Tri-Cities Holiday Event Guide
Holiday celebrations are happening across the Tri-cities. Families can celebrate all season with a variety of events:
Christmas Open House: Downtown Elizabethton
Nov. 14– SUNDAY AT 1 PM – 5 PM
Kick off your holiday season in Downtown Elizabethton with the 24th annual Christmas Open House! Sales, door prizes, and gift wrapping are just some of the wonderful features you will find at Open House. This is a wonderful time to get into the Christmas spirit, start your holiday shopping, AND support our small businesses. We look forward to kicking off the most wonderful time of the year with you and your family!
Kid’s Candy Cane Quest: Elizabethton Covered Bridge
NOVEMBER 20, SATURDAY 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Immediately following Carter County Bank’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony join Parks and Recreation at Covered Bridge Park for more festive fun! From 6:30-7:30 enjoy a Kid’s Candy Cane Quest. Santa and his reindeer dropped their candy canes all over the park. Grab a provided bag and flashlight and come help us find them all to win prizes! Enjoy a free horse drawn carriage ride around the park for its breathtaking views and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 6:30-8:30 PM
The Polar Express: Edwards Island Outdoor Area
NOV. 27, SATURDAY 4 PM—7:30 PM
Free kiddie train rides, roast marshmallows, enjoy hot cocoa & cookies until 5:30 PM, then tuck in with a chair and banket to watch a screening of the hit Christmas movie, The Polar Express, at dark. Sponsored by the Carter County Bank
Visit with Santa: Carter County Visitors Center
NOV 27TH, 12—2 PM AT 615 E. ELK AVE.
Children, Pets, and Families are invited to stop in and use your own device or camera for a photo. This event is free, donations of canned kitten and dog food, and cleaning supplies for the Animal Shelter are suggested.
Christmas in OZ: Covered Bridge Park
DECEMBER 4TH, SATURDAY 3—5 PM
Join the Elizabethton Cultural Alliance as you enter into the land of Oz. Encounter characters and celebrate the holidays like no other time before!
2021 Elizabethton Christmas Parade: Downtown Elizabethton
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 6 PM – 8 PM
Main Street Elizabethton is excited to host the annual Elizabethton Christmas Parade in Downtown Elizabethton! The theme of this year’s parade is “Christmas on the Big Screen”. Main Street will honor The Friends of the Bonnie Kate Theater as the Grand Marshal.
Candy Land Christmas Kickoff Tree Lighting
NOVEMBER 27TH, SATURDAY, 7 PM – FOUNDERS PARK
Candy Land Christmas is an event that will engulf ALL of Downtown Johnson City! Spreading from Founders Park all the way to King Commons, 150 Christmas trees decorated by businesses and non-profits will have downtown looking like a scene right out of Candy Land! Join us on November 27th for the Christmas kickoff held by The City of Johnson City at 7:00PM. Enjoy live Christmas carols a both King Commons and Founders Park during the Grand Lighting Event!
Downtown Candy Land Christmas
NOV. 27 – JAN 2; FOUNDERS PARK & KING COMMONS
This year you’ll be able to enjoy Candy Land Christmas from November 27th through January 2nd, 2022. Walkthrough the Gumdrop Forest (Founders Park), follow Candy Cane Lane past the Gingerbread Pavilion all the way to Cupcake Commons (King Commons) for a Christmas adventure like no other!
Holiday Sip, Shop, and Stroll
DECEMBER 2, THURSDAY
What is Sip, Shop, & Stroll?! ONE VERY SPECIAL DAY of shopping, socializing, and sipping! Purchase a ticket to participate in this year’s event and receive the following:
Downtown insulated wine tumbler with lid (can be picked up on December 1 from 2pm-6pm or December 2 from 11am to 6pm – location TBD)
Access to in-store discounts/deals at participating locations *deals coming soon!
1 raffle entry
Free wine/beverage and snacks at each location.
