Historic Blountville Tree Lighting Ceremony

Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism
Event Location: 
Sullivan County Courthouse, 3258 Highway 126, Blountville, TN 37617
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 6:00pm

The traditional Historic Blountville Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place in front of the old Sullivan County Courthouse. Chris McIntosh of WJHL will preside as Master of Ceremonies, and special guests include Rep. Bud Hulsey, District Attorney General Barry Staubus, along with Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable who will do the honor of lighting the town Christmas tree, a massive thirty-foot blue spruce that adorns the front lawn of the historic courthouse. Christmas carols and other special holiday music will be brought by the Blountville Middle School Choir under the direction of Darren Malcolm. A special rendition of "Silent Night" will be presented by Assistant District Attorney Emily Hutchins on violin along with Carolyn Barry on flute.

Continuing last year’s theme of “One Special Town… Two Special Trees”, the ceremony will include the traditional tree lighting of the beautiful 30-foot Douglas fir in front of the courthouse, and a second tree lighting by the Hope for Victims Support and Advocacy Group in remembrance of victims of violence. Area residents are encouraged to participate by bringing an ornament in honor of family members lost to violence. Victims Remembrance Tree Organizer Joan Berry said, “It is in remembrance of everyone that has lost a loved one to homicide. Holidays can be extremely sad for families who have lost a loved one to violent crime. The remembrance tree gives families from East Tennessee the opportunity to do something special for their loved ones.”

Food vendors will be offering hot chocolate and a variety of other items including hamburgers, hot dogs, barbeque, funnel cakes, deep fried oreos, nachos, chili cheese fries and more.

The Historic Blountville Christmas Festivities are sponsored by the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism, the partnership of First Judicial District Attorney General’s office and the local chapter of the Hope for Victims Support and Advocacy Group, and the Blountville Ruritan. For additional information, please call the Department of Archives and Tourism at 423.323.4660.