Festival of Lessons and Carols at All Saints’ Chapel
Credit: Robbie Caponetto
Mountain towns and Christmas make a perfect pair. That's especially true of Tennessee's Monteagle Mountain and its tiny towns of Monteagle, Sewanee, Tracy City, and Cowan. Each year, people flock to this spot on the Cumberland Plateau, home of The University of the South, aka Sewanee. Take this winter pilgrimage to relax and breathe in the season's beauty.
If you’re lucky enough to get tickets, take in the spectacular annual Festival of Lessons and Carols held at Sewanee’s gorgeous All Saints’ Chapel on December 2 at 5 and 8 p.m. and on December 3 at 5 p.m. The service is modeled after the one first sung at King’s College in Cambridge, England, in 1918.
Enjoy the Parade
Christmas on the mountain is all about community, and the parade through Monteagle represents small-town charm at its best. Admire homemade holiday floats of all sizes and themes.
The 43 guest rooms at The Sewanee Inn feature comfy beds and spalike baths, while exterior architectural flourishes mimic those of The University of the South. For larger groups, many of the 152 homes on the grounds of the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly are available for rent during the off-season. This woodland reserve was founded in 1882.