Come experience a tender Tennessee AND Virginia Christmas in Bristol: a city full of charm and holiday cheer.
Day 1: Kick start your day with a specialty coffee or warm cup of cocoa and a doughnut from Bristol’s Blackbird Bakery; a favorite spot for both locals and visitors. Next, head over to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Enjoy the interactive exhibits and indulge in learning the history of Bristol’s rich musical heritage. Don’t miss the Museum Store on your way out, filled with dozens of local artisan goods and beautifully crafted gifts. After taking in sounds of the Bristol Sessions, grab a bite at Eatz on Moore Street. The made-from-scratch comfort foods are sure to make visitors from even the farthest distances feel right at home. For post-lunch activities, make the short 5 mile drive to The Pinnacle for some holiday shopping at the region’s premier shopping destination. If you need a shopping break, catch a movie at Marquee Cinemas. Glide down to ice skate at Bristol Motor Speedway’s wildly popular skating rink. Finally, take the opportunity to drive through the largest light show in the South, The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights Powered by TVA at Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway. The four-mile route showcases over two million holiday lights and provides entertainment for Christmas enthusiasts of all ages, all while benefiting Speedway Children’s Charities.
Day 2: Drive a quick 15-minutes to historic Abingdon, Virginia and take in the fresh sights and smells of the Abingdon Farmer’s Market. Their Holiday Market is open every Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas from 10am until noon. Enjoy a live performance of Elf at the historic Barter Theatre; the state theatre of Virginia. Head back to downtown Bristol to grab some Chicago inspired Italian cuisine at The Angry Italian Restaurant before exploring our historic downtown State Street. We’d recommend calling ahead when you leave Abingdon to order their Chicago Deep Dish Pizza (allow 45 mintues for this custom creation!). The beautifully decorated store windows are guaranteed to have you dreaming of a white Christmas as you explore State Street and our many boutiques and specialty shops. Don’t forget to end your night with an eggnog latte or other specialty drink at Bloom Cafe & Listening Room.
Day 3: Your final day in Bristol should begin with a lovely holiday brunch at J. Frank. Served only on Sundays, this over-the-top Southern style buffet is served inside a beautiful Victorian home built in 1872. End your trip on a high note with some classic holiday entertainment. Visit Bristol’s historic Paramount Bristol and catch a concert or The Nutcracker. Your weekend spent in Bristol is certain to leave you with visions of sugarplums dancing in your head.
To save money and help you plan your holiday getaway, book the Bristol Holiday Package! The package includes a one night stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, entry for one vehicle to The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights, two tickets to The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, discount coupons for Bass Pro, Uncle Buck’s, Drake’s, Old Navy and Yankee Candle at The Pinnacle, a discount offer for a show at The Paramount Bristol and a Bristol Christmas Ornament. This package offer is valid for parties of two and subject to availability. Visit www.DiscoverBristol.org/Holiday to book today!