Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - by Amanda Stravinsky

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

Dec. 22

Murfreesboro – Stones River Campaign Bus Tour – Follow the routes taken by the Union Army of the Cumberland as they prepared for war at the Battle of Stones River. The Tour is from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. beginning at the Stones River National Battlefield Visitor Center. Reservations are required. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/stri/.

Ongoing until Dec. 23

Nashville – “Nashville’s Nutcracker” – Follow Clara’s journey at the Tennessee Performing Art Center’s Jackson Hall. The classic story gets a Nashville twist as it is set during the Centennial Exposition in 1897. Tickets are $35. For more information, visit www.nashvilleballet.org.

Dec. 29

Granville – “NewTown” at Sutton Ole Time Music Hour – Enjoy the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour with “NewTown”, a bluegrass, acoustic band, at 6 p.m. at the Sutton General Store in Granville. For more information, visit www.granvilletn.com.

Dec. 31, 2012 – Jan. 1, 2013

Gatlinburg – New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show – Enjoy music, entertainment and watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop from the Space Needle at midnight Jan. 1, 2013. Music-choreographed fireworks will follow. For more information, visit www.gatlinburg.com.

Nashville – Music City New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway – The Frey, Sixpence None the Richer, Love and Theft and Striking Matches will perform beginning at 7 p.m. with a 15-foot-tall music note drop at midnight Jan. 1, 2013. A fireworks display and confetti cannons will follow the drop. For more information, visit www.visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve.

Knoxville – First Night Knoxville – Enjoy an exciting and artistic display of dancers, artists, circus performers and comedic groups before the New Year’s Eve ball drop and fireworks display. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the night of the event. For more information, visit www.firstnightknoxville.com.

Memphis – New Year’s Eve Celebration on Beale – Thirteen bands of live music in Handy Park leading the drop of Hard Rock’s New Year’s Eve guitar at midnight. For more information, visit www.bealestreetmerchants.com.

Linden – New Year’s Eve Party, Fun in Charming Historic Hotel – The Commodore Hotel will host a roaring 20’s/Chicago Swing themed party at 6:30 p.m. until the champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $74. For more information, visit www.commodorehotellinden.com.

Jan. 5 – Jan. 8

Memphis – Elvis’ 2013 Birthday Celebration – Participate in events that celebrate the birthday of the ‘King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ with movies, concerts, insiders reception and Graceland tour and Elvis Presley Day ceremony. For more information, visit www.elvis.com

Jan. 6

Memphis – Folk Dance Fun - Zeibekiko Greek Dance – Enjoy this easy free-style dance form and learn its rich history at 3 p.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis. For more information, visit www.cmom.com.

Jan. 11

Memphis – Dear Dr. King Kid’s Dream Project – Children are asked to submit hand-written or typed letters, pictures or DVDs to express their thoughts of peace and equality in their world to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Jan. 11.  At least 100 entries will be displayed in the “Dear Dr. King – Kid’s Dream Project” exhibit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan 21. For more information, visit www.cmom.com

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