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A Holiday Experience

Sure you can find almost any gift imaginable online, but do your remember the feeling of going into a Toys-R-Us, surrounded by toys you’ve never seen before? Well, Toys R Us may be gone, but here are some of our favorite local stores that keep that magic alive whether shopping, creating or donating!


“Fun place to play, good classes for the kids, and great toys and games.” I love walking by and seeing their window displays, too. Did you know they have an actual pirate ship for interactive play?!

Smart Toys and Books | 9700 Kingston Pike Knoxville, 37922


Barnes and Nobles is one of my favorite places all year round, but especially during the Holidays! They go all out with the decorations, they have a huge selection of toys as well and where else besides Target can you go with your kids, get a coffee or tea, peruse the books and sit around and read them like you’re at the library and you kids can have fun too??!! That my friends is worth whatever they charge for that said coffee or tea. Plus we totally love their annual Holiday Book Drive- this year it is going on November 1st through December 12th. You give the gift of reading to children and families with every donation.

This year donated books will be given to Mission of Hope for their Blue Barrel Christmas Drive.

Suburban Barnes and Noble | 8029 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919


AR Workshop® is a boutique DIY studio that offers hands-on classes for creating custom, charming home decor from raw materials. Join an instructor-led workshop where you can make custom wood plank signs, framed signs, canvas pillows, round signs, lazy susans, centerpiece boxes, and more!

AR Workshop | 5442 Homberg Drive Knoxville, TN 37919


Calling all witches, wizards, and Muggles! Experience the magic of our Harry Potter collection and shop the very best gifts for Harry Potter fans. Make sure your wand is at the ready – you’re about to embark on the spellbinding adventure of personalizing your own Harry Potter furry friend through our step-by-step bear building experience!

Build-A-Bear Workshop | 7600 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919



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