Sights & Sounds of the Season Calendar (updated 12/8)

Carmen Musick • Nov 16, 2018 at 10:27 AM

The Sights & Sounds of the Season are in full swing throughout the region. From concerts and parades to family fun and Christmas tree lighting events, there are plenty of activities to help get you - and keep you - in the holiday spirit. Here’s a list featuring many of the "Sights and Sounds" of the season. To add an event to the list, email cmusick@timesnews.net.


* 1818 Christmas at the Inn takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, and 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, at The Netherland Inn. Tickets for the event are $10 per person (children 6 and under free with a paying adult) and are available at the door or in the visitors’ center cabin at the parking lot during the event.

* Intercity Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8, at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center. Educators can register classes online at www.intercityballet.org for daytime tickets. Evening tickets are $10-$25, and are available at Toy F. Reid from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at Blue Ridge Properties during regular business hours. Or call (423) 246-2199 or (423) 323-2474.

* Bristol Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 8, at The Paramount Center for the Arts. During Saturday’s noon performance, Bristol Ballet will partner with the Sullivan County Animal Shelter for “Pupcracker,” the full-length “Nutcracker” production with adoptable dogs and a raffle. Tickets are available online at www.paramountbristol.org or at the Paramount box office.

* Bristol’s Broadmore Senior Living will host its seventh annual “Spirit of the Season Bazaar” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 8  in the Broadmore community. Craft, civic and at-home vendors will be on hand. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association-NE/SE Tennessee Chapter. Have a great time with your families, pick up gifts for the holiday’s and support a great cause. Vendor spaces available on a first come, first served basis. For further details on the “Spirit of the Season Bazaar” or any Broadmore event contact Tim Buchanan at (423) 764-4622.

* The Bloomingdale Christmas Parade is from 9 to 11 am., Saturday, Dec. 8. Organized by Sullivan North High School and Middle School, the parade will line up at 9 a.m. at Ketron Elementary School.

* David Crockett Birthplace State Park’s Christmas Craft Faire featuring handmade crafts, homemade goods and other gifts is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8 in the park campground. Vendor fee is $25. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be at the Stonecypher Cabin from 1 to 3 p.m. Special activities throughout the day. The park is located at 1245 Davy Crockett Park Road, Limestone.  Inclement weather date is Dec. 15.

* The Dungannon Christmas Parade is at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8.

* David Crockett Birthplace State Park’s Crockett Christmas celebration is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, in the park’s Stonecypher Cabin. Festivities include refreshments, a candlelight walk to the homestead barn to view the live nativity and a short program featuring 18th century carols. The park is located at 1245 Davy Crockett Park Road, Limestone. Inclement weather date is Dec. 15.

* The Surgoinsville Christmas Parade is at 11 a.m., Dec. 8, beginning at Surgoinsville First United Methodist Church. There is no cost to participate. For more information, call (423) 921-4623.

* The East Tennessee Historical Society’s Holiday Open House is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Museum of East Tennessee History at The East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. Activities include lectures, storytelling, craft demonstrations and the sale of handmade items, free ornament and craft making for the kids, and holiday refreshments. Museum admission is free for the day. 

* The Blountville Ruritan Annual Christmas Parade is at 2 p.m., Dec. 8. The parade will line up at Keystone Drive and proceed onto Great Stage Road, ending at the old Sullivan County Courthouse in downtown Blountville. While there, visit the Old Deery Inn and Museum for Christmas tours, which will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call (423) 323-4660.

* Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site, located at 2620 South Roan Street in Johnson City, presents “Visions of Christmas: 1863” from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8. Enjoy live music in the visitor center and candelight tours of the home. Mountain Boy’s Kountry Kitchen will be offering holiday treats and drinks. If you are brave enough, you can explore the cave and then take a brisk walk in the woods during daylight hours. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 12 and under. Members of the Tipton-Haynes Historical Association receive free admission. Call (423) 926-3631 to make a reservation. Tours begin at 2:10 p.m. and continue every 20 minutes until the last tour at 5:50 p.m. Reservations are strongly suggested prior to Dec. 8.

* Town of Unicoi’s Christmas at the Bogart Bowman Cabin will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Dec. 8. Participants will enjoy light refreshments (cookies, cider and punch), a wagon ride, storytelling, a candy cane hunt, live music by various local musicians, the lighting of the tree, and last but not lease, and an opportunity to sit with Santa Claus! Free and open to the public. Call (423) 735-0517 or email recreationaide@unicoitn.net.

