Upcoming Holiday Events

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 www.EngageKingsport.com, or call 423-392-8414.

Holiday Happenings in Kingsport on December 2

Jingle and Mingle
When shops open, come experience guaranteed snow the first Saturday in December. Downtown merchants and restaurants will offer sales and specials. The always popular horse and carriage rides will return again this year.
Various locations in Downtown Kingsport – info@downtownkingsport.org

Christmas in the Country
The Exchange Place invites the community to experience demonstrations of traditional crafts by noted craftsmen, sale of craft items and home baked goods, tours of historic site, and beautiful decorations in grand holiday tradition.
Exchange Place – 423-288-6071
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Symphony of the Mountains Presents
“A Season to Believe in Kingsport”
Filled with the beauty of the holiday spirit, A Season to Believe will renew your sense of wonder with performances by Voices of the Mountains, Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy, Mountain Mission School Choir and Academy of Strings. Join us afterwards for a cookie and punch reception with a special visit from Santa.
Eastman’s Toy F. Reid Employee Center – $25 ticket required

Church Circle Ribbon Cutting
Please join us for a special ribbon cutting for our iconic Church Circle on December 2 at noon.
Church Circle – 423-246-6550

Kingsport’s Christmas Parade
The North Pole agrees that floats look beautiful with lights. You won’t want to miss the children’s faces lighting up with magic as our iconic parade moves to dusk and becomes part of a daylong celebration!
Downtown Kingsport – info@downtownkingsport.org – 5:00 PM

Tree Lighting in Church Circle
Join the community as we gather around our newly renovated church circle and celebrate the inaugural lighting of a brand new community Christmas tree.
Church Circle I info@downtownkingsport.org I 6:30 PM

Allandale Holiday Tours
Allandale Mansion is hosting its annual holiday tours! This yearly event is a great chance for the community to come enjoy the beauty of the mansion. Tours happen on December 2 from 1-6pm and December 3 from 1-5pm. Admission is $3.00 (adults and children 12+), $1.00 (children 7-12), and free for children under 7. Santa Claus will be at the mansion on Sunday only from 2:00 -4:00. The elegant Allandale Belles will be at the Mansion both days.
Allandale Mansion – 423-229-9422


Christmas in Kingsport Poster.

Night Ride at Bays Mountain Park

Experience the thrill of a nighttime mountain bike ride at Bays Mountain Park. On November 14 and 28, Bays Mountain Park and Reedy Creek Bicycles will lead a free mountain bike ride at Bays Mountain.

The rides will start at the Farmstead Museum at 6 p.m. and will last for approximately three hours. Participants will need to provide their own mountain bike for the ride.

All participants must follow safety guidelines including wearing a helmet and are required to complete and sign a waiver prior to the ride.

For more information on Bays Mountain, please visit baysmountain.com or call 423-229-9447.

BMP night ride

It’s Christmas Connection Time!

The Civic Auditorium will be filled with holiday cheer starting November 3 at noon! Wreaths, floral arrangements, primitive and country crafts, Christmas ornaments, pottery, stained glass, woodcrafts, handmade soaps and lotions, fabric crafts, needlework, doll clothing, jewelry, chronic glass, handmade greeting cards and paper art, leather crafts, candles and baked goods are just some of the gifts people can find at the Christmas Connection!

Kingsport’s 38th Annual Christmas Connection, a free admission event, will be held November 3rd through 5th at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium. Sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Christmas Connection hosts the region’s best arts and crafts vendors.

Continuing in the 2017 show, courtesy of Bubba’s Book Store, several regional authors will be on hand each day to sign their books in the Civic Auditorium West Room.  Also in attendance this year are the artists from Kingsport’s Senior Artisan Center. Their crafts will be set up in the Civic Auditorium History Room.

Outside, attendees will find kettle corn and food items available for purchase. Country favorites will be served on stage at the Christmas Connection Café and baked goods from Kingsport Ballet and Suzuki Talent Education will be at the entrance of the Civic Auditorium.

With the holidays fast approaching, Christmas Connection is a great place to find unique gifts and support master craftspeople in our region.

Friday             Nov. 3             12 Noon – 7 PM
Saturday        Nov. 4             10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday           Nov. 5             12 Noon – 4 PM

For more information on the Christmas Connection event, please visit www.EngageKingsport.com and search ‘Christmas Connection’ or call 423-392-8414.

christmas connection flyer

Junior League of Kingsport Launches Children’s Book in Honor of Kingsport Centennial

On Thursday, November 2, 2017, the Junior League of Kingsport will launch a limited edition children’s book featuring Kingsport, Tennessee as part of the city’s centennial celebration. The launch is scheduled to take place as part of the Downtown Kingsport Association Sip-N-Stroll Holiday Open House. The book launch will be held at Little Cake, 231 Broad Street, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., including book sales and author signing throughout the evening.

