Sleigh bells are ringing! The holidays are upon us and in Cookeville, there is no shortage of festive-fun to partake in. Let us help you fill your calendar with all things Santa, hot chocolate, cookie decorating, markets, light shows, holiday events, parades, tree lightings and more!

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Mistletoe Market – November 4th & 5th

Leslie Town Centre

Friday, November 4th |  9am – 7pm

Saturday, November 5th | 9am – 5pm

Be sure to stop by the 19th annual Mistletoe Market on November 4th & 5th at the Leslie Town Centre. There will be over 50 local merchants under one roof and admission is $2 at the door. Anyone under age 10 is free!
1 West First Street, Cookeville, TN 38501

Poppie’s Christmas Open House – November 4th & 5th

Poppies Boutique

Friday, November 4th | 10am – 6pm

Saturday, November 5th |10am – 6pm

Join us this weekend in stores for the debut of our Christmas 2022 theme: “heaven and nature sing!” Sweet treats by Savvys Sweets and Nookies Cookeville, drinks from Soul Craft Coffee and Split Bean Roasting, and custom distressed crewnecks by Chosen Girl Clothing!
101 W Broad Street, Cookeville, TN 38501

Cookeville Christmas Market – November 5th & 6th

Putnam County Fairground

Saturday, November 5th | 10am – 6pm

Sunday, November 6th | 12pm – 5pm

Please join us for some shopping to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Bring the kids to come see not only Santa but also BUDDY THE ELF!!! We’ll also have face painting, miniature ponies and balloon animals!
You’ll also find 1000’s of unique gifts including wreaths, ornaments, candles, boutique clothing, jewelry, home decor, vintage items, gifts for your pets and much more! Plus, enjoy some hot cocoa, funnel cakes, fried oreas, fried apple pies, baked goods, fresh breads, and various food trucks!


Putnam County Fairgrounds,155 Fairground Street Cookeville, TN 38501

Mingle & Jingle – November 6th

Market on the Square

Sunday, November 6th | 1pm – 5pm

The jingle will be in your pocket!

6 N Jefferson Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501

Holiday Open House – November 6th

American Farmhouse

Sunday, November 6th | 12pm – 4pm

It’s officially that time of year! Mark your calendars for our Holiday Open House! We will have tons of things for everyone to see and all sorts of goodies in store! Spend your cozy Sunday with us and all of our friends!

119 Broad Street, Baxter, TN 

Wilma & Henry Christmas Pop-up – November 8th

Jamie’s Eats & Sweets

Tuesday, November 8th | 9am – 1pm

Join us for a morning of Christmas shopping and great food! Wilma and Henry is bringing her gorgeous creations and we will be doing 1/2 off drinks the entire time she is here! It’s an event you won’t want to miss!
50 W Broad Street, Cookeville, TN 38501

Botox & Bubbly Event – November 10th

Golden Ro Salon + Style Lounge

Thursday, November 10th | 5pm – 7pm

All of our new holiday arrivals plus our biggest sale yet will be showcased at this event!


419 E Broad Street, Cookeville, TN 38501

Holiday Open House – November 12th & 13th

The Painted House

Saturday, November 12th | 5pm – 7pm

Sunday, November 13th | 1pm – 5pm

Save the date for our Holiday Open House! 


239 S Lowe Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501

Holiday Open House – November 12th

Legacy Home Interiors

Saturday, November 12th | 10am – 7pm

Save the date for our Holiday Open House! 


1227 N Washington Ave, Suite #110, Cookeville, TN 38501

Christmas Open House – November 12th

Ruffle Me This

Saturday, November 12th | 10am – 7pm

You’re invited! All the Holly-Jolly vibes will be happening on this day! We will be releasing new inventory and giving away all sorts of goodies!


 1265 Interstate Dr #117-A, Cookeville, TN 38501

Christmas Open House – November 12th

Cigi’s Boutique

Saturday, November 12th | 10am – 2pm b

Join us for our Christmas Open House!


