The holiday season is quickly approaching and that means Downtown in December is just around the corner. Downtown in December is a series of holiday events in the heart of Downtown Johnson City. The holiday cheer will follow you from event to event, as you participate in family friendly activities, parties, shopping, and more!
The festive winter experience begins with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 1. The event takes place at 7:00 p.m. at the plaza on Buffalo Street in Downtown Johnson City. Santa will lead the tree lighting ceremony and the Indian Trail Chorus will sing familiar holiday songs. The tree is larger this year, making it 30 feet tall. This will make for a great photo opportunity with your family!
The Johnson City Christmas Parade is the following morning, Saturday, December 2, at 11:30 a.m. The theme of this year’s parade is A Storybook Christmas. The parade route begins on the corner of University Parkway at W. Walnut to Buffalo Street, down E. Main Street, right on Colonial Way, left to E. State of Franklin and ends in the old burley lot at the Corner of E. State of Franklin and Legion Street. The “Best Float” will be awarded $1,000 to be donated to a non-profit of their choice. Awards will also be given to 2nd and 3rd place winners. To register or find out more information about the parade visit: jcchristmasparade.org.
After the Christmas Parade, head to the Pavilion at Founders Park for Whoville Village from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The Pavilion will be thriving with holiday activities for kids including choo-choo train rides, craft stations, photo opportunities with Whoville Village characters, a dance area with a DJ and various other activity stations available. Whoville Village is free and open to the public! Be sure to stroll Downtown after Whoville Village to shop and dine with our local merchants. Storefront windows will be decorated with beautiful holiday scenes.
Throughout the holiday filled weekend visit Holiday Splash Fine Art & Craft Market at the Hands On! Museum Ballroom, located at 315 E. Main Street. The sale will feature arts and crafts made by local and regional artisans. It’s the perfect place to purchase Christmas presents! On December 1, the market is open from 12:00-8:30 p.m., on December 2, the market is open from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and on December 3, the market is open from 12:00- 5:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by Johnson City Public Art.
Information about these events and more can be found on our Downtown Johnson City Facebook Events page or at downtownjc.com.