2007 Christmas in the City

Communications Deputy Director

Eric Vreeland
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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2007 Christmas in the City

Posted: 10/25/2007
Christmas in the City, the two-month-long holiday celebration in Knoxville, begins next month. 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 celebration.

Christmas 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 from there.

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.

Comcast 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.knoxvilletn.gov/christmas, or in Christmas in the City brochures found at many local businesses and organizations. Or contact the City's Office of Special Events at 865-215-4248.