Downtown Bristol Events
November 30 – December 16 | Theatre Bristol
Theatre Bristol is pleased to present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever as part of its family-friendly 53rd season of ARTspace and Paramount shows, including Lessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy with River's Way; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Tartuffe; Pinocchio;and Fiddler on the Roof.Directing The Best Christmas Pageant Everwill be Theatre Bristol veteran actor and director Steve Baskett (Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Robin Hood).
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is based on Barbara Robinson's much-loved best-selling novel by the same title.The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French.
"In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem — and the fun — when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on (Samuel French)!"
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever opens November 30, and runs for three weekends at Theatre Bristol's ARTspace, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 5:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm, closing on December 16. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and will be available at www.TheatreBristol.org/tickets.
December 12 | Studio Brew
YP Bristol will hold its holiday party at Studio Brew December 12th at 6pm. Wear your best worst sweater for the tacky sweater contest. RSVP here.
YP Bristol is a program of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce for young professionals (ages 21-40).
December 13 | Blackbird Bakery
Christmas Jazz by the Diamonds 8pm-10pm! From East Tennessee, The Diamonds play a diverse mix of music, specializing in jazz standards. The group performs at various venues and events throughout the region, including weddings, parties, and restaurants. They have also volunteered at many nursing homes, assisted living homes, and charitable organizations in the area.
December 14 | Paramount Bristol
The Black Jacket Symphony, known for recreating classic albums in their entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, are back in action at The Paramount with Tom Petty’s “Damn the Torpedoes.” With songs like “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “Even the Losers,” “Refugees,” and “Here Comes My Girl,” “Damn the Torpedoes” is the peak of Tom Petty’s songwriting with The Heartbreakers.
The performance is separated into two sets. The first set features the album being recreated as a true symphonic piece. The second set features a selection of Tom Petty’s “greatest hits.” Both feature the high level of musicianship you’ve come to expect from Black Jacket Symphony productions accompanied by all the bells and whistles of a major rock and roll show.
December 14 | Quaker Steak and Lube
We love Bill! Do you love Bill? Come see Bill play at Quaker!
December 14 | Blackbird Bakery
Join Blackbird Bakery to enjoy the powerhouse voice of local teen Rylee Peters at her CD release party from 8pm to 10pm!
December 14 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Songwriter night at bloom featuring Bradford Loomis from Nashville & local favorites Drew Plowman & Jared Bentley!
December 15 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
8pm Show, $5 cover, all ages
Bradford Loomis marries grit and melody to dig to the roots of American folklore and speak of the raw reality of the human condition with passion. His stories span several lifetimes of relatable emotions; bitterness & loss, deep longing & regret, enduring hope & love, elation & joy.
Bradford’s influences include Chris Stapleton, the Swell Season, Johnny Cash, and T-Bone Burnett.
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will begin hosting a monthly gathering of local musicians for a full-on community jam session starting on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The community jams are open to all ages and all skill levels.
The jam events have been organized to provide a space for local musicians to gather and pick, collaborate, share their experiences, and—most importantly—to have fun!
Jams will be scheduled for the third Saturday of each month from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., serving as a great warm-up for Saturday night gigs! Musicians are asked to bring their own instruments.
The sessions will be heldin the Learning Center at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
For more information call 423-573-1927.
December 15 | Paramount Bristol
Corey Smith is returning to Paramount Bristol on his Great Wide Underground Tour. Last time around it was Corey – solo. This time he is bringing his full band!
Corey Smith, the fan-made man, has sold over 1 million tickets, 1.5 million digital singles and over 200,000 albums, building an unfailingly devout fan base, all around the nation, by simply telling it the way it is. Corey wrote every word on all of his ten albums, and produced nine of the ten, including 2011’s Top 20 release ‘The Broken Record.” In the summer of 2015, Corey teamed up with producer Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band) for his latest studio album, “While the Gettin’ is Good,”on Sugar Hill Records. Smith’s concerts, as documented on his album, “Live in Chattanooga,” regularly sell out, with fans singing along to favorites like the coming-of-age anthem “Twenty-One,” the nostalgic time warp “If I Could Do It Again” and the group hug “I Love Everyone.”
"In a genre whose biggest artists tend to be signed to major labels, Corey Smith is the exception — an indie-minded country singer who's spent the past decade breaking rules and selling records." – Rolling Stone
December 15 | Quaker Steak and Lube
JP Parsons is a Singer/songwriter from Bristol, VA. Locals know him as Bristol's Troubadour. JP's albums 'Appalachian Travels' and 'Until This Day is Done' move listeners to turn up the volume and memorize the words. He is a Song Writer, and he crafts new songs all the time. He writes them on napkins, receipts, whatever is near... when the words arrive, sometimes from an unknown muse; quickly...sometimes they are labored over throughout a notebook; slowly. He does not write hooks and riddles, he links words together to tell stories. He writes with purpose. Listen with intent and enjoy.
December 15 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Roof from PA joins local garage & grunge dudes House Cat for a night of rock n roll awesomeness at Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Show 8pm & $5
December 16 | Bristol Hotel
Support the makers, the artists, the craftsmen, the photographers, the boutiquers, the go-getters, the do-it-yourselfers and the dreamers!
