Parades, tours and Santa: Hawkins hosting a variety of Christmas events

Jeff Bobo • Dec 2, 2019 at 8:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Hawkins County, especially in the four municipalities that will have their Christmas parades either this Saturday or next Saturday.

Bulls Gap already held its Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, but Santa still has several stops in Hawkins County, including at the Rogersville and Church Hill parades this coming Saturday, and the Mount Carmel and Surgoinsville parades on Dec. 14.

But there’s more going on in each city than just their parades. The following is a list of upcoming Christmas activities in each city:


Rogersville Christmas Parade

The Rogersville Christmas parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. The theme is “All American Christmas.”

Lineup starts at 2:30 p.m., with fire trucks in the Hawkins Elementary school parking lot and all other vehicles and marchers staging in front of East Rogersville Baptist Church.

A tree lighting in front of the Hawkins County Courthouse follows immediately after the parade.

The Elf Shop 

On Dec. 7 from 2-4 p.m., “The Elf Shop” is an opportunity for children to purchase Christmas gifts for the special people in their lives at prices a child can afford.

It will be held at the The Loft Yoga Studio, 207 East Main St., Rogersville. Gifts are priced from $1 to $5 and include gift wrap. Gift tags are available for purchase. All Elf Shop proceeds go to the Rogersville Main Street Beautification Program.

Children’s Breakfast with Santa

The Hale Springs Inn will host its annual Children’s Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 7, with seatings at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and noon. The event includes breakfast, story time with Santa, a cookie and a craft.

The cost is $15 for adults and children over the age of 3. Children under 3 are free. Call the Hale Springs Inn for availability at (423) 272-5171.

Rogersville Christmas Tour of Homes

The Rogersville Heritage Association presents the 2019 Christmas Tour of Homes on Dec. 14 from 3-7 p.m.

The tour includes nine historic locations representing a variety of eras, including: antebellum, Victorian, Victorian Gothic, bungalow, Federal, Craftsman and contemporary. Each location has been restored and is decorated for Christmas. There will also be candlelight tours of the New Providence Presbyterian Church and Cemetery and the Fudge Farm at 5-7 p.m. only.

Ticket sales begin on Wednesday at the following Rogersville locations: The Depot, Hale Springs Inn, The Rogersville/Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce, LuElla’s. Tickets are $25 per person, and all proceeds from the tour will help with the preservation of the historic Roger’s Tavern.

Amis Mill Colonial Christmas

On Dec. 14, the Amis Mill Historic Site will host a Colonial Christmas Tour of the Amis House, which was built in 1780 about 2 miles south of Rogersville behind the Amis Mill Eatery, 127 W. Bear Hollow Road.

The tours start at 1 p.m. and takes about an hour, and tours will continue until about 5 p.m. — or when people stop coming. The house will be decorated for Christmas in colonial style, and the Eatery will be open and serving a special “Christmas Fare.” A $10 contribution is requested for the tour, with all proceeds benefiting the proposed repairs to the historic Amis Dam.  

Tacky Sweater Party

On Dec. 14 from 6:30-10 p.m., the Hale Springs Inn will host a “Tacky Sweater” Party featuring DJ T.J. Hatfield.

Dine and enjoy drink specials while enjoying great music and fellowship among the tackiest sweaters of them all. One participant will be crowned “Tackiest of Them All for 2019.”


Church Hill Christmas Parade

The Church Hill Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 11 a.m.

Lineup begins at 10 a.m. at the Church Hill Senior Center on Main Boulevard, and the parade runs from the Senior Center west on Main Boulevard to the Church Hill Nursing Home.

Christmas at the Mansion

Two years after purchasing the historic Canton Hall (built in 1840), Hunter and Amanda Jackson will host Christmas at the Mansion on Dec. 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Christmas at the Mansion, located at 826 W. Main Boulevard, will feature a live Nativity scene presented by LampLight Theatre; local church choirs will sing Christmas carols from the newly restored front porch, and there will be a lighting of the Christmas tree at the conclusion of the event. During the tree lighting, Volunteer High School’s a cappella group, VOLcapella, will perform.

The backyard will feature a gingerbread house decorating contest as well as the KidZone, where children can make Christmas ornaments and color Christmas pages designed by Alan Davis, a former Disney illustrator from the area. Coffee, hot chocolate, and other refreshments, including treats from the new Cornucopia Gourmet Popcorn in Kingsport, will be available. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be on the back patio to meet children.

East Hawkins County Christmas Tour of Homes

Unlike the Rogersville Tour of Homes, the East Hawkins County event is a driving tour of outdoor Christmas decorations you can take any time. It’s also a decorating contest sponsored by Canton Hall owners Hunter and Amanda Jackson. 

There are 10 houses entered in this year’s tour: 209 Bernard Ave., Church Hill; 423 Elm Springs Road, Church Hill; 114 Comanche Way, Church Hill; 335 Evergreen St., Church Hill; 708 Old Stage Road, Church Hill; 715 Old Stage Road, Church Hill; 512 Wilson St., Church Hill; 518 East Morgan St., Church Hill; 637 North Central Ave., Church Hill; and 356 Byington Road, Rogersville.

Judging will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, and winners will be announced on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Christmas at the Mansion. 


Mount Carmel Christmas Parade

The Mount Carmel Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. 

The lineup is at 1 p.m. behind Hardee’s, and the parade route extends east from Hardee’s to the Hammond Avenue intersection. The grand marshal for this year’s parade is State Rep. Gary Hicks (R-Rogersville).

Mount Carmel Santa Run 

Santa returns to Mount Carmel on Saturday, Dec. 21, to take a tour of every street inside the city limits riding on top of a fire truck — and throwing candy out to everyone who comes out to wave at him. The Santa Run begins at 8 a.m., and you’ll know he has arrived at your house by the blaring siren as it passes by.


Surgoinsville Christmas Parade

The Surgoinsville Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m.

The lineup is at 10 a.m. at the Surgoinsville First United Methodist Church, and the conference champion Surgoinsville Middle School Eagle football team will be the parade grand marshals.

“Frozen Jr.” at Surgoinsville Middle School

Surgoinsville Middle School students will perform the musical play “Frozen Jr.” at the school auditorium on Friday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $5 each, and advanced reserve seating goes on sale on Dec. 9. 


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