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Warehouse 817 Open in Downtown Bristol!


Welcome to Downtown Bristol, Warehouse 817! Host your event in a restored 1920s warehouse with a rustic industrial vibe. Located in beautiful, historic, downtown Bristol Virginia — Tennessee.The event space is rated for 96 occupants on the main floor and 49 occupants on the beautiful rooftop deck. Contact them today to host your next event!

For more information, visit the Warehouse 817 website, facebook page or contact directly.



Downtown Bristol Events

Creative & Crafty: Christmas Canvas

December 6 | Bristol Public Library


Since the November class was such a hit, BPL will offer another Christmas Canvas Class on December 6th. Registered participants will have the opportunity to create a fun, holiday-themed canvas. Participants will have two different ideas from which to choose, and will have the chance to give it their own personal flair.

Supplies will be provided for a nominal fee of $5, but participants are welcome to bring their own canvas and painting supplies to waive this fee. Registration is required, and space is limited.

To sign up, visit the Reference Desk at Bristol Public Library to add your name to the list or call 276-645-8781.

BPL Anime Theater: Escaflowne

December 7 | Bristol Public Library


As part of its BPL Anime Theater (formerly our BPL Anime Club), Bristol Public Library will present Escaflowne: The Movie on December 7th. The library will also offer Japanese snacks, drinks, and popcorn for movie attendees.

High school student Hitomi Kanzaki lives a boring, ordinary life on earth. She wishes for something to change; she wishes to disappear—and then, one day, everything changes. Hitomi finds herself magically transported to the world of Gaea and thrown into the midst of a terrible war. Believed to be the prophesied “wing goddess,” Hitomi must stand with Van and the rebels of Gaea if they wish to stop the relentless conquest of the Black Dragon Clan.

Rated PG-13. 98 minutes.

Bristol Christmas Parade

December 7 | Downtown Bristol


One of Bristol’s most anticipated celebrations, the 35th Annual Downtown Bristol Christmas parade, takes place Dec. 7 this year.

Helping usher in the holiday season, the parade, which starts on Bob Morrison Blvd. and travels down State Street to the historic Bristol Train Station, brings out thousands of area residents who can’t wait to see the beautifully decorated floats, as well as the jolly old man himself. Yes, that’s right, Santa will be part of the parade too, watching to see who’s been naughty or nice!

Local businesses, civic and volunteer organizations, church groups, bands, schools, neighborhood groups and beauty contestants are all invited to participate in the parade, which starts at 7 p.m. Lineup will be at 5 p.m. near the Bristol Herald Courier on Morrison Blvd.

There is a cost associated with entering floats/vehicles (starting at $25 per vehicle). Vehicles without the appropriate passes will be charged upon arrival. Please note that the deadline for entry is Friday, Nov. 24.

We look forward to seeing you there as we celebrate the holiday season in Bristol!

For more information and an application, please call Bristol Chamber of Commerce at 423-989-4850.

Bristol Ballet presents The Nutcracker

December 8–9 | Paramount Center for the Arts


Visions of Sugar Plums.....and Nutcrackers and Rat Kings! The mighty battle between the mice and soldiers that brings Clara’s dream to life begins right here at the Paramount Center for the Arts with Bristol Ballet’s full length production of this popular holiday classic.

Friday, December 8th at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 9th at 12:00 pm
Saturday, December 9th at 5:30 pm

Watauga Elementary Carolers

December 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Students from Watauga Elementary School will bring a choir group of 41 students to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on December 8 to sing Christmas carols at 10:00 a.m. The students will perform in the atrium of the museum and there is no cost to come and enjoy the music!

Preserving Family History Workshop

December 8 | Bristol Public Library


With the holiday drawing families together, it's the the perfect opportunity for genealogists—amateurs and experts alike—to record precious family memories and preserve family history. But how do you make genealogy fun and interesting for everyone?

It's easy!

