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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Events in Kingsport

From: Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas 
in Kingsport, TN!
Thursday, December 1st:
Don't forget the FIRST THURSDAY of each month, downtown retailers are open until 7pm.  Check with your favorite stores to see if they are offering extended shopping hours for the holidays.
Saturday, December 3rd:
Exchange Place Living History Farm will hold its annual Christmas in the Country event from 10am-4pm.  Fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, unique folk arts and handcrafts, herbal products and traditional holiday foods will be on sale.  The celebration will feature hands-on activities for all ages, demonstrations of hearthside cooking and baking on the 19th century farmstead.  The traditional Yule Log Ceremony with carol singing around the bonfire and a cauldron of wassail begins at 4:15pm.  Admission is FREE.  For more details call 423.288.6071.


Downtown Kingsport's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration will be held on Saturday, December 3rd.  Festivities will begin at 5:30pm at Market and Broad Street roundabout and move toward Church Circle for the tree-lighting ceremony at 7pm.  Local school and church choirs will perform.  The Gingerbread House contest winners will be announced, and the house will be on display inside Regions Bank.  The Downtown Business Window/Lobby Decorating Contest Winners will also be announced.  Call 423.246.6550 or visit for more details.



Friday, December 9-Sunday, December 11

Netherland Inn will recreate Richard and Margaret Netherland's annual Christmas Party at the Inn from 6pm-8pm, Friday, Dec 9 and Saturday, Dec 10, and from 2pm-4pm Sunday, Dec 11. Guests can tour the historic inn and grounds and view the period decorations as they listen to live holiday music.  The Celtic band Sigean will perform on Saturday, Dec 10 and a woodland Santa will be on the grounds  Sunday, Dec 11.  Tickets are $10.
Saturday, December 3rd-Sunday, December 4:
Allandale Mansion will hold its annual Christmas Tours from 1-7pm on Saturday, December 3rd and from 1-5pm on Sunday, December 4th.  Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children ( ages 7-12) Santa Claus will be on hand from 3-5pm and holiday refreshments will be served.
Now until Saturday, December 24th:
Bring the kids to Kingsport Town Center (formerly Fort Henry Mall) for a visit with jolly old Santa Claus and get your photo made too. Santa will have a special coloring book, crayons and lollipop for every child. So kids, make your list and check it twice and leave Santa a letter to let him know that you've been nice! Monday-Saturday 11am-3pm (break from 3pm-4pm) 4pm-8pm.  Sunday 12p-6pm.  








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Kingsport is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.