Hometown Christmas came to Alcoa twice as Springbrook Splendor, traditionally the first event of a trio of Hometown Christmas festivities, moved over to let a new event kick-off the celebrations.
No worries, however. Not even a rain postponement kept this holiday tradition down. The rainy Monday was forgotten when Tuesday evening fell, and the season kicked off at Springbrook Park.
Centerpiecing the celebration was the lighting of the Alcoa Christmas tree on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Other activities included musical performances by Edna Riddick, the Alcoa Elementary Thursday Trebles and Tuesday Choir and the singing group Hannah featuring Hannah Seiple.
Joe Huff, executive director of Maryville Alcoa Blount County Parks and Recreation, said Springbrook Splendor is different from the other Hometown Christmas event. “It has that small community feel, and the community supports it very well each year,” he said.
Huff said the residents from the surrounding neighborhood always show up for the tree lighting. “ That makes it have more of a Christmas feel and with the children, choirs and local music,” he said. “It’s like an old-fashion Christmas.
“This year was great. It was well attended. After we canceled it the first night, the weather turned out great on Tuesday. We couldn’t have asked for a better night.”
As part of Hometown Christmas, Springbrook Splendor is sponsored by Parks & Rec and Blount Today.