6 Festive Holiday Activities for Seniors in Knoxville

The holiday season is here and now is the perfect time to cross off your Christmas bucket list. Knoxville is a vibrant and beautiful city offering plenty of activities to keep seniors entertained, active and engaged during the merriest season. From outdoor recreation to concerts and holiday parties, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or just visiting the area, here are some of the best holiday activities for seniors in Knoxville.


Visit Zoo Knoxville’s ‘Zoo Lights’ – November 25-January 8

Take a stroll through Zoo Knoxville and explore the many exhibits featuring animals from around the world. With special discounts for senior citizens, the zoo is an affordable and enjoyable activity during the holiday season. And when the sun goes down – the attraction lights up with glowing lanterns and twinkling lights. And the best part? Private igloos are available for rent and includes a heated igloo lounge, season cocktails and appetizers.


Take in a Show at the Tennessee Theatre

The iconic Tennessee Theatre is the perfect place for seniors to enjoy a show during the holidays. With a variety of live performances, from symphonies to Broadway shows, the theatre is sure to have something for everyone.

Click here to view the theatre’s schedule of events.


Enjoy a Holiday Tour of Downtown Knoxville

Knoxville is home to an array of attractions and sights, and a walking or trolley tour with Knox Heritage is a great way to explore the city – especially during the holidays. Stop into the Knoxville Visitor Center to pick up a brochure and embark on a self-guided walking tour featuring 60 historic buildings throughout downtown or click here to register for the ‘Holiday History Tour’ with local guide and writer Laura Still. The tour is 90 minutes and highlights Knoxville’s Christmas past, including it’s fun history and wacky stories.


Go Aboard the Three Rivers Rambler

Climb on the “Christmas Lantern Express” and enjoy festive decorations, holiday treats and the sights and sound of Knoxville from the famous Three Rivers Rambler train. The holiday trip departs from the depot located at University Commons and lasts approximately 2 hours.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.


Gaze at the Holiday Festival of Lights – December 1-31

The 24th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights has kicked off at The Cove at Concord Park in Farragut. The light show features illuminating Christmas displays along the park trails and lasts from 6 – 9 pm.


Enjoy a Christmas cocktail at Miracle in the Old City

One of downtown Knoxville’s favorite holiday traditions has returned this year as Miracle at the Old City has taken over Brother Wolf. Until January 2nd, the bar will be decked out in festive and vintage holiday décor and holiday cocktails will be on the menu. Drinks are served in holiday-themed glasses and include the Christmapolitan, Santa’s Little Helper, Snowball Old Fashioned and more.


Shopping for the perfect gift for yourself or for the retiree in your life? Read our Retirement Gift Guide: Top 10 Gifts for Seniors.

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