KNOXVILLE — After scaling the event back last year due to COVID-19, a Knoxville holiday tradition is back to its original splendor.

Living Windows, Knoxville’s annual kick-off to the holiday season will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 5-8 p.m. in downtown Knoxville. The town square, including many storefront windows, will be decorated for the theme of “A Storybook Christmas."

The festivities will kick off with the annual tree lighting ceremony on the Marion County Courthouse lawn at 5:30 p.m., with an appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Following the tree lighting is the return of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce’s “Snowball Drop”. Each ball dropped will have a number that corresponds to a local business providing deals. All snowballs will be dropped in downtown Knoxville and can be redeemable throughout the holiday shopping season, beginning on Small Business Saturday – Saturday, November 27, through Christmas Eve.

Throughout the evening there will be many activities for children and local community and school groups will be featured in many of the windows and businesses around the square. Many downtown businesses will be open late and offering special discounts and promotions. A wreath auction benefiting the Knoxville Federated Garden Club will be held in the Marion County Courthouse from 5-7:30 p.m. Horse-drawn carriage rides can be enjoyed throughout the evening as well.

More information can be found on Facebook by searching for Living Windows - Knoxville, Iowa.

Living Windows is presented by the Knoxville Area Merchants and THRIVE Knoxville, a non-profit organization that serves as an incubator, promotor, and champion of local events and strategic action undertaken to intentionally improve the image, attitudes, and perceptions of Knoxville on behalf of current and prospective residents, businesses, organizations, and visitors.

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