‘A Christmas Carol’ comes to the Clarence Brown Theatre Mainstage

With a brand new look, stunning costumes, traditional carols, an adaptation guaranteed to enrich your holiday season, PLUS $10 tickets for children 5 to 12, “A Christmas Carol,” returns to the Clarence Brown mainstage through December 18. At each performance, patrons can enhance the experience by enjoying special holiday treats at the concession stand and taking pictures with “Scrooge and Tiny Tim” in a new, specially designed photo experience which will be stationed in the main lobby.

The $10 children’s tickets can only be purchased by calling or stopping by the Box Office at (865)974-5161.

Talk Back with the actors will take place Sunday, December 4 following the matinee. Deaf Night at the Theatre, where all patron interactions including the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language, will take place Sunday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, December 6 at the CBT Family Feast, families can attend dinner at 6:00 p.m. and then see the show for only $10. The Open Captioned performance is Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m.

For more information on the various engagement events listed above, please contact the Box Office at (865)974-5161.

Appalachian Ballet presents ‘The Nutcracker’

The Appalachian Ballet Company will present the annual holiday tradition “The Nutcracker” in their 45th anniversary season. The production features live music by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. The Appalachian Ballet Company will present four public shows December 3 at 7:30 p.m. and December 4 at 3 p.m. at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium AND December 9 at 7:30 p.m. and December 10 at 3 p.m. at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville.  Two school matinees (includes K-8 curriculum guide covering common core standards) will be presented at 10 a.m. at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on December 1 and 2.  For tickets call Knox Tickets at (865)656-4444 or Clayton Center at (865)981-8590.

Candlelight Lessons and Carols

St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway, invites you to a Candlelight Advent Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 4, 5:00 p.m., featuring Bible readings and prayer interspersed with carols, choral music and congregational singing. This service is based on a service that originated in England in 1918 at King’s College, Cambridge, beginning a tradition that is nearly 100 years old. Music includes O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Lo, how a rose e’er blooming; and choral arrangements by Boris Ord, Gustav Holst, Paul Manz and John Rudder. For information, please see stjamesknox.org or call (865)523-5687.

Candle Making Workshop at Marble Springs State Historic Site

Marble Springs State Historic Site will host a Candle Making Workshop on Saturday, December 3 starting at 11a.m. This hands-on workshop will teach visitors about lighting sources of the 18th century; participants will get to make their own beeswax candle by the open hearth. Packing a lunch is recommended. Reservations are required and space is limited to twenty participants. The enrollment fee is $20 for the cost of materials. Details are subject to change. For more information call (865)573-5508, email info@marblesprings.net, or visit our website at www.marblesprings.net.

Christmas at Chilhowee

The Chilhowee Park lighting of the tree on the Chilhowee Park Bandstand and more will take place Friday December 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. There will be live music and many free activities. Build a gingerbread house with Austin-East Culinary Arts Department. There will be train rides for all ages, pictures with Santa Claus, marshmallow roasting, hot cocoa, face painting, balloon animals, and more. The Muse Knoxville will have special activities.

Christmas Candlelight Tours at Marble Springs

Marble Springs State Historic Site is proud to present Christmas Candlelight Tours on Saturday, December 10, from 4-8 p.m. Experience the historic site through the soft glow of candle light. The historic buildings will be decorated with fresh greenery. Music, open hearth cooking, baked goods, and warm drinks will set your heart aglow with holiday spirit. Details are subject to change. Entrance is a suggested $2 donation. For more information please call (865)573-5508, email info@marblesprings.net, or visit www.marblesprings.net.

Christmas Cantata

Concord United Methodist Church presents its annual Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 4, 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. This year’s musical is Appalachian Winter by composer Joseph Martin, who utilizes early American folk hymns and spirituals combined with meaningful narrative to allow the familiar Christmas story to be heard in a new way.

Members of the Concord Chancel Choir, Youth Choir and friends combine their 65+ voices with a full orchestra and organ, conducted by Rev. Mike Stallings, Pastor of Worship & Worship Arts.  Soloists include sopranos Nancy Owens, Wendy Maness from the bluegrass and Americana band Westwend and Katy Warnick, member of the Concord Youth Choir, Farragut High School Choral Ensemble and an All-East Tennessee Choir participant. The orchestra is comprised of local musicians, including members from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and from the Concord UMC Orchestra, in addition to Concord’s organist, Betsy Segraves. Narration will be voiced by Concord UMC Pastors Larry Trotter, Wil Cantrell, Glenna Manning and Chris Luper.

