The Christmas Heirloom: LampLight Theatre will perform "The Christmas Heirloom" at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays until Dec. 20. Matinee performances will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 14, and 3 p.m. Dec. 15. Doors open one hour prior to the performances. Admission is $12 for adults, $7 for students and free for children 5 and under. A Christmas dinner will be held on Dec. 14 at the Emporium adjoining the theater. The dinner will start at 5 p.m. to accommodate both the matinee and evening performance. The cost of the dinner theater is $30 for adults, $25 for students, and $20 for children under 12. Reservations are required for the dinner theater. Call the box office at 423-343-1766 or visit www.lamplighttheatre.com.
Tanasi Christmas Market and Open House: On Sunday, Dec. 15 from 1 to 5 p.m., the Tanasi Arts and Heritage Center will hold its Christmas Market and Open House. The Tanasi Gallery will be overflowing with handmade arts and crafts. Most of the Tanasi artists will be at this free event to greet the public and answer questions. In addition to the gallery itself, there will be music, refreshments, and ten “Artful Tables” of additional pieces of art with the artists present at their own table to show and answer questions. For more info, call 423-735-0217, or contact Gallery Volunteer and Board Member Patsy Kelley at [email protected] or 423-743-7799.
Christmas Ball: On Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. Farm & Fun Time's annual Christmas Ball will broadcast before a live audience from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Historic Downtown Bristol, Virginia-Tennessee. Special music guests High Fidelity and the McLain Family Band are scheduled to perform. Show host Kris Truelsen and his house band Bill & the Belles add to the merriment with a vintage flair. Tickets to be part of the studio audience for Farm and Fun Time are $30 and can be purchased online at ListenRadioBristol.org and www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/radio. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and guests are asked to be seated by 6:55 p.m.
Discounts at Zoo Knoxville: For those looking for things to do further away, Zoo Knoxville is offering $5 off general admission tickets during Kroger Discount Days, Dec. 1, 2019 through Feb. 29, 2020. Many animals, including red pandas, river otters, elephants, gorillas, red wolves, lions and tigers, enjoy the cooler temperatures during these months. On days when the temperature drops below 40 degrees, some animals will be moved indoors, but visitors can still see most in their indoor viewing areas. Discounted tickets can be purchased at the zoo ticket window during regular zoo hours and online at zooknoxville.org. Discounted admission tickets must be used by Feb. 29, 2020, and cannot be combined with any other promotion, discount or coupon.
Song of the Mountains: The legendary bluegrass band, the Seldom Scene will headline the Dec.14 Song of the Mountains taping at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia. Also on the concert on Dec. 14 will be singer-songwriter Tim Stafford of Blue Highway, with his friends Steve Gulley and Bobby Starnes performing as a trio with many original tunes and some Christmas songs for the season. David Childers will also be featured. For more info on tickets, times and more, visit www.songofthemountains.org or call 276-783-6092.
Appalachia Orchestra at Virginia Highlands Community College: The Heart of Appalachia Orchestra will host a free show this Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the VHCC Theater. Also, Fire In the Kitchen will play at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church. The events are free for students, $10 for the public. For more info, visit www.vhcc.edu.
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. 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.
Open Mic at Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room: In addition to live music throughout the week, downtown Johnson City’s Willow Tree hosts its Open Mic Night every Wednesday at 6 p.m., allowing “aspiring artists of all kinds to share their magic with a beautiful audience of respectful listeners.” For more information on this event and others, visit www.facebook.com/willowcoffeehouse.
Live Music at Wild Wing Cafe in Johnson City: Wild Wing Cafe will host Gentlemen and the Liars, Friday at 10 p.m. followed by It’s So Easy, a Guns N’ Roses Tribute, Saturday at 10 p.m. For more information on these and other events at Wild Wing, visit their Facebook page.