Deck the halls, ya’ll! It’s Christmas time in Kingsport.
A time when the city gets decked out in holiday finery and neighbors come together for celebrations throughout the city. Yes, we do Christmas right!
We wouldn’t want you to miss out on all the fun, so we’ve gathered all the holiday happenings here. We’re sure you’ll find an activity you’ll enjoy.
Think of it as your calendar of holiday fun.
Sip & Stroll Jingle & Mingle
Finish up that holiday shopping and have plenty of fun while doing it! Sip and stroll your way through the unique downtown shops and find something for everyone on your list. Several locations will stay open late offering drinks, treats, and special deals from 5–8 p.m.
Christmas in the Country at Exchange Place
Celebrate the season at this living history farm from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Christmas in the Country celebration features wreaths, handcrafted decorations, workshops and good old-fashioned food. There is a Yule Log Ceremony at 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The Kingsport Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
The celebration begins at 3 p.m. in downtown Kingsport with activities for the entire family including live entertainment and photos with Santa. At 6 p.m. the Christmas parade marches, and floats, through downtown ending at 7 p.m. with the lighting of the city Christmas tree at Church Circle. For more information and a map of the parade route, visit the Downtown Kingsport website.
Church Circle Christmas Advent Open Houses
Come see the churches of our famous Church Circle decked out in holiday finery. There will be music and light refreshments at each church on this self-guided tour. Participating churches: First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and First Broad Street United Methodist Church. Visit the First Broad Street United Methodist Church website for more information.
Downtown Kingsport Holiday Loft Tours
If you’ve ever been curious about loft living, this is your chance to peek. Residents decorate their downtown lofts for Christmas and open them to the public. The tour begins at 2 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Lofts on the tour include: The Perdue Loft on Main Street, The Millican Loft on Commerce Street, The Duncan Loft on Center Street, The Scissom Loft on Shelby Street and two lofts in the Town Park Lofts Community. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Your Kingsport Chamber.
December 12 – 14
December 12 – 15
Kingsport Ballet presents The Nutcracker
If you miss the Intercity Ballet Nutcracker, you can catch the Kingsport Ballet performance based on the traditional Russian version at the Wellmont Performing Arts Center. Check their website for tickets and performance times or call 423-378-3967.
Dobyns-Bennett High School Holiday Concert
This concert features the high school orchestra, band and chorus performing some truly spectacular tunes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Toy F. Reid Employee Center, 400 S. Wilcox Dr. For information and tickets visit the Toy F. Reid Employee Facebook page.
Twinkle, Twinkle – Kingsport in Lights
When we say that Kingsport residents really get into the Christmas spirit, we mean it. Neighborhoods like Preston Forest are known for lighting their streets and walkways for Christmas.
Then there are residents like the Dean Family who put on a spectacular show complete with synchronized music and lights. Their 11th Annual Christmas Light Show begins on November 29 and runs through the month of December. Check their Facebook page for dates, times and a map.
The Deans aren’t the only family that put on a magnificent light display. Visit the Tri-Cities TN Christmas Light Display Facebook event page for a list of brilliantly lit homes in the area including their locations and times and dates of their display. You can also view photos of last year’s decorations.
You could say there is no hum bug spirit here.
Have a joyous holiday season and a Merry Christmas!