The city has a few things planned for Friday, to kick off the Christmas season:
At 5:30 p.m., in Krutch Park Extension, Mayor Madeline Rogero will join other local officials to celebrate the naming of Gay Street as one of 10 “Great Streets” in America by the American Planning Association. In adding Gay Street to its annual list for 2012, the APA cited the historical preservation efforts that have saved many of its buildings, and its continuing contribution to Knoxville’s economy and vibrant arts scene.
Then, at 6 p.m., also in Krutch Park Extension, Mayor Rogero will lead the annual tree-lighting ceremony that begins the Regal Celebration of Lights. A full evening of festivities will follow, including:
The return of ice skating to Market Square, with Holidays on Ice (rink opens at 10:00 am), with a ribbon cutting to be held at 4 p.m.;
WDVX Holiday Ho-Ho-Hoedown entertainment 5:30-9 p.m. on Market Square Stage;
Free train rides up and down Gay Street, with the Fezziwig Express picking up at the corner of Clinch Avenue and Market Street;
Downtown Knoxville becomes a Christmas village with caroling and marshmallow roasting;
Performances by French horns and voices;
Free activities including pictures with Santa Claus, hot cocoa by the Salvation Army, Mrs. Claus Bake Shop, face painting, balloon animals & much more!
For more information about Christmas in the City events, including tips on parking, visit www.cityofknoxville.org/christmas
So get your fill of Santa and whatnot.