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Downtown Parking Tip Sheet: Dec. 21 
Here’s the latest edition of a weekly blog series from the City’s communication team designed to help downtown visitors know about events and parking opportunities. 

The last weekend before Christmas will be bustling downtown, with shoppers finishing their errands and locals bringing friends and family downtown for holiday celebrations. 

Visitors are encouraged to use available resources, like the Parkopedia app and DowntownKnox.org/Parking to find the many downtown lots, garages and on-street spaces that are free after 6 p.m. and/or on weekends. Garages include the City-owned Dwight Kessel, Locust Street, Market Square, Langley/Summer Place, City County Building and Main Street garages. 

Due to construction, the State Street Garage is likely to be full, due to the project that will add 570 additional parking spaces to the garage by the summer of 2019. The project has also closed South Central Street to through traffic, although there is a detour that will guide drivers around the closure. 

This weekend: 

Friday: The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra presents A Swingin’ Christmas featuring pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Expect spirited performances of holiday favorites in the style of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and more. Tennessee Theatre, 8 p.m. 

The River and Rail Theatre presents its last performances of the folk musical, The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph’s Baby. Performances are Dec. 21-23 with show times at 7:30 p.m. and additional Saturday matinee at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The venue is The Swift Building, 119 W. Fifth Avenue. On-street parking is available on King Street.  

Saturday:  The final Saturday before Christmas means it’s also the last Market Square Holiday Market of the season. Pick up last-minute gifts, holiday meal components, flowers for the table and other treats from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Market Square and on Union and Market Streets. Farmers are on site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and crafters and food trucks stick around until 5 p.m. 

It’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Night! Knoxville Ice Bears taken on the Birmingham Bulls. Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 7:30 p.m. Parking is available across from the Civic Coliseum and Auditorium for a fee. 

The Tennessee Theatre’s screenings of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Saturday) and The Polar Express (Sunday) are both sold out, so if you head downtown for these and/or other diversions, know that there will be crowds looking for parking. Be strategic! 
Posted by ptravis On 21 December, 2018 at 2:11 PM