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5 Things to Do in Anderson County in December

With colder weather here to stay, people tend to want to stay indoors and hibernate.  Well, we have some reasons you’ll want to get out of the house and into Anderson County! Here are 5 things to do in Anderson County this month. 

Oak Ridge Winter Farmers Market

Fresh winter produce, artisan breads and pastries, locally raised tilapia, and handmade soaps and lotions are just some of the products that will be available at the Winter Farmers Market.

Don’t let the rain or cold keep you away, the market is located indoors at St. Mary’s school gym, located at 323 Vermont Avenue in Oak Ridge. The market is open each Saturday, beginning December 7th through March 28th from 10 am to 1 pm. 

A Candlelight Christmas at the Museum of Appalachia

On December 7th & 8th, the Museum of Appalachia recreates a meaningful holiday of simpler times during A Candlelight Christmas! Traditional trees and hand-made decorations, typical of austere pioneer days, transform the Museum’s authentic log buildings. Wander through the village and marvel at the simple treasures of their settlement days. In the one-room, dirt-floored “Dan’l Boone” cabin, strings of popcorn and cotton bolls circle a dormant tree; Paper chains and other ornaments trim the tree in the Little Tater Valley Schoolhouse.

Sweet gum and sycamore balls are strung throughout the Mark Twain Family Cabin, and a traditional silver star tops a native red cedar Christmas tree in the turn-of-the-century Peters Homestead House. Apples, nuts, homemade toys, and oranges fill stockings hung in the cabins.

Pick up some stocking stuffers in the Museum Gift and Antique Shop, which features everything from hand-crafted ornaments, locally made muscadine and moonshine jellies, and beautiful pottery, along with baskets, quilts, and plenty of Appalachian specialties. Or just come and enjoy a homemade southern country lunch in front of the warm fireplace. You’ll want to make A Candlelight Christmas part of your family’s annual holiday tradition!

Take In A Play

Catch a show at the Oak Ridge Playhouse, one of the most thriving community theatres in Tennessee and one of the oldest in the Southeastern United States. Operating since 1943, the Playhouse offers a diverse season of musicals, comedies, dramas and children’s plays. The Playhouse is located in Historic Jackson Square which is the original townsite of Oak Ridge. The Square features unique shopping and local restaurants, so you may want to spend some time there as well. 

Be Adventurous!

Windrock Park in Anderson CountyVisit Windrock Park. Located in Oliver Springs, Tennessee, this 73,000 acre privately owned park is home to some of the best off-roading in the country. With over 310 miles of trails, it is the perfect place for beginners as well as extreme riders! Don’t worry if you don’t own a machine, the park has rentals available.  One of many great things about Windrock Park is the lodging options.  Lodging options include a full campground, primitive campsites, cabins and yurts right at the park. Each site comes with a fire pit, so it’s the perfect time to cozy up around the fire and enjoy some smores with the family! Winter is a great time to visit Windrock Park because no leaves on trees, means views for days. Trust us, the views are spectacular! Plan your visit today! 

Holiday Homecoming Celebration at Norris Dam State Park

Join us for a Holiday Homecoming on December 14th from 5 to 9 pm for a walk through time and discover traditions of the 1930s.  The rustic cabins are transformed into a winter village of living history. Cabins are decorated in historical, natural and cultural themes, as well as honoring the nation’s veterans. It’s an evening full of historical interpretation, holiday treats, old time caroling, and of course St. Nick to tell your Christmas wishes.