KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- If you're looking for things to do during the holidays, take a look at some of the events and festivities that are happening around Knoxville for the entire month of December.
Gatlinburg's Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade was cancelled last year due to the wildfires. This year, the parade is back, and is set for Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The route starts at traffic light 1A on Hwy 321(East Parkway) and ends at traffic light 10 on Hwy 441(Main Parkway). This parade usually brings more that 60,000 people together.
The 55th annual Sevierville Christmas Parade is on Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Sevierville.
Hours for Christmas in the Cave:
Dec. 8 and 15- 5-8 p.m.
Dec. 9 and 10- 3-8 p.m.
Dec. 16 and 17- 3-8 p.m.
Willow Ridge Garden Center and Landscaping will be hosting free pictures with Santa and Mrs. Clause from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. from now through Dec. 16. Willow Ridge is located at 97 Oak Ridge Tpk.
Knoxville Botanical Gardens is giving away free trees on Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The trees are for planting on private properties. The only requirement is that you are a resident or business located in Knoxville and Knox County. Each person or business is allowed up to five trees. Tree's include: Overcup Oak, Sweetgum, Redbud, Sugar Maple and Persimmon.
The 5th annual Holiday Market Place will be back at Ijams Nature Center on Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come shop from local crafters, designers, and food vendors. Christmas is a great time to support local businesses in Knoxville.
Although children can come meet Santa at Knoxville Center Mall every day until Dec. 21, on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. kids can come meet Santa in a calmer environment. Noises will be reduced, as well as bright lighting. Children can also bring their favorite pet to meet Santa on Dec. 10th.
On Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., Maryville College's Division of Fine Arts will be hosting "A Maryville Christmas." The event will feature seven music ensembles from the college, who will sing traditional Christmas carols as well as contemporary Christmas music. The event will take place at Clayton Center for the Arts' Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.
Before you drive through Chilhowee Park to see the lights, make sure to stop by the Exposition Center at Chilhowee Park on Dec. 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for some free events. Families will see a forest of lighted trees floating on the lake and can have their picture taken with Santa. Some other festivities include: Roasting marshmallows, face painting, balloon animals,train rides, and gingerbread house making. Everything at the event is free for all.
First Farragut United Methodist is hosting a Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Dec. 9. For $10, adults and kids can receive a breakfast, visit the ELF Shop and craft area, and get their picture with Santa. All proceeds go to FFUMC Children's Ministry Program. Although walk-Ins are welcome, you can buy your ticket in advance online at www.ffumc.org under "event registration." First Farragut United Methodist is located at 12733 Kingston Pike.
Stay active during the holidays while having fun by participating in the annual Santa Hustle Smokies 5k & Half Marathon on Dec. 10. Participants will receive a Santa hat, beard, shirt and socks that they will wear during the race. The race begins at The Wilderness Resort and runners can either compete in a 5K or half marathon. If you don't feel like running, cheer on the other runners and enjoy cookies and candy canes. To register go to http://www.santahustle.com/smokies/.
The Museum of Appalachia is hosting a Candlelight Christmas on Dec. 1st and 2nd from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event will feature a tour of selected cabins by candlelight, Christmas storytelling and ornament making. There will also be a live Nativity scene and various music and craft demonstrations. Members of The Museum of Appalachia and children under 5 can get in for free, and adults 18 years and older are $12, while children between 5 and 17 can get in for $6.
Knoxville Civic Coliseum is hosting the 49th annual Nativity Pageant from Dec. 9 to December 11. The program is free for everyone. The nativity will have three showings: Dec. 9 at 3 p.m., Dec. 10 at 3 p.m., and Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.