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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Tennessee's Oldest Town

Contributed • Nov 29, 2018 at 8:33 AM

If you’re looking to get in the Christmas spirit this weekend, look no farther than Tennessee’s oldest town. 

Between the ongoing Christmas in Olde Jonesborough and annual holiday home tours, Jonesborough is the place to be when it comes to holiday happenings. 

Here’s what the town has to offer this weekend: 


Doggone Christmas 

The second week of Christmas in Olde Jonesborough has gone to the dogs – don’t forget to bring your furry family members to the fun this weekend.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, bring your furry friends for pictures with Santa, treat station and be sure to check out the pet-friendly items at the Christmas Market. Join the town at 1 p.m. for contests including Ugliest Christmas Dog Sweater, Best Holiday Costume and Pet/Owner Lookalike. Donations will also be accepted for the Washington County Humane Society; donors may bring something to add to the back of the sleigh.

Professional photography will be available from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with proceeds going to the Jonesborough Dog Park and the Washington County Animal Shelter; photos are free with donations encouraged. Homemade treats will be available for you to custom decorate and add to your dog’s stocking. The Christmas Market will also be offering handmade local goods including several vendors with pet-friendly items.

At 11 a.m., children ages 5-12 are invited to make a gingerbread dog house at the International Storytelling Center. The workshop is free and participants may register at jonesboroughtn.org. 

Historic Jonesborough gets spruced up for the holiday season with a month-long series of events and activities. Christmas in Olde Jonesborough will feature a different theme every Saturday through December 15. 

Each Saturday will offer a variety of events from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. along with music, storytelling and extended holiday shopping hours in Tennessee’s Oldest Town. Santa will also be on site at the downtown Courthouse each Saturday for pictures and visits with children. Be sure to bring your letters to Santa and drop them off in the mailbox by December 15th and receive a reply from the jolly old man himself.

The Christmas Market will be available on the Plaza of the International Storytelling Center featuring handmade crafts, jewelry and holiday items. Free gift wrapping will also be offered on any purchases made in Downtown Jonesborough during the Saturday events.


Colors of Christmas

Explore the historic homes and structures of Tennessee’s Oldest Town this Saturday with a town tradition. Since the locations on the tour aren’t released in advance, visitors can expect anticipation of the mystery line-up the day of the tour. 

In the past, homes featured on the tour include an 1880s Gothic Revival and a rustic cottage on Main Street filled with character. There have even been homes on the tour that tell of stories of restorations just before the point of demolition by neglect. Other homes on the tour once belonged to the most distinguished leaders of the past. Public structures on the tour sometimes offer insider information you couldn’t get any other way. Each location will be beautifully decorated and is sure to put visitors in the holiday spirit.

In addition to the historic structures open for tours, there will also be live music in one location and shuttles continually running the tour route. After you explore the private homes and historic buildings, cap off the evening with an elegant, multi-course meal and live music.

Embark on a journey through Tennessee’s Oldest Town during the Colors of Christmas, it’s sure to make visitors feel right at home for the holidays. The tour and dinner take place on Saturday from 3-7 p.m. and dinners is at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 423.753.1010 or visit jbochristmas.com/tickets

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