25 + Knoxville Area Christmas Parades Your Whole Family Will Love in 2023

Hit the town for a fun holiday celebration at one of these festive Christmas parades in Knoxville, TN. From marching bands to the decked-out floats, there may be no better place to find the Christmas spirit this season.

Of course, our region is filled with many wonderful things to do all season long!

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Knoxville Christmas Parades

1. Downtown Knoxville Christmas Parade by WIVK

December 1, 2023 @ 6:50 p.m.
Gay Street, Knoxville

This is the largest Christmas parade in Knoxville and one of the most anticipated events of the season. Local shops and restaurants will be open late so you can finish your shopping and grab a bite to eat before the parade.

2. Rocky Hill Christmas Parade & Festival

December 2, 2023 @ 3:30 p.m.
Rocky Hill Business District, Knoxville

This popular parade takes place around the Northshore area of Knoxville. In addition to the parade, there will also be live music, craft vendors, food trucks, and more.

There are also many restaurants nearby where you can grab a late lunch, dinner, or tasty dessert. Maybe one of Cinnaholic’s Christmas cinnamon rolls will hit the spot. Yum!

3. Tour De Lights

December 9, 2023 @ 5:30 p.m.
Mary Costa Plaza, Downtown Knoxville

This unique event is a lighted Christmas bike parade that is free for all to join or watch. The parade travels through Old City all the way over to Market Square.

Christmas Parades Near Knoxville

4. Louisville Christmas Parade

November 26, 2023 @ 3 p.m.

The Louisville Christmas Parade will be followed by a tree-lighting ceremony.

5. Kingston Christmas Parade

November 27, 2023 @ 7 p.m.
Cumberland Street, Kingston

This is one of the earliest Christmas parades of the season!

6. Harriman Christmas Parade

November 30, 2023 @ 7 p.m.
Downtown Harriman

This year’s Christmas parade theme is “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

7. Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

December 1, 2023 @ 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Gatlinburg

This over-the-top Christmas parade is an East TN favorite. You make it a whole night of fun by driving through the Winterfest lights after the parade.

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8. Sweetwater Christmas Parade

December 1, 2023 @ 7 p.m.

The Sweetwater Christmas Parade will follow its usual route from Mayes Avenue, left onto West North Street, and then it will turn right onto Hwy 11 South.

9. Newport Christmas Parade

December 1, 2023 @ 6:30 p.m.
Downtown Newport

A Griswold Kind of Christmas is the adorable theme of this fun daytime parade.

10. Blount County Christmas Parade

December 2, 2023 @ 11 a.m.
New Midland Plaza, Alcoa + Downtown Maryville

Blount County’s annual Christmas parade will run through Midland Plaza in Alcoa and continue on through to Downtown Maryville.

11. Sevierville Christmas Parade

December 2, 2023 @ 11 a.m.
Historic Downtown Sevierville

This is a traditional hometown Christmas parade in the heart of downtown Sevierville. Local shops and restaurants will also be open to help extend the fun.

12. Santa Comes to Town Christmas Parade & Festival

December 2, 2023 @ 5 p.m.
Downtown Friendsville

This small-town Christmas festival and parade will have a wide variety of entertainment including kids’ activities, a tree lighting ceremony, craft vendors, carolers, a live nativity, food trucks, and much more!

13. Greenback Christmas Parade

December 2, 2023 @ 11 a.m.
Downtown Greenback

This low-key parade is the perfect way to spend a December morning.

14. Vonore Christmas Parade

November 2, 2023 @ 7 p.m.

The parade route will begin at Vonore Middle School.

15. Clinton Christmas Parade

December 2, 2023 @ 6 p.m.
Main Street, Clinton

This parade will travel through the heart of Historic Downtown Clinton.

16. White Pine Christmas Parade & Christmas Festival

December 2, 2023 @ 4 p.m.

The parade route will begin at White Pine School.

17. Townsend Christmas Parade

December 3, 2023 @ 2:30 p.m.
Parkway, Townsend

The best parade on the peaceful side of the Smokies.

18. Athen’s Jimmy Liner Memorial Christmas Parade

December 4, 2023 @ 6:30 p.m.
Downtown Athens

The theme of this year’s parade is “A Snowy Old Fashioned Christmas.”

19. Rockwood Christmas Parade

December 4, 2023 @ 7 p.m.
Downtown Rockwood

A fun and traditional evening parade with lighted floats.

20. Morristown Christmas Parade

December 7, 2023 @ 7 p.m.
Historic Downtown Morristown

This nighttime Christmas parade will travel through the heart of Morristown’s historic downtown district. Come early to extend your fun at one of the many adorable shops and restaurants along the route.

21. Lenoir City Christmas Parade

December 7, 2023 @ 6:30 p.m.
Historic Downtown Lenoir City

This Lenoir City Christmas Parade will have some early performances before the main event. The pre-parade shows will begin at 6 p.m.

22. Oak Ridge Christmas Parade

December 9, 2023 @ 6 p.m.
Oak Ridge Turnpike

The theme for this year’s Oak Ridge Christmas Parade is “Sleigh Ride.”

23. Loudon County Christmas Parade

December 9, 2023 @ 6 p.m.

This fun and traditional Christmas parade will add a spark of magic to your holiday. Come early to visit the quaint shops of downtown Loudon, which is just a few short minutes away.

24. Madisonville

December 9, 2023 @ 7 p.m.
Downtown Madisonville

The parade route will begin at Madisonville Primary School.

25. Jefferson City’s Hometown Christmas Parade

December 9, 2023 @ 5 p.m.
Historic Mossy Creek District, Jefferson City

Before the Hometown Christmas Parade, you can shop at a variety of arts and crafts vendor booths. There will also be live entertainment, kids’ activities, food vendors, and giveaways.

The main festival begins at 12 p.m. The parade begins at 5 p.m.

26. Tellico Plains Christmas Parade

December 16, 2023 @ 3 p.m.

The Tellico Plains Christmas Parade will circle through downtown and the section of Cherohala Skyway in front of the Visitors Center. There will also be free cookies and hot cocoa for the Cookies n’ Claus festivities.

27. Dandridge Christmas Parade

December 23, 2023 @ 1 p.m.

This parade is hosted by the Dandridge Volunteer Fire Department. The route will run from Maury Middle School to Downtown Dandridge.

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Erica Cardinal
Erica is a long-time resident of East TN and the founder of East TN Family Fun. She's also a sucker for a good adventure. Together with her hubs and kiddos, she spends her time exploring, homeschooling, and making memories.

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