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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
Christmas in the City 2006 Events Unveiled
Christmas in the City
Christmas Events Calendar
Downtown Parking Info
Christmas Photo Slideshow
Knoxville's Holidays on Ice
October 25, 2006 - Halloween candy is still in its wrappers and no one is even thinking about basting that Thanksgiving turkey yet.

But it's never too early to start talking about Christmas in the City, the two-month-long holiday celebration in Knoxville that begins next month.

Mayor Bill Haslam unveiled the 2006 edition of Christmas in the City Wednesday at a 5:30 p.m. press event on Market Square.

Mayor Haslam with Santa and His reindeerThis year's celebration features a lineup of more than 60 different holiday events or attractions ranging from dazzling displays of Christmas lights to outdoor ice-skating to the WIVK Santa Claus Parade, dramatic performances, concerts and church services.

Community organizations, artistic groups, businesses, churches and the city sponsor the different individual events included in Christmas in the City.

The City of Knoxville's Office of Special Events coordinates the celebration.

Many of the participating groups and merchants were at the Wednesday evening press conference with information available about their events and the Encore! Singers provided entertainment.

Christmas in the City begins Nov. 1, and continues until Dec. 31, though most of the events are set after the Celebration of Lights on Market Square on Nov. 24.

Mayor Haslam talks with the Encore SingersThat event will feature the lighting of the near 40-foot-tall First Tennessee Foundation Christmas Tree as thousands of lights decorate Krutch Park and Market Square.

"The Christmas Season is a special time particularly in downtown Knoxville, which is everyone's neighborhood," Mayor Bill Haslam said. "Christmas in the City has something for everybody, no matter how old or young, and we're pleased that it has become a bigger and better celebration each year.

There are new events featured along with old Knoxville favorites like the Santa Claus Parade and the Fantasy of Trees.

There are also solemn celebrations like Christmas Eve services being held by First Baptist Church of Knoxville and Church Street United Methodist Church and All Souls Church.

Christmas in the City's beginning dates back to some activities in the lobby of a downtown Knoxville bank in 1978 and it has grown from there.

A brochure including the full schedule of Christmas in the City events is available online at www.cityofknoxville.org/christmas

Free parking is available in city parking facilities downtown, including the Market Square garage, after 6 p.m. and on weekends.

Santa & His Reindeer and ElfSome Christmas in the City events this year include:

  • The Celebration of Lights, 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 24, on Market Square, featuring entertainment, food, arts and crafts as Mayor Haslam and Santa Claus host the countdown before lighting up the city.

  • The WIVK Santa Claus Parade, 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, which winds through downtown featuring bands, floats and other marchers.

  • Comcast Christmas at Chilhowee, 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8. Area choirs provide music as from the lighted bandstand as dozens of Christmas trees illuminate including a small forest of them floating in the lake.

  • Holidays on IceKnoxville's Holidays on Ice, outdoor skating rink opens Friday, Nov. 24 on Market Square and will remain open through Monday, January 7, 2007. The rink will feature larger staging and tent areas in addition to improved concessions and skate changing areas.

    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 at 865-215-4248.
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