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Christmas Events In The Tri-Cities

Christmas Events In The Tri-Cities 2017

The Best Family-Friendly Christmas Events in The Tri-Cities and Slightly Beyond

There is no season more beautiful than Christmas.

UPDATE: 2018 Christmas Events Can Be Found Here!

Yuletide Musical Revue & Fa-La-Lollies at Lamplight Theatre

Weekends Only – November 10th through 26th, 2017

This production is an original Christmas musical revue that is sure to jump-start your holiday season and will delight the hearts of audiences with seasonal surprises and fa-la-lollies! Children of all ages will enjoy the antics of the comedy players as well as singing along with some familiar Christmas classics. The variety show highlights music, dance, and comedy from a talented cast of performers. Yuletide 2017 is definitely a time for merrymaking, a holiday production that offers something for everyone!

Two children run away from a broken home in search of peace and comfort. When they happen to stumble into a magical theatre, the master of ceremonies takes them on a journey where they find the true meaning of Christmas. “Christmas Wishes…A Journey Home” brings the wonder of Christmas alive.

Cost is $20.00 a ticket. Learn more here.

Old Time Yule at Roan Mountain State Park

Saturday – November 11th, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Roan Mountain State Park ends the year’s events with an old-fashioned holiday celebration at the Miller Farmstead.  Step back in time and experience how Christmas was celebrated years ago with traditional music and tasty treats.Meet at the Miller Farmstead.

Frasier Fir Tree Lighting in Elizabethton

Tuesday – November 14th, 2017 at 5:30 pm

More information to come!

“The Spirit of Generosity” Unveiling at Centennial Park

Friday – November 17th, 2017 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Join Santa, his elves and the community alongside artist Val Lyle as we dedicate this heartwarming sculpture at Centennial Park.

Santa’s Depot and the Arrival of the 75th Annual Santa Train in Kingsport

Saturday – November 18th, 2017 from 1 pm to 4 pm

This event features kids activities, hot cocoa, face-painting and great photo opportunities with holiday backdrops. Children will have the opportunity to write letters for Santa to take back to the North Pole and a giving tree to help those in need. Between 3 and 4 pm Santa makes his final stop of the train’s 110 miles journey through Appalachia.  Join in the fun and help us welcome this year’s celebrity guest to Kingsport. Santa’s Depot is located at 151 East Main Street.

Christmas Tree Lighting at the Mall of Johnson City

Saturday, November 18th, 2017 from noon to 8 pm

Come kick off the Holiday season with the second annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting. Food trucks will be on property beginning at noon in the Sears Auto Parking Lot. Inflatables, entertainment, and train rides will begin at 4 pm with the actual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6 pm.

Lamplight Christmas Wreath Exhibit at Sycamore Shoals State Park

Sunday – November 19th until January 7th, 2018

A visit to the park Visitors Center is sure to inspire as the rooms will be graced with wreaths of all designs and colors hung from old-time lampposts. Please contact the park to request a place in this show. Wreaths will be made by community members, civic groups and schools to bring to life the Christmas spirit of our region. For additional information and hours click here.

Downtown Bristol’s Annual Christmas Open House

Monday – November 20th, 2017 at 5:30 pm

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 on Monday, November 20, 2017, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. 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, the Washington–Lee Warblers from Washington Lee Elementary after-school program will perform at 6:30 pm. Last, but certainly not least, a special thank you to Serendipity for allowing us to bring in a new favorite — Holiday Hay Rides! Come to the Downtown Center (Farmer’s Market) to catch your ride through downtown, $5 each person, children 5 and under are free. “We look forward each year to showcasing our beautiful downtown to the community and surrounding areas. Our Believe in Bristol Downtown Open House is the perfect way to ‘kick-off’ the holiday season. This event offers something for every age, and we hope the attendees will feel the warmth and hospitality of Bristol” said Vicie Dotson, Believe in Bristol Promotions Committee Chair. 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!

Christmas in Olde Jonesborough: Whoville Christmas

Saturday – November 25th, 2017 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Dr. Suess’ imagination and whimsy take over town, complete with the Grinch and other characters. Dress as your
favorite Whoville character and get a “Grinch treat!” Also, join us and build a gingerbread house beginning at 1 p.m.
at the Storytelling Center, free to ages 5 to 12. Registration for the gingerbread house class starts Nov. 1st, call
423.753.1010 to register, space is limited.

Annual Lighting of the Tree in Jonesborough

Saturday – November 25th, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Jonesborough will kick off the Christmas season by lighting the Fraser fr beside the Downtown Courthouse. Join in
your favorite holiday carols and listen as a story is shared. Event ends with the tree lighting. For more information call 423.753.1010.

Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting in Bristol

Monday – November 27th, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Bristol’s Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting is set for Monday, November 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Cumberland Square Park 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. This event is sponsored by McCall Capital: The Bristol Hotel, J.A. Street & Associates, and Believe in Bristol.

Christmas at Carter Mansion

Friday and Saturday – December 1st and 2nd, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays. Enjoy music, refreshments and historic interpreters acting out scenes from an 18th century Christmas. This Christmas celebration is by reservation only and space is limited. Contact the park at regular operating hours for more information. 423-543-5808

Candle Light Christmas at Rocky Mount

December 1st, 2nd, 8th, and 9th, 2017

We have been to this event and it is incredibly beautiful! 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.

