The Cove at Concord Park will light up for the holidays the weekend before Christmas..

Knox County will host the opening of the 20th annual Holiday Festival of Lights on Friday, Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m. The event happens rain or shine!

Mayor Glenn Jacobs will kick things off with a meet and greet where he will pass out candy "Kanes."

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The festival, which is free, will then run nightly from 6 to 9 p.m. through December 29, except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The highlight of the event is an illuminated three-quarter-mile greenway trail that features a sparkling light display coordinated to music and a number of fire pits. Third Creek Coffee will also set up shop, with hot drinks, including coffee, hot chocolate and apple cider, and holiday snacks, like cookies, cakes and the ingredients for S’mores.

The park staff at The Cove does all the decorating, which includes placing displays and adding thousands of lights to the trees.

Although the event is free, Knox County will collect non-perishable food items for The Love Kitchen. This nonprofit provides meals, clothing and emergency food packages to the homebound, homeless and unemployed.

You are welcome to bring your pets along, as long as they are on leashes.