Parade launches week of Christmas events

The Morristown Christmas Parade returns to Downtown Morristown this week. The parade will be streamed live at www.citizentribune.com.

Downtown Morristown will host several events to celebrate the holiday season.

Thursday night, the annual Christmas parade is at 7 p.m. The parade route will begin at the corner of Jackson Street and West Main Street, runs through East Main Street before ending at the corner of East Main and Evans Avenue.

Crossroads Downtown Partnership will be serving as the presenting sponsor of the parade. For the sixth straight year, the Christmas Parade will be live-streamed on the Citizen Tribune’s website, sponsored by Lowland Credit Union, the Hamblen County Car Club, Moyers Veterinary Hospital, Weichert Realtors and Tiger Real Estate.

Saturday will be loaded with Christmas-themed events, beginning with the fifth-annual Jingle Run For Hope. The 5K event will begin and finish in downtown Morristown on West Main Street. The course features mild elevation changes and a scenic route for running or walking.

Participants will embark on a race to benefit the Patient Assistance Fund at Morristown Regional Cancer Center, a fund that provides assistance for individuals diagnosed with cancer when they need it most. Participants will be supported with a well-marked course, chip timing and medical assistance available, if needed.

At 3 p.m., Christmas at the Park will begin at the Farmers’ Market Pavilion on East Morris Boulevard, transitioning into the annual tree lighting event, which begins at 6 p.m. Christmas exhibits will be presented along East Morris Boulevard, and Santa Claus will be on hand for children to take pictures with.

The 13th-annual Christmas at the Park will also have live music, local vendors presenting gift ideas, a section where people can make decorations to take home with them, as well as food trucks. The event was formerly held on Tuesday night before being moved to Saturday night to accommodate more visitors.

On Dec. 13, visitors will be taken back to a time when downtown Morristown was the place to be for residents to accomplish all their holiday shopping when Crossroads hosts Christmas Downtown.

The event will feature caroling, marshmallow roasting, carriage rides, dining and, of course, shopping. It is also the final day visitors can use the coupon booklets they received at last weekend’s Small Business Saturday event. Participating businesses include the Juice Co., the Guitar Vault, Leigh Nicole, Back Stage Gifts, The Nest Antiques, Coopers Variety Mall, East Tennessee Diamond, Azlinn Hope, Rowena’s, Gigi’s, Old Time Variety Mall, Ashley Lodge Photography, Java Garden, Trinkets and Treasures Formal Wear, Barkery Tails, the Country Boutique, Merle Norman, Smoky Mountain Air, Thrifty Treasures and Timeless Elegance Tea Room.