* The Bluff City Annual Christmas Parade is at 5 p.m., Dec. 8. Sponsored and hosted by the Town of Bluff City, the parade will be held along Main Street, and this year’s theme will be “A Thankful Christmas.” Prizes will be awarded to the best floats, cars and trucks. For more information, call (423) 538-7144.

* The Jonesborough Lighted Christmas Parade is at 6 p.m., Dec. 8. The parade will travel through the festively decorated historic district from Boone Street to Main Street. Immediately following the parade, meet at the Courthouse for the Annual Turkey Toss for a chance to win a free Christmas turkey!

* The Gate City Christmas Parade is at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8 on Kane and Jackson streets in Gate City. The theme is “There’s No Place Like Home for Christmas.” Please note: This is a change from the original date due to the threat of inclement weather.

* The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8 at Milligan College’s Seeger Chapel. Guest artists include East Tennessee Ballet Academy and Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy. Tickets are $10 for students and $35 for adults. For tickets, call (423) 926-8742 or visit https://www.jcsymphony.com/events.

* The 20th Annual Bristol Christmas Tour of Homes is from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9. Tickets for the self-guided tour are $12 per person in advance or $15 per person on the day of tour. Tickets are available at Cranberry Lane, Country Gallery Florist, Grand Antiques and  Southern States Bristol Co-Op. Tickets will also be available at each residence on the day of the tour. The event is a benefit to sponsor transplant lodging for local residents at Vanderbilt Hospital. Call (423) 652-0163.

* 1818 Christmas at the Inn is from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, at The Netherland Inn. Tickets for the event are $10 per person (children 6 and under free with a paying adult) and are available at the door or in the visitors’ center cabin at the parking lot during the event.

* Hammond House hosts a Victorian Era Christmas from 2 to 4 p.m., Dec. 9 featuring music and carols by John and Joy Mullen. Bill Dunn will provide the history of Hammond House, and costumed carols from LampLight Theater. Donations will be accepted.

* Morningstar Flute Ensemble presents a concert of Christmas music at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, in the sanctuary of First Broad Street United Methodist Church, 100 E. Broad Street, Kingsport. A reception will follow this free public concert. For additional information, contact Charlotte Ellis at (423) 323-4933.

CANCELED * The Civic Chorale, under direction of music director Dr. Rodney Caldwell, has canceled its seasonal concert originally scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9. The decision was made to “best ensure the safety of the audience and the chorale members. Much of the music planned for this concert will be included in The Civic Chorale's March 9, 2019 event.” Visit www.thecivicchorale.org.

* Pro-Art presents “A Toast to Christmas” featuring Brass 5 at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9 at Lee Theatre in Pennington Gap, Va. Visit www.proartva.org or call (276) 376-4520.

WEEK OF DEC. 10-15

* Dobyns-Bennett High School’s Combined Holiday Concert, featuring the school’s orchestra, chorus and band, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport.

* Kingswood Home for Children presents its Christmas program, “The Christmas Cross,” at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9 in the Kingswood campus chapel. Free and appropriate for all ages.

* The Clinch Coalition’s annual holiday potluck and silent auction at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Tacoma Community Center. In the event of inclement weather, check the website for possible change to Dec. 19. The holiday gathering is free and open to the public. Mushroom enthusiast Gabrielle Zeiger will present “Zen and the Art of Mushroom Hunting” as part of the educational offering. Contact the Clinch Coalition at clinchcoalition@gmail.com or visit www.clinchcoaliton.net.

* An Ugly Sweater Party & Brews for Books Fundraiser benefiting Literacy Council of Kingsport will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Gypsy Circus Cider Company. Gypsy Circus will donate $1 of every pint sold.

* Kingsport Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m., Dec. 13-15 and at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Performing Arts Center at Northeast State Community College. Tickets are $10-$20. “Clara’s Tea and Chocolate” will be held at 5 p.m., Dec. 15. Tickets for the special pre-show event are $10 each. Call (423) 378-3967.

* Town of Unicoi Tourist Information Center’s Christmas Open House is Friday, Dec. 14. Get to know the town staff and administration while enjoying heavy hors d'oeuvres. The Tanasi Heritage and Arts Gallery will be open during this time. Please RSVP by calling 735-0517 or emailing recreationaide@unicoitn.net.

