KINGSPORT — The annual downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration will take place at Church Circle on Saturday, Dec. 7, with festivities beginning at 5 p.m.
There will be carriage rides, hot chocolate and cider and many other treats available near Church Circle.
The annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest will take place on stage at 5:45 p.m. and winners will be decided by crowd applause. The winner of this contest will receive a $50 gift card to Downtown Kingsport and a trophy for the bragging rights for the ugliest Christmas Sweater in Kingsport. You may pre-register for this event at the Downtown Kingsport Association, 229 Broad St., or the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 400 Clinchfield St.
Regions Bank is sponsoring the 9th annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. The Gingerbread House Contest winners will be announced on stage at 6:45 p.m. and the houses will be on display inside Regions Bank throughout the event. Gingerbread houses will also be on display from Dec. 1 through Jan. 3 at Regions Bank, 415 Broad St. Cash prizes will be given to the winners of the Gingerbread Contest on Dec. 7 immediately following the lighting of the tree.
Santa is scheduled to arrive at Regions Bank at 5:30 p.m. via convertible with police escort. He will be located inside Regions Bank until 8 p.m. taking photos and visiting with children at the Snowflake Village.
The Dobyns-Bennett High School Marching Band will be in attendance at this years’ celebration. The band is scheduled to march to Church Circle around 6:15 p.m. In addition, Jamen Denton with Wise Old River is scheduled to take the stage at Church Circle at 6:30 p.m.
Tri-Summit Bank will be offering hot cider and gingerbread while passing out candles at 6:30 p.m. for the candlelight ceremony, and then gearing up for the grand celebration at 7 p.m.
After the Christmas Tree has been lit, there are two other events that will take place. Northeast State Community College will be hosting an Acoustic Christmas show, sponsored by Northeast State’s Cultural Activities Committee. Wise Old River will be headlining the event, and the Rose Sisters will kick off the show. Northeast State’s Service Club is asking those that attend to please bring a toy for children of any age. The club plans to give toys to needy children at Christmas. The event will be held at the auditorium at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education and there is no cost to attend.
In addition, LampLight Theatre will present “The Indescribable Gift — The Story of St. Nicholas.” This is a musical presented in Victorian fashion based on the real person of St. Nicholas and the events surrounding his life and love for those in need. This event will be held at LampLight Theatre in Downtown Kingsport, 140 Broad St., and the cost to attend is $10 for adults, $5 for students and children under 6 are admitted free.
For more information, contact the Downtown Kingsport Association at (423) 246-6550 or visit www.downtownkingsport.org.