At Home With Santa has been a tradition in the region for more than 22 years and gives families an opportunity to build memories with their children and share in all the games and activities that have been planned including ice fishing, storytelling, decorating cookies, crafts, pictures with Santa, face painting and many more activities.  Carriage rides will also be available to transport children downtown for a photo with Santa Claus.

One of the most popular activities includes a shopping area just for children ages 12 and under called the Santa Mart.  Santa’s elves and other volunteers will help children select gifts for their family members and friends and then help the children wrap them.  All items are priced under $2. At Home With Santa is made possible through local sponsors and volunteers.  For more information, please contact the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010.

The Town of Jonesborough will host its annual lighted Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

Jonesborough Christmas Parade: Presented by the Jonesborough Parks and Recreation Department, the 2014 Christmas Parade theme is “Winter Nights and Christmas Lights.” The parade will feature live music, floats lit with Christmas lights, horses, antique cars and more.  With more than 75 entries, Jonesborough’s annual lighted parade has become a Christmas tradition in the region.  Entries will compete for four awards, with cash prizes ranging from $100 to $200.  Awards are given based on conformance to the parade theme, incorporation of music (live or not) as well as use of Christmas lights and decorations.

The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 13th on Boone Street and will progress west on Main Street, ending at the Washington Avenue intersection.  Call 423-753-1010 or visit jonesboroughtn.org for information.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Morning: 'An American Turning Point: the Civil War in Virginia" is December 11th at 7 o'clock and December 18th at 7 o'clock at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. This is a free event for the public.

Noon: The New Opportunity School for Women  is designed to improve the educational, financial and personal circumstances of low-income, under-educated, middle-aged women in the Appalachian region. The free 3-week residential program is held in May at Bluefield College. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Animal Defense League was founded in 1982. The main objective of the ADL is to raise awareness of pet overpopulation and to highly encourage and assist in providing spay/neuter surgeries to the animals in our region. We also offer assistance to those caring for feral cat colonies. Every animal that is sterilized has the potential of preventing thousands of births over a period of several years. Not only are there health and behavioral benefits of sterilizing your pets, but it is the only solution to pet overpopulation and the end of euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals. To find out about our Pet of the Week, Darcy, call (877) 301-2290 or click on ADL.

Song of the Mountains will host a new concert on Saturday, December 13th at 2pm at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va. Tickets are $25 for reserved seating. Learn more about this concert and other upcoming events here.

Monday, December 8, 2014

A reception is planned for an exhibit at "The Gallery @ Barr Photographics" on Friday, December 12th from 7pm-9pm. The Gallery is locate don East Main Street in Abingdon, Va.  Please call 276- 628-1486 or visit the Gallery.

A Journey Through Bethlehem is not a play, not a pageant, but a Christmas experience. The First Baptist Church of Fall Branch, TN is putting on the event December 13th-December 16th nightly between 6pm-8:30pm. For detailed information and parking options, click here.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Morning: The Intercity Ballet Theatre in Kingsport, TN will perform The Nutcracker December 11th and 12th at 9:30am and December 12th and 13th at 7:30pm at the Toy F. Reid Auditorium at the Eastman Employee Center on S. Wilcox Drive in Kingsport. For ticket information visit the Intercity Ballet.

Noon: Though we show less skin during the winter, it's still important to nourish it this time of year. Good nutrition is key to healthy, smooth skin and can provide a defense against dryness and UV damage. Our expert with the Healthy Living segment provided us with several tips. Additional information can be found here.

Sycamore Shoals plays host to several events this holiday season. They include:

Christmas at the Carter Mansion
Friday & Saturday, December 4& 5

Guided Tours begin every 20 minutes 6pm–9pm    

Tours by Reservation Only – Please Call 423-543-5808

Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays.  Enjoy music, refreshments and historic interpreters acting out scenes from an 18th century Christmas. This Christmas celebration is by reservation only and space is limited. Contact the park during  regular operating hours for more information.

Winterfest Art Show
Month of December until January 4th

Kick off the holidays at Sycamore Shoals!  The Watauga Valley Art League exhibition and sale begins with a reception on December 1 with great opportunities for holiday shopping! Artwork from the Watauga Valley Art League will remain on display during regular park hours throughout the month of December until January 4th.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Morning: Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts at the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School will be accepting registrations for all ages through Dec. 19 for its Spring Education Classes that will begin January 26 and continue through April 19, 2015.