Through Dec. 22, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Inaugural Festival of Trees for “High on Arts!” at the Unicoi County High School Art Department, The Next Best Thing, 206 Gay St., Erwin. More than 50 trees will be for sale over the course of a 28-day display to benefit the high school’s art department. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for teens and free to ages 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. Refreshment will be served the entire show. For more information, call 791-6077.
Through Dec. 24. Barter Theatre: The Barter Theatre invites you to attend two holiday shows: “A Christmas Carol” and “Wooden Snowflakes.” For show times and ticket pricing, visit www.bartertheatre.com.
Through Jan. 7, 6-10 p.m. Bristol Motor Speedway Speedway in Lights: BMS invites you to celebrate with a number of holiday happenings at the Speedway. Come enjoy the Santa Speedway Sleigh, infield Christmas Village, Johnson Controls Ice Rink, and the HVAC Chill Hill Tube Slide. For more information, contact BMS at 989-6900, or visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com
Nov. 27, 2:30 p.m. Appalachian Express Chorus concert at The Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 212 Tusculum Blvd., Greeneville. The Appalachian Express Chorus has been entertaining audiences with the sounds of four-part barbershop harmony since 1968. Joining the Appalachian Express Chorus will be the “4 Altos” and “8 Times a Lady.” Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. For more information, go to www.greenevillenpac.com.
Nov. 27 at 3 p.m., Dec. 2-3 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. LampLight Theatre’s original musical production, “Yuletide 2011.” Children of all ages will enjoy the antics of the comedy players as well as singing along with some familiar Christmas classics. Doors will open one hour prior to performances. Reservations are recommended by calling 348-7610 or online at www.lamplighttheatre.com. Suggested donation of $8 for adults; $5 for students. No admission charge for children ages 5 and under. Location: 441 Horton Highway, Fall Branch.
Nov. 30, noon-2 p.m. Washington County-Jonesbor-ough Public Library, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough. Holiday open house. Hosted by the Friends of the Library and library staff, the event features a light lunch with mini-sandwiches and potluck dishes. This event will also be a kick-off to the library’s annual Giving Tree program. A Christmas tree will have ornaments that offer opportunities to purchase items from the library’s “wish list” of adult and children’s materials. For more information, call the Jonesborough Library at 753-1800.
Dec. 1, 6 p.m., Piney Flats first Christmas Tree Lighting, held next to Mary Hughes School. It will feature the lighting of a 22-foot Christmas tree at the four-way intersection. Bring canned food to donate to the local food pantry. Ten churches are involved. Piney Flats Christmas T-shirts will be on sale. The event features food and caroling.
Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. Bristol Ballet presents “Christmas Illuminations,” Paramount Center for the Arts, 518 State St., Bristol. “Christmas Illumination” offers something for the whole family, from a nostalgic 1800’s ice skating scenes to jazzy Bob Fosse-like numbers and favorites from Manheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The choreography blends traditional ballet with contemporary ballet and even jazz. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for students and seniors; and $6 for children under 6.
Dec. 2, 5-7:30 p.m. “Shopping for Others.” Coalition for Kids invites you to shop with a child at one of the two Johnson City Wal-Mart stores to help them get winter clothes, a gift for someone else, and a gift for the child. You may sponsor a child for $100. For more info, contact Ian Crowe, 434-2031, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec. 2, 7 p.m. Johnson City Christmas Parade/First Friday. The Friends of Olde Downtown invite you to come to downtown Johnson City and enjoy the festivities of First Friday while the annual parade takes place. Applications are available at The Chamber office, 603 E. Market St., or call 461-8000 to request an application.
Dec. 2, 6 p.m. S.E. Regional Train Center, 110 W. Market St., will be open to the public before and after Johnson City’s Christmas parade. The train center is East Tennessee’s largest public exhibit of classic Lionel and American Flyer trains that were popular with many families at Christmas time during the 1940s and 1950s. Admission is free. For more information, visit SERegionalTrainCenter.org or call Gary Cameron at 833-3383.
Dec. 2-3, 6-9 p.m., Christmas at the Carter Mansion, Broad Street Extension, Elizabethton. Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays. Enjoy music, hot cider, and costumed interpreters as they transport you to an 18th-century Christmas. No reservations necessary. For more information, call 543-5808 or visit www.sycamoreshoalstn.org,.
Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10. Rocky Mount Museum 1791 Candlelight Tours. For the Cobbs, 1791 was a special Christmas; Governor Blount has just returned to Rocky Mount, bringing his family from North Carolina. Music, dancing, decorations, and sacred tales will all be part of your experience on this magical candle-lit evening. Call 538-7396 for details.
Dec. 3, 2-6 p.m. Tipton-Haynes Historic Site, 2620 S. Roan St., “Visions of Christmas 1861.” Join the Haynes family as they celebrate an antebellum Christmas. Enjoy holiday music, refreshments, and activities in the museum for children. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 12 and under. Tours begin at 2 p.m. and continue every 15 minutes until the last tour at 5:30 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call 926-3631 or visit www.tipton-haynes.org.
Dec. 3 & 4. Annual Jonesborough Progressive Dinner. Hosted by the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, this dinner features a tour of four of Jonesborough’s finest historic structures; each hosting one of the dinner’s four courses and featuring live entertainment. Tickets are $78 per person. Visit www.heritageall.org or call 753-9580 to purchase tickets.
Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., “Christmas In the Country,” Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road, Kingsport. Fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, unique folk arts and handcrafts, herbal products and traditional holiday foods will be on sale. The traditional Yule Log Ceremony with carol singing around the bonfire and a cauldron of wassail begins at 4:15 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 288-6071 or visit http://exchangeplace.info.