 29 E. 1st Street, Cookeville, TN 38501

Christmas Bazaar – November 13th

Cookeville Seventh Day Adventist Church

Sunday, November 13th | 12pm – 6pm

We invite you to a our first annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, November 13th from 12 – 6 p.m. in our gymnasium. Various items for sale from our local vendors include lots of beautiful handmade crafts, quilts, homemade baked goods, books, music, and various other items! Come and get your Christmas shopping done early! Please bring cash, as some booths may not be able to accept other forms of payment. See you there!
2700 Highway 111 North, Cookeville, TN 38506

Santa’s Workshop – November 18th, 19th & 20th

Hyder-Burkes Agricultural Pavilion

Friday, November 18th | 10am – 7pm

Saturday, November 19th | 10am – 7pm

Sunday, November 20th | 1pm – 5pm

The 44th Annual Santa’s Workshop presented by GFWC Cookeville Jr. Woman’s Club. Over 180 booths filled with goodies that are sure to delight and make Christmas shopping so easy! Shop local and support small businesses!
Candles, wood working, clothing, soaps/lotions, jams and jellies, baked goods, metal works, jewelry, doll clothes, toys, wooden home decor, pillows, holiday decor, wreaths, leatherworks and so much more! Note: Not all booths accept debit/credit cards.
Proceeds from hosting this event are donated back to non profits in the Upper Cumberland. Admission $3 cash at door and 12 & under is free.
Selfies with Santa are Saturday from 1pm – 5pm.



Hyder-Burkes Agricultural Pavilion, 2390 Gainesboro Grade, Cookeville, TN 38501

Hillsdale Home Christmas Open House – November 19th

Hillsdale Home

Saturday, November 19th | 3pm – 7pm

Come see us for our first annual open house! 


229 W. Stevens Street, Cookeville, TN 38501

The Boutique Christmas Open House – November 19th

The Boutique by Brooklyn Paige

Saturday, November 19th | 10am – 4pm

Join us for our Christmas Open House! The first 10 customers in the door will get to draw a gift card ranging from $5-$50 to use on their purchase! We will have new arrivals out, snacks and refreshments and will be doing a giveaway. 


13 N Cedar Ave, Suite 104, Cookeville, TN 38501

The Thread & Bristle Christmas Market – November 19th

Downtown Baxter

Saturday, November 19th | 9am – 4pm

Join us for a day of shopping, Live Christmas Music, and food! We will be updating our page with our vendors. Live Music will be by a local favorite Sophie Jacobs!


141 Fourth Ave. S, Baxter, TN

Holiday Open House – November 19th

The Mill Storehouse

Saturday, November 19th | 10am – 5pm

Storewide savings, door prizes and refreshments!


3193 Highway 11 North, Algood, TN 38506

Christmas Light Spectacular – November 24th – December 31st

Hidden Hollow Park

Thursday, November 24th – Saturday, December 31st | 5:00pm – 9:00pm

The best light show in the Upper Cumberland! 


1901 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Cookeville, TN 38506

YMCA Family Turkey Trot – November 24th

Putnam County YMCA

Thursday, November 24th | 7:30am

Run the tradition – YMCA Family Turkey Trot 5K and Gobble Wobble Fun Run presented by Ford Lincoln of Cookeville!
Join us Thanksgiving morning for a pre-turkey walk or run at the Putnam Co Family YMCA. Enter your team into our Fastest Family and Largest Colony competition! We even have a Gobble Wobble fun run for the kiddos to chase a turkey all the way to the finish line! Register online at or sign up at the Y and run the race before you stuff your face!
Proceeds from this race benefit the YMCA’s Annual Giving Campaign which funds our many outreach programs like Learn to Swim, Go Pink Recovery Program, Cancer Recovery Program, and Open Doors. By supporting the YMCA, you ensure a brighter tomorrow for the men, women and children who call our region home.
Thanksgiving Day – November 24th
Gobble Wobble – 7:30AM
Turkey Trot – 8AM
$25 / $90 family* September 8 – October 31
$30 / $115 family* November 1-23
$35 November 24—Race Day
GOBBLE WOBBLE FUN RUN (kids 12 and under)
$10 – Kids Gobble Wobble (per child)
235 Raider Drive, Cookeville, TN 38501 

