A Season for Good Cheer
The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a timeless reminder of the importance of finding joy and cheer when our lives are filled with demands. The book was written at a time of great social change, when holidays became less important to celebrate. The story illustrates that holidays are a spirit lifting time for everyone to come together, no matter our interests or our life’s journey. The “heart and soul” of the season can be found in the well-wishes we share with each other. It is said that Mr. Dicken led his life using the “Carol Philosophy.”
In the 9 Lakes Region, the “heart and soul” of our communities can often be found at seasonal events and holiday markets in large and small downtowns.
Strolling a holiday market, while meeting local craftsmen, artisan bakers, and listening to seasonal music is a simple way to rediscover your “Carol Philosophy.” A downtown is a place to share with people who come from many different backgrounds and interests. The simplicity of sharing a seasonal greeting with a stranger or purchasing a locally made gift spreads seasonal good cheer.
To help you discover your good cheer, here are some fun markets and events to usher in the holiday season:
12/10-11- Annual Holiday Open House and Craft Fair at the Rose Center, Morristown
12/11- Christmas in the Park at Norris Dam State Park is a free, family-friendly event where guests can enjoy live music, refreshments, crafts for kids, a visit from Santa, and more.
12/11- Tour de Lights- Knoxville is known for its bike lanes and outdoorsy vibe. See the holiday lights of Old City in this free, family friendly bike ride.
12/11 and 18- Oak Ridge Holiday Market at Jackson Square- hand crafted gifts, holiday greens, and baked goods. Warm up with artisan brewed coffee.
12/11- Christmas at Rugby– The living Victorian-era village will bustle with caroling, holiday shopping and much more.
12/14-18- Sallie and A.J Bush Home Tours– See where it all began with the halls decked and ready for the holiday season! Shop the museum store for unique gifts.