Are ya’ll ready for another AMAZING day filled with shopping, and FUN? Mercantile on State is excited to bring back its Mercantile Market for this Holiday Shopping event in the beautiful Bristol Hotel! Join us for an amazing afternoon and a unique chance to see this gorgeous hotel in person all while shopping over 50 of your favorite local vendors!
The Market is set to be held Sunday, December 16th from 1-5pm. Admission is FREE.
Make plans to bring your friends & family and join us for an exciting day of shopping!
Mercantile Markets are held to give our unique vendors the opportunity to display their talents and passions for you, bringing a very special shopping experience to each of you. Merry Bristol & Bright Market is a great opportunity to stock up on Christmas gifts, holiday home décor, apparel, jewelry, specialty food and much much more! You’ll be sure to check off all those on your Christmas lists.
- Free hourly door prize raffles
- Free Parking
- Amazing food, gourmet coffee and sweets
- Held at one of the most amazing and beautiful venues in our area
For vendor info please email TheMercantileMarkets@gmail.com with a brief description of your craft or business along with 3 to 4 photos.
December 16 | Paramount Bristol
VIP PACKAGE – $37 plus taxes and fees.
Includes ticket, a CD, a signed laminate, and a photo of Emi.
KIDS ATTEND FREE – must be accompanied by adult ticket holder.
Born Emilie Sunshine Hamilton, Emi was raised in a musical family in Madisonville, Tennessee. She started performing at age four, wrote her first song at age five, recording two albums by the time she turned seven.
A “mind-bogglingly” talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, EmiSunshine is “one of the 10 new country artists you need to know” according to Rolling Stone Magazine.
This teenage musical Phenom writes “intense Appalachian folk tunes in the Carter Family tradition and sings them with wisdom and ferocity.” Influenced by country music trendsetters Bessie Smith, June Carter, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams and The Louvin Brothers, EmiSunshine is a throwback to an earlier era of country music. Her charismatic stage presence, honest lyrics and gutsy voice evoke comparisons to “a modern-day Janis Joplin.”
This is a family friendly Christmas themed show with opening performance by Etta May.
Etta May is a seasoned performer with national appeal. Winner of the prestigious American Comedy Awards “Comic of the Year,” a Kentucky woman, is a comedy icon hailed as the “Polyester Princess,” and the reigning queen of southern sass. This trailer park goddess has appeared on, Oprah, Showtime, CMT, CBS Sunday Morning, ABC, Columbia Pictures, and NBC. She headlines the hugely successful Southern Fried Chicks Comedy Tour and touts a huge fan base on SiriusXM comedy channels.
December 17 | Blackbird Bakery
Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass December 17th at 7pm.
December 17 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Don’t shoot your eye out! Instead test your knowledge of A Christmas Story trivia! Gather all your pals, family and little piggies to see who won’t get stuck to a frozen pole! 7 PM!
December 18 | Downtown Bristol
Winner will receive a $25.00 gift card! As always, we'll have our full menu available and we'll have $2 domestic draft beer specials all night!
On Tuesday, December 18th at 6:00 PM, Journey’s End will again take place in Historic Downtown Bristol! Journey’s End is Bristol’s local interpretation of the Latino tradition of Las Posadas (The Inns). Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem is recreated as they go from inn to inn seeking lodging and the final inn welcomes them in and celebrates their arrival.
How does Bristol Celebrate Journey’s End?
Our inns are several downtown businesses and our innkeepers are various choirs and choral groups from the Bristol area. We will begin at the Downtown Center then process by candlelight with Mary and Joseph singing the traditional songs and various carols accompanied by instrumentalists.
Journey’s End lasts a little more than an hour. Restaurants will be taking dinner reservations and several of the downtown shops will be open. Come and celebrate Christmas in the heart of our community!
December 18 | Blackbird Bakery
Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa's coming to Blackbird! Be sure to drop by and share your wish list with Santa. He'll be giving away cookies (while supplies last).
December 18 | Bristol Public Library
Join the Bristol Public Library on Tuesday, December 18, at 6:00 p.m. for our Christmas edition of "Bingo at the BPL!" As always, we'll offer free bingo, snacks, and prizes for our winners; however, we'll also have special Christmas-themed prizes, hot chocolate and tea, and an ugly Christmas sweater contest.
Bingo is free to attend and guests are welcome to drop in any time they like. To participate in our ugly Christmas sweater contest, arrive about 15 minutes early to pick up a number and, at the end of the evening, everyone will receive a card to vote for their favorite Christmas sweater (ugly or not!). Winner will receive a special prize!
December 18–17 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Casual Word Poetry Slam
December 18 | Paramount Bristol
Hosted by Langley Casual-Word Shazor
Civil Rights Inspired
•Special, themed night centered around the “For all the World to See” exhibit at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
Free and open to all ages
• Please make sure all pieces are appropriate
Perform spoken word or read poetry
• Original works
Typewriters on hand
• For those who get inspired and want to write a piece to read
Sign up from 6:30 – 7pm
• Stage opens at 7 pm
Bristol Virginia Senior Showchoir’s annual Christmas Show is a beloved holiday tradition at The Paramount. This year’s show features holiday magic and pageantry along with familiar songs of the season. The Showchoir’s performance is the culmination of Bristol’s annual “Journey’s End” candlelit procession down State Street. Come enjoy cookies and cider along with a heartwarming performance of holiday favorites. Audiences of all ages are welcome.
Admission is a suggested $5 donation at the door.