Calendar of Events

Sunday, December 27, 2020

The WordPlayers: Sleepers, Wake Watch Party

Category: Kids, family and Theatre

A film by Cole Liles & Ethan Norman
Sleepers, Wake! is a modern portrait — with heart-gripping original music — of the events leading up to the birth of Jesus. Perfect for individuals/family, small groups, and church events, Sleepers, Wake! is an entertaining and enlightening view of Luke, Chapter Two.


Mark your calendar for this new event! On Sunday, Dec. 27, we are planning a Watch Party for all of our supporters! From 7:00 to 7:30 PM, there will be a Meet and Greet on Zoom. You will have the opportunity to chat with several of the artists involved in the film. Then, at 7:30, we will share the film. If you know you would like to join us, please send an email to so that we will be sure to send you the Zoom link. More information about Sleepers, Wake! may be found HERE

Big Ears: Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival

Category: Festivals, special events and Music


The Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival has been a tremendous success — garnering glowing reviews and acclaim for a wonderful series of performances. But the past few weeks have also been pretty crazy for us all — and we’ve received numerous appeals to see performances that were missed. So, we’re going to stream the entire series of eight programs featuring 15 outstanding acts (seven double bills + An Evening with Tord Gustavsen) over eight consecutive days between Christmas and New Year’s; here’s the lineup:

Fri, Dec. 25: Bugge Wesseltoft (7p) + Gard Nilssen (8p)
Sat, Dec. 26: An Evening with Tord Gustavsen (8p)
Sun, Dec. 27: Bendik Hofseth (7p) + Mathias Eick (8p)
Mon, Dec. 28: Silje Nergaard (7p) + Ketil Bjørnstad (8p)
Tue, Dec. 29: Mats Eilertsen (7p) + Trygve Seim (8p)
Wed, Dec. 30: Hedvig Mollestad Trio (7p) + Eivind Aarset (8p)
Thu, Dec. 31: Beady Belle (7p) + Arild Andersen (8p)
Fri, Jan. 1: elephant9 (7p) + Nils Petter Molvær (8p)

The best deal is to purchase a pass for the full series, a great bargain at only $50 (plus service charges). If you have already purchased a pass to the series, you’re welcome to watch it all again. If you haven’t, you can purchase one now, or, if you prefer, separate tickets to each evening’s show.

Big Ears: Streaming The Bad Plus

Category: Music

For the past 21 years, The Bad Plus have played a four-night run over the holidays at The Dakota in Minneapolis; the pandemic makes that annual tradition impossible for the 2020 holiday season.

However, the band — Reid Anderson, Orrin Evans & Dave King — did record a pair of exceptional sets, featuring first-class visuals and sound, for a virtual performance at the Big Ears Festival October 2020. The filming took place at the historic Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN.

We're pleased to offer both sets streaming back-to-back between X-mas and New Year's Day — making certain that you have your good fill of The Bad Plus this holiday season.

Get Tix: The Bad Plus for the Holidays

Clayton Center for the Arts & The WordPlayers: A Christmas Carol

Category: Literature, reading, writing and Theatre

The staged reading of A Christmas Carol scheduled for December 18, 19 and 20th at Clayton Center for the Arts has been cancelled and will be available to be streamed. With the continued increase locally in COVID-19 cases, especially over the past several days, we do not feel it is wise to proceed with our plans for in-person performances of A Christmas Carol–performed by The WordPlayers.

Instead of the live performances, we will present a video of the performance. The production will be available for streaming from 1:00 PM on December 24th until 12:00 AM on January 1, 2021. The streamed video will be free, however, donations may be made to benefit The Clayton Center for the Arts and The WordPlayers. The link to view the will be available at 1:00 PM on Dec. 24 on the Clayton Center for the Arts and The WordPlayers websites.

The adaptation for three actor/readers by the WordPlayers' Artistic Director, Terry Weber, is almost entirely based on Charles Dickens' own cutting of his novella, which he himself performed as a solo reading over 120 times in Europe and America.

The reading of this classic "Ghost Story of Christmas" will bring to the imagination all of Dickens' most memorable characters, settings, and themes of social justice, generosity, and the importance of family. With added lighting and mood effects in the Clayton Center's beautiful Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, audiences will imagine vividly the Dickensian world that arguably helped to create the traditions of Christmas as we now know them.

