REGIONAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Want to find something great to do this weekend, or plan ahead for a group tour? See our Calendar of Events below. There's something for everyone in historic Sullivan County and the entire region... Whether you are interested activities in the great outdoors, or simply want to go to a play or concert, check out our list.
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NOV. 27, 2021 – Christmas with The Nelsons, Doors at 7pm/Show at 8pm, Cameo Theater, 703 State Street, Bristol, VA. This is the Christmas show all ages of boys and girls have been waiting for. The entire Nelson family invites you to celebrate, Christmas with the Nelsons. For additional information (276) 296-1234.
DEC 2, 2021 - Bristol Christmas Parade, 7 pm
DEC. 3, 2021 – The Wizards of Winter, Doors at 7pm/Show at 8pm, Cameo Theater, 703 State Street, Bristol, VA. A Holiday Rock event for the whole family featuring former members of Classic Rock Giants – Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Def Lepard, Rainbow, Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult, along with Broadway and Theatre veterans. For additional information (276) 296-1234.
DEC. 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th 2021 – Candlelight Christmas. Rocky Mount State Historic Site, 200 Hyder Hill Rd. Piney Flats, TN 37686. For additional information call (423) 538-7396.
DEC. 4, 2021 - Church Hill Christmas Parade, 11 am
DEC 4, 2021 - Johnson City Christmas Parade, 10:30 am
DEC. 4, 2021 – Downtown Kingsport’s Jingle Mingle Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting, 6:00 pm, Downtown Kingsport Association, Kingsport, TN. Be sure to get there early for an event extravaganza. For additional information (423) 392-8800.
DEC. 4 & 5, 2021 – “Christmas at Allandale” tours. Allandale Mansion, 4444 West Stone Drive, Kingsport, TN 37660. For additional information, please call (423) 229-9422.
DEC. 4, 2021 - Visions of Christmas: 1862, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Tipton Haynes Historical Site, 2620 S. Roan Street, Johnson City, TN. Come and enjoy an 1862 rendition of a Haynes family Christmas. You will tour the house and watch as the Haynes family prepare for Christmas and the celebration of Landon Carter Haynes’ birthday. Treats will be cooked on the open hearth of our cabin. Reservations for tours are appreciated. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children twelve and under. For additional information (423) 926-3631.
DEC. 4, 2021 - Overmountain Christmas Open House, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Sycamore Sholes State Park, 1561 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN. Please join us at the park visitors center for a festive holiday gathering. Enjoy historically dressed carolers, Christmas stories, the Watauga Valley Art League’s annual Winterfest Art Show, and more! There will be a special activity/project the whole family can participate in making. Come do some Christmas shopping in our new Gift Shop. Don’t miss out on getting some unique items you can’t find anywhere else! We look forward to seeing you! For additional information (423) 543-5808.
DEC. 4 – 5, 2021 - Christmas at the Carter Mansion, 6:00 pm – 9:45 pm, Sycamore Sholes State Park, 1561 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN. Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays. Enjoy music, refreshments and historic interpreters re-creating an 18th century Christmas celebration. Tours are by reservation only and space is limited. Registration opens November 1st. For additional information (423) 543-5808.
DEC. 5, 2021 - Greeneville Christmas Parade, 2 pm
DEC. 5, 2021 - Sara Evans, Sun., Dec. 5, Paramount Bristol, 518 State St., Bristol, TN 37620. For additional information, please call (423) 274-8920.
DEC. 7, 2021 – The Fab Four, The Ultimate Tribute, doors at 7pm/Show at 8pm, Cameo Theater, 703 State Street, Bristol, VA. If you want to experience the best Beatles tribute ever, you won’t want to miss The Fab Four-The Ultimate Tribute. For additional information (276) 296-1234.
Dec. 9, 2021 - HISTORIC BLOUNTVILLE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, 6pm, Thurs., Dec. 9, hosted by the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism, downtown Historic District, Blountville, TN. For additional information, please contact Shelia Hunt.
HISTORIC BLOUNTVILLE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Want to ring in the Christmas Season with family and friends? Do you have a special someone you would like to remember at Christmas? How about an old-fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting right here in the heart of Sullivan County and join in on some old-time Christmas caroling around the tree? Historic Blountville is the place to be!
TRADITIONAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY, 6 PM, THURS., DEC. 9, 2021
This year’s festivities will begin with the traditional Historic Blountville Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in front of the old Sullivan County Courthouse at 6 PM on Thurs., Dec. 9, 2021.
Hon. Richard S. Venable, Sullivan County Mayor, will deliver the Welcome address. WJHL’s Chris McIntosh will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Rev. Clay Austin of First Baptist Church will conduct the invocation. Special guests will include Hon. Barry Staubus, District Attorney General; Hon. Jeff Cassidy, Sullivan County Sheriff.
Matthew Johnson, Assistant Director of the Department of Archives and Tourism, will do the honor of lighting the town Christmas tree, a massive thirty-foot blue spruce that adorns the front lawn of the historic courthouse. Hon. Jeff Cassidy, Sullivan County Sheriff, will present a special Christmas address. Christmas carols and other special holiday music will be performed by the West Ridge High School Choir under the direction of Christy Noah and Denise McReynolds, Theater and Choral Directors for West Ridge High School. Sullivan County residents Cora and Chloe Caldwell will perform “Mary Did You Know” on violin and guitar.
Continuing the tradition of “One Special Town… Two Special Trees”, the ceremony will include the traditional tree lighting of the beautiful 30-foot Douglas fir in front of the courthouse, and a second tree lighting by the Hope for Victims Support and Advocacy Group in remembrance of victims of violence.
Area residents are encouraged to participate by bringing an ornament in honor of family members lost to violence. Victims Remembrance Tree Organizer Joan Berry said, “It is in remembrance of everyone that has lost a loved one to homicide. Holidays can be extremely sad for families who have lost a loved one to violent crime. The remembrance tree gives families from East Tennessee the opportunity to do something special for their loved ones.”
Food vendors will be offering hot chocolate and a variety of other food items at the Christmas Tree Lighting.
The Historic Blountville Christmas Tree Lighting ceremonies are sponsored by the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism and the partnership of the Second Judicial District Attorney General’s Office and the local chapter of the Hope for Victims Support and Advocacy Group.
The general public is cordially invited to celebrate the Historic Blountville Christmas Tree Lighting, a beautiful Sullivan County tradition.
Dec. 10 – 11, 2021 – Bristol Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker", 10th, doors at 6:30 pm/show at 7:30 pm, on the 11th, doors at 11:00 am/show at 12:00 pm, second show on the 11th, doors at 4:30 pm/show at 5:30, Paramount Bristol, State Street, Bristol, TN. Experience the wonder of Clara’s adventure as she helps the Nutcracker break the spell of the evil Rat Queen, and goes on a journey through the land of Snow and onward to the Land of Sweets. Danced by local dancers in the Bristol Ballet Company and professional guest artists, including Erin Ginn and Jace Coronoado, who return from New York City to reprise their roles as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Beautiful music, great dancing, and lovely backdrops will put you in the holiday spirit! For additional information (423) 274-8920.
DEC. 10 – 12, 2021 – 1818 Christmas at the Inn, 10th and 11th, 6pm – 8pm and the 12th, 2pm – 4pm. Netherland Inn, Netherland Inn Rd. Kingsport, TN 37660. For additional information (423) 245-5449.
DEC. 11, 2021 – Bloomingdale Ruritan Christmas Parade, 11 am, Ketron Elementary School, 3301 Bloomington Park, Kingsport, TN. Hosted by Bloomingdale Ruritan Club, no entry fee. Prizes to 3 best floats. From Ketron Elementary to New Beason Well Road. For additional information (423) 288-8863.
DEC. 11, 2021 - Blountville Ruritan Annual Christmas Parade, 2pm, Sat., Dec. 11, hosted by the Blountville Ruritan, downtown Historic District, Blountville, TN. For further information, please call 423.323.4660.
DEC. 11, 2021 – Elizabethton Christmas Parade, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Downtown, Elizabethton, TN, Main Street Elizabethton is excited to host the annual Elizabethton Christmas Parade! The theme of this year’s parade is “Christmas on the Big Screen”. Main Street will honor The Friends of the Bonnie Kate Theater as the Grand Marshal. For additional information (423) 547-3850.
