‘Tis the season for A Candy Cane Christmas in Bristol!
If you believe in the Magic of Christmas, you’ll want to guide your sleigh to see us during the holidays. There is plenty of fun and festive activities for you to enjoy – and we’ve made it easy for you with these itineraries that will most certainly get you into the spirit of the season!
Morning – The absolute best way to kick off your day is to visit one of Downtown Bristol’s cafes and restaurants. Bloom Café on State Street in Downtown Bristol. Everything they serve is delicious, but Santa’s elves prefer the Peppermint Mocha – it’s a holiday favorite! The Blended Pedaler offers fresh-made acai bowls, smoothies, coffee, and a small selection of pastries. You can even rent an E-Bike and breeze around downtown.
Noon – Take a walk around Downtown Bristol, enjoy the holiday-themed storefronts, and get a bit of Christmas shopping done. There are some fantastic shops, including Cranberry Lane, Serendipity, L.C. King, William King Clothiers, Blakely-Mitchell, and Studio 6. Mountain Sports, just a few blocks off State Street, also has plenty of great gifts!
Evening – After a fantastic meal at one of the many Downtown Bristol restaurants or breweries, you can make the short walk to Cumberland Park, where you can enjoy the holiday lights and dazzling Christmas trees. During this most wonderful time of the year, the Tri-Cities Airport Ice Rink is also a favorite stop for folks from all over the region. The only one in the area, the rink is open nightly at Bristol Motor Speedway except for Mondays through Jan. 9.
Morning – Santa would LOVE Blackbird Bakery, and that round belly of his would delight in the incredible treats you’ll find at this Bristol staple, which is a regional attraction. You might even want to buy a few holiday cookies to leave for jolly old St. Nick on Christmas Eve! There’s also Trailblazer Coffee and Whimsicals if you need an extra caffeinated pick-me-up. All three are great options throughout the day.
Noon – Any visitor to Bristol will want to check out the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The Smithsonian-affiliated museum pays tribute to the 1927 Bristol Sessions, which laid the groundwork for Bristol being named the Birthplace of Country Music.
Night – It’s been a festive holiday tradition for nearly 25 years, and it’s beloved by young and old alike. The Pinnacle Speedway In Lights features a couple of million lights, dozens of animated displays, and a four-mile drive-thru route that allows you to whip around the iconic Bristol Motor Speedway. If you want to power up your Christmas spirit, this is the place to do it!
Morning – If you would like to enjoy some truly tasty holiday treats – and even get some for gifts – a visit to The Southern Churn is a must! The shop features a variety of homemade fudge and several holiday flavors that are absolutely decadent!
Noon – Whether you’ve finished your holiday shopping or not, The Pinnacle, the region’s largest shopping outdoor destination, deserves your attention. There are dozens of stores, an excellent selection of restaurants, and unique entertainment opportunities like Marquee Cinemas Pinnacle 12. There’s also a Bass Pro, where Santa is a regular at this time of the year.
Night – If you are feeling in the “spirit” this holiday, we invite you to explore all of Bristol’s “sprits.” Lost State Distilling is a craft distillery in Downtown Bristol, Tennessee that produces small batch gin, rum, and Tennessee Whiskey. Free tours and product tastings offered daily. Bristol also boasts five breweries with live music, trivia nights and special events in its historic Downtown, including:
- Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
- Cascade Draft House
- Michael Waltrip Brewing
- State Street Brewing
As always, there are some annual holiday events scheduled in Downtown Bristol that you’ll want to be part of if you happen to be lucky enough to be here when they’re taking place.
- The Christmas Open House on Nov. 22 offers after-hours shopping, carriage rides, refreshments, and of course, Santa will drop in from the North Pole.
- Small Business Saturday is Nov. 27 all day long, allowing everyone to support our locally owned mom-and-pop businesses downtown.
- The Christmas Tree Lighting is always a fun tradition as Bristol as a 50-foot Norwegian Spruce and a 25-foot Douglas Fir, decorated with 30,000 lights, light up the night in Cumberland Park.
- The Christmas Parade, which travels down State Street to the Bristol Train Station, makes everything merry and bright to the delight of the thousands of people in attendance! Make plans to be here on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.!
- Paramount Bristol is the place to be Dec. 10-11 if you want to enjoy everyone’s favorite holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. The performance features Bristol Ballet dancers, as well as professional guest artists. The Paramount is also hosting these concerts throughout the holidays:
- Dec 2, Jefferson Starship
- Dec 5, Sarah Evans
- Dec 12, Ronnie Milsap
- Dec 18, Trace Adkins
- Cameo Theater has several holiday events this season including
- Nov 27, Christmas with the Nelsons
- Dec 3, Wizards of Winter
- Dec 4, Milk Carton Kids with Vera Sola
- Dec 7, The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute (The Beatles)
We can’t wait to see you and hope you’ll consider Bristol your home away from Home for the Holidays! Start your next holiday adventure at www.ExploreBristol.com