December Events in Tennessee

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Christmas on the Cumberland – Nov. 21 through Jan. 2, Clarksville
Make sure to stop at the Cumberland Riverwalk to witness 2 million Christmas lights on display at McGregor Park from 5 to 10 p.m. It’s the perfect spot for families during the holiday season. Community organizations will lead seasonal crafts, dances, and activities on Dec. 10 and 17. CONTACT: (931) 645-7476,

The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights Powered by TVA – Dec. 1 through Jan. 6, Bristol
Race around the Bristol Motor Speedway track during the largest holiday light show in the South. With over two millions lights and four miles of track, the speedway provides entertainment for thousands and raises money for children’s charities. CONTACT:

42nd Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade – Dec. 1, Gatlinburg
An award-winning nighttime parade that features lighted floats, marching bands, balloons and more. CONTACT:

Ruby Falls Christmas Underground – Dec. 1-23, Chattanooga
Visit the Ruby Falls gem mines and discover Joystone, a rare gemstone that helps spread the spirit of Christmas. An adventure to see Santa leads to an ice cave. Watch gemstone miners play; catch a view of the Northern Lights; and journey through the Sugar Plum Fairy Village. Takes place Thursdays through Sundays. CONTACT: (423) 821-2544,

Christmas in the Country – Dec. 1, Livingston
Experience an ole-time Christmas celebration on the town square with carriage and wagon rides, music, hot cider, shopping and Santa. CONTACT: (931) 823-6421,

Maury Christmas Historic Home Tour – Dec. 1-2, Maury County
For more information on the sites featured on the 2016 Tour, visit the website. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Athenaeum. CONTACT: (931) 388-4822,

Christmas on the Mountain – Dec. 1-2, Spencer
Enjoy a weekend of yuletide fun, holiday music, handmade crafts and gifts for kids. Activities include making Christmas crafts, storytelling, breakfast with Santa and a mountain craft show at Fall Creek Falls State Park. CONTACT: (423) 881-5298,

A Candlelight Christmas – Dec. 1-2, 8-9, Piney Flats
A fun, 18th-century Christmas celebration that features dancing, decorations, music and storytelling. Reservations are recommended. CONTACT: 1-800, 538-1791,

Clarksville Christmas Parade – Dec. 2, Clarksville
Celebrate the holidays in downtown Clarksville for the annual parade. This year’s theme is “Christmas Trees & Memories.” Participants are encouraged to embrace the theme through music, dress and décor. Come out and join in on the holiday spirit from 5 to 7 p.m. CONTACT: (931) 645-7476,

Let It Glow Light Show – Dec. 1-31, Union City
The annual event features thousands of twinkly lights with surprises everywhere. CONTACT: (731) 885-5455,

Nativity Exhibit “O Come Let Us Adore Him!” – Dec. 1-3, Columbia
See displays of more than 500 Nativities and other art celebrating the birth of Christ. CONTACT: (931) 388-3331

10th Annual Del Rio Christmas Bazaar – Dec. 2, Del Rio
Join us for our holiday bazaar, featuring more than 50 regional crafters of handmade, homemade items. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a beautiful, festive location with food and seasonal music. CONTACT: (423) 487-3161,

Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade – Dec. 2, Mount Pleasant
The annual Rotary Christmas Parade in beautiful Mount Pleasant is set to begin at 7 p.m. CONTACT:

Oaklands Mansion Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes – Dec. 2, Mufreesboro
Usher in the holiday season with an enchanting tour of historic homes and landmarks. The 33rd Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes is from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students. CONTACT: (615) 893-0022,

13th Annual Hollyday Marketplace – Dec. 2, Murfreesboro
The Junior League of Murfreesboro hosts this fun-filled holiday shopping extravaganza-pop up shop style. With over 100 merchants and 2,000 shoppers last year, the shopping event continues to grow year over year. CONTACT:

Christmas in Olde Jonesborough – Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, Jonesborough
Don’t miss a variety of special holiday events that take place every Saturday from Thanksgiving to Christmas in downtown Jonesborough. CONTACT: (866) 401-4223

Yulefest – Dec. 2, Goodlettsville
A Christmas experience on the frontier. Masker’s Fort and historic Bowen House are decorated for the Christmas holiday with live entertainment. CONTACT: (888) 301-7886,

