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Celebrate the season close to home

Posted on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm


Kali Bradford


The holiday season is here and with comes a host of holiday happenings. If you are looking to get into the mood of the season, check out the following holiday events.


Local Events


Olde Towne Christmas Stroll

The 21st Annual Olde Towne Christmas Stroll will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5 in Tullahoma.

A longstanding Tullahoma tradition, the event will be hosted at multiple locations along Tullahoma’s Historic District with a number of activities.

At South Jackson Civic Center, 404 S. Jackson St., the Tullahoma High School AristoCATS will perform at 5 p.m., followed by Peggy Burton and her vocal students, who will take the stage at 5:30 p.m.

Christmas caroling from Girl Scout Troop 2163 will take place at the historic log cabin located in front of the civic center.

At Mount Zion Baptist Church, 301 S. Washington St, the church’s choir will perform at 6:30 p.m. with the Clean Hands Ministry to follow at 7 p.m.

The historic Harton House will be open for viewing and refreshments at 5 p.m.

First Christian Church, located at 120 W. Grundy St, will host Ann Baldwin and her voice students at 5:30 p.m. with the Tullahoma High School Chamber Ensembles to perform at 6 p.m.

At the historic Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home, 401 N. Jackson St, the community “Tree of Memory” service will allow anyone to honor loved ones by hanging memorial ornaments on the Christmas tree starting at 7 p.m.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 110 East Lincoln St., will be playing music beginning at 5 p.m.

Tullahoma Caboose on North Atlantic Street will also be open for viewing from 5 to 8 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.

From left Luke Yates, Trace Baxter and Anthony Wonder rehearse a scene from “The Happy Elf.” The show, which follows the story of Eubie, the happiest elf at the North Pole, will run from Dec. 7-10 at the South Jackson Civic Center. -Staff Photo by Cameron Adams

PACT Presents ‘The Happy Elf’

The Performing Arts for Children and Teens will present the Christmas production, “The Happy Elf” Dec. 7-10 at the South Jackson Civic Center. Show times are 7 p.m. Dec. 7-9 and 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 10.

“The Happy Elf” follows Eubie, the happiest elf at the North Pole. More than anything else, Eubie longs to be a part of Santa’s sleigh team. Instead, he’s stuck checking the naughty-or-nice lists.

Then, one Christmas Eve, he sees something strange: in the whole town of Bluesville, not a single person has been nice. With a pinch of elfish magic and a magical whoosh, Eubie’s off to Bluesville. But can he turn a whole town of naughty children nice in just one day? For ticket information, call 455-5321. South Jackson is located at 401 S. Jackson St. in Tullahoma.


The Community Playhouse Inc. to present ‘Elf the Musical Jr.’

Children of all ages can embrace their inner elf as

The Community Playhouse, Inc. presents, “Elf The Musical Jr.” Dec. 8-10 at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Tullahoma.

Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with two matinee performances scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The musical tells the story of a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is given the name Buddy and raised by elves at the North Pole.

The musical tells the story of a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is given the name Buddy and raised by elves at the North Pole.

He lives happily unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making skills cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and to discover this true identity. However, once he arrives, he finds out that his father is on the naughty list and that his stepbrother doesn’t even believe in Santa. This just makes Buddy determined to win over his new family and to help New York remember the true meaning of the holidays.

“Elf The Musical Jr.” is based on the 2003 New Line Cinema hit which is an uplifting musical about one boy’s quest to find his true identity. The CPI production features 25 children from kindergarten through eighth grade from area schools in both Coffee and Franklin counties.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 ages 18 and under and senior citizens (65 and up). For reservations, call (931) 455-0620. The school is located at 313 Layne St. in Tullahoma.


Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Cannon Co. Arts Center

The Cannon Arts Center presents the “Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Dec. 9 and 16.

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids—probably the most inventively awful kids in history who collide with the Christmas story head on.

Show times are 2 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 10 a.m. on Dec. 16. For more information, visit online at http://artscenterofcc.com.


Triquetra Christmas Show at The Celtic Cup


Local coffee shop The Celtic Cup will present the Triquetra Christmas Show featuring The Traveling Troubadours from Dec. 15-23 at the coffee house in Tullahoma.

A wandering band of wassailers descend upon the Celtic Cup in hopes of being fed in exchange for entertaining the crowd. Enjoy a bit of Old World Christmas charm, traditions, Irish dance and music and fun.

The Celtic Cup is located at 106 N. Anderson St. in Tullahoma.


‘A Christmas with Elvis’

The Cannon Arts Center presents a “Christmas with Elvis” on Dec. 16 and 17.

A native of DeKalb County, Tom Duggin is a lifelong Elvis fan, who has performed the King’s hits since he was a teenager. Duggin has performed in concert multiple times with Elvis’ 1970s backup group, The Stamps Quartet, and has performed in several venues throughout the Southeast, carrying on the legendary music of Elvis Presley.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 17. For more information, visit online at http://artscenterofcc.com.


Area events


ICE! At Gaylord

Watch Charlie Brown rediscover the true meaning of Christmas as the beloved classic story unfolds through interactive ice sculptures and displays. Experience the Peanuts gang in iconic scenes such as their holiday play rehearsal, Snoopy’s decorated doghouse and Charlie Brown choosing the perfect Christmas tree.

ICE! runs through Jan. 1, 2018 at Gaylord Events Center in Nashville.


Franklin Dickens of a Christmas

Dickens of a Christmas

The 33rd annual free street festival will be held on Dec. 9-10.

Step back into Charles Dickens era on Franklin’s Main Street. About 200 musicians, dancers and characters will fill the streets. Come see and interact with the nefarious Fagin from “Oliver Twist”; Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, and Tiny Tim Cratchit with his parents from “A Christmas Carol.”

Come dressed in Victorian costume to help add to the ambiance as they stroll the streets. There will be live artisan demonstrations, plus more than 100 vendors offering holiday arts and crafts on Main Street from Second to Fifth avenues.

Event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.


Handel’s ‘Messiah’ at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Celebrate the season with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as they perform one of the most inspiring works of music ever written Dec. 14-17 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Handel’s masterpiece is full of passion, drama and passages of stunning beauty. For more performance times and tickets, visit online at https://nashvillesymphony.org. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center is located at 1 Symphony Place in Nashville.