Celebrate the Holidays at Bays Mountain Park

Bays Mountain Park is hosting its first-ever “Holiday at Bays” event this month with an evening of festive activities, including wreath-making, barge rides, owl searching, and an amazing laser light show in the planetarium.

Holiday at Bays will take place on December 9, kicking off with a holiday laser light show at 5:30 p.m. in the planetarium (Cost: $10 per person). Then, if you choose, you can participate in a second activity (Owl Prowl, Barge Ride or Wreath Workshop) for an additional fee.

Laser Light Show:

Celebrate the season under the planetarium dome with a selection of our favorite holiday tunes brought to life with gorgeous laser choreography, full dome visuals and colorful lighting effects. Vibrant animations and gorgeous abstracts dance above your heads, as the music takes you away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It might be cold outside, but it’s nice and toasty under the dome.

Owl Prowl:

Join naturalist Fred Hilton on a journey through the winter forests as he puts his owl calling skills to the test. This program will involve a short hike and participants should be prepared with sturdy shoes, warm jackets, and flashlights.

Barge Ride:

Enjoy a nighttime barge ride around our lake under the glow of Christmas lights. Participants will explore the lake and talk about the history of Christmas in Appalachia. Hot chocolate will be served prior to boarding but be sure to dress warmly as it will be cold on the water.

Wreath Workshop:

Continue the tradition of wreath making using natural materials found right in our own backyards. This class is a great way to express your creativity and learn a little about Christmas of times past. The park will provide all the materials. Plan to meet at the Farmstead at 6:30 p.m. to start crafting.

Pre-registration is required for all events and can be done so by going to this link: https://bit.ly/3R4oFmH. You can also register by clicking on the CivicRec link in the Connect Kingsport app or go to www.kingsporttn.gov and click on “CivicRec,” then search for “Holiday at Bays” in the search bar.