KNOXVILLE, Tenn.  — Knox County’s 18th annual Holiday Festival of Lights at The Cove at Concord Park kicks off Friday, Dec. 16 and runs through Friday, Dec. 30, excluding Christmas Day. The three-quarter-mile greenway trail will be illuminated nightly from 6 to 9 p.m. The Cove is located at 11808 S. Northshore Drive.

The Holiday Festival of Lights has grown over the past few years with illuminated displays and a series of lights coordinated to music. Visitors walk the three-quarter mile greenway trail to view the lights. Pets on leashes are welcome.

Wood Oven Eats Catering will be onsite with kettle corn, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, cotton candy, ribbon fries, funnel cakes, cinnamon glazed nuts and other refreshments for sale.

The park staff at The Cove does all the decorating, which includes placing displays, adding several thousand lights to trees and building bonfires for roasting marshmallows.

The event is free, but Knox County will collect non-perishable food items for The Love Kitchen. The Love Kitchen provides meals, clothing and emergency food packages to the homebound, homeless and unemployed.

The 2016 Holiday Festival of Lights is sponsored by B97.5, the Knox County Mayor’s Office and Knox County Parks & Recreation.