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Happenings: Sights and Sounds of the Season

• Dec 3, 2015 at 4:30 PM

From parades to Christmas tree lightings to holiday home tours, the next few weeks will offer plenty of events to keep the spirit of the season going strong. Here’s a list of events happening throughout the region:

Ongoing Events

• Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will present “Miracle on 34th Street” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, and at 2 p.m., Sundays, through Dec. 20. Tickets are $16, general admission; $14, students/seniors. Call (423) 753-1010 or www.jonesboroughtheatre.com.

• The Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center and Old Town Emporium Gift Shop will host their annual Celebration of Trees through Dec. 20. This year’s exhibit features eight trees in the gift shop and lobby area, each sponsored and decorated by area individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations. Admission is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call (423) 753-1010 or visit www.historicjonesborough.com.

 The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park’s 20th Annual Festival of Trees will continue through Dec. 31 at the museum in Big Stone Gap, Va. Eighty-one groups donated their time and talent to decorate trees on all four floors. Visitors may tour the trees during regular museum hours and during special “night viewings” on Dec. 12, 19 and 26 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Regular admission rates apply; group rates are available for parties of 10 or more. Call (276) 523-1322 for more information.

 The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights Powered by TVA will continue through Jan. 2 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Visitors begin their journey at the Bristol Dragway entrance just off Highway 394. The route features more than 200 individual exhibits decorating the storied banks of the half-mile track, the straightaways of legendary Thunder Valley and hundreds of acres of BMS property. Character Nights are held on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring appearances by various superheroes and princesses. Admission is $12 for cars Sunday through Thursday, and $15 for cars Friday and Saturday. Activity vans are $20 each and buses are $85. The event is open daily from 6 to 10 p.m., including Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Call (423) 989-6900 or visit www.speedwayinlights.org for more information.

 Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield, Va., will hold its annual Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel from 6 to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, through Jan. 2. Experience thousands of Christmas lights during a chairlift ride down the mountain to the mouth of the tunnel, along with live music, hot chocolate and marshmallows by the fire, visits with Santa, and tales of what Christmas was like 200 years ago told by period-dressed historians from the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association. Parking is $4 per vehicle; cost of the chairlift is $3 per person, with children 6 and younger riding free.

• LampLight Theatre will present “A Midwinter’s Carol” at 7 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays through Dec. 20, with additional matinee performances at 2 p.m., Dec. 19, and at 3 p.m., Dec. 20. Doors open one hour prior to the show. A suggested donation for each show is $10 for adults; $5 for students. Children 5 and under are admitted free. A love offering will be taken at each production. For reservations, call (423) 343-1766 or visit www.lamplighttheatre.com.

Week of Dec. 14-20

The Sullivan County Humane Society will hold an Ugly Sweater Party at 5 p.m., Dec. 16 at Sleepy Owl Brewery in Kingsport. There will be live music by Adam Lawson beginning at 6 p.m., an ugly sweater contest, a 50/50 raffle and a selection of stocking stuffers for sale. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and include one beer (or soda) from the Brewery and a barbeque dinner from Backdraft BBQ. Tickets are available at Sleepy Owl Brewery or online at www.sullivancountyhumanesociety.com. All ages are welcome, as well as leashed and well-socialized dogs. Proceeds benefit the Sullivan County Humane Society and their SNIP program.

• The Gray Library will host its book club meeting featuring “Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past” by Sharyn McCrumb at 2 p.m., Dec. 17. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Call (423) 477-1550.

• New Song’s “Very Merry Christmas Tour” will make a stop at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville at 7 p.m., Dec. 17. Tickets are $25, $30 and $35. Call (423) 638-1679 or visit www.npacgreeneville.com for tickets or more information.

• Kingsport Ballet will present “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m, Dec. 18-19 and at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 20 at the Wellmont Performing Arts Center at Northeast State Community College. Ticket prices range from $10-$20. Clara’s Tea and Chocolate for children ages 4-11 will be held at 5 p.m., Dec. 19, and tickets are sold separately. Tea party tickets are $10 per child. Call (423) 378-3967 or visit www.kingsportballet.org.

• MECCA’s Highlands Youth Ensemble will present its Christmas concert at 6 p.m., Dec. 19 at Central Church of Christ in Johnson City. For details, visit www.meccacademy.org.

Week of Dec. 21-27

• Emmanuel Episcopal Church’s 34th Annual Christmas Dinner will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Dec. 25, at the church located at 700 Cumberland Street in Bristol, Va. Reservations are not necessary and there is no fee for the dinner. Call (276) 669-9488 or email them at [email protected]

To submit an event for the list, email it to Carmen Musick at [email protected]

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