Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. Click on links for additional details.

Ongoing until mid-December

Maryville, Tenn. – “Holiday Concerts at the Library” – The 11th annual concert series will feature various choirs and school music groups in the library’s Reading Rotunda. For more information, visit www.blountlibrary.org

Ongoing until Dec. 22

Crossville, Tenn. – “A Sanders Family Christmas” – Celebrate Christmas with the Sanders in 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbor in the O’Brien Adventure Theater. Country Christmas songs blend with this funny and joyful story of love and music. For more information, visit www.ccplayhouse.com.

Ongoing until Dec. 23

Crossville, Tenn. – “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” – This Andrew Lloyd Webber classic tells the Biblical story of Joseph in a fun, theatrical experience. The show opens at 1 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Mainstage Theater. For more information, visit www.ccplayhouse.com.

Ongoing until Dec. 29

Granville, Tenn. – Sutton Homestead and Pioneer Village: The Suttons Best Christmas – Tour the Sutton Homestead, Antique Car and Transportation Museum and the grist mill Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12 – 3 p.m. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit www.granvilletn.com.

Ongoing until Dec. 31

Nashville, Tenn. – “Glad Tidings” – Chaffin’s Barn’s comedy/variety show presents a “live” version of a Christmas special that’s funny, nutty and sweet. Tickets are $60 with dinner or $40 for the show. For more information, visit www.dinnertheatre.com or call 615-646-9977.

Nashville, Tenn. – “The Bop She Bops: Merry Christmas, Baby!” – It’s Christmas 1972 and The Bop She Bops singing group gets stranded in a blizzard before the town’s Christmas Eve concert and are challenged to make Christmas on their own. Tickets to this cutesy play at Chaffin’s Barn are $60 with dinner or $40 for the show. For more information, visit www.dinnertheatre.com or call 615-646-9977.

Nov. 30 – Dec. 1

Maury County, Tenn. – 2012 Historic Home Tour: Prelude to the Battle of Franklin – Tour the Antebellum homes and churches that have deep roots to the Civil War at 12 – 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit www.maurychristmas.com.

Nov. 30 – Dec. 2

Pikeville, Tenn. – Christmas on the Mountain at Falls Creek Falls – Enjoy breakfast with Santa, a 3-day craft show and storytelling. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.fallcreekfalls.org.

Dec. 1

Hampshire, Tenn. – Christmas Open House – Join Amber Falls Winery for the unveiling of a Christmas snow village, their new wine “The Journey” and a meet-and-greet with label artist Susie Cullinan from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.amberfallswinery.com/events

Dec. 2

Nashville, Tenn. – Grace: A Memoir – Grace Coddington in Conversation with Karen Elson Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington will talk about her expansive career with international supermodel Karen Elson at 2 p.m. in the Frist Center Auditorium. Tickets are $50 which includes a copy of her book. For more information, visit www.nowplayingnashville.com.  

Dec. 3

Maryville, Tenn. – City of Maryville Tree Lighting – Welcome the holiday season in Maryville with the tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the end of the pedestrian bridge across from the Blount County Library. For more information, visit www.blountlibrary.org

Dec. 6 – 16

Hohenwald, Tenn. – Winter Wonderland – Enjoy caroling, Christmas light displays and holiday scenes by local organizations. Festivities are from 5 – 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets are $3 and are good for re-entry any day. For more information, visit www.hohenwaldlewischamber.com.

Dec. 8 – 9

Crossville, Tenn. – Christmas Tour of Historic Homesteads Homes – Tours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 and 1 – 4 p.m. Dec. 9 and begin at the Tower Museum. Experience how the homestead homeowners celebrated Christmas during the 1930s and 1940s. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit www.cumberlandhomesteads.org.

Dec. 15 - 16

Collierville, Tenn. – Hot Glass in the Historic District – See artist Carbondale demonstrate glassblowing under the big tent on North Rowlett, adjacent to the town square from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 and 12 – 8 p.m. Dec. 16. For more information, visit www.mainstreetcollierville.com

Dec. 18

Huntingdon, Tenn. – Christmas on Broadway – Enjoy an evening of Christmas and Broadway tunes at 7 p.m. at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit www.dixiepac.net.

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