🎄The “Spirit of the Season Bazaar” will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at Elmcroft Senior Living in Bristol to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. About 30 vendors offering hand-made seasonal and craft items, specialty gifts and a wide variety of home décor and jewelry attend each year. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase. To register as a vendor, call (423) 943-8192 or email [email protected]
🎄The International Storytelling Center’s Storytelling Live! Series presents The Uncalled for Trio, featuring Bill Lepp, Kim Weitkamp and Andy Offutt Irwin with a brand new set of holiday stories and songs titled “Holiday Blunderland,” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Admission is $20. Reservations are strongly recommended; walk-in seating available if tickets remain. Refreshments follow all shows. For tickets or group reservations, call (800) 952-8392, ext. 222, or (423) 913-1276.
🎄“Candlelight Christmas” tours will begin at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 13-14 and continue every 15 minutes until 8 p.m. at Rocky Mount State Historic Site in Piney Flats. Travel back in time to Christmas Eve 1791, listen to stories, watch the dances, listen to traditional music and enjoy coffee, hot cocoa and other goodies. Visitors should dress for the weather. Reservations are strongly recommended. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for children. Group rates are available. Call (423) 538-7396 or visit www.rockymountmuseum.com.
🎄Christmas at Netherland Inn will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and 2 to 4 p.m., Dec. 8. Step back in time to enjoy an 1818 Christmas with live music, light refreshments, holiday decorations and more. Tickets are $10 at the door with a $30 maximum per family.
🎄“Christmas in the Country,” featuring more than two dozen regional vendors, returns to Exchange Place, 4812 Orebank Road, Kingsport, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7. Admission is free. The traditional yule log ceremony begins around 4:15 p.m. Carols and wassail close out the day. Call (423) 288-6071 or [email protected]
🎄The third annual Blountville Christmas Market, hosted by Friends of the Blountville Library, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7, in the gymnasium at Blountville Christian Church, 1680 Blountville Blvd. More than 50 vendors offering personalized crafts, clothing, jewelry, fudge and more. To learn more, call (423) 279-2714 or email [email protected] or [email protected]
🎄 David Crockett Birthplace State Park will host Crockett Christmas featuring Christmas crafts, refreshments and a candlelight walk to the homestead for yuletide singing from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Also, a ribbon cutting will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 for its Storybook Trail followed by visits from Santa from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Visitor Center. All of the events are free.
🎄 Christmas at Allandale runs from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 7 to 12, and free for children 6 and under. The self-guided tours normally take about 30 minutes to an hour. There’ll be antique toys, cookies and hot wassail. Santa Claus will be at the mansion from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
🎄 Church Hill’s Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and runs from the Church Hill Senior Center on Main to the Church Hill Nursing Home.
🎄Intercity Ballet Theatre hosts Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Model City Event Center, 201 East Center Street, Kingsport. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Centre for the Performing Arts (727 Eastman Road) or Holloway Dance Studio (2605 East Center Street). Call (423) 246-2199 or (423) 246-8541.
🎄“Visions of Christmas: 1860” will be held from 2 to 6 p.m., Dec. 7, at Tipton-Haynes, located at 2620 South Roan Street in Johnson City. Be a guest of the Landon Carter Haynes family as they begin their celebrations for the holiday season. Witness living history demonstrations, purchase holiday pastries and enjoy punch in the visitor center before the start of your candlelight Christmas tour. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children under 12. Group rates available. Call (423) 926-3631 or email [email protected] for reservations. Tours begin at 2:15 p.m. and continue every 20 minutes until the last tour at 5:55 p.m.
🎄The Wise Kiwanis Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. Dec 7 on Main Street.
🎄 The Elf Shop is open from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at The Loft Yoga Studio, 207 East Main St., Rogersville, to give children an opportunity to purchase gifts priced from $1 to $5 (with gift wrapping included). All Elf Shop proceeds benefit Rogersville Main Street Beautification Program.
🎄Symphony of the Mountains and Voices of the Mountains will present “By the Fireside” at 3 p.m., Dec. 7 at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport. The annual family favorite features festive carols and holiday selections. Guests include Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy, Academy of Strings and the Mountain Mission School Choir. Santa will also make an appearance. Traditional cookie and punch reception, sponsored by the Women’s Symphony Committee, follows the concert. Tickets are $25 with all children and students admitted free in select sections. Group discounts available. Call (423) 392-8423 or visit www.symphonyofthemountains.org.
