The 11th annual Tour de Lights will be Friday, December 15, 2017. 

Join us for the 11th 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. Cookies and cocoa are provided by Mast General Store and Three Rivers Market.

Prizes for the decorating/costume contest are awarded in these categories, with a runner up in each:

  • Best costume - Adult
  • Best costume – Child
  • Best bicycle and/or trailer
  • Best helmet
  • Best group with theme
  • Best all around

2017 Changes - We Heard You

After a survey of participants and discussion among event planners, we have made some revisions to increase the safety and enjoyment of Tour de Lights.

  • We will depart Market Square in stages. Experienced bicyclists will line up on Wall Ave and leave first at 7 p.m. Groups who have come in themed costumes will gather on the east side of the stage and leave next. Beginning bicyclists and families with young kids will gather on the west side of the stage and leave last. See the event map below.
  • Instead of stopping briefly to re-group around Emory Place, this year we will instead slow down as we approach downtown. This enables KPD officers to change intersections.
  • KPD may stop riders occasionally to allow traffic on Broadway and other main cross streets to proceed, especially KAT buses that need to stay on schedule. This is similar to what happens during the marathon and other events.
  • If you want to be in the decorating/costume contest, you’ll need to go to the photo booth (across from the stage) between 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. The judges will be there, and you can get your photo taken!


Free Parking

The Route

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Event Staging

Presented By

City of Knoxville logo

I Bike KNX logo

Sponsored by

           Mast General Store logo       Three Rivers Market 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 under age 16 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 before the ride. There will be free 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. TIP: Make sure your tires have enough 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.