October 25, 2007 - Christmas in the
City, the two-month-long holiday celebration in Knoxville, begins
Mayor Bill Haslam unveiled the 2007 edition of Christmas in the
City Thursday at a 5:00 p.m. press event at Krutch Park.
This 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 Christmas 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
in the City begins Nov. 1, and continues until Dec. 31, though most
of the events are set after the Regal Celebration of Lights on Market
Square on Nov. 23.
That 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 Christmas 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.
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.
Some Christmas in the City events this year include:
Regal Celebration of Lights, 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23, along Gay
Street at Krutch Park, featuring entertainment, food, arts and crafts
as Mayor Haslam and Santa Claus host the countdown before lighting
up the city.
Christmas at Chilhowee, 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30. 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.
The WIVK Christmas Parade, 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, which winds
through downtown featuring bands, floats and other marchers.
Knoxville's Holidays on Ice, outdoor skating rink opens Friday,
Nov. 23 on Market Square and will remain open through January 1,
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 at www.cityofknoxville.org/christmas,
or in Christmas in the City brochures found at many local businesses
and organizations. Or contact the City's Office of Special Events