Knoxville Family Christmas And Holiday Event Round-Up


The holiday excitement is building here in Knoxville! Holiday events are starting to fill our calendar. Some are even taking place before Thanksgiving! Knoxville Moms is here to help you make the most of the season with a comprehensive list of local events, train rides, parades and Santa sightings across East Tennessee in this year’s Knoxville Holidays Event Roundup!

Knoxville Family Holiday Events


2023 Knoxville Family Christmas and Holiday Event Round-Up

Events and Festivities

Wilderness at the Smokies Wilderness at the Smokies
Sevierville, TN
1424 Old Knoxville Highway, Sevierville, TN 37876
General Public: $18.99 plus tax, Includes skate rental

Ring in the holiday season by ice skating with your entire family at Wilderness at the Smokies’ REAL outdoor ice rink. It’s open daily through January 15, and all sorts of fun special events are planned for at it. Adding to the festive setting is music, holiday lights and a rink side snack area selling hot chocolate, smores and more! Public admission tickets are $18.99 plus tax and include your skate rental. Public admission will be discounted to $10.99 plus tax on November 30 only in celebration of the Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan stopping at the resort from 6 to 9 pm. For hours and more information on the special events planned, visit their website.

Fantasy of Trees
Knoxville Convention Center
701 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
11/22/23 9:00AM-9:00PM, 11/23/23 3:00PM-8:00PM, 11/24/23 9:00AM-9:00PM, 11/25/23 9:00AM-9:00PM, 11/26/23 12:00PM-6:00PM
General Admission: Adults $8, Children 4-12 $4, Children 3 & Under Free, Fantasy 4 Pack $20 (online only)

Fantasy of Trees is better than ever this year! There will also be extended hours this year. Travel through a forest of more than 350 beautifully designed trees, holiday accessories and more. Be sure to explore the nearly 20 children’s activities including a visit with Santa! See the website for more details.

Regal Celebration of Lights
Downtown Knoxville, TN
Krutch Park Extension
11/24/23 5:15PM-9:00PM

Watch the lighting of the 42-foot Christmas tree in Krutch Park. There will be live music, free activities, photos with Santa and more! See website for more details.

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas
Pigeon Forge, TN
Dollywood Theme Park
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd. Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Let Dollywood be your favorite memory this Christmas season! With more than 6 million twinkling lights, heartwarming holiday shows, festive flavors on new menus and a chance to see Santa and peek at his Naughty and Nice List, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas is sure to delight your family. Complete your holiday experience with an overnight stay at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa. The resort’s halls are decked in beautiful Christmas décor inspired by warm, rich memories of Smoky Mountain Christmases of the past. Create special holiday moments with festival-inspired activities, meals and live entertainment. Resort guests also enjoy complimentary Dollywood TimeSaver passes and trolley service to and from the park.

Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede
Dolly Parton’s Stampede
3849 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Ticket prices and show times vary. Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction Christmas Show is beloved and for good reason! Experience the magnificent sights and sounds of Christmas, including a full-scale living Nativity, holiday decorations, Santa Claus and a fabulous four-course Christmas feast. See website for more details.

Christmas at Biltmore
Asheville, NC
The Biltmore
1 Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803

Biltmore offers both a daytime Christmas celebration and candlelight Christmas evenings. See website for ticket pricing as they vary depending on date and day. (Pro tip: Costco often offers Biltmore gift cards for an even bigger discount!) See the hundreds of trees, thousands of lights, and miles of garland around the picturesque estate. Visit Antler Hill Village on Saturdays and Sundays to see Santa! See website for more details.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
Soaky Mountain Waterpark
175 Gists Creek Road, Sevierville, TN 37876
11/17/23-1/7/24 6:00PM-10:00PM. Open rain or shine and on holidays.

The standard ticket is $39.95 per car plus taxes and fees. The value ticket is $34.95 per car plus taxes and fees.  The value tickets are only good on value nights.  For more information, click here. Fees include admission to Santa’s Village. Credit cards accepted. See a synchronized music and light show that will amaze you from the comfort of your vehicle. Then get out of your car to visit Santa’s Village to see Santa and do much more. See website for more details.

Sevierville’s Winterfest CelebrationSevierville Winterfest
Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg, TN
Enjoy viewing millions of twinkling lights as you drive down the Parkway through Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg. See website for more details.


