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Your East Tennessee 2013 Holiday Event Guide

The holidays in East Tennessee operate a lot like the blinking lights on a Christmas tree.

Blink goes a light in Spring City on Dec. 14, 2013 for the annual Christmas Parade that runs down Front Street at 2 p.m.

Blink goes a light in Greeneville for the Residential Holiday Lighting Contest. The competition for the most gorgeously lit-up house runs 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17-19, 2013.

Blink goes a light in Jonesborough for its performance of “The 1940s Radio Christmas Carol” which runs through Dec. 20, 2013.

Wonderful events just seem to light up everywhere across the area.

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Downtown Knoxville Christmas tree

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” the hilarious and heartwarming play about a school nativity pageant, is being performed at the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville through Dec. 21, 2013. It is also on stage at the Renaissance Theatre in Kingsport Dec. 19-22, 2013. So perhaps you can attend both and decide which is the best “Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”  Ho-ho-ho.

Kingsport also has a gingerbread house making contest and the entries are on display through Jan. 3, 2014 at the Regions Bank on Broad Street.

The Tipton-Haynes Historic Site in Johnson City looks back with its “Visions of Christmas 1862” celebration at noon on Dec. 14, 2013. There is an “Acoustic Christmas” performance at 7 p.m. Dec. 17, 2013 at that city’s Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Crossville will have a holiday “Tour of Homes” Dec. 14 and 15, 2013 starting at the Homesteads Tower Museum.

Morristown’s “Christmas at the Green” festival continues through Dec. 22, 2013 with a number of events including ice sculpting demonstrations.

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Ruby Red Christmas at Ruby Falls

Chattanooga has plenty going on including a “Ruby Red Christmas” at Ruby Falls where everything—including costumed characters— is decked out for the holidays. “Tis the Season” luncheon cruises are slated aboard the Southern Belle riverboat leading up to Christmas.

The highly illuminated destinations of Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and Pigeon Forge also have a great time on the holidays. Dollywood has a schedule of “Smoky Mountain Christmas” activities sure to put you in a festive mood. “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” performances continue through Dec. 30, 2013.

Knoxville is well into its Christmas in the City events, which include an ice rink that has been installed in the city’s Market Square through the holidays, a Living Christmas Tree performance Dec. 21-22, 2013 at Thompson-Boling Arena and a Market Square Holiday Market every Saturday in December before Christmas.

New Year’s Festivities

Knoxville music fans will ring in the New Year with a performance by the Dirty Guv’nahs at the Tennessee Theatre. On Dec. 31, 2013, Chattanoogans can do more than just party — take a ride on a dinner train with Tennessee Valley Railroad, a dinner cruise on the Southern Belle riverboat, make a toast to the arts at the Hunter Museum of American Art, and enjoy a family-friendly  “Sleep in the Deep” sleepover at the Tennessee Aquarium. The Chattanooga Choo Choo will feature a New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Party.

Gatlinburg boats to having the “Best New Year’s Eve Show in the South.” The New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show and Ball Drop will be a free event with live entertainment in the Space Needle area.

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Rock City

No matter which activities you choose, you’ll definitely have a blast this holiday season!

Hi! I’m Linda Lange. As a travel writer living in Knoxville, I fully appreciate barbecue, bluegrass and Dollywood. My story...Read on

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