December 2013 Events in Tennessee

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Smith County Hometown Christmas – Dec. 1, Carthage
Guests can celebrate the season in Carthage. Head to the the Christmas open house event, go on horse drawn carriage rides, participate in the gingerbread house contest, see music performances, live nativity scenes and more. The Historic Smith County Courthouse is open as well as local businesses. The event begins at 1 p.m. CONTACT: (615) 735-2093

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Christmas Show – Dec. 2-8, Gatlinburg
This free arts-and-crafts show celebrates members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community along with artists from surrounding states. Enjoy pottery, photography, jewelry, candles, handmade candies and more, from fine art to traditional mountain crafts. CONTACT:

TSAA BlueCross Bowl – Dec. 5-7, Cookeville
The Tennessee Tech University campus will be buzzing with excitement as teams from across the state compete to be the best in their divisions on the impressive Tucker Stadium field. The games span three days with multiple games each day. Concession stands will be open with refreshments. CONTACT:

Ruby Red Christmas – Dec. 6-28, Chattanooga
Celebrate the holidays 1,120 feet underground at Ruby Falls with festive music, a light show and more. CONTACT: (423) 821-2544

Maury Christmas Historic Home Tour – Dec. 6-7, Columbia
This year’s annual tour will feature a dozen historic sites in Maury County. Organized by the Maury County APTA, proceeds from the tour go toward the renovation of the Athenaeum Rectory in Columbia. CONTACT: (931) 381-4822

1850 Holiday Decorations and Treats Workshop – Dec. 7, Dover
Step back in time during this five-hour workshop as you learn how to make two different Victorian decorations and one tasty, traditional treat from the holiday season in the 1850’s. There is a $50 registration with a full deposit required for the event. CONTACT: (270) 924-2020

Christmas at Historic Rugby – Dec. 7, Rugby
Visit beautifully decorated historic homes in Rugby, sure to bring an old-fashioned Christmas holiday season to life. CONTACT: (888) 214-3400

Mansker’s Station Yulefest – Dec. 7, Goodlettsville
Ring in the holiday season 1780s style. For one night, the historic site opens its doors for a free night of old-tyme festivities. Guests can enjoy refreshments in the Visitor’s Center along with live music, then head outside to enjoy entertainment by candlelight at both Mansker’s Fort and the Bowen House. CONTACT:

Oaklands Candlelight Tour of Homes – Dec. 7, Murfreesboro
This annual tour of homes ushers in the holiday season. The event will take place from 4-8 p.m. and features beautiful and historic private homes as well as the graceful Oaklands Mansion. Set in the historic district of Murfreesboro, stops along the tour will be festively adorned historical homes and churches, dressed in holly and evergreens. CONTACT: (615) 893-0022

Bethlehem Marketplace – Dec. 7-8, Murfreesboro
The Bethlehem Marketplace is a walk-through drama re-enacting how the village of Bethlehem might have appeared the morning after the birth of Jesus. Experience the Christmas story with live camels and other animals lending authenticity to the re-enactment. CONTACT:

Christmas in Old Appalachia – Dec. 7-24, Norris
Experience the simple joys of an old-fashioned Christmas with music, cabins decorated in pioneer style, storytelling, crafts and more at the Museum of Appalachia. CONTACT: (865) 494-7680

“A Christmas Carol” – Dec. 13-15, 21-23, Hendersonville
Presented by the Actors Point Theatre Company, this critically acclaimed and non-traditional production has many surprises, and captures the true essence of the holiday season. Tickets available for dinner and performance or performance only. CONTACT: (615) 431-9620

7th Annual Toyota East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic – Dec. 14, Cookeville
All-star football players from across the state come together to battle in this best-of-the-best competition. CONTACT:

Civil War Comes to the Homeplace – Dec. 14, Dover
The land between the rivers has been occupied by federal troops and under martial law since the fall of Forts Henry and Donelson in February 1862. Learn how the family farms, especially women, faced many challenges to keep the family fed, clothed and farm operating. Experience the fears of the farm family and learn how they persevered though the hardships. Then, visit the Confederate encampment and learn how civilians coped with their new role as soldiers. CONTACT:

Granville Country Christmas – Dec. 14, Granville
Celebrate a County Christmas in Granville. This year’s theme is a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy Christmas musicals, the Festival of Trees, an antique toy show, a parade, children events and rides and much more! CONTACT:

3rd Annual TN River Holiday Tour of Homes – Dec. 14-15, Decaturville
Families volunteer their homes for a weekend viewing during the Christmas holidays in support of the Decatur County CASA, a non-profit organization benefitting abused and neglected children. Tickets may be purchased through the organization’s office. CONTACT: (731) 852-2632

Dickens of a Christmas – Dec. 14-15, Franklin (pictured)
A Victorian-themed Christmas with more than 200 costumed characters reenacting the work of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” CONTACT: (615) 591-8500

Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra – Dec. 19, Murfreesboro
Get in the Christmas spirit by attending the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra’s annual Christmas concert, Sounds of Christmas. The Orchestra will be joined by the MSO Chorus for a stunning production of traditional fanfare that surrounds our most beloved season! CONTACT:

Gatlinburg’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show & Ball Drop – Dec. 31, Gatlinburg
Deemed the “Best New Year’s Eve Show in the South,” the Space Needle area will come alive at the stroke of midnight with a fabulous fireworks show for the 26th year. CONTACT:

Tennessee Aquarium’s New Year’s Family Sleep in the Deep – Dec. 31 – Jan. 1, Chattanooga
Explore the aquarium at night with tours, special activities, pizza, a midnight toast and continental breakfast. CONTACT: (423) 267-3474

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