Christmas spirit is alive and well in Historic Jonesborough

This replica of the Eureka Inn is just one of the many entries in Jonesborough’s gingerbread house contest. PHOTOS BY DAVE ONGIE

There was no Lighted Christmas Parade this year due to COVID-19, but folks in Jonesborough are finding plenty of ways to safely spread holiday cheer this year.

The annual Celebration of Trees – a tradition spanning nearly three decades – is alive and well with over 30 decorated trees on display from the Jonesborough Visitors Center all the way to the Chuckey Depot. Speaking of the Chuckey Depot, Santa Claus has been greeting boys and girls from a safe social distance from the caboose located next to the depot. He’ll be on hand on more time on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

Shops along Main Street are also displaying gingerbread houses, which are part of a walkable holiday contest and display. Those wishing to see and vote for their favorite gingerbread houses can do so through Dec. 20. Winners will be announced on Dec. 21.

And of course, the shop owners along Main Street are taking great pains to facilitate a safe shopping experience for those looking to secure unique, last-minute gifts before Christmas. Masks are required, and social distancing is encouraged, but that won’t prevent you from getting into the holiday spirit as you help support local small businesses.

From left, Violet Keasling, Tucker Goins and Maggie Goins visit Santa Claus at the Chuckey Depot.
Jonesborough’s town Christmas tree towers over Main Street.


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