From candlelight tours to tree lightings, pencil these holiday events in this week.
* Candlelight tours: The historic antebellum-style Gordon Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga, Ga., is decorated for the holidays and will be open for tours 6-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14. Tickets are $1 to $5. 706-375-4728.
* Christmas by Candlelight: Tour the Chief Vann House Historic Site in Chatsworth, Ga., 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14. The 1800s house, one of the best preserved Cherokee Indian homes, is decorated in the Moravian style with all-natural garland, paper ornaments and more than 300 candles. Admission is $4 to $6. 706-695-2598.
* Christmas Home Tour and Tea: The Victorian homes in the Cornstalk Heights historic district in Harriman, Tenn., will be open for tours noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. The Hospitality House will be serving tea, carolers will sing holiday favorites, and the Arts Council of Roane County will host an art show. The tour starts at the Carnegie Library, 601 Walden Ave. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 865-882-3195 or visit cornstalkheights.com.
* Christmas in the Cove: The show barn at Mountain Cove Farms, 994 Dougherty Gap Road in Chickamauga, Ga., will be open for holiday shopping with handmade primitive crafts from local craftsmen, as well as vintage finds, handpainted windows, jewelry, candles, scarves and homemade goods among the offerings. Local schools, dance teams and musicians will provide entertainment. Kids can visit with Santa and have their picture made by a local photographer. There will be a toy donation bin to help local families. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 1-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. A pancake breakfast with Santa in the Manor House Restaurant will be available 9-11 a.m. Saturday.
* Day of Giving: The Black Creek Mountain development off Cummings Cove Drive and Chattanooga Track Club will host a 5K & Jingle Bell Fun Run as well as a Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 14. Proceeds go to charity. The 5K is at 3 p.m., and the 1-mile fun run for children follows at 4:15 p.m. Refreshments will be provided, and participants are asked to bring donations for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Registration is $30 for adults (comes with a T-shirt) $15 for children (comes with a holiday hat). The home tour will follow from 5 to 7 p.m. Proceeds will help buy gifts for children in Lookout Valley through the Heart of the Valley Christmas Fund. Tickets are $15. Dinner reservations at Black Creek Club are also available for those attending the home tour. For more information, call 423-822-2582 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Festival of Trees: The Catoosa County Library, 108 Catoosa Circle in Ringgold, Ga., will have an open house that features cookies and cider, music and the chance to see trees decorated by local businesses and organizations 5-7 p.m. today, Dec. 12. Admission is free. 706-965-3600.
* Holiday Lights & Spirits Tour: Guides with Chattanooga Ghost Tours will evoke a different kind of holiday spirits in these seasonal tours, offered at 6:30 p.m. every Friday in December. Participants will hear about the city's ghosts and enjoy downtown holiday decor. Inside stops offer the opportunity to buy refreshments. 423-821-7125, www.chattanoogaghosttours.com.
* Kids Camp: Uptown Art, 2 Cherokee Blvd., will entertain children ages 5-11 with a three-hour arts and crafts session while the parents take off for Christmas shopping 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Doors open 45 minutes in advance for registration and seating. The $50 cost includes a 16- by 20-inch canvas and painting materials to complete a penguin painting, craft supplies and lunch. 423-602-8580.
* Parents Day Out Drop-N-Shop: Children ages 5-12 can work on holiday-themed art projects while their parents shop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the next two Saturdays, Dec. 14 and 21, at ArtsyU, 5084 South Terrace. Drop-off starts at 10:30 a.m., pickups can be as late as 3:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided, but children will need to bring a sack lunch. Cost is $40. 423-321-2317, www.artsychattanooga.com.
* Parents Shopping Night: Downtown YMCA will give parents a night off and keep the kids busy with inflatables, dancing, movie time, craft time, gym time and pizza from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20. You must register in person for one of the 75 open slots beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16. Cost is $5.
* Pet photos: PetSmart stores in the area will hold their final in-store Santa Claws photo events 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Owners can bring a camera to take a photo of their pet with Santa, then donate $5 at checkout to benefit local animal welfare groups. www.PetSmart.com.
* Random acts of kindness: Managers of Hamilton Place will start a campaign to surprise shoppers with random acts of kindness during the 12 days before Christmas. Kindnesses might include paying for their lunch, buying them a drink or passing along a gift from a mall retailer. Team Happiness volunteers also will be on hand to open doors, hand out coupons, carry trays in the food court and help customers find stores, among other duties. Shoppers will receive a card asking that they pay the kindness forward. www.HamiltonPlace.com.
* Stories With Mrs. Claus: Gather around the fireplace in the Visitors Center at Enterprise South Nature Park on Volkswagen Drive for classic Christmas stories at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Cookies and milk will be served. Children are welcome to wear their pajamas and bring a pillow and blanket. Space is limited to 30 children. Call Hamilton County Parks and Recreation at 423-842-6748 for reservations.
* Tree lighting: The 10th annual ceremony to light a 35-foot blue spruce at Vogel State Park in Blairsville, Ga., will be Saturday, Dec. 14. Activities, set for 4-7 p.m., also include caroling, hayrides, Santa Claus visits, bonfires, hot chocolate and cider. 706-745-2628.
* Volunteers needed: The Al Millard Memorial Stocking Full of Love toy store will be open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Oakwood Baptist Church, 115 Oakwood St., in Chickamauga, Ga. More than 1,400 children have been approved to receive toys this year, the fund's 25th anniversary. Anyone who can spare some time is asked to help with store setup 5:30-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, or the toy distribution on Saturday. Volunteers may work their own schedule and are not required to work all day. They simply need to show up and sign in.
* Chattanooga: Holiday Starlight Parade, 6 p.m. in downtown Chattanooga. n Crossville, Tenn.: 4:30 p.m. CST Saturday, Dec. 14, through downtown.
* Lookout Valley: The Lookout Valley Neighborhood Association will sponsor its annual Christmas parade at noon Saturday, Dec. 14. Lineup starts at 10:30 a.m. at Lookout Valley Elementary School on Browns Ferry Road. The route goes south on Browns Ferry to Cummings Highway to the Walmart parking lot, 3350 Cummings Highway. Awards and prizes will be presented after the parade at John A. Patten Rec Center, 3202 Kelly's Ferry Road. Free refreshments and games for children will be available. 423-825-5665, 423-825-5955.
* Spring City, Tenn.: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, along Front Street.