Historic Jonesborough’s holiday season is excited to take you on a trip through the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss, offer fun to your furry friends and more during its Christmas in Olde Jonesborough event series, featuring activities every Saturday from November 30th to December 21st.
Each Saturday will offer a variety of events from 11 am - 3 pm along with caroling, visits with Santa, music, storytelling and extended holiday shopping hours in Tennessee’s Oldest Town. The public is also encouraged to bring a new or gently used gift for St. Nick to deliver to less fortunate children in the area. A festive holiday market will be available on the Plaza of the International Storytelling Center featuring handmade crafts, jewelry and holiday items. 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 December 15th and receive a reply from the jolly old man himself. We also offer free gift wrapping on any purchases made in Downtown Jonesborough during the Saturday events. Just bring your packages to the International Storytelling Center between 11 am and 3 pm on the above-mentioned Saturdays.
The series will kick off with Whoville on Saturday, November 30th from 11 am - 3 pm complete with the Grinch and other characters. Dress as your favorite Whoville character and get a “Grinch treat”. At 6 pm 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 lighting of the large Frasier Fir beside the Washington County Courthouse in downtown.
Also on November 30th, the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum will be hosting two, public readings of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 11 am and 1:30 pm.
Christmas in Olde Jonesborough continues on Saturday, December 7th with Doggone Christmas from 11 am - 3 pm. Bring your furry friends for pictures with Santa, enjoy treats and be sure to check out the pet-friendly items at the Christmas Market. Children ages 5-12 are invited to make a gingerbread house at the International Storytelling Center at 11 am. This free workshop provides one gingerbread house kit, including gingerbread pieces, icing and candy pieces. Sign up here!
Join us at 1 pm for contests including Ugliest Christmas Dog Sweater, Best Holiday Costume and Pet/Owner Look alike. The Pet Parade will begin shortly after the contests, in front of the downtown Courthouse. Donations will also be accepted for the Washington County Humane Society.
Beginning December 7th and through December 29th the Chester Inn will be decorated for Victorian Christmas.
One of the season’s favorite events, Fun with Frosty & Friends, will take place on December 14th from 11 am - 3 pm at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, International Storytelling Center and throughout Downtown. Pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, children’s storytelling, games and more will all be taking place. Be sure to visit Santa Mart where children can purchase and wrap gifts for family members. The much-anticipated Historic Jonesborough Christmas Parade will also take place that evening starting at 6 pm. The lighted parade will travel through the festively decorated historic district from Boone Street to Main Street.
Also on December 14th, come to the Chester Inn from 11 am to 3 pm and make a Victorian Christmas card.
The series will conclude on Saturday, December 21st with the Christmas Church Stroll from 11 am - 3 pm. Churches in the downtown historic district welcome you to come into their sanctuaries and see their beautiful holiday decorations and enjoy music, hand bells and more. Hosts will also be available at each location to tell you about the history and architecture of each church. All located within easy walking distance of the downtown area, make sure to visit the shops and get all your last-minute gifts while you’re here. For more information on our Christmas events, visit www.jbochristmas.com or call the Visitors Center at 423.753.1010.
More Holiday Happenings throughout Jonesborough
The magic of Tennessee's oldest town comes alive during the Colors of Christmas Progressive Dinner hosted by the Heritage Alliance. This year marks the 42nd anniversary of Jonesborough’s Progressive Dinner! Now in its 42nd year, the Progressive Dinner is a unique event, combining fine food, rich history and great entertainment. Proceeds from this year's event will help us grow our Hands-On with History initiative to bring artifacts and programs into the classroom.
This year, the evening begins at the historic Oak Hill School. This one room schoolhouse serves as the heart of the Heritage Alliance's educational programs. Each of the following courses are set in a former school, including Academy Hill, now remodeled condominiums, the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School, once a school for the African American community during segregation and now an arts center for the region, and the Warner Institute, an 1850s brick structure that is now a private home. Two of the locations have not been featured on the dinner in over ten years.
The Colors of Christmas Progressive Dinner has become a traditional start to the holiday season for many people throughout East Tennessee and surrounding states. Seasonal music by several of our area's finest musicians, including the ever popular Jonesborough Novelty Band, gourmet food, memorable camaraderie and great fun are the hallmarks of this popular event. One seating time has already sold out. Make sure you get your tickets today!
Ticket price is $85 per person and proceeds go toward the educational programs of the Heritage Alliance. Seating is limited. Online ticketing through the Town of Jonesborough is available at jonesborough.com/tickets. You can also make a reservation by calling 423.753.1010. If you would like to make a reservation for a table of 6 or more, please contact the Heritage Alliance directly.
The Heritage Alliance is dedicated to the preservation of the architectural, historical and cultural heritage of our region and to providing educational experiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences. For more information, please call our office at 423.753.9580 or contact the organization via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information can also be found online at http://www.heritageall.org/
Come enjoy homemade soup, handmade bowl, live music and lots of good company!!
December 2nd from 6 pm until 8 pm will be the Annual Soup Bowl Fundraiser dinner and entertainment. This annual event to kick-off the holiday season, provides guests with dinner, a show, and a one-of-a-kind, handmade ceramic bowl of their choice. The evening features the Jonesborough Yarn Exchange Radio Show cast and the Jonesborough Novelty Band in their annual Christmas Caroling Sing-Along and this event is a crowd favorite every year. The audience and cast sing together a collection of favorite Christmas Songs that are sprinkled lightly with holiday memories and stories.
Tickets are only $25. Guests may purchase tickets online at jonesboroughtn.org or by calling the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423.753.1010. Tickets are limited and the event generally sells out so get your tickets early.
The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre's latest production, happening December 5 - 15. Step back into the 1940s with Jonesborough Repertory Theatre’s radio station, WJRT, as the theatre presents the annual 1940s USO Christmas Show. Just as America entered World War II, radio airwaves served as a key source of entertainment and news for families on the home front, as well as entertainment for the troops at home and overseas. The radio cast will be broadcasting live radio skits as well as singing and dancing to many patriotic and familiar Christmas tunes as we honor our military families with this memorable Christmas celebration of our freedom.