Holiday & Seasonal Festivals
Christmas on the Cumberland
Christmas on the Cumberland - a walk-through holiday light display featuring over 2 million lights that transform the Cumberland Riverwalk into a whimsical holiday wonderland. The event is open nightly beginning the day after Thanksgiving through the Month of December. Admission is free. Held at McGregor Park Riverwalk.
Fayetteville Host of Christmas Past
Downtown Fayetteville. During the second weekend in November, Fayetteville becomes the setting for a Norman Rockwell Painting. The Fayetteville Host of Christmas Past brings thousands of visitors to enjoy an old fashioned high tea, trolley rides, strolling musicians, a candlelight walking tour, and much, much more.
Festival on the Fourth
Held at the World's Fair Park in Knoxville, Festival on the Fourth offers a wide variety of family fun, including entertainment, activities, and treats. Festival on the Fourth activities begin at 2 p.m. with a Salute to Our Troops. Bluegrass bands begin entertaining at 4:15 p.m. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Knoxville Symphony Festival Choir takes to the main stage at 8:00 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:35 p.m. Food and beverages are available throughout the park.
Historic Downtown Franklin’s annual Pumpkinfest the last Saturday in October fills Main Street from Second to Fifth Avenues with all things fall-related--pumpkins, costumes, two stages offering entertainment, hayrides and fall crafts. Streets are lined with fabulous food, hot cider and wonderful holiday and fall crafts and artisans. Merchants on Main ”treat” trick or treaters at their businesses until 3 p.m. The People’s Church provide a children’s carnival on 3rd Avenue South with lots of fun free activities for kid’s and the stage at City Hall. Entertainment is continuous on stages in front of the Old Courthouse on the Public Square and at Five Points. Hayrides and scarecrows and ghosts and goblins meander down Main at Pumpkinfest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
White Lightning Trail Festival
One of the area’s largest summer events, the White Lightning Trail Festival, features a variety of family-friendly activities that celebrate the history of East Tennessee and Appalachian culture. The event takes place in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.