The non-shopper's guide to Black Friday

Jessica Fuller • Nov 19, 2018 at 10:12 AM

While Black Friday is a bargain hunter’s dream, the experience of crowded retail stores, long lines and shopping carts bursting with holiday gifts isn’t for everyone.

For those itching to get out of the house without braving the swarm of shoppers, here are some ideas for the non-shoppers on the busiest shopping day of the year.

Get outdoors

There’s much to explore in the great outdoors, and hikers of all skill levels can participate in one of the free hikes provided by Tennessee State Parks in the region Friday. From Roan Mountain to Limestone, explore hidden natural treasures of the region though guided hikes. A full list of hikes is available at tnstateparks.gov. Don’t forget sturdy hiking shoes and warm clothes.

• Holiday spirit on the stage

Barter Theatre, 127 W. Main St., Abingdon, Virginia, is bringing the tale of Buddy to the stage this season for a production of “Elf: The Musical.” Based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, the comedy is sure to bring a lot of laughs and heart to the stage for the holiday season. Catch it Friday night at 8. A full list of showings and ticket prices are available at BarterTheatre.com.

Rediscover the magic of Christmas with a story of believer-meets-unbeliever in a tale full of humor, surprises and joy. “Wooden Snowflakes,” by Catherine Bush, returns to the Barter Stage II at 2 and 8 p.m. Friday.

Enjoy live music

Electric mountain soul foursome BIG Son will be taking over the stage at Capone’s, 227 E. Main St., starting at 10 p.m. on Friday.

The Pea Pickin’ Hearts are bringing their rockabilly quirk to Yee-Haw Brewery starting at 8 p.m.

Blues rock takes the stage at The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room, 216 E. Main St., with Magus and the Movers and The Sammy Guns Band starting at 7:30 p.m.

Relax in front of the silver screen . . . or the red screen

Movies are a great way to spend a lazy Friday afternoon and avoid the shopping crowds. With the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the return to the wizarding world in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” or the sports drama “Creed II,” there’s something in theaters for almost any movie lover.

Or for those wanting to stay home and munch on leftovers, enjoy Netflix’s newest additions this month from “Cloverfield” to Netflix original film “The Ballad of Buster Scrubbs” and tons of drama, horror and action films in between.

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