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Make Way! Jonesborough parade lights up downtown

The Washington County/Johnson City EMS greets parade goers in downtown Jonesborough on Saturday night. The group was one of two parade winners. (Photos contributed)


This year’s Jonesborough Christmas Parade was quite a festive one. Floats were elaborately decorated with twinkle lights, Christmas trees and live music, depicting the sights and sounds of the seasons. Parade goers enjoyed Christmas tunes played by the David Crockett High School Marching Band, carols sung by many of the local churches represented in the parade as well as the elves on horseback and Santa riding in his non-traditional vintage truck.

The Jonesborough Police Department decked the halls with a float in this year’s parade. JPD was also one of two winners from the parade.

 As usual, the parade occurred in the evening, which provided the perfect setting for all of the festivities in downtown Jonesborough. Following the parade, Santa awaited in his vintage sleigh stationed reindeer-less next to the downtown courthouse for children to gather for photos.

Winners of the parade include: Eagle Award- Jonesborough Police Department; Mayor’s Award- Washington County EMS; Schubert Club Award- Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church; Jonesborough Kiwanis Award- St. Mary’s School. Honorable mentions include McKinney Center and WF Stables.

A tractor was all a glow as it passed the Historic Washington County Courthouse in Jonesborough.

Weekend Christmas activities come to a close in Jonesborough on Saturday, Dec. 21 with the Christmas Church Tour taking place from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Visitors will have the chance to take a peek into each of the downtown Jonesborough historic churches. They’ll be showcasing their choirs, cantatas and other holiday activities inside their beautifully decorated sanctuaries. Pick up a guide at the International Storytelling Center to see a schedule of activities. Breakfast with Santa will also be taking place at the Chuckey Depot Museum with 2 seatings available at 8 and 9 a.m. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite PJs to enjoy breakfast provided by Chick-Fil-A as Santa reads excerpts from Polar Express. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased from the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center by calling (423)753-1010 or by going to

 Also, shop at the Christmas Market in front of the Storytelling Center for a great selection of handmade items and have any of your gifts purchased from downtown wrapped for free inside the Storytelling Center Gift Shop.