In addition to the events, there will be caroling, visits with Santa, music, storytelling and extended holiday shopping hours in Tennessee’s Oldest Town.
The public is also encouraged to bring a new or gently used gift for St. Nick to deliver to less fortunate children in the area.
A festive holiday market will be available on the Plaza of the International Storytelling Center featuring handmade crafts, jewelry and holiday items. Santa will also be onsite 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 Dec. 16 and receive a reply from the jolly old man himself.
Free gift wrapping on any purchases made in downtown Jonesborough during the Saturday events will be available at the International Storytelling Center between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the above-mentioned Saturdays.
The series will kick off with Whoville on Saturday, Nov. 25, complete with the Grinch and other characters. Dress as your favorite Whoville character and get a “Grinch treat.”
At 6 p.m., help the town officially kick off the Christmas season with the Lighting of the Tree. Music and storytelling will lead up to the lighting of the large Frasier fir beside the Washington County Courthouse in downtown.
Saturday, Dec. 2, features Doggone Christmas. Bring your furry friends for pictures with Santa, enjoy treats and be sure to check out the pet-friendly items at the Christmas Market.
At 1 p.m. contests including Ugliest Christmas Dog Sweater, Best Holiday Costume and Pet/Owner Lookalike will begin. The Pet Parade will be held shortly after the contests, in front of the Courthouse. Donations will also be accepted for the Washington County Humane Society.
At Home with Santa will take place on Dec. 9 at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, International Storytelling Center and throughout downtown. Pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, children’s storytelling, games and more will all be taking place. Be sure to visit Santa Mart where children can purchase and wrap gifts for family members.
The Christmas Parade will also take place Dec. 9 starting at 6 p.m. The lighted parade will travel through the decorated historic district from Boone Street to Main Street. Immediately following the parade the Annual Turkey Toss will be held at the Courthouse with a chance to win a free Christmas turkey, sponsored by JAMSA.
The series will conclude on Saturday, Dec. 16 with the Christmas Church Stroll. Churches in the downtown historic district welcome you to come into their sanctuaries and see their beautiful holiday decorations and enjoy music, hand bells and more. Hosts will also be available at each location to tell you about the history and architecture of each church. All located within easy walking distance of the downtown area, make sure to visit the shops and get all your last-minute gifts while you’re here.
For more information on our Christmas events, visit www.jbochristmas.com or call the visitors center at 423-753-1010.