Knoxville is very proud of its seven historic homes here, and they all have many opportunities to learn about life in this region from various eras.  The holiday season is especially festive with open houses and other events.  Let’s get to it to see what each of these homes have to offer during the yuletide season!

James Whites Fort Christmas Wreath

James Whites Fort

Open House - Experience the sight, sound, and smells of an old-fashioned Christmas in the 1800s.  Enjoy some holiday treats with decorations from the frontier era with fruit and greenery.  Self-guided tours and demonstrations on site.  Free admission/donations accepted.  December 8 11AM – 3PM

*December-March hours: 
10AM-4PM (last admission at 3PM)

Blount Mansion Courtesy of Inside of Knoxville

Blount Mansion

Christmas Dinner at the Blount Mansion – Exclusive preview of decorations by Knoxville Garden Club with dinner prepared by Northshore Brasserie.  $200 per person.  December 6 6PM

Merry & Bright Christmas Open House – Family Friendly and free to the public.  Decorations featured by Knoxville Garden Club and music presented by the Knoxville Choral Society.  December 7 5PM – 8PM

*January-February hours:
Tours by appointment only, call 865.5205.2375

Ramsey House Candlelight Tour

Ramsey House

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop – Learn how to make beautiful wreaths the old-fashioned way with Julia; just bring a small pair of hand-held garden shears and garden gloves.  $35 per person, reservations required.  December 8 12PM – 2:30PM

Holiday Candlelight Tour – Enjoy natural decorations, Christmas music, cookies & punch, and a visit from Santa during this evening tour in the candlelight.  Free admission/donations accepted. December 9 6PM – 8PM.

A Gift for Mom and Dad Workshop – Bring the kids to make a last-minute gift for mom and dad.  Juice and cookies provided, bring a bagged lunch.  All supplies included.  Ages 6-12 years, $15 per person.  December 15 10AM – 1PM

*January – February hours
Closed on weekdays, Saturdays by appointment only, call 865.546.0745

Marble Springs in Winter

Marble Springs State Historic Site

Merry Memories – Music and holiday festivities await at this pioneer style open house.  $3/ages 12 and up; $1/ages 11 and under.  December 9 2PM – 5PM

*January-February hours
Saturday – 10AM – 5PM / Sunday – 12PM – 5PM
Weekdays by appointment only, call 865.573.5508

Crescent Bend in the Snow

Crescent Bend

Open for tours December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 10AM – 4PM last tour at 3PM.  Beautiful Christmas trees, wreaths, and authentic holiday decorations will adorn every room.  Join docents for a trip back in time during the holidays.

*January – February hours, open to regular hours mid-March
Tours by appointment only, call 865.637.3163

Mabry Hazen House Decorations for Christmas

Mabry-Hazen House

Christmas at Mabry-Hazen – The home will be decorated in the spirit of the holiday season.  Come enjoy historically-inspired refreshments, carolers, decorations, and more.   A new exhibit “Holiday Greetings:  A Century of Christmas Cards” will be displayed, showcasing almost 100 years of cards written to the Hazen family.  Admission is free/$5 donation suggested.  December 8 5PM – 8PM and December 9 2PM – 5PM.

*December 10 – February 28 hours
Tours by appointment only, call 865.522.8661

Historic Westwood at Christmas


Holiday Open House – Enjoy holiday decorations, refreshments, and Christmas music on the home’s original 1890’s piano.  Free admission.  December 9 12PM – 4PM

Holiday Tea – Enjoy a historic tea at the mansion with Christmas music.  This event has limited availability and near sell-out.  $35 for adults/$15 for ages 5-17.  December 16 3PM – 5PM

*January – February hours
Mon 11-2
Tues-Thurs 10-4