Winter Events










A Classic Cleveland Christmas
Carols in the City & Community Christmas Tree Lighting
December 5, 2014
Courthouse Square, Downtown Cleveland

6:00 PM


Mainstreet Cleveland welcomes Santa and Mrs. Claus as special guests to help light the giant tree beside the front steps. First Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir kicks off the evening of music with a performance at the Post Office steps.  

After the tree lighting, the crowd begins a walking tour to each of the historic downtown churches for a musical presentation on the steps of each church, ending at the Courthouse Plaza.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will sit in the bandstand at the Courthouse Plaza to greet children and pose for photos. Enjoy free carriage rides in Historic Downtown until 8 p.m. 



Mainstreet Cleveland Christmas Parade
December 6, 2014

Downtown Cleveland 6:00 PM
Local organizations highlight the Christmas season with a variety of floats,bands and caroling. Grand Marshall leads off the parade at 6 p.m. Mainstreet Cleveland (423) 479-1000



A Classic Christmas 

Lee University Conn Center

A seasonal celebration concert presented by Lee University School of Music featuring symphonic and choral performances. Admission is free and open to the publilc but tickets are required due to limited limited seating. For ticket reservation and information call the Dixon Center box office at (423) 614-8343.



Breakfast with Santa
8:30-10:00 am

Bring the little (and big) ones to eat pancakes with the jolly one himself! After a delicious breakfast of pancakes and syrup, hear wonderful tales of Santa’s adventures and tell him your Christmas wish! All proceeds benefit Junior Achievement. Event held at Bradley Square Mall. (423) 476-6772.




Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at BSUMC
December 24, 2014
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Broad Street United Methodist Church.  Services at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Five o'clock service includes blessing of the babies.





Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival
January 17-18, 2015

Tens of Thousands of Sandhill Cranes have been migrating and wintering in Tennessee since the 1990s and occurs every November through February. While viewing is always open to the public, the annual January Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival is a free event that highlights this spectacle with activities for the entire family.

Plans for the 2014 event are underway so mark your calendars and check back often for updates!



Stitches in Time quilt exhibit
January 24- March 9, 2014

This annual exhibit showcases over 90 antique and contemporary quilts owned by individuals throughout the Ocoee Region. Featuring the Quilt Challenge based on the theme of Tennessee in the Great Depression. Museum Center at 5ive Points. (423) 339-5745.





Ocoee Story Fest
February 7, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


The Cleveland Storytelling Guild presents the 19th annual Ocoee Story Fest, featuring international storyteller Lyn Ford. Admission is $5 per person, with a family maximum of $15.

Ocoee Story Fest, now in its 19th year, is one of the longest running storytelling festivals in the state, outside the National Storytelling Festival held each year in Jonesborough. The Cleveland Storytelling Guild brings in a nationally known teller to be featured at each year's event. For more information, contact Judy Baker at 423-479-7887 or email







Looking Back:The Civil War in Tennessee
Tuesday, March 11 2:00-6:00 PM
Wednesday, March 12 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is sending a team of archivists and conservators to communities across Tennessee where they will digitally copy and preserve Civil War era manuscripts, artifacts and photographs brought in by the public. 

The digital copies will then become part of a virtual exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Tennessee. 

For more information, email Lisa Chastain at or call 423-339-5745.

Click the link below for a list of acceptable items to bring.
Basic Guidelines for Eligibility 






Common People in Uncommon Times:The Civil War Experience in Tennessee
March 14, 2014
10:00 AM-5:00PM 

Common People in Uncommon Times is a traveling exhibit organized by the Tennessee State Museum.

The Exhibit focuses on individual Tennesseans and will highlight the personal stories of common people surviving in the most trying and sometimes jubilant times.