Dec. 3, 3 p.m., Symphony of the Mountains’ annual Wellmont Holiday Concert, Toy F. Reid Employee Center. The concert will feature performances by Voices of the Mountains and the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy, with special guests Rabbi Brent Fiedler, Sandee Woolley and tenor soloist Andrew Skoog. Tickets are on sale now by calling Symphony of the Mountains Box Office at 392-8423 or visiting www.SymphonyOfTheMountains.org. Students are admitted free of charge pending availability.
Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. Milligan College Christmas Jazz Concert: The Milligan Jazz Ensemble, directed by Rick Simerly, will present “Yuletide Jazz at Milligan College.” Back by popular demand, “Yuletide Jazz at Milligan College” will feature an evening of Christmas music in various jazz styles. These Christmas jazz selections will feature the ensemble and jazz improvisations by members of the group. Special guest artists for this concert will be Maddy Winer, vocals, and Dave Morgan, vibraphone. This event is free.
Dec. 6, 7 p.m. Tusculum College Band Christmas Concert: Featuring the Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Handbell Choir. Held at the Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium. For details, contact 636-7304.
Dec. 10, 6 p.m. Town of Jonesborough Christmas Parade: “Christmas Around The World” is the theme for this year’s parade, Contact Rachel Conger, 791-3869, or email@example.com, for a parade application.
Dec. 10, 8 p.m. King College Christmas Concert: Enjoy the sounds of the Symphonic Choir, Jazz & Gospel Choir, Women’s Ensemble, Collegium Musicum, and All The King’s Men. Admission by donation of a non-perishable food item. For more information, call 652-4846.
Dec. 10, 4-8 p.m., “Crockett Christmas,” Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Limestone, celebrates Christmas on the frontier. A candlelit pathway will light the way to the decorated birthplace cabin, where historical interpreters will serve hot wassail and edibles. Traditional music and storytelling will be provided by Art and Cathy Lang. Music will be performed from 5-7 p.m. For more information, call 257-2167 or email Dawn.Coleman@tn.gov.
Dec. 10, noon-3 p.m. Doak House Museum Christmas open house, 690 Erwin Highway, Greeneville. Free tours will be given of the museum, which was the early 19th-century home of Tusculum College co-founder the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak and will be decorated for the holidays. A storyteller will be entertaining at noon and at 2 p.m. There will be games and activities for children during the event. For more information, call 423-636-8554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 11, 2-4 p.m., Jonesborough Regional Fine Art Gallery, 144 E. Main St., Jonesborough, will hold a Holiday Open House Sunday, Dec. 11, 2-4 p.m. Refreshments will be served and artists will be on hand to talk about their work. The gallery is a cooperative gallery with 20 regional artists, featuring hundreds of pieces of original art, photographs, jewelry, and dried flower arrangements as well as prints and cards.
Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. Milligan Christmas Concert. The performance will feature choirs, orchestra, brass choir, and the organ in the beautifully decorated Seeger Memorial Chapel. The evening will also include a carol sing-along and will conclude with a moving candle-lighting and singing of “Silent Night.” The concert is free, but an offering with a suggested donation of $5 will be taken to benefit the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House in Johnson City.
Dec. 11, 1:30-6:30 p.m. The 15th Annual Bristol Christmas Tour of Homes. Homes on the tour include 40l Maryland Ave., Bristol; 414 Poplar St. Bristol; 423 Pennsylvania Ave. Bristol; 401 Pennsylvania Ave. Bristol; 423 Pennsylvania Ave. Bristol; 416 Pennsylvania Ave., Bristol; 519 Alabama St., Bristol; 800 Euclid Ave., Bristol, Va.; First Christian Church , 311 Spencer St., Bristol, Va.
Tickets for the self-guided tour are $10 per person in advance or $12 the day of the tour. Tickets are available at Country Gallery Florist, 193 Old Airport Road, Bristol, Va. 276-669-8099; Grand Antiques, 615 State St., Bristol, Virginia, 276-591-3443; One of a Kind Gallery, 604 State St., Bristol, 652-2648; Cranberry Lane, 623 State St., Bristol, VA., 276-652-9899. Tickets must be presented at each home and can also be purchased at each residence the day of the tour. For more information, call Jewell Williams at 652-0163 or Liz at 418-4621.
Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. Tusculum College Community Chorus Christmas Concert: Held at the Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium. For details, contact 636-7304.
Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m., SingleVision dinner and Christmas Concert with “Silver Sounds,” First Broad Street United Methodist Church fellowship hall, Kingsport. Cost is $6. Dinner reservations required by noon Dec. 8. Information: 224-1502. The program begins at 7:15. Reservations are not required for the program.
Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. Johnson City Symphony Performance: You are invited to the “Home for the Holiday’s” performance featuring guest artist, the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy, at Milligan’s Seegar Chapel. Visit www.jcsymphony.com for ticket information.
Dec. 17, 8 p.m. Eddie Miles will present “An Elvis Christmas!” Paramount Center for the Arts, 518 State St., Bristol. Tickets are $25. Reservations required. Call the box office at 274-8920 or purchase online at www.etix.com.
Dec. 21. Hands On Museum Winter Wonderland Workshop. Walk into a winter wonderland of art and science. Craft your own holiday ornament, try some chilly dry ice experiments, create your own snow globe and more. Ages 8-13, cost $15 for members/$18 for non-members. Payment required with registration by Nov. 30. Call 434-4263.
Dec. 24, 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Service and Meal. Good Samaritan Ministries, 100 N. Roan St., invites anyone interested to attend the service and enjoy a holiday meal.