DEC. 11, 2021 – Jonesborough Christmas Parade, 6:00 pm, Main Street, Jonesborough, TN. The areas only nighttime Christmas parade is in downtown Jonesborough and the theme this year is “Christmas in the South”. For additional information (423) 753-1030.
DEC. 12, 2021 - Ronnie Milsap, Sun., Dec. 12, Paramount Bristol, 518 State St., Bristol, TN 37620. For additional information, please call (423) 274-8920.
DEC. 17, 2021 - Jonesborough Rhythm Express Christmas Concert, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St., Jonesborough, TN. Christmas concert with the 17-piece Jonesborough Rhythm Express band and vocalists. We invite you to join us for a holiday concert with the full band and vocalists at the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center. We will be performing Christmas carols and other holiday songs. For additional information (866) 401-4223.
JAN. 17, 2022 - Lecture presented by Jim Ogden, Chief Historian at Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Park, 7pm, Jan. 17, hosted by the Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table, Renaissance Center Theater, 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport, TN. For further information, please contact Wayne Strong.
JAN. 21, 2021 - An Evening with Leo Kottke, 7pm, Fri., Jan. 21, Paramount Bristol, 518 State St., Bristol, TN 37620. For additional information, please call (423) 274-8920.
- Antique Car Show, Friday nights, 6 PM to 8 PM, May thru October, TriSummit Bank parking lot across from the train station in downtown Bristol. Info at 423.646.7780.
- Blountville Farmers Market, 12 Noon, each Thurs., April through October, located behind the old Sullivan County Courthouse at Blountville. Info at 423.323.4660.
- Cooper's Gem Mine, 11 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, and 12 Noon to 5 PM on Saturdays, from the 1st of April through October 31. For group tours and information, please call (423) 323-5680. Beginning in October 2015, an online store will be available at coopersgemmine.com and will include natural artifacts.
- Sullivan County Historical and Genealogical Society meets bimonthly at 7PM, 3rd Thursday evening of each month,Sullivan County Department of Archives & Tourism, downtown Blountville. Free admission. General public is cordially invited. (423) 323-4660.
- Sons of the Confederate Veterans, John Singleton Mosby Camp #1409, meets at 6PM, 4th Monday of each month, Mama's House Buffet, John B. Dennis Parkway, Kingsport, TN.
- Sons of Confederate Veterans, Lt. Stephen Powell Camp, meets at 7PM, 3rd Monday of each month, 2nd Floor Commission Room, Sullivan County Courthouse, Blountville.
- Netherland Inn, Open Saturday and Sunday - May through October.
Hours: 2p.m. to 4p.m. Admission: Adults $4.00 and age 6 and under $1.00.
Group Tours: April through October by appointment- School, Civic and Church Groups Welcome!
- Old Deery Inn and Museum. Step back in time as you visit this lovely hidden gem in downtown Historic Blountville! Tours include rooms of beautiful antiques inside the 2-story inn, and visitors will also enjoy seeing the dependency buildings including the old brick kitchen, slave quarters, blacksmith shop and more! A must-see for early Tennessee history! Tickets are $5 per person; children under 12 are $3. (423) 323-4660.
- Bristol Farmers Market, May 1 thru October 31, Saturdays 7 AM to Noon, and Wednesdays 3 PM to 7 PM.
- Sullivan County Preservation Association, 3rd Thursday of each month, 7pm, Community Center at Blountville.
- Kingsport Farmers Market, 7 AM to 1 PM, Wednesdays and Saturdays, corner of Clinchfield and Center Streets. Info at 423.246.6550.
- TAMHA Traditional Appalachian Music Heritage Association holds jam sessions at 6PM every Friday at the Anderson Townhouse in historic downtown Blountville. Jams are also held from 2-4 PM at the Bristol Tennessee Welcome Center on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Free and open to the general public.
- Appalachian Ghostwalks, ongoing daily/nightly tours. Reservations required. Interested parties should call (423) 743-WALK (9255) for reservations.
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