Sights & Sounds of the Season Calendar

Carmen Musick • Nov 14, 2017 at 4:30 PM

The Sights & Sounds of the Season are in full swing. From concerts and parades to family fun and Christmas tree lighting events, there are plenty of activities to help get you - and keep you - in the holiday spirit. Here’s a list featuring many of the "Sights and Sounds" of the season. To add an event to the list, email cmusick@timesnews.net.


* Intercity Ballet of Kingsport presents “The Nutcracker” at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 8, and at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8-9, at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center Auditorium. Advance tickets available at Blue Ridge Properties, the Civic Auditorium and the Toy F. Reid Employee Center. If available, tickets can also be purchased at the door. Call (423) 246-2199.

* King University Choirs present a Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8, at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tenn., adjacent to the school’s main campus. The gift of music has been a King University tradition for the past 50 years. Admission is free and open to all; attendees are asked to bring food or funds to benefit the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry. For details, contact Pat Flannagan at (423) 652-4846 or wpflanna@king.edu.

* The East Tennessee State University Department of Music presents “Hark the Herald Angels Swing,” the fall jazz concert, at 8 p.m., Dec. 8, in the D.P. Culp University Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors and students and free for ETSU students with ID, and are available in advance at www.etsu.edu/music and in the Department of Music office, 100 Mathes Hall, as well as at the door. Call (423) 439-4276.

* Bristol Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8, and noon and 5:30 p.m., Dec. 9, at the Paramount Center for the Arts. For tickets, visit www.paramountbristol.com.

* Netherland Inn, located at 2144 Netherland Inn Road, will celebrate an “1818 Christmas” from 6 to 8 p.m., Dec. 8-9, and 2 to 4 p.m., Dec. 10. All proceeds from this event go toward maintenance and restoration of the Netherland Inn and Boatyard Complex as well as toward adding to the historic campus. Adults tickets are $10. Children under 6 are admitted free with a paying adult. Call (423) 677-3263 or visit www.TheNetherlandInn.com.

* The Bloomingdale Ruritan Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 9. The theme is “Let HIS word unwrap the magic of Christmas.” Lineup begins at 9 a.m. at Ketron Elementary School. First, second and third-place float awards of $100, $75 and $50. For details, call Jim Smallwood at (423) 288-4576 or Keith Ragsdale at (423) 288-4176.

* The June Tolliver Christmas Open House will be held Dec. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. Santa will make an appearance along with characters from “Beauty & the Beast.” There’ll be live music by Travis Kern with decorated trees and hors d’oeuvres by Union High School students.

* At Home with Santa will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 9 at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, International Storytelling Center and throughout downtown. Pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, children’s storytelling, games and more will all be taking place. Be sure to visit Santa Mart where children can purchase and wrap gifts for family members. The lighted Historic Jonesborough Christmas Parade will begin at 6 p.m. from Boone Street to Main Street. Immediately following the parade, make your way to the Courthouse for the Annual Turkey Toss and maybe you’ll be one of the lucky recipients to win a free Christmas turkey, sponsored by JAMSA.

* The Surgoinsville Christmas Parade will be held at 11 a.m., Dec. 9, along Main Street in Surgoinsville. Lineup at 10 a.m. Call (423) 345-2213.

* Museum of East Tennessee History will present its Holiday Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 9. Activities include live music, craft demonstrations and the sale of handmade items, free ornament and craft making for kids and holiday refreshments. Open house events are free and open to the public. The center is located at 601 South Gay Street in Knoxville.

* Tanasi Arts and Heritage Center will present its Christmas open house from noon to 4 p.m., Dec. 9, at the Town of Unicoi Visitor Information Center, 106 Unicoi Village Place, Unicoi, Tennessee. Learn the art of origami, natural bird feeders and nature-filled Christmas ornaments. Register to attend the free event by visiting www.tanasiarts.org/event-registration. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required. 

* The Blountville Christmas Parade will be held at 2 p.m., Dec. 9. Call (423) 323-4660 for details.

* The Mount Carmel Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m., Dec. 9. Lineup begins at 2 p.m. Call (423) 357-7311.

* The Kingsport Aquatic Center will present Santa’s South Pole Swim from 6 to 8 p.m., Dec. 9. See Santa, take a paddle board ride, play reindeer games, decorate a stocking and swim. Pre-registration is recommended to guarantee a stocking. Pre-registration cost is $5 per person. Day of event admission is $7 per person. Non-swimmers will be admitted for $2. Visit www.swimkingsport.com.

* The MECCA Christmas Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9 at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tenn. Performers include Choristers, East Tennessee Children’s Choir, Da Capo and Highlands Youth Ensemble. Visit www.meccacademy.org for updates of 2017-2018 concerts.

* The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra will present “Home for the Holidays” at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9 at Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus. Festivities include a presentation of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with Josh Smith and performances by Appalachian Express Chorus. 

