Christmas Events In The Tri-Cities 2018
Family Friendly Christmas Events
Tis the season for love and family! The most wonderful time of the year! To make the most of your Christmas you need plenty of those beautiful Christmas experiences, memories in the making. We have taken the time to gather our favorite choices for Merry Making right here in and around the Tri-Cities!
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Theatre Bristol
November 30th to December 16th, 2018
Theatre Bristol is pleased to present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever as part of its family-friendly 53rd season of ARTspace and Paramount shows, including Lessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy with River’s Way; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Tartuffe; Pinocchio; and Fiddler on the Roof. Directing The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will be Theatre Bristol veteran actor and director Steve Baskett (Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Robin Hood).
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is based on Barbara Robinson’s much-loved best-selling novel by the same title. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French.
“In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem — and the fun — when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on (Samuel French)!”
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever opens November 30 and runs for three weekends at Theatre Bristol’s ARTspace, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 5:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm, closing on December 16. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students and will be available at www.TheatreBristol.org/tickets.
Downtown Elizabethton’s Annual Christmas Parade
Saturday – December 1st, 2018\
When you think of Christmas, what classic story comes to mind? Come experience our communities favorite stories with the 2018 theme “Classic Christmas Stories”.
Christmas in the Country – Exchange Place
Saturday – December 1st, 2018
Christmas in the Country is the first Saturday of December. The sales of fresh greenery, roping and wreaths, traditional foods, and demonstrations of winter activities on a 19th-century farmstead are featured. Artisans may offer workshops for visitors to create their own folk art. The Yule Log Ceremony concludes the celebration.
Johnson City Christmas Parade
Saturday – December 1st, 2018 at 11 am
This year’s Johnson City Christmas Parade theme is “The 12 Days of Christmas”. The parade will be hosted on Saturday, December 1 at 11:00 AM. It will travel down W. Walnut Street, to Buffalo Street, turns right on Main Street, to Colonial Way, left on State of Franklin and ends at Legion Street.
Following the parade on Saturday, December 1, we’d like to invite you to visit Whoville Village. Community organizations will be providing kids activities from 12:00 to 2:00 PM in the Pavilion at Founders Park. Music, storytelling, crafts, games and much more! Bring your camera to take the kids picture with the Grinch and our other famous storybook friends. Make sure you visit the food trucks at Whoville Village or one of the wonderful local restaurants in downtown on Saturday. The event is free and open to the public.
Gingerbread Dog House Workshop
December 1 at 11 am
Children ages 5-12 are invited to make a gingerbread doghouse at the International Storytelling Center. This free workshop provides one gingerbread dog house kit, including gingerbread pieces, icing and candy pieces. Sign up here!
Cookies With Santa at Blackbird Bakery
Tuesday – December 4th, 2018 at 6 pm
Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa’s coming to Blackbird! Be sure to drop by and share your wish list with Santa. He’ll be giving away cookies (while supplies last).
*This is our all-time favorite bakery!*
Bristol Christmas Parade
Thursday – December 6th, 2018 at 7 pm
Thousands of area residents willlineState Street Thursday night, Dec. 6th for the Bristol Christmas Parade. The parade, which has been taking place in the downtown area for more than a century, is a program of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. The night festivities, which will start on Bob Morrison Blvd., make its way through the center of town before finishing up at the Train Station. As always, jolly oleSaint Nick will make his presence known, riding in the final float.
More than 150 floats from local businesses, civic and volunteer organizations, church groups, bands, schools, neighborhood groups, etc. make up the parade.
Bristol Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker.”
Friday and Saturday – December 7th and 8th, 2018
More than 40 years after its inaugural production of “The Nutcracker,” Bristol Ballet continues the tradition of this beloved ballet while adding refreshing changes to keep things interesting. There will be a few four-legged doggie cast members in the show, as well as new and returning professional guest artists, a new way for Clara to travel home, and maybe even an appearance by someone made famous by the 1927 Bristol Sessions! Local dancers and community people continue to be the heart and soul of this production; we look forward to seeing you in the audience and spreading the joyful holiday spirit.
Showtimes are Friday, December 7 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 8 at noon; and Saturday, December 8 at 5:30 pm. Tickets are available online at www.paramountbristol.org or at the Paramount Center for the Arts box office.
1818 Christmas at the Inn – Netherland Inn
December 7th – 9th, 2018
The Netherland Inn will celebrate the Christmas holidays in traditions that date as far back as the 1820s when Richard and Margaret Netherland hosted friends and family for a lavish party complete with beautiful decorations, good food, and lively music.
2018 Holiday Light Bus Tour of Kingsport!
December 7th, 14th, and 15th, 2018
Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit quicker than joining Keep Kingsport Beautiful on a Holiday Light Bus Tour of all the best Christmas lights in and around Kingsport.
After the success of last years single tour, we have added two additional tours this year. The dates are Friday, December 7th, Friday, December 14th & Saturday, December 15th. For each tour, we will meet at 5:30 pm and the buses will depart at 6 pm on the dot.
