Out and About – Tri-Cities Christmas Events 2016

Out and About – Tri-Cities Christmas Events 2016

Family Friendly Christmas Events in the Tr-Cities!

*Please note some events are outside of the Tri-Cities but all can be managed in a day trip. *

Tis’ the season to be jolly and to enjoy all of the Tri-Cities Christmas Events you can fit in your schedule! The Tri-Cities knows how to do Christmas! Christmas events and activities are available around every corner this time of year! So grab your calendar and commit to some plans!


Johnson City Tree Lighting

December 2nd from 6 to 7 pm

Join us downtown for a new tradition – The City will be placing a 26-foot tree in the plaza on Buffalo Street, near the fountain. Festivities will begin at 6 pm! Streets will close at 5 pm to allow for pedestrian travel.

A Candlelight Christmas at Rocky Mount

December 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th at 4:30 pm  until 8 pm

A special time of the year to join with the Cobb Family in celebration of Christmas in the year 1791 with candlelight and decorations as the custom of the late 18th century before the heavy commercialization we know today.  Music, dancing, decorations and sacred tales will all be part of your experience this magical evening. Cost is $10 adult and $8 Children. We have attended this event before and I must say it is a beautiful experience. We recommend A Candlelight Christmas at Rocky Mount.

Milligan’s Annual Christmas Concert

December 3rd and 4th at 7:30pm in Seeger Chapel

Every year my sister, my Mom, T, and I head to Milligan College for their Christmas Symphony. We enter Seeger Chapel which is fully adorned for Christmas and offers such a welcoming warmth that you can’t help but sigh at the beauty of it. We listen as the choir and the orchestra lift our spirits together and true Christmas is ours. God is fully present. This concludes with a candlelight singing of Silent Night that is moving beyond words. It is one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season. I encourage you to attend a symphony with your family. It’s a tradition worth keeping.” Quote from my post – 10 Ways To Fill Your Family Christmas With Magical Memories


Johnson City Christmas Parade and It’s A Whoville Christmas

December 3rd from 11:30 am to 2 pm

The annual Johnson City Christmas Parade travels down Walnut Street to Main Street this Saturday. Following the Parade, kids will enjoy Whoville Village at the Pavilion at Founders. Kids dance party, crafts, games and much more from 1-3 pm. Food trucks and our wonderful local restaurants will be open for lunch and dinner.

Visions of Christmas at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site

December 3rd from 2pm to 6pm

Tipton- Haynes allows you to travel back through time. Enjoy an 1860 Christmas when the historic buildings will be decorated with fresh greenery and lit with oil lamps.Take a tour through the house as volunteers and reenactors will portray the Haynes family prior to the beginning of the Civil War. Help us also celebrate the December 2 birthday of Landon Carter Haynes. Sample food cooked over an open hearth. Make holiday crafts with your family while enjoying Christmas music and treats. To take a tour, visitors must call and reserve a time slot. Regular admission will be charged. For groups ten or more, admission will be $4 for adults and $1.50 for children 12 and under. Members are always free!

Make A Cardboard Gingerbread House at The Johnson City Public Library

December 8th at 6:30 pm

Join The Johnson City Public Library in making an adorable  gingerbread house out of cardboard. Get creative and decorate them with paint, candy, and other embellishments. Registration is required.For more information or to register, call (423) 434-4454

Living Christmas Tree at Carver Recreation Center

December 9th to 11th at 4 pm

The Living Christmas Tree is a 9-level, 25-foot tree filled with 65 singers, accompanied by a 24-piece orchestra, with drama, soloists and video clips as part of the production. The music ranges from a sing-a-long with Christmas carols to spirituals; classic to contemporary. The Living Christmas Tree has been presented in our community for over 40 years, and in 2014 for the first time at Carver Recreation Center.
Cost is FREE. Tickets are required and can be picked up at Carver or Central Baptist Church in advance.