Visit all of your favorite downtown shops while enjoying food and beverages! Grab your ticket/cup and stop until you drop! Participating merchants will have extended holiday hours for THIS EVENT ONLY! PURCHASE TIX AT DOWNTOWNJC.COM
Johnson City Christmas Parade 2021
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 10:30 AM
This year’s theme is The Nutcracker. Parade will travel onto W. Walnut, crossing University Parkway, continues on West Walnut to Buffalo Street, crosses E. State of Franklin, down East Main Street, right on Colonial Way, left to E. State of Franklin and ending in the Old Burley Lot at the corner of E. State of Franklin and Legion Street.
DECEMBER 11, 11 AM—5 PM; FOUNDERS PARK PAVILION
What can you expect to see at this year’s Holiday Market?
– Awesome, unique, and totally amazing vendors
– A special appearance by SANTA and the GRINCH
–photo booths and activities
–Live music, baked goods, coffee, hot cocoa, apple cider
2021 StoryTown Radio’s Soups & Songs Fundraiser
NOVEMBER 29, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
MCKINNEY CENTER AT BOOKER T. WASHINGTON SCHOOL, 103 FRANKLIN AVE, JONESBOROUGH, TN 37659, USA
This annual event to kick-off the holiday season provides guests with dinner, a show, and a one-of-a-kind, handmade ceramic bowl of their choice, all while helping a worthwhile cause, as this event also serves as a McKinney Center annual fundraiser.
The evening features the Jonesborough Story Town Radio Show cast and the Jonesborough Novelty Band in their annual Christmas Caroling Sing-Along. All who attend will receive a song book so they may sing along to every holiday tune, including classic standards such as White Christmas, Do You Hear What I Hear and so many more holiday favorites.
Tickets are $30, and will support The Jonesborough Story Town Radio Show and the McKinney Center, through which the Story Town program is run.
Guests may purchase tickets online at jonesboroughtn.org or by calling the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at (423) 753-1010.
2021 Jonesborough Christmas Parade
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 6 PM
Join us for the best nighttime lighted parade in the region! Make festive memories with family and friends while you spend the evening in everyone’s favorite historic downtown. This year’s theme is “Christmas in the South” so you’re sure to catch a glimpse of Dolly Parton on a float with twinkling lights or hear some lines sung from “Tender Tennessee Christmas”. For more information, call 423.753.1010.
Jonesborough Rhythm Express Concert
DECEMBER 17, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.
Join the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center for a festival musical performance featuring the Jonesborough Rhythm Express, a 17- piece big band in the tradition of Glenn Miller. The concert will feature the full band performing nearly 20 traditional Christmas and holiday tunes, as well as vocalists. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online with the link attached to the band’s Facebook page event or at the door.
Downtown Christmas Open House
NOV. 22, MONDAY, 5:30—8:30 PM; Downtown Bristol
Ready or not, it’s time to GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT! Believe in Bristol will again sponsor the Annual Christmas Open House in Historic Downtown Bristol. Come kick off the holiday season with merriment and good cheer! Santa Claus will be giving out candy canes, Bristol Ballet will have dancers in costume, there will be carolers amongst the early Christmas shoppers!
Last, but certainly not least, a holiday favorite has returned — Horse & Carriage Rides! Come to the Downtown Center (Farmer’s Market) to catch your ride through downtown, $5 per person.
Be sure to keep a look out for your favorite decorated window as the downtown merchants will be participating in the Merry Merchants Window Decorating Contest.
The Open House has traditionally been a customer appreciation night when merchants stay open late, have special discounts, and refreshments are served at participating locations. Join us and support your downtown shops; it’s a great way to stimulate our local economy and find special one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your holiday list. Don’t miss an evening planned for the entire family’s enjoyment!
40th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 6:30 PM; The Bristol Hotel
Bristol’s Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting is set for Monday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Cumberland Square in Historic Downtown Bristol. The event showcases the site’s nearly 50-foot Norwegian Spruce and its younger counterpart, a 25-foot Douglas Fir decorated with thousands of warm-white Christmas lights – about 30,000 of them – for a dramatic and joyous display.
