Inclement weather has postponed the Springbrook Splendor Hometown Christmas activities for tonight.
Planners today opted to go the rain date of 6:15 p.m. Tuesday for the Springbrook Splendor, said Cookie Crowson, assistant executive director for Maryville Alcoa Blount County Parks and Recreation.
The event is in the upper fields of Springbrook Park and is part of Parks and Rec’s Hometown Christmas activities. There will be a hayride, entertainment by the Alcoa Singers, the Alcoa Elementary School Christmas Choir and Matthew Dixon, refreshments and a visit from Santa.
Hometown Christmas is an annual, four-night event. It began Saturday night, Nov. 28, with H.O.M.E. for Christmas tree lighting at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, sponsored by the Hall Oldfield Maryville Empowerment, Inc.
After Springbrook Splendor on Tuesday night, Hometown Christmas continues Thursday night, Dec. 3, and again Monday evening, Dec. 7.
Hometown Christmas is sponsored by Parks and Rec and Blount Today.
Christmas at the Courthouse and Festival of Trees
• 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Blount County Courthouse
The lawn of the Blount County Courthouse will be illuminated with a display of live Christmas trees of all sizes, colors, and decorative themes. This unique month-long event allows the community to enjoy the festival either by driving by or walking through for a closer look. The official opening of the Festival will take place on the Courthouse lawn and will include music, refreshments, visits with Santa Claus, and train rides for the children.
Entertainment planned for the evening includes The East Maryville Baptist Student Church Choir and the bell choirs from Mary Blount Elementary and Townsend Elementary. The will be 36 Christmas trees decorated by different businesses and organizations on the lawn of the courthouse.
• 6:30 p.m.: Tree lighting and musical entertainment.
• 7 p.m.: Open house in the lobby of the courthouse with light refreshments. The Blount County Fire Department will then bring Santa Claus in and children will be able to visit with him on the front lawn of the courthouse. There will also be train rides down Ellis Avenue.
Illumination of the Greenbelt
• 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7 at the Pistol Creek Station
The Maryville Tree Lighting ceremony is at the pedestrian bridge at Pistol Creek Station leading to the Blount County Public Library. The program will feature music, refreshments, a candy hunt for children ages 2 to12 and visits with Santa Claus in the Blount County Public Library at the end of the event.
Crowson said entertainment planned for the evening includes two new groups - the City Carolers, an adult choir made up of employees of Maryville, and All About Jazz, a youth show choir.
There will be a candy hunt for children in the Greenbelt, and Santa arrives on the Sanitation Santa truck. Santa will make his way across the pedestrian bridge to the rotunda of the Blount County Public Library where there will be free digital photos with children.
Rain date is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8.