Hometown Christmas: Festival of Trees

Music, trees bring special glow to courthouse lawn

The third event in Blount County’s Hometown Christmas brought the festivities to the Blount County Courthouse on Thursday, Nov. 29, and more than 300 came to help celebrate. The courthouse lawn, however, was filled with decorators long before the evening fell on Thursday.

Community groups, schools, volunteers gathered to decorate their trees for the Hometown Christmas Festival of Trees. The trees will be showcased on the courthouse lawn until Jan. 2.

Official lighting of the sponsor tree -- which was decorated for Blount Today by their adopt-a-school partner, Maryville High School -- took place amid a flurry of seasonal sounds. Musical guests included the festive and moving songs from the Hometown Choir, the ever-amazing talents of the Mary Blount Bell Choir and a show-stopping performance by Janice Cunningham.

The annual Pride of Tennessee award was presented by Blount County mayor Jerry Cunningham to Stone and Gloria Carr for their community involvement.

Following the tree lighting and performances, visitors were invited inside for refreshments, had an opportunity to visit with Santa and take a train ride.

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