Peppermint Trail • The Elf on the Shelf® Adventure • Holidays on Ice

This festive time of the year transforms downtown Knoxville into a sparkly, bright, and merry place with memory making magic for adults and children alike. Of course, there’s eating, drinking, window shopping, and gift buying, but there’s also so much more!

Get lost on the Peppermint Trail, search for Santa’s Scout Elves in a magical scavenger hunt, skate under twinkling lights in Market Square, and explore holiday markets throughout the season. Enjoy lights and beautifully decorated storefronts decked out and dipped in peppermint, and sip on warm hot chocolates.

Peppermint Trail thru 1/8

Follow the trail of peppermints on the sidewalks of downtown Knoxville to discover all sorts of treats featuring the favorite red-and-white candy. From candy cane coffees at morning brunch to craft cocktails sipped by candlelight, you’ll find peppermint treats round almost every corner – along with plenty of gingerbread, cinnamon, cranberry, apple spice, and other holiday flavors. Plus, boutiques and gift shops feature peppermint-themed t-shirts, scented soaps, candles, and all kinds of holiday surprises. Explore the Sunsphere and see the Peppermint Trail from Knoxville’s Ultimate View!

Elf on the Shelf Adventure thru 1/8

Santa is sending Scout Elves to downtown Knoxville for a magical scavenger hunt in more than two dozen downtown businesses! And Saint Nick has granted these special elves permission to remain in Knoxville from now until Sunday, January 8, 2023.

You can pick up a North Pole Pass at Mast General Store or Knoxville Visitors Center to guide you through the adventure. Find 20 or more Scout Elves and register to win prizes. Happy holiday hunting!

Holidays on Ice thru 1/2

You’ll love ice skating in the heart of downtown Knoxville! The open-air ice rink is nestled under twinkling lights in Market Square day and night, seven days a week, for children and adults to skate the day away. Find online tickets, waivers, and more information at

Visit for more information on all these holiday events, a list of the participating vendors, along with convenient business links, and a handy “where to park” guide.