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Christmas will transform downtown into magical mountain village for the holidays

By:  Paula Walter

Assistant Editor

It’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas in Mountain City. The town will be bursting with activities and it all begins on December 2nd at 5:00 pm at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the courthouse lawn. It is a part of the “Magic of Christmas,” sponsored by the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the lighting of the tree, there will be live music, Christmas singing, hot chocolate and candy for the children.
December is full of activities, beginning with The Johnson County Community Theatre. They will present “A Christmas Play” on December 1st, 2nd and 3rd. For more information, call 423- 727- 7444 or visit heritagehalltheatre.org .
On December 2nd, there will be open and guided rides as part of the “Jingle Bells Ride at Doe Mountain Recreation,” located at 1208 Harbin Hill Road. The ride will end at Mountain City Elementary. All riders are invited to ride in the annual Christmas parade.
On Saturday, December third, the Chamber holds its eagerly awaited Christmas parade. The line up begins at 3:30 and the parade itself begins at 5:30 pm. Be on the look out for Christmas carolers, bright lights and food vendors along the way. Businesses are planning to stay open, include the new arts center in Mountain City.
Throughout the month, the Positive Thinkers are collecting Christmas gifts for children in Johnson County. If you would like to put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas morning, stop by the Johnson County Bank or contact Temple Reece at 423-727-7701.
The Festival of Trees will be held throughout the month of December at the Johnson County Welcome Center. Everyone is invited to come and view the trees provided by local business and different organization in the county. They are open 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday afternoons. If you would like more information, call Kelly at 423-727-5800 or email them at [email protected]
The eagerly awaited Christmas craft show will be held on November 18 from 9:00 until 4:00 at the National Guard Armory. The booths are already sold out and the armory will be packed with crafts of all kinds. There are approximately 70 vendors this year. It’s a great opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping and shop local. The Center for the Arts will be opened 10:00 to 4:00 and there will also be opportunities to support local crafters.
On December 9th, there will be “Christmas Community Sing Along” at Heritage Hall. To purchase tickets, call 423-727-7444 or go to www.heritagehalltheatre.org.
On December 10th, the Rotary Club will present its Tour of Homes, part of the Magic of Christmas in a Small Town. The tour is from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Call 423-727-7988 for more information. Tickets are available at the welcome center.