After boarding the luxury charter bus you will be entertained with Holiday music and clips of Christmas specials from over the years.
The tour will last approximately 3 hours and we will see all the great area light displays.
Bring your kids and bring the entire family. Tickets are limited as each bus only seats 50.
As a bonus, each of this year’s tours will be themed.
December 7th – Wear your best Christmas costume
December 14th – Wear your tackiest Christmas sweater
December 15th – Wear your Christmas pajamas
Tickets are $7 and all proceeds from the tours benefit Keep Kingsport Beautiful
Lap Children 2 and under are FREE
Visions of Christmas: 1863 at Tipton-Haynes
Saturday – December 8th, 2018 from 2 pm to 6 pm
Come and enjoy an 1863 rendition of the Haynes family as the Union Army fights for control of East Tennessee. You will tour the house and watch as the Haynes family prepare for Christmas and their father, Senator Landon Carter Haynes’s birthday. Treats will be cooked on the open hearth of our cabin. Reservations for tours is appreciated. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children twelve and under. Children three and under free. Members of Tipton-Haynes are also FREE!
Santa’s South Pole Swim
Saturday – December 8th, 2018 from 6 pm to 8 pm
On Saturday, December 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., bring your kids for a holiday pool party at KAC’s indoor facilities. Don’t worry—the water’s warmer than the Antarctic Ocean. In addition to regular pool time fun, guests can join in the reindeer games, paddle board with the elves, and learn how to sled in the water.
All pre-registered kids will also be able to decorate a stocking to take home, provided by the KAC. Extra stockings will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis, so the KAC strongly recommends pre-registering for the event to ensure your child gets to decorate a stocking.
Stocking decoration is reserved for children aged 12 and under, but all are welcome to swim. Pre-registration costs $5 per ticket. All day-of swimmer tickets will cost $5, and all spectator tickets are $2. Again, pre-registration is recommended to guarantee a stocking.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (423)343-9758. You can also register online by clicking HERE.
Fun With Frosty And Friends
December 8 from 11am-3pm
Activities include pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, Santa Mart and more. Fun With Frosty And friends will be held at the Visitors Center, Storytelling Center, Courthouse Square, and Chuckey Depot.
Annual Lighted Christmas Parade
December 8 at 6 pm
Join us along Boone and Main Streets for one of the best parades in the region. Turkey Toss immediately following the parade, in front of the Courthouse. Winners will receive a free frozen turkey!
Michael’s Kids Club® Dashing Reindeer Craft Class
December 8, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
They craft, you shop! Kids 6 and up can enjoy making fun reindeer out of clothespins. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $5.00 each. Register here!
20th Annual Bristol Christmas Tour of Homes
Sunday – Dec 9th from 1:30 to 6:30
Usher in the Christmas Season with an enchanting tour of historic homes. The 20th Annual Bristol Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Sunday, Dec 9th from 1:30 to 6:30.
Homes on the tour include; 611 Lawrence Ave., Bristol, Va., 916 Prospect Ave., Bristol, Va., 311 Spencer Street Bristol, Va., First Christian Church, 1730 Lee Hwy. Bristol, Va.,902 Edgemont Ave., Bristol. Tn., 905 Maryland Ave., Bristol, Tn.
Tickets for the self-guided tour are $12 per person in advance or $15 the day of the tour. Tickets are available at Cranberry Lane, 623 State St., Bristol, Va. (276)652-9899, Country Gallery Florist, 193 Old Airport Road, Bristol, Va. (276) 669-8099, Grand Antiques, 615 State St., Bristol, Virginia, (276) 591-3443, and Southern States Bristol Co-op, 1313 Euclid Ave., Bristol, Va. (276-669-8101).
Tickets must be presented at each home and can also be purchased at each residence the day of the tour. Comfortable low-heeled shoes are advised for safety. The event, co-sponsored by Premier Printing Company, (Director) Jewell Williams, is a benefit to sponsor transplant lodging at Vanderbilt Hospital for area residents.
For more information, call (director) Jewell Williams (423) 652-0163.
Christmas Church Tour
December 15 from 11 am-3 pm
Churches in the historic district invite you to see decorated sanctuaries with sights and sounds of the season. Churches offer music, refreshments and more. Grab a map and guide at Storytelling Center or Visitors Center.
All Month Long
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 in and around the region.
COST/ADMISSION: Cars – $15 Sunday through Thursday; $20 Friday and Saturday Activity vans – $30 (each night) Buses – $100 each night (Open nightly 6pm-10pm)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: CHANGE TO ENTRANCE! A new entrance/route (introduced in 2012) for the event gives visitors a fresh look at The Pinnacle Speedway In Lights as they begin their drive-through trek at the Bristol Dragway entrance, on Hwy. 394; NOT the South entrance of the Speedway on Volunteer Parkway.
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