Saturday, December 5, 2020 thu Friday, January 1,2021


Christmas in the Park

Founders Park in

Downtown Johnson City, Tennessee



Deadline to register Nov. 18, 2020

Christmas in the Park Event Information

The Christmas in the Park celebration will take place Dec. 5 – Jan. 1, 2021 at Founders Park. 

Presented by the Blue Plum Organization, in partnership with the City of Johnson City and BrightRidge Broadband and with the support of Town View of Johnson City; The Johnson City, Washington County, Jonesborough Chamber of Commerce; Shamrock and WJHL, the event will feature 65 holiday trees, each decorated by a local business or non-profit organization. Together these trees will tell the story of our community. 

Johnson City reminds visitors to Christmas in the Park to follow safety precautions

The City of Johnson City and the Blue Plum Organization are asking visitors to Christmas in the Park to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines including wearing face coverings, observing physical distancing, following directional signage and limiting group sizes.

Local businesses and organizations decorated 65 trees which are illuminated at night. The Christmas in the Park celebration will take place at Founders Park through Jan. 1, 2021. This event replaces the annual Christmas Parade and Christmas Tree lighting which were canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. There is no admission charge for the event.

“Christmas in the Park has proven to be the pick-me-up our community needs during this difficult time,” said Johnson City Mayor Jenny Brock. “So many events have had to be canceled or postponed during the pandemic. We are thrilled to have found a way to still be able to celebrate this holiday season with Christmas in the Park but we need people to do so safely to ensure we can successfully carry out the event through the end of the year.”

The Blue Plum Organization and the City of Johnson City remind visitors to Christmas in the Park that masks are required on City property. Groups should be limited to members of the same household and should remain 6 feet from others as they walk along the path in a counter-clockwise direction through the park.

Christmas in the Park Map with colors an

Decoration Guidelines & Rules


Tree Decoration Guidelines:

  • Ornaments should be well made, wind and water-resistant.

  • Avoid using food (i.e., pasta) and paper as ornament decorations, as they will not withstand inclement weather. 

  • Keep in mind your tree will be approximately 12 feet tall.  We recommend the ornaments be large so they can be seen from the vehicles. 

  • Use sturdy ties to attach ornaments to your tree to prevent them from being blown or knocked off the tree. Standard ornament hangers will not be adequate.

  • Groups will need to bring their own tools such as pliers, scissors, ladder, etc., to help with the decorating process.

  • Please remember that this is "tree decorating". There will not be room around your tree for large decor items or cutouts.

  • All trees must be decorated on-site at Founders Park.

  • No vehicles are allowed into the park area. Please bring what you need to carry, pull, or push decorations to your assigned location.

  • Be creative! We anticipate the decorated trees to be unique to each organization or business.

  • Keep in mind, the trees will be viewed from all sides. Be sure to decorate the entire tree.

Tree Decoration Rules:

  • Lights will be provided. Additional lights are not allowed to be added.

  • No profanity or inappropriate or offensive decor is allowed on tree decorations. 

  • No candles or flammable items. 

  • An identification sign for your organization or business will be provided for each tree. This will be placed at the base of the tree. No other signs will be allowed. The sign will include a QR code for voting. Do not remove the signs.

  • Painting and flocking of trees are strictly prohibited. 

  • Decorations must not contain any inappropriate or offensive language and or symbols.

  • Do not use water-soluble glue on ornaments. Spray any fabrics with Scotch Guard to prevent mildew. 

I understand that the Blue Plum Organization has the sole discretion to prohibit my participation for failing to comply with the guidelines and rules set forth above.



For and in consideration of being allowed to participate in the Christmas in the Park event, as evidenced and acknowledged by my payment and registration for said event located in Founders Park, I, the (“Participant”), acting on my own behalf as well as on behalf of my heirs and assigns, do hereby agree to indemnify and save and hold harmless the Blue Plum Organization volunteers, officers, representatives, and agents, as well as the City of Johnson City, any of its departments, agencies, officers, or employees, from all damages, claims or liabilities (including any copyright or purported intellectual property infringement) and expenses (including Attorney’s fees) arising out of or resulting in any way from my participation in such event and the participation of anyone on my behalf or acting pursuant to my invitation or association with said event ONLY for the duration of the decoration period.  The Participant agrees to indemnify and save and hold harmless the Blue Plum Organization, its volunteers, officers, representatives, and agents, and the City of Johnson City, its directors, officers, officials, agents, employees and volunteers from and against any and all claims, demands, actions, liabilities, damages, losses, or expenses (including court costs, attorney’s fees, and costs of claim processing, investigation and litigation) for personal injury (including death) or property damage caused, in whole or in part, by the Participant or any third party participating in conjunction, association, or jointly with the Participant during the decoration period.


I further present that I am not less than eighteen (18) years of age on the date of registration and acknowledge that participation in the aforesaid event involves certain potential risks to life, health, and property, all of which risks I understand and hereby expressly assume.  I further undertake to participate in such event only upon the date and at the location authorized by the Blue Plum Organization and undertake to participate in such event in strict conformity with the conditions of any Ordinances issued by the City of Johnson City and in strict conformance with any and all safety conditions or measures issued by the Blue Plum Organization for aforesaid activity.


The display will end on Friday, January 1, 2021 on Blue Plum’s Facebook page. Any decorations businesses or organizations would like to keep must be removed from the tree on Saturday, January 2 or Sunday, January 3, 2021.  Any decorations left after 5pm on Sunday, January 3, 2021 will be discarded. 


Tree Information

Who can participate in the tree decorating?

Any business or 501(c)3 organization.

Deadline to apply:

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 5 p.m.


$95 for Businesses per tree

$45 for 501(c)3 per tree

Decorating Time and Information:

Decorating days are limited to the following dates and times. 

Wednesday December 2, 2020 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) and

Thursday December 3, 2020 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) 


  • The aforementioned dates are the exclusive dates and times during which trees may be decorated. There are no exceptions.

  • A maximum of four (4) people will be allowed to decorate or un-decorate the tree. 

  • All items will be hand-carried or carted into the park. 

  • Participants must supply their own carts and movers. 

  • Masks must be worn at all times while decorating and un-decorating trees.  

  • Social distancing standards must be followed at all times while decorating and un-decorating trees. 


Obtaining Tree:

  • Each entry will be provided with a 12’ anchored live tree, with lights already strung and sign noting group name. ORNAMENTS AND DÉCOR ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PARTICIPANTS.

  • All trees will be assigned by the Blue Plum Organization. Group contact will be sent an email no later than November 30, 2020 with tree assignment information.

  • The tree number corresponds to the tree each group will decorate.

  • No switching trees will be allowed once they are assigned. 


First, second and third place prizes will be selected by a panel of judges. A People’s Choice award will be chosen by everyone who visits Christmas in the Park. Visitors will cast votes for the People’s Choice award by scanning a QR code. The People’s Choice Award will be announced at the end of the event.