Convention Center makes its holiday transformation

Convention Center makes its holiday transformation

📅November 24th, 2015, 10:22

Home for CANsgivingThis weekend, the Knoxville Convention Center completed its annual transformation into a holiday season wonderland centered on the spirit of giving. Messer Construction Co.’s “Holiday Canstruction” is back for the third year and benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, while the 31st Annual Fantasy of Trees, presented by Delta Dental, returns to raise money for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

Watching volunteers from nine teams of local businesses set up carefully constructed canned good sculptures Friday was a real treat, and the finished products are amazing. There’s a gingerbread house, abominable snowman and even a Griswold family Christmas scene – all composed of more than 30,000 cans that will head to Second Harvest after the event ends Dec. 3.

4201 CANdy Cane LaneEach and every can donated through Canstruction can make a huge difference here in East Tennessee. Approximately 200,000 people in the area fall within the income level of being at-risk of going hungry, and the need is especially great around the holiday season.

The Canstruction exhibition will remain on display free to view during Convention Center hours, and photos of each sculpture can be viewed, liked and shared on Facebook.

Photo Nov 23, 10 07 43 AMBut that’s not all! We also are the host for the always fantastic Fantasy of Trees. This year’s theme, “An East Tennessee Christmas,” is sure to make all visitors feel at home.

Fantasy of Trees has raised more than $7 million over the years to provide medical equipment to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The Convention Center looks beautiful with trees and decorations that perfectly capture the comfort of the holiday season in our region. The exhibit is open Nov. 25-29 with a variety of activities and entertainment for visitors of all ages.

Photo Nov 23, 10 06 28 AMThe Knoxville Convention Center is honored to spread holiday spirit through events that give back to the community each year. Being able to see thousands of volunteers from our community come together to better the lives of others is an indescribable feeling and one of many things that makes Knoxville a wonderful place to spend the holidays.