* Amis Mill Historic Site and Visitor Center will present “A Colonial Christmas Tour” from 1 to 5 p.m., Dec. 9-10, at the Thomas Amis Home in Rogersville. Guests are to gather at the new (old) Blacksmith Cabin next to the Amis Home to check in and get tour assignments. Enjoy hot refreshments, cozy fireplace, live music and browse the Cherokee and Colonial vendor exhibits on the grounds. Guided tours leave on the hour. Saturday music by Gerald Sheppard. Sunday music by Steven and Jessica. Access parking via Amis Mill Eatery, 127 W. Bear Hollow Road, Rogersville and follow signs.Tickets are $10 per person.

* Junior League of Kingsport’s Christmas Tour of Homes will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 9 and from 1 to 5 p.m., Dec. 10. The tour features six historic homes decorated for Christmas. Tickets are $25. For details, visit the Junior League office at 418 Shelby Street in Kingsport or call (423) 245-1321.

* A Church Circle Christmas Advent Open House will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Dec. 10 with self-guided tours of sanctuaries adorned for the holidays, music and light refreshments. Participating churches include First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and First Broad Street United Methodist Church. A van will be available for those who need transport between the churches. The vans will leave from First Presbyterian and First Broad Street UMC.

* Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will present its Christmas concert, “Portraits of the Nativity,” at 7 p.m., Dec. 10 at the church, located at 800 Broad Street in Kingsport.


* The International Storytelling Center (ISC) will present two concerts by world-renowned folk musician John McCutcheon at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 11 in the ISC theater. Tickets are $20 and are expected to sell out quickly. Call (800) 952-8392 ext. 222 or (423) 913-1276.

* A 1940s Christmas Party featuring the Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra will be held at 6 p.m., Dec. 12 at the McKinney Center, located at 103 Franklin Avenue in Jonesborough. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are available at Jonesborough.com/tickets or call (423) 753-1010.

* Kingsport Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m., Dec. 15-16, and 2:30 p.m., Dec. 17, at the Wellmont Performing Arts Center on the campus of Northeast State Community College in Blountville. For ticket information, visit www.kingsportballet.org or call (423) 378-3967. Children ages 4-11 will enjoy the traditional Clara's Tea and Chocolate, which takes place just prior to the Dec. 16 performance. The tea party is from 5 to 6 p.m., and tickets are sold separately at $10 per child. Call Kingsport Ballet at (423) 378-3967 to purchase those.

* The Christmas Church Stroll will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, in Historic Jonesborough. Churches in the downtown historic district welcome you to come into their sanctuaries and see their beautiful holiday decorations and enjoy music, hand bells and more. Hosts will also be available at each location to tell you about the history and architecture of each church. Visit www.jbochristmas.com or call the Visitors Center at (423) 753-1010 for details.

* The Rogersville Arts Puppet Troupe will presents its Christmas show from 2 to 4 p.m., Dec. 16, at the Local Artists Gallery in Downtown Historic Rogersville. Includes a snack, take-home craft, Christmas sing-a-long and visit from Mrs. Claus. Tickets are $15 for one adult and one child. Additional children’s tickets are $10 each; additional adults are $5 each. Bring a letter to Santa and Mrs. Claus will deliver. Visit www.rogartscouncil.org, email at rogersvilleartscouncil@gmail.com, or call 423-293-0882.

* Highlands Youth Ensemble will present “Alleluia to the LIght of the World,” a service of Lessons and Carols at 3 p.m., Dec. 16 at Central Baptist Church in Johnson City. Visit www.meccacademy.org for updates of 2017-2018 concerts.

* The Civic Chorale, under the direction of music director Dr. Rodney Caldwell, will present its annual seasonal concert, “Christmas Around the World” at 7 p.m., Dec. 16 at First Presbyterian Church, 105 South Boone Street, Johnson City, Tenn. There is a suggested $10 donation at the door. To learn more, visit www.thecivicchorale.org.

* Oakley Cook presents the holiday classic, “It's a Wonderful Life,” at 2 p.m., Dec. 17, at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Admission is free.


* A Colonial Christmas will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Dec. 17-18 at Amis Mill Historic Settlement, 127 W. Bear Hollow Road in Rogersville. Tour the Thomas Amis estate and hear stories about the property. Tickets are $10 per person. No reservations required. For more details, call (423) 272-7040.

* The Kingsport Public Library will present a Polar Express Party at 4 p.m., Dec. 18. Come in your pajamas and listen to the book that started it all, then stick around for the movie. Call (423) 229-9366.

