Knoxville Weekend Top Five: December 21-23

‘Twas the weekend before Christmas, when all through the city
All the people were stirring, even the kitty.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
And all the parents hoping this Christmas won’t be a nightmare.
Christmas Day will be full of fun,
But what will we do when the festivities are done?
Here is a list of our Top Five things to do on the weekend,
That surly won’t cost you too much to spend.
Merry Christmas from our families to yours,
Wishing you all a happy New Years!

  1. Christmas Lights
    Knoxville is glowing with Christmas lights, for all to see!

    Here is a list of all the twinkling lights in our area!

  2. Hot Chocolate and Christmas Movies
    Whip up some hot chocolate for the whole family to sip on, then sit back and watch some Christmas classics together!

    Here is a delicious hot chocolate recipe,
    and a list of some family Christmas Movies!

  3. Christmas Cookie Decorating
    Cookies are not just a treat for Santa! Baking and decorating will bring your family together for some sweet memories. If you have any leftovers, drop them off to your neighbors or a local homeless shelter.

    Here are some ideas for creative cookie ideas!

  4. Family Game Night
    Nothing brings the family together like some healthy competition! Pop some popcorn and enjoy the laughs of the family sitting together playing festive games.

    Here are the top family Christmas themed games!

  5. Make Christmas Ornaments
    Have your family make personalized Christmas decorations for the tree. It may get a little messy, but it is never too late to start this tradition. It is one that all ages will enjoy!

    Here is how to make your own DIY Christmas Ornaments

Knoxville Weekend Top Five: December 14-16

Happy weekend from The Cook Team! If you’re looking for something to do this weekend check out our top five picks. Let us know what you did by using the hashtag #cookteamtop5.

  1. Tour de Lights

    Put on your Christmas gear and deck your bike with “boughs of holly” this Friday night! It’s the 11th annual holiday bike ride through downtown neighborhoods.

    Event Date: Friday, December 14
    Event Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Price: FREE
    Location: Downtown Knoxville – check out the map here!

  2. “It”s a Wonderful Life”

    Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union presents a free showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” this Sunday at the Tennessee Theater. Bring your whole family to get them really in the Christmas spirit!

    Event Date: Sunday, December 16
    Event Time: 2:00 p.m. OR 6:00 p.m.
    Price: FREE
    Location: Tennessee Theater

  3. Santa’s Village at Zoo Knoxville
    The Zoo will be decorated for Santa Claus all weekend! Santa himself will be listening to Christmas wished and will also be available for photos. Guests may bring their own cameras for photos or purchase portraits taken by a professional photographer.

    Event Date: Saturday, December 15
    Event Time: 10:00 a.m.
    Price: Included with general admission tickets
    Location: Zoo Knoxville
    3500 Knoxville Zoo Dr, Knoxville, Tennessee 37914

  4. Maria Bamford

    Come laugh with Maria Bamford this Saturday night as she performs a classic comedy show. This stand-up comedian stars in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite.

    Event Date: Saturday, December 15
    Event Time: 8:00 p.m.
    Price: $34.50 – get tickets here!
    Location: Bijou Theatre

  5. Rock’in Santa Half Marathon

    Get yourself into the holiday spirit this weekend by either running or supporting this Santa Half Marathon! This event is benefiting the Sunshine Ambassadors – those who enrich the lives of people with disabilities through dance. Completing this race will get you a long sleeve shirt, gloves, and a Santa hat!

    Event Date: Saturday, December 15
    Event Time: 9:00 a.m.
    Price: $60 – register here!
    Location: Victor Ashe Park
    4901 Bradshaw Road

Knoxville Weekend Top Five: December 7-9

Have a great weekend and be sure to check out our Knoxville Weekend Top Five picks! Let us know what you did by using the hashtag #cookteamtop5.


  1. Christmas Parade –

    The parade will start on Church Avenue near the Coliseum, then turn right onto Gay Street, then turn right onto Jackson Avenue and will disband in the Old City past Barley’s. Come out for everyone’s favorite Christmas Parade! Bands, dancers, floats, characters and Santa Claus all parade down Gay Street and bring fun holiday spirit to all!

    Event Date: Friday, December 7
    Event Time: 7:00 p.m.
    Price: FREE
    Location: Downtown Knoxville

  2.  Jingle Bell Run –

    The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. Tis the season to live it up and be jolly for a reason! 100% of your registration fee and fundraising efforts go to this great cause.

    Event Date:
    Saturday, December 8
    Event Time: Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.
    5K Timed Run starts at 9:00 a.m
    Price: Buy tickets at the event!
    Location: World’s Fair Park

  3. The Nativity Pageant of Knoxville –

    Children are welcome, all performances are family-friendly. Free to everyone, no tickets, and open seating!