🎄The Kingsport Public Library invites families to a special holiday-filled story time from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 at Glen Bruce Park.
🎄The Downtown Kingsport Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting will be held from 3 to 9 p.m., Dec. 7. Family fun and photos with Santa begin at 3 p.m. followed by live entertainment at 5 p.m. and the lighted night parade at 6 p.m. The tree lighting ceremony at Church Circle will immediately follow the parade.
🎄 Rogersville’s “All American Christmas” parade is at 4 p.m. Dec. 7 in downtown Rogersville. A tree lighting in front of the Hawkins County Courthouse follows the parade.
🎄East Tennessee State University’s Holiday Choral Concert, “Amid the Winter’s Snow,” will be presented at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 E. Market St., Johnson City. Seating is limited and advanced ticket purchases are recommended. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students. Visit www.etsu.edu/music or call (423) 439-4276.
🎄The Colors of Christmas Progressive Dinner hosted by the Heritage Alliance will take place in Jonesborough on Dec. 7 with seating times are available at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Now in its 42nd year, the Progressive Dinner combines fine food, history and entertainment. This year, the evening begins at the historic Oak Hill School. Each of the following courses is set in a former school including Academy Hill, the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School, and the Warner Institute, an 1850s brick structure that is now a private home. Tickets are $85 per person. Online ticket ordering is available at jonesborough.com/tickets. You can also make a reservation by calling (423) 753-1010.
🎄Christmas at the Cabin, hosted by the Unicoi History Group and Town of Unicoi, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Bogart-Bowman Cabin, located at 5012 Unicoi Drive. Includes a candy cane hunt, hearthside Christmas stories, tree lighting and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The event is free.
🎄 Christmas at the Mansion is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Canton Hall, 826 W. Main Blvd., Church Hill. Includes a live nativity, Christmas carols, a tree lighting, KidZone, gingerbread house decorating contest and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Refreshments will be available. The winners of the East Hawkins Christmas Tour of Homes (a driving tour featuring 10 homes) will be announced.
🎄The Dungannon Christmas Parade will be held at 5 p.m., Dec. 7 with the tree lighting and events to follow the parade. Lineup at 4:30 p.m. at Black Diamond Market.
🎄 St. Paul’s “12 Days of Christmas” Parade, hosted by Kiwanis Club of St. Paul and Castlewood, begins at 5 p.m. Dec. 7. It runs from A.R. Matthews Park along 4th Avenue and Wise Street to Johnnie Ramey Drive.
🎄The Gate City “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” Christmas Parade will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7, beginning with lineup at 4:30 p.m. at Gate City Fire Station. The parade proceeds down Kane Street and onto Jackson in Gate City.
🎄Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver will perform beloved holiday and spiritual favorites as well as original works during their annual show at 7 p.m. Dec. 7, at the Regional Center for Performing Arts on Northeast State Community College’s Blountville campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the box office on campus or online at www.northeaststate.edu/boxoffice.
WEEK OF DEC. 8
🎄 “Stories of Christmas” will be celebrated from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Storytelling Resource Place, 104 Spring Street, Jonesborough. Intended for audiences ages 7 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. There’ll be stories of the Christmas season, hot cocoa with peppermint sticks, and gingerbread cooking decorating for children. Admission is $5 per family; available at the door. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.
🎄Christmas at Netherland Inn will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Step back in time to enjoy an 1818 Christmas with live music, light refreshments, holiday decorations and more. Tickets are $10 at the door with a $30 maximum per family.
🎄Hammond House in Kingsport will host a Victorian Christmas from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Music, costumed carolers, history of the house and more. Donations welcome. Hammond House is located at 121 Shirley Street in Kingsport.
🎄Church Circle’s Christmas Advent Open House is from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8. The free, self-guided tours of sanctuaries adorned for the holidays will include stops at First Baptist, First Christian, First Presbyterian, Holy Trinity Lutheran, St. Paul’s Episcopal and First Broad Street United Methodist churches in downtown Kingsport. There will be music and light refreshments at each location.
