Santa Sightings In Knoxville And East Tennessee


Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus is making a special trip from the North Pole to visit good girls and boys in East Tennessee!

There are LOTS of chances for your children to talk to the jolly old elf this year. Many events require advance registration, so be sure to keep that in mind. Wishing you and your little ones tear-free Santa pictures you’ll cherish for years to come!

Santa Sightings in Knoxville and East Tennessee

2022 Santa Sightings in Knoxville and East Tennessee

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

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

Knox County Library Santa Visits
Knoxville, TN

A certain jolly toymaker will be stopping by various Knox County libraries this month! Here is the list:

12/12/22 Karns Branch Library 11:00Am-12:00PM
12/12/22 Sequoyah Branch Library 5:00PM-6:00PM
12/13/22 Burlington Branch Library 11:00AM-12:00PM
12/13/22 Halls Branch Library 4:00PM-5:00PM
12/14/22 Lawson McGhee Children’s Room 10:30AM-11:30AM
12/14/22 Bearden Branch Library 3:30PM-4:30PM
12/15/22 Corryton Branch Library 4:00PM-5:00PM
12/16/22 Fountain City Branch Library 10:15AM-11:15AM
12/19/22 Norwood Branch Library 6:00PM-7:00PM
12/22/22 South Knoxville Branch Library 11:00AM-12:00PM
12/22/22 Powell Branch Library 4:00PM-5:00PM

Cook N Craft Academy Breakfast with Santa & Craft Market
Loudon, TN
418 Wharf Street
11/26/22 9:30AM-2:00PM
Adults: $14, Children: $7, Kids three & under free

Join us for breakfast with Santa! Delicious breakfast casseroles, sausage, bacon, waffles, pancakes, waffles and more. Start your holiday shopping early with a visit to the outdoor market. Visit with Santa and get a picture with him, too!

Anakeesta Breakfast with Santa
Gatlinburg, TN
576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
11/26/22, 12/3/22-12/4/22, 12/10/22, 12/17/22, 12/23/22
General Admission: $84.99 (4-11), $91.99 (Seniors 60+) & $98.99 (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
11/25/22, 12/2/22, 12/9/22, 12/16/22, 12/22/22
General Admission: $84.99 (4-11), $91.99 (Seniors 60+) & $98.99 (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.

Schulz Brau Christkindlesmarkt 
Knoxville, TN
126 Bernard Avenue
Times Vary

Schulz Bräu Brewing is hosting its annual Christkindlsmarkt! Enjoy live music and a traditional German-style Christmas market featuring hand crafted goods and German specialty items. In addition to German beers, German treats will also be available for purchase. Santa Claus will also be paying Christkindlesmarkt a visit along with Krampus (He punishes naughty children!). For details on when to see Santa and more, visit the Schulz Brau website.

Volunteer Princess Cookies with Santa
Knoxville, TN
956 Volunteer Landing
12/10/22 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.

Helping Mamas Knoxville Santa Visit
Knoxville, TN
121 South David Lane, Suite #1
12/11/22 2:00pm-4:00pm
Admission: $40 Family Ticket

Enjoy games and crafts, decorate cookies and visit with Santa! A professional photographer will be on hand to capture memories in the making.  All proceeds will benefit Helping Mamas Knoxville.  See website for more details.

Horse Haven Breakfast in the Barn
Lenoir City, TN
2477 Ford Road
12/10/22 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
11/25/22-11/27/22 & 12/2/22-12/3/22
Session Fee: $50

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.

Evening with Santa
Lenoir City, TN
War Memorial Building
103 N B Street
12/8/22 6:00PM-7:30PM

This event includes one on one time with Santa, light refreshments, crafts, games and a keepsake photo of your child with Santa. See website for more details.

City of Alcoa Tree Lighting
Alcoa, TN
Pedestrian Bridge at Springbrook Corporate Center
233 Associates Boulevard
11/28/22 6:15PM

Come celebrate the lighting of the City of Alcoa Christmas Tree! Following the ceremony, there will be special music, refreshments, visits with Santa Claus, and hayrides for the children. See website for more details.

Blount County Santa Calls
Blount County, TN
Registration 11/22/22-12/5/22

Children Ages 3-6 in Blount County can enjoy a very special telephone call from Santa Claus free of charge thanks to the continued support of volunteers from the Maryville-Alcoa Civitan Club who provide special phone lines from the North Pole. The registration form can be found here.

