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The holiday season can be a stressful time.  Sometimes getting away for a day or a quick weekend is a great way to unwind and get yourself ready for the hustle and bustle of what’s to come. We recommend stepping back in time and visiting a Candlelight Christmas Tour! This annual event at the Museum of Appalachia will not only remind you of what Christmas was like in simpler times, but will help you unwind and get in the Christmas spirit. 

Visitors will experience the serenity of an Appalachian Christmas by touring museum cabins by candlelight. You will be able to catch a glimpse of what it was like to live in a one room cabin with your family. Christmas trees will be decorated with popcorn balls and paper chains, while Christmas carols will be sung in the Irwin Chapel.

Listen to Christmas storytelling while you enjoy a cup of hot apple cider.  Visitors will see spinning and weaving demonstrations, blacksmithing and enjoy musicians performing around the museum grounds. 

Be sure to visit with the museum animals and make a holiday craft or ornament before you go.

A Candlelight Christmas Tour takes place on December 1st and 2nd from 5 pm – 8:30 pm.

Admission prices - Adults - $10, Children (5-17) - $5, Family (2 adults + kids) $25

For groups of 20 or more, please contact Kate at 865-494-7680 or email katecampbell@museumofappalchia.org


Another great holiday event at the Museum of Appalachia is Christmas in Old Appalachia which takes place December 2nd – 24th. Visitors will experience what Christmas was like in rural Appalachia.

Visitors can explore the Appalachian village and see how times have really changed.  Be sure to check out the Little Tater Valley Schoolhouse and see how the Christmas trees were decorated in the past and stockings were stuffed with apples, nuts and homemade toys.

While visiting, enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch from the Museum restaurant, serving from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Don’t forget to pick up some Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers in the Museum Gift shop which features many handcrafted items.  


The Holiday Homecoming Celebration at Norris Dam State Park on December 9th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm is also a great event to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Visitors will see the parks cabin area transform into a winter village of festivities. There will be live animal demonstrations, historical depiction of Appalachian life, old time music and holiday treats.  

The whole family is sure to enjoy the Holiday Homecoming. Visitors are encouraged to bring a flashlight and be expected to walk about a mile, so dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. 


If you have the opportunity to spend a weekend in Anderson County to unwind and relax, some other things we would highly recommend checking out:

 You can find a list of lodging in Anderson County, by visiting http://www.yallcome.org/browse/3/where-to-stay/.