Downtown Jonesborough was filled with residents of Whoville. Left to right, Kelsey, age 5, from Kingsport; Emma age 6, and her brother, Ethan, age 11, both from Jonesborough; and Evan, age 8, also of Jonesborough. (Photos by Callie Worley)

By CALLIE WORLEY

H&T Contributor

Neither cold nor rainy weather could keep away the holiday spirit at Jonesborough’s Whoville Christmas on Nov. 30. Although the town had to move festivities inside due to Saturday’s untimely weather, that didn’t stop an amazing turn out.

Christmas in Olde Jonesborough is celebrated every Saturday during the month of December, each with a different theme and offering free activities for kids from one to 92. The Whoville Christmas was the kick-off to Christmas in Olde Jonesborough and included crafts, balloon making, face painting, pictures with Santa, and the real star of Whoville, the Grinch.

Hosted inside the International Storytelling Center, lines wrapped around the stairways and crowded the ballroom, all on hand to see the infamous Mr. Grinch. He even brought along his good friend Cindy Lou Who and his pet dog Max.

Everyone seemed to get in on the act this past Saturday, as Jonesborough turned into “Whoville,” complete with a Grinch and Max, the dog.

Folks came from all around to see what Whoville had to offer in its seventh-year run. Shana Collins, who traveled from Norton, Virginia and is the mother of two, said, “We came to visit my parents here in Jonesborough and we’ve had such a great time. The kids always love this. They do a good job with it.”

Each year, the event offers a plethora of holiday activities,  including readings of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and the chance to watch holiday movies next door at the Chester Inn.

Children could hardly contain their excitement. From the balloon making to sitting on Santa’s lap with a mouthful of cotton candy, there seemed to be everything needed to provide children with joy at every turn.

Santa himself noted the joy, recognizing many who had come to see him.  “Look how big you’ve gotten this year!” he would say. Santa also made sure everyone knew he’d been checking his list, and that it looked like there were a lot of nice kids this year.

Most participants came dressed to impress in their most Grinch-inspired outfits. People of all ages enjoyed the downtown shops displays, local vendors handmade holiday themed gifts, cotton candy, and the Christmas spirit that filled the air.

Melinda Copp, Jonesborough’s event coordinator, spoke on the great turn out.

“The weather definitely hasn’t put a damper on anyone’s spirits,” she said.

Although the town hit a bump or two due to weather conditions, it seemed unnoticeable to the hundreds of smiling and laughing faces of Whoville Christmas. In the words of Dr.Seuss himself, “Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.”

Christmas in Olde Jonesborough will continue with  Doggone Christmas celebrations this coming Saturday, Dec. 14. Not only will your furry friend be able to have their picture taken with Santa, they can also participate in Ugliest Dog Sweater, Best Costume, and Best Dog/Owner Look-Alike contests. All donations will be given to the Washington County Humane Society. Also that day, beginning at 11 a.m., kids ages 5-12 can enjoy a free Gingerbread House Workshop at the International Storytelling Center.