Greeneville's Christmas in Downtown — A Holiday Celebration December 4thNovember 30, 2015
Threw the eyes of a child — The Magic of Christmas
Downtown Holiday Events –
“Christmas in Downtown – A Holiday Celebration” –
Two Trees to Light
December 4th – Candlelight, music and caroling on the County Courthouse lawn begins at 5:00 with Frankie B cranking out some holiday classics. Tusculum View Chorus under the direction of Jessica Ricker will sing beginning at 5:40 as the crowd joins in to sing more holiday favorites by candle light all the while awaiting the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus who will light the Community Christmas tree at 6:00. Santa and Mrs. Claus accompanied by the Nolichucky Elementary School Builder’s Club Elves and the “Winter and Company Snowflake Fairies” will then once again board the hay wagon and travel to Town Hall. The crowd will carol, under the direction of ten year old Dawson Ottinger, their way to Town Hall, at the corner of Church and College Streets where the Town Hall tree, will be lit by Santa himself. The crowd is invited to enjoy refreshments right there at the tree.
Wagon Rides Downtown, Vans to Christmas in the Park and more
Downtown Things to Do
Public Works will provide holiday wagon rides in downtown during the evening with loading taking place mid-block on East Church Street right near the outdoor movie and also at Fox Park. Be sure to load up on one the wagons where you can carol, with Dawson Ottinger and/or members of Chuckey Doak Middle School Builder’s Club, your way around town.
The front lawn at First Presbyterian Church on North Main Street will be where you can see the live “Rein-de-llamas” provided by Walnut Ridge Llama Farm. While there shop for llama fiber sock and hats. Make magic food for Santa’s reindeer with Ethan Myers of Myers Pumpkin Patch and Greenhouses while shopping for fresh Greene County mistletoe. You can also get fresh kettle corn and homemade fudge to put in your holiday gift baskets. Be on the lookout for samples given out in the crowd. Brian’s Funnel Cakes will also be located there.
The merchants will open for shopping and dining. Visit Glory Days Greeneville/Vagabond Graphics, Greeneville Antique Market, Art Space 4 Gallery, Brolin & Bailey Company, Richland Creek Gifts, Towne Square Shopping Center, Towne Square Package Store, Top Dog Hot Dogs, at the corner of Main and Depot Streets, Catalyst Coffee Company and the General Morgan Inn for special offers and hours. Take the chill off in the lobby of the General Morgan Inn where a warm beverage reception may be enjoyed while listening to the Tusculum College Jazz Band under the direction of David Price as they preform seasonal classics beginning after the tree lighting at 6:00 pm.
Connecting to Christmas in the Park
Parks & Rec will have two vans ready to take folks to the opening night of Christmas in the Park. Hop on a van in front of the Greene County Courthouse beginning at 6:30 pm for a ride through Hardin Park where you will enjoy this year’s holiday light show featuring over one million lights and 200 figures including lighted sculptures and plywood cartoon characters.
Have Your Picture Taken with Santa
Beginning at 6:45 pm Santa and Mrs. Claus will be inside The Capitol Theatre where famed local photographer, Jerry Hankins and the Kiwanis Club of Greeneville will be taking photos with Santa. The 4 x 6 color photos will be presented in a holiday themed folder frame. Don’t miss your chance to have your picture taken with Santa and visit the Capitol Theatre where in the past many a holiday memory were sure to have been made. Make new memories now.
Outdoor Movie “elf” and look alike contest
The wall of the Dixie Cleaners building on East Church Street will become a giant outdoor movie screen where “elf” will be shown beginning at 7:30pm and lasts 100 minutes. There is only one showing so don’t miss it. This free family friendly film, provided by Right Angle Enterprises, Inc., is about Buddy, who as a baby, stowed away in Santa's toy bag and ended up at the North Pole. The elves raise him as one of their own, but when he begins to notice his differences to the other elves he goes to New York City to find his birth father in this sweet holiday comedy. Bring your lawn chair and blankets to snuggle in and enjoy the movie.
Feeling a little elfish yourself? Let your inner elf out by dressing up like Buddy. The best adult and child’s costume will win a prize.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and beverages are on the menu and will be available for purchase from the youth of First Presbyterian Church as a mission’s fundraiser.
Live Nativity at Dickson-Williams
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will bring an abridged version of their Live Nativity to the lawn of the Dickson-Williams Mansion. The mansion is located on the corner of Church and Irish Streets. The Nativity will begin at 6:00 pm and run until 8:00 pm. Their complete Live Nativity can be viewed on Friday and Saturday evenings, December 11 and 12 from 6- 8 pm at Graceland Memorial Gardens on Highway 11E in Afton.
Attractions Open – Something for all ages.
The Andrew Johnson Homestead will welcome in the holidays with candlelight tours of the home provided by the National Park Service beginning at 5:00 pm. The Greeneville Greene County History Museum will host the Christmas Market for the second year. The market has 14 vendors this year, including gifts, food items, household décor, food items, pet treats, and personal care items like soaps, toiletries, chair massage, and aromatherapy. The market takes place at The Museum's Fox Park at the corner of Main and McKee Streets. The market is open Friday 3-8 pm. Admission is free. The City Garage Car Museum, 210 S Main St, will have “Open House” with free admission from 5:00pm until 8:00pm. In celebration of the holidays the museum will be decked out with holiday decorations throughout their classic car exhibits.
Main Street Greeneville Board and Supporters wish to thank the many people who help make this event possible. We couldn’t do it without the support of our town and county entities. Thank you everyone. To you, our friends and neighbors we wish you a wonderful safe holiday season and a very Happy New Year.