Clinton Cookie Crawl
Historic Downtown Clinton, TN
12/10/22 1:00PM-4:00PM

Come join us in Historic Downtown Clinton for our Annual Cookie Crawl! We have an entire day packed with fun activities for the whole family, not to mention LOADS of cookies to hand out. Have pictures made with Santa & Mrs. Claus, as well as The Grinch! See Facebook for more details.

WECO Wartburg Christmas Parade
Wartburg, TN
First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
308 North Maiden Street
12/3/22 6:00PM

The parade will run from Central High School to First Baptist Church along the normal route. Cookies and hot chocolate will be handed out after the parade in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Santa will also be available for pictures. See Facebook for more details.

Santa Photo Event with JCPenney Portraits
West Town Mall
Knoxville, TN

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

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

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Kodak, TN
Bass Pro Shops
3629 Outdoor Sportsman Place, Kodak, TN 37764
(865) 932-5600
Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-8:00pm & Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm

Enjoy the magic of Christmas inside every Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s store! Advanced reservations are recommended. See website for more details.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium & Soaky Mountain Waterpark
Sevierville, TN
11/4/22–1/1/23 6:00PM-10:00PM
Open Rain or Shine & On Holidays

Cars or family vans (8 passengers or fewer) Sunday-Thursday $30, Friday & Saturday $40, larger vehicles $50, tour/school buses $150. 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.

Visit with Santa at The Back Porch Mercantile
Knoxville, TN
5440 Homberg Drive
12/10/22 10:00AM-12:00PM

Come visit Santa with your wishes in our magical winter wonderland! Our hot chocolate stand benefiting Isaiah 117 House will be serving treats.

Cocoa with Santa & Mr. Grinch
Knoxville, TN
213 W. Jackson Avenue
12/4/22 4:00PM-6:00PM

Bring the whole family for FREE pictures with Santa at Jackson Terminal! Enjoy hot cocoa, crafts, treats and lots of photo ops even with Mr. Grinch!

West Side YMCA Breakfast with Santa
Knoxville, TN
400 North Winston Road
Time TBA

It’s time to celebrate the season! Join us at the West Side Y on Friday night, December 10th, as we host an evening of family fun. We’ll cook pancakes and sausage for a holiday breakfast for dinner! Bring the whole family and enjoy a warm meal together at the YMCA. Santa will be dropping by from the North Pole for photos. Breakfast with Santa is FREE for ALL! No registration is required.

Davis Family YMCA Breakfast with Santa
Knoxville, TN
12133 South Northshore Drive
12/3/22 8:00AM-5:00PM

This free community event will include pancakes, sausage, juice and milk. Guests will be able to take a picture with Santa, too.

Opie’s Breakfast with Santa
Knoxville, TN
Regal Cinebarre West Town Mall
12/3/22 8:00AM-10:00AM

Santa Claus is Coming to Town with 100.3 The Wolf! Your children will get to meet Santa, have their picture professionally taken, and create personalized Christmas crafts with Buff City Soap, Premier Martial Arts & Ted Russell Ford Lincoln. Then the doors will open to the theaters, where you’ll enjoy breakfast while watching “The Polar Express” on the big screen. You can even wear your PJs if you’d like! Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. All proceeds benefit East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. For more details, click here.

Willow Ridge Garden Center
Oak Ridge, TN
97 Oak Ridge Turnpike
12/3/22, 12/10/22 & 12/17/22 11:00AM-2:00PM

Come visit Santa & Mrs. Claus for a great photo op, and to check if you made the nice list!

Friendly Farm Santa Visit
Tazewell, TN
1104 Rebel Hollow Road
12/10/22 2:00PM-4:00PM

Come on out to the farm take all the pictures you want with Santa, make some Christmas crafts, pet a goat, feed a lamb, snuggle a piglet, bunnies, chicks and more! Space is limited to just 50 kids so you have plenty of time with Santa! Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased here

Alumni Hall Big Orange Santa
Knoxville, TN
11309 Parkside Drive
12/3/22, 12/10/22 & 12/17/22 11:00AM-2:00PM

Get photos taken with Big Orange Santa in front of the Christmas tree in the middle of the Pinnacle shopping center at Turkey Creek. There will be treats and giveaways for all the good Volunteer fans this year. The event and all photos are FREE. Kids, adults and pets are all welcome.

Santa Sightings in Knoxville

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