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Historic Jonesborough’s holiday season will officially kick off with the annual Lighting of the Tree on Sat., November 28 at 6 p.m.  The large Frasier fir, located at courthouse square in downtown, will be ceremoniously lit and lead Jonesborough into the Christmas season.  Old Saint Nick will also be in attendance in his sleigh for pictures and visits with children.

Other events taking place Saturday include Small Business Saturday: Jonesborough Rolls Out the Welcome Mat/Enjoy extended hours until 8 p.m., giveaways, special sales and more in downtown Jonesborough. 

Whoville Christmas will also take place from 11 3 p.m. See the Grinch and other Whoville characters as Jonesborough transforms into a Whoville town. Dress as your favorite Whoville character and receive a treat from the Grinch. A gingerbread house making class begins at 1 p.m. at the International Storytelling Center, free to ages 5-12 years. Call 423.753.1010 to register for the class.

For additional information on Christmas in Olde Jonesborough and Lighting of the Tree call 423.753.1010. 

After much anticipation, the new Jonesborough Senior Center will officially open its doors the week of Dec. 7 with a variety of activities open to the public.

Monday, Dec. 7 will mark the Grand Opening with a ribbon cutting and flag dedication at 10 a.m., doors open at 9 a.m.  Hor d’ oeuvres will be served and live music will be offered by the Jonesborough Novelty Band. The day will also include a variety of “Celebrate Our Members” activities sponsored by Four Oaks Healthcare. At 1:30 p.m., the ETSU Bluegrass band will perform. Shuttle services will be available from the Jonesborough Library Parking Lot from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 is dedicated to the arts in the area with Showcase the Arts & Desserts Day
sponsored by Grand Home Furnishings.  Activities in the Center include Fun With Paint by the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School at 9 a.m., a performance of A Sojourn in Jonesborough by the Heritage Alliance at 10:30 a.m. and special music with the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre at noon.  At 1:30 p.m. the Senior Center will feature desserts with an artistic flair from various local businesses.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 is Celebrate our Blessings Day sponsored by Dillow-Taylor Funeral Services.  This day will be a time of reflection during lunch provided by Main Street Café at noon (preregistration is required). Join senior center members as they reflect on a year of sharing, caring and accomplishments in the morning and at lunch.  From 2 to 4 p.m. area children and Jonesborough Senior Center members are invited to decorate gingerbread cookies and enjoy stories told by members with a special visit from the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre storybook characters. Shuttle services will be available from Jonesborough Library Parking Lot from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec.10 marks the Jonesborough Senior Center’s Serving Our Community Day
sponsored by The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy of Jonesborough.  Join them for breakfast as local organizations that reach out to the community are highlighted including Shop with a Cop & Firefighter, Jonesborough Area Ministerial Association, Neighborhood Service Center and Jonesborough Community Chest.  The public will have the opportunity to meet representatives from each organization as Shop with a Cop & Firefighter and the Jonesborough Area Ministerial Association will be collecting new toys and food items. Booths will be set up from 10 to noon. Special music will also be presented by the Majesty Choral Group from 1 to 1:45 p.m. The Senior Center will host a Line Dancing Party from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by Ball Room Dancing from 4 to 5 p.m. open to the public.

Friday, Dec. 11 marks Be Our Guest in Downtown Jonesborough Day as local businesses join in on the celebration by welcoming Senior Center members to their businesses.  Jonesborough Senior Center Members may pick up a “Guest Card” and stop and visit area merchants from 10 to 3 p.m. The guest cards will then be entered for door prizes. The Center will also be hosting an Old Fashioned Tree Lighting at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m. music will be offered with Curt Mathson, followed by a White Reindeer gift exchange at 1 p.m. Drawing will be held at 3 p.m. for door prizes from turned in guest cards.

The new Jonesborough Senior Center is located at 307 East Main Street.  For additional information, visit, email or call 423-753-1084.

Tickets are now on sale for Historic Jonesborough’s annual Holiday Tour & Tea on Sunday, Dec. 13th from 2 to 6 p.m.

The tour will feature up to seven of Historic Jonesborough’s most treasured establishments, as guests are allowed a once in a lifetime peek into a selection of the town’s most inspiring and festively decorated buildings. 

