2015 Tour De Lights

Friday, December 18
Departing from Market Square at 7 p.m.

Join us for this fun, free bike parade through downtown, 4th & Gill and Old North Knoxville. Participants are encouraged to get creative with lights, costumes and decorations.

  • Free bike safety checks and judging for the decorating contest begin at 6 p.m.
  • Hot cocoa and treats are available thanks to Mast General and Three Rivers Market.

The route is about 5 miles long and takes less than an hour.

The pace is casual. All streets will be completely closed to traffic for the event.


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.

Get your holiday gear and go all out!

Costume ContestWe've got some highly coveted prizes for best dressed riders and bicycles!

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

If you want to enter the decorating contest, arrive early so the judges have time to see you. Costumes and decorations judging will is between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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.