New Day, New Route for 13th Annual Tour De Lights

Communications Deputy Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

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

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New Day, New Route for 13th Annual Tour De Lights

Posted: 12/12/2019
tour de lightsBike Walk Knoxville and Visit Knoxville host the 13th Annual Tour de Lights bicycle parade Saturday, Dec. 14.

This family-friendly event regularly draws up to 1,000 riders on a holiday spin from the Old City, through Fourth and Gill, Old North, Emory Place and back to Market Square.

Downtown residents and visitors should be aware of event-related road closures and temporary no-parking zones. Willow Avenue between S. Central and Patton streets will be closed from 3:30 - 6 p.m. On-street parking will be removed from Willow, Central, some of Jackson and Gay Street, Clinch, Market and Union.

Tour de Lights participants will assemble near the Old City on Willow Avenue near Patton Street facing east. Costumed riders can begin registering for the costume contest at 4 p.m. Judging begins at 4:30 p.m. Contest winners will be announced after the ride’s conclusion in Market Square around 7 p.m., and participants must be present to win. Additional information is available at www.ibikeknx.com/tourdelights and KnoxvilleTN.gov. 

Tour de Lights ride begins at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Willow Avenue and Patton Street and follows this approximately five-mile route: 

East on Willow Avenue, left on Florida Street, left on E. Jackson Avenue, right on N. Central Street, right on E. 4th Avenue, left on Luttrell Street, left on E. Glenwood Avenue, across Broadway, left on E. Scott Avenue, left on McMillan Street, left on E. Oklahoma Avenue, right on Harvey Street, right on Folsom Avenue, right on E. Anderson Avenue, left on Alexander Street, slight left onto Gill Avenue, right on Irwin Street, slight right onto Fulton Place, across N. Central Street to Pruett Place, left on Tyson Street, cross N. Broadway to Emory Place, right on N. Gay Street, toward downtown, right on Clinch Avenue, right on Market Street and into Market Square. 

Knoxville Police officers will establish rolling roadblocks around the parade, and, at busier intersections, allow cars to cross the parade route during gaps in the parade. 

For more information, visit www.ibikeknx.com/tourdelights