Candy Cane Christmas Market – November 26th 

Overton County Fairgrounds

Saturday, November 26th | 9am – 4pm

The Candy Cane Christmas Market is held in the Gene Medley Rotary Ag Building at the Overton County Fairgrounds. This events takes place on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, also known as Small Business Saturday. Join us in shopping with local crafters, boutiques, and much much more!

608 Monterey Hwy., Livingston, TN 38570

Christmas in the Park Craft Festival – November 26th – 27th

Edgar Evins State Park

Saturday, November 26th | 9am – 4pm

Sunday, November 27th | 9am – 4pm

Christmas shopping at it’s lakeside best! Crafts, vendors and artists at Edgar Evins State Park. BBQ with fixin’s, delicious Chili and Gingerbread Cheesecake or Pecan Cream Pie! 9 am – 4 pm both days!


Stay after the festival on Saturday and join us for the lighting of the tower and meet Santa 6 pm. Hot drinks and snacks. Find unique gifts and handmade household helpers, home decor and lots more! This is a 2 day event. Leashed dogs are welcome!

630 Edgar Evins State Park Road, Silver Point, TN 38582

Classic Christmas Tunes – November 27th

Cookeville Performing Arts Center

Sunday, November 27th | 3pm

The Cookeville Community Concert Band will have you feeling merry in no time at their annual free holiday concert on November 27th at 3pm. For more information, call 931-528-1313.


 10 E. Broad St., Cookeville, TN 38501

Baxter Christmas Parade – December 1st

Tennessee Tech University

Thursday, December 1st| 5:30pm

Tennessee Tech is ready to turn on the lights at its annual holiday tradition of Lighting the Quad set for Dec. 1st at 5:30 p.m. on the university’s famed Main Quad in front of Derryberry Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
“This is one of our favorite events,” said Tennessee Tech First Lady Kari Oldham. “We started this tradition several years ago, and it has continued to grow in popularity. It really brings the campus community together to celebrate during this special time of year.”
This event features holiday lights, music, hot chocolate, free T-shirts, selfie stations and more. 
Lighting the Quad is the unofficial kick off to the holiday season at Tech. It connects the campus community as well as the surrounding communities. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff make it a point to attend and enjoy the festivities together. It is especially exciting for the new freshman at Tech to experience for the first time.
“Although I have never attended this event before, I love all things holiday,” Ayrianna Kiral-King, a freshman communications major from Monterey, said. “I’m very excited to see the Quad light up and watch the festivities begin.”
The holiday lights on the Quad will be available to enjoy the rest of the year. They will come on each evening at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the lights with their friends and loved ones, and to share their photos on social media using #TNTechLights.
“I’m excited to be able to see the decorations when I walk around campus after they are lit up,” Selah Bell, a freshman English major from Hendersonville, said. “It will definitely add some holiday spirit to my routine.”
Tennessee Tech is ranked as the number one public university in the state, according to Money Magazine, as well as a “Best National University” by U.S. News & World Report. The university offers more than 200-plus programs of study, and Tech grads leave with the least debt of all public universities in the state. In fact, based on total cost and alumni earnings, Tech provides students with the highest return on investment for any public university in Tennessee, according to PayScale.