🎄The Downtown Kingsport Association’s Holiday Loft Tours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8. The self-guided walking tour includes six downtown lofts. No children under 12. Maps can be picked up on the day of the tour beginning at 1:30 p.m. from Blue Ridge Properties, 321 Broad Street, in Kingsport. Tickets are $25. Visit freshtix.com and search for Kingsport events.
🎄Symphony of the Mountains and Voices of the Mountains will present “By the Fireside” at 3 p.m., Dec. 8, at Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. The annual family favorite features festive carols and holiday selections. Guests include Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy, Academy of Strings and the Mountain Mission School Choir. Santa will also make an appearance. Traditional cookie and punch reception, sponsored by the Women’s Symphony Committee, follows the concert. Tickets are $25 with all children and students admitted free in select sections. Group discounts available. Call (423) 392-8423 or visit www.symphonyofthemountains.org.
🎄Norton’s “In the Christmas Spirit” parade and tree lighting ceremony begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 on Park Avenue.
🎄The Annual Feast of Joy Christmas Dinner, a fundraising event for The Shepherd’s Inn, will be held at 6 p.m., Dec. 9, at Elizabethton’s First Baptist Church, 212 E. F Street. Hors d’oeuvres, contributed by area restaurants, are served at 6 p.m. followed by dinner prepared by Chef Eric Hoglund, retired Executive Chef of the Johnson City Country Club, at 6:30 p.m. The dinner is served by Carter County 4-H students. The Shepherd’s Inn is a safe house and emergency shelter for women and their children escaping domestic violence settings and is supported by community gifts. Tickets for The Feast of Joy are $20 each and additional contributions are welcomed. Seating is limited, so reservations are required. Call (423) 543-1931.
🎄 The Tusculum University Community Chorus presents its annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center on the Greeneville campus. The concert is free. However, donations will be accepted. Call (423) 798-1620.
🎄 Leadership Kingsport presents “Tis the Season” from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at The Tavern at Ridgefields. Limited tickets available. Tickets are $32 and include admission and two drinks. Email [email protected] or call (423) 392-8820.
🎄The 25th Annual Community Christmas Program will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 11, at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va. The preshow begins at 6:30 p.m. The program, “Merry Up,” will feature performances by Eugene Wolf, The Brother Boys, Momma Molasses, The Ladybirds, Lightnin’ Charlie, Fire in the Kitchen, The Bailey Mountain Cloggers, Dr. William Handy and Friends, Sandra Parker, Emory & Henry Grace Notes, Adam Bolt, Emory & Henry Choristers and more. The show raises funds for Christmas turkeys and hams for those in need. Tickets are $10 per person and are available by calling (276) 628-3991. Guests are encouraged to bring a toy for Toys for Tots or canned goods for Faith in Action.
🎄 Intercity Ballet Theatre will present “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14 at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center Theatre. School performances at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 12-13. Tickets for the evening performances are on sale at the Centre for the Performing Arts, Holloway Studio and the Toy F. Reid Employee Center. Visit www.intercityballet.org or call (423) 246-2199.
🎄The International Storytelling Center’s Storytelling Live! Series presents Tim Lowry’s beloved presentation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13. Admission is $20. Reservations are strongly recommended; walk-in seating available if tickets remain. Refreshments follow all shows. For tickets or group reservations, call (800) 952-8392, ext. 222, or (423) 913-1276.
🎄Grammy and Dove award-winning artist David Phelps will present “It Must Be Christmas” at 7 p.m., Dec. 13, at First Baptist Church, 200 West Church Circle, in Kingsport. To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit www.ticketbud.com or www.davidphelps.com.
🎄“Candlelight Christmas” tours will begin at 4:30 p.m., Dec. 13-14 and continue every 15 minutes until 8 p.m. at Rocky Mount State Historic Site in Piney Flats. Travel back in time to Christmas Eve 1791, listen to stories, watch the dances, listen to traditional music and enjoy coffee, hot cocoa and other goodies. Visitors should dress for the weather. Reservations are strongly recommended. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for children. Group rates are available. Call (423) 538-7396 or visit www.rockymountmuseum.com.
🎄Keep Kingsport Beautiful’s Holiday Lights Bus Tour will depart at 6 p.m., Dec. 13-14 and Dec. 20-21, and last approximately three hours each night. Tickets are $7 and all proceeds benefit Keep Kingsport Beautiful. Lap children age 2 and under ride free. Seating is limited. Visit freshtix.com and search for Kingsport events.
