10About Town: Hiking, local markets and a Christmas concert

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It’s the day after Thanksgiving so you know what that means – Christmas! Knoxville is starting the Christmas celebration with a bang! Watch the lighting of the 42-foot Christmas tree in downtown Knoxville in the Krutch Park Extension and then head on over to Market Square for the Holiday Ho Ho Hoedown. This event is free, and the activities begin at 5:15 p.m. and will last until 9:00 p.m.

If you are wanting to skip the Black Friday shopping madness, Tennessee State Parks is hosting “After Thanksgiving Hikes” across the state on Friday. Some hikes are self-directed, and some are directed. Some East Tennessee parks hosting an after-Thanksgiving hike are Big Ridge State Park, Booker T. Washington State Park and Fourth Loudoun State Historic Park. You can read more about these hikes on our article.

Zoo Knoxville Zoo lights event kicks off on Friday! From Nov. 26 to Jan. 9 you can enjoy the light extravaganza featuring colorful animal lanterns, mythical creatures, tree lights, and festive food and drinks from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every night at the zoo!

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