Enjoy Holiday Merriment Safely in the Tennessee River Valley

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The Tennessee River Valley Mapguide invites guests to celebrate the holiday season safely in the seven-state region with dramatic displays of lights, fresh air and beautiful scenery.
Rickwood Caverns State Park welcomes all ages for a magical experience that celebrate the sights and sounds of Christmas and the natural beauty of the cavern. While the holidays may look a little different this year, the Tennessee River Valley invites guests to enjoy a safe, socially distanced getaway while taking in the fresh air and festive lights.

The Tennessee River Valley loves to celebrate Christmas and every year, the many attractions, historic places, parks, and resorts gear up for the holiday season with fanfare, lights and other forms of merriment. Twinkling, colorful lights are thought to lift spirits and help spread holiday cheer, but as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Christmas celebrations will be different. The Tennessee River Valley has compiled a list of places to visit and enjoy the spirit of Christmas while remaining safe and socially distanced.

"While the holidays may look a little different this year, the Tennessee River Valley invites guests to enjoy a safe, socially distanced getaway while taking in the fresh air and festive lights," said Julie Graham, spokesperson for the Tennessee River Valley Stewardship Council.

One of the region's largest Christmas light displays to be seen is the Grand Rivers Festival of Lights featuring over 1.5 million twinkling lights. The lights throughout the town are visible daily after dusk through the first weekend in January. Known as the village between the lakes, Grand Rivers, Kentucky is the northern gateway to one of the United States largest national outdoor recreation areas, The Land Between The Lakes, with plenty of wide open spaces to explore before taking in the lights.

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is offering festive events for families to enjoy together. During the Christmas in the Village, living history interpreters act as guides through the holiday-adorned historic Appalachian Village filled with handcrafting demonstrations and craft stations, allowing visitors to connect with…
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