Annual Oak Ridge Tree Lighting Ceremony set for Dec. 2

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (Nov. 22, 2021) – The City of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department will hold its Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 2, 2021, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Pavilion in A.K. Bissell Park.

The tree, a Norway Spruce, was presented by the Oak Ridge Woman’s Club to the City and has become part of a growing community tradition.

The event will kick off at the outdoor, A.K. Bissell Park Pavilion with seasonal music and the Park Board Awards ceremony. There will also be light refreshments provided by Y-12 Federal Credit Union and the Park Board.

Following the program, participants will proceed to the Secret City Commemorative Walk on the east side of the Oak Ridge Public Library parking area for a brief ceremony ending with the tree lighting.

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).

For more information, visit the City of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department website at, call (865) 425-3450 for additional information on special events and programs, or email