November 2, 2005 - Ice skating returns
to Market Square this holiday season with the opening of an outdoor
rink on Nov. 25 during the City of Knoxville's Celebration of Lights
The rink will remain open through Jan. 1. From November 25 through
Dec. 18, hours are Monday through Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday
and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. When school breaks for the holidays
on Dec. 19, hours will be extended to 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.
Admission will be $5 for adults, $3 for children with skate rentals
supporters Larsen Jay and Scott Schimmel are producing "Knoxville's
Holidays on Ice!" for the Central Business Improvement
District in cooperation with the City of Knoxville.
Mayor Bill Haslam said the outdoor ice rink is a unique draw for
downtown Knoxville, and will be an activity for families to enjoy.
Downtown is also decorated with hundreds of lighted trees, wreaths
and banners during the holiday season.
"Downtown is everyone's neighborhood - particularly during
the holiday season," Mayor Haslam said. "Not only are
there special Christmas in the City celebrations, but many museums,
galleries, shops and other attractions have special events. With
the addition of 'Knoxville's Holidays on Ice!' downtown will be
the place to be."
Jay, president of DoubleJay Creative, has been working since last
spring on the project, determining logistics and securing sponsors
for the attraction.
"It's exciting to bring back ice skating to Market Square
after an absence of more than 10 years," Jay said. "We
hope this tradition will help to foster the holiday spirit in a
downtown that keeps getting better all the time."
Michele Hummel, director of operations for the CBID, said, "Adding
'Holidays on Ice' to the Christmas in the City line-up is sure to
bring families from across the region to downtown Knoxville to enjoy
a day of holiday cheer. This is just another example of why downtown
Knoxville is the best place to live, work and especially play."
Christmas in the City events this year include:
Pilot's RiverLights Festival, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18. Dozens
of decorated boats parade down the Tennessee River. Activities on
Volunteer Landing include marshmallow roasting, cookie decorating,
and soup competition.
Celebration of Lights, 6 p.m., Nov. 25. Entertainment, food, arts
and crafts take to Market Square, where Mayor Haslam and Santa Claus
will host a countdown to light up the City.
Fowler's/WIVK Santa Claus Parade, 7 p.m., Dec. 2. The parade begins
at the Civic Coliseum, heads down Church Avenue, and Gay Street
before ending at Summit Hill Drive.
Comcast Christmas at Chilhowee, 6 p.m., Dec. 9. This special
evening at Chilhowee Park features entertainment, refreshments and
carriage rides through the park decorated with lighted trees, including
those that float across the lake.
A complete listing of events in November and December can be found
on the City of Knoxville's web site, www.cityofknoxville.org,
or in Christmas in the City brochures found at many local businesses
and organizations. Or contact the City's Office of Special Events