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Jazz up your holiday in December

Elf on the Shelf (Visit Knoxville photo)

To get everyone in a festive spirit, let’s jazz up the holiday season with a full slate of December events in downtown Knoxville.

While EventCheck Knox focuses on nonprofit fundraisers – luncheons, dinners and such – we also have a special event category of “Performances to Note.”

Those performances include the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra’s concerts with “A Swingin’ Christmas” coming up Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5-6, at the Tennessee Theatre. Violinist extraordinaire Regina Carter, who has performed with Mary J. Blige, Billy Joel and Dolly Parton, will join the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra (KJO) for the concerts. Tickets are available here.

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s concerts also are listed on the calendar. You can kick off the holiday month on Sunday, Dec. 1, with Chamber Classics’ “Classical Christmas” at the Bijou Theatre featuring Handel’s Messiah.

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra is in the holiday spirit.

Mighty Musical Monday is Dec. 2 at the Tennessee Theatre with Freddie Brabson on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ and a 90-minute special holiday program. The annual WIVK Christmas Parade is Friday, Dec. 6, in downtown Knoxville – featuring Santa himself – along with a host of “Christmas in the City” events from ice skating to tree lights.

The Peppermint Trail gets underway, as does Elf on the Shelf. The Downtown Knoxville Alliance has a full list of holiday events, including an open house at Blount Mansion on Dec. 6 and two screenings of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Tennessee Theatre.

So, there’s no excuse to not get out and get in the spirit.

To get you in a holiday mood, here’s a sampling of the KJO’s Christmas concert:


Maria Cornelius, a writer/editor for Moxley Carmichael, populates the EventCheck Knox calendar. She wishes everyone, and especially event planners, a wonderful December.

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