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Knoxville's Christmas tree shines bright for the Celebration of Lights, first day of Holidays on Ice

On Friday, the holidays will officially be here when Knoxville's Christmas tree will light light as part of the Regal Celebration of Lights.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The holidays are quickly approaching and Knoxville is ready to deck the halls with its annual traditions.

The Regal Celebration of Lights will kick off on Friday at 5:15 p.m. There, the city's 42-foot tall Mickey Mallonee Christmas in the City Tree will be lit. Santa will also stop by to enjoy the celebration, taking photos with families. There will also be live music and the Holiday Ho Ho Hoedown on the Market Square Stage.

During that event, participants can enjoy styles of swing and some blues that were popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Musicians will also play jazz to brighten up the celebration.

In Market Square, people can also enjoy some ice skating. Crews set up the annual ice skating rink as part of Knoxville's Holidays on Ice event. Each night until January 2, people will be able to skate under twinkling lights while also listening to music.

The Holidays on Ice Mascot, Peppermint Panda, will also make appearances during the several-week-long event. It will close on Jan. 2, 2022. 

Local businesses will offer crafts with children, and people can make a Christmas card to be sent to soldier through the American Red Cross Cards for Heroes program. A miniature train set will also be at the celebration, and the ice skating rink will also be available as part of the city's Holidays on Ice.

Lights in Chilhowee Park are also on display as of Wednesday and people can drive or walk through the park until 10 p.m. each night, enjoying the glimmering sights and the holiday decorations.

Getting ready for Regal Celebration of Lights

Join us Friday, Nov. 26, starting at 5:15 p.m. for Regal Celebration of Lights! We'll light downtown's 42-ft Christmas tree, enjoy live music with K-Town Music, host a visit from Santa, and offer free activities and more! The tree lighting is at 6:15pm. Over on Market Square, enjoy WDVX Holiday Ho Ho Down featuring Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. For more Information, visit KnoxvilleTN.gov/Christmas.

Posted by City of Knoxville - Government on Tuesday, November 23, 2021