Christmas on the Lake at Warrior’s Path State Park

Friday – December 1st, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Come celebrate Christmas on the Lake. From 6 to 8 PM, you and your family can enjoy Christmas music, crafts for kids, face painting, storytelling, games, and a visit from Santa. It’s all free – even the refreshments! Meet at the Recreation Building on Duck Island.

Breakfast With Santa at The Mall at Johnson City

Saturday – December 2nd, 2017 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am

You are cordially invited for a FREE Breakfast with Santa Claus! Put on your elf shoes and help Santa prepare for his big day. The first 150 children will enjoy a warm breakfast, as well as other fun, holiday activities throughout the event.

Christmas at the Covered Bridge in Elizabethton

Saturday – December 2nd, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm

The Covered Bridge Park will transform into a Christmas Village on Saturday, December 2 for a free community event. The park will feature a festive Christmas Village, Christmas Music, games, hot chocolate, and cookies, and pictures with Santa will be available for purchase.  Afterwards stay in the downtown to enjoy the annual Elizabethton Carter County Christmas Parade.

Winter Greenery Hike and Christmas Tree Decorating at Steele Creek Park

Saturday – December 2nd  from 2:00 pm to around 5:00 pm

Meet Don at the Nature Center for a Holiday-themed adventure! Enjoy a mild hike in search of winter wonders including Christmas Ferns, mistletoe, and hollies. Also, help find and collect a 2017 Christmas tree for our Nature Center! – After the hike, we’ll come back to the Nature Center to decorate our tree and have some holiday refreshments!

Milligan Christmas Concert

December 2nd and 3rd, 2017 at 7:30

If I was forced to choose just one of these events than this would be the one. The entire concert is absolutely beautiful. But at the end, the lights go out and everyone gets a candle, voices raise together to sing Silent Night and its Christmas. It’s all the things that make Christmas beautiful with none of the distractions and I wouldn’t miss it for anything. It will take your breath away!

The glorious sounds and sights of the season will be a great start to your Christmas festivities as the music department presents its annual Christmas concert. The performance will feature choirs, orchestra, and the organ in the beautifully-decorated Mary B. Martin Auditorium located inside Seeger Chapel. The evening also will include a carol sing-along and conclude with a moving candle-lighting and singing of “Silent Night.” The concert is free, but an offering with a suggested donation of $5 will be taken to benefit the Milligan music program.

Downtown Elizabethton Christmas Parade: “Christmas Around the World”

Saturday – December 2nd at 6:00 pm

The theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas Around the World”. Participants are encouraged to find creative ways to reflect how Christmas is celebrated worldwide.

Christmas in Olde Jonesborough: Doggone Christmas

Saturday – December 2nd from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Christmas is going to the dogs in Downtown Jonesborough! Bring your furry friend for pictures with Santa, enjoy treats and more. Prizes will be given for Ugliest Christmas Dog Sweater and Dog/Owner Look-alike. Donations will also be accepted for the Washington Co. Humane Society. For information call 423.913.8212.

Visions of Christmas 1862 at Tipton-Haynes

Saturday – December 2nd from 2:00 to 6:00 pm

Come and enjoy an 1862 rendition of the Haynes family. 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. Come and enjoy an 1862 rendition of the Haynes family. 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.

Christmas Tree Lighting in Downtown Johnson City

Saturday – December 2nd at 6:00 pm

6:00 pm at the plaza on Buffalo Street, join us for music and holiday cheer as we revive a tradition for Johnson City. The 26-foot tree is provided by the City of Johnson City. The Indian Trail 6th Grade Chorus, along with a Mayoral Proclamation, Santa and the Grinch will lead us in the tree lighting ceremony, 100 Buffalo Street.


Johnson City Christmas Parade and Whoville Village

Saturday – December 2nd, 2017

The Johnson City Christmas Parade theme is “It’s a Whoville Christmas”. It begins at 11:30 am, travels down W. Walnut Street, to Buffalo Street, turns right on Main Street, to Colonial Way, left on State of Franklin Road and ends at Legion Street. The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who will be our Grand Marshals. The JC Christmas Parade is sponsored by TVA. Trophy sponsors are the JC Chamber of Commerce, Firehouse Restaurant, and Sparkling Ice.

For two hours following the parade, Santa will be at Holidays to allow children to sit on his lap and parents to take their own photos. Holidays is located at 308 E. Main Street.

Following the parade, stay downtown to enjoy some great family fun activities. Community organizations will be providing kids activities from 1 pm- 3 pm in the Pavilion at Founders Park. A DJ dance party, storytelling, crafts, games and much more! Bring your camera to take the kids picture with the Grinch or other furry friends. Make sure you visit the food trucks at Whoville Village or one of the wonderful local restaurants in downtown on Saturday. Sponsored by ES Dockery, Mitch Cox Companies, and TruPoint Bank.

Pay it forward – bring new gloves, toboggans, or scarves to be donated to those in need. New items only, please. A donation bin will be in the Pavilion.

