JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Downtown in December is a series of holiday events featuring family-friendly activities, parties, shopping and more in the heart of downtown Johnson City.
The festive winter experience begins with the annual 30-foot Christmas Tree Lighting 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the plaza on Buffalo Street in downtown Johnson City. Santa will lead the tree lighting ceremony and the Indian Trail Chorus will sing familiar holiday songs.
The Johnson City Christmas Parade takes place 11:30 a.m. Dec. 2 beginning on the corner of University Parkway at W. Walnut to Buffalo Street, down E. Main Street, right on Colonial Way, left to E. State of Franklin and ends in the old burley lot at the Corner of E. State of Franklin and Legion Street. The theme of this year’s parade is A Storybook Christmas. The “Best Float” will be awarded $1,000 to be donated to a non-profit of their choice. Awards will also be given to 2nd and 3rd place winners.
After the Christmas Parade, head to the pavilion 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Founders Park for Whoville Village. The pavilion will be thriving with activities for kids including train rides, craft stations, photo opportunities with Whoville Village characters, a dance area with a DJ and various other activity stations available. Whoville Village is free and open to the public. Stroll downtown to shop and dine with the local merchants. Storefront windows will be decorated with beautiful Christmas scenes.
Throughout the holiday filled weekend visit Holiday Splash Fine Art & Craft Market noon to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 2; and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Hands On! Museum Ballroom. The sale will feature arts and crafts made by local and regional artisans. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Johnson City Public Art.
For more information, visit www.downtownjc.com.
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