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‘Tis the Peppermint Season in Knoxville

If you’re planning a weekend get-away, afternoons with visiting relatives, celebrations with life-long friends, or the creation of new family traditions, you’ll find something for everyone this year in Knoxville. Let sweet dreams and Scout Elves bring you to the Peppermint Village of Downtown Knoxville.

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Adults and children can skate day and night, seven days a week, at the open-air ice rink nestled under twinkling lights in the middle of Market Square. You’ll find music, 160,000 pounds of ice, and great people watching through January 7th. Admission includes skate rental. Special appearances by Peppermint Panda, Christmas in the City’s fun mascot, will add to the skating and photo fun. Visit for weather updates.

Grab a hot chocolate and stroll around downtown to enjoy trees, windows, doors, and patios dripping in lights and dipped in peppermint. Businesses will be decked in peppermint-themed decorations to add to the over 100,000+ lights and garlands draped throughout trees and parks. Snap some family photos in front of store windows competing in the Window Wonderland now through January 7.

Adding to the peppermint fun, make some stops on the Peppermint Trail of Treats from November 24 through January 7. Downtown restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, bars, and boutiques will be featuring peppermint specials throughout the season creating a delicious Peppermint Village. So get ready for peppermint coffees, peppermint brownies, peppermint cocktails, peppermint, peppermint, peppermint. How many you ask? Too many to count! Help others navigate the trail by posting your favorites at #knoxpeppermint.

And we’re just getting started with the season-long fun! Three dozen downtown businesses have adopted scout elves for The Elf on the Shelf® Adventure. Children of all ages can be a part of this returning community-wide scavenger hunt as Santa’s helpers land each day in Downtown Knoxville. Lucky for Knoxville, Santa granted these Scout Elves special permission to stay a little later this year for this fun-filled event.

Published December 5, 2017

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