2. Son of a nutcracker! Buddy the Elf is on the stage at Barter Theatre’s Gilliam Stage, 127 W. Main Street, Abingdon, this holiday season as one would-be elf finds his place in the human world. Adapted from the 2003 film starring Will Ferrel, “Elf: The Musical” brings a holiday story full of laughs and heart to the stage through December. Showtimes this weekend are Friday and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at bartertheatre.com or by calling the box office at 276-628-3991.
3. Parade Day: Get festive with two parades on Saturday in Erwin and the Town of Unicoi. The day starts off at the Erwin Village Shopping Center on North Main Avenue at 10:30 a.m. That parade will travel through downtown Erwin and end at Erwin Utilities on Love Street. The Town of Unicoi’s Town Tradition Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. at Unicoi Funeral Home on Unicoi Drive and end at Unicoi Elementary School.
4. Celebrate at the Speedway: Start your engines and head to Bristol Motor Speedway, 151 Speedway Blvd., for the annual Pinnacle Speedway in Lights. Enjoy a five-mile drive and 2 million lights that dazzle thousands each holiday season. Entrance is $15 per car Sun.-Thurs. and $20 per car Friday and Saturday.
5. Returning to the tracks: Learn more about a local legacy Saturday at East Tennessee State University’s Carter Railroad Museum, 176 Ross Drive, Johnson City, as the museum’s namesake, George L. Carter and the Clinchfield Railroad take the spotlight for Heritage Day. Carter and the railroad were instrumental in the region’s development, and some of the equipment that once ran the Clinchfield line will be on display for the event. Heritage Day is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome.
6. Whoville: Christmas in Olde Jonesborough kicks off Saturday with Whoville from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dressed-up whos will get a special Grinch treat as activities, movies and popcorn will fill the rest of the afternoon. Come back to historic downtown at 6 p.m. for the annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree in front of the courthouse complete with festive music and storytelling.
7. A post-Thanksgiving tradition: End your Small Business Saturday shopping in Johnson City with a blend of bluegrass, country and jazz as Robinella returns to The Down Home, 300 W. Main St., beginning at 8 p.m. for her annual post-Thanksgiving show. Tickets to the show are $15 and doors open at 6 p.m.
8. Friday in the great outdoors: Ditch the deals to explore the great outdoors on Friday with hikes throughout the region led by Tennessee State Parks. Guided hikes will be taking place at Rocky Fork State Park, Roan Mountain State Park and Sycamore Shoals Historic State Park in varying degrees of difficulty throughout the day. Visit tnstateparks.com for a list of free hikes, meeting times and suggested equipment and attire for each hike.
9. ”Barter Theatre Revisited”: Artist P. Buckley Moss will be at Up Against the Wall Gallery, 316 E. Market St., Kingsport, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the release of the print version of her work, “Barter Theatre Revisited.” Moss will be autographing the prints that will be for sale during the open house. Light refreshments will be served.
10. Christmas crafts: Make handmade gifts one of your shopping stops this weekend at Viking Hall, 1100 Edgemont Ave., Bristol, for the 36th annual Country Christmas Show. The market will be open throughout the weekend from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.