Special emphasis will be placed on the elegant tea portion of the event featuring a holiday hot and cold tea bar and treats from one of Jonesborough’s renowned chefs.  The tea will take place inside an elaborate Victorian style setting, built in the 1800s located in the heart of the commercial district downtown.

Guests are encouraged to board the shuttles  as many times as they wish while on the tour as they soak in the storybook atmosphere set for the holidays, or utilize their own mode of transportation.  Parking will be limited at certain stops.

Admission is $15, limited quantity available. Discounts are also offered for groups of 15 or more.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting or by calling 423.753.1010.




The Santa Train Car will be parked in Jonesborough for two days with Santa Claus greeting guests on board the car on Friday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 12 from 3 to 5 p.m., following At Home with Santa (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and prior to the Annual Jonesborough Christmas Parade that begins at 6 p.m.
Santa will greet guests from the Santa Car Platform providing the perfect photo opportunity, along with a chance for everyone to come aboard the 100 year old railroad passenger car.  Santa will talk with the children and have a tour of this famous car, along with refreshments. 
Many railroad enthusiasts in the area are likely familiar with the Santa Train Car known as the Clinchfield 100. The Santa Train car was used for many years on the Clinchfield Railroad Santa Train where Santa threw candy off the back of the car as the train traveled from Elkhorn City, Ky. to Kingsport, Tenn.
There is no charge for this event which is located at 210 Spring St. in Jonesborough.
Visits with Santa and the historic train car are sponsored by the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum. For information call 423-753-1010.

Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is bringing the holiday classic, Miracle on 34th Street to the stage.  Based on the beloved 1947 film, this play tells the story of Kris Kringle in a modern setting.  Kringle, believing he is Santa Claus, goes on trial to have his sanity judged and have decided if he is indeed the one and only Santa Claus.

The play takes place in New York City and begins at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Doris Walker is a manager at Macy’s and a single mother to her daughter Susan.  Doris is logical and level-headed, and does not believe in the magic of the Christmas season. Susan is quickly following in her footsteps.  Can Kris Kringle with assistance from his friend Fred Gayley help Doris Walker? Can Kris Kringle bring the magic of Christmas back to New York City?

The play is directed by Pam Johnson who previously directed Pride and Prejudice and The Jungle Book and has appeared on stage in Cinderella at the JRT.

The cast includes several children, and even more special, several parents and their kids working on stage together.  Miracle on 34th Street is appropriate for all ages. 

The cast includes Dave Carter, Lorianne Carver, Ella Carver, Brian Moore, Angus Walton, Kylie Green, Andy Cobble, Kari Tuthill, Adam Honeycutt, Natalie Justice, Michael Smith, Dennis Brooks, Charlotte Allen, Heather Allen, Grayson Allen, Rhett Carver, Stephen Cradic, Brooklynn DeFreece, Christina Fulcher, Stephen Goodman, Samuel Harrod, Aislin O’Hagan, Selena Hayes, Christopher Heldman, Katrina Johnson, Abby Moore, Jessica Moore, Julia Moore, Meaghan Rodgers, Corey Smith.

Performance dates are December 3- 20.  Shows are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $16 general admission, $14 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, call the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423.753.1010 or go online to

The Jonesborough Parks and Recreation Department is proud to be hosting the 2015 Jonesborough Christmas Parade.  The theme this year is “Sights and Sounds of the Season.”  The Special Events Committee is accepting all entries but is especially interested in  live Christmas music, floats lit with Christmas lights, horses (only those that are well-controlled in large crowd situations) and antique cars.   The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 12th on Boone Street and will progress to Main Street and Historic Downtown then end at the intersection at Washington Avenue.  Come enjoy the beautiful floats and entries in our unique nighttime parade among the whimsical lights and decorations of the season. 
Be sure to stick around after the parade for St. Nick’s Nights when the shops in Historic Downtown Jonesborough stay open for extended holiday hours to help you enjoy the holidays in a relaxed, hometown atmosphere.  Children are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift to be delivered to disadvantaged children in Washington County.  For an entry form for the Annual Jonesborough Christmas Parade, visit, email or call 423-791-3869.


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