More than a thousand people participated in the 10th annual Tour de Lights - a fun, free bike parade through downtown, 4th & Gill and Old North Knoxville. The route is about 5 miles long and takes about an hour to ride. All streets are completely closed for the event. Thanks to Mast General Store and Three Rivers Market for providing hot cocoa and cookies. 

Prizes were awarded in these categories:

  • Best costume - Adult 
    The Naughty Grinches
    Runner Up - David & Debbie Stair - Christmas Trees

  • Best costume - Child
    Zack & Zoey Schade - O Christmas Tree
    Runner Up - Eloise Wimmer - Candy Cane Girl

  • Best bicycle and/or trailer
    Kent Turnbull - Tandem Reindeer
    Butch Evans - Monster Bike

  • Best helmet
    Randy Darnbush - Candy Cane
    Garrett - Daft Punk-inspired custom helmet

  • Best group with theme
    The Pink Nightmares

  • Best all around
    Wes and Jesica Breitenbach - #worldslargestbikepoweredsanta 
    Jason Kinnaird - Possum Guy

Thank you to these businesses for donating the prizes!

Nothing Too Fancy
Knoxville Bicycle Company
Cedar Bluff Cycles
The Bike Zoo
Echelon Bikes
West Bicycles
Earth to Old City
Union Ave Books
Pioneer House
River Sports Outfitters
Fountain City Pedaler
Bearden Bike & Trail 

Restrooms were available at these businesses: Cafe 4, Market House Cafe, Stock & Barrel, Tomato Head, Trio, and Uncorked.  


City of Knoxville logo

I Bike KNX logo

Sponsored by:

Three Rivers Market logoMast General Store logo

Frequently Asked Questions

Rules and Safety Information

There are some challenges that go along with riding with a thousand bicyclists. Please see our safety tips to help us all have a fun time!

  • Wear a helmet. Not only is this for your safety, you’ll be serving as a good role model for all the kids (kids 16 and under are required to wear helmets by law).
  • By law, your bike should be equipped with a front white headlight and red rear reflector.
  • Make sure your bike is in proper and safe condition, either by checking it yourself  using the ABC Quick Check or taking it to your local bike shop. There will be safety checks available on Market Square between 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. but it’s best to have your bike checked before the last minute. Make sure your tires have air!

All Decked Out!

Costume ContestCheck out our Facebook albums for photos of all our winners! The Best All Around prize went to the incredible, gigantic Santa Claus, built by Wes and Jessica Breitenbach. 

Here are links to media coverage and videos for 2016:

CTV video
City of Knoxville video
Inside of Knoxville blog post
Knoxville News Sentinel photo gallery
You Tube video of the #worldslargestbikepoweredsanta
WVLT video and second video
Instagram photos and videos 

Need some inspiration?

Check out the galleries from previous year's events. Bring your "A" game, the competition gets tougher every year!

Highlights from the 2016 Tour De Lights

8th Annual Tour de Lights from Community Television Knoxville on Vimeo.