Holiday & Seasonal

These Historic Caverns Are Gorgeous When Decorated For The Holidays

This looks magical!

Sure, I’m a sucker for Halloween decor. But if there’s anything I believe in more than I believe in the impact of a few well-placed skulls hanging from the dining room chandelier, it’s the magic of twinkle lights. And Christmas music. And, well, both happening at the same time.

Which is why I’m about to press “purchase” on a set of tickets to Knoxville, Tennessee, so I can visit the Historic Cherokee Caverns’ annual Christmas in the Cave event. (Shhh… don’t tell my husband.)

For most of the year, the caverns are, well, caverns. According to a website devoted to the caverns, they began forming about 300 million years ago from a mix of sand, clay and other materials. Water flowing through the caves eventually created a mix of stalactites, stalagmites and other natural formations. Gorgeous and fascinating as they were, people naturally began going on commercial tours of the caverns in 1929.

Now, every year, the folks who maintain Cherokee Caverns host a Christmas event for those who enjoy both cave walking and Christmas. The caverns are done up in red and green, holiday music is piped in and some of your favorite Christmas characters are lurking in the shadows. In a non-creepy way, of course.

Step around a stalactite and you may find Cousin Eddie from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Pose alongside Santa and risk being photobombed by the Grinch. The Grinch LOVES ruining your Christmas photos!