    Event Date: Sunday, December 9
    Event Time: 3:30 p.m.
    Price: FREE
    Location: Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum
    500 Howard Baker Ave – Knoxville, TN 37915

  4. Downtown Knox Peppermint Trail –

    Downtown Knoxville restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and boutiques feature peppermint specials throughout the season including peppermint coffees, desserts, cocktails, gifts, visits from Santa, and more! You’ll also find store fronts, windows, doors, and patios decked in decorations to add to the over 100,000+ lights and garland draped throughout downtown’s trees and parks. Come celebrate the season!

    Event Date: Saturday, December
    Event Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.
    Price: FREE
    Location: Downtown Knoxville

  5. Holiday Candlelight Tour –

    This 1797 home will be candlelit with beautiful natural decorations, holiday music, holiday treats and Santa for the kids. There is laughter, joy and a great holiday spirit. This is a free event open to the public. A chance to see a wonderful historic treasure dressed in its finest!

    Event Date: Sunday, December 9
    Event Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Price: FREE
    Location: Historic Ramsey House


Knoxville Weekend Top Five: November 30 – December 2

The Christmas festivities are well underway here in Knoxville! Be sure to check out our Knoxville Weekend Top Five picks and let us know what you did by using the hashtag #cookteamtop5.

1. Rocky Hill Christmas Parade

The Fifth Annual Rocky Hill Christmas Parade and Festival is this Saturday! There will be live entertainment, market vendors, food trucks, and more before the parade. The event will be rain or shine so come out and support the community.

Event Date: Saturday, December 1
Event Time: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Price: FREE
Location: Rocky Hill Shopping Center
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919

2. The Santaland Diaries

Clarence Brown Theater is putting on a gut-busting show on how the holiday season brings out the best AND the worst in all of us.

Event Date: Saturday, December 1
Event Time: 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Price: $25 – buy tickets here!
Location: Clarence Brown Theatre
1714 Andy Holt Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37916

3. Ice Skating in Market Square

Ice skating in Market Square is essential for your holiday season! The purchase of your ticket includes skate rental and unlimited time on the ice. Bring all your friends and start skating before it’s too late!

Event Date: Saturday, December 1
Event Time: 10:00 a.m – 10:00 p.m.
Price: $8.00 – $11.00
Location: Market Square
Knoxville, TN 37902

4. Market Square Holiday Market

The Market Square Holiday Market is held on Market Square, Union Ave, and Market Street on the December Saturdays before Christmas each year. Downtown will be full of artisans, food producers, food trucks, and farmers with all the materials perfect for holiday gift giving.

Event Date: Saturday, December 1
Event Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Price: Free
Location: Market Square
Knoxville, TN 37902

5. Christmas at Chilhowee

The gates open this Friday for the public to see transformation of Chilhowee Park into a sparkling winter wonderland. Open now until January 1st!

Event Date: Friday, November 30
Event Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Price: FREE
Location: Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center
3301 East Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, TN


Knoxville Weekend Top Five: November 2-4

Happy November! Be sure to check out our Knoxville Weekend Top Five picks and let us know what you did by using the hashtag #cookteamtop5.

  1. First Friday ArtWalk 

    First Friday ArtWalk is back again to welcome us into November! Check out the website here to check out all of the must see galleries, studios, and artist collectives.

    Event Date: Friday, November 2
    Event Time: 5:00 p.m.
    Price: FREE
    Location: Downtown Knoxville – locations vary

  2. Tennessee Theater 90th Anniversary Open House

    Come explore the Tennessee Theatre with a self-guided tour which will include the dressing room suite and stage. Discover the special details and history of the Tennessee! There will also special giveaways and a scavenger hunt.

    Event Date: Saturday, November 3
    Event Time: 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Price: FREE
    Location: Tennessee Theater

  3. FREE Woman Self Defense Seminar

    Calling all women – check out Boca Martial Arts and Fitness this Saturday for a FREE Self Defense Seminar! The participation in self-defense classes will encourage women to think in terms of options and choices, develop their awareness and assertiveness skills, and equip them with practical self-defense techniques.

    Event Date: Saturday, November 3
    Event Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Price: FREE
    Location: Boca Martial Arts and Fitness
    9294 Kingston Pike #101 (Behind the Pet Super Market)

  4. 2018 Furry Fall Festival 

    The Young-Williams Animal Center is hosting the Furry Fall Festival to give animal lovers the opportunity to learn about pet-related resources around Knoxville. There will be adoption special and discount coupons available at the center. All activities are free and open to the public, and pets are invited, too!

    Event Date: Sunday, November 4
    Event Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Price: FREE
    Location: Young Williams Animal Center
    3201 Division St.

  5. Enjoy the Fall Colors at Cades Cove

    The Fall colors are finally well underway. One of the best places to enjoy this season is driving the loop at Cades Cove. So, grab your friends, family, and pets and head to the Smokey Mountains this weekend!

