Nov. 15, 2018
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. – Historic Jonesborough gets spruced up for the holiday season with Christmas in Olde Jonesborough, a month-long celebration featuring a different theme 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday Nov. 24-Dec. 15.
Each Saturday will offer music, storytelling and extended holiday shopping hours in Tennessee’s Oldest Town. Santa will also be on site at the downtown Courthouse each Saturday for pictures and visits with children. Be sure to bring your letters to Santa and drop them off in the mailbox by Dec. 15 and receive a reply from the jolly old man himself. The Christmas Market will be available on the Plaza of the International Storytelling Center featuring handmade crafts, jewelry and holiday items. Free gift wrapping will also be offered on any purchases made in Downtown Jonesborough during the Saturday events.
The series will kick off with Whoville 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 24 complete with the Grinch and other characters. Dress as your favorite Whoville character and get a “grinch treat.” Activities, movies and popcorn will be located throughout town. The Christmas season officially starts with the Lighting of the Tree 6 p.m. beside the Washington County Courthouse downtown. Music and storytelling will lead up to the official lighting.
Christmas in Olde Jonesborough continues with Doggone Christmas Dec. 1. Bring your furry friends for pictures with Santa, treat station and be sure to check out the pet-friendly items at the Christmas Market. Contests including Ugliest Christmas Dog Sweater, Best Holiday Costume and Pet/Owner Lookalike take place 1 p.m. Donations will also be accepted for the Washington County Humane Society so please bring something to add to the back of the sleigh.
Fun with Frosty & Friends takes place Dec. 8. Lots of family fun includes Pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, children’s storytelling, Santa Mart, games and more. The much-anticipated Jonesborough Lighted Christmas Parade will take place 6 p.m. The parade will travel through the festively-decorated historic district from Boone Street to Main Street. Immediately following the parade, head ti tge courthouse for the Annual Turkey Toss and maybe you’ll be one of the lucky recipients to win a free Christmas turkey.
The series wraps up Dec. 15 with the new Breakfast with Santa 8-10 a.m. at the Chuckey Depot Museum. With a “The Polar Express” theme, children are encouraged to wear their pajamas while visiting with Santa over breakfast.
Stroll through town with the Christmas Church Tour and visit participating churches in the downtown historic district. See their beautifully decorated sanctuaries and enjoy music, hand bells and more. Grab a guide at the International Storytelling Center to begin your tour. Each church is located within easy walking distance of downtown and make sure to stop in the shops to get your last-minute gifts while you’re in town.
For more information, call 423-753-1010 or visit www.jbochristmas.com.
Photo credit: Whitney Williams
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