Celebrate the “Best Who-liday Ever” with caroling, games and holiday treats during this beloved annual event. Take a photo with Santa, too. (He takes a cookie break from 12-1 p.m.)
Christmas in the Park Tree-Lighting Ceremony
Dec. 2 | 6 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free
Start the holiday season with the City of Cookeville’s fourth annual Christmas in the Park Tree-Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Celebration Service. Be there, along with Santa, as the lights come on, brightening a nearly 40-foot-tall Christmas tree, followed by a 15-minute lightshow synchronized to music. The lightshow will continue nightly throughout the holiday season every hour on the hour from 5-9 p.m. Adding to the festive atmosphere will be holiday displays throughout the park. Numerous activities will take place throughout December, including visits with Santa and his elves in the little red Santa House.
Cookeville History Museum Open House
Dec. 8 | 1-3 p.m. | Cookeville History Museum | Free
Meet the museum staff and browse through a festive display of Christmas trees during the exhibit opening of the third annual Christmas Forest, which continues through Jan. 5, 2019. (The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is always free.)
Dec. 13-26 | Dogwood Park | Free
Carousel rides will be offered amid the festive holiday displays in Dogwood Park Monday through Friday, 3-9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon-9 p.m.
Dec. 14-17, 21, 22 | Dogwood Park | Free
Enjoy a free visit with Santa and his elves in his little red house at Dogwood Park at the following times: Dec. 14, 4-7 p.m.; Dec. 15-16, 1-4 p.m.; Dec. 17 and 21, 4-7 p.m.; and Dec. 22, 1-4 p.m. Bring a camera.
Dec. 15 | Dogwood Park | Free
Bundle up for two holiday movies starting at dark at the Dogwood Performance Pavilion: “Polar Express” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” starring Jim Carrey.
Community Christmas Concert
Dec. 16 | 2-4 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free
Come to a holiday concert by local performers in the Dogwood Performance Pavilion.