Each Saturday will offer a variety of events from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. along with 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 giftwrapping will also be offered on any purchases made in Downtown Jonesborough during the Saturday events.
The series will kick off with Whoville on 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. Then at 6 p.m., we welcome you to join us as we officially kick off the Christmas season with the Lighting of the Tree. Music and Storytelling will lead up to the official lighting of the Spruce beside the Washington County Courthouse in downtown.
Christmas in Olde Jonesborough continues on Dec. 1 with Doggone Christmas. Bring your furry friends for pictures with Santa, treat station and be sure to check out the pet-friendly items at the Christmas Market. Join us at 1 p.m. for contests including Ugliest Christmas Dog Sweater, Best Holiday Costume and Pet/Owner Lookalike. Donations will also be accepted for the Washington County Humane Society so please bring something to add to the back of the sleigh.
On Dec. 8, join us for a new spin on one of our most popular events, Fun with Frosty & Friends. Lots of family fun will take place throughout town, including Pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, children’s storytelling, Santa Mart, games and more.
The Jonesborough Lighted Christmas Parade will take place that evening starting at 6 p.m. The parade will travel through the historic district from Boone Street to Main Street.
The series wraps up on Dec. 15 with another new event, Breakfast with Santa, which will take place at the Chuckey Depot Museum in Jonesborough at the top of each hour from 8-10 a.m. With The Polar Express theme, children are encouraged to wear their pajamas while visiting with Santa over breakfast.
From 11 a.m until 3 p.m., 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. For more information on Christmas in Olde Jonesborough, call 423-753-1010 or visit jbochristmas.com