20 Christmas Events in Johnson City TN and Tri-Cities That Will Rock Your Holiday

Bring your family together for some magical holiday fun at one of these festive Christmas events in Johnson City TN and throughout Tri-Cities. From meet and greets with Santa and Christmas parades to ice skating and holiday craft classes, you’ll find everything you need to create a memorable holiday season.

Christmas Events in Johnson City TN

Christmas Events in Johnson City TN and Throughout Tri-Cities

Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland

November 7 – December 24, 2020
Bass Pro Shops, Bristol, TN

This year’s Christmas event will look a little different. For photos, Santa will be in a plexiglass box for safety and kids will be seated on a bench in front of the box. Instead of in-store crafts, Christmas craft kits will be given out for families to complete at home. 

Airport Ice Rink

November 12, 2020 – January 10, 2021
Bristol Motor Speedway

This seasonal ice rink is one of the most popular attractions of the season. This year, advanced registration is required.

The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights

November 13, 2020 – January 2, 2021
Bristol Motor Speedway
$25 per car

The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights is the largest drive-thru Christmas lights display in all of East TN. In the infield, there will be an adorable Christmas village featuring festive refreshments, arts and crafts vendors, music, and more!

Usually while in the village, you can enjoy family-friendly rides and take a picture with Santa himself. Unfortunately, the rides and Santa pics are not available in 2020. They will resume in 2021.

Very Merry Movies: Elf

November 21, 2020
The Mall at Johnson City
$5 donation to the Salvation Army

A fun, festive, and socially distanced drive in Christmas movie at the main mall entrance.

That’s a Wrap

November 28, 2020
Downtown Elizabethton Chamber of Commerce
Donation to Isaiah 117 House

For just a donation to Isaiah 117 house, you can come on down and get your Christmas gifts wrapped for free. Isaiah 117 House is a Charity that provides transitional housing and basic supplies for children in foster care.

Soup and Songs drive-Thru Fundraiser

November 30, 2020
McKinney Center, Jonesborough, TN

This year’s theme is “holidays around the world.” At this event, guests will drive through a variety of living holiday scenes depicting Christmas in different cultures. There will be complimentary hot chocolate for you to sip during your drive.

At the end of the event, you’ll receive a to-go dinner of scrumptious soup with fresh bread and a chocolate chip cookie. Yum! Proceeds will benefit the McKinney Center and the StoryTown Radio Show.

Rogersville Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting, & Parade of Trees

December 1, 2020
Rogersville Middle School

Enjoy a festive and traditional Christmas parade with gorgeous floats, entertainers, and marching bands. After the parade, the annual Christmas tree lighting will take place in the town square.

December 1st is also the kick-off date for the gorgeous parade of trees light display. The trees will up for viewing through December 21, 2020.

Church Hill Christmas Parade

December 1, 2020

Bulls gap Christmas Parade

December 2, 2020

Gingerbread Village

December 4-18, 2020
Mainstreet Jonesborough, TN

This walkable gingerbread wonderland will feature tons of gingerbread house displays in the storefront windows downtown. Come bask in the glow of holiday cheer at this festive event.

Guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite house and prizes will be awarded. Also, anyone is welcome to submit a house to the show.

Christmas Events in Tri-Cities TN

Christmas at the Carter Mansion

December 4-5, 2020
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Elizabethton, TN
$8/adults, $4/kids

At this exciting living history event, reenactors will recreate a traditional colonial Christmas. The mansion will also be beautifully decorated in its finest Christmas decor.

That’s a Wrap

December 12, 2020
Downtown Elizabethton Chamber of Commerce
Donation to East TN Spay and Neuter

For just a donation to East TN Spay and Neuter, you can come on down and get your Christmas gifts wrapped for free. Guests can also help make t-shirt toys for the Carter County Animal Shelter.

A Christmas Carol at the Moonlight

November 20, 2020 – December 23, 2020 (select dates)
Moonlight Drive-In Theatre, Woodbury, TN
$20 and up

Enjoy this live stage production of a classic Christmas play, from the comfort of your own car.

Christmas at Netherland Inn

December 11, 12, 13, 2020
The Netherland Inn, Kingsport, TN

Experience all the joys of Christmas in 1818, complete with decorations, food, and music. There will also be a variety of living history demonstrations throughout the weekend.

By The Fireside Virtual Concert 

December 5, 2020

Symphony of the Mountains’ annual Christmas concert, featuring all your holiday favorites, will take place online this year.

Visions of Christmas

December 5, 2020
Tipton Hayes State Historic Site, Johnson City, TN
$5/adults, $3/kids

Enjoy a historic reenactment of an 1859 Haynes family Christmas. The Haynes family will prepare for Christmas including decorating and cooking holiday treats over the open hearth.

Christmas in the Park

December 5, 2020 – January 1, 2020
Founders Park, Johnson City, TN

At this Johnson City TN Christmas event, local businesses will be decorating Christmas trees around Founders Park. Community members can enjoy the trees all month long.

Abingdon Christmas Parade

December 5, 2020

This year Abingdon is hosting a reverse Christmas parade. At this event, the floats will be stationary and families will enjoy viewing them from the comfort of their cars.

Christmas Craft Market

December 5, 2020
The Martha Washington Inn, Abingdon, VA

At this Christmas craft market, you’ll enjoy live entertainment while shopping at local artisan craft vendors. Tasty holiday treats will also be available for purchase. Hosted by the Virginia Highland’s Festival.

Holiday Farmer’s Market

December 5, 2020
Abingdon Farmers’ Market Pavillion
FREE admission

This holiday farmer’s market boasts artisan crafts, delicious baked goods, and farm-fresh meats.

Canceled Christmas Events in Tri-Cities TN

Christmas in the Country

canceled 2020
Exchange Place, 4812 Orebank Road, Kingsport, TN

Step into the magic of an old fashioned country Christmas with homemade wreaths and garlands and gorgeously decorated trees. There will also be delicious treats like cinnamon waffles, wassail, and ginger cakes.

To complete the experience there will be a variety of family-friendly activities from an 1800s Christmas including, stringing popcorn, dipping candles, tree decorating, and more. There will also be living history actors and a fun yule log ceremony.

lectric 94.9’s Acoustic Christmas

canceled 2020

Electric 94.9’s This unplugged Christmas concert features a variety of popular top 40 artists and is an all-ages event.

Johnson City Christmas Parade

Canceled 2020

Kingsport Christmas Parade

canceled 2020

Erwin Candlelight Nativity Parade

canceled 2020

Johnson County Festival of Trees


Elizabethton Christmas Parade

canceled 2020

Christmas Events at The Capitol Theatre

canceled 2020

Rocky Mount Candlelight Christmas


Tusculum Doak House Christmas


Christmas Market


Christmas in Hancock County

Sneedville, TN


Hands-On! Discovery Center Christmas Events

Hands on Discovery Center, Gray, TN


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