Downtown Greeneville Tree Lightings December 3, 2021

December 01, 2021

Downtown Holiday Events –

“Christmas in Downtown – A Holiday Celebration” –

Lighting the Community and Town Hall Trees

December 3rd – Candlelight, music and caroling will take place on South Main Street near the County Courthouse lawn beginning at 5:30pm. Tusculum View Chorus under the direction of Cindy Sams will present their Christmas program at 5:40 as the crowd joins in to sing holiday favorites like, “Silent Night” by candle light as we wait to light the Community Christmas tree at 6:00. Bagpiper Mike Greenham will play on the porch of Town Hall while awaiting the arrival of Santa and the snowflake fairies that will assist in lighting the Town Hall Tree at 6:20pm. While there enjoy refreshments courtesy of The Town of Greeneville.

Christmas Music Downtown

Tusculum View Chorus will be singing on the stage in front of the Capitol Theatre beginning at 5:40pm. Rounding out the remainder of the evening will be: Chuckey Doak Middle School at 6:00pm; followed by East View School at 7:00pm. Closing out the evening’s musical performances, in front of The Capitol Theatre will be Main Street Carolers from 8:00 – 9:00pm. Other holiday tunes and carolers can be heard as you wander downtown.

Wagon Rides Downtown, and more

Downtown Things to Do

Public Works will provide holiday wagon rides in downtown during the evening with the loading area taking place mid-block on West Depot Street right across from Tipton’s Café and near Nickel Ridge Winery. Another loading area is planned on North Main Street. Be sure to load up on the wagon where you can carol your way around town. Loading locations are subject to change based on the redevelopment taking place downtown.
On the front lawn at First Presbyterian Church on North Main Street will be where children are encouraged to make holiday crafts with Teresa Shephard. Vendors with the Depot Street Farmers’ Market will include Not Your Grandma's Jam (gourmet jams and jellies); Grandview Acres (baked goods and candies); Bob's Wood Art and Crafts (hand-carved wood gifts); Summerfield Stitches (embroidery and custom apparel) and Knitter in the Woods. They will be set-up along Main Street.

Merchants Have Extended Hours

The merchants will be open for shopping and dining. The Depot Street Downtown Improvement Project might make things a challenge but please note that several of the merchants have a second entrance off the Morgan Inn parking lot. Visit with Greeneville Credit Jewelers, Greeneville Antique Market, Art Space 4 Gallery, Brolin & Bailey Company, Pritchard Designs, Mercantile on Depot, Sugar Smash, Nickel Ridge Winery, Tipton’s Café and Brumley’s at The General Morgan Inn for special offers and hours.

Take Your Christmas Card Photo at Holiday Murals and Selfie Stations

Strolling down Main Street this year is a real treat as you enjoy the outstanding original hand painted murals and selfie stations depicting holiday and seasonal themes. The artwork was done by students/teachers at Greeneville and Greene County Schools.

Santa to be at the Community Tree

Santa will be downtown at the Community Tree around 6:30pm. Bring your iphones and cameras so you can make your pictures with him.

Food throughout Downtown

Brumley’s at the General Morgan Inn, Catalyst Coffee Company, where they are hosting cookie icing stations, Top Dog Hot Dogs, The Nickel Ridge Winery, Sugar Smash and Tipton’s Café will be open.

Music at the Baby Grand

Take the chill off in the lobby of the General Morgan Inn where a warm beverage reception may be enjoyed while listening from 6:00 – 6:45pm to Leslie Vaughn and students playing and singing around the baby grand piano. At 7:00pm Kasie Shelnutt will play while The Greeneville Theatre Guild Carolers will sing holiday selections. Strolling Carolers with the Theatre Guild and Kris Carlson on guitar will be throughout downtown.

Southern Sanctuaries

Southern Sanctuaries is a new event for Friday night coordinated by The Greene County Partnership Tourism Task Force. During the Christmas in Downtown Holiday Celebration churches located in downtown Greeneville will be open between the hours of 5:30 – 8:30pm for self-guided tours. There is no better time to visit these lovely sanctuaries than at Christmas, to take in the reason for the season as you view and appreciate the beauty of these buildings some of which date back to the 1700’s. The following eight churches are hosting: on North Main Street will be First Baptist Church, Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church with Christ Chapel; on West Church Street is St. James Episcopal Church; Central Christian Church can be found on West Summer Street with Asbury United Methodist Church, Christ United Methodist Church and Reformation Lutheran Church all on South Main Street.

Attractions Open – Something for all ages.

Visiting the attractions on South Main Street will include The City Garage Car Museum, 210 S Main St, will have “Open House” with free admission from 5:00pm until 7:00pm. In celebration of the holidays the museum will be decked out with holiday decorations throughout their classic car exhibits.

The Andrew Johnson Homestead, located on South Main Street, will welcome in the holidays with candlelight tours of the home provided by the National Park Service beginning at 5:00 pm. After your tour enjoy light refreshments.

The Bartlett DAR House, former home of Margaret Johnson Patterson Bartlett, Andrew Johnson’s great granddaughter located on West McKee Street will once again be offering free tours from 6:00 until 8:00 p. m. Besides the regular tour of the facility with tour guides in each room to explain the furniture and history of the house and family, the DAR members will be highlighting some Revolutionary Patriots — Sparling Bowman, John and Jacob Neas, John Ottinger, and Frederick Cutshall — with their histories and information about their descendants who are currently members. They will be serving punch and cookies to all visitors.

The Greeneville Greene County History Museum at the corner of Main and McKee Streets is open 5–8pm. Admission is free. You will find Santa’s Workshop cohosted with Greeneville Youth Builders. This year’s workshop will offer the young folks some complimentary snacks n’ treats, ornament making/decorating opportunities and fun.

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.