 1 William L Jones Dr., Cookeville, TN 38505

A Christmas Marketplace – December 1st – 3rd

Acres of Grace Farms

Thursday, December 1st – Saturday, December 3rd | 3pm

A weekend on the farm can mean many things, but when Acres of Grace Farms hosts its A Southern Marketplace Barn Sale, it is so much more. We have different artisans and unique vendors displaying a wide range of products and special finds all in one perfect location. Antiques, Vintage & Handmade Products,  Home Décor, Jewelry, Baskets,  Apparel, Candles, Handmade Soaps,  Delicious Foods, Coffee & Desserts, Vintage Photo Ops, & More. Not to mention, the food, it is amazing. We have an assortment from home-cooked comfort foods to hamburgers and BBQ and if that isn’t enough, we have homemade macaroons, fresh-baked loaves of bread, and cupcakes, we have jellies, and salsas. While you are shopping and eating with us, we want you to truly enjoy yourselves, listen to the live music and just take everything in we have to offer. We started the barn sale with the hope of bringing people together and displaying countless items where there is something for everyone to enjoy. So come, slow down with us and relish in all that A Southern Marketplace has to offer.


December 1st is a preview/ early access sale at $10 pp. Tickets for December 1st can be found here:
2258 Henson Road, Red Boiling Springs, TN 37150

Baxter Christmas Parade – December 2nd

Cornerstone Elementary

Friday, December 2nd | 7pm

We are very excited about this years Christmas Parade it will begin at 7pm. Once the parade is over Santa will be at the depot to take pictures and visit as well as hot cocoa and cookies while supplies last from the Baxter’s Beautification Committee. Can’t wait to see everyone!


371 First Ave. South, Baxter, TN

Monterey Christmas Parade – December 2nd

Downtown Monterey

Saturday, December 3rd | 6:30pm

Santa Claus will be coming to the mountain in a big way! The 66th Annual Monterey Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Monterey Civitan Club, Monterey Depot Historical Society and the Town of Monterey will be Saturday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m.
The parade will form on E. Commercial Ave., in front of Monterey High School and Whittaker Park, beginning at 5 p.m. The parade route will proceed west on Commercial Ave.; south on Poplar; east on Depot; south on Holly; east on Stratton; breaking up near the Monterey Dairy Queen and Volunteer Energy Cooperative.
Before the parade, the Monterey Hilltop Chorale, directed by Frances Eldridge, will sing Christmas music on stage in Whittaker Park. Light refreshments will be served.
Float competition will be judged in five divisions: 1. Religious, 2. Private groups, 3. Community-Based Clubs, 4. Commercial and 5. Industrial.
Cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 will be awarded to first, second and third place finishers in the religious, community-based clubs and private groups. Trophies for first, second and third place will be awarded for entries in the commercial and industrial divisions.
Float sponsors must be clearly visible on the entry to facilitate judging. Winners will be announced at the Monterey Depot Museum immediately following the parade.
Antique car entries must be 25 years or older, have no loud mufflers or racing engines. Four and three wheelers are prohibited unless towing a float. City ordinances pertaining to noise will be strictly enforced by the Monterey Police Department.
Santa will make his way to the Monterey Depot Museum after the parade to visit with children. Parents, bring your cameras!
E. Commercial Ave., Monterey, TN

The Nutcracker – December 2nd & 3rd

Cookeville Performing Arts Center

Friday – Saturday | 6:30pm

Dancing snowflakes, battling mice, a handsome price and sweets galore!


Embrace the wonder of this holiday season with the classic story of The Nutcracker!


Come and see the beauty of The Nutcracker story unfold in a short, fun show the whole family can enjoy while supporting the arts and local small businesses.
10 E. Broad Street, Cookeville, TN 38501

Depot Christmas Open House – December 3rd

Cookeville Depot Museum

Saturday | 10am – 3pm

Kick off the season right with trains, treats and lots of gnome-tastic fun at the Cookeville Depot Museum’s “Gnome For Christmas” open house! Bring your cameras to snap a photo of your child with Santa Claus and Santa Goat from Faeryland’s Farm Menagerie. Santa will take a cookie break from 12pm-1pm
116 W. Broad Street, Cookeville, TN 38501

The 2022 Grinch Festival – December 3rd & 4th

Putnam County Fairground

Saturday | 10am – 6pm

Sunday | 10am -4pm

Santa Claus is coming to town…with THE GRINCH! Please join us for this festive, two day event! We will have a fun filled weekend of celebrating all things Grinch and Whoville!! We will  have contests for the best Grinch or Grinch themed outfit, for our visitors AND one for the pets! We’re going to have lots of fun games and prizes. Plus we’ll have over 100 local craft and vintage vendors as well as a food trucks offering not only Grinch items but you can find just about anything to fill your Christmas shopping list!


