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Discover Bristol Showcases Festive, Event-Filled Holiday Season in Bristol  

Visitors can enter to win tickets, gifts and a two-night hotel stay with the Discover Bristol Winter Getaway Contest

‘Tis the season to be jolly with an exciting holiday events schedule in Bristol that extends well into the new year.

Kick off the festivities on Nov. 12 at Bristol Motor Speedway with The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights powered by TVA, the most dazzling holiday light show in the entire region, now in its 25th season, along with the Tri-Cities Airport Ice Rink at Bristol Motor Speedway. Be sure to bring the kids to Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops for a free photo with Santa from November until Christmas Eve (advance reservations required).

Must-sees for arts lovers include Theatre Bristol’s new musical revue, All Together Now!, Nov. 12 – 15, celebrating songs from such Broadway shows as Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables, Rent, Mamma Mia! and many more, along with Bristol Ballet’s presentation of The Nutcracker, Dec. 10 – 11. Both shows will be performed at the Paramount Theater.

Historic Downtown Bristol celebrates the season with three annual traditions, starting with the Downtown Bristol Christmas Open House on Nov. 22, a customer appreciation night when merchants stay open late with special discounts and refreshments. The Bristol Christmas Tree Lighting will be held Nov. 29, followed by the Bristol Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Parade on Dec. 2.

The Cameo Theater offers diverse entertainment throughout the holidays, starting on Dec. 4 with Grammy-nominated neo-traditional folk duo The Milk Carton Kids. On Jan. 14, Nashville-based alternate-country singer/songwriter Lilly Hiatt will perform selections from her just-released album, Lately, along with Walking Proof, released last year. Three decades after the release of his debut album, No Kinda Dancer, and 19 records later, roots musician and entertainer Robert Earl Keen brings his Feelin’ Good Again Tour to the Cameo on Jan. 26.

Mark your calendars for a star-studded lineup at the Paramount Theater, beginning with one of country music’s top vocal powerhouses, Sara Evans, on Dec. 5, followed by multi-platinum country music star Trace Adkins performing numerous hits along with selections from his 13th album, The Way I Wanna Go, on Dec. 18. Comedic legend Bill Engvall’s “Here’s Your Sign — It’s Finally Time Farewell Tour,” kicks off at the Paramount on Jan. 30, and country singer/songwriter Rodney Atkins, an East Tennessee native, will take the stage on Feb. 6 and perform new songs as well as numerous classics, including the number one song of the decade, “Watching You.” 

Along with these events, enter the Discover Bristol Winter Getaway Contest, with prizes that include a two-night local hotel stay, free passes to local attractions, and gifts from numerous local retailers. Click here to enter.

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About Discover Bristol

Discover Bristol, the destination marketing organization (DMO) for Bristol TN/VA, is a division of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce dedicated to advancing the economic vitality of both Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, as a year-round travel destination. Learn more at or on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.