8 a.m. DANDRIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT will hold a handgun permit class on Saturday Dec. 7, starting at 8 a.m. For more information or to register call 865-397-8862 ext. 26 or 865-356-7423.
8:30 a.m. “HOLIDAY HUSTLE” 5K RUN AND 3K WALK will be held at Morristown’s Wayne Hansard Park, off Highway 160. Cost is $30 for the 5K and $20 for the 3K, with registration beginning at 7:45 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Friends of Hospice of the Lakeway Area.
9 a.m.-3 p.m. HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE will be held at Rose Center featuring more than 40 artists and crafters.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. SANTA PAWS PET PHOTOS will be at All Dogs Canine Care Center in Talbott. A $20 donation covers a 4×6 photo with Santa and a CD with all photos taken. All proceeds go to Noah’s Arc.
DEC. 7 – Cumberland Gap – Victorian Christmas with Father and Mother Christmas at the Victorian home at 511 Colwyn Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children and adults can enjoy the reading of the Christmas story, the Legend of Santa and hot cider and cookies. For more information, call 423-869-3860.
Wilderness Survival – Upper Campground Pavilion – Join the ranger as we discuss the 10 essentials you should carry with you every time you go into the wilderness and what to do if you become stranded or lost in unfamiliar territory.
12:00 PM Park Cleanup – Visitor’s Center – Come help Ranger Jammie remove the old growth from the flowerbeds at the Visitor’s Center in preparation for spring. We’ll discuss tips for landscaping with native plant material while we work.
Noon-4 p.m. SANTA PAWS PET PHOTOS will be at All Dogs Canine Care Center in Talbott. A $20 donation covers a 4×6 photo with Santa and a CD with all photos taken. All proceeds go to Noah’s Arc.
12 p.m. FOAMEX REUNION will be held for all former plant employees at the Golden Corral in Morristown. Attendees are asked to bring a small gift to exchange. For more information, call 423-307-2022.
12 p.m. ROSE SERVICE GUILD CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON will be held at noon at Sagebrush Steak House. Bring gently used exchange gift for pirate bingo, and a small learning gift or book for Sherrie’s kids. They are also collecting blankets for the animal shelter and winter coats for the coat drive.
11:30 a.m. GFWC LADIES READING CIRCLE to meet at the Women’s Club House Wednesday, Dec. 11. Lunch will be $5. The guest speaker is Joe Powell with Morristown Theatre Guild. For more information, call Lin Maloney 581-2891
4-6 p.m. COMMUNITY DINNER will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2435 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy.
1-3 p.m. Jefferson City Public Library, 1427 Russell Avenue, Jefferson City, invites everyone to come and celebrate the season with Christmas Music and fine desserts. We are inviting you to bring your favorite dessert and about 12 or more copies of your recipe. Please invite your friends and family to come and sample these fine desserts and just set back and enjoy the party. If you can’t cook, don’t worry, you are still invited to sample and vote for your favorite dessert. A prize will be given to the best dessert. Please invite friends and family. Help us make this event a success!
6:30 p.m. The Mountain Motorsports TENNESSEE INDOOR MOTOCROSS Championship is coming to the Smoky Mountain Expo Arena December 13 & 14. This event will be rounds number 3 and 4 of the FMF Indoor MX Winter Series. This is the 22nd season of the PIZZA PLUS sponsored series and the events have been running at the Smoky Mtn Expo Arena since the arena opened.No membership is required and the race is open to all racers, so you can expect to see some local racers on the track.
7-10:30 a.m. COUNTRY BREAKFAST will be held at the Bulls Gap Masonic Lodge No. 764 F. & A.M. and Bulls Gap Order of the Eastern Star No. 471 at 111 Elmwood Ave., behind the post office on Hwy 11-E. The all-you-can-eat breakfast costs $7. Children under 4 receive free breakfast.
Noon BATTLE OF BEAN STATION MONUMENT DEDICATION will be held at the Old Bean Station Cemetery, located on Cemetery Road behind First Baptist Church of Bean Station. The program will honor Confederate and Union soldiers who died in the Battle of Bean Station.
Join the Friends and staff of Panther Creek State Park as we celebrate the 10th annual Christmas in the Park program beginning at 1:00pm on Saturday, December 14th at the Spoone Shelter. The festivities will include crafts, Christmas stories and hayrides throughout the park. Warm yourself by the fire while enjoying hot chocolate and sugary treats provided by the Friends of Panther Creek State Park. This is a free family event but participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food itemfor donation to those in need during the holiday season. For additional information, please contact the park Visitor’s Center at (423) 587-7046.
1:00pm – Crafts
1:30pm – Hayrides Begin
2:00pm – Fireside Christmas Stories
DEC. 14 – Newport – The Cocke County Partnership/ Chamber of Commerce has announced the parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14, and will begin promptly at 3 p.m. This year it is asked that parade floats and participants embrace the theme of “Christmas Around the World.” Parade staging will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Cocke County High School parking lot. It will start at Debbie’s Drive-In and will continue on Broadway heading east through downtown Newport and will conclude at Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church.
2:30 p.m. ANNUAL NEW MARKET CHRISTMAS PARADE will be held, with Lineup from 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. Inclimate weather date will be Dec. 22. Participation is free. For more information, call Shirley Guinn at 865-475-3423 orJohnny Fountain at 865-253-6296.
DEC. 19 – Greeneville – Play: “A Christmas Carol” at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. This Charles Jones adaption of Charles Dickens’ famous story is rich with ensemble music, color and movement and is created to tell the enduring tale in a manner most people will enjoy. The play features a cast of 24, live musicians and Broadway-style scenery and costumes. Tickets are $30 for orchestra and mezzanine seats and $20 for the balcony. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.npacgreeneville.com.
11:00 AM Photography Hike – Seven Sinkholes Trailhead – Grab your camera and join us as we learn some tips to taking better nature photographs. We’ll then head off along the beautiful Sinkholes Trail to see what our cameras can capture. Please wear sturdy walking shoes or boots.
Sunday, December 22nd
1:00 PM Trout Lily Trail Hike – Boat Ramp Parking Area – Come join Ranger Jammie for a hike along the scenic Trout Lily Trail to see how many deer and other animals we can observe. We’ll hike at a leisurely pace but please wear sturdy boots or shoes, bring along some drinking water and don’t forget your camera. All ages welcome.
8 a.m. DANDRIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT will hold a handgun permit class on Saturday Dec. 28 starting at 8 a.m. For more information or to register call 865-397-8862 ext. 26 or 865-356-7423.
1:00 PM Nature Hike – Ranger Station – Join us as we hike the Lost Road Trail in search of wildlife and other interesting things we can find in nature. We’ll hike up River Ridge along this trail and see some nice views of Cherokee Lake. Please wear sturdy walking shoes or boots.
1:00 PM Scavenger Hunt – Ranger Station – Join us to see if you can be the first to find all of the items on our list during this fun–filled nature scavenger hunt. Children of all ages are welcome! Please wear comfortable shoes and bring some drinking water for this activity.
DEC. 31 – Gatlinburg — 26th Annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show and Ball Drop at the Space Needle area at traffic light No. 8 with free party favors and live entertainment. For more information, call 1-800-568-4748.
DEC. 31 – Knoxville – New Year’s on the Square on Market Square with festival foods and face painting available at the ice rink, music beginning at 11 p.m. with a big screen showing events from 2013. The countdown to 2014 begins at 11:59 with a ball drop and fireworks.