Get hype for the holidays!

Hannah Swayze • Nov 26, 2018 at 1:10 PM

Christmas season is officially upon us! Celebrate with these local activities coming up.

Johnson City tree lighting and parade: Friday, Nov. 30, is the day that Christmas officially comes to Johnson City. Join Josh Smith of WJHL-TV and city officials to light up the community Christmas tree is its new location: beneath the Johnson City Landmark sign in King Commons at 7 p.m.

Musical entertainment will begin before the lighting at 6 p.m. and will feature the Johnson City Senior Chorale, Science Hill Chamber Ensemble and the Indian Trail Choir.

There will be activities for children provided by the Johnson City Public Library and hot chocolate and cookies courtesy of Our Savior Lutheran Church. After the ceremony, local officials will lead the crowd in a community singing of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” before everyone is invited to Main Street for the Hometown Holiday Street Fest.

The next morning, the Johnson City Christmas Parade will begin bright and early at 10:30, beginning at East Tennessee State University, down West Walnut Street and into downtown. After the parade, visit Whoville Village in the Pavilion in Founders Park until 2 p.m.

Christmas Concert: Experience the sights and sounds of the season at Milligan College’s annual Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2. at 7:30 each night in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan Campus.

The concerts will feature the music of choirs, orchestra, brass and the organ and a carol sing-along. The performance is free and open to the public. An offering will be taken and a donation of $5 is suggested to benefit the college’s music program. For more information, visit www.milligan.edu or call 423-461-8700.

Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy: Moms and daughters are invited by the Intercity Ballet Theatre to join them for tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her friends on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 2-3:30 p.m. at the reNEWed Coffee Company, 213 Center St., Kingsport. Enjoy the story of Clara and her dream in “The Nutcracker” while enjoying sumptuous treats. For tickets, call the Centre for Performing Arts, 727 E. Center St., at 423-246-8541 or Holloway Dance Studio, 2605 E. Center St., at 423-246-8541.

Christmas at the Carter Mansion: Slow down the faced-paced holiday and step back in time to enjoy an 18th century Christmas at the Carter Mansion on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, from 6-9 both evenings at the mansion, 103 Broad St. in Elizabethton. Enjoy music, hot cider, and 18th century interpreters as they display to you a Colonial American Christmas. Tour Tennessee’s oldest frame hour and see it decorated in opulent Christmas fashion. A new tour starts every 20 minutes beginning at 6 p.m. with the last tour at 8:40 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for ages 7-17 and free for children 6 and under. Register online at tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals. For more information, call 423-543-5808.

Market: Get into the Holiday spirit at the Blountville Christmas Market on Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Blountville Methodist Church, 3390 TN-126 in Blountville. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Blountville Library and will have about 45 vendors, children’s crafts, tours of the Old Deery Inn, a quilts show, food and a visit from Santa, who will be available for pictures from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Community band concert: The Johnson City Community Concert Band will present its annual Christmas Concert at First Christian Church, 200 E. Mountcastle Drive, Johnson City, on Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. The band is conducted by Christian Zembower. Admission is free to the public and donations are welcomed.

Doggone Christmas: Christmas will go to the dogs Saturday at Doggone Christmas, the next event in the Christmas in Olde Jonesborough continues Dec. 1 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Santa will be present in his sleigh for visits and pictures with furry friends.

Professional photography will be available from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Jonesborough Dog Park and the Washington County Animal Shelter. Photos are free and donations are encouraged.

Homemade treats will be available for visitors to decorate and then save for your pup’s stocking. At 11 a.m., children ages 5-12 can make gingerbread houses at the International Storytelling Center. The workshop is free. Register at jonesboroughtn.org.

Dog Costume Contests will begin at 1 p.m. in front of the courthouse, including Ugliest Christmas Sweater, Best Holiday Costume and Pet/Owner Look-a-like. Prizes will be awarded for best overall in each category. For more information, visit jbochristmas.com or call 423-753-1010.

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