St. Jude Memphis Marathon – Dec. 2, Memphis
This is a Boston-qualifying, 26.2-mile race that traverses through the neighborhoods of Memphis and ends at AutoZone Park. CONTACT:

55th Annual Christmas Parade – Dec. 2, Sevierville
Don’t miss baton twirlers, pageant winners, marching bands and floats leading up to the appearance of Santa Claus who surprises and delights spectators of all ages in downtown Sevierville. CONTACT:

Christmas in Collierville – Dec. 2, 9, 16, Collierville
Celebrate the holidays with music, carriage rides, and visits from Santa on Collierville’s historic square. CONTACT: (901) 457-2776,

Columbia Mainstreet Christmas Parade – Dec. 4, Columbia
Enjoy this annual Christmas parade through Downtown Columbia. The parade begins at 7 p.m. CONTACT: (931) 388-3647,

Gallatin Coin & Currency Show – Dec. 8-9, Gallatin
Held at the Gallatin Civic Center gym, this two-day event for coin collectors of all ages features Roman coins, pre-Civil War paper money, Confederate money and on up to present day. The show takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day and offers free admission, free parking and door prizes. CONTACT: (615) 451-5911

Downtown Christmas Festival and Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade – Dec. 9, Paris
This free event is from 3 to 5 p.m. with a trackless train, s’mores, Christmas stories, games, food and more followed by the Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade at 5 p.m. CONTACT: (731) 653-7274,

Holiday Homecoming Celebration at Norris Dam State Park – Dec. 9, Rocky Top
Walk through time and discover rustic cabins transformed into a rustic village with live animal demonstrations, historical depictions of Appalachian life, and holiday treats. CONTACT: (800) 524-3602, 

52nd Annual Livingston/Overton County Christmas Parade – Dec. 9, Livingston
Head to the Courthouse Square for the annual parade. Entries include creative floats from schools, industries and businesses, holiday music, and of course, Santa Claus. CONTACT: (931) 823-6421,

Granville Country Christmas – Dec. 9, Granville
The Historic Granville 1930’s Country Christmas event includes the Festival of Trees, decorated historic homes featuring “A White House Christmas”, a decorated pioneer village, antique toy show, and great shopping in a town of yesteryear. CONTACT: (931) 653-4151,

24th Annual Christmas Toy Train Show – Dec. 9, Nashville
Enjoy a toy train and collectible show, railroad memorabilia, and operating layouts of all sizes during the annual Christmas Toy Train Show. CONTACT: (615) 646-2232,

Christmas at Historic Rugby – Dec. 2, 9, Rugby
See beautifully decorated historic homes to bring an old-fashioned Christmas holiday season to life. CONTACT: (423) 628-2441,

Dickens of a Christmas – Dec. 9-10, Franklin (pictured) 
A Victorian-themed Christmas festival with more than 200 costumed characters reenacting several works of Charles Dickens on the Main Street of Franklin. CONTACT: (615) 591-8500,

Dickens on the Square – Dec. 9, Covington
Each year on the second weekend of December, Covington’s historic square is transformed into a Christmas setting of mid-Victorian England. The public is invited to take part as characters or just come enjoy this event, which features caroling, carriage rides, puppet shows, storytelling, period dance demonstrations, Father Christmas, food, beautiful decorations, and more. CONTACT: (901) 476-9727,

Happy 123rd Birthday Shiloh – Dec. 27, Shiloh
Hosted by the Hardin County Convention & Visitors Bureau, this birthday celebration commemorates the establishment of Shiloh National Military Park. It includes a ranger-led program and birthday cake. CONTACT: (800) 552-3866

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show – Dec. 31, Gatlinburg
Welcome the New Year in grand style with this family-friendly celebration that is one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation. CONTACT:

New Year’s Eve Splash – Dec. 31, Clarksville
Ring in the New Year with family and friends at our pool party. Enjoy free access to “The Aqua Run” and “The Aqua Climb” climbing wall. Pool partiers can also enjoy a giant inflatable waterslide, light show, and DJ. Don’t miss the beach ball drop at midnight. After 10 p.m., minors, 17 and under, must be accompanied by parent or guardian. CONTACT: (931) 645-7476,

New Year’s on the Square – Dec. 31, Knoxville
Bring in 2018 with your friends and family on Market Square with live music, a ball drop and fireworks at Midnight CONTACT: (865) 215-4248,


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