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Celebrate downtown with a live DJ, KidsZone and fireworks
Back by popular demand, the New Year’s Eve Street Party in downtown Kingsport is happening again! As the closing event to the city’s centennial, it’s going to be bigger and better than last year. There’s even going to be a spectacular fireworks show at midnight!
The Street Party is scheduled to take place from 8 p.m. to midnight on December 31st in the 100 block of Broad Street (where the downtown concert series is held) and will include a live DJ (Steve Bailey with DJ Express) with the fan-favorite emcee Josh Smith of WJHL.
“Our centennial New Year’s street party was a great opening to our centennial year,” said CeeGee McCord, co-chair of the Centennial Commission. “Everyone had such a great time last year so it was an easy decision to host this popular event again.”
The YMCA is sponsoring a KidsZone. It’s a ‘glow theme’ this year – complete with glow sticks, 9-Square, ladder ball and kids can make their own glitter slime while supplies last!
The crowd favorite Holston Valley scavenger hunt is back with more clues. Eugene the Illusionist will be performing, too!
Missed out on purchasing your centennial gear? All centennial merchandise will be available at the event from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. All centennial items will be marked down to $5!
If the temperatures get too cold for some, patio heaters and small fire pits will provide spots where individual can warm up.
Sleepy Owl Brewery will serve their signature brews and several downtown restaurants, such as Macados, Mr. Papa’s & Beer and Nutty Java, are staying open late and having specials. TK Hotdogs will be there, too!
Other happenings at the street party include a fire spinner, pony rides, swings, and more!
The street party is free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring a chair, just like with the summer concert series.
Road Closure: The 100 block of Broad Street, between East Main Street and West Market Street, will be closed from 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 31st to 2:00 a.m. on January 1st.
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The Bays Mountain Planetarium will be celebrating the holidays by giving you the gift of more planetarium shows. From December 18th through December 29th, the planetarium will add an extra show-time at 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, for their alternate double-feature Two Small Pieces of Glass and Galileo’s Skies.

“During this time of year we have visitors who travel here to spend the holidays with their families,” said Adam Thanz, planetarium director at Bays Mountain Park. “We want to give them, as well as our residents, the opportunity to see our shows before they are changed in January.”

The main feature through December is Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, but starting in January and showing through April, the main feature will be Out There – The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds. Using the world’s most powerful telescopes, we are now exploring oth­er solar systems. Learn how we search for these incredibly difficult to find objects and discover that our eight planets are not alone. The show is followed by a live tour of the current night sky. Bays Mountain Planetarium’s main features are shown at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the weekends and at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

The new alternative feature for January and February is Appalachian Skies: Winter. This in-house production will be a live presentation of the current night sky and will explore fascinating constellations and planets that are easily vis­ible. This show highlights the spectacular Carl Zeiss ZKP-4 star projector instrument. This alternative feature is shown at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets are $5 per person. Children ages 5 and younger receive free admission with a paying adult. For more information on Bays Mountain’s planetarium shows, please visit or call 423-229-9447.

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Give your child or grandchild a gift that will last a lifetime this holiday season! Winter swim lessons at the Kingsport Aquatic Center will help prepare your child for summer fun when our Outdoor Water Park opens in May.

All group swim lessons at the Kingsport Aquatic Center are American Red Cross courses. Swimming lessons are offered in group, private, semi-private and adaptive settings. Each session includes eight classes, which are offered as Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday or Saturday classes. A swim test is offered to help determine the correct class based on a child’s current skills.

Winter swim lessons begin January 8th, 2018. For Aquatic Center or YMCA members, lessons are $50 for the first child and $45 for additional children. For non-members, lessons are $60 for the first child and $55 for additional children.

Registration for the first session begins in person and online at 8 a.m. Saturday, December 16th and closes at 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 7th.  In order to register on time, the KAC recommends creating an account prior to the day of registration. A $10 late registration fee will be added if you sign up after registration closes.

If an account is created after 5 p.m. on Friday and before 8 a.m. on Monday, you will not receive a password until Monday at 8 a.m. Google Chrome and Firefox are compatible web browsers. YMCA members who plan to register online need to show their YMCA card to the KAC front desk staff, prior to registration, in order to update the system to reflect your YMCA membership.

Session dates and registration times are as follows:

Registration    Mon./Wed. Classes     Tues./Thurs. Classes   Sat. Classes

January            12/16-1/7        1/8-1/31                      1/9-2/1                        1/6-2/24

February          2/3-2/4            2/5-2/28                      2/6-3/1

March             3/3-3/4            3/5-4/4                        3/6-4/5                        3/10-5/5

April                4/7-4/8            4/9-5/2                        4/10-5/3

*No classes will be held 3/19/18-3/24/18.

For a detailed description of our classes, to set-up an account or register, visit or call the Aquatic Center at 423-343-9758.

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The most wonderful time of the year is here and you are invited to celebrate this holiday season with a special evening at the Kingsport Carousel and a Holiday Open House at the Kingsport Model Trains Project.

  •  Christmas at the Carousel

Thursday, December 14 @ 5 – 7 p.m.

Make Christmas at the Carousel your new family tradition. This jolly, family event will allow your little ones a chance to visit with Santa Milt, who is one of our Carousel Carvers. Also in attendance will be award-winning author, Leigh Anne W. Hoover, who will be signing her well-known book, The Santa Train Tradition. Rides on the Carousel will be free during the event. Hot cider and cookies will be served. The Kingsport Carousel is located at 350 Clinchfield Street, Kingsport, TN.

  • Kingsport Model Trains Project Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 16 @ 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Volunteer members of the Kingsport Model Train Project invite you to come visit the magical working trains set up with their holiday themes. Visit the Santa Train room and see the wonderful progress, and hear plans for the creation of this local favorite tradition. The volunteers will have children’s tables set up as an opportunity for hands-on work on their own trains. The open house will take place on the 3rd floor of the Lynn View Community Center.

For more information on these events, please visit, or call 423-392-8414.