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

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.


* 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.

* The Dobyns-Bennett Bands will perform at the start of the Sevier holiday concert at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 13 at Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center.

* 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,” through Dec. 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. 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. 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 through 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. 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, through Dec. 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, at 107 E. Main Street in Rogersville, will remain on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Dec. 21. Call (423) 272-2186.

* Jonesborough's Annual Celebration of Trees, a unique exhibit of more than 30 beautifully-decorated Christmas trees, runs through Dec. 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. 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. 

* 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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