Three readers, Terry Weber, Davion Tynarious Brown and Gracie Belt, will interpret various characters as well as lead in narration. Terry is the Artistic Director of The WordPlayers, a retired UT professor of Theatre, and a veteran of hundreds of theatre projects over a career spanning 40+ years. Davion is a native of Australia and, having performed in numerous theatres, is currently pursuing an MFA in Acting at UT. Gracie is a graduate of the UT Theatre Department and an accomplished musician. In addition to working professionally in regional theatre (Clarence Brown Theatre, the Great River Shakespeare Festival), Gracie has worked with the Fiasco Theatre Company in NYC.

UT School of Music: Virtual Winter Choral Concert

Category: Music

2020 has presented many challenges, but the faculty, students, and staff of your School of Music have forged on despite it all. Although like so many other people, we’ve had to find alternate ways to do the things we love, the spirit of music lived on.
As a gift to you, please enjoy this concert from our choral area. With no audience, the singers in the hall, fewer numbers due to social distancing norms, and the need to wear a specialized singers mask, these students, like all the others on our campus, endured what many may not have thought possible.

To view the concert:

We hope that this performance brings you some joy during this holiday season. We cannot wait to get you back on campus for events, but until then, we will continue presenting you with virtual performances. As always, thank you for your continued support of your School of Music.

UT School of Music, 117 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, 1741 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996
Main Office: 865-974-3241
Concert Line: 865-974-5678

The Mill & Mine: Pod Events & Movies

  • December 16, 2020 — December 30, 2020

Category: Festivals, special events and Film

We have indoor and outdoor pods set up with a great view of the big screen!

Wed Dec 16, 23 & 30, 7-9 PM
Trivia Pods at The Mill & Mine with Challenge Entertainment

THU, DEC 17, 6-10 PM
TV Thursday Pods

FRI, DEC 18 AT 6:30 PM
Movie Night: Krampus

SAT, DEC 19 AT 2:30 PM EST
Movie Night: Home Alone

SAT, DEC 19 AT 6:30 PM EST
Movie Night: Christmas Vacation

More info:
Pod sizes range from 2-10 people. Each pod offers your group their own space to hang out, safely distanced from others. Reserve your spot either inside the venue or outside on the courtyard lawn via Tako Taco’s Resy page. For all pods, check in at the Tako Taco hostess stand to be seated. Food and beverage from Tako Taco available for purchase, both by walk-up ordering and by QR code without ever having to leave your spot. For everyone’s safety, masks are required any time you are not in your pod. If you have any further questions, please send us an email at

Knoxville Opera Holiday Music Celebration

Category: Music

Knoxville Opera is happy to announce that it has produced a new holiday concert and has made it available for free on their website and YouTube channel. The concert features local favorites Jacqueline Brecheen, Aubrey Odle, and Wayd Odle with Brian Salesky as the program host and accompanist.

Recorded at the Timothy B. Matthews Theatre
Jewelry Television, Knoxville, Tennessee
December 8, 2020

“We are so grateful to be able to continue to find ways to inspire our community during these trying times, especially with this holiday season being so challenging for everyone,” said Jason Hardy, Executive Director. “Knoxville Opera had numerous free holiday programs planned that were canceled due to spikes in the virus. Jtv generously opened its recording studio to Knoxville Opera so we could present this holiday gift to the community,” continued Hardy.

The video may be found here:
The digital program book may be found here:

Knoxville's Holidays on Ice - CANCELLED

  • December 11, 2020 — January 3, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family

UPDATED DEC. 18, 2020: Following the Knox County Board of Health’s recommendations that we all adhere to Safer at Home measures, the City of Knoxville has suspended Holiday’s on Ice at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum for the remainder of this season. We apologize for any inconvenience and wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season.

Holidays on Ice will be moving to the Civic Coliseum for the 2020/21 season. Opening day will be December 11! We are excited to still be able to bring you some winter holiday fun and look forward to another great season! Whether with family, friends or on a date you'll love skating in Downtown Knoxville on the same ice where the Ice Bears play hockey! Join us at Holidays on Ice to make memories that will last long after the holidays are over. Enjoy skating on a 180 ft rink while listening to music every night. There may even be a panda sighting by our Holidays on Ice Mascot, 'Peppermint Panda'! The rink will be open December 11, 2020 through January 3, 2021

Holidays on Ice is located inside the Civic Coliseum at 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave, 37915. You can reach the Ice Rink by phone at 865-215-4423.

