Holiday Events


Monteagle Holiday Events

The Town of Monteagle will host an Open House at City Hall Nov. 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature holiday vendors and free refreshments.

Monteagle will hold its Christmas parade Saturday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m. Participants should line up at The V, the former VFW site, at 3:45 p.m. Trophies will be awarded for the best all-around float and the best representation of the “Grinch” theme.

Come get a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Harton Park after the parade. Hot cocoa and cookies will be provided at the park.

Mountain Christmas Bazaar

The second annual Mountain Christmas Bazaar will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7. The event will be held at DuBose Conference Center. Booths will be open for business from 8  a.m. to 2  p.m. Admission and parking are free! 

Vendor booth spaces will feature a wide variety of products, including arts & crafts, small businesses, food, and direct sales. This is an opportunity for residents and visitors to shop early, shop small, and support community while doing their Christmas and holiday shopping.

The 2019 highlighted nonprofit is Dependable Laundry (Coalmont TN), a service that helps provide stable employment opportunities and an empathetic environment to individuals with special needs. Vendors will be asked to donate cleaning supplies (of any kind – laundry soap, washing powders, etc.) to Dependable Laundry as part of their registration. Shoppers are encouraged to also bring an in-kind donation.

Shoppers are encouraged to check out the information desk at the Bazaar for a list of other Christmas activities and events going on in the area that day.

Questions? Interested in being a vendor? Go to <> for vendor application, or email the South Cumberland Chamber of Commerce Events Team at <> for more information.

Annual Holiday Studio Tour

Tennessee Craft-South invites the public to its annual Holiday Studio Tour on the mountain at 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, Dec.  7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.  Tennessee Craft-South is the regional branch of Tennessee Craft, the state-wide organization which supports and promotes all handmade crafts in Tennessee.

More than 24 local and regional artists will show their work during the weekend, ranging from textiles, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, and glass to paintings, paper art, cast bronze, metal work, and woodwork.  

Bright yellow signs mark the tour route, and maps are available at all locations on the tour as well as at all sponsors’ locations, in the Sewanee Mountain Messenger, and on the Tennessee Craft website <>.

Two Holiday Sewanee Tree Lightings

The University of the South will join with the community for two holiday tree lightings on Friday, Dec. 6. Students, faculty, staff, and community members will gather at 4 p.m. at the University Quad for music and snacks. The campus tree lighting will be at 4:30 p.m.

Santa Claus and friends will come to downtown via a Sewanee Volunteer Fire Department truck.  Music will begin in Angel Park in downtown Sewanee at 5 p.m. with the Sewanee Chorale leading the Christmas caroling. The tree lighting will follow. Cookies and hot beverages will be available. Santa and friends will be posing for photos. Local author Margaret Matens will have a book signing for  her lastest work, “The Sewanee Angels Save Christmas.”

Please bring unwrapped toys and monetary donations for Operation Noel. Gifts of money and nonperishable food will be collected for the Community Action Committee.

University Avenue will be closed from the highway to Regions Bank for the event downtown. In case of inclement weather, the downtown tree-lighting activities will move inside to the Blue Chair.

These events are co-sponsored by the University of the South and the Sewanee Business Alliance.

Christmas Bazaar at the Sewanee Senior Center

The annual Christmas Bazaar will be held 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 6. A door prize will be given away each day of the bazaar. Tickets are $2 each for a chance to win a Christmas design quilt and $250 in cash. The drawing will be at 1 p.m., Dec. 11. You do not have to be present to win.

Donations for the bazaar are welcome and greatly appreciated. Please bring any white elephant items, needlework or other nonperishable items any day before the bazaar begins. Baked items, home-canned foods, preserves, jellies and jams should be brought the week of the bazaar.

Cowan Holiday Events

The Cowan Christmas Market at Monterey Station will be Dec. 6–7. Browse and buy from more than 50 crafters and specialty vendors. The marketplace is open on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Santa arrives at 6 p.m., on Friday. the entry fee is one canned food item or a $1 donation to the Christmas Food Drive. For more information go to <>.

The 55th annual Cowan Christmas Parade will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. Grand marshals are solo artist Brenda Lee and WZXY radio announcer, Jeff Pennington.Share in the fun of an exciting small town event with floats, bands, tin lizzies, tumbling teams and thousands of smiles. The parade goes down Cumberland Street. 

For more information, including entry forms, log on to <www.cowan​>. 

Winchester Holiday Events

The Downtown Winchester Program invites you to A Merry Little Downtown Christmas, Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8. The events start at 4 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, the events start at 7:30 a.m. Santa Claus comes to town at 10 a.m., on Saturday. 

For a complete schedule, go to <>.