Safety City Christmas
Safety City
165 Concord Street SW, Knoxville, TN 37919
Dates TBA
A Knoxville tradition is back! Bring your bicycles, scooters, push cars, strollers and wagons to see Safety City all lit up for Christmas!  See the Safety City Facebook page for more details.


Light the Way 5K
Pigeon Forge, TN
11/10/23 11:00PM

Experience a nighttime run in the nation’s most beautiful holiday park during the award-winning Smoky Mountain Christmas festival by registering for the 10th annual Light the Way 5K! The route will go through the theme park twice, giving participants plenty of time to take in the five million Christmas lights. See website for more details.

Anakeesta Enchanted WinterEnchanted Winter Anakeesta
Gatlinburg, TN
576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
General Admission: $22.99 (4-11), $27.99 (Seniors 60+) & $34.99 (Adults 12-59).

Immerse yourself in tens of thousands of twinkling lights at Anakeesta’s Enchanted Winter experience! Stroll through Arctic Alley to see lights set to seasonal music, discover the sensory walk on the Vista Gardens’ boardwalk and sip your way through the hot chocolate trail! See website for more details.


Winterfest at The Island in Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge, TN
131 The Island Drive, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

This new holiday event will kick-off on November 18th with a tree lighting. Santa will be available that day for photos from 3:00PM-9:00PM. The Winterfest light and fountain show will continue throughout the holiday season. It will take place daily at 6:00PM, 7:00PM, 8:00PM and 9:00PM. See website for more details.

Christmas at Gaylord OprylandGaylord Opryland Polar Express
Nashville, TN
Gaylord Opryland Events Center
2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214

Activity pricing ranges from roughly $4.99 and up depending on age and date. Explore acres of twinkling lights, more than 17 hours of exciting activities, shows and events. This year the ice experience will be the classic Polar Express! Definitely worth a day trip to Nashville to experience this new Christmas exhibit and tour Opryland decorated for the holidays from top to bottom! See website for more details.


Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Kodak, TN
Bass Pro Shops
3629 Outdoor Sportsman Place, Kodak, TN 37764
(865) 932-5600

Enjoy the magic of Christmas inside every Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s store! The tradition at Bass Pro Shops will continue this year with some changes to enhance safety. Reservations will be required in addition to other measures. See website for more details.

The Elf on the Shelf Adventure
Downtown Knoxville

The adventure returns to Knoxville featuring an Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt!  Pick up a North Pole Pass at Mast General Store or Knoxville Visitors Center to guide you through the adventure. The first 5,000 participants will receive a holiday stamp to self-stamp their passes. A list of participating stores can be found on their website.

Peppermint Trail in Downtown Knoxville
Downtown Knoxville

Enjoy special holiday flavored treats such as hot cocoa, ice cream and even craft cocktails at participating businesses. Look for the peppermint sticker on the businesses that will have a special peppermint or holiday flavored treat! Downtown Knoxville will have special décor on Market Square that will be sure to help with the holiday spirit! Walk through and capture some family photos by our 42-foot Christmas tree on Gay Street and enjoy thousands of twinkling lights throughout the park! A list of participating businesses can be found on the Peppermint Trail website.

Holidays on Ice
Downtown Knoxville, TN
Market Square

Adults: $12, Children: $9 (12 & under). Admission price includes entry fee, skate rental and unlimited time on ice! Season passes are also available. See website for hours and more details.

Light the Park

Farragut/West Knoxville, TN
Founder’s Park at Campbell Station, formerly Campbell Station Park
405 N. Campbell Station Rd., Farragut, TN 37934
11/20/23-1/1/24 7:00PM-10:00PM

Enjoy this Farragut tradition that sparkles through the entire holiday season! See thousands of holiday lights and drop those letters to Santa in a special mailbox! See website for more details.


Farragut Celebrate the Season
Farragut, TN
Farragut Community Center
239 Jamestowne Boulevard, Farragut, TN 37934
11/30/23 4:30PM-7:00PM

This Farragut Family favorite will include photos with Santa, cookie decorating, crafts, light refreshments, and holiday-themed movies. See website for more details.

‘Twas the Night with No Parents
Farragut, TN
Farragut Community Center
239 Jamestowne Boulevard, Farragut, TN 37934
12/15/23 6:00PM-9:00PM
General Admission: $10

Get your holiday shopping done or just relax when you send your children (ages 6 to 12) to the community center for the evening! For just $10 per child, your kids will enjoy an evening of pizza, games, a craft and a holiday-themed movie. See website for more details.

