1. At the Copacabana: Johnson City Ballroom Dance invites dancers to take a step back to the ‘80s for an Evening at the Copacabana. Tickets are $15 for the dance, which begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Northeast State Community College’s Regional Center for the Performing Arts, 2425 TN-75, Blountville.
2. Christmas at the Cabin: You better watch out, Santa Claus is coming to the Town of Unicoi this weekend for a weekend of free holiday fun. Join the town and Unicoi History Group for the annual Christmas at the Cabin celebration Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bogar Bowman Cabin, 5012 Unicoi Drive. The event will feature a wagon ride, storytelling, a candy cane hunt, live music, a tree lighting and an opportunity to sit with Santa himself. Light refreshments will be served.
3. A bunch of nunsense: Kingsport Theatre Guild presents Christmas musical comedy “Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical” beginning this weekend at the Kingsport Theatre Guild main stage at The Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 55-up, $10 for military, students and children ages 4-12 and children 3 and younger are admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased by calling 392-8427 or by visiting kingsporttheatre.org. This weekend’s performances are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
4. Blues, folk and soul: Acoustic artist Andrew Alli is returning to Bristol for a concert Friday at 6:30-8 p.m. at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s performance theater, 101 Country Music Way. Alli’s unique style of playing developed from a busker playing harmonica Alli saw in the street one day. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show. Purchase tickets at birthplaceofcountrymusic.org.
5. Art splash: Johnson City Public Art is brining one-of-a-kind fine arts and handcrafted items to a special event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the old JC Penney’s building, 309 E. Main St., Johnson City. Instead of a vendor fee, artists donated an item for a silent auction to participate, and attendees may bid on these items throughout the event to help raise funds for public art projects. The event will coincide with the unveiling of new art in the breezeway between the King’s Center and the old Massengill’s building off South Roan Street, where new art pieces will be revealed at 10:30 a.m.
6. The Nutcracker: Tis the season for one of the most popular ballets, and there are several opportunities to catch “The Nutcracker” throughout the region this weekend. East Tennessee Ballet Academy’s performance with Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Milligan College’s Seeger Chapel, 1 Blowers Blvd., Elizabethton(Tickets at jcsymphony.org); Kingsport’s Intercity Ballet will put the show on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Toy F. Reid Employee Center, 400 S. Wilcox Drive (Tickets: 246-2199); Bristol Ballet’s performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at noon and 5:30 p.m. at The Paramount Center for the Arts, 518 State St. (Tickets at paramountbristol.org)
7. Tinsel Trail: Enjoy Erwin’s festive atmosphere with the Tinsel Trail, a display of 30 live Christmas trees decorated and presented by area businesses and nonprofits. The display will occupy the Gathering Place Park in downtown Erwin through Jan. 4
8. Winterfest: Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., is getting into the holiday spirit with a special art show on display through Jan. 6. The event features artwork from the Watauga Valley Art League and will be open to the public during regular park hours – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
9. You’ll shoot your eye out, kid! A Christmas classic is coming to Johnson City Community Theatre’s stage this season for a production of “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” Showings at the theater, 600 E. Maple St., are at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $12 and available at jccommunitytheatre.org.
10. Cocoa and carols: Mockingbird Music Room and Gallery, 210 Spring St. #2, Jonesborough, will play host to live performances from a variety of local artists performing their renditions of holiday songs and carols Saturday after the town’s lighted Christmas parade. Sing-alongs are welcome, and coffee, cookies and cocoa will be provided. The event is free, but donations for the musicians are appreciated.