Community Holiday Celebration at Johnson City Public Library

Monday -December 4th from 5 to 6:30 pm

Mark your calendar to come to our Community Holiday Event. The first hour will be activity-based. Then the East Tennessee Children’s Choir will perform holiday music at 6 pm. No registration necessary. More details will be coming out soon.

Bristol Ballet Presents the Nutcracker at Paramount Center for the Arts

Friday – December 8th, 2017 at 7:30 pm and Saturday – December 9th, 2017 at 12:00 pm 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’sfull-length production of this popular holiday classic. Tickets $8 to $16.

1818 Christmas at The Netherland Inn in Kingsport

December 8th through 10th, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Kingsport’s venerable historic site, the Netherland Inn, will celebrate the Christmas holidays in traditions that date as far back as the 1820’s when Richard and Margaret Netherland hosted friends and family for a lavish party complete with beautiful decorations, good food, and lively music.  1818 Christmas at the Inn open house will take place Friday and Saturday, December 8 and 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Nina Ketron  Plus Two will perform on Friday night; Poplar Hill Reunion Band will be featured on Saturday night, and the Ben Ellis Band will play on Sunday afternoon.  Friday and Saturday nights Civil War re-enactors from the John S. Mosby Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans will portray living history characters from the area and will interact with guests as they tell about the area’s part in the war including the Battle of Kingsport.  Dick and Jill Burdette will arrive in character as Richard and Margaret Netherland along with their friends Bill and Charlotte Pettis of Rogersville. Local artist Robin Hillman will have her work available for sale in the schoolhouse cabin.  Some of Robin’s offerings are painted on wood from the flatboat, “The Charlotte”.  Vicki Pinto will be in the Boone Cabin with her Tennessee artwork for sale. Make plans now to attend this celebration to enjoy the beautiful period natural decorations designed and provided by Kingsport garden clubs and Inn volunteers, to partake of delicious food, and to hear the seasonal music.  Visit with living history characters from Kingsport’s past.  All proceeds from this event go toward maintenance and restoration of the Netherland Inn and Boatyard Complex as well as toward adding to the historic campus.  In addition to being the birthplace of Kingsport, the Netherland Inn is the only site on the National Register of Historic Places to have been both a boatyard and a stagecoach stop.

Christmas in Olde Jonesborough: At Home with Santa

Saturday – December 9th, 2017 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

This all-time favorite children’s event will be held at the Visitors Center, International Storytelling Center and  Courthouse Square. Activities include pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, Santa Mart and more. Children
are encouraged to wear their pajamas and enjoy a performance of The Polar Express! For information call

Santa’s South Pole Swim at Kingsport Aquatic Center

Saturday – December 9th, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Santa is making a stop at the Kingsport Aquatic Center, and you are invited to join in on the fun! From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., children ages 12 and younger are invited to see Santa, make a wish list to send to the North Pole, enjoy paddleboard rides with the elves, play reindeer games, decorate a stocking and swim! Pre-registration admission is $5 for swimmers. Admission on the day of the event will be $7 for swimmers and $2 for non-swimmers. Pre-registration is recommended to guarantee a stocking.

Annual Lighted Christmas Parade in Jonesborough

Saturday – December 9th, 2017 at 6:00 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! For information call 423.753.1010.

A Church Circle Christmas – Advent Open House

Sunday – December 10th, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Join the Church Circle Churches of downtown Kingsport on December 10, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for self-guided tours of the sanctuaries adorned for the holiday. Come enjoy music and light refreshments at each location. This event is sponsored by the FBSUMC Altar Guild and Creative Souls. Participating churches are First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and First Broad Street United Methodist Church.

A Charlie Brown Christmas at Niswonger Performing Arts Center

Wednesday – December 13th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Shultz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago. Now the classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree and uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

A Christmas Story Presented By Kingsport Theatre Guild

December 15th, 16th, and 17th, 2017

The show follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking. Ticket Information here.

Christmas in Olde Jonesborough: Christmas Church Tour

Saturday – December 16th, 2017 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Churches in the historic district invite you to see decorated sanctuaries with sights and sounds of the season. Guides available, with an inside look at the history. Churches will also offer music, refreshments and more. Map of the tour at Storytelling Center or Visitors Center. For information call 423.913.8212.

God With Us – Trinity Arts Center

Saturday – December 16th, 2017 Showing at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm

Tickets for the 12th annual performance of God With Us, our original, full-length, contemporary dance production telling the story of Christmas, are on sale today! Make God With Us a part of your family’s Christmas tradition and join us on Saturday, December 16th at 1:00 or 5:00 in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus.

God With Us includes performances by all of the dance students at Trinity Arts Center, set to contemporary and traditional Christmas music. From irresistibly cute moments from our three and four-year-old dancers to meaningful moments from our most experienced ones, God With Us will entertain and inspire people of all ages. After twelve years, I still can’t wait to see what our dancers will bring. It’s a beautiful way to remind yourself of the true meaning of Christmas.

Get your tickets here. I have seen this show and it is amazing! One of my very favorites! I’m recommending 🙂


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Be blessed,


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