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Alan Markfield/New Line Productions / Will Ferrell, left, plays Buddy, an oversize elf, and Ed Asner is Santa Claus in "Elf," one of two films to be screened Dec. 18 in the Bobby Stone Film Series at the Tivoli Theatre.

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To do Sunday

The Compassionate Friends, a grief support group for families who have experienced the death of a child, will hold a worldwide candlelighting Sunday. The remembrance creates a 24-hour wave of light moving from time zone to time zone at 7 p.m. (local time). Families may participate virtually via a Zoom link that will go active at 6:45 p.m. in each time zone; register at The gathering by the local chapter is 6:15- 7:30 p.m. at First- Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave. Participants are asked to bring a freestanding photo of each child to be remembered.



ADVENT, CHORAL CONCERTS - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 307 W. Seventh St.

- Dec. 15: Free Advent concert by Chattanooga Guitar Duo (Michael McCallie and Alejandro Olson), 12:05-12:35 p.m. Soup lunch follows in Key-Andrews Hall, $6. Donations of winter hats, gloves, scarves and socks (only) accepted for Chattanooga Community Kitchen.

- Dec. 19: A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, modeled after famous service at King's College, Cambridge by Senior Choir and St. Andrew Choir, 6-7 p.m.

ADVENT NOW - Lee University Chapel, 1020 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn. Christmas concert by chamber ensemble formed from a select group of students and faculty, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Free admission; donations welcome.

BAP CHRISTMAS CONCERT - Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Ga. Back Alley Productions performers sing holiday songs from Broadway shows, 7 p.m. Dec. 16-17. Pay-what-you-can admission.

BARKING LEGS THEATER - 1307 Dodds Ave. Robin Grant & The Standard present "It's Christmas, Darling" concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. $20-$35.

THE CAVERNS - 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Lab Group, with Shlohmo, The Librarian and Player Dave, 8 p.m. Dec. 12. $55-$340.

CHATTANOOGA SYMPHONY & OPERA - Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. "Home for the Holidays," with The Metropolitan Bells as guests, 7:30 p.m. Dec 18, 3 p.m. Dec. 19. $25-$90.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE METROPOLITAN BELLS - Advanced community handbell ensemble performs final concerts of season. Free; donations welcome.

- Dec. 14: Brainerd Baptist Church, 300 Brookfield Ave., 7:30 p.m.

- Dec. 16: Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 East Brainerd Road, 7:30 p.m.

CHRIS TOMLIN CHRISTMAS TOUR - Redemption to the Nations Church, 1908 Bailey Ave. Hits from the Grammy-winning contemporary Christian artist plus cuts from new album "Emmanuel: Christmas Songs of Worship," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. $25-$35.

GEM THEATRE - 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. Dana Patterson Merry Christmas Concert, featuring Jessie & Faye Bentley, Trey & Andrew Bentley, White Water Junction, Julie Medders, Steven Pearson, special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, 7 p.m. Dec. 18. Annual concert is a memorial for a Calhoun native who was murdered in 2013. $20.

HOLIDAY CONCERT WITH THE KSO - The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's strings and woodwinds ensembles perform, 3 p.m. Dec. 12. $25 adults, $15 students.

THE JOYOUS SONGS OF CHRISTMAS - First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. Combined performance by Jericho Brass and InSpirit Men's Chorus, plus a sing-along of favorite carols, 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Free.,

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM - 399 McCallie Ave. Chicago in concert, 8 p.m. Dec. 14. $74-$149.

MID-SOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND - Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. Holiday concert by 70-member ensemble, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Free. Masks required.

THE SIGNAL - 1810 Chestnut St. Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute, 8 p.m. Dec. 18. $20-$40.

SONGBIRDS - 35 Station St. Doyle Dykes in Christmas fundraiser concert for Songbirds Foundation's Guitars for Kids program, 7 p.m. Dec. 14. $25.

TRI-OCTAVES CHRISTMAS CONCERT - Hope City Church, 7 N. Tuxedo Ave. The 19th annual show featuring former Impressions member Willie Kitchens Jr., Doug Richesin and Michael Rodgers, 7 p.m. Dec. 17-18. $25 admission donation benefits Mary Walker Foundation. Will be simulcast on Facebook Live due to limited space; RSVPs requested.

