October 25, 2006 - Halloween candy is still
in its wrappers and no one is even thinking about basting that Thanksgiving
But it's never too early to start talking about Christmas in the
City, the two-month-long holiday celebration in Knoxville that begins
Mayor Bill Haslam unveiled the 2006 edition of Christmas in the
City Wednesday at a 5:30 p.m. press event on Market Square.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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