Knoxville Thanksgiving Traditions: Fantasy of Trees

Leslie Bowden Entertainment, Giving Back, Local Living 2 Comments

Christmas music should only be played after Thanksgiving. The only exception that I make to this rule is for the Fantasy of Trees to benefit East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH), which begins two days before Thanksgiving and runs through the weekend. Fantasy of Trees has been a Thanksgiving tradition for me since I worked at ETCH in 2000. All proceeds from this year’s show will purchase various equipment for the hospital’s inpatient floors. More details and ticket information can be found here.

The Gala Preview Party opened the event on Tuesday night and is always one of my favorite holiday events. Nothing else gets me ready for the Season like being surrounded by loads of holiday décor, good food, and old friends. This year’s theme of, “No Business Like Snow Business” created a cute winter backdrop for all of the designer items, children’s activities and shops. As always, many trees, wreaths and centerpieces are gorgeous, creative and whimsical. Yet, many are quirky, overdone and, frankly, hideous. If you stop by the show this weekend, do not miss my favorite attraction, the Gingerbread Village.

What other Knoxville Thanksgiving traditions are out there?

For full disclosure, my first grown-up job was in Community Relations department at ETCH and I still work as a PRN employee.

Creative Commons License Photography by krisdecurtis

Comments 2

  1. I wish they’d let Fantasy of Trees run a little bit longer! There was no way in heck I was going to make it this past week, but now that I have time to go, it’s gone 🙁 I guess next year.

  2. Modern Gal … I second that motion! There just isn’t enough time, it seems, to get it all done. I frequently wish for 36 hour days and 10 day weeks!

    I am a huge fan of all the craft shows that are held all during the holiday season – there’s one at Bearden Middle School, and the Pilot Club show in Oak Ridge that come right to mind. The tree lighting downtown is also a big holiday event, even though we missed that this year. I hear the Shadrack Marine light show is not to be missed too. Ranging further out, there are all the events and activities in Sevier County – Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg – craft shows, music, shopping without end, as they kick off their holiday event schedule over the Thanksgiving weekend.

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