Chilhowee Park hosts free community holiday celebration on Dec. 9

The City of Knoxville will host a free event at Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center on Friday, Dec. 9 from 6-9 p.m.

The event will feature a ceremonial lighting of the tree on the Chilhowee Park bandstand, live music and many free activities. SMG, international venue management company that manages Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center, will sponsor free photos with Santa Claus in front of the newly-lit tree.

Austin-East Culinary Arts Department will host a station where children and families can build gingerbread houses. The event will also feature train rides for all ages, holiday movies, hot cocoa by All Occasion Catering, face painting, and balloon animals. The Muse Knoxville and Home Depot will also host a special activity.

Sponsors of the event include WVLT Channel 8, WNOX 93.1, Knoxville News Sentinel, Home Depot, All Occasion Catering, Krispy Kreme, The Muse Knoxville, and SMG Knoxville.

Now through January 1, Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center has lighted trees and decorations floating on the lake and throughout the park for attendees of the holiday celebration and park visitors throughout the season to enjoy.

About Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center

Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center is an 81-acre, multiuse venue owned by the City of Knoxville. It is located blocks away from interstate access and minutes from downtown Knoxville. The facility includes a three-acre lake, bandstand, 4,500-seat amphitheater, 57,100-square-foot exhibition hall, barns, arenas, playground and picnic shelters. Chilhowee also is home to the Tennessee Valley Fair.

About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers, and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions, catering and special events division, SAVOR, currently servicing 130 accounts worldwide. For more information visit