Holidays Around the World

November 29th

 5:30-5:50, 6:00-6:20, 6:30-6:50
7:00-7:20, 7:30-8:00

Location: McKinney Center

Celebrate the season a dozen ways at the McKinney Center’s Annual Soup and Song Fundraiser. In this fun holiday experience, audiences enter the McKinney Center auditorium for a walk through of a dozen beautifully decorated live Holiday Displays from around the world. Depicted are scenes of an Early American Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Puerto Rico’s Three Kings Day, Chinese Winter Solstice, Germany’s St. Niklaus Day, a Victorian English Boxing Day, Mexican Las Posadas, Japanese Omisaka, a Bethlehem Nativity, and Celtic Yule. Live musicians elevate the experience with cheery holiday tunes, while Santa Claus and the Grinch guide the world-travelers through the event. At the end of the “tour,” audiences receive their package of a “Soup-To-Go-Meal” containing a pint of a soup of their choice, bread, a homemade chocolate chip cookie, and a beautiful hand-made ceramic ornament. This event supports the McKinney Center Scholarship Program and the StoryTown Radio Show.

Soups Will be:

  • Hearty Beef and Bean Chili
  • Southwestern Chicken with Vegetables
  • Potato Leek (Vegetarian)

Tickets are only $30, Extra Pints are $10 each and will support The Jonesborough Story Town Radio Show and the McKinney Center, through which the Story Town program is run.

Guests may purchase tickets online at or by calling the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at (423) 753-1010. 

Seating is limited for this event and usually sells out several weeks prior to the event, so advance tickets are recommended.

*Details are subject to change as Covid-19, local, state, and federal guidelines change. In this case, the event will be transitioned to a drive-thru. No refunds.

Help your community by fulfilling McKinney Center's mission.


The McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School is a multi-use facility providing arts education through Jonesborough's Mary B. Martin Program.


Phone: 423.753.0562

103 Franklin Ave.
Jonesborough, TN 37659