    Event Date: All weekend
    Price: FREE
    Location: Cades Cove

Knoxville Weekend Top Five: October 26-28

SpOoKy WeEkEnD is finally here! With Halloween just a few days away THIS is the Weekend to celebrate. Check out our top five picks and let us know what you did this weekend by using the hashtag #cookteamtop5.


  1. Knoxville Zombie Walk

    Rain or shine the zombies will be out this Saturday in Market Square. Visit the horror vendors in Uncorked and get some help to turn yourself into a zombie. Enjoy the zombie costume contest, downtown walk, and the Trill the World Thriller dance performance.

    Event Date: Saturday, October 27
    Event Time: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Price: FREE
    Location: Market Square

  2. James White’s Fort Halloween Bash

    Spooky surprises await you at Knoxville’s premier Halloween Event: the Fort’s Halloween Bash! The Fort will be transformed into a scary landmark on Saturday,  for an evening of Halloween costumes and fun. Come dressed in your most impressive costume! Proceeds benefit preservation at James White’s Fort.  This is a 21 and up event and your ticket includes one free drink!

    Event Date: Saturday, October 27Event Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    Price: $20
    Location: James White’s Fort

  3. Frightmare Manor

    Looking for en extra spooky way to spend your Saturday night? You’re going to want to check out Frightmare Manor for the scariest haunted houses in Tennessee. Bring all your friends and get ready to scream!

    Event Date: Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27Event Time: 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
    Price: $28
    Location:  Frightmare Manor
    7588 West Andrew Johnson Highway
    Talbott, TN 37877

  4. Oakes Farm

    Check out Oakes Farm for all your fall and pumpkin needs. Your General Admission ticket includes entry to the corn maze, a hayride, and over 25 activities in the back 40 play area. Your trip to Oakes Farm will be well worth it

    Event date:  Sunday, October 28
    Event Time: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Price: $11.95
    Location: Oakes Farm
    8240 Corryton Rd, Corryton, TN 37721

  5. Pumpkin Fest 2018

    The Pinnacle at Turkey Creek is happy to welcome back the much anticipated Pumpkin Fest! Families are invited to an evening of fun with activities such as trick-or-treating, a costume contest, pumpkin painting, cookie decorating, face painting, kids crafts, games, food trucks and MORE!

    Event Date: Saturday, October 28
    Event Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Price: FREE
    Location: Pinnacle at Turkey Creek
    11251 Parkside Dr, Knoxville, Tennessee 37934

Knoxville Weekend Top Five: October 19-21

We can’t get enough of these fall weekends! Check out our top five picks and let us know what you did this weekend by using the hashtag #cookteamtop5.


  1. HowlOWeen Pooch Parade and Pet Expo

    The UTK Gardens and the UTK College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting this fun event for all the dogs and dog lovers. Come out for the costume parade, expo of educational booths, pet-related businesses, and local rescue groups. Donate to the pet food drive to benefit Young Williams Animal Center and support your local pooches.

    Event Date: Sunday, October 21
    Event Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Price: FREE
    Location: UT Gardens Knoxville
    2518 Jacob Dr., Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

  2. Octoberfest 2018

    The Town Of Louisville is hosting their very own Octoberfest! Everyone will come together to enjoy a BBQ throw-down, junior cattle show, costume contest, arts and crafts festival, ice cream eating competition, kidZone, live entertainment, and so much more!

    Event Date: Saturday, October 20
    Event Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Price: FREE
    Location: Louisville Town Hall

  3. The Oh Hellos w Samantha Crain

    The Oh Hellos are dramatic, eclectic rock, folk duo. The Texas-based group promise to put on a show that will be delicate, intimate, but also joyfully explosive. This up and coming group is not one that you want to miss.

    Event Date: Sunday, October 21
    Event Time: 8:00 p.m.
    Price: $20 – buy tickets here!
    Location: Bijou Theatre
    803 S Gay St, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

  4. Tennessee Football vs. Alabama

    “On a Tennessee Saturday night” there is no other team you should be cheering on then the VOLS. Come support the team this Saturday for an SEC throw-down in Neyland!

    Event Date: Saturday, October 20
    Event Time: 3:30 p.m.
    Price: Varies – buy tickets here!
    Location: Neyland Stadium
    1235 Phillip Fulmer Way SW, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

  5. Harvest Festival 2018

    Come celebrate the fall harvest at Beardsley Community Farm with a free, family-friendly community event this Sunday! Harvest Festival will celebrate the farm, the community, and all things fall. Enjoy free food, children’s activities, live music, and tours of the farm. Don’t forget to show up dressed in your Halloween costume!

    Event Date: Sunday, October 21
    Event Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Price: FREE
    Location: Beardsley Farm
    1741 Reynolds St, Knoxville, Tennessee 37921