REMINDER: Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Set for December 6


The City of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department has updated plans for the Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting set for Friday, December 6. The event will now begin at 6 p.m. in A.K. Bissell Park, 30 minutes earlier than previously announced.

The order of events has also been updated so that the tree lighting kicks off the event in the Secret City Commemorative Walk area on the east side of the Oak Ridge Public Library parking lot. At the conclusion of the tree lighting, participants will proceed to the outdoor pavilion stage located behind the Oak Ridge Civic Center for holiday music and refreshments.

The entire program will take place outside in the park (weather permitting). Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately. In the event of rain, the music program will take place in the Civic Center’s Shep Lauter Room (gymnasium).

A shuttle cart will be available for guests that need assistance to and from the parking area. Seating will be provided by the pavilion stage. Seasonal music this year is provided by the Linden Elementary School Choir and the Oak Ridge Community Band. Refreshments will be provided by UCOR and the Recreation and Parks Advisory Board.

Visit the City of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department website at or call (865) 425-3450 for additional information on special events and programs.