Get ready to #lovedowntownknox for the holidays

Jay FitzDowntown, Our Town Arts, Our Town Eats

Downtown Knoxville’s favorite holiday festivities are returning on Nov. 26. Residents and visitors of all ages will enjoy an immersive holiday experience, including the popular Peppermint Trail, seasonal photo opportunities and more merry activities for the entire family.


A digital twist on the Peppermint Trail brings opportunities for prizes while enjoying the city center’s best coffees, candies, cocktails and other peppermint-inspired creations. Explorers can download a Peppermint Trail Pass mobile passport to track their progress on sampling holiday creations.

Those who use the Peppermint Trail Pass to check in to three participating merchants will earn a 2021 Peppermint Trail sticker, and each passport check-in beyond three is an entry in a drawing to win $25 and $100 gift cards to local businesses, as well as a grand prize of dinner and an overnight stay in Downtown Knoxville.

Sign up for the Peppermint Trail Pass and see the 80-plus participating merchants and their seasonal specials here.

Here’s a sampling of holiday activities running from Nov. 26-Jan. 2 and organized by the Downtown Knoxville Alliance and other partners:

  • Downtown Knoxville is ready for the sixth annual The Elf on the Shelf® Adventure. Find the elves in storefront windows at dozens of participating downtown businesses. North Pole Pass passports for this annual tradition are available at Visit Knoxville and Mast General Store and via download at org/elf. Participants can share photos via social media using the hashtag #ElvesInKnox and tagging @downtownknox for chances to win weekly gift card drawings.
  • Local artist Paris Woodhull designed and painted a special mailbox where children of all ages can drop off their letters to Santa, guaranteed to keep kids’ letters safe until they are delivered to the North Pole. Be sure to leave a letter in the box before Christmas Eve, so it can make it on time.
  • Photo ops abound, including holiday-decorated merchant windows and new winter-themed murals. Photos tagged with #lovedowntownknox are the perfect way for residents and visitors to capture holiday memories.

Local designer Susie Norris’ KNOX-themed mural will make for memorable photos in Market Square outside the Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice open-air rink, which is hosted by the city of Knoxville. Dogwood Arts and Graphic Creations collaborated with the city and Downtown Knoxville Alliance on the 120-foot mural.

In December, local artist Megan Lingerfelt will add a winter scene in Downtown Knoxville’s Strong Alley.

For more information about these and other holiday happenings in Downtown Knoxville, go here. For more information on the Downtown Knoxville Alliance go here.

Information for this story provided by Moxley Carmichael.

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