Looking for a great night on the town? Don’t worry if there isn’t a big festival going on — Market Square and the surrounding downtown area is constantly alive with events big and small to make every night out one to remember. Local artists, musicians, and storytellers can be found providing entertainment on the street or just off of it. Our restaurant scene is thrilling and lively, with everything from down-home cooking on a food truck to gourmet experiences just off the Square.


Events in November & December 2017

Turkey Trot 5K & Little Gobbler Run
Nov 23 – 6:00 PM
Old City, Gay St
The Knoxville Track Club encourages you to get a head start working off that Thanksgiving meal with the annual 5k run!

Regal Celebration of Lights
Nov 24 – 6:00 PM
Downtown Knoxville
Caroling, marshmallow roasting, Christmas trees and sparkling lights galore — what else can you ask for? Hop on a miniature train ride, visit with Santa, and sip on some hot cocoa as you get into the holiday spirit.

WDVX Holiday Ho Ho Hoedown
November 24, 2017 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Market Square Stage
Enjoy festive music to accompany your night at the Square!

Holiday on Ice by Home Federal Bank
Nov 24 to Jan 7
Market Square
The open-air ice rink is open day and night seven days a week. The twinkling lights and festive atmosphere will make every visit an event you’ll remember always.

Window Wonderland
November 24, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Various locations
Downtown Knoxville will turn into a Peppermint Trail with windows of restaurants and merchants decorated with the peppermint theme. Merchants and restaurants will also have peppermint items for sale!

WIVK Christmas Parade
Dec 1 – 7:00 PM
Gay St, Downtown Knoxville
Santa Claus leads a parade of Christmas-themed floats, bands, dancers, and majorettes the whole family will love to see.

Market Square Holiday Market
Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16 – 11:00am
Market Square
The farmer’s market gets a holiday twist. Artisans, farmers, chefs and bakers fill Market Square with their wares. Browse the offerings on a leisurely Saturday morning and find that perfect gift for that special someone or exactly that special item to make your holiday meal special. Enjoy a hot beverage while you shop!

Christmas at Chilhowee
December 8 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Chilhowee Park
You don’t want to miss the wondrous winter spectacle as we light the Christmas tree at the park!

Jingle Bell Run
Dec 9
World’s Fair Park
The largest holiday 5k race series rushes to conquer Arthritis. Don’t miss it!

Tour de Lights
Dec 15
Departs Market Square – 7:00pm
Be a part of this fantastically fun bike ride through downtown. Dress your ride and yourself up with lights, garlands, and bells and make sure everyone in Knoxville enjoys the spectacle!

New Years on the Square
December 31, 2017 – Balldrop at Midnight
Market Square
Ring in 2018 in the best possible way as you join friends and family at Market Square! The Bicho Brothers will provide music and entertainment in the final hours leading up to the ball drop at midnight.