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Connect Downtown Johnson City, in partnership with the City of Johnson City and Visit Johnson City, is excited to announce the return of the beloved Candy Land Christmas. With magical holiday displays, over 160 Christmas trees, makers markets, and much more, Candy Land Christmas is a “must-see” event. The Christmas trees – displayed throughout two parks – will remain lit every evening until Jan. 8, 2023. For more than five weeks, the event will bring Christmas cheer to residents, visitors, and businesses.

Candy Land Christmas features live 12-foot trees decorated by a local business or non-profit organization that together tell the story of our community. Holiday trees will transform Founders Park to the “Gumdrop Forest” and King Commons to “Cupcake Commons.” Visitors can follow Commerce Street, or “Candy Cane Lane,” to see the entire display. This year’s celebration will also include holiday music playing throughout the parks, special events most weekends, and new decorations throughout the district.

Connect Downtown Johnson City invites everyone to visit downtown, walk through greenspaces, grab dinner at a local restaurant, and shop at a local retailer.

The event is made possible by through the support of local businesses and sponsors like Bank of Tennessee, BrightRidge, TPI Corporation, TownView Senior Living, and Appalachian Maid Services.

Gumdrop Forest

  1. Appalachia Service Project

  2. WCQR

  3. WCJC Animal Shelter

  4. BrightRidge

  5. Make A Wish of East TN

  6. Mulligan's Gaming Pub -  Irish Pub & Restaurant

  7. Bank of Tenneessee

  8. The Dishner Agency, State Farm Insurance

  9. Girls on the Run Northeast Tennessee

  10. TPI Corporation

  11. Ntara

  12. Bank of Tenneessee

  13. Appalachian Maid Services LLC

  14. FoundersForge | For the Underdog Entrepreneurs

  15. Visit Johnson City

  16. Wise Property Solutions

  17. Young Professionals of Johnson City

  18. The Chamber of Commerce Foundation

  19. Kona Ice of Johnson City

  20. Females in Action Northeast TN

  21. Grace Fellowship Church Johnson City

  22. Junior League of Johnson City

  23. Grandview Christian Church

  24. Lee Law Group, PLLC

  25. Girl Scout Troop 978

  26. The Meredith Haga Foundation

  27. Bernina In Stitches

  28. Summit Leadership Foundation

  29. Agape Women's Services

  30. Cranberries

  31. Thomas Weems Architect

  32. Chain Free Dogs

  33. Providence Academy

  34. Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association

  35. Debby Gibson Real Estate Co

  36. Shield Pest Appalachia

  37. Insight Alliance

  38. Studio Dance of Johnson City

  39. Dos Gatos Coffee Bar

  40. Memorial Park Community Center

41.Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church

42. First Christian Church Johnson City

43. First Covenant Trust & Advisors

44. First Bank and Trust

45. Terrarium Plant Store

46. Tennessee Hills Brewstillery

47. Andrew Johnson Bank

48. Builders First Source

49. Highlands Insurance Group

50. QEP

51. Century 21 Legacy

52. Friends of the Johnson City Dog Park Association Inc.

53. Intimate Treasures

54. Citizens Bank

55. Milligan University

56. Johnson City Press

57. Summers-Taylor, Inc.

58. SHHS Swim and Dive

59. Wrecking Crew Harley Davidson

60. Covenant Presbyterian Church

61. H&R Block

62. Electric 94.9

63. Holston Habitat for Humanity

64. Cootie Brown's

65. Professional Payroll Services, LLC (TN)

66. Washington County, UT Alumni Chapter

67. The Well Collegiate Ministry

68. The JC Syrup Shop

69. Watauga Orthopedics

70. Johnson City Country Club

71. Tennessee Donor Services

72. Meade Tractor

73. The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club; She Called Me A Creatster Chapter

74. Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital

75. Automan Collision & Repair

76. Spurrell, Studer, and Ganger, PLLC

77. United Way of East TN Highlands

78. Hometown Cottage of Johnson City & Kingsport

79. Blackburn, Childers & Steagall, CPAs

80. East Tennessean - Celebrating 100 years as ETSU's student-run newspaper - 1923-2023

81. Salon SOCA

CupCake Commons

82. Up & At Em

83. Jones & Church Farms, Inc

84. Central Baptist Church Johnson City

85. Tri-Cities United Soccer Club

86. East Tennessee State University

87. Medical Care, PLLC

88. The Wilson Agency

89. SaladWorks

90. Ballad Health

91. Bradley's Machine and Welding

92. TownView Senior Living

93. The Generalist General Store

94. Appalachian Mountain Project Access

95. Roan Capital Partners

96. Marsh Regional Blood Center

97. Trek Bicycle Johnson City

98. Cortney Stewart and Amanda Westbrook Evans & Evans Real Estate

99. Washington County Democratic Party

100. Niswonger Children's Network

101. Watauga Brewing Company

102. BCS Wealth Management

103. Time & Pay Inc

104. Atlantic Ale House

105. Family Promise

106. Robinson Animal Hospital

107. NHC Healthcare Johnson City

108. Essential Health Massage and Spa


110. Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist Church

111. First Presbyterian Church Johnson City

112. BANG! A DOWNTOWN SALON and Barbershop

113. Underground Cycle and Fitness

114. Cherokee Hospital for Animals

115. The Goose Chase

116. Barberitos

117. C.S. McCulloughs

118. Meade Law Group

119. Eastman Credit Union Asset Management - Brackton Smith

120. Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency--Head Start

121. State of Franklin Health Care Associates

122. James H. Quillen VAMC

123. Blossman Gas & Appliance

124. Manns Best Friend Pet Care & Waste Removal Services

125. Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc.

126. Select Seven Credit Union

127. Weichert,Realtors-Saxon Clark JC

128. Barracuda Swim Club

129. Trivia With Budds

130. Bragg & Company CPA's

131. Clean Queens TriCities

132. Tiebreakers

133. Creative Energy

134. ETSU Pediatric Residency Program

135. The Kindermusik Room

136. Johnson City Public Art

137. Mountain Gems

138. Spark Plaza

139. Dannie Lee fitness

140. Johnson City Area Home Builders Association

141. Fleenor Security

142. Holston Medical Group

143. Shellshead Dance Conservatory

144. Herndon Coleman Brading & McKee

145. Towne Acres Elementary School

146. Appalachian Fair

147. Southside Neighborhood Organization

148. Marquez Construction LLC

149. Chick-fil-A West Market Street

150. A.O. SMITH

151. Baker Donelson

152. Lady Fit Studio

153. Camp Ruff-n-More

154. Tri-Cities Social Sports

155. FRIENDS - Down Syndrome Support Group of Tri-Cities, TN/VA

156. First United Methodist Church, Johnson City

157. Burn Boot Camp Johnson City

158. Johnson City Public Library

159. Our Savior Lutheran Church

160. Washington County Johnson City Emergency Medical Services


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