Holiday-themed events in the Tri-Cities region

(WJHL) - News Channel 11 has compiled a list of holiday-themed events in our region. This is a running list, so we will continuously post more events as they become available.  If you have an event you'd like to feature send a flyer or news release to news@wjhl.com 


13th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Road Race and Family Fun Run/Walk 
Thursday, November 22 

Registration for the Turkey Trot is now underway at www.jcturkeytrot.com.
Online registrations will close at 9 p.m. Nov. 19.
Late registration (Nov. 20-21)
A special discount will be available for families of five or more (living in the same household) that register by Nov. 19.  

Johnson City Christmas Parade 
Saturday, December 1 
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Theme: 12 Days of Christmas
Deadline to register, November 19
Click here for more details 

Downtown Kingsport Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade 
Saturday, December 1 
2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
Photos with Santa beginning at 2;00 p.m 
For more information or to be a part of this year's parade, follow this link: https://bit.ly/2F1NfTd

Santa's South Pole Swim 
Kingsport Aquatic Center 
Holiday Pool Party
December 8 
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Reindeer games, paddleboard rides with the elves, and aquatic sled riding!
All pre-registered children 12 and under can decorate their very own stocking, provided by the KAC.
Pre-registration is $5 per swimmer. All day-of swimmer tickets will cost $7, and all spectator tickets are $2. We strongly recommend you pre-register!
Purchase tickets for Santa's South Pole Swim here: http://bit.ly/kac_events
Please call the KAC at (423)343-9758 for more information.

Christmas Family Movie Night 
"Jingle All The Way"
December 14, 2018 
6;30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
All ages welcomed. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 
Cost. $1 per person 
Location: V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex (301 Louis St.) 
Contact; ReneeEnsor@kingsportTN.gov

JONESBOROUGH - Month-long series of events and activities. Christmas in Olde Jonesborough will feature a different theme every Saturday from November 24 to December 15. Downtown is also a place to shop.


Downtown Courthouse each Saturday beginning Nov. 24 - Dec. 15. 
Available for pictures and visits with children.
Be sure to bring your letters to Santa and drop them off in the mailbox by December 15th and receive a reply from the jolly old man himself.

Christmas Market and gift wrapping 
Each Saturday, Nov. 24 - Dec. 15 
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. 

Saturday, November 24 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Complete with the Grinch and other characters. Dress as your favorite Whoville character and get a “grinch treat”. Activities, movies and popcorn will be located throughout town. Then at 6pm,  the Lighting of the Tree.  Music and Storytelling will lead up to the official lighting of the Spruce beside the Washington County Courthouse in downtown.

Doggone Christmas
Saturday, December 1 with
From 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
 Bring your furry friends for pictures with Santa, treat station and be sure to check out the pet-friendly items at the Christmas Market. Join us at 1 p.m. for 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.

Fun with Frosty & Friends
December 8 from 11 a.m.-3p.m. throughout town
Lots of family fun including Pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, children’s storytelling, Santa Mart, games and more.  

Christmas Parade 
Saturday, December 8th at 6:00 p.m. 
Theme: Merry and Bright
Parade application and entry fee due Monday, December 3 
Click here for more details. 
The much-anticipated Jonesborough Lighted Christmas Parade will travel through the festively decorated historic district from Boone Street to Main Street. Immediately following the parade join us at the Courthouse for the Annual Turkey Toss and maybe you’ll be one of the lucky recipients to win a free Christmas turkey!

Breakfast with Santa
December 15
Chuckey Depot Museum in Jonesborough at the top of each hour from 8-10 a.m. With The Polar Express theme, children are encouraged to wear their pajamas while visiting with Santa over breakfast.   

Christmas Church Tour
December 15 
From 11 a.m-3 p.m.,
Stroll through town and visit participating churches in the downtown historic district. See their beautifully decorated sanctuaries and enjoy music, hand bells and more. Grab a guide at the International Storytelling Center to begin your tour. Each church is located within an easy walking distance of downtown and make sure to stop in the shops to get your last-minute gifts while you’re in town.

For more information on Christmas in Olde Jonesborough, call 423-753-1010 or visit www.jbochristmas.com.


Walking in Frontier Footsteps - After Thanksgiving Day Hike
Friday, November 23, 11:00 amJoin Ranger Davis for a special guided interpretive walk through the grounds of Sycamore Shoals and along portions of the walking path on Friday, November 24. Discover the historical events that took place surrounding Sycamore Shoals and their significance to the formation of our State and Country.  Dress appropriately for the weather as we will be taking a casual stroll on the walking path and through the park grounds. Meet in the picnic area beside the Visitor Center, at 11:00 am. Please no pets. Hike is by reservation only and subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather.

Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang
Sunday, November 25
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Enjoy the rich musical traditions of our region each month.  Old time musicians of all levels are welcome.  Don’t play and instrument?  Come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes!

Tomahawk Tossin’                
Thursday, November 29 
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Cost: $5.00 Adults/ Ages 17-12 $1
Max: 6
Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/ sycamore-shoals                                          (Choose “Upcoming Events” in the left hand menu.)
Join ranger Hayslett in Fort Watauga to learn about how the tomahawk was used by natives and settlers alike in the 18th century. Proper methods of tomahawk throwing will be demonstrated and taught to participants ages 12 and above. Participants must be 12 years and older with adult supervision. Wear close-toed shoes and get ready to have some safe fun!

Christmas at the Carter Mansion
Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost:  $7.00- Adults/$3.00- Ages 7 to 17/6 and under Free
Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals
Registration Opens on November 1st – Choose “Upcoming Events” in the menu
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. 

Winterfest Art Show
December 2 - 16
Opening Reception:  Sunday, December 2        
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
 Kick off the holidays at Sycamore Shoals!  The Watauga Valley Art League exhibition and sale begins with a reception on December 3 with great opportunities for holiday shopping! Artwork from the Watauga Valley Art League will remain on display during regular park hours throughout the month of December until January 7th, 2018.

Lamplight Christmas Wreath Exhibit
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park 
December 2 – 16
Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm 
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.

Elizabethton Christmas Parade
The annual Elizabethton Christmas Parade
will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 6pm in Downtown Elizabethton. The theme of this year’s parade is “Classic Christmas Stories”. The Chamber encourages float participants to decorate in the theme of their favorite Christmas book or Christmas story. In keeping with the theme, Grand Marshals for the parade will be the Book Bus programs of both the Carter County School System and Elizabethton City Schools. Entry applications for the parade are available online at elizabethtonchamber.com or you may contact the Chamber at 423.547.3850. The Elizabethton Carter County Chamber of Commerce is located at 500 HWY 19E, Elizabethton, TN 37643.


David Crocket State Park 

Black Friday Fun 
Annual Black Friday Hike and Musket Shoot 
Meet Ranger McKay at the Visitor Center at 10:00 a.m. 
Explore the John Crockett Trail
1.35-mile loop 
Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather 

FREE HIKES - Day after Thanksgiving 
Guided hikes at all 56 state parks the day after Thanksgiving, November 23 
For all ages and abilities from Memphis to Johnson City
Each hike lead by an experienced ranger
All the hikes are listed at https://tnstateparks.com/about/special-events/after-thanksgiving-hikes/. Visitors are encouraged to share photos of their hikes on social media with the hashtag #thankful4hiking.

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