The annual Downtown Kingsport Association's Fall Window Decorating Contest wrapped up this week, with more than 1,000 patrons casting votes for their favorite small and large storefront displays. Kingsport Ballet, located at 201 Cherokee Street, captured top honors in the small storefront category; Bortz Graphix Plus and Cherie's Boutique tied in the large storefront category and (at print time) were in the midst of a head-to-head tiebreaking poll. (Update: Cherie’s Boutique won the tiebreaker to earn the large storefront’s top honor).
As the calendar turns to November, Downtown Kingsport merchants are preparing to usher in the shopping season with the annual Holiday Open House from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday. The event kicks off a flurry of activity in and around Downtown Kingsport over the next several weeks. Here's a look at some of the events on tap in coming weeks:
Thursday, Nov. 1
Holiday Open House, 5-8 p.m.
Kick off the holiday shopping season in Downtown Kingsport with a fun night out. The Holiday Open House is the perfect time to grab some unique gifts. During the event, many of the downtown merchants will offer extended hours from 5 to 8 p.m. and shoppers can stroll from shop to shop enjoying drinks, treats and some great deals.
Saturday, Nov. 17
Santa's Depot, 1-4 p.m.
Santa's Depot returns to Kingsport's Centennial Park for its second year. Kids will be welcomed to a day of fun activities as we wait for the arrival of the 76th annual Santa Train. Admission is free. However, an activity ticket will be issued to each child for access to engaging activities throughout the park and along Main Street. Live reindeer will return, and food will available for purchase from various food trucks on site.
The Santa Train, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Santa Train's 76th annual run covers 110 rail miles from Shelby, Ky., to Downtown Kingsport, with Santa and his helpers giving out more than 15 tons of clothing, food, toys and gifts at stops along the way. Santa's special guests this year are country duo Maddie & Tae. The train is scheduled to depart Shelby at 6 a.m. and arrive at its 14th and final stop in Downtown Kingsport at 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24
Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday-Downtown Kingsport makes it easy to #shoplocal with a wide variety of merchants serving up unique holiday gift options.
Saturday, Dec. 1
Downtown Kingsport Tree Lighting & Christmas Parade, 2-7 p.m.
Join the celebration as the community lights up downtown with Kingsport Christmas Spirit! The parade will be after sunset and the floats will be glowing with Christmas lights! You won’t want to miss the children’s faces light up as our iconic parade moves through downtown and around Church Circle. The festivities will get underway with family fun at Church Circle beginning at 2 p.m. The Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m., followed by the tree lighting ceremony in Church Circle.
Sunday, Dec. 2
Holiday Loft Tours
Take a Sunday stroll and enjoy a self-guided tour of some of the beautiful downtown lofts decorated for the holidays! Tickets are $25 and will go on sale Nov. 1. Contact the Downtown Kingsport Association at (423) 246-6550 for details or to purchase tickets.
Thursday, Dec. 6
Jingle & Mingle, 5-8 p.m.
Get into the Christmas spirit with the First Thursday Sip & Stroll in Downtown Kingsport. Stroll the blocks and shop during extended hours to take advantage of special discounts while enjoying live music and refreshments.