November 23, 2005 - Mayor Bill Haslam will
lead the traditional lighting of the tree on Friday, November 25 to
kick off the Celebration of Lights, an evening of holiday entertainment
on Market Square.
The festivities take place from 6 to 8 p.m. with music from the
UT Brass Ensemble, Carter High School Band, Redemption Church International
Choir and country music recording artist Danielle Peck, who along
with WIVK radio personality, Colleen will lead the audience in Christmas
Santa Claus will pose for free pictures, Mrs. Claus will help with
cookie decorating, and carriage rides will add to the fun. Mayor
Haslam and other volunteers will read holiday classics at the Children's
Holidays on Ice - the outdoor skating rink at Market Square
- will open for the holiday season beginning at 5 p.m. Cost is $5
for adults, and $3 for children including skate rentals.
Crafts and greenery will be available for sale, and Mayfield Dairy
Farms and the Knoxville Fire Department will provide refreshments.
The activities take place in a downtown festooned for the holidays.
More than 400 lighted trees are Up on the Rooftops, while more than
70 traditional wreaths coupled with decorative banners adorn street
Celebration of Lights is presented by the The Central Business Improvement
District. Sponsors are First Tennessee, Mayfield Dairy Farms, Allen
Sign Co., WATE-Channel 6, Comcast Cable, the Knoxville News Sentinel
and Pepsi Bottling Group.