December 2015 Events in Tennessee

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Ruby Red Christmas – Dec. 1-23, Chattanooga
Celebrate the holidays 1,120 ft. underground at Ruby Falls with holiday music, a light show and more festivities. CONTACT: (423) 821-2544,

Celebrate the Season – Dec. 3, Farragut
This free holiday event features photos with Santa, cookie decorating, crafts, Farragut Folklife Museum tours and entertainment amidst the beauty of the decorated Farragut Town Hall. CONTACT: (865) 966-7057,

House of Santa Mouse Arts and Crafts Festival – Dec. 3-5, Maryville
Sponsored by members of the Blount County Arts & Craft Guild, the 11th annual House of Santa Mouse features exceptional, quality-made Christmas gifts, home décor, soaps, jewelry, baskets and more by 55 local artists and craftsmen. CONTACT: (510) 504-0368,

Maury County APTA Home Tour – Dec. 4-5, Columbia
Step back in time and visit several antebellum homes decorated for Christmas. CONTACT: (931) 381-4822,

O, Come Let Us Adore Him – Dec. 4-6, Columbia
Fourth annual exhibition of the nativity, this event has displays of over 500 nativities, angels and other art celebrating the birth of Christ at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Also included is an organ recital on Friday, and a Christmas concert on Saturday followed in the evening with Lessons & Carols. Free event. CONTACT: (931) 388-2221

Porter Flea Market – Dec. 5, Nashville (pictured)
Porter Flea returns for our tenth modern handmade market event: Porter Flea Holiday X. To celebrate ten markets, the event will feature some special design collaborations between the area’s best makers. Find unique design collaborations for the most outstanding handmade gifts in the southeast. CONTACT:

Christmas in Old Appalachia – Dec. 5, Clinton
The Museum of Appalachia and its village will be adorned for the holidays with simple gifts and decorations typical of early Appalachian life. Special exhibits will honor the quiet beauty of Christmas in pioneer days, and guests will enjoy the old-fashioned atmosphere and warmth of the season. CONTACT: (865) 494-7680,

Progressive Dinner – Dec. 5, Jonesborough
Experience an elegant, multi-course dinner and a tour of our finest historic homes. This event is a fundraiser sponsored by the Heritage Alliance. Reservations are required. CONTACT: (423) 753-9580,

8th Annual Del Rio Christmas Bazaar – Dec. 5, Del Rio
Head to this holiday bazaar, featuring more than 40 crafters and handmade items. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a festive, beautiful location with food and seasonal music. CONTACT: (423) 487-3161,

Tennessee River Christmas Tour of Homes – Dec. 5-6, Decaturville
Tour of the beautiful homes decorated for Christmas along the Tennessee River in Decatur County. The tour is hosted by Decatur County CASA. CONTACT: (731) 852-2632,

Christmas at Historic Rugby – Dec. 5, 12, Rugby
Visit beautifully decorated historic homes to bring an old-fashioned Christmas holiday season to life. CONTACT: (888) 214-3400,

Three Days of Christmas in Hartsville – Dec. 10-12, Hartsville
Enjoy this festive weekend with a candlelight Tour of Homes, Christmas play and lighting of the Christmas tree. There is also the annual Christmas parade, followed by the Dickens on the Square Celebration featuring music, vendors, food, a cake walk and much more. CONTACT: (507) 381-5157,

Santa’s Village – Dec. 10-13, Martin
Santa’s Village in Martin celebrates the season of giving. Admission to the event is a $5 donation of nonperishable food and/or toys to help those in the surrounding area during the holiday season. Celebrating its 31st year, the event takes place at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex at the University of Tennessee at Martin. It features horse-drawn wagon rides, a craft fair, great entertainment from regional talent, petting farm, model train display and lots more. The event is 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10-11, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 12, and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 13. CONTACT: (731) 587-6784,

Christmas in the Park at Pickwick Landing State Park – Dec. 11-12, Counce
Enjoy free family fun at Christmas in the Park and Holiday Mart. Guests can enjoy visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, lighted displays, crafts at Santa’s workshop and much more.
CONTACT: (731) 925-2363,

22nd Annual Christmas Toy Train Show – Dec. 12, Nashville
Sponsored by the Music City Chapter Train Collectors Association, this event will be held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in the Agricultural Building. Open to the public, it will feature viewable operating layouts of all sizes, new and used trains from major manufacturers available for purchase, as well as train parts and railroad objects. Attendees can enjoy a toy train and collectible show, railroad memorabilia, and a train show and sale. Children can also register for a drawing of train sets. CONTACT: (615) 646-2232

Dickens of a Christmas – Dec. 12-13, Franklin
Experience a Victorian-themed Christmas with more than 200 costumed characters reenacting the work of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” CONTACT: (615) 591-8500,

Holiday Tour & Tea – Dec. 13, Jonesborough
This award-winning tour takes you through the elegantly decorated town as you enjoy a festive tea with tastes of the season. Admission is $15 with a limited number of tickets. CONTACT: (423) 753-1010,

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