knoxville christmas*Christmas is a time of wonder for both children and adults, and the city of Knoxville doesn’t hold back when it comes to providing a wide range of fun and unique activities during the holiday season.

During Knoxville’s “Christmas in the City”, residents and visitors can spend the day shopping for unique gifts at the vast array of shops, watching parades, ice skating, or gasping at light displays, as KnoxvilleTennessee.com explains.

While this is a time to celebrate and enjoy all of the sights and sounds Knoxville has to offer during the holidays, it is also a time to be safe, so you can truly enjoy this holiday season. Here are three can’t miss activities and safety tips for spending Christmas in Knoxville:

Holiday on Ice

If your family associates the holiday season with ice skating followed by sipping hot chocolate, Knoxville’s outdoor ice rink is open daily, including Christmas day, according to its website KnoxvillesHolidaysOnIce.com. The ice skating rink is located in Market Square, so you can spend time browsing the unique shops before or after your time on the ice. This is an outdoor activity in Knoxville, so make sure to avoid getting frostbite by dressing warm. Encourage kids to wear a hat the entire time they are on the ice to prevent earaches and if your family are beginning skaters, consider wearing knee pads and helmets to avoid serious injuries if you fall.

Train Rides

If you and your children have ever wanted to experience the thrill of taking a train to the “North Pole”, or have watched the movie “The Polar Express” and wondered what it would be like to have a journey like that, The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR.com) will bring your dreams to life. The railroad offers several different Christmas themed train rides, including riding the Polar Express, where guests enjoy hot cocoa and reading along to the story. The Christmas Express has Santa as a passenger and the North Pole Limited journeys through light displays, before stopping to pick up Santa. This is a wonderful experience for families, but remember to be safe when purchasing your tickets. There are typically big crowds for these events, so if you end of having your wallet stolen, there are a few important steps to take. After the incident, first check with the depot staff to make sure you didn’t drop it and someone turned it in. If no one turned it in, contact the police to report it as stolen. Then contact your bank and credit card companies to file a report.

Christmas Wonderland

No holiday season is complete without driving around to look at all of the lights and displays. For a unique music and light display, visit Shadrack Watersports and RV (ShadrackChristmas.com).This is a drive-through display with hundreds of lights that have been synchronized to music. Your family can enjoy the experience of seeing a wide range of displays, all in the same location. Keep in mind that this is a busy attraction and the streets may be slick, so drive carefully, leave your headlights on (even during the daylight hours), and avoid accidents by using driver safety measures.