• Johnson City’s annual Christmas parade will begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. beginning at East Tennessee State University, down West Walnut Street and into downtown. The theme for this year’s parade is “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
• Visit Whoville Village after the parade in Founders Park, 225 Commerce St., from noon-2 p.m. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public and features holiday activities including craft and activity stations and photo ops with Whoville characters.
• Give a local touch to your gifts with a handmade market at the Exchange Place, 4812 Orebank Road, with dealers and crafters offering a variety of goods from glasswork to baked goods on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• The Kingsport community will light up with Christmas cheer with a lighted Christmas parade that begins at 6 p.m. through downtown Kingsport, with the tree lighting in Church Circle immediately following the parade.
• Take a step back to the 18th century with Christmas at the Carter Mansion, 1031 Broad St., Friday and Saturday from 6-9 p.m. Tours will take visitors to a simpler time where Christmas was the most grand celebration of the year. Pre-registration is required and is $7 for adults, $3 for ages 7-17 and free for children 6 and younger. Register at http://tnstateparks.com.
• Downtown Elizabethton will fill with floats and cheer with the annual Christmas parade Saturday from 6-8 p.m. The theme for this year’s parade is “Classic Christmas Stories.”