The festive winter experience begins with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 1. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at the plaza on Buffalo Street in downtown Johnson City. Santa will lead the ceremony and the Indian Trail Chorus will sing familiar holiday songs. The tree is larger this year, making it 30 feet tall. This will make for a great photo opportunity with your family.
The Johnson City Christmas Parade is the following morning, Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11:30 a.m. The theme of this year’s parade is A Storybook Christmas. The parade route begins on the corner of University Parkway at West Walnut to Buffalo Street, down East Main Street, right on Colonial Way, left to East State of Franklin and ends in the old burley lot at the Corner of East State of Franklin and Legion Street.
The “Best Float” will be awarded $1,000 to be donated to a nonprofit of their choice. Awards will also be given to second- and third-place winners. To register or find out more information about the parade, visit jcchristmasparade.org.
After the Christmas Parade, head to the Pavilion at Founders Park for Whoville Village from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The Pavilion will be thriving with holiday activities for kids including choo-choo train rides, craft stations, photo opportunities with Whoville Village characters, a dance area with a DJ and various other activity stations available.
Whoville Village is free and open to the public. Be sure to stroll downtown after Whoville Village to shop and dine with local merchants. Storefront windows will be decorated with beautiful holiday scenes.
Throughout the holiday filled weekend visit Holiday Splash Fine Art & Craft Market at the Hands On! Museum Ballroom, 315 E. Main St. The sale will feature arts and crafts made by local and regional artisans. On Dec. 1, the market is open from noon-8:30 p.m.; from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Dec. 2; and on from noon-5 p.m. on Dec. 3. The event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by Johnson City Public Art.
Information about these events and more can be found on the Downtown Johnson City Facebook Events page or at downtownjc.com.