November 26, 2007 - Chilhowee Park will
become a holiday wonderland filled with music, bright lights and
fun at Comcast Christmas at Chilhowee on Friday night.
The annual celebration that has in just a few short years become
one of Knoxville's favorite Christmas traditions is set for 6 p.m.,
Friday, Nov. 30th, at the park.
This year's celebration includes dozens of beautifully-lit Christmas
trees - including a floating forest of them in the lake - high school
bands and choirs performing holiday music, and simple pleasures
like visiting Santa Claus or roasting marshmallows over an open
fire among its many attractions.
There are also carriage rides, cookie decorating and, as usual;
the Chilhowee Park Gazebo will be beautifully festooned for the
This is the seventh year that Comcast has sponsored the event and
it has become bigger and better each season.
Comcast Christmas at Chilhowee grew out of the company's desire
to take part in the City of Knoxville's Christmas in the City, and
to give something back to the community.
"First and foremost it was our goal to find something that
would make a difference to the people of the city," said Russell
Byrd, area manager for government affairs for Comcast Cable.
The company also wanted to do something close to where its offices
Byrd and Mickey Mallonee, director of the city's Office of Special
Events, subsequently talked it over and she suggested doing something
at Chilhowee Park. Comcast liked the idea and turned it into something
ever better than anyone had envisioned.
In addition to Friday night's event the park's holiday light display
is open for nightly driving tours from 5-10 p.m. That began on Thanksgiving
night and continues until Jan. 1, 2008.
"It's in the neighborhood where we are located and this is
an event that appeals to everyone," Byrd said. "It's one
where you can involve the whole family."
Thousands of people will drive through the park during the holiday
"We just wanted to give something back and this has been one
of the favorite activities of our employees," Byrd said. "It
was a perfect fit."