COOKEVILLE – Many call this the most wonderful time of the year. Cookeville Leisure Services can’t argue with that. As fall slips toward winter, this department is making sure citizens of all ages and interests have plenty of ways to spend their leisure time this holiday season.
A variety of events and activities, most of which are free, are in the works for the city’s numerous parks and recreation facilities. It’s all part of our goal of “making the good life better.”
Holiday Concert: The Cookeville Community Band will have a free holiday concert at 3 p.m. at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center, 10 E. Broad St. 931-528-1313.
Depot Christmas Open House: The Cookeville Depot Museum’s annual Christmas Open House will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 116 W. Broad St. with caroling, games, holiday treats and photos with Santa. (Santa takes a cookie break 12-1 p.m.) This year’s theme is “The Polar Express.” Admission is free. 931-528-8570.
Christmas in the Park Tree-Lighting Ceremony: Cookeville’s third annual Christmas in the Park tree-lighting ceremony will be at 6 p.m. at Dogwood Park, 30 E. Broad St. See Santa “flip the switch” on a nearly 40-foot-tall Christmas tree, followed by a Christmas Celebration Service with several school and community choirs, choruses, music groups and local churches. The ceremony concludes with a 15-minute lightshow synchronized to music. (The lightshow will repeat nightly throughout the holiday season every hour on the hour from 5-9 p.m.) 931-520-4386.
Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17, 18
Santa House: Santa’s little red house will be at Dogwood Park, 30 E. Broad St., during the holiday season. Visit the jolly guy and his elves free Dec. 9-10 and 16-17 from 1-4 p.m. and Dec. 18 from 4-7 p.m. Bring a camera. 931-520-4386.
Cookeville History Museum Open House: The Cookeville History Museum’s annual open house is 10 a.m.-noon at 40 E. Broad St. See the Christmas Forest exhibit, which continues through Jan. 2. Admission is free. 931-520-5455.
Polar Play Zone: The City of Cookeville’s Polar Play Zone will feature five inflatables (Snowzilla Ski Slope Slide, Everest Climb ‘N Slide, Snowman Bouncy, Snowmazing maze house and Polar Golf mini golf course) in the Fleming Avenue parking lot across from Dogwood Park on Broad Street Tuesday-Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. $5 for five slides, bounces, trips or games. 931-520-4386.
Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
The Cookeville Depot Museum, 116 W. Broad St., offers Train Tales every Friday at 10:30 a.m. for preschool children. Enjoy a train story and activity. Admission is free. 931-528-8570.