Black Friday Activities in Knoxville Other Than Shopping – Knoxville News Sentinel | Ad On Picture

Maybe you’d rather beat the crowds and skip the Black Friday shopping mayhem. Instead of running like mad for that on-trend sale item or waiting in long lines at the checkout, you could spend the day after Thanksgiving enjoying the fresh air of nature, literally bouncing off walls, or searching for magical elves. Here are a few things to do besides shop this Black Friday.

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Vacation activities in downtown Knoxville

Downtown Knoxville always offers fun and exciting new ways to enjoy the holiday season.  Visit for more information.

While everyone else is chasing sales, hunt down elves instead. Embark on a holiday tradition and take part in the Elf on the Shelf Adventure in downtown Knoxville. Pick up a North Pole Pass at the Mast General Store or visit Knoxville and discover the Elf at participating stores.

There are tons of things to do in downtown Knoxville this holiday season.

Ice skate in Market Square, follow the Peppermint Trail for special treats with a festive flavor, send a letter to Santa from the Paris Woodhull-painted post box in Market Square. You can also do an “elf-ie” in front of decorated shop windows, local artist Megan Lingerfelt’s winter mural in Strong Alley or artwork at the ice rink.

day after the Thanksgiving hike

Avoid the crowds and enjoy the fresh air. Visitors from across the state can take a hike at one of Tennessee’s many state parks after Thanksgiving. With over a dozen state parks in East Tennessee, there are several options for both guided and self-guided peaceful walks or wild hikes. There are trails for all ages and abilities. Note, however, that there is about a 60% chance of rain on Friday. Visit for a guide to getting started.

Indoor activities for families in Knoxville

Take the kids to Urban Air Adventure Park to burn off some energy.

Why kick off those Thanksgiving pounds when you can jump off them? Take the family to a trampoline and adventure park and spend hours bouncing off floors, climbing walls, ziplining, navigating high ropes courses or playing dodgeball. Urban Air and DEFY have all of these exciting activities and more.

If you’re looking for something more laid-back, a place like Topgolf in Farragut might offer post-Thanksgiving fun. Play a selection of high-tech golf games with the gang or enjoy a treat from the restaurant and bar.

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