Here is a rundown of the top things to do and holiday events happening all over the Volunteer State.
Peppermint Trail in Knoxville, Nov 25–Jan 8. Follow the trail of peppermints on the sidewalks of Downtown Knoxville to find holiday treats at local stores including candy cane-flavored coffee, cocktails, peppermint-themed t-shirts, scented soaps and candles.
Appalachian Christmas traditions at the Museum of Appalachia, Clinton, Dec 9- 10. At the Museum of Appalachia, the cabins are adorned with old-fashioned Christmas decorations paired with storytelling, a live nativity, music, wagon rides, sorghum making and demonstrations of blacksmithing.
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, Pigeon Forge, Nov. 5- Jan 1. Tennessee’s No. 1 attraction and now the 13-time Golden Ticket Award winner for “Best Christmas Event,” Dollywood has more than 5 million lights and shows like Heart of the Holidays featuring several members of Dolly’s family and a mix of holiday favorites including “A Holly Dolly Christmas.”
Christmas at Graceland – Home of Elvis Presley, Memphis, Nov 18-Jan 9. The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s mansion has hundreds of blue Christmas lights lining the driveway, a life-size nativity scene, Elvis’ Santa and his Santa’s sleigh lawn decorations. Special holiday-themed tours are available, along with the first-ever Ultimate VIPholiday experience, providing complete access to Elvis Presley’s Memphis Entertainment Complex: including Presley Motors Automobile Museum, Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum, Self-guided tours of the Elvis Discovery Exhibit and Elvis’ Custom Jets, Ultimate Lounge Access, and the Exclusive VIP Exhibit.
A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, Nov 11-Jan 1. This is an all-new Gaylord Hotels original event inspired by the Christmas film, Elf. Journey into a dozen sensory and interactive attractions in Elf’s world to help save Christmas. Also, enjoy “ICE!” — a winter wonderland created from two million pounds of colorful ice, as well as ice tubing, gingerbread house decorating, and a special holiday breakfast with Rudolph.
Pigeon Forge Winterfest, Pigeon Forge, Nov 13-Feb 19. Pigeon Forge Winterfest, which is a bustling town outside of Gatlinburg, has music, shows, theaters, light tours, restaurants, cider, gift shops and lighted displays of animals native to the adjacent Smoky Mountains.
Discovery Park of America Let it Glow, Union City, Nov 11-Dec 30. A drive-thru light show on a 50-acre heritage park, this features more than a million lights synced to the beats of popular Christmas songs. While there, be sure and also visit Titan Missile, the 199-foot-tall Discovery Center and historic log cabins, all decorated for the holidays.
Enchanted Garden of Lights at Rock City, Chattanooga, Nov 18- Jan 1. Celebrate 28 years of holiday tradition at Rock City’s award-winning Enchanted Garden of Lights. Stroll down the lighted Grand Corridor in Yule Town, experience the twinkle of icy lights in the Arctic Kingdom, and witness the Magic Forest.
Gatlinburg Skylight Park, Gatlinburg, Nov 5, 2022- Jan 31, 2023: America’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge is decorated for the season with more than 60,000 lights coordinated to classic Christmas music.
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