Bristol Christmas Parade
DECEMBER 2, 7:00 PM; DOWNTOWN BRISTOL TN/VA
Bristol Christmas Parade Dec. 2 7:00—8:30 PM. Free admission. Sponsored by Food City and Bristol Tennessee Essential Services.
Breakfast with Santa to benefit Isaiah 1:17 House
NOV. 27, 8—11 AM; 130 W Depot Street, Greeneville
Price for the fundraiser breakfast and visit with Santa is $10. Santa will be giving each child a gift. Breakfast will be provided from 8am-11am. Customized Ornaments will be available for $8. Please share with your family and friends!
Greeneville Christmas Parade
DECEMBER 5TH, SUNDAY, 2:00 PM; DOWNTOWN GREENEVILLE
“Christmas Through the Decades” will be the theme for the 2021 Greeneville Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 5, at 2:00 PM, according to an announcement made by the Exchange Club of Greeneville, TN and the Greene County Partnership. Participants are encouraged to consider all the decades, not just the from this century, but also from the previous centuries for their theme.
The parade will be staged on Bohannon Avenue, turning left on North Main Street. It will then travel through the downtown area on South Main, proceeding to West Main, and dispersing onto Carson and West Main streets at the intersection in front of Crescent School.
Holiday Hustle Town Wide Scavenger Hunt.
November 13th ,10 am.
276-492-6987 for more info.
A Christmas Story at Barter Theatre
November 18 @ 12:00 am – December 29 @ 12:00 am
Barter Theatre announced their winter holiday season, which includes A Christmas Story, The Twelve Dates of Christmas, and Jingle All the Way. A Christmas Story will be showing indoors at Gilliam stage from November 18th to December 29th, while the other two productions will be shown at the Moonlite Drive-In for the entirety of their respective
Holiday Market at The Martha Washington Hotel and Spa.
Abingdon welcomes you with all the warmth of downtown and all the charm of the historic Martha Washington Inn & Spa. Find incredible handmade gifts and stocking stuffers from some of the very best Virginia Highlands Festival vendors.
The Martha will sparkle in her Christmas best with plenty of white lights, greenery, and red bows, as she invites you to stroll through the gorgeously decorated halls, shop at The Little Shop, and dine in Sister’s American Restaurant.
The adjacent lawn will glow with our vendor booths and spark childlike imagination with the largest private collection of Christmas inflatables in the Southeast.
*The Martha will serve wine from 4 pm–6 pm each Saturday
Santa has plans to come on Saturdays and there will be Christmas music at designated times. Mark your calendar for the Abingdon Christmas Parade:
Abingdon is absolutely lovely at Christmastime, and we hope you’ll join us. More info will be posted as it becomes available.
HOLIDAY MERCHANT OPEN HOUSE.
November 21st- 1pm-5pm.
Holiday Market at The Martha Washington Hotel and Spa.
HOLIDAY LIGHTS DRIVING TOUR.
December 1st—January 3rd
All around Abingdon. Evening Hours appropriate to view lights.
Crooked Road Christmas Jam.
December 2nd, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. SWVA Cultural Center.
The Crooked Road Christmas Jam, live at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace! Come out and enjoy live music as we celebrate Christmas and the upcoming holiday season together.
Holiday Market a The Martha Washington Hotel and Spa.
ABINGDON CHRISTMAS PARADE.
December 4th – Downtown Abingdon
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN! The 54th Annual Abingdon Kiwanis CHRISTMAS PARADE is on!!! Saturday, December 4th at 6:00 pm.
Lights, Camera, Christmas!
December 5th- Coomes Recreation Center. Starts at 5:30pm
*The Abingdon Farmers Market will be open for November-Christmas on Saturdays from 10 am-12 pm.