A Candlelight Christmas at the Museum of Appalachia
Museum of Appalachia
2819 Andersonville Hwy, Clinton, TN 37716
12/15/23-12/16/23 4:00PM-9:00PM
Tickets TBA

Experience the serenity of an Appalachian Christmas at the Museum of Appalachia! The centerpiece of this holiday event is an evening tour of the Museum’s pioneer village. The cabins will be adorned with old-fashioned Christmas decorations and festively lit for the occasion. Activities will include storytelling, live nativity, wagon rides, live music, and wagon rides. Demonstrations will include blacksmithing, sorghum making, apple butter churning, and more. Please reserve your tickets in advance; limited tickets available to ensure social distancing. See website for more details.

Historic Ramsey House Christmas Market
2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914
11/11/23 10:00AM-4:00PM

At this free holiday craft fair, you’ll have an opportunity to shop from over 40 different holiday vendors! Onsite food and entertainment will also be available, as well as local demonstrators. For more information, visit the Ramsey House website.

Holiday Market in Historic Downtown Clinton
Clinton, TN
12/9/23 10:00AM-5:00PM

The annual holiday market kicks off at 10:00am with sales in the downtown shops along with Christmas music on the street. The Cookie Crawl will kick off at 1:00pm and end at 4:00pm. During this time all the participating shops will give out cookies, along with free opportunities with Santa & Mrs. Claus. See the Facebook page for more details.

Oak Ridge Holiday Farmers Market
Oak Ridge, TN
Historic Jackson Square
12/2/23, 12/9/23 & 12/16/23 9:00am-1:00pm

Mark your calendar and make plans to visit Jackson Square in Oak Ridge for the Holiday Market! Lots of opportunities to do some holiday shopping to find that perfectly unique fit and support local farmers and businesses! See the website for more details.

Rocky Hill Christmas Parade & Festival
Knoxville, TN
12/2/23 3:30PM-7:30PM

The festival will begin at 3:30PM with the Christmas-themed market, food trucks, and live music in the Rocky Hill Center parking lot. The parade steps off at 6:00pm. Christmas tree lighting following the parade. Santa will also be around for a photo opportunity. See website for more details.


Christmas in the Cave
Knoxville, TN
Cherokee Caverns
8524 Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville, TN 37931
Fridays 12/1/23, 12/8/23 & 12/15/23 5:00PM-8:00PM
Saturdays 12/2/23, 12/9/23 & 12/16/23 3:00PM-8:00PM
Sundays 12/3/23, 12/10/23 & 12/17/23 3:00PM-8:00PM
Admission: $15 ages 4 and up, free parking. Cash or credit cards accepted.

Come stroll through the underground winter wonderland, get your face painted, do some holiday crafts, and visit with Santa! (Wheelchair and stroller accessible.) See website for more details.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Knoxville, TN
World’s Fair Park

Put on your festive gear to run/walk to support the Arthritis Foundation! Wear your favorite holiday costume and spread good cheer for a great cause! Check the website for details along with pricing and different race options.

Smokies Santa Hustle 5K and Half Marathon
Townsend, TN
Townsend Visitors Center
7906 E Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882
12/10/23 9:00AM

Join the race to benefit Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic and get a free sweatshirt, Santa hat and beard along with a medal for the 5K and Half Marathon! See website for more details.

Tour de Lights
Downtown Knoxville, TN
12/9/23 5:30PM

Tour de Lights is a fun, free, family-friendly bike ride through downtown and North Knoxville. Participants are encouraged to get in the holiday spirit by decorating themselves and their bikes. See website for more details.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert
Knoxville, TN
Knoxville Civic Auditorium & Coliseum
500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915
12/15/23-12/17/23 3:00PM & 7:30PM

East Tennessee’s favorite holiday tradition continues with an Olde English Christmas. Special guests including the Webb School Madrigal Singers, Knoxville Choral Society, Knoxville Symphony Youth Choir, and GO! Contemporary Dance Works join Aram Demirjian and the KSO for your favorite sounds of the season. There will also be a special appearance by Santa Claus! See website for more details, including ticket prices.

The Nativity Pageant of Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
Knoxville Civic Auditorium & Coliseum
500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915
12/9/23 3:00PM, 12/10/23 3:00PM, 12/11/23 7:00PM

This Knoxville tradition combines a cast of over 90, moving narration, realistic sets, authentic costumes and live animals to create a beautiful and powerful presentation of the Christmas story. See website for details.