🎄Surgoinsville Middle School presents “Frozen Jr.” at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 15 in the school auditorium. Tickets are $5 each. Advanced reserved seating goes on sale Dec. 9.
🎄The Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum in Jonesborough will host a holiday card making event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 14. The museum will supply materials, and visitors can stop in and make a holiday card inspired by the Victorian period. The program is free and designed for all ages. In addition, the museum will have 19th century holiday decorations on display in its restored parlor, dining and lodging rooms, beginning the first week of December. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, and from 1 to 5 p.m., Sundays. Admission is free. Call (423) 753-9580 or (423) 753-4580. Or visit www.heritageall.org.
🎄Surgoinsville’s Christmas Parade begins at 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at First United Methodist Church.
🎄 Mountain Home National Cemetery’s Wreaths Across America remembrance ceremony begins at noon Dec. 14. Visitors are asked to arrive 15 minutes early. Following the ceremony, volunteers will lay wreaths at graves of our country’s fallen soldiers and speak their names aloud.
🎄Amis Mill Colonial Christmas runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Amis Mill Historic Site in Rogersville. Tours — each lasting about an hour — begin at 1 p.m. The eatery will also be open and serving a special Christmas fare. A $10 contribution is requested for the tour with proceeds going toward proposed repairs to the historic Amis Dam.
🎄Mount Carmel’s Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 beginning behind Hardee’s and ending at the Hammond Avenue intersection.
🎄 Rogersville Heritage Association’s Christmas Tour of Homes is from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14. The tour includes nine historic locations. There will also be candlelight tours of the New Providence Presbyterian Church and Cemetery and the Fudge Farm from 5 to 7 p.m. only. Tickets are $25 per person, and all proceeds help with the preservation of the historic Roger’s Tavern. Tickets are available at The Depot, Hale Springs Inn, Rogersville/Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce and LuElla’s.
🎄A Christmas banquet to raise funds for veterans suffering mental issues such as PTSD (hosted by The Proud Protector, a nonprofit serving Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee) will be held Dec. 14 at the Appalachian Fairgrounds. All veterans eat free with military ID and reservation. There will be live and silent auctions, bucket drawings, door prize drawings and a Christmas tree filled with gifts for each veteran who attends. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the banquet at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person, $40 per couple and free for kids 12 and under. Call (423) 914-0608 or email [email protected]
🎄 The 2019 Jonesborough Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m., Dec. 14. The annual lighted parade is accepting floats and entries. Visit jonesboroughtn.org or call (423) 791-3869 for details
🎄 Johnson City Symphony Orchestra with special guests from East Tennessee Ballet Academy will present Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14, at Milligan College’s Seeger Chapel. For ticket information, visit jcsymphony.com or call (423) 926-8742. Tickets also available at the door.
WEEK OF DEC. 15
🎄 Author and historian Michael Shaffer will speak during the Bristol Historical Association’s 32nd annual Christmas luncheon on Dec. 15 at the Bristol Train Station. Shaffer will discuss the recollections of Thomas Wallace Colley who served the 1st Virginia Cavalry during the Civil War. The luncheon meeting is open to the public. Reservations are $30 per person and must be made by Dec. 8. Mail checks to: Bristol Historical Association, PO Box 204, Bristol, TN 37621.
🎄Johnson City Symphony Orchestra with special guests from East Tennessee Ballet Academy will present Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at Milligan College’s Seeger Chapel. For ticket information, visit jcsymphony.com or call (423) 926-8742. Tickets also available at the door.
🎄 The Church Circle Living Nativity will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15 on Church Circle in Kingsport. Drive through or use the walking path for the living nativity scene.
🎄Cantemus Women’s Choir presents “Gloria!” at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at State Street United Methodist Church in Bristol, Va. The choir will be joined by an orchestra and accompanist Bryan Underwood.
🎄The Kingsport Public Library will host a Polar Express Party from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the auditorium. Come in your pajamas and listen to the book that began it all. Then stick around to watch the movie. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be served. This is a free family event with no registration required. Visit www.kingsportlibrary.org or call (423) 224-2539.