Visit Bristol Public Library for a free workshop on "Preserving Family History for the Next Generation" and learn how to make family genealogy fun, fast, and easy. Kristin will provide participants with organizational strategies, fun ideas, and jumping off points for families who want to learn more about their history and grow a little closer this holiday season.

Registration is not required. To learn more about the genealogy workshop, contact BPL at 276-645-8781 or reference@bristol-library.org.

Alli Epperson

December 8 | Quaker Steak and Lube


From an early age, Alli Epperson has carried a passion for music and telling her stories through song. She is a folk singer-songwriter from Bristol, Tennessee, but can been seen playing at venues all over East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Natural ability will only take a talented artist so far, but a strong will and determination has helped push this artist forward and continues to drive her development and success.

Breakfast with Santa

December 9 | Bank Street


Join Bank Street for this annual holiday tradition – Breakfast with Santa!

Contact Bank Street for reservations: (423) 764-3889.

Chakra Balance through Juice & Oils

December 9 | Breathe Bristol Yoga


Breathe Bristol is partnering with White Birch Juice to bring this one of a kind workshop with movement, juice and Doterra essential oils to downtown Bristol. Learn how you can use juices and essential oils to boost immunity, and balance your beautiful body and energy!

Saturday, 12/9 10:30am-12pm
Cost: $25

Move through chakras, drink to balance & make your own oil roller.

"How to Kick the Sugar Habit" Workshop

December 9 | Breathe Bristol Yoga


Do you have a sugar addiction? You’re not alone. So why do we have this addiction and what does it do to our bodies? Why is it important that we even consider reducing the amount of sugar we eat or even eliminate it all together? Breathe Bristol will host this FREE hour-long workshop to learn more about sugar and how to kick the habit (if you want to)!

  • Learn 3 Major Challenges when it comes to sugar
  • Learn 7 Solutions to helping you kick the sugar habit
  • Receive guidance and support in your health journey
  • Receive a health coach approved sweet treat!

For questions please visit: www.ignitelifehealthcoach.com.

Something Beautiful & Bright Winter Market

December 10 | Bristol Train Station


Are you looking for a fun day of shopping? Then you will not want to miss Something Beautiful's Winter Market. Shop for yourself or for great, unique gifts for others! Some of the very best local, hand-made items that represent our region will be available, along with your favorite direct sales vendors! Don’t miss Something Beautiful & Bright Winter Market at the Bristol Train Station on Sunday, December 10, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Over 50 unique vendors will participate in this event. Most items will be cash and carry, and there are prizes to be won, so come out, enjoy the time and shop away!

If you have an interest in being a vendor, please email somethingbeautifulstyle@gmail.com, and include information regarding your work of art and some photos.

Christmas Candy Contest

December 12 | Bristol Public Library


Bristol Public Library is hosting its First Annual Christmas Candy Contest on Tuesday, December 12, at 4:00 p.m.

BPL is looking for the sweetest treats in the Tri-Cities, and they want to know your favorite holiday recipe! For the contest, BPL will accept entries under the categories of Hard Candies, Soft Candies, Hand-Dipped Chocolate, Molded Chocolate, and Fudge. There will be prizes for each age group (child, youth, and adul) in each category, as well as a People's Choice Award.

Interested participants can pick up a contestant entry form at the Reference Desk at Bristol Public Library or receive a copy by emailing Ambrea at reference@bristol-library.org. Entry forms should be returned on or before December 12, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. Submissions returned after 3:30 p.m. will not be accepted. Contestants who submit their entry forms early must arrive by 3:45 p.m. in order to turn in their candy for judging.