Nutcracker! Magic of Christmas Ballet
Knoxville, TN
Tennessee Theatre
604 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
12/21/23 2:00PM & 6:00PM

Gather friends & family to re-live your fondest childhood dreams, with larger-than-life puppets, breath-taking acrobatics and dazzling costumes! See the Tennessee Theatre website for more details.

A Christmas Carol
Knoxville, TN
Clarence Brown Theatre
1714 Andy Holt Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916

You’re invited to witness Scrooge’s life-changing journey as members of the Clarence Brown Theatre perform Charles Dickens’ moving Christmas story of love and redemption. See website for details, including ticket prices.

Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees
Gatlinburg, TN
W.L. Mills Conference Center
234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
11/22/23-11/26/23 Times TBA

Take in beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths! There will also be a children’s craft area and play area. Be sure to take a photo with Santa! You can also enjoy entertainment throughout the week. See website for details.

Smoky Mountain Lights
Townsend, TN
Townsend Visitors Center
7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882
Dates TBA
General Admission: $25.00 per vehicle

Visit the peaceful side of the Smokies for an enchanting drive thru holiday light display.

Holiday Festival of Lights at the Cove
Farragut/West Knoxville, TN
The Cove at Concord Park
11808 South Northshore Drive, Farragut, TN
12/1/23-12/31/23, Excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 6:00PM-9:00PM

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Lights at the Cove the event will be bigger and better than ever! There will be story time with traditional Christmas characters like Mrs. Claus. Then you can write a letter to Santa and drop it in the special Santa mailbox.  There will also be ornament and cookie decorating. Be sure to walk the 3/4 mile loop to see all the beautiful lights!

Light Up Lakeshore
Knoxville, TN
Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
Beginning 11/26/23

Enjoy an evening of entertainment, shop from local vendors and food trucks, free activities for kids, and lighting of the tree on Nov. 26th from 3:00pm-7:00pm. Entry to the event is free. Visitors can enjoy the decorated trees throughout the holiday season.

Bryson City Christmas Light Spectacular
Bryson City, NC
Great Smoky Mountain Event Park (formerly Inspiration Park)
1130 Hyatt Creek Road, Bryson City, NC 28713

Guaranteed to ignite the holiday spirit, the Smoky Mountain Christmas Light Spectacular is a holiday drive-thru light show set to holiday music and includes custom-built light displays, drive-through tunnels, and holiday scenes to delight everyone from young to old!

A Clinton Christmas Stroll
Downtown Clinton, TN
Date TBA

The city of Clinton will light its Christmas tree to kick off the holiday season! Photos with Santa, a live nativity, live music, food and 16,000+ lights!

Greenback Festival of Lights
Downtown Greenback, TN

It’s time to get in the Christmas spirit! Come to your favorite little hometown of Greenback for our annual Festival of Lights! You can celebrate the magic from the comfort of your own car or join us downtown for lots of goodies and a couple of special visitors.

Christmas in the Park
Loudon Municipal Park
1470 Roberson Spring Road, Loudon, TN 37774
12/8/23 5:00PM-9:00PM

Christmas in the park will feature a festive light display, Santa, bonfire, food trucks, hayrides and performances by local groups!

New Year’s on the Square
Downtown Knoxville, TN
Market Square
12/31/23 10:00PM

Celebrate the coming of the New Year in Market Square with a countdown, ball drop, and fireworks!

New Year’s Eve at the Sunsphere
Downtown Knoxville, TN
World’s Fair Park
12/31/23 9:00PM

Bring in 2024 with your friends and family at World’s Fair Park! There will be food trucks, free activities and DJ and live music. There will be a ball drop from the Sunsphere at midnight. For more information, click here.

New Year’s at Noon
Farragut, TN
Farragut Community Center
239 Jamestowne Boulevard, Farragut, TN 37934
12/30/23 11:00AM-12:30PM
General Admission: $2 per child, Adults Free

Join us for a New Year’s Eve celebration at noon! Enjoy dancing, NYE snacks and child-friendly bubbly drinks while celebrating the new year at an easier time of day. Pre-registration required. See website for more details.

Christmas Train Excursions

The Polar Express
Bryson City, NC
Departs from The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, approximately 2.5 hours from Knoxville.
45 Mitchell Street, Bryson City, NC 28713

Sip on hot chocolate and listen to the story of The Polar Express during your 1 hour 15-minute ride to the North Pole and back. Santa will board the train and give each child the magic silver sleigh bell. See website for departure dates and times, as well as different pricing based on date, age, and seat.

