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Tue, Dec 12


Downtown Bristol

24th Annual Journey's End

24th Annual Journey's End
24th Annual Journey's End

Time & Location

Dec 12, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Downtown Bristol, 810 State St, Bristol, TN 37620, USA

About the event

On Tuesday, December 12th at 6:00 PM, Journey’s End will again take place in Historic Downtown Bristol! Journey’s End is Bristol’s local interpretation of the Latino tradition of Las Posadas (The Inns). This year Mary will be played by Addie McClintock and Joseph will be played by Christopher Preshong. Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem is recreated as they go from inn to inn seeking lodging and the final inn welcomes them in and celebrates their arrival.

How does Bristol Celebrate Journey’s End?

Our inns are several downtown businesses and our innkeepers are various choirs and choral groups from the Bristol area. We will begin at the Downtown Center then process by candlelight with Mary and Joseph singing the traditional songs and various carols accompanied by instrumentalists. 

Along the way choirs at each "inn" will greet Joseph and Mary who will be escorted by Dreamland Alpacas (Please, no dogs in attendance as we do not want to scare the live animals).

Afterwards a small reception will be held with refreshments provided by Aramark of King University. There will be no street closure for this event, and event participants are to remain on the sidewalk for the duration of the event.

A special thank you to the Cities of Bristol, Rev. Ann Aichinger, Pete Buhls, Robert Campbelle, Dr. Pat Flannagan, Samantha Gray, Bob Greene, David and Debbie McLeish of Dreamland Alpacas, Theatre Bristol, Jane Morison, Cheif John Austin, Matthew Potterton, Dondra Warden, King University Food Service, METZ CORP for providing cookies, Bristol Bagel & Bakery for providing hot chocolate, and primary event sponsors for the evening is Believe in Bristol for providing luminaries and

helping hands.

Journey’s End lasts a little more than an hour. Restaurants will be taking dinner reservations and several

of the downtown shops will be open. Come and celebrate Christmas in the heart of our community!

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