This week’s Upper Cumberland round up – Dec. 14

By Michelle Price
UCBJ Managing Editor

UPPER CUMBERLAND – As Christmas draws near, take some time to enjoy the spirit of the season, take a carriage ride or just catch one more Christmas parade. Here’s what’s going on across the Upper Cumberland this week. For a complete list of events, visit

Dec. 13-23

Crossville – It’s Christmas Eve, 1941 and the unpredictable Sanders Family gathers for one last holiday sing before son Dennis ships out for boot camp. A Sanders Family Christmas marks its final show at Cumberland County Playhouse.

Dec. 13-26

Cookeville – Bring your family and enjoy FREE rides on our carousel throughout the Christmas season! The Carousel is located in Dogwood Park directly behind the History Museum.For hours visit Christmas in the Park.

Dec. 14

Crossville – Grinder House Coffee Shop presents “In the House,” a singer-songwriter show live 6 p.m. with performances by Margie Singleton and Joe Rucker.

Dec. 14-15

Cookeville – Bring your family to the Cookeville History Museum and enjoy FREE rides on the horse drawn carriage. The carriage ride will be available Friday December 14 from 6 – 9 p.m. and Saturday December 15 from 4 – 7 p.m.

Dec. 14-16

Woodbury – Back by popular demand! The Ultimate Oldies Christmas Classics brings their sell-out Christmas show to the Arts Center of Cannon Co.

Dec. 15

Byrdstown – Discover A Forgotten Christmas at the Cordell Hull Birthplace State Historic Park. Experience a traditional Appalachian Christmas Dinner, traditional dance and music and get a chance to visit with Santa.

Cookeville – Grab your lawn chairs and enjoy a FREE Christmas double feature movie in the park featuring The Polar Express and Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas beginning at 5 p.m.

Livingston – Join in the fun of the 53rdAnnual Livingston-Overton County Christmas Parade that will begin at 1 p.m. This year’s theme is “Holly Jolly Christmas.”

Dec. 16

Cookeville – Bring your family and enjoy a FREE Christmas Concert in the Dogwood Performance Pavilion on Sunday December 16th from 2pm – 4pm!

Dec. 21

Byrdstown – Join in or just observe the preparation of a traditional Appalachian New Year’s menu at the Cordell Hull Birthplace State Historic Park beginning at 10 a.m.

Crossville – Five songwriters take the stage 6-8 p.m. for Grinder House Coffee Shop’s “In the House” live Christmas show with performances by Ted Graves, Nita Graves, Michael Debills, Robert Meza and Gerald Smith.


Cookeville – The largest Christmas Light Spectacular in the Upper Cumberland continues your family tradition with a tour of the lights, bonfires on Saturday nights and visits with Santa & Frosty at Hidden Hollow Park.

Crossville – Cumberland County Playhouse rings in the start to the holiday season with the delightful musical Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn inspired by the Oscar-winning 1942 film.

McMinnville – Create new traditions with family and friends 333 feet below at Cumberland Caverns. Guests will receive a free limited edition Christmas ornament featuring the iconic Volcano Room chandelier if they book a tour now through Dec. 31.

For more information, contact Ruth Dyal, executive director for the Upper Cumberland Tourism Association, at 931-537-6347 or by email at

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