Christmas in the Country: “Christmas in the Country,” featuring more than two dozen regional vendors, returns to Exchange Place, 4812 Orebank Road, Kingsport, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 7. Admission is free. The traditional yule log ceremony begins around 4:15 p.m. Carols and wassail close out the day. Call (423) 288-6071 or [email protected].
Christmas Parade: The Downtown Kingsport Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting will be held from 3 to 9 p.m., Dec. 7. Family fun and photos with Santa begin at 3 p.m. followed by live entertainment at 5 p.m. and the lighted night parade at 6 p.m. The tree lighting ceremony at Church Circle will immediately follow the parade.
Christmas Market: The third annual Blountville Christmas Market, hosted by Friends of the Blountville Library, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 7, in the gymnasium at Blountville Christian Church, 1680 Blountville Blvd. More than 50 vendors offering personalized crafts, clothing, jewelry, fudge and more.
Bailey George & Jukebox Jess at Boones Creek Opry: Boones Creek Opry music: Boones Creek Opry, located at 525 W. Oakland Ave. No. 1, will feature Bailey George & Jukebox Jess, Saturday at 6 p.m., followed by open mic at 7 p.m. Admission is $1. For more information on this and other future events at Boones Creek Opry, call 423-461-0151.
Bluegrass and more at Down Home: Down Home will host the third and final night of its semi-annual Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies 4-night end-of-semester showcase on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. Each night will feature several of ETSU's Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Studies student bands. Doors open at 6 PM, the show starts at 7. The show is $10 dollars at the door and $6 with a student ID. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pg/thedownhome.
Music at David Thompson’s: David Thompson’s, located at Highway 107 in Jonesborough, will host Boot Schooting, Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission costs $7. For more information on this event and others at David Thompson’s, call 423-913-8123.
Hands-On! Events: On Tuesdays and Wednesdays in December, the Hands-On! Discovery Center will allow visitors to stop by its Discovery Cart to build something creative with K’nex. Until Sunday, Dec. 8, the center will host “Table Trick Science,” to “bring flair and fun to your holiday meals with fun experiments.” From this week to Sunday, Jan. 5, the center’s Art Studio Programs will feature a Henri Matisse inspired collage, Georges-Pierre Seurat inspired pointillism drawings and crayon resistant watercolor snowflake paintings. For more info on these and other events, visit www.visithandson.org.
Symphony of the Mountains ‘Fireside’: Symphony of the Mountains and Voices of the Mountains will present “By the Fireside” at 3 p.m., Dec. 7 at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport. The annual family favorite features festive carols and holiday selections. Guests include Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy, Academy of Strings and the Mountain Mission School Choir. Santa will also make an appearance. Traditional cookie and punch reception, sponsored by the Women’s Symphony Committee, follows the concert. Tickets are $25 with all children and students admitted free in select sections. Group discounts available. Call 423-392-8423 or visit www.symphonyofthemountains.org.
Tusculum Doak House Christmas: Enjoy the Christmas spirit the old-fashioned way with a visit to the Doak House Museum Saturday, Dec. 7. The museum, located on the Tusculum University campus, will hold its annual Christmas Open House that day from 4-7 p.m. Attendees can participate in free tours and make crafts while enjoying refreshments in the 1830s house, which will be decorated in the early American Christmas style. For more information, call the museum at 423-636-8554.