WALKER THEATRE - 399 McCallie Ave.

- Dec. 12: Anderson East, 8 p.m. $30-$40.

- Dec. 17: Marty Stuart, 8 p.m. $35-$55.


CHATTANOOGA BALLET - Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. Professional company, guest artists and students from Chattanooga Ballet School present "The Nutcracker," 2 p.m. Dec. 12 (final performance). $19-$65.


BETHLEHEM ON GLASS - Glass Street. Drive-through live Nativity presented by surrounding businesses, Grace Baptist Tabernacle Church and East Chattanooga community, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 18-19.

BOBBY STONE FILM SERIES - Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. Holiday movie screenings, Dec. 18: "Elf" at 3 p.m., "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" at 7 p.m. $10-$12 (each screening).

BOOK SIGNING - Food City, 5604 Hixson Pike. David Carroll signs copies of "Hello Chattanooga: Famous People Who Have Visited the Tennessee Valley," 11 a.m.-noon Dec. 18.

BOOK SIGNING - Edney Innovation Center, fifth floor, 1100 Market St. Ronni Darlene Pruitt signs copies of "Three Failed Attempts, One Faithful God: A Mother's Story of Victory Over Teen Depression," 1:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Books priced at $15 at this event. [email protected]

CANDLELIGHT TOURS - Marsh House, 308 N. Main St., LaFayette, Ga. Tours of house decorated in the style of the 1880s with stories of Christmas customs of the time, plus hot cider and ginger cookies, by reservation only, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12, 18-19. Masks requested. $5 donation per person requested; cash preferred. 706-638-5187

THE CHATTERY - 1800 Rossville Ave. A selection of holiday-themed classes.

- Dec. 13: Beginner Embroidery: Holiday Hand Towels, 6-7:30 p.m. $35.

- Dec. 14: Basics of Floral Design: Holiday Tablescape, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $70.

- Dec. 15: How To Build a Cheese and Charcuterie Board, 6-7 p.m. $45. (Ticket sales end at 1 p.m. Dec. 14.)

- Dec. 17: NYE Champagne Cocktails, 6-7 p.m. $30.

- Dec. 18: Winter Solstice Market, with 15 local vendors, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; masks required to shop.

THE COMEDY CATCH - 29 Station St.

- Dec. 12: Chris Kattan in special engagement, 6:30 p.m. $27-$30.

- Dec. 15: Open Mic Night for up-and-coming talents, 7:30 p.m. $5.

- Dec. 17-18: Mutzie, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $17-$19.

photo Chris Kattan / AP File Photo/Evan Agostini

ENCHANTED GARDEN OF LIGHTS - Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Tenn. Award-winning million-lights extravaganza with more than 30 holiday scenes, through Jan. 2 (closed Christmas Eve). With gingerbread cookie decorating, hot cocoa and visits with Santa (through Dec. 23). $17-$30 adults, $9-$16 children 3-12. Tickets must be purchased online.

EPB HOLIDAY WINDOWS - EPB headquarters, 10 W. M.L. King Blvd. Festive vignettes on view on Broad and Market street sides of the building, through Jan. 3.

GINGERBREAD WORKSHOPS - Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. Two-hour sessions with all supplies and refreshments provided, through Dec. 19 (select dates). Limit of three participants per house. $44 members, $55 members (includes museum admission).

HOLIDAY LIGHTS - Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Wonderland of lights, animal enrichment, scavenger hunt, photos with Santa, take-home crafts, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 17-18 (final weekend). $20 nonmembers (ages 2 and up), $10 members. Online advance purchase required; tickets not sold at gate.

HOLIDAY MARKET - Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Chattanooga Market's indoor season finale with 200 arts, crafts and food vendors, plus live holiday music, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 12, 18-19.

ICE ON THE LANDING - Chattanooga Choo Choo gardens, 1400 Market St. Open-air, 120- by 40-foot ice-skating rink, open daily (weather permitting) through Jan. 30 (closed Mondays except during school winter break). $10-$12 adults, $8 children 12 and younger.

