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Tree lighting, Christmas parade this Saturday in downtown Kingsport

Community Contributor • Nov 27, 2018 at 9:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Downtown Kingsport will be overflowing with holiday family fun this Saturday as the Model City celebrates Christmas with its annual parade and tree-lighting event.

And then on Sunday, folks can return to enjoy self-guided tours of some of the beautifully decorated lofts in downtown Kingsport.


On Saturday, the festivities begin at 2 p.m. You can take photos with Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, take a carriage ride while sipping on hot cocoa, enjoy crafts with the kids and view some astonishing gingerbread displays. A number of local food trucks will also be on hand in case you’re hungry.

At 6 p.m., the second annual nighttime Christmas parade will take place. It’ll include festive floats, award-winning bands, talented dancers, community organizations and of course, Santa himself.

The parade will move through the downtown area and end at Church Circle. This year’s grand marshal is Ernie Rumsby, president of the Tri-Cities Military Affairs Council.

Immediately following the parade will be the lighting of the Christmas tree at Church Circle. Gather around the tree in candlelight and be a part of a long-standing holiday tradition in the Model City. Join in on the countdown and celebrate the start of the Christmas season as the tree comes to life, adorned with glowing Christmas lights.


To conclude the weekend of holiday festivities, join the Downtown Kingsport Association on Sunday with a self-guided tour of several, beautifully decorated lofts, apartments and townhouses.

Tickets for the loft tours can be purchased in advance for $25 online or at the Downtown Kingsport Association office (229 Broad St.). You can also purchase tickets the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the programs and projects of the Downtown Kingsport Association.

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