* Carter Family Fold Christmas Show is at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15. Musicians donate their time, and audience members bring a potluck dish for all to enjoy. The Carter Family Cabin will be decked in old-time Christmas decorations, and admission is one canned food item.

* Breakfast with Santa at Chuckey Depot Museum at Jonesborough offers seating at 8, 9 and 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15. The Polar Express-themed event invites children to wear their favorite pajamas and climb aboard Jonesborough’s own train museum to enjoy breakfast provided by Chick-Fil-A as Santa reads excerpts from "Polar Express." Tickets are $15 per person and include breakfast of chicken-minis, fruit and chocolate milk. Limited seating available. Children will also get to take a commemorative Chuckey Depot Museum ornament home with them. Tickets can be purchased from the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center by calling (423) 753-1010 or online at www.jonesborough.com/tickets. Proceeds benefit the Chuckey Depot Museum at Jonesborough for funding exhibits in 2019.

* Mountain Home National Cemetery’s “Wreaths Across America” ceremony begins at noon, Dec. 15, followed by the annual holiday wreath-laying. Call (423) 979-3535.


* Cantemus Women’s Choir presents an outstanding classical concert of seasonal music at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Downtown Kingsport. The concert will feature a performance of Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" with harpist Sarah Malone, along with other choral works of the season. The performance is free, but a $10 suggested donation is greatly appreciated.

* Kingsport Public Library’s Polar Express Party is at 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 17. Come in your pajamas and listen to the book, then stick around to watch the movie. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be served. This is a free family event. No registration is required.

* Mrs. Santa's Christmas Secret featuring music, storytelling, puppets and magic will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Renaissance Center Theatre in Kingsport. The family-friendly event is free for everyone. Mrs. Santa is portrayed by Judy "Butterfly" Farlow, an award-winning storyteller.

* Emmanuel Episcopal Church’s 38th Annual Christmas Dinner, located at 700 Cumberland Street in Bristol, invites the community and area visitors to its annual Community Christmas Dinner from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 25. Dinner includes traditional holiday dinner trimmings. Reservations are not necessary and there is no fee for the dinner. Everyone is invited to enjoy the wonderful meal and a fun-filled evening of fellowship, entertainment, and caroling. To learn more, call (276) 669-9488 or email emmanuelbristol@gmail.com.


* Warriors Path State Park’s “Light Up The Night” New Year's Hike featuring a moderate two-mile hike with old-time kerosene lanterns. Hot cocoa will be served following the hike! For safety, only adults will carry the kerosene lanterns. Children should bring a small flashlight. Come dressed for the weather and wear sturdy hiking boots. Meet at park's swimming pool parking lot.

* The Town of Greeneville’s Midnight On Main begins at 8 p.m., Dec. 31. Two blocks of Main Street will be filled with music, dancing, food and other festivities for all ages. An indoor kids zone has been added to this year’s plans. Three live music venues include General Morgan Inn, Catalyst Coffee Company and the Capitol Theatre. Other activities include street dance, karaoke and more. A highlight of Midnight on Main will be the ball drop by Greeneville Light & Power System. The ball drop will take place during the countdown to a spectacular midnight fireworks show above Main Street. Anyone interested in sponsoring the event can call (423) 639-7105 or email arose@greenevilletn.gov.


* Barter Theatre offers four holiday productions: “Elf: The Musical” through Dec. 30, “Wooden Snowflakes” through Dec. 23; “The Santaland Diaries” through Dec. 30; and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” through Dec. 20. For showtimes and tickets information, visit www.bartertheatre.com or call (276-628-5466).

* Kingsport Theatre Guild presents “Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical,” Dec. 7-16, at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. Show times are 7 p.m., Fridays; 2 and 7 p.m., Saturdays; and 2 p.m., Sundays. To purchase tickets, call (423) 392-8427 or visit www.kingsporttheatre.org.

* LampLight Theatre presents “The Christmas Heirloom” through Dec. 21. Show times are at 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; at 2 p.m., Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, and at 3 p.m., Sundays. Admission is $12 for adults; $7 for students; and free for children 5 and under. A special Christmas dinner will be held Dec. 15 at The Emporium (adjoining the theatre). The dinner begins at 5 p.m. Cost for the dinner/theater is $30 for adults; $25 for students and $20 for children under 12. Call (423) 343-1766 for reservations.