MISTLETOE MARKET - Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. More than 150 craft, commercial and food vendors, free Santa photos, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 12. Free admission.

NIGHT GLIDE - The Arts Avenue, 1800 Rossville Ave. Moonlight Roller's roller disco, with a DJ, food trucks and bar, 7-10 p.m. Dec. 17. $10 entry fee, $7 skate rental (must be 18 or older to rent skates).

NORTH POLE LIMITED - Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. Hourlong excursion from Grand Junction Station includes refreshments, storytelling and the chance to write a letter to Santa, who's waiting at his workshop (the East Chattanooga station), through Dec. 23. $30-$40.

SCOTTSBORO CHRISTMAS EVENTS - Downtown Scottsboro, Ala. All times are Central.

- Dec. 12: Jingle Bell Square, with arts, crafts and food vendors, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with pictures with Santa noon-2 p.m. in the bandstand.

- Dec. 14: Christmas parade, 6 p.m., starting from Trammell Football Stadium, 102 Legion Drive, and ending on the downtown square. Santa photos in the bandstand after the parade until 9 p.m.

SWEET & SAVORY CLASSROOM - 45 E. Main St. Among the seasonal classes: Holiday Yeast Bread: Christmas Star, ages 12 and up, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 18. $82.

WINTER BREAK SPECTACULAR - Miller Park, 910 Market St. End-of-school event includes holiday music, oversize games, balloon animals, holiday treats, 20-foot-tall puppets from Playful Evolving Monsters, 1-7 p.m. Dec. 17. Bring blankets and chairs for screening of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at 5:45 p.m. EPB holiday windows on view across Market Street. Free parking in EPB Garage on 10th Street.


BASS PRO SHOPS - 1000 Bass Pro Drive at I-75 Exit 1, East Ridge. Santa's Wonderland by reservation only, through Dec. 24.

BRADLEY SQUARE MALL - 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tennessee. Santa's Workshop near American Eagle, through Dec. 24. Reservations recommended.

DALTON MALL - 816 Walnut Square Blvd., Dalton, Ga. Santa's Workshop open through Dec. 24. Reservations recommended.

HAMILTON PLACE - 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Santa on the lower level near Belk and the Food Court, through Dec. 24. Reservations recommended. Final pet photo session 4-7 p.m. Dec. 13.

NORTHGATE MALL - 271 Northgate Mall Drive, Hixson. Santa at Center Court, through Dec. 24. Reservations recommended. Final pet photo session, 4-7 p.m. Dec. 13. Santa Mocs photo night, with UTC mascot Scrappy and Santa dressed in blue and gold suit, 4-7 p.m. Dec. 14.


AREA 61 GALLERY - 721 Broad St. "The Magic of Three" with artists Katie Rogers, Lisa Denney and Paulina Fae, through Dec. 31.

ARTISAN DEPOT GALLERY - 204 Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn.

- Through Dec. 24: "Lines and Color" member show by Mackie Priest. Reception, 5-7 p.m. CST Dec. 17.

- Through Dec. 31: "Faces of FC" by Franklin County High School art students.

CHARLES H. COOLIDGE MEDAL OF HONOR HERITAGE CENTER - 2 W. Aquarium Way. "War Comes Home: The Legacy," traveling exhibition exploring themes of wartime separation, adjustment to life back home and the cost of war, through Dec. 29.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL - 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga's fall/holiday show on view.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART - 10 Bluff View. Virtual Art Wise webinar with Dr. Olivia Wolf, assistant professor of art history at Loyola University in Chicago, "Reframing Orientalism and Diaspora: Lalla Essaydi and Contemporary Women Artists From the Middle Eastern-North African Region," 6-7 p.m. Dec. 16. Q&A will follow her talk.

IN-TOWN GALLERY - 26A Frazier Ave. "Water and Light" by Jim Tucker, through Dec. 31.


CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE - 400 River St. "A Charlie Brown Christmas," limited tickets remain for 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19 shows only.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE - 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. 931-484-5000,

* Through Dec. 18: "Scrooge: The Musical." $16-$32.

* Through Dec. 19: "Forever Plaid." $16-$30.

Contact Lisa Denton at [email protected] or 423-757-6281.