Festival of Trees lights up Christmas at the Courthouse

Mary Blount Elementary Handbell Choir members get together before their performance at Christmas as the Courthouse. From left are David Baker, Cessaine Seaton, Chance Morris, Aubrey Johnson and Kalli Knight.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

Mary Blount Elementary Handbell Choir members get together before their performance at Christmas as the Courthouse. From left are David Baker, Cessaine Seaton, Chance Morris, Aubrey Johnson and Kalli Knight.

Blount County’s Hometown Christmas celebrations once again provided a festive start to the holiday season with events to induce that warm, fuzzy feeling in folks young and old, including Christmas carols, hot chocolate, trees sparkling with homemade and heartfelt decorations, candy canes, train rides and, of course, Santa.

This 18th-annual Hometown Christmas Celebration featured a number of events, including the popular Christmas at the Courthouse and Festival of Trees.

On Dec. 3, the lawn of the Blount County Courthouse was illuminated with a display of live Christmas trees of all sizes, colors and decorative themes, representing the county’s businesses and organizations. The evening event, which was held in the lobby and on the lawn of the courthouse, included music, refreshments, visits with Santa and a children’s train ride down Ellis Avenue.

The East Maryville Baptist Church Student Choir and the bell choirs from Mary Blount Elementary and Townsend Elementary schools provided a little music to suit the holiday mood.

The 36 decorated trees will remain in place for a full month, allowing the community to enjoy the festival either by driving by or walking through for a closer look.

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