Breakfast with Santa at the Chuckey Depot Museum: Enjoy a special Breakfast with Santa at the Chuckey Depot Museum at Jonesborough on Saturday, Dec. 21, themed after the all-time favorite children's book, “Polar Express.” Children are encouraged to wear their favorite PJs and climb aboard Jonesborough's very own train museum to enjoy breakfast provided by Chick-Fil-A as Santa reads excerpts from Polar Express. Tickets are $15 per person, and there are there’s seating available at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. with limited seating available.
“Lessons and Carols”: Highlands Youth Ensemble presents “Lessons and Carols” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at Munsey United Methodist Church in Johnson City. Visit www.meccaacademy.org for more information.
Holiday Lights Tour: Keep Kingsport Beautiful’s Holiday Lights Bus Tour will depart at 6 p.m. Dec. 20-21 and last approximately three hours each night. Tickets are $7 and all proceeds benefit Keep Kingsport Beautiful. Lap children age 2 and under ride free. Seating is limited. Visit freshtix.com and search for Kingsport events.
Santa Run: The Santa Run returns to the town of Mount Carmel, Tennessee, beginning at 8 a.m. Dec. 21. The fire truck tours every street inside the city limits with candy and treats.
Christmas Holiday Concert: Winds of the Mountain Empire’s Christmas Holiday Concert is at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at Union High School in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Admission is free. To learn more find Winds of the Mountain Empire on Facebook.
Longest Night Christmas service: First United Methodist Church in Surgoinsville will host a Longest Night Service, a special Christmas service of comfort for those of us who are grieving or struggling this time of year, from 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at First United Methodist Church, 621 Old Stage Road, Surgoinsville, Tennessee. Everyone is invited.
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.
Christmas Dinner: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 700 Cumberland St. in Bristol, will serve a traditional Christmas dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 25. The meal is free and no reservations are required. Everyone is welcome. To learn more, call 276-669-9488.
Present Pop Up: A “Present Pop-Up” will be taking place on Saturday, Dec. 21st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Johnson City’s Timber! The event is perfect for any last-minute holiday shopping, a variety of local vendors will be offering local art prints, jewelry, clothing, macramé, woodwork, gift cards, ceramics and more. Timber's bar and kitchen will be open early to offer a small food menu along with craft cocktails, wine, and beer so visitors can sip and shop. From 2 to 4 p.m., Crystal Massage will be offering chair massages by Timber's wood-burning fireplace.