The children’s book, Experiencing 100, is written and illustrated by League member, Leah Adinolfi. It features charming hand-drawn scenes of Kingsport accompanied by whimsical metered rhyme and verse, offering a unique read-aloud experience for both adults and children. Experiencing 100 was created to be a gift to the community—given by the author who, after a serious car accident in 2016, began drawing scenes of Kingsport as a means of therapy and entertainment.

“I was inspired by the outpouring of support I received during my convalescence,” said Adinolfi. “I decided to compile my drawings into a children’s book and donate its proceeds to the community through the Junior League of Kingsport and the Centennial Park Committee.”

In appreciation for Adinolfi’s gift, the Junior League of Kingsport has provided the leadership for the book’s publication and launch along with community sponsors: Guest, Guest & Guest Dentistry, Eastman Credit Union, Holston Medical Group, Citizens Bank, Food City, and Rae Design.

In addition to the Holiday Open House, Experiencing 100 will be available for purchase during the Junior League of Kingsport Holiday Tour of Homes (December 9-10) and throughout the holiday season at downtown retailers including Bear and Friends, Carriage House, Kingsport Chamber Gift Shop, Kingsport Carousel, Little Cake, Sprouty Pea, and Style Boutique.

The limited edition book will be available through January 1, 2018.  The retail cost for each book is $15 plus tax while supplies last. All proceeds from sales of Experiencing 100 benefit the Junior League of Kingsport and the Centennial Park Committee.

For more information about Experiencing 100 and other projects of the Junior League of Kingsport, please visit www.jlkingsport.org or email jlkingsport@gmail.com.


Moving Towards Better

The idea for city services to move to the Regions building started with a conversation about the need for more county courtroom space. The city has an opportunity to consolidate city services and improve efficiency as well as the overall customer service experience. Long term, this is a financial savings to the city. “The most expensive option”, says Ryan McReynolds, Asst. City Manager, “is to do nothing.”


By moving all major services to one building, we improve the customer experience and have an added economic benefit of putting city buildings back on the tax roll for private use.

Moving Towards Better Flyer

Facilities Study Presentation

“Take a Selfie. Share a Selfie. #CaptureKingsport for your Selfie”

selfie trail marker spotVisit Kingsport and the City of Kingsport will officially launch the Kingsport Selfie Trail.  An estimated 24 billion selfies are uploaded each year and selfie trails are popping up all over the United States, attracting lots of use by visitors and communities alike.

The Kingsport Selfie Trail was developed as a Community Impact Project through the 2017 Leadership Kingsport class.   Members of the team included Zach Hamilton, Jenny Kontos, Jason Phillips, Scott Pierce and Janessa Sokol.

Kingsport’s Selfie Trail includes 10 locations (and one optional location for the ultra-adventurous type).  Locations vary between parks, historical sites, downtown culture and other fun photo opportunities.  Participants are encouraged to download the FREE Visit Kingsport app to view the Selfie Trail Map or they can visit CaptureKingsport.com.

The Selfie Trail can be completed in as few as a couple hours or can be stretched out over multiple days and is designed for everyone – all ages, visitors, and residents.

A little rusty with the selfie concept? -The Selfie Trail is designed to guide you through every step of the way.  Selfie Spots are marked with a vertical sign marker as well as a decal, located on the ground.  The ground decal markers include foot prints for proper footing for the best angle for the perfect shot.  All graphics were designed by Community Impact Project Team Member, Jenny Kontos of Kontos Creative.

The community is encouraged to upload their selfies to social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) utilizing #CaptureKingsport.   Mayor Clark is challenging individuals to complete the selfie trail by offering a FREE Centennial t-shirt to the first 100 people to capture, post and tag selfies with #CaptureKingsport at all 10 locations on the trail.  Participants are asked to bring their mobile device to the Kingsport Chamber (400 Clinchfield Street, Downtown Kingsport) Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and show their 10 selfies to the staff in order to receive their shirt.

If the community knows of another great selfie location in Kingsport, they are asked to post a selfie, tag it with #CaptureKingsport and include a caption stating the location for possible future “Selfie Spots.”


Featured Locations Kingsport’s Selfie Trail:

  • Kingsport Sign:

An oversized, painted iron sculpture dedicated to the community on behalf of the Kingsport Chamber. 423-392-8800

Address: 400 Clinchfield Street, Kingsport TN 37660


Rising above the Holston River, the restored Netherland Inn faces the Old Stage Road in the heart of Kingsport’s Boat Yard District.  423-245-5449

Address:  2144 Netherland Inn Road, Kingsport TN 37660


Built in 1949, Kingsport’s “White House” dons Georgian-style architecture and was once home to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Brooks. 423-229-9422

Address:  4444 W. Stone Drive, Kingsport TN 37660


  • Kingsport’s Centennial Park:

Celebrating the Kingsport Spirit, the park provides a unique destination and link to downtown Kingsport that commemorates the community’s past, present and future.

