Christmas in Downtown — A Holiday Celebration Friday, December 6th

December 04, 2019

Downtown Holiday Events –

“Christmas in Downtown – A Holiday Celebration” –

Lighting the Community Tree

December 6th – Candlelight, music and caroling on the County Courthouse lawn begins at 5:30pm. Tusculum View Chorus under the direction of Jessica Ricker will present their Christmas program at 5:40 as the crowd joins in to sing more holiday favorites like, “O Come All Ye Faithful”, “Jingle Bells”, “Deck the Halls”, “We Wish You’re a Merry Christmas” and “Silent Night” by candle light as we wait to light the Community Christmas tree at 6:00.

Christmas Music Downtown

Tusculum View Chorus will be singing at the County Courthouse beginning at 5:40pm. Rounding out the remainder of the evening will be: Mosheim School; Hannah, Anna & Faith; Eastview School; Chuckey Doak Middle School; followed by Olivia Graham and Kallie Renner. Closing out the evening’s musical performances, at the courthouse, will be Madison Metcalf. The porch at First Presbyterian Church will host their Hand Bell Choir at 6:30pm followed by The Incredible Hand Bell Choir at 7:00pm. Other holiday tunes can be heard as you wander downtown.

Wagon Rides Downtown, Courtesy Shuttle Service 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. Be sure to load up on one the wagons where you can carol your way around town.

Visiting the attractions on South Main Street might be easier for some this year as First Presbyterian Church will offer a shuttle service from in front of the county courthouse on Main Street to the parking lot at the City Garage Car Museum on the corner of South Main and McKee Streets; while there visit the Greeneville Greene County History Museum, the DAR House and Andrew Johnson’s Homestead.

On the front lawn at First Presbyterian Church on North Main Street will be where children are encouraged to make magic reindeer food for Santa’s reindeer and memories for years to come with Ethan Myers of Myers Farms 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. Grandview Acres will also be located there serving up homemade breads, jams and holiday treats.

Merchants Have Extended Hours

The merchants will open for shopping and dining. Visit with Greeneville Credit Jewelers, Greeneville Antique Market, Art Space 4 Gallery, Brolin & Bailey Company, Pritchard Designs, Ester & Ella, Towne Square Shopping Center, Towne Square Package Store, and the General Morgan Inn for special offers and hours. Several of the merchants and businesses will participate in the Holiday Shopping Stroll where you can visit them have your entry form stamped and be entered into a drawing for prizes. Entry forms will be available at the Community Tree Lighting. At the end of the evening, 8:30pm, return your stamped form to the bright green gift box located at the Community Tree. Winners will be contacted via email so please make sure that is clearly stated on your form.

Take Your Christmas Card Photo at Holiday Murals and Selfie Stations

Strolling down West Depot Street this year is a real treat as you enjoy the outstanding original handpainted murals and selfie stations depicting holiday and seasonal themes. We thank the property owners for allowing us the use of their outdoor space. Designs and artwork were done by students/teachers at Greeneville High School, Heather Jones; Chuckey Doak Middle School, Pam Foster; North Greene High School, Sherry Hensley; Chuckey Elementary School, Rebecca Smith; Tusculum View Elementary School, Karen Fine; West Greene High School, David Nunez; Eastview Elementary School, Lisa Ottinger; Mosheim Elementary and Middle Schools, Beth Goodell; Greeneville Middle School, Amanda Bliss Harmon; South Greene High School, Colleen Bowman; Highland Elementary School, Heather Boegeman; Hal Henard Elementary, Tricia Wilhoit and Heritage Home Scholars, Christa DelSorbo. Let’s give a big shout out to all the talented artists for taking on this community project.

Santa to be at the Community Tree

Santa will be downtown at the Community Tree. 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 Coffee Barrel, and Tipton’s Café will all be open.

Tusculum University Jazz Band

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 University Jazz Band under the direction of David Price as they preform seasonal classics beginning after the tree lighting at 6:00 pm.

Main Street Ornaments and Limited Edition Prints

Great gifts for the holidays include the custom designed, hand painted ornaments with stands available through Main Street. All four designs: Historic Downtown, The Capitol Theatre, The Dickson-Williams Mansion and Andrew Johnson montage along with “Kaleidoscope” a limited edition print by local artist Carol Chilton will be on sale at their booth located on the lawn at First Presbyterian Church, across from the General Morgan Inn. Don’t miss out as these are limited editions.

Attractions Open – Something for all ages.

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 hot cider and cookies. The 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. 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 6 – 8pm. 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.