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VOL. 43 | NO. 47 | Friday, November 22, 2019

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Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show. The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is the nation’s largest organization of independent artisans and makes its home in Gatlinburg and the 8-mile Arts and Crafts Loop along Route 321, Buckhorn Road and Glades Road. The Tennessee artists and craftspeople here create beautiful and useful things with techniques handed down for centuries. Find gorgeous quilts, old-fashioned straw brooms with hand carved handles, exquisitely woven baskets, hand-dipped scented candles, Victorian ceramic pitchers, pottery, dulcimers, stuffed bears and leather vests. There is handmade jewelry unlike anything you’ll find in the malls back home. Painters capture scenes of landscapes and mountain life, while potters and weavers work magic with clay and cloth. Free. Gatlinburg Convention Center. Through Dec. 1. Weekdays: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information

THROUGH JAN. 4

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

A must see indeed, as a five-time award winner of America’s Best Christmas Event. Features more than 4 million holiday lights and spectacular performances. You can also see Santa in the Parade of Lights. Through Jan. 4. Dollywood Theme Park, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd. Pigeon Forge. Information

THROUGH JAN. 5

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

A drive-thru synchronized music and light show. Attendees may also visit Santa’s Village and see Santa. From dusk to 10 p.m. (or possibly later on the weekends). Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium, Kodak and Sevierville. 3540 Line Drive, Kodak. Information

NOV. 26-DEC. 1

Festival of Trees

This season, enjoy the holiday splendor that only a room full of ornately decorated Christmas trees can provide. Presented by Gatlinburg Hospitality Solutions, Gatlinburg’s annual festival returns with all new family-friendly activities, live entertainment, visits with Santa Claus and, of course, exquisitely decorated Christmas trees and wreaths that will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg Chamber Foundation. This year marks the 46th year of Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees. Free. WL Mills, 234 Historic Nature Trail. Gatlinburg. Information

THURSDAY, NOV. 28

Shooting Stars, Superheroes on Parade

Comic book pop culture superheroes will be the superstars in this year’s live, annual Thanksgiving Fireworks Parade and explosive fireworks display at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge. This free, family, outdoor event heralds the start of the holiday season at the museum attraction. 7 p.m. Information

FRIDAY, NOV. 29

Light the tree

Regal Celebration of Lights, 6-9 p.m. Market Square, Krutch Park and Market Street Lighting of the Downtown Christmas tree. Information

NOV. 29-JAN. 5

Ice skate downtown

Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice, presented by Home Federal Bank, is an outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of downtown Knoxville on Market Square. Enjoy skating under Christmas lights and stars while listening to music every night. The ice rink will be closed during inclement weather, please check the Holidays on Ice Facebook page to stay updated, Facebook.com/KnoxvillesHolidaysonIce. Monday thru Thursday 4-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 1-9 p.m. One-day tickets: Adult $10, children 12 & younger $7. Season pass: Adult $45, children 12 & younger $30. Information

Elves downtown

The Elf on the Shelf is a magical Christmas tradition recognized in households around the world. This year some of these magical scout elves will be sent from the North Pole by Santa and will land in downtown Knoxville to be adopted by more than two dozen downtown Knoxville businesses. Families are invited to explore downtown and find where these little scout elves have landed each night for a fun-filled, holiday scavenger hunt. Free. Treats, activities and prizes will be part of the hunt. Information

NOV. 30-DEC. 1

Tunes and Tales

Downtown Gatlinburg hosts Winter Magic Tunes & Tales once again with strolling Christmas entertainment, beginning the Friday/Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 5-9:30 p.m., followed by performances Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22. Holiday music will fill the air with a sacred-secular mixture of Appalachia, bluegrass and country. Visitors will also enjoy visiting with Santa’s Elves-Frosty-Rudolph, a little bit of history, humor and more. Information

SATURDAY, NOV. 30

Oak Ridge Christmas

The tree lighting In Jackson Square at 7 p.m. Information

SATURDAY, NOV. 30

UT football

Vols versus Vanderbilt. 4 p.m. Neyland Stadium, 1235 Phillip Fulmer Way, Knoxville. Information

TUESDAY, DEC. 3

The Big Give

The Community Luncheon given by the United Way of Greater Knoxville celebrates the local nonprofit community and its work to make Knoxville the best it can be. Noon. $10 per ticket. Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Information

THURSDAY, DEC. 5

BAH Humbug

Knoxville Chamber’s annual holiday networking event. The event draws Chamber members and their guests, along with business and community leaders, elected officials and young professionals. Bridgewater Place, 205 Bridgewater Road. Information

Historic Blount Mansion Holiday Celebration

The estate’s annual holiday gala with a cocktail reception at the Craighead-Jackson House located next door with dinner to follow inside Blount Mansion. The Craighead-Jackson House, circa 1818, has been closed to the public for a decade. 6-9 p.m. $200. Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Ave. Information

FRIDAY, DEC. 6

Gatlinburg Parade

The 44th annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade will roll through downtown Gatlinburg in celebration of the holiday season and the beginning of Gatlinburg Winter Magic. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. from Baskins Creek Bypass, a spectacular parade line-up of balloons, floats decorated by local businesses and groups, and 11 marching bands, spans through downtown before ending at traffic light #10. Parade-goers are encouraged to arrive early to find a spot on the Parkway to watch the parade. More than 60,000 people come to view the award-winning parade featuring lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units, giant balloons and of course Santa Claus. Free. Information

Knoxville Christmas Parade

WIVK presents the 47th Annual Christmas event in downtown Knoxville. The parade will step off onto Church Street and travel toward Gay Street, where the parade host will be positioned, announcing each unit as they pass. The parade will end at Gay Street and Magnolia. This event is rain or shine. 7 p.m. Information

Knoxville Award Luncheon

The 26th annual event recognizes and honors a deserving person who demonstrates his/her care for the community and its citizens. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. Event begins at noon. The 2019 Knoxville Award honoree will be surprised at the event. All proceeds benefit Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service, a nonprofit, Knoxville-based organization providing homemaker and personal care services for seniors and people with disabilities of all ages in the community. Previous honorees: James Haslam II, Lindsay Young, Mary Shafer, Pat Summitt, Peyton Manning, Tee Martin, W. Jack Walker, Jim Dick, Sam and Ann Furrow, Natalie Haslam, Larry Fleming, the late Sen. Howard Baker, Sen. Ben Atchley, Jim and Kay Clayton, Hallerin Hilton Hill, Phillip Fulmer, U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam, Joe Johnson, Johnny Majors, Randy Boyd, Dale Keasling and Larry Martin. $150 per ticket. $1,500 table of 10. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St. Information

SATURDAY, DEC. 7

Maryville parade

The annual event begins at 11 a.m. for Blount County’s annual Christmas parade. The theme is songs of Christmas. Parade line-up will be established by Blount County Jaycees, Inc. and will be listed in the Daily Times by Friday, Dec. 6. Information

TUESDAY, DEC. 31

New Year’s on the Square

Celebrate the coming of the New Year in Historic Market Square Knoxville with a countdown, ball drop and fireworks. 10 p.m. Information

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