The grand finale of the Hometown Christmas events took place as December eased in, giving Blount Countians a whole month to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays. On Monday, Dec. 3, the fourth Hometown Christmas event took place in a new place when the City of Maryville celebrated the lighting of the trees at Pistol Creek Station, near the Blount County Public Library.
The event encompassed many holiday traditions. Counting down with Maryville Mayor Joe Swann, the lights went on and a magnificent, stately tree holds court at the crest of the pedestrian bridge at Pistol Creek Station. Foothills Intermediate School and East Maryville Baptist Celebration Choir sang traditional carols, and the candy hunt had youngster scrambling for goodies. Radio personality and hometowner Walker Johnson was the master of ceremonies and read the Christmas story from the Bible, Luke, chapter 2.
The event was the last of the four Hometown Christmas events sponsored by Maryville Alcoa Blount County Parks and Recreation and Blount Today. Joe Huff, executive director of Parks and Rec, said each of the events went well.
He added he liked the new venue for the city’s festivities. “It creates a little more intimate atmosphere.”
City manager Greg McClain said the event was fun. “It has put me in the Christmas spirit,” he said.
When the Maryville event was moved years ago to the amphitheater in Bicentennial Greenbelt Park behind the Blount County Courthouse, plans were to move it back to the site across from the Blount County Public Library as soon as the pedestrian bridge was completed.
“We wanted to bring the tree lighting back here,” said McClain. “It’s the perfect location.”