* Theatre Bristol presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” through Dec. 16 at the Theater Bristol ARTspace, 506 State Street, Bristol, Tennessee. Show times are 7:30 p.m., Fridays; 5:30 p.m., Saturdays and 2:30 p.m., Sundays. For tickets, visit www.TheaterBristol.org.

* The Fort Henry Mall presents Santa’s Village, a new Santa experience, in center court and features a new area for families to have their picture taken with Santa along with interactive stations featuring activities for children of all ages. Santa’s Village will also host Stories with Santa throughout the Christmas season at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 5, 15 and 19. During storytime, families can gather around Santa’s Village to hear Christmas classics such as “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and “The Night Before Christmas.” Santa’s Village will be open through Christmas Eve. Photos with Santa are available Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.visitsantasvillage.com.

* Christmas in Olde Jonesborough features a different theme and a variety of events, including music and storytelling from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Saturday from Nov. 24-Dec. 15. Santa will also be on site at the downtown Courthouse each Saturday for pictures and visits with children. Be sure to bring your letters to Santa and drop them off in the mailbox by Dec. 15 and receive a reply from the jolly old man himself. The Christmas Market will be available on the Plaza of the International Storytelling Center featuring handmade crafts, jewelry and holiday items. Free gift wrapping will also be offered on any purchases made in Downtown Jonesborough during the Saturday events. Dec. 1: Doggone Christmas. Bring your furry friends for pictures with Santa, treat station and be sure to check out the pet-friendly items at the Christmas Market. At 1 p.m., contests including Ugliest Christmas Dog Sweater, Best Holiday Costume and Pet/Owner Lookalike. Donations will also be accepted for the Washington County Humane Society so please bring something to add to the back of the sleigh. Dec. 8: Fun with Frosty & Friends featuring pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, children’s storytelling, Santa Mart, games and more. Dec. 15: Christmas Church Tour featuring beautifully-decorated sanctuaries, music, hand bells and more. Grab a guide at the International Storytelling Center to begin your tour. Each church is located within easy walking distance of downtown. To learn more or for a detailed schedule, call (423) 753-1010 or visit www.jbochristmas.com.

* The Lamplight Christmas Wreath Exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 1 to 4:30 p.m, Sundays, Dec. 2-16, at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. Wreaths will be made by community members, civic groups and schools to bring to life the Christmas spirit of our region.

* The US Bank’s annual Parade of Trees Christmas tree decorating display begins during an open house from 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, at 107 E. Main Street in Rogersville. Light refreshments will be served. This year’s theme is “Christmas Memories.” Trees will remain on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 4-21. Call (423) 272-2186.

* Jonesborough's Annual Celebration of Trees, a unique exhibit of more than 30 beautifully-decorated Christmas trees, runs from Dec. 3-23 in Historic Jonesborough. This year’s exhibit begins at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center's Old Town Emporium Gift Shop. The trees are all sponsored and decorated by area businesses and non-profit organizations. Exhibit programs, listing nearly 25 locations throughout the historic district, are located at the Jonesborough Visitors Center and the International Storytelling Center. The exhibit is free. All locations are open to public viewing during their normal operating hours. To learn more, call the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at (423) 753-1010 or visit www.jbochristmas.com.

* Natural Tunnel State Park’s Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel is from 6 to 10 p.m., Dec. 7-8, 14-15 and 17-22. As you ride the chairlift, you will be surrounded by thousands of Christmas lights and animated Christmas displays. Once at the tunnel, stand by the warm fire while sounds and smells of the holiday season fill the air. Hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows, Christmas carols and a visit from Santa are just a few things you can expect to enjoy.

* Historic Abingdon celebrates “A Season of Christmas Cheer” with concerts, magical storefront displays, a 20-foot-tall Christmas tree, and special events through Dec. 31. Special events include: official Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m, Nov. 29; and more.

* The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights continues nightly through Jan. 5 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Highlights of the route include a ride alongside the legendary Bristol Dragway and a lap around The Last Great Colosseum before a visit to the Christmas Village presented by Eastman Credit Union.

* Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana continues through Jan. 5. A season pass purchased during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas provides unlimited admission to this year’s Christmas festival along with unlimited admission for Dollywood’s entire 2019 season. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit www.dollywood.com.

* Christmas at Biltmore continues through Jan. 6 with Candlelight Christmas Evenings on select nights through Jan. 5. For tickets, reservations or details, visit www.Biltmore.com/visit.

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