By Meg Dickens
Christmas on Main is canceled, but there will still be a celebration. Locals Misste Phillippi and Renee Proffitt decided to host a Christmas Village event on December 7, during the annual Christmas parade. This free event starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m.
“We wanted to do something for the community in conjunction with the Christmas parade,” said Proffitt and Phillippi. “This is a great opportunity for friends from Johnson County and the surrounding area to do some shopping while supporting local businesses.”
During the event, there will be several performances for the public to enjoy. Ashley Dyson and her princesses will host a Princess Meet and Greet on the Johnson County Courthouse lawn from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The community choir will perform on the steps at 3:30 p.m., and Cristi’s Gymnastics’ dancers will perform there at 4:15 p.m. Proffitt and Phillippi are searching for a band to play Christmas music.
Make sure to come hungry and enjoy the refreshments. Long’s BBQ will be there selling smoked barbeque, and Daniel Thomas will sell his coffee. The Christmas Village Committee will sell hot dogs, cookies, and hot chocolate.
“We truly hope everyone makes plans to spend Saturday, December 7 in beautiful Mountain City celebrating the Christmas season,” Proffitt and Phillippi exclaimed. “Come ready to celebrate, shop, and enjoy the Christmas season! Stay to enjoy the Christmas parade at 5:30 p.m. The Christmas Village will be open until 8 p.m.”
Anyone interested in either being a vendor or signing up to play should contact Renee Proffitt at the courthouse at (423) 727-9633 or Misste Phillippi at (423) 440-5834. Vendor space is free but limited, so any interested parties should reach out to reserve a booth as soon as possible.