November 22, 2006 - Mayor Bill Haslam will
lead the countdown before lighting up the city Friday, Nov. 24, at
the City of Knoxville's Celebration of Lights on Market Square.
The event set for 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., features music, food, arts
and crafts and the opening of the Knoxville Holidays on Ice outdoor
skating rink among many other fun things on the square.
The highlight of the night will be the traditional lighting of
the 38-foot-high Christmas tree. Those lights will join the more
than 100,000 tiny white lights illuminating nearby Krutch Park and
an additional 200,000 white lights adorning buildings across the
Business and organizations will also turn on the more than 500
light trees atop buildings in the downtown area and along the Tennessee
River as part of the Up on the Rooftops decorations.
"This is a great celebration that we look forward to every
year," Haslam said. "Downtown is everyone's neighborhood
and we hope to see you here on Friday."
Activities at the Celebration of Lights will include free events
like:Photos with Santa
Horse-drawn carriage rides
Cookie decorating at Mrs. Claus' Gingerbread House
Ice cream and eggnog at the Mayfield's Booth
Ornament making for the Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries' "Remember
the Children Tree."
In addition local artisans and crafters will be offering their
creations at a "Christmas Market" during the celebration
and also on Saturday, Nov. 25, from noon until 8 p.m.
And for the second straight year, Knoxville's Holidays on Ice will
be offering ice-skating on its outdoor rink in the square.
Joining Mayor Haslam and Santa Claus on the stage will be Hallerin
Hill and Bo Williams from WATE Channel 6, and the Encore! Singers.
The Celebration of Lights is presented by the Central Business
Improvement District and sponsored by the First Tennessee Foundation,
Mayfield, Allen Sign Company, WATE Channel 6, Comcast Cable Communications,
The Knoxville News Sentinel and WIVK.