You’ll find unique gifts, wreaths, ornaments, candles, boutique clothing, jewelry, home decor, pet & vintage items, and much more! Plus enjoy our amazing Food Trucks and true tastes of the South! BBQ, Funnel Cakes, Baked Goods, Fresh Baked Breads, hot cocoa, hot apple cider and more!
Bring the kids to meet Santa & the Grinch FREE! We’ll also have face painting, games for the kids, the Fortnite Battle Bus and Axe Throwing!


$2 Admission for Adults – KIDS GET IN FREE!! Proceeds donated to the Putnam County Veterans Hall.


Putnam County Fairgrounds,155 Fairground Street Cookeville, TN 38501

Cookeville Tree Lighting – December 4th

Dogwood Park

Sunday, December 4th | 6pm

Start the holiday season with the eighth annual Christmas Tree-Lighting and Celebration Service!


See the lights brighten Dogwood Park’s nearly 40-foot-tall tree and enjoy a Christmas concert and other activities.


A 15-minute lightshow synchronized to holiday music will follow. The lightshow will continue nightly throughout the holiday season every hour on the hour from 5-9 p.m. Adding to the festive atmosphere will be holiday displays throughout the park.


30 E Broad St, Cookeville, TN 38501

Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours – December 8th

Leslie Town Centre

Thursday, December 8th | 5pm – 7pm

The annual Christmas Business After Hours is back this year on December 8th! Join us for food, drinks, and networking, all while enjoying the Christmas spirit with friends and colleagues! Sponsored by our local banks.


REGISTER NOW:…/regi…/1355


1 West First Street, Cookeville, TN 38501

Holiday Mixology Class – December 8th

Lane Mercantile

Thursday, December 8th | 6pm – 9pm

Come join us for the Holiday Mixology class. We will be learning three holiday drinks and mocktails for your next holiday gathering.


Lane Mercantile, 209 South Church Street, #Suite B, Livingston, TN 38570

Algood Tree Lighting – December 9th

Downtown Algood

Friday, December 9th | 12pm -6pm

Algood City Hall, White Plains Historic Home, Algood Community Center.
Door prizes to be given away at each location with a Christmas Bingo game for a Grand Prize at the tree lighting at City Hall at 6pm.
Kids activities, vendors, pics with Santa, “Selfies with the Green Guy.”

Santa House – December 9th, 11th & 16th – 19th

Dogwood Park

Friday, December 9th | 5pm – 8pm

Sunday, December 11th | 3pm – 6pm

Friday, December 16th | 5pm – 8pm

Saturday, December 17th | 5pm – 8pm

Sunday, December 18th | 3pm – 6pm

Monday, December 19th | 5pm – 8pm

Details TBA!


Algood Christmas Parade – December 9th

Downtown Algood

Friday, December 9th | 6pm

More details TBA!

The 55th Annual Cookeville-Putnam County Christmas Parade – December 10th

Leslie Town Centre

Saturday, December 10th | 6pm

2022 Cookeville-Putnam County Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is ” A Cookeville Country Christmas.” We hope you will join us along the parade route from the corner of 6th Street & Washington Avenue to the square at Broad Street and on to the Cookeville Depot Museum.
Please join us by placing an entry in the parade. Cash prizes of over $3,000 will be awarded. To enter go to: or download the form at


300 E Spring St, Cookeville, TN 38501
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