Upcoming Area Holiday Events


CAC Community Meal

Let’s Give Thanks. The Community Action Committee is hosting a Community Meal with food provided by Chef Rick and Sewanee Dining. The food is free and all are welcome. The event will be at noon, Friday, Nov. 22, at St. Mark’s Hall, Otey Parish.

Cowan Holiday Events

There will be a Christmas Open House from noon–8 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 30. Cowan’s speciality shops and restaurants invite you to Shop Small and enjoy sidewalk sales and door prizes. Santa will be at Nick’s Pizza and Pasta, located on Tennessee Avenue. 

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 3 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 <www.cowanparade.org>.

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, antique cars and thousands of smiles. The parade goes down Cumberland Street. 

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

Monteagle Holiday Events

The Town of Monteagle will host an Open House at City Hall Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 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 lineup 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.

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.

Any white elephant contributions for the bazaar will be welcome. 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.

Grundy County Christmas Open House

Everyone is invited to attend the annual Grundy County Courthouse Christmas Open House in Altamont. The event will be from 2–4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5. Santa will be there with a small gift for every little boy and girl. Local musicians will provide Christmas music and refreshments will be served. There will be horse and buggy rides, weather permitting. The event will conclude with the annual Christmas Tree lighting.

St. James/Midway Community Park

Meet Santa at the Park (Midway Road) at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6. Refreshments will be available. 

Light Up the Village

The community is invited to the annual Light Up the Village holiday tree lighting. Music will begin in Angel Park in downtown Sewanee around 4:40 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6. The Sewanee Chorale will lead everyone in the Christmas caroling. 

The tree lighting at Angel Park will be at 5 p.m. Cookies and hot beverages will be available afterward, and Santa and friends will be posing for photos. Local author Margaret Matens will have a book signing for her latest work, “The Sewanee Angels Save Christmas.”

University Avenue will be closed from Regions Bank to State Highway 41A for the event.

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

In case of inclement weather, the post-tree-lighting activities will move inside to the Blue Chair Bakery and Tavern.

This event is sponsored by the Sewanee Business Alliance.

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, Tenn.), 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 <southcumberlandchamber.com/mtnbazaar> for vendor application, or email the South Cumberland Chamber of Commerce Events Team at <scccevents.931@gmail.com> for more information.

The Christmas Revels Brings the Holiday Spirit to SAS

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School will offer its second annual Christmas Revels Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts on the SAS campus.

The concert, under the direction of SAS music director J.R. Ankney, is a festival of lessons and carols with audience participation. This year’s Revels is centered around the Medieval and Renaissance era, recreating millennium-old celebrations of the feast of Christ’s nativity and the winter solstice. 

Close to 100 SAS student and community musicians and readers will be a part of this year’s Revels which will include poetry and songs spoken and sung in middle English, sing-along opportunities, and dance. “Together we will seek the merriment, silence, peace, and serenity of the holiday season,” adds Ankney. “We will revel in the family spirit of SAS that is—for one night—free from commercials, too many Santas, and the hysteria of the season.” 

Because last year’s performance was standing room only, this year the school has instituted a reservation system with SAS families receiving first priority. Any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, Dec. 5. On that date, a reservation link will be available at <www.sasweb.org>. Following the concert, there will be a holiday reception in the Spencer Room in the Langford Building.

Winchester Holiday Event

The Downtown Winchester Program invites you to A Merry Little Downtown Christmas, Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14. The events start at 4 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, the events start at 7:30 a.m. For a complete schedule, go to <www.facebook.com/winchesterdowntown/>.