UPDATE, 12/8

We regret to inform you that both days of this year’s Candlelight Christmas have been cancelled, due to flooding and a high likelihood of continuing rain throughout the weekend. It saddens us greatly to have to cancel this beloved event, but the safety of our guests must always come first.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

If you purchased a ticket to Candlelight Christmas 2022, you’re welcome and encouraged to use that ticket to gain admission to one of the following 2023 Museum of Appalachia events: Sheep Shearing Days, Independence Day Anvil Shoot Celebration, or Candlelight Christmas. Or, you can use the ticket to tour the Museum on a non-event day. For those of you who simply want to consider your ticket purchase a donation to the Museum of Appalachia—a non-profit organization—we sincerely thank you.

Should neither of those options work for you, please e-mail us at museum@museumofappalachia.org or call us at 865-494-7680 to request a refund. We thank you in advance for your patience during this time of high communications volume with our team.

We thank you for your support and hope to see you soon!


Elaine Irwin Meyer


Museum of Appalachia’s “Candlelight Christmas” moved to Saturday

On Saturday, December 10, the Museum of Appalachia will host its seventh annual Candlelight Christmas event—a winter celebration that captures the beauty and simplicity of a pioneer Christmas. The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. and will end at 9:00 p.m. The centerpiece of this holiday experience is an evening tour of the Museum’s pioneer village. Old-fashioned Christmas decorations will adorn the interiors of the Museum’sauthentic log cabins—many of which will be festively lit for the occasion.

Candlelight Christmas will also feature traditional musicians performing throughout the grounds, local artisans and craftspeople, and a variety of family-friendly activities, including wagon rides, visits with farm animals, popcorn stringing, Christmas storytelling, and more. Blacksmiths, spinners, weavers, and other demonstrators will be on-site for historic demonstrations.

For more information, call 865-494-7680, or visit museumofappalachia.org.