Rules

  1. Each contestant should fill out an entry form in its entirety. Incomplete applications or candy contest submissions without an application will not be accepted.
  2. Entry forms should be returned on or before December 12, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. Submissions turned in after 3:30 p.m. will not be accepted.
  3. Contestants who submit their entry forms early must arrive by 3:45 p.m. to turn in their candy for judging.
  4. Each contestant should submit approximately 30 individual pieces of candy (depending on size) to be split between 3 judges and distributed to other contestants and guests to sample.
  5. Samples should be submitted on two non-returnable dishes. One dish should contain 5 pieces for judging; the second dish should contain the remaining pieces of candy for other contestants and guests to taste for the People’s Choice Award.
  6. Recipes must be printed on back of the contestant’s entry form or attached on an additional sheet of white paper.
  7. Recipes are subject to be printed in library publications or on library website. If a contestant does not wish their recipe to be published in any form, please notify the library on your entry form.
  8. Library staff and relatives of judges may not participate in the candy contest.
  9. Other rules and restrictions may apply. For more information, please contact Ambrea at Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147.

Community Notice Board

Toy Drive on the Line

Through December 18th


Businesses in downtown Bristol are banding together to help out children in need this holiday season, and it could mean deals and discounts for you!

Just bring $30 worth of new, unwrapped toys/clothes (suitable for ages 17 and under) and your receipt to any participating downtown merchant to receive a gift for yourself or a loved one.

Particpating merchants include:

  • Bank Street Bristol: (3) $10 Gift Certificates
  • Birthplace of Country Music: (2) Museum Admissions
  • Bristol Tattoo Company: $50 Gift Certificate
  • Christina's Closet: (3) $10 Gift Certificates
  • Fabric Etc: 30% off In Stock Fabric
  • Goodman Jewelers: 10% off In Stock Merchandise Free Watch Battery
  • Misty Mountain Designs: (3) $10 Gift Certificates
  • Paramount Center for the Arts: BOGO Ticket to the Cleverlys On Nov. 30
  • Team Shear Obsession: Complimentary Conditioning Treatment
  • Virginia Vintage Interiors: $40 Gift Certificate
  • Wm. King Clothiers: $30 Gift Certificate
  • Whiskey Rebellion: (3) BOGO Half Off Entree

All donations will be delivered to Abuse Alternatives, Inc. Abuse Alternatives provides temporary, emergency shelter and emotional support to survivors and their children who need safety from violence in the home. The agency serves people in Bristol, TN/VA; Washington County, VA; and upper Sullivan County.

BCM's 12 Day of Christmas

December 14-25


Also Coming Up

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
December 1–17 | Theatre Bristol
Creative & Crafty: Christmas Canvas
December 6 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Anime Theater: Escaflowne
December 7 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 7 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents The Nutcracker
December 8–9 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Watauga Elementary Carolers
December 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Preserving Family History Workshop
December 8 | Bristol Public Library
Alli Epperson
December 8 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Breakfast with Santa
December 9 | Bank Street
Chakra Balance through Juice & Oils
December 9 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
"How to Kick the Sugar Habit" Workshop
December 9 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Creative & Crafty: Paper Quilling Ornaments
December 9 | Bristol Public Library
Smokehouse Crickets
December 9 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Something Beautiful & Bright Winter Market
December 10 | Bristol Train Station
Christmas Candy Contest
December 12 | Bristol Public Library
YP Bristol Holiday Party
December 14 | Studio Brew
Lunch with Santa
December 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Creative & Crafty: Christmas Canvas
December 16 | Bristol Public Library
Ugly Sweater Party
December 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube
BPL Double Feature: Rudolph and The Grinch
December 19 | Bristol Public Library
Journey's End
December 19 | Downtown Bristol
BPL Book Club: Jamaica Inn
December 21 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Movie Night: Miracle on 34th Street
December 28 | Bristol Public Library
New Year's Eve Masquerade Party
December 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube
East Tennessee PBS Presents Ethan Bortnick East Tennessee PBS Presents Ethan Bortnick
January 5 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Farm & Fun Time ft. Flatt Lonesome, Uncle Shuffelo & His Haint Hollow Hootenanny
January 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Workshop: Learn to Draw Using a Plexiglass Viewing Panel
January 12 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
Workshop: Pouring, Spraying, and Layering Watercolor Paint
January 13–14 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
The Black Jacket Symphony: Led Zeppelin II
January 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Farm & Fun Time ft. Willie Watson, Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer
February 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 21–23 | Downtown Bristol

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