Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including James Rogers concert, last chances to see Santa)

Illustration by Cliff Algea / Cliff Algea, a 10-year-old fifth-grader at Thrasher Elementary, designed the winning entry, a tangle of Christmas lights, in the 2022 Lin C. Parker Wrapping Paper Design Contest. His design and those of several finalists will be on view through the holidays at the Creative Discovery Museum.

Here's what's happening in the Chattanooga area this week.


If you're planning a visit to the Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St., during winter break, make sure you look for the top entries in the Times Free Press' Lin C. Parker Wrapping Paper Design Contest. Copies of the judges' favorites, as