Address: 245 E Main Street, Kingsport TN 37660


Kingsport’s 3,550-acre nature preserve is the largest city-owned park in the state of Tennessee and hosts endless outdoor adventures.   Park Hours Vary. 423-229-9447

Address: 853 Bays Mountain Park Road, Kingsport, TN 37660


A magical experience for the young and young at heart.  The Kingsport Carousel embodies 32 animals hand-carved by volunteers.  Hours Vary.  Indoor and Outdoor selfie spots available. 423-343-9834

Address: 350 Clinchfield Street, Kingsport TN 37660


A living history farm that once functioned as a self-supporting plantation, a relay station along the Old Stage Road and the Post Office for Eden’s Ridge. 423-288-6071

Address:  4812 Orebank Road, Kingsport TN 37664


Warriors Path State Park is a 950 acre park located around the Fort Patrick Henry Reservoir and Duck Island on the South Fork Holston River. Park Hours Vary.423-239-8531

Address: 490 Hemlock Road, Kingsport, TN 37663


A favorite destination for walkers, runners and cyclists, the paved trail stretches over 8 miles and has numerous access points across the city.

Address: 1777 Netherland Inn Rd, Kingsport, TN 37660


The city’s memorial park in honor and memory of the community’s military veterans.

Address:  630 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, TN 37664


For more information, please visit CaptureKingsport.com.

Get Ready for Fall Break Camp!

Is there a better way to spend a week off school than playing fun games and sports, doing crafts and taking field trips? Kingsport Parks and Recreation doesn’t think so! Parents can sign their kids up now for Fall Break Camp. It starts October 16 for ages 6-12 and the cost is $20 per child.

During camp week, kids will be learning new games, enjoying their favorite sports, crafting up new projects and even taking a trip to the Kingsport Aquatic Center to swim!

Spots are limited so sign up today at V.O. Dobbins. Camp is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (for an extra $10, kids can be dropped off at 8:00 a.m. and picked up at 5:00 p.m.) Kids will need to bring their own lunch and snacks. The camp will be held at V.O. Dobbins, located at 301 Louis Street.

For more information, please call Renee Ensor at 423-224-2489 or visit www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org.

Genealogy… Life in the Past Lane Workshop Series

Genealogy of families is not only important, but also fun to discover! During Family History month, the Kingsport Public Library will be hosting its third annual genealogy workshop series every Thursday in October from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The workshops are free and you do not have to register to attend.

The genealogy workshop series will feature four speakers on key topics of interest for those looking into their family’s history and genealogy. These topics are geared to all levels of experience and offer something for everyone, from beginners to advanced genealogy enthusiasts. Check out the information flyer here!

Speakers and topics will include the following:

October 5:  Lori Thornton, Professional Genealogist will present two 1-hour sessions:

  • Cousin Harry’s Tree Adventure and Other Newspaper Discoveries

Join us as we look at how newspapers contain more than just obituaries. Find information on your ancestors and their communities that will enhance your family history narrative.

  • Exploring Your Ancestor’s World with Maps

Learn how maps can add so much to your ancestral search. Find print, electronic, and database sources to assist you in learning more about your ancestor’s world.

October 12: Jessica McNeely, Technical Services Assistant for Holston River Regional Library:

  • Genealogy for the Next Generation

This workshop will focus on how to set up the next generation of genealogists for success.  She will discuss how thorough and organized record keeping and labeling can help future generations build off your work.

October 19: Charlotte Dade, Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogy Consultant:

  • Documenting Your Ancestors

This workshop will include examples of documents you can use when researching your ancestors, what is included on each, how to use this information, and where they can be found.

October 26: Trent Hanner, Senior Reference Librarian for the Tennessee State Library and Archives will present two 1-hour sessions:

  • Research at the Tennessee State Library and Archives

In this program, we will discuss the history and genealogical significance of Tennessee’s official repository of history. Come learn about this vital institution’s heritage, resources, and services.

  • Online Genealogy with a Tennessee Focus

Genealogical websites abound on the internet, but which ones have the information you actually need? This workshop will explain the partnerships that the TSLA has established with websites like Ancestry and FamilySearch, and how these connections benefit your genealogical research.

Visit www.kingsportlibrary.org or call the reference desk at 423-224-2539 for workshop details.

Fall Colors Showing At Bays Mountain

Bays Mountain Park’s vibrant colors are on the way. The predicted peak time to view the fall colors is a little bit earlier this year, from Oct. 10 through Oct. 20.

Park visitors have many ways to view the leaves this fall, from barge rides to hiking and biking. Barge rides run daily Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. and on the weekends at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

“There are 110 tree species at Bays Mountain,” said Tom Bowman, retired Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium park director. “The differing pigment levels and combinations of all of these species produces the array of fall coloration we enjoy in our area.”

In addition to the regular barge rides, Bays Mountain will also be having a night barge ride on October 14 at 7:30 p.m. and a twilight barge ride on October 25 at 6:30 p.m. Reservations for barge rides can be made by calling the park.

Starting November 1, the park will move to winter hours. During winter hours the park grounds are open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Nature Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on Bays Mountain, or to reserve a spot on the barge ride, please visit baysmountain.com or call 423-229-9447.

Bays Mountain Park in fall

Photo Credit: Rick Currie