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Local Events on Saturday, December 12, 2009

A branch in winter snow.
A branch in winter snow.
Margaret M Hoff

The 26th annual Holiday Craft Party!
Saturday, December 12 from Noon-3 pm
Ijams Nature Center

Everyone loves a party! Get into the spirit and join us for some holiday fun. We'll make recycled crafts like gift tags, ornaments, candles, pine cone suet feeders and garland. There will be snacks for everyone and we'll even be playing some of our favorite holiday movies. Free to members, $3 for non-members. Please call ahead and let us know you are coming: 577-4717, ext. 10. The Ijams Nature Center is a visitor and member-supported wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center. Also available at Ijams are holiday items for stress-free shopping, such as Adopt-an-Animal Tree, Gift Memberships, Nature-Related Gifts, and Calendars.

Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 12 from 10:00 -3:00 pm
Erin's Meadow Organic Herb Farm

At this Holiday Open House, you will enjoy herbal refreshments, special sales, and door prizes. Everyone takes home a free bouquet of fresh cut cooking herbs. There is a free Herb Program at 1 p.m., “Herbs for the Holidays-Gift Giving, Recipes, and Projects.”  Christmas Ornaments & Decor will be half off, find all your gifts from a local organic shop for loved ones who enjoy gardening. For more information, go to Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm.

Market Square Holiday Market
Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, December 12 and 19

Local craft and food vendors will line Market Street with handmade products for gift giving. Stroll through a winter wonderland, with lights strung up through Krutch Park and a fire pit for marshmallow roasting. A small farmers' market will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for those farmers able to extend their season, including Organicism Farm and Musick Mountain Farm with radishes, lettuces, greens, root vegetables and more.

For questions about the Market Square Farmers' Market or Holiday Market, please contact

Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice
November 27-January 3, Market Square

One of Downtown Knoxville's favorite holiday traditions, Knoxville's Holidays on Ice,
will be open daily beginning Friday, November 27 through January 4. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for children under 12. Prices include skate time, skate rental, and sales tax. Season tickets are also available and include unlimited time on the ice as well as discounts at local businesses. Season passes are $30 for children under 12 and $45 for adults. Contact (865) 246-1326 to purchase your season passes. Private parties are also available for up to 50 skaters.

Opening Weekend Hours of Operation:
Through December 17:
Monday through Thursday ~ 5 pm to 9 pm
Friday ~ 5 pm to 10 pm
Saturday ~ 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday ~ 12 noon to 6 pm
December 18 through January 3:
Monday through Friday ~ 12 noon to 10 pm
Saturday ~ 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday ~ 12 noon to 6 pm

For more information, go to

Handmade Holiday
Dec. 11—13
409 South Gay Street

Visit a Holiday tradition and find the perfect handmade gifts at the Handmade Holiday sale, featuring locally crafted house-wares, apparel, accessories, recycled stationery, cork trivets, belt buckles, hubcap art, tire planters, pottery, apparel, jewelry, candles, soap, art, & more. Thanks to Yee-Haw Industries, Downtown Wine & Spirits, & Metro Pulse!
Amazing treats from Magpies, Luxe Catering & the Flower Pot. This Handmade Holiday will be happening at 409 South Gay Street which is located between Downtown Wine + Spirits and Yee Haw Industries.

Friday: 12-9
Saturday: 10-9
Sunday: 1 - 5

Go to for more information.

Briscoe Exhibit & Holiday Open House
December 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
East Tennessee History Center

There will be music, crafts demonstrations, children's activities, sample cookies and hot cider. Enjoy live music and crafts demonstrations, visit with a Victorian Santa, and have your photo made in a recreated turn-of-the-century Christmas scene at the ETHS Holiday Open House on December 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children will enjoy listening to stories and making ornaments. During this time only, visitors may pose with the recreated Christmas Morning 1909 parlor, as depicted in a painting by local artist Russell Briscoe (see above). The painting is featured in the exhibition Russell Briscoe: Images of Home and Heritage at the History Center through February 7, 2010.