🎄 Breakfast with Santa at the Chuckey Depot Museum offers seatings at 8, 9 and 10 a.m. Dec. 21. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas for the “Polar Express” themed event featuring breakfast from Chick-Fil-A, fruit and chocolate milk. Tickets are $15, which includes a commemorative ornament. Call (423) 753-1010 or visit jbochristmas.com/breakfastwithsanta.
🎄 Mount Carmel’s Santa Run returns to Mount Carmel beginning at 8 a.m. Dec. 21. The fire truck tours every street inside the city limits with candy and treats.
🎄 First United Methodist Church in Surgoinsville will host a Longest Night Service, a special Christmas service of comfort for those of us who are grieving or struggling this time of year, from 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at First United Methodist Church, 621 Old Stage Road, Surgoinsville. Everyone is invited.
WEEK OF DEC. 22
🎄 St. Paul’s Christmas Dinner will be served from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 25 in the church parish hall, located on the corner of Watauga Street and Ravine Road. Turkey, dressing and all the trimmings provided by Ballad Health/Holston Valley Medical Center with baked desserts made by St. Paul parishioners. There is no charge to attend and all are welcome.
WEEK OF DEC. 29
🎄 A New Year’s Eve Dance Party featuring The PF Flyers will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 31 at The Outdoorsman, 4535 Highway 11W, Blountville. Champagne toast at 10 p.m. (It’s midnight somewhere and you still have time to get home to see the ball drop). The cost is $10 per person (BYOB and bring your friends). Celebrate, dance, sing and meet our newest member, Graham Clark. Call (423) 341-3545.
🎄 Natural Tunnel State Park will host Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 21 from 6 until 10 p.m. As you ride down on the chairlift and make your way to the tunnel, you will be surrounded by thousands of Christmas lights and see animated Christmas displays. There will be hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows, Christmas carols, and Santa. Fees are $5 for parking and $4 per person for a round trip and $3 one-way ticket on the lift. The week of Dec. 16-21 will feature a different theme each evening: Dec. 16, Pet Night; Dec. 17, Decorate a Cookie Night; Dec. 18, Christmas Karaoke; Dec. 19, Children’s Crafts; Dec. 20, Ugly Sweater Night; Dec. 21, Santa with special guest Ranger Parker Red Fox. Call (276) 940-1643.
🎄Christmas in Olde Jonesborough will feature a different theme every Saturday through Dec. 21. Each Saturday will offer a variety of events from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. along with music and storytelling. Santa will be on site in his sleigh beside the courthouse each Saturday for pictures and visits with children. A Christmas Market will feature handmade crafts, jewelry and holiday items. Themes are “Doggone Christmas” on Dec. 7, “Fun with Frosty & Friends” on Dec. 14, and the “Christmas Church Tour” on Dec. 21. Call (423) 753-1010 or visit www.jbochristmas.com.
🎄 Johnson City Community Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-7, Dec. 13-14 and Dec. 20-21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8, Dec. 14 and Dec. 22. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 students and seniors. Visit www.jccommunitytheatre.org.
🎄 Theatre Bristol presents “Miracle on 34th Street” at 7:30 p.m., Fridays; 5:30 p.m., Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m., Sundays, Dec. 6-22, at Theatre Bristol’s ARTspace, 506 State Street, in Bristol. Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and students. Reservations are encouraged, but available tickets will be sold at the door. Visit www.TheatreBristol.org or call (423) 212-3625.
🎄Pinnacle Speedway in Lights featuring a 4-mile trek through 2 million lights at Bristol Motor Speedway continues from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly through Jan. 4, 2020. Use the dragway entrance of Tennessee Highway 394 to access the event. Tickets on Sunday through Thursday are $15 per car, $30 per van or $100 per bus. Tickets on Friday and Saturday are $20 per car, $30 per van and $100 per bus.
🎄 Christmas at Biltmore runs through Jan. 5, 2020, at the historic Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina. Featuring 62 hand-decorated Christmas trees with 13,000 ornaments, each room features the results of holiday designs months in the planning. For information on tickets, reservations and overnight accommodations visit www.biltmore.com.
🎄 Barter Theatre presents “White Christmas,” “The Santaland Diaries” and “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” this holiday season. To reserve your seats for any Barter production, visit www.bartertheatre.com or call (276) 628-3991.
🎄The Barter Players present “Twas the Night Before Christmas” this holiday season. To reserve your seats for any Barter production, visit www.bartertheatre.com or call (276) 628-3991.