Holiday Experiences


Holiday Experiences

By on Nov 17 2023

November 17, 2023

Visit Johnson City this holiday season to experience the best adventures and events Northeast Tennessee has to offer. From ice skating and winter hiking to holiday light shows and Christmas markets, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Things You Don’t Want to Miss

Candy Land Christmas

Johnson City’s Candy Land Christmas is a magical holiday event that transforms the downtown area into a winter wonderland! Named a “Top Christmas Tree Display in America” by Fox News, this year’s display returns November 25- January 7 with over 150 vibrantly decorated christmas trees. Take a walk through Downtown Johnson City, accessible to six local craft breweries, tons of local restaurants, and shopping galore.

Johnson City’s Grand Christmas Tree Lighting takes place in Downtown Johnson City at King Commons Park on Saturday, November 25 at 6:30 p.m., with music for the whole family and more. Experience evening shopping and a variety of eats around town, with 360’ mountain views this holiday season.

While you’re in town, make sure to visit other events happening around the region in Tennessee’s Oldest town and the light display at The Last Great Colosseum.


Speedway In Lights, Bristol

Speedway in Lights at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Johnson City is a short drive from Bristol Motor Speedway, making it a great basecamp to visit the Pinnacle Speedway in Lights this season! This brilliant holiday light show features millions of Christmas lights and a chance to drive around “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile.” Make sure to check out the Christmas Village inside of the speedway.


Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland takes place at the Appalachian Fairgrounds this November 22. With an immersive dazzling light display and synchronized radio tunes, enjoy a holiday show from the comfort of your own car. Find tickets here.



Jonesborough, Tennessee’s Oldest Town

Minutes away from Johnson City is Tennessee’s Oldest Town! Historic Jonesborough is filled with an abundance of cheer and holiday spirit this season. Get in costume for the Whoville Christmas on November 25 and the annual Doggone Christmas, where furry friends can join in on the fun for a parade and full spread holiday market.


Get Outside

Stay warm and cozy while dining and lodging in Johnson City, then escape to the mountains during your visit to Northeast Tennessee. Chase snow in the higher elevations of Roan Mountain and Unaka Beauty Spot, less than an hour’s drive from downtown. Winter provides scenery like no other, with snowy landscapes, Christmas tree farms, and a chance to unplug and unwind.



For more fun trip ideas, check out things to do around Johnson City. (link to blog page)


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