Admission price includes entry fee, skate rental and unlimited time on ice!
We accept cash, Visa and Mastercard.

Adult: $11
Children Age 12 & Under: $8

Season Pass Adult: $50
Season Pass Children Age 12 & Under: $35

JTV: Home for the Holidays Festive Lights Display & Charitable Giving Event

  • December 4, 2020 — January 4, 2021

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

Dec 3-Jan 4, 4:00pm – 10:30pm

Where: 9600 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922

JTV (Jewelry Television), the national jewelry retailer and broadcast network, today unveiled its “Home for the Holidays” display that will support three Knoxville nonprofit agencies as part of the season of giving. Known for adding sparkle to life with beautiful jewelry and gemstones, JTV invites the public to enjoy its incredible “Home for the Holidays” display featuring thousands of sparkling lights and numerous holiday displays in the park of JTV’s West Knoxville headquarters. “This holiday season is unlike any other,” said Tim Matthews, President and CEO of JTV. “In a time when many traditional holiday events are canceled, we wanted to create an enjoyable event at JTV that brings us together in spirit and celebrates the joy of the holidays, albeit a bit differently than we have celebrated in the past.” While there is no cost for visitors to enjoy the festivities, donations to the three area nonprofits are welcome. Funds raised from the event will benefit the Emerald Youth Foundation, which helps serve thousands of local urban youth; the Restoration House, which assists women who face challenging situations; and Elder Care, which will provide gift boxes to area nursing home residents. Visitors can easily donate by scanning QR codes as they walk through the holiday displays or via the links above.

“Now more than ever, the holidays remind us that we are in a season of giving,” Matthews continued. “JTV’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ event will celebrate our hometown of Knoxville and give back to three charitable organizations that are focused on helping youth, women, and the elderly.”

JTV’s “Home for the Holidays” light display is part of Knoxville’s Neighborhood Holiday Trails. Guests can walk the track and enjoy the festive atmosphere in a socially distanced way, which features three signature trees, a stunning life-sized Nativity display, two “tunnels of lights” and climb into Santa’s sleigh for terrific photo opportunities.

The event is located at JTV’s headquarters at 9600 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37922 and is open every day from 4:00pm-10:30pm from now through January 4, 2021. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. The Knox County Sheriff’s Department is lending a hand to oversee JTV’s park attendance every evening. For more information on JTV, visit and follow @JTV on Instagram, @jewelrytelevision on Facebook, @jewelrytv on Pinterest and @jewelry on Twitter

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Art Thru The Window #2

  • December 4, 2020 — December 31, 2020

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

Art Thru The Window #2
Featuring the works of the BSG resident artists

Broadway Studios and Gallery
1127 N. Broadway Knoxville, TN 37917
To purchase works please call 865-556-8676

Knoxville Museum of Art: 2020 East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

The Knoxville Museum of Art and the Tennessee Art Education Association present the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition now through Sunday, January 10, 2021.

Now in its 15th year, the exhibition offers middle and high school students from around East Tennessee the opportunity to participate in a juried exhibition and to display their talents and be honored for their accomplishments in a professional art museum environment.

The East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition is open to students in grades 6-12 attending public, private, or home schools in 32 counties across East Tennessee. Approximately 311 works of the more than 530 entries in this highly competitive show made it through a rigorous jury process. The best-in-show winner will receive a purchase award of $500, and the artwork will become a permanent part of the collection of Mr. James Dodson, on loan to the Knoxville Museum of Art's Education Collection.

Since 2005, the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition has presented the work of nearly 4,000 students who have competed for a total of $7 million in scholarships made available to eligible juniors and seniors by colleges and universities from around the nation.

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public on a limited schedule Wednesday through Sunday 1–5pm. Admission and parking are free. Reservations are recommended by going to

For more information about this exhibition, contact Rosalind Martin at or 865.523.6349. Or visit

Ijams Hallway Gallery: Work by Melanie Ford Fetterolf

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Ijams Visitor Center’s Hallway Gallery features the diverse paintings of Melanie Fetterolf in December. Whether creating "rain paintings" (above left), capturing nature or studying human forms, Melanie employs a variety of techniques and styles to create something unique every time. She also teaches art classes and hosts painting parties at Painting Your World Studio.
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920

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