Christmas is coming. Here are some ways to celebrate over the next few days.
* Angel Trees: Shoppers have through Sunday, Dec. 1, to fulfill wishes on The Salvation Army’s Angel Trees, which provide gifts for disadvantaged children up to age 12 and senior citizens 60 and older. Trees are located at Hamilton Place and Northgate Mall in Chattanooga and Bradley Square Mall in Cleveland, Tenn.
* A Small-Town Christmas: Sweetwater, Tenn., celebrates the season 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, with hay rides through historic neighborhoods, horse-and-buggy rides, Victorian costume contest at the gazebo, pictures with Santa and an elf, an antique fire truck, hot chocolate, marshmallow roast, children’s go-fish pond and children’s shopping area. Downtown shops will be open late. www.visitsweetwater.com.
* Bake sale/bake-off: Bake your best for competition or stop by to take home holiday sweets at this fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. The event is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Soddy-Daisy Health Care Center, 701 Sequoyah Road. NewsChannel 9 personalities will judge the competition, and the three top bakers will win prizes. Call 423-332-0060 to register for the bake-off.
* Christmas carol dinner cruises: A series of sightseeing cruises with sing-alongs and visits with Santa aboard the Southern Belle, 201 Riverfront Parkway, start Friday, Nov. 29, and continue through Saturday, Dec. 21. Cost for the 2.5-hour, all-inclusive outing is $42.95 adults, $21.95 children 3-12. Christmas-themed breakfast and lunch cruises, along with a Tacky Christmas Sweater Cruise, will be added to the schedule in December. 423-266-4488.
* Christmas open house: Live Christmas trees, poinsettias, wreaths and garland will be showcased 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at The Barn Nursery, 1801 E. 24th St. Place. Festivities also include a professional photographer on-site from from noon to 6 p.m. for complimentary family and pet photos with Santa, children’s activities, designer displays, gift suggestions, holiday seminars, music, snacks and drinks. 423-698-2276.
* Christmas open house: Browse the artworks from members of the Franklin County Arts Guild at Artisan Depot, 201 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST Saturday, Nov. 30. 931-308-4130.
* EPB Holiday Windows: Holiday scenes are featured in the display windows facing Market and Broad streets.
* Holiday open house: Shuptrine’s, 2646 Broad St., will have its holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. Among the works on display will be Alan Shuptrine’s new watercolor, “Falling.” Appetizers and cider will be served. Holiday hours at the gallery are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and select Saturdays through Christmas (closed Nov. 28-29). 423-266-4453.
* Holiday sale: Donate to the Chattanooga Community Kitchen at River Gallery, 400 E. Second St., between Friday, Nov. 29, and Tuesday, Dec. 24, and receive a discount on your art purchase. A $10 minimum donation grants a 15 percent discount, minimum $50 donation a 20 percent discount. 423-265-5033, ext. 5.
* Lights Up on the Lake: Drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake at James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park, 2800 Sloppy Floyd Lake Road, in Summerville, Ga., 5-10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 29-Dec. 29. If you’d rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the light fest; $5 parking. 706-857-0826.
* Ornaments, giveaways: Both locations of Rib & Loin, 5946 Brainerd Road and 5435 Highway 153, have planned large-scale Christmas celebrations this year with the dining rooms decorated front to back and free ornaments that kids can take home to decorate then bring back to show for a prize; the top three ornaments will win other prizes to be announced Dec. 23. Guests also may register to win a 5-foot candy tower and $1,000. Santa bags are out for Toys For Tots donations. The Elf on the Shelf can be monitored on Facebook. 423-499-6465 in Brainerd, 423-877-7675 in Hixson.
* Pajama Party: The weekly Toddler Tuesday event on Dec. 3 at Walnut Square Mall in Dalton, Ga., will be a Pajama Party with Santa Claus. Kids 12 and younger can enjoy sweet treats, entertainment and storytime at 11 a.m. in the Hamilton Health Children’s Play Area. Kids who wear their PJs will get a free commemorative pillowcase to take home (while supplies last).
* Pet photos with Santa: Leashed or crated pets are welcome 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Northgate Mall in Hixson (in the Sears Court) and Walnut Square Mall in Dalton, Ga. (near Belk at Center Court), as well as 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Hamilton Place (Center Court).
* Super Saving Sunday: Community outreach program by Grandview Church of God, 21124 River Canyon Road, offers coffee, hot cocoa and doughnuts at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, plus free gift to the first 125 people when church doors open at 10:30 a.m. and 25 gift cards awarded during 11 a.m. service. 423-866-4547 or visit church’s Facebook page.
* Athens, Tenn.: The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce will present a “Christmas Wonderland” parade at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. The procession begins and ends at Athens City Middle School, 200 Keith Lane, with the route passing along Madison Avenue, Jackson Street, White Street and Washington Avenue. 423-745-0335.
* Ooltewah/Collegedale: The sister communities will hold their annual Spirit of Christmas Parade at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. The parade will be followed by a tree lighting and other festivities at Cambridge Square on Lee Highway in Ooltewah from 4:30 p.m. until dark. The parade begins on Little Debbie Parkway at Jack Cate Road, continues into Collegedale onto Apison Pike and ends at Ooltewah Middle School. 423-238-7777.
* Pikeville, Tenn.: “The Sounds of Christmas” parade starts at 5 p.m. CST Saturday, Nov. 30, through the historic downtown.
* Soddy-Daisy: The Soddy-Daisy Christmas parade is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, proceeding along Dayton Pike from Harrison Lane to Sequoyah Access Road.