Visit Santa’s Wonderland



Christmas Wonderland at Bass Pro
Kids can make free crafts now through December 24 in Bass Pro’s Christmas Wonderland. Make a Snowman Ornament (Nov. 26-Dec. 2), Popsicle-Stick Snowman (Dec 3-9), Popsicle-Stick Frame (Dec. 10-16), Santa Ornament (Dec. 17-23) and Cookie Decorating (Dec. 24) Free photos with Santa from 6-8 pm. now through Dec. 24.



While the kids are there make the most of a bunch of different free activities and games too:  Laser Arcade, Remote Control Trucks, Activity tables, The Strike and The Hunt Games, Moving Trains, Slot car racing, Wildlife Carousel and soft gun arcade.

Full schedule at

Bass Pro Shops – 3629 Outdoor Sportsman Place  Kodak, TN 37764
(865) 932-5600

Holiday Express stops at the UT Gardens again this Christmas







Kids of all ages love the annual Holiday Express at the UT Gardens. Each year hours and hours of intricate work go into the Holiday Express model train display. If you haven’t seen it, Holiday Express is a 4,000 square foot garden railway display. Model trains run along a quarter mile of track, through the intricate landscape, past tiny little building lit by thousands of little lights.

It’s a great family night out and don’t worry if there’s a chill in the air. You can all warm yourselves by  thefire and sip on hot cocoa.

And on Sundays, December 4th and 18th, from 12-6pm, the UT Gardens will be host extra special Holiday activities for kids. Special Event Sundays: December 4 and 18, 12-6pm
Children’s holiday crafts, family scavenger hunt, and even visits with Santa.

December 2-25
Fridays and Saturdays, 12-8 p.m.
Sundays, 2-6 p.m.
December 26-27 and December 29-January 1
Daily, 12-6 p.m.
General admission $6, free for children 4 and under.
Large groups are welcome. For special viewing times call 865-584-7666
UT Gardens: 2431 Joe Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996

Half price admission to Fantasy of Trees








You can’t deny that Christmas is just around the corner when you visit Fantasy of Trees. You can’t help but feel inspired by the decadent display of trees, lights and as we say in Australia “decos”!
We love to head down to the Knoxville Convention Center first thing for Tinsel Time for Moms and Tots. If you have a child under 4 with you it’s half price admission and they host extra crafts and activities and share important safety info during this special time. Just arrive between 9am and 12 noon to take advantage of this offer. Knox County Schools are out so it gets much busier later!

While we’re there we like to make crafts, decorate cookies and shop! The activities are about a dollar a pop and the big play areas are free. It’s great value indoor fun! Oh, and don’t forget to dress the kids up for photos with Santa.

Tinsel Time is sponsored by Shoney’s, and Safe Kids of the Greater Knox Area. This offer is not valid with any other discount coupons on Wednesday.

Fantasy of Trees runs through next Sunday and boasts a busy schedule of special activities, holiday entertainment and the chance to win awesome prizes while supporting ETCH.

To see the full schedule of events and event hours check my calendar here
< plus the school coupon book and the Knoxville News Sentinel have $1 off coupons.

Ideal Saturday morning










Downtown Knoxville on a Fall morning…

OK, I will admit I’ve been a bad, bad blogger. The chaos of Halloween activities – two pumpkin patches, homemade classroom treats and an infant Halloween costume and not to mention a new member of our family – have kept our family super busy.
Coupled with the internet outages we’ve been plagued with for six months, it’s been impossible to blog as much as I would like.
But things have once again settled down and I’ve blinked and Santa is doing the rounds of Knoxville starting this weekend. Eeek! Already?
While I busy myself producing a list of awesome Holiday activities, please enjoy this little snapshot of a weekend morning spent downtown.
Breakfast at Tomato Head, followed by coffees from Coffee and Chocolate, a wander through the Farmers Market and an hour or two browsing the new Union Avenue shops. Is it just me or has the downtown cool factor just been kicked up a notch? Where do you like to hang out downtown with the family?