Holiday Happenings

Cowan Holiday Events

Celebrate Small Business Saturday in downtown Cowan on Nov. 24. Steer clear of Black Friday madness, take a break from big city traffic, and enjoy small town shopping in true holiday spirit. Cowan businesses will have special sale items, refreshments and door prizes.
The Cowan Christmas Market at Monterey Station will be Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Browse and buy from more than 40 crafters and specialty vendors. The marketplace is open on Friday from 3:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information go to

The 54th annual Cowan Christmas Parade will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1. Share in the fun of an exciting small town event with floats, bands, tin lizzies, tumbling teams and thousands of smiles. The parade goes down Cumberland Street beginning at Cookies Corner on the west side and ending at Cowan Elementary School. For more information, including entry forms, log on to

Tree Lightings Kick Off Sewanee Holidays
The University of the South will join with the community for two holiday tree lightings on Friday, Nov. 30. Students and community members will gather at 4 p.m. at the University Quad for music and snacks. The campus tree lighting will be at 4:30 p.m.
Music will begin in Angel Park in downtown Sewanee at 5 p.m. The Sewanee Chorale will lead Christmas caroling. Santa Claus and friends will come to downtown via a Sewanee Volunteer Fire Department truck.
The tree lighting at Angel Park will be at 5:30 p.m. Cookies and hot beverages will be available afterward, and Santa and friends will be posing for photos.
University Avenue will be closed, 4–7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, from Regions Bank to State Highway 41A for the event.
Please bring unwrapped toys and monetary donations for Operation Noel. Gifts of money and nonperishable food will be collected for the Community Action Committee.
In case of inclement weather, the downtown tree-lighting activities will move inside to the American Legion Hall.
These events are co-sponsored by the University of the South and the Sewanee Business Alliance.
Monteagle Holiday Events UPDATE!!!
Because of the weather concerns, The Town of Monteagle will host its annual Christmas Parade at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, not on Dec. 1. The theme this year is A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Line up is at 3:45 p.m. at the old VFW. Walkers will meet at The Depot.
Awards will be given for the best decorated float and the float best representing the theme. The city will also give awards for the best decorated business and home. Citizen’s Tri-County Bank will donate the trophies and plaques. Tower Community Bank will provide refreshments during Santa’s visit at Harton Park following the parade.
The Town of Monteagle will have an Open House, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, at City Hall. All are invited to attend.
There will be a Mountain Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at DuBose Conference Center, 635 College St., Monteagle.
‘The Nutcracker’
The Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre in partnership with The Sewanee Dance Conservatory returns to Guerry Auditorium, on Georgia Avenue in Sewanee, to present “The Nutcracker: A Yuletide Ballet.” Performances are on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets will be on sale at the door: $5 students/children and $10 adults.
The production combines the Alabama Youth Ballet Theater dancers with more than 40 local dancers of all ages, from 6 to 50. Come experience a magical production with music, dance, costumes and a colorful cast of familiar faces.
For more information, please contact David Herriott at <>.
Senior Center Christmas Bazaar
The annual Christmas Bazaar will be 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday–Friday, and 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3–8 at the Center. There will be daily door prizes. A sewing machine, $250 in cash, and beautiful Batik handprinted textile will be given away. Tickets to enter the drawing are $2 each.
Donations for the bazaar are welcome and greatly appreciated. Please bring any white elephant items, needlework or other nonperishable items any day before the bazaar begins. Baked items, home-canned foods, preserves, jellies and jams should be brought the week of the bazaar.
2018 Holiday Studio Tour
Tennessee Craft–South invites the public to the 23rd annual Holiday Studio Tour on the Mountain, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8 and 11 a.m.–4 p.m, Sunday, Dec. 9. Tennessee Craft–South is the regional branch of Tennessee Craft, the state-wide organization which supports and promotes all handmade crafts in Tennessee.

Bright yellow signs will mark the tour route, and maps will be available at all locations on the tour as well as at all sponsors’ locations, in the Sewanee Mountain Messenger, and on the Tennessee Craft–South website