will include Peggy Whitted, Judy Davis, Gloria Felter, and newcomers, Olive Ewe Crochet (Kimberly Adkins) and Cat Wilt. Framed and unframed prints as well as specialty cards for the holidays will be offered by Mickie Loosli, Kris Light, and Rebecca Boyd. Other crafters will include basket weavers Judy and Virgil Davis who will be offering both baskets and knitted scarves; Scott Eatherly who will be offering a variety of woven baskets and chairs with woven and caned bottoms or chair caning and bottom weaving by contract for those of you who have pieces you would like to repair or update, gourd artist, Sandra O’Rear, with her gorgeous gourd creations, and Tess Sullentrup who will again bring her beautiful and handy leather purses and accessories.

For those who are looking for truly one-of-a-kind options, this is your opportunity to find beautiful items for holiday gifts. All the artists will be on hand to discuss their work.

In addition to the arts and crafts, home-made food will be available via the Gallery of Holiday Shops Bake Sale. With items ranging from breads and appetizers to desserts, the timing is perfect for holiday entertaining.

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

Cedar Bluff Scholastic Chess Tournament

  • December 7, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events

The Cedar Bluff Middle School Chess Club is hosting a Scholastic Chess Tournament on Saturday, December 7th starting at 8am. The Scholastic Chess Tournament will be held at Cedar Bluff Middle School at 707 N. Cedar Bluff Rd., Knoxville, TN 37923. Proceeds will benefit the CBMS Chess Club. Early registration is $15 by December 5th or $20 after December 6th. Register online at Smith's Endzone BBQ Food Truck will be onsite from 10am-2pm. For more information call 865-567-1153 or email:

Peter Rose Pottery Holiday Gallery and Studio Opening

  • December 7, 2019

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

"On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me..."
Come find something beautiful and unique to give to your true love, your family, and your friends at my one day only Open Gallery and Studio Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 7th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

My gallery and studio will be stocked with a variety of animal sculptures and handcrafted functional pottery for you to choose that perfect gift. If you missed my kiln opening in spring, this will give you a great opportunity to see my new work. Visit to like my Peter Rose Pottery Facebook page to keep up with the latest news on my pottery.

Gallery and studio are located at 6319 Tazewell Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918
Directions: Take I-40 East or West to I-640. Take Exit 6 off I-640, north on Broadway and follow the signs to "Tazewell Pike." Turn right on Tazewell Pike at the first traffic light (by Pratt's Country Store). I am 6 miles away on Tazewell Pike, the first driveway on the left past Atkins Road.

2019 Christmas in the Cave at Historic Cherokee Caverns

  • December 6, 2019 — December 21, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

Join us for the 2019 Christmas in the Cave at Historic Cherokee Caverns!

Stroll along the cave path with your family while you enjoy Christmas music and thousands of twinkling lights among the Stalactites and Stalagmites! Visit Santa and have your family photo made with the cave as your backdrop! (this is available for an extra fee and provided by a professional photographer)
Watch out for the Grinch! That Grinch is so sneaky! He likes to run around in the cave and sneak into your pictures!

Joke around with Cousin Eddie from "christmas vacation".
Shop our Vendor Booths for unique gifts and treats!
Food Truck and concessions available.

Open December 6-8, 13-15 and 20-21. Friday hours are 5:00-8:00PM, Saturday and Sunday hours are 3:00-8:00PM.

There are no advance tickets for sale.
You simply purchase tickets when you arrive at our ticket booth.
This event will never sell out.
Admission is $10 per person for ages 4 & up.
Children under 4 are admitted free.
Cash & Credit Cards accepted at our ticket booth.
The cave is handicapped and wheelchair accessible
Parking is Free

Historic Cherokee Caverns, 8524 Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville, Tennessee 37931.

Jurassic Quest

  • December 6, 2019 — December 8, 2019

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

Hosted by Jurassic Quest and Knoxville Convention Center
701 Henley Street, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Jurassic Quest is ROARING through KNOXVILLE, TN! Our event features more rides, activities, & dinosaurs than ever before! WHAT’S NEW AT JQ?
- even more LIFE-SIZE, SKYSCRAPING DINOSAURS, now totaling OVER 100 DINOSAURS at our event

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