Christmas Lantern Express
Three Rivers Rambler
2560 University Commons Way, Knoxville, TN 37919
See website for departure dates and times. Ride is roughly two hours long.
Tickets: Adults (13-54) $51.00, Seniors 55+ $47.00, Children (3-12) $21.00, Toddlers (1-2) $12, Infants Under Age 1 Free
Climb aboard the “Christmas Lantern Express” and be part of this beloved Knoxville tradition. Enjoy festive decorations, holiday treats, story time with celebrity readers and a special visit with Santa!

North Pole Limited Christmas Train Ride
Chattanooga, TN
Departs from the Grand Junction Station
4119 Cromwell Rd. Chattanooga, TN 37421
See website for departure dates and times. Ride is 1 hour and 15 minutes long.
See website for various pricing options.

Take an imaginary journey to the North Pole! Enjoy sing-a-longs, refreshments, and storytelling while you write your own personal letter to Santa. When you arrive at the North Pole, Santa will come on board for a special visit with all the passengers. See website for more details.

Christmas Parades

WIVK Christmas ParadeWIVK Parade
Downtown Knoxville, TN
Gay Street
12/1/23 7:00PM

The WIVK parade is back for its 50th year with bands, dancers, lighted floats, and, of course, Santa Claus! For more information, visit the parade website.

Sevierville’s Christmas Parade
Historic Downtown Sevierville, TN
12/2/23 11:00AM-1:00PM

Best viewed at Forks of the River Parkway and Court Avenue. See website for more details.


Farragut Christmas Parade
Downtown Lenoir City, TN
12/10/23 2:00PM-6:00PM

The parade will start at Farragut Intermediate School, go around the Farragut High School circle and down Lendon Welch Way concluding at the intersection of Kingston Pike.  Arrive at 2:00pm to enjoy Santa’s Village to do some Christmas shopping.  For more information, click here.

Townsend Christmas Parade
Townsend, TN
12/3/23 2:30PM-4:30PM
Enjoy the fun and festivities of the Christmas season at the Townsend Christmas parade. The parade will start at IGA and end at Nawger Nob Village.

Blount County Jaycees Christmas Parade
Alcoa & Maryville, TN
12/2/23 11:00AM

This year’s theme is “Community Christmas.” The parade will go through Midland Plaza and downtown Maryville.

Lenoir City Christmas Parade
Downtown Lenoir City, TN
12/7/23 6:30PM

Enjoy downtown Lenoir City as we kick-off the Christmas season with our Christmas Parade! Line up starts at 5:00pm and the parade will kick-off at 6:30pm.

Morristown Christmas Parade
Downtown Morristown, TN
12/7/23 7:00PM

The parade will follow the traditional route through downtown Morristown and disperse in the parking lot at HomeTrust Bank, 120 Evans Avenue.

Halls Christmas Parade
Halls Community
Date & Time TBA

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season at the annual Halls Christmas Parade.

Clinton Christmas Parade
Downtown Clinton, TN
12/2/23 6:00PM

The parade will include bands, floats, dancers, local artists and more. The parade theme is “Christmas in Toyland.”

Oak Ridge Christmas Parade
Oak Ridge, TN
12/9/23 6:00PM

The theme of this year’s parade is “Sleigh Ride.” Spectators may watch the parade as it travels our traditional route from Corporate Center, on the corner of Lafayette and Laboratory Road. From there it will travel down Lafayette to the Oak Ridge Turnpike. It will continue west on the Turnpike and end at Oak High School.

Powell Christmas Parade
Powell, TN
Date & Time TBA

The parade will begin at Powell Middle School and make its way through beautiful downtown Powell. The parade will end at Powell High School.

Karns Christmas Parade
Karns, TN
Date & Time TBA

Join us for the annual Karns Christmas Parade! The parade starts at Ingles and goes to the Karns red light.

Gatlinburg’s Fantasy of Lights Christmas ParadeGatlinburg Parade
Downtown Gatlinburg, TN
12/1/23 7:30PM

Come see why millions of people have watched this award-winning celebration! Enjoy marching band performances, large balloons, dancers, musicians and much more. Parade route: Begins at Baskins Creek Bypass on East Parkway at 7:30PM before spanning through Gatlinburg and ending at traffic light #10. See website for more details.

Santa Sightings

Santa at West Town Mall
Knoxville, TN

It’s time for holiday photos with Santa! Now you can save time and avoid the line by reserving online your magical moment with Santa here.

