"I'm bored" if you think there is someone in your house that will say that this weekend read on. This is one of the weekends in December where you sort of have to schedule or you might turn into the abominable snowman. Nobody wants that. snowmanTo make your life a little easier, I figured I would put a few ideas here so you can decide how to make your weekend light up. Let's start with the fact that it is First Friday in Downtown Knoxville. Artists from around our city will show off some of their most beautiful work in Galleries, Shops and Eateries around town. http://knoxvillefirstfriday.com Everybody loves a parade! This Friday night, Gay Street will light up with elves from around town in the WIVK Christmas Parade. It's rain or shine and Santa might even bring Rudolph! www.wivk.com Bringing some sparkle to the city are Scott Hamilton and Friends. The gold medalist will light up the ice with friends and one very special Amy Grant over at the Civic Coliseum. amy grant scott hamilton It's so cool here even Memphis is visiting (sort of). The Broadway Musical will heat up the stage over at the Tennessee Theatre. memphis         If the holidays have got you down, then get out and see some gold! The 2013 Winter National Swimming Championships are this weekend. The short-course yards meet will take place at the University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Aquatic Center and will feature many top American swimmers, including 16 members of the U.S. 2013 FINA World Championships Team. Not a sports fan... well then maybe chicken will tickle your fancy. The American Bantam show will be at Chilhowee Park. Bird is the word. Here's more information. OK back to the Holiday season The 8th Annual Open House at The District in Bearden will kick off Friday night. The Bearden Bites sound delish and you never know what type of fun and cheer you can find over there. www.thedistrictinbearden.com ALL ABOARD!! Christmas Express Train Rides will be rolling along through out the month of December. Get the kids and meet some of Knoxville's most interesting people as they read to the kids on the train. 3 rivers ramblerwww.threeriversrambler.com If you're behind on making things for your office mates... hint hint... Marble Springs State Historic Site has a candle making workshop. Very interesting -  you will be making beeswax candles by the open hearth. You need to make reservations and space is limited. www.marblesprings.net Another workshop will be over at the Historic Ramsey House: Fresh Wreath Making Workshop. You will create a wreath with some things like holly, magnolia leaves and more. Again you need to make sure they have enough space so give them a call (865) 546-0745. Here's a list starting with Thursday so you don't have to keep reading my musings.    Thursday December 5th

WDVX Blue Plate Special: Cory Bishop / Bill Mize Knoxville Visitor Center12:00pm – 1:00pm
Santa’s Village Knoxville Zoo10:00am – 2:00pm
Beck Cultural Exchange Center Platter Party Beck Cultural Center2:30pm – 5:00pm
Nutcracker on Ice Ice Chalet7:00pm
A Christmas Carol Clarence Brown Theatre7:30pm
Singer/Songwriter Night: The Final Shootout! The Square Room7:30pm
Henry Cho Side Splitters Comedy Club7:30pm
Greetings Theatre Knoxville8:00pm

Friday December 6th

WDVX Blue Plate Special: Iodine / Southside Revival Knoxville Visitor Center12:00pm – 1:00pm
National Bantam Show Chilhowee Park – Jacob Building9:00am – 9:00pm
Santa’s Village Knoxville Zoo10:00am – 2:00pm
Knoxville Flea Market Knoxville Expo Center3:00pm – 7:00pm
Blow Your Own Ornament Marble City Glassworks4:00pm – 9:00pm
December First Friday Various Locations Downtown5:00pm – 8:00pm
The 8th Annual Open House The District in Bearden5:00pm – 8:00pm
Scott Hamilton & Friends on Ice with musical guest Amy Grant Knoxville Civic Coliseum6:00pm
Children’s Theatre of Knoxville Presents: Little Women Children’s Theatre of Knoxville7:00pm
Nutcracker on Ice Ice Chalet7:00pm
WIVK Christmas Parade Downtown Knoxville – Gay Street7:00pm
A Christmas Carol Clarence Brown Theatre7:30pm
Broadway at the Tennessee: Memphis Tennessee Theatre8:00pm
Ole Smoky Moonshine presents Delbert McClinton Bijou Theatre8:00pm
Bethany Dillon with Ed Cash and Ivory Layne The Square Room8:00pm
Greetings Theatre Knoxville8:00pm

Saturday December 7th

WDVX Blue Plate Special: Claxton Creek / Lacy Green Knoxville Visitor Center12:00pm – 1:00pm
National Bantam Show Chilhowee Park – Jacob Building6:00am – 9:00pm
Santa’s Workshop (Ages 6-10) Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts9:00am – 1:00pm
Santa’s Village Knoxville Zoo10:00am – 2:00pm
The 8th Annual Open House The District in Bearden10:00am – 5:00pm
Knoxville Flea Market Knoxville Expo Center10:00am – 7:00pm
Candle Making Workshop Marble Springs State Historic Site11:00am
Children’s Story Time Union Avenue Books11:00am
Christmas Open House James White’s Fort11:00am – 3:00pm

 

Winter Wonderland University of Tennessee Gardens12:00pm – 3:00pm
Market Square Holiday Market Market Square12:00pm – 7:00pm
Fresh Wreath Making Workshop Ramsey House Plantation1:00pm
Children’s Theatre of Knoxville Presents: Little Women Children’s Theatre of Knoxville1:00pm & 5:00pm
Creature Feature Ijams Nature Center2:00pm
Nutcracker on Ice Ice Chalet2:00pm & 7:00pm
Broadway at the Tennessee: Memphis Tennessee Theatre2:00pm & 8:00pm
Blow Your Own Ornament Marble City Glassworks4:00pm – 9:00pm
Old North Knoxville’s Victorian Holiday Home Tour Historic Old North Knoxville4:00pm – 9:00pm
Candoro Arts & Heritage Holiday Open House Candoro Marble Building5:00pm – 7:00pm
Knoxville Ice Bears vs. Columbus Cottonmouths – Armed Forces Night Knoxville Civic Coliseum7:30pm
A Christmas Carol Clarence Brown Theatre7:30pm
Appalachian Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker Knoxville Civic Auditorium8:00pm
Tennessee Schmaltz Laurel Theater8:00pm
Greetings Theatre Knoxville8:00pm

