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Plans for Elizabethton Christmas tree lighting, Downtown Christmas Parade announced

John Thompson • Oct 22, 2019 at 7:48 PM

ELIZABETHTON — This year’s lighting of the Christmas lights on the 78-foot tall Fraser fir in the front yard of the historic Folsom House, 824 E. Elk Ave., has been rescheduled for a week later than previously planned.

The Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce announced that the 31st annual lighting will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 19. The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include singing from the Elizabethton High School Choral Department.

While waiting on the festivities to begin there will be hot apple cider provided by the Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. The lighting of the tree will take place at 6 p.m. This year, members of the Downtown Business Association and the Main Street Organization will be the honorary lighters. Both groups have worked hard to revitalize downtown and ensure it is attractive and festive.

The Chamber said the tree and the Folsom House has significant history for Carter County. The two-story clapboard house was owned by Confederate Maj. H.M. Folsom. The story says that in the late 1860s the Folsom family went to Roan Mountain and brought home Fraser fir saplings that were planted on each side of the home. The 78-foot tree standing today is the largest Fraser fir in Tennessee and the second largest in the nation. It is the tallest decorated Fraser fir in the world.

At the same time the Christmas tree lights come on, the lights atop Lynn Mountain will also come on. Those lights can be seen from all over the eastern end of Elizabethton. The lights on the mountain consist of a triangle representing a big Christmas tree and the script “Merry Christmas.”

The Chamber also announced that the Elizabethton Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 6 p.m. It will proceed eastward on East Elk Avenue through downtown Elizabethton. This year’s theme is “Destination Christmas.”

Information on participating in the parade can be found on the Chamber’s website at: https://elizabethtonchamber.com/event/downtown-christmas-parade/.

The Chamber encourages float participants to decorate in the theme of where Christmas is for you, or where you wish it could be, whether that is a home or on a beach. The grand marshals for the parade will be members of the Downtown Business Association and the new Main Street Organization. The Chamber praised both groups because they “have done a lot throughout the past few years to keep downtown Elizabethton looking nice. They work to provide different events throughout the year to revive the downtown and give the community things to do together.”

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