Bristol Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

December 9th at 7:30 pm and December 10th at 12 and 5:30 pm

Visions of Sugar Plums…..and Nutcrackers and Rat Kings! The mighty battle between the mice and soldiers that brings Clara’s dream to life begins right here at the Paramount Center for the Arts with Bristol Ballet’s full length production of this popular holiday classic. Eighteen local company dancers, 35 students from Bristol Ballet, 20 community members, and three professional guest artists make up the cast for this production. Guest artists Erin Ginn (originally from Kingsport Tennessee) and Israel Rodriquez (who most recently was the Prince in Bristol Ballet’s “Cinderella” in May 2016) return to Bristol Ballet to perform as The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier/Nutcracker, and local thespian and Head Football Coach Mike Locke returns as Drossylmeyer. Full of beautiful costumes and scenery, breathtaking music, and great dancing, this is a show you’ll love to see. Tickets for adults are $15 and children are $8

Into the Fire Merry Christmas Car Canvas

December 10th at 7 pm

This canvas is awesome and will make for a great Christmas project! The cost of the class is $35.00 and includes all supplies and canvas. Grab some friends and go to Into the Fire to create together! Other classes are available.

The Nutcracker Ballet -McGlothlin Center for the Arts -Emory and Henry College

December 9th and 10th at 7:30 pm or Family Matinees December 10th and 11th at 2:3 pm

While we will travel just over an hour, it is worth it to see the Nutcracker. When I was little I used to love to go and watch my best friend Laura dance in the Nutcracker. To this day, I still love to see this ballet! Performed by The Highlands Ballet Company, this is a show worth attending this Christmas Season!  Children are $8.00 – Adults are $15 and Seniors are $12.00

Cookies With Santa at Black Bird Bakery

December 13th from 6 to 8:30 pm

Blackbird Bakery was recently voted best bakery in Virginia and for good reason! Add Santa, and you have a magical experience waiting on you!

Make A Gingerbread House at Johnson City Public Library

December 13th from 6 – 7 pm

Make houses and more out of gingerbread and other candies. This program is open to teens ages 12-18 years old. Registration is required.

Journey Through Bethlehem at First Baptist Church in Fall Branch

December 10th through the 13th from 6 to 8:30 pm

This free event is a walk-through experience for you and your family, church group, or friends. It includes the census booth, marketplace, inn, shepherds on the hillside, angels, and a nativity. We strive to make this as authentic as possible with every little detail. Enjoy making a craft, sampling food and drink of the period, and live animals. Then, let the expansive nativity take your mind back to that night in the Little Town of Bethlehem when the star shone bright and the angels announced our Savior’s Birth. Parking is on McCrary Road and buses are there to transport you to and from the church.

God With Us – Trinity Arts Centers Annual Christmas Performance at Seeger Chapel

December 17th – 1 to 2:30 pm and 5 to 6:30 pm

God With Us is Trinity Arts Centers annual Christmas performance, which tells the story of Jesus’ birth through our own, original choreography, several styles of dance, and a variety of traditional and contemporary Christmas music. It’s a fun show, with a good mix of cute moments, performed by our youngest students, and meaningful ones, performed by some of our most accomplished older dancers. We like to think that there is something for everyone, and we think of it as our own little Christmas tradition. Ticket prices range from $10 to $15. Click here to get your tickets. Premium seats are already sold out for the 1 pm show!


Tri-Cities Events Running All Month Long

Barter Theater will be offering performances of A Christmas Carol, Over the River and Through the Woods, and Little Women. Get the details here.

Bristol Speedway In Lights – Presented by Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights Powered By TVA is the largest holiday light show in the South. Speedway in Lights benefits programs and organizations supporting the needs of children in the Tri-Cities region by producing one of the largest holiday light shows in the country. A route of approximately four miles and two million lights provides entertainment for thousands and raises money for children charities. Learn more here.

So there you have it, family-friendly, memory making, events galore! With so many Tri-Cities Christmas Events happening, it may be hard to choose. But let’s do this! Christmas comes just once a year. Don’t miss out! Make a plan today.

Merry Christmas to you all! Thank you so much for including our little blog in your life. We are so grateful. May your Christmas be blessed in every way and may your New Year absolutely overflow with goodness, and love!! God bless you!



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