Knoxville Christmas Parade, Skating Rink and Tree Lighting are back

He is back! After the pandemic canceled so many holiday traditions last year, the Knoxville Christmas Parade will return in December.

With, Christmas in town the events are also back.

The City of Knoxville said its municipal teams are already hanging nearly 150,000 lights in preparation.

“We are excited to celebrate the holiday season together and bring back traditions that so many of us missed last year,” Mayor Indya Kincannon said in a press release. “I can’t wait to see families create memories as they skate downtown, take photos in Krutch Park and enjoy the Royal Celebration of Lights the day after Thanksgiving!”

Christmas in the City runs from November 26 to January 2 and includes the following events:

Enlightenment celebration

  • 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday November 26
  • Krutch Park
  • 42-foot downtown Christmas tree lighting at 6.15 p.m. with live music with the band K-Town at 5.15 p.m.

Ice rink vacation

  • Opening at 10 a.m. on Friday November 26
  • Ice rink times vary. To verify for times.
  • Market place
  • Admission (skate rental included): Adults $ 12, children 12 and under $ 9

WIVK Christmas Parade

  • 7 p.m. Friday December 3
  • Along Gay Street. Parade begins on Church Avenue near the Coliseum, then turns right on Gay Street, right on Jackson Street and ends in Jackson and Patton.

Christmas drive-in at Chilhowee

  • 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday December 10
  • Chilhowee Park halfway
  • Free photos with Santa Claus and activities from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a vacation movie at the drive-in at 7 p.m.

Light Tower Bike Ride

  • 5:30 p.m. Saturday December 11
  • Festive bike ride for all ages. Visit for additional information.

Details on the city’s New Year’s Eve event plans have yet to be announced, but will be soon.

For more information on Christmas celebrations in the city, visit

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