Sunday December 8th

National Bantam Show Chilhowee Park – Jacob Building7:00am – 12:00pm
Santa’s Village Knoxville Zoo10:00am – 2:00pm
Knoxville Flea Market Knoxville Expo Center10:00am – 4:00pm
Old North Knoxville’s Victorian Holiday Home Tour Historic Old North Knoxville12:30pm – 5:00pm
Holiday Marketplace & Fair Ijams Nature Center1:00pm – 5:00pm
It’s a Wonderful Life presented by Home Federal Bank Tennessee Theatre1:00pm & 5:00pm
A Christmas Carol Clarence Brown Theatre2:00pm
Appalachian Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker Knoxville Civic Auditorium2:00pm
A Gift of Lights Crescent Bend2:00pm – 8:00pm
Children’s Theatre of Knoxville Presents: Little Women Children’s Theatre of Knoxville3:00pm

 

Greetings Theatre Knoxville3:00pm
Candle Light Tour Ramsey House Plantation6:00pm – 8:00pm
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Bijou Theatre8:00pm

Monday December 9th

WDVX Blue Plate Special: Whitney Mann / Kelly Steward Knoxville Visitor Center12:00pm – 1:00pm
Climbing Fundamentals with River Sports Outfitters River Sports Outfitters6:00pm
Tennessee Shines: Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion + author Lisa Soland Knoxville Visitor Center7:00pm

 Tuesday December 10th

WDVX Blue Plate Special: Matt Hectorne / The Matchsellers Knoxville Visitor Center12:00pm – 1:00pm
Greenway Bike Ride with Bearden Bike & Trail Third Creek Greenway6:00pm

 Wednesday December 11th

WDVX Blue Plate Special: Tokyo Rosenthal / Jamie Cook Knoxville Visitor Center12:00pm – 1:00pm
Time Well Spent: Inspiration at Lunch Emporium Center for Arts & Culture12:00pm
Group Run with Runners Market Runner’s Market Bearden5:30pm
A Christmas Carol Clarence Brown Theatre7:30pm
Pandora Jewelry Presents Martina McBride: The Joy of Christmas Tennessee Theatre7:30pm
Knox Comedy Live Presents: Alex Koll with Matt Ward The Well8:00pm

 Thursday December 12th

WDVX Blue Plate Special: Todd Burge / Jon Whitlock Trio Knoxville Visitor Center12:00pm – 1:00pm
Santa’s Village Knoxville Zoo10:00am – 2:00pm
Blow Your Own Ornament Marble City Glassworks4:00pm – 9:00pm
Children’s Theatre of Knoxville Presents: Little Women Children’s Theatre of Knoxville7:00pm
Tour de Lights Holiday Bike Ride Market Square7:00pm
A Christmas Carol Clarence Brown Theatre7:30pm
Greetings Theatre Knoxville8:00pm
Carolina Chocolate Drops Bijou Theatre8:00pm

 Friday December 13th

WDVX Blue Plate Special: Hiroya Tsukamoto Knoxville Visitor Center12:00pm – 1:00pm
KMA Holiday Homes Tours Various homes around Knoxville9:30am – 4:30pm
Santa’s Village Knoxville Zoo10:00am – 2:00pm
Comcast Christmas at Chilhowee Park Chilhowee Park6:00pm – 9:00pm
Children’s Theatre of Knoxville Presents: Little Women Children’s Theatre of Knoxville7:00pm
A Christmas Carol Clarence Brown Theatre7:30pm
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells Clayton Performing Arts CenterPellissippi State Community College7:30pm
Greetings Theatre Knoxville8:00pm
Carolina Chocolate Drops Bijou Theatre8:00pm
Wendel Werner Destroys Christmas The Square Room8:00pm

 Saturday December 14th

WDVX Blue Plate Special: Red Shoes & Rosin Knoxville Visitor Center12:00pm – 1:00pm
Santa’s Village Knoxville Zoo10:00am – 2:00pm
ETHS Holiday Open House East Tennessee History Center11:00am – 3:00pm
Market Square Holiday Market Market Square12:00pm – 7:00pm
Children’s Theatre of Knoxville Presents: Little Women Children’s Theatre of Knoxville1:00pm & 5:00pm
Creature Feature Ijams Nature Center2:00pm
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells Clayton Performing Arts CenterPellissippi State Community College2:00pm & 7:30pm
The Nativity Pageant of Knoxville Knoxville Civic Coliseum3:00pm
Christmas Candlelight Tours Marble Springs State Historic Site4:00pm – 8:00pm
Blow Your Own Ornament Marble City Glassworks4:00pm – 9:00pm
Annual Christmas Tours The Mabry-Hazen House5:00pm – 8:00pm
A Christmas Carol Clarence Brown Theatre7:30pm
Greetings Theatre Knoxville8:00pm

 

 Sunday December 15th

Santa’s Village Knoxville Zoo10:00am – 2:00pm
House Mountain Hike with Smoky Mountain Hiking Club House Mountain1:30pm
A Christmas Carol Clarence Brown Theatre2:00pm
Annual Christmas Tours The Mabry-Hazen House2:00pm – 5:00pm
Greetings Theatre Knoxville3:00pm
The Nativity Pageant of Knoxville Knoxville Civic Coliseum3:00pm