Tour de Lights has become a favorite tradition of Knoxville's Christmas in the City celebration and draws participants from all over the region. Up to 900 people turn out for this event in costumes or with decorated bicycles and trailers!

The crowd begins gathering just after dark for free bike safety checks and judging for the awards. At 7 p.m., the ride leaves Market Square, winding its way through downtown and nearby historic neighborhoods. Neighbors gather to wave and sing carols as the participants present a movable lights display of their own. Then it's back to Market Square for a warm cup of cocoa and cookies, courtesy of Mast General Store and Three Rivers Market. Prizes are awarded after the ride in several categories, including Best Decorated Bike, Best Decorated Person, and Best Group Theme.

This year’s event will take place Friday, December 19, 2014. Check back in October for more details. Until then, enjoy the photos galleries of Christmases past!


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