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2023 Santa Photos & Events in East Tennessee

'Tis the season for festive delights, and what better way to capture the magic than with a visit to Santa himself?

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From heartwarming Santa photo opportunities to spirited events that promise joy for the whole family, East Tennessee is decking the halls with festive cheer.

Join us on a sleigh ride through the region's most delightful Santa experiences, ensuring that this holiday season is filled with the timeless joy and warmth that comes from sharing the spirit of Christmas with loved ones.

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Saturday, Dec. 9th, 2023, 9 AM-1 PM

Courtney's Cakes and Sweet Treats

5306 N Middlebrook Pike

Knoxville, TN 37921

It’s that time of year….Mark your calendar because SANTA IS COMING TO TOWN!

It’s just $15 for the family and that includes the printed photo, one cookie per family members, and hot cocoa or coffee.

It was a magical day last year and this year will be even more magical.

And the beard is real!

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Saturday, Dec. 9th, 2023, 10 AM

East Ridge City Library

1517 Tombras Avenue

East Ridge, TN 37412

Drop in anytime between 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for donuts, muffins, and a hot chocolate bar!

Bring your camera for a photo with Santa!

This is a free program. Registration is REQUIRED.

Call 423-867-7323 or email to register.

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Saturday, Dec. 9th, 2023, 11 AM - 2 PM

Knoxville Harley-Davidson Clinton Hwy

5810 Clinton Hwy

Knoxville, TN 37912

We are hosting our annual Santa Pictures on Saturday Dec 9th! These are FREE pictures!

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Saturday, Dec. 9th, 2023, 10 AM-6 PM

Ruby Falls

1720 S. Scenic Highway

Chattanooga, TN 37409

Santa is coming to Ruby Falls to hear all of your holiday wishes!

Santa is visiting historic Ruby Falls Castle on December 9-10, 16-17 & 22-23!

No ticket or purchase required!

Gather family and return to a simpler time with a classic Christmas on the mountain featuring magical views, holiday lights on the Village Plaza, and plenty of festive cheer in historic Ruby Falls Castle with special activities.

Add your holiday wish to the Forest of Wishes or stop by for a keepsake family photo with Santa on select dates.

Enjoy time together during a cave adventure and linger longer by the café’s cozy fireplace with a casual meal, festive treat, and hot cocoa.

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Dec. 9th-10th, 2023, 1-4 PM

Mast General Store

402 S Gay St STE 202

Knoxville, TN 37902

Before stockings are hung by the chimney with care… Before milk and cookies are set by the fireplace… Before the sleigh is packed full and reindeer take to the skies…

Santa must hear the Christmas wishes of all good little girls and boys!

Be sure your children have the chance to visit Jolly Old Saint Nick and share their wish lists at Mast General Store this Holiday Season!

Remember to bring your own camera for a family photo op.

Also, Mast Store always welcomes well-behaved, furry, four-legged friends, and we encourage you to bring your pet so it can have its place in your family’s holiday memories as long as it’s on a leash or in a harness.

Merry Christmas to you and yours from Mast General Store and our very special guest, Santa Claus!

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Dec. 9th, 16th, 23rd, 2023, 2-7 PM

The Island in Pigeon Forge

131 The Island Dr Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Bring your family to The Island in Pigeon Forge for photos with Santa!

Santa will be here for photos on multiple occasions throughout December, so make plans now to come see us this season!

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Tuesday, Dec. 12th, 2023, 5 PM

West Town Mall

7600 Kingston Pike

Knoxville, TN 37919

Join us for a Pajama Party with Santa!

Activities include cookie decorating, music, crafts, and story time.

Photos with Santa are available for purchase.

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Saturday, Dec. 16th, 2023, 2-5 PM

Bailey Manor

6007 HWY 153

Hixson, TN 37343

Experience the magic of the holiday season at Bailey Manor.

Join us for seasonal activities, treats, and photos with Santa until 4pm.

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Saturday, Dec. 16th, 2023, 10 AM-8 PM

Painting Around

170 Glades Road, Suite 32

Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Come enjoy a great time with Santa, hot chocolate, cookies and Sensory fun!

This event is designed for special needs children of all ages.

The photographer has lots of experience with special needs children too!

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Saturday, Dec. 16th, 2023, 9:30 AM

Good Old Days Museum

11298 Wall Street

Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee

Santa will be at the museum from 9:30am to 3pm.

Photos with Santa are free, but bring your own camera.

We hope you will make a donation to the Museum while you are here to see Santa.

At 4pm to 6pm will be a time for all members past and present to come, possibly tour the museum, and eat snacks with the Officers of the Historical Association.

We will close after the 16th until the first Friday and Saturday in April.

We just want to say thanks for another great year at the Good Old Days Museum.

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Saturday, Dec. 23rd, 2023, 1-4 PM

Alewine Pottery

623 Glades Rd

Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Free S'mores with Santa!

Enjoy Robert as Santa and indulge in the festive spirit with complimentary s'mores by the fireplace!

It's a perfect opportunity to capture those cherished holiday moments and enjoy a sweet treat!

Bring the whole family and celebrate the joy of the season with Alewine Pottery!


For more information about upcoming events in Tennessee, visit our Tennessee Family Vacation Calendar.



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