* A Tuba Christmas will be presented at 7 p.m., Dec. 18, at John Sevier Middle School Auditorium, 1200 Wateree Street in Kingsport. Registration is at 5 p.m. with rehearsal at 5:30 p.m. in the band room. Parking will be in school lot and around the perimeter of campus. Enter through the main entrance of the school and follow the signage to the Band Room for the Reg./Reh, & to the Auditorium for the Performance. Participant registration fee is $10. The conductor is Hunter Mullins. TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Call (423) 723-9132.


* Emmanuel Episcopal Church, located at 700 Cumberland Street, Bristol, Virginia, will open its doors to the community for the Annual Christmas Dinner from 4 to 6 p.m., Dec. 25, and will include all the traditional holiday dinner trimmings. Reservations are not necessary and there is no fee for the dinner. Everyone is welcome to partake in the joy of Christmas and share a wonderful meal and fun-filled evening of fellowship, entertainment and caroling. For additional details, call (276) 669-9488 or email emmanuelbristol@gmail.com.

* Warriors' Path State Park will present a "Light Up the Night" hike at 12:01 a.m., Jan. 1. The hike, lit with old-timey kerosene lanterns, is open to families. Children should bring a small flashlight. Meet at the pool parking lot, dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy hiking shoes. Free, but pre-registration is required. To register, call (423) 239-6786.


* Advance Financial has launched its annual food drive to benefit residents of ​Northeast Tennessee and other communities across the state. Donations may be dropped off in the collection box at its ​Kingsport (1104 East Stone Drive in Kingsport) from now through Dec. 12. Collections from ​Kingsport will be distributed to the community through a partnership with ​Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee​. The goal is to collect a minimum of 2,000 pounds of food.

* Barter Theatre will present "White Christmas," "Rudolph," "A Tuna Christmas" and "Santaland Diaries" in late November and December. Visit www.bartertheatre.com for show times and ticket prices.

* The Food City Pet Club will hold its annual Pet Hunger Drive from now through Jan. 2 throughout the supermarket chain. During the drive, shoppers are invited to purchase pre-packaged pet food bags for only $10. Once purchased, the bags can be deposited in the special collection bins located inside the store. 100 percent of the food donated benefits local animal shelters throughout Food City’s market area.

* The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra will be collecting toys for its Home for the Holidays Toys for Tots campaign, Dec. 4-9. Drop off new, unwrapped toys at the office at 172 W. Springbrook Drive in Johnson City. Call (423) 926-8742.

* Natural Tunnel State Park, Duffield, Va., presents “The Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel” at 6 p.m., Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 18-23. Enjoy live music, light concessions, complimentary marshmallows and campfires, visit with Santa, ride the chair lift and enjoy the lighted tunnel. 

* Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton will present its “Lamplight Christmas Wreath Exhibit” now through Jan. 7 in the park visitor’s center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 4:30 p.m., Sundays. Closed Mondays. Also on display: The Watauga Valley Art League’s Winterfest Art Show through Dec. 3. Call (423) 543-5808.

* Theater Bristol presents “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Fridays; 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., , Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m., Sundays, Dec. 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17 on the ARTspace stage. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and are available online at www.TheatreBristol.org.

* Rocky Mount, 200 Hyder Hill Road in Piney Flats, will present Candlelight Christmas tours on Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for children 6 and older and free for children under 5. Tours begin at 4:30 p.m. each day with new tours leaving every 15 minutes. The last tour leaves at 8 p.m. Each tour lasts about 1.5 hours. Call (423) 538-7396.

* Kingsport Theatre Guild will present “A Christmas Story” at 7 p.m., Dec. 8-9, Dec. 15-16 and at 2 p.m., Dec. 9-10 and Dec. 16-17 at the Renaissance Center Theater, 1200 East Center Street in Kingsport.

* The Pinnacle Speedway In Lights Powered by TVA, is open nightly from 6 to 10 p.m., Nov. 17 through Jan. 6, 2018, at Bristol Motor Speedway. The four-mile drive-through show, which features more than 2 million lights and over 200 animated displays, gives visitors the opportunity to take a lap around The Last Great Colosseum, as well as drive through Thunder Valley. This year, Speedway In Lights has added a new display, “Race to Space,” a 300-foot-long LED tunnel which offers visitors the experience of traveling through space. Admission is $15 for cars Sunday through Thursday and $20 for cars Friday and Saturday. Activity vans are $30 each night and large buses are $100.

* The Ice Rink at Bristol Motor Speedway will be open Nov. 16 through Jan. 14. Hours vary. Cost to skate is $5 per person, plus $2 for skate rental. For more details, visit www.speedwayinlights.org or call (423) 989-6924.

* Tweetsie Christmas, hosted by Tweetside Railroad, is held every Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24-Dec. 30. Enjoy a train ride through an enchanted land, visit with Santa, watch Christmas shows and more. Limited number of tickets available; advance tickets highly recommended. Trains run every half hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. Admission for adults and children is $38 per person. Visit https://tweetsie.com/special-events/tweetsie-christmas/

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