2016 Tour de Lights

December 16, 7 p.m., Market Square

*Free bike safety checks and judging for the decorating contest start at 6 p.m. 

Join us for this fun, free bike parade through downtown, 4th & Gill and Old North Knoxville. Riders are encouraged to get creative with lights, costumes and decorations. The route is about 5 miles long and takes about an hour to ride at a casual pace. All streets will be completely closed for the event. Hot cocoa and treats are available thanks to Mast General Store and Three Rivers Market. You can RSVP on Facebook, but you don't need to register.

Prizes are awarded at 8:15 p.m. in these categories:

  • Best costume - Adult
  • Best costume - Child
  • Best bicycle and/or trailer
  • Best helmet
  • Best group with theme
  • Best all around
and runner ups in each category

 2015 Tour de Lights

More than 1,000 people braved the freezing temps to enjoy the 9th annual parade of bicycles through downtown, 4th & gill and old north Knoxville. There were smiles, lights, tinsel, and zebras galore! thanks to mast general store and three rivers market for the hot cocoa and treats. 


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 special challenges that go along with riding with hundreds of bicyclists. Please see our safety tips for information about biking with children and guidelines to follow during the ride.

  • 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 Quck 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.

We want everyone to have a great time AND be safe! Be sure to review our tips for riding in large groups before the event.

All Decked Out!

Costume ContestCheck out our Facebook album for photos of all our winners! The Best All Around prize went to the Island of Misfit Toys

We had a photo booth for the first time! And FLOW had an after-party with a photo booth, as well. 


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 2014 Tour De Lights

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