Knox County’s 19th annual Holiday Festival of Lights at the Cove at Concord Park kicks off Friday, Dec. 15 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 30, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The festival, nightly from 6 to 9 p.m., is free and open to the public. The Cove is located at 11808 S. Northshore Drive.
The event is showcased by an illuminated three-quarter-mile greenway trail that features a sparkling light display coordinated to music. Pets on leashes are welcome.
In addition, Third Creek Coffee will be onsite each night with hot drinks, including coffee, hot chocolate and apple cider, and holiday snacks, like cookies, cakes and the ingredients for S’mores.
The park staff at The Cove does all the decorating, which includes placing displays and adding several thousand lights to trees.
Although the event is free, Knox County will collect non-perishable food items for The Love Kitchen. The Love Kitchen provides meals, clothing and emergency food packages to the homebound, homeless and unemployed.
The 2017 Holiday Festival of Lights is sponsored by B97.5, the Knox County Mayor’s Office and Knox County Parks & Recreation.