TRI-CITIES, Tenn./Va. (WJHL) — With Thanksgiving over, localities have begun announcing holiday parades and festivities this season for the entire family.
News Channel 11 compiled a list of parades and events throughout the viewing area in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
Abingdon Christmas Parade
The Abingdon Christmas Parade will kick off on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m.
The town also revealed merry festivities the entire family can enjoy leading up to the holiday, including a scavenger hunt, holiday lights driving tour and more.
Big Stone Gap Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
The community’s holiday festivities will kick off on Dec. 2 from 6-8 p.m. at Miner’s Park at 420 E. Wood Ave.
Bristol, Virginia Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Join the community for the annual Christmas tree lighting at The Bristol Hotel on Monday, Nov. 29.
Festivities will launch at 6:30 p.m., and the event is hosted by Believe in Bristol. The Christmas Parade will kick off Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. along State Street.
Church Hill Christmas Parade
The parade will be on Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. until noon.
It will begin downtown along Main Boulevard.
Parade lineup will start at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center.
For more information, call 423-357-6161.
Elizabethton Christmas Parade
Main Street Elizabethton will host the parade, themed “Christmas on the Big Screen,” on Dec. 11 from 6-8 p.m. The deadline to apply is Nov. 28.
Elizabethton Tree Lighting
The tree will be lit up at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 at the U-T Extension Office downtown
Elizabethton “Kids Candy Cane Quest”
Equipped with a bag and flashlight, kids will search the park for candy canes dropped by Santa Claus and his reindeer for a chance to win prizes.
Erwin Christmas Parade
The parade will kick off on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 10:30 a.m. from Erwin Village Shopping Center. It will travel down Main Avenue to Love Street, ending at Erwin Utilities.
For more information, call 423-743-3000.
Greeneville Christmas Parade
“Christmas Through the Decades” will kick off on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.
The parade will start from Bohannon Avenue and progress through North Main Street and down South Main.
Registration forms are due on Nov. 27.
All floats should be at the staging area on Bohannon Avenue by 12:30 p.m. Judging will start at 1 p.m.
There is no entry fee for high school and middle school marching bands, cheer teams, sports teams or groups. Veteran’s groups and emergency vehicles are also exempt from the entry fee.
For more information, call 423-638-4111.
Holidays Around the World
The McKinney Center will host its annual holiday fundraiser on Monday, Nov. 29.
With tickets at $30, the event will feature walk-through Christmas displays, live music, a visit from Santa Claus himself and the Grinch.
Tickets must be purchased in advance by Wednesday, Nov. 24.
To purchase a ticket, CLICK HERE.
Johnson City Christmas Parade 2021
City officials announced the Johnson City Christmas Parade has returned for the 2021 season.
The Blue Plum Organization is sponsoring the event, set to kick off on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Jonesborough 43rd Colors of Christmas Progressive Dinner
The Heritage Alliance will host the dinner on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 6 p.m. through 7:40 p.m. at the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School.
Tickets are $100 per person, and the proceeds go toward educational programs at the Heritage Alliance.
Online ticket purchases are available HERE or by calling 423-753-1010.
Jonesborough Christmas Parade
The 2021 parade will kick off from Historic Main Street on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.
The theme is “Christmas in the South.”
To register, CLICK HERE.
Jonesborough Whoville Christmas
Visitors can dress up as a Whoville character to receive a special treat. This event takes place on Nov. 27. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jonesborough Christmas Movie
A Christmas Movie will be playing continuously at the Lollipop Shop on Saturday, Dec. 4., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kingsport Christmas Parade
Kingsport’s Jingle & Mingle Christmas Event will kick off Saturday, Dec. 4 from noon until 8 p.m.
From noon through 6 p.m., the community can enjoy Shop & Hop at local downtown businesses.
3 p.m. until 5p.m. will kick off Santa’s Workshop in Glen Bruce Park, giving children the opportunity to tell the Man in Red all their Christmas wishes and wants.
The Christmas parade will kick off from 400 Clinchfield St. at 6 p.m., with the Christmas tree lighting to follow at 7 p.m.
Kingsport Senior Center Old-fashioned Christmas Fair
On Nov. 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. respectively, there will be a free Christmas craft fair at 1200 E. Center St. at the first and second floors of the Renaissance Center.
Food and dessert trucks will be available on the front lawn.
PetWorks will also have adoptable animals on site.
There will be over 40 local craft artisans with handmade items
The Mall at Johnson City
The Mall at Johnson City has a plethora of holiday events planned for the entire family. This includes photos with Santa Claus from Nov. 26 through Dec. 24. To make reservations, CLICK HERE. Other holiday treats include Small Business Saturdays, with a local DJ performance from noon until 3 p.m. Customers will also receive a free tote with their purchases. A tree lighting will be Saturday, Dec. 4 from 4-7 p.m. Paws & Claus on Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 from 6-8 p.m. Pets will enjoy treats and more.
Marion, Virginia 2021 Annual Christmas Parade
The parade will kick off from Downtown Marion on Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
The area will be decked out in new Christmas lights, and downtown merchants will extend hours for Christmas shopping. Parade line-up will begin at 6 p.m.
Polar Party at Kingsport Aquatic Center
Join the Kingsport Aquatic Center for Santa’s South Pole Swim on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Indoor pools are warmed than the Antarctic. Children can enjoy reindeer games, elf obstacle races and hot chocolate.
Rogersville Christmas Parade
The Christmas Parade will be on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 4-5 p.m. It will kick off from 110 E. Kyle St.
Skate by the Doe Ice Rink
Made possible by the Elizabethton Chamber of Commerce and City of Elizabethton Parks and Recreation, the ice rink will be open at Covered Bridge Park from Nov. 27 through Jan. 16.
It will be open to the public with skating reservations on Thursdays from 3-9 p.m.; Fridays 3-10 p.m.; Saturdays 10-10 p.m. and Sundays 1-6 p.m. for $10.
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be reserved for private corporation events, birthday or holiday parties and photography sessions.
Reservations will be available HERE.
Tipton-Haynes Historic Site’s Visions of Christmas: 1862
This event will kick off on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 2-6 p.m. at Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site in Johnson City.
Tours begin at 2:15 p.m. and continue every 20 minutes until the last tour at 5:55 p.m.
Community members can experience the lifestyles of families during the 1860s.
This will include family fun and holiday snacks and drinks prepared over the open hearth in the cabin.
Mountain Boys Kountry Kitchen will be available for holiday pastry purchases.
The Watauga Historical Association will be setup for those wishes to learn how to research family lineage.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children aged 12 years and under.
Members of the Tipton-Haynes Historical Association receive free admission.
For more information, call 423-926-3631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation.
Winter Wonderland Ice Skating
Beginning Dec. 10, community members in Chuckey can visit Horse Creek Farms for ice skating.
Tickets are available ONLINE ONLY and are $15 for those aged 6 and up, and $10 for those ages 2-5. Ice skating is available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., and ice skaters must arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled time. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Wise County Christmas Parades
The Big Stone Gap Christmas Parade will kick off on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.
The Coeburn Christmas Parade will kick off on Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
The St. Paul Christmas Parade will start on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m.
The Wise Christmas Parade will be on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.
The Norton Christmas Parade will be on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.
The Pound Christmas Parade will be on Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.