Caring Santa at West Town Mall
Knoxville, TN
Date TBA

Exclusively for children with special needs. Click here to reserve your appointment for a private photo experience.

Breakfast with Santa at West Town Mall
Knoxville, TN

Come enjoy a light breakfast sponsored by Loco Burro, goodie bags for the kids, crafts and photos with Santa.  This event is free. Any giveaway and craft items are while supplies last. Cherry Hill Photography offers several photo packages available to purchase.

Cook N Craft Academy Cookies & Cocoa with Santa
Loudon, TN
418 Wharf Street

Join Cook N Craft Academy for FREE cookies, cocoa & pictures with Santa! Parents can shop our outdoor holiday market!

Cook N Craft Academy Tea Party with Santa
Loudon, TN
418 Wharf Street
General Admission: $25.00 + Tax

Come make some Madeleines and join us for an afternoon tea with delicious pastries, hot tea, ice cream tea and more!

Anakeesta Breakfast with Santa
Gatlinburg, TN
576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Dates: Nov. 24, 25 / Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23
General Admission: $87.99 (4-11), $97.99 (Seniors 60+) & $104.99 (Adults 12-59). Breakfast with Santa is a separate ticketed event.

Santa Claus is coming to town! Join us at Anakeesta for a delightfully enchanted breakfast this winter season with a very special guest, Santa Claus himself! A wonderful breakfast at our restaurant, nestled in the Smoky Mountains, with Ole’ Saint Nick is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and is sure to be a joyful moment and memory for you and your whole family!

Anakeesta Santa Photos
Gatlinburg, TN
576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Dates TBA
General Admission: $84.99 (4-11), $97.99 (Seniors 60+) & $104.99 (Adults 12-59). Santa photo opportunity included in General Admission.

Visit with Santa Claus at Anakeesta!  You’ll have a chance to take a picture with the jolly old elf, too.

Volunteer Princess Cookies with Santa
Knoxville, TN
956 Volunteer Landing
12:30pm-1:30pm & 2:30pm-3:30pm
Admission: $30.00 Adults, $20.00 Children

Come see Santa as he makes his first stop of the year on the Volunteer Princess during this cheerful one-hour cruise.  Decorate cookies and visit Ole Saint Nick!  Photos with Santa will be available for purchase.  See website for more details.

Hot Chocolate, Santa & Shopping with Helping Mamas Knoxville & Bradley’s
Knoxville, TN
Bradley’s Gift & Home
141 North Peters Road

Join us for some holiday shopping at Bradley’s Gift & Home, take your own free photo with Santa on Call then get some hot chocolate to stay warm. We will have Helping Mamas Knoxville “Gift of A Change” bags for any family who would like to take one and fill it for a child in need. Each bag will come with a list of suggested items to put in the bag. Bags can be returned to Bradley’s or Helping Mamas Knoxville any time before December 15th or after January 4th.

Horse Haven Breakfast in the Barn
Lenoir City, TN
2477 Ford Road
12/9/23 9:00AM-11:00AM
Admission: $15 per person, Children three and under free

Your admission price includes an ornament to take home, breakfast and a family photo with Santa! Spaces are limited so be sure to register in advance. See website for more details.

f/32 Pictures with Santa
Knoxville, TN
7838 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
11/24/23-11/26/23 & 12/1/23-12/3/23
Session Fee: $150

Reserve your special time with Santa! The visit will also include a credit for two digital files, with a print and social media release. Spots are expected to fill up fast so reserve your spot now! See website for more details.

f/32 The Wonder of Santa
Knoxville, TN
7838 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
Limited Session Spots Available

Fine art magical Santa photography sessions are coming to Knoxville this season! See website for more details.

Santa Photo Event with JCPenney Portraits
West Town Mall
Knoxville, TN
11/4/23 & 12/1/23

A fun photography session with Santa, new holiday backgrounds and prop options. See website for more information on times and details.

Foothills Mall
Maryville, TN
Dates & Times TBA

See the website for more information on times and dates for family and pet photos with Santa!

Be sure to stay tuned over the next couple of weeks for more information on ways and places to give back to your community this holiday season and another round-up on your local Christmas Tree Farms and best Christmas lights around town. If you have another event you would like to add, please comment below and use our link to add it to our site calendar here.

Wishing you and yours a very merry holiday season!



  1. Hi. A couple years ago you had a scavenger hunt with the lights of houses around knox. Do they still do that and if so where can I get the list? Thank you!


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