Concord United Methodist Church is located at 11020 Roane Drive in Farragut. The community is invited to bring family and friends to enjoy this wonderful seasonal experience!

Christmas Nativity Festival

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 6024 Grove Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918, invites the public to attend a nativity festival on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to celebrate the birth of Christ this season. Come reflect on the true meaning of Christmas by viewing numerous nativity exhibits while listening to live musical performances. Children’s activities with light refreshments and hot chocolate will be provided. Please bring new pairs of socks, gloves and canned goods to donate to the Corryton Hospitality Pantry. The pantry is a coalition of fifteen different denominations throughout the community who are dedicated to providing food to the needy.

Farragut Middle School PTO to host Holiday Gift Bazaar

Holiday Shopping takes center stage when the Farragut Middle School PTO hosts its first annual Holiday Gift Bazaar on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Farragut Middle School gymnasium. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Over 40 popular local vendors are slated to participate. Shoppers can choose from an extensive selection of unique, high quality products that are perfect for the home, family, office, or gift-giving. Items to be offered include the best in handmade fabrics, wood and metal crafts, creative pottery, stylish jewelry, boutique clothing, and much more.

The festively themed Holiday Gift Bazaar also features a fun $1 bake sale, concessions with snack and lunch items, and a silent auction. Proceeds will enable the purchase of new technology for Farragut Middle School.

For more information please contact co-chairs Stephanie Nelson (snelson411@tds.net) or Amy Bush (amyjfbush@gmail.com).

North Hills Holiday Home Tour

The North Hills Garden Club is hosting a Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. in historic North Hills neighborhood located just north of downtown Knoxville. The tour will feature seven unique homes, an area church and nearby fire station #11. This festive event has been a neighborhood tradition for over 20 years. Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance when purchased from a North Hills Garden Club member or through this Paypal link: http://bit.ly/2fkV6u0. Tickets should be picked up on the day of the tour between 3:45 and 7:15 p.m. at the kiosk located at 1726 North Hills Blvd. Children under 12 years of age will be admitted free of charge. Refreshments will be served at each home.

Ramsey House Christmas Wreath Workshop

‘Tis the Season and no proper door should be without a fresh green wreath. Come and join the staff at Ramsey House and make your own natural green wreath. Ramsey House will provide the Christmas treats and all the greens and fixin’s you will need for your project including a beautiful bow. All you need is a pair of garden gloves and a small pair of garden shears. Julia Shiflett and her Merry Band of Wreath Elves are ready to help you dress your front door or window with your very own wreath. Class fee is $35, the date is Saturday December 10 (so put it on your calendar) starting at 12:30. Don’t be disappointed, call for your reservation before the class is full at 865-546-0745

Tour de Lights

Tour de Lights, Downtown Knoxville, starts at Market Square Bikes on December 16 at 7 p.m.

Join in for this fun, free bike parade through downtown, 4th & Gill and Old North Knoxville. Riders are encouraged to get creative with lights, costumes and decorations. The route is about 5 miles long and takes about an hour to ride at a casual pace. All streets will be completely closed for the event. Hot cocoa and treats are available thanks to Mast General Store and Three Rivers Market. You can RSVP on Facebook, but you don’t need to register.

Prizes are awarded at 8:15 p.m. in these categories: Best costume – Adult, Best costume – Child, Best bicycle and/or trailer, Best helmet, Best group with theme, Best all around and runner ups in each category.

*Free bike safety checks and judging for the decorating contest start at 6 p.m.

UT Arboretum Society Holiday Craft Brunch

The UT Arboretum Society is sponsoring a Holiday Craft Brunch on Friday, December 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The cost is $25 per person for the brunch and materials. A UTAS member will be conducting the workshop which will be held at the UT Arboretum Auditorium. Cuttings from the Arboretum’s Harold Elmore Holly Collection will be used to make the unique wreaths. Participants may bring clippings from their own yard as well. It is suggested that participants bring gloves. Brunch will include breakfast casserole, muffins, juice, and coffee. There will be a maximum of 15 participants. Cost is $25, payable in advance. Call or email Janet Bigelow at (865) 675-3822 or janet_bigelow@tds.net to register. Sign up today!