Santa visits Chilhowee Park

Santa will be visiting Chilhowee Park this Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, from 6-9 p.m. during Christmas in Chilhowee, sponsored by Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center’s venue management partner SMG, at 3301 E Magnolia Avenue.

After the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree, Santa will greet guests and pose for photos in the park’s historic bandstand, which was built for the 1910 Appalachian Exposition. The Vine Middle Magnet School Choir will set a festive tone with holiday carols.

Families are invited to build gingerbread houses with the Austin-East Culinary Arts Department, enjoy balloon animals and face-painting, and participate in hands-on activities with The Muse Knoxville. Krispy Kreme will serve doughnuts, and All Occasion Catering will provide hot cocoa.

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Visitors to Christmas in Chilhowee can tour the park’s 88 lighted trees by riding the train or hopping on a hayride. Through Jan. 1, motorists can drive through the lighted tunnel during park hours. Sunset is around 5:30 p.m., and gates close at 10 p.m. Make sure Santa knows you have been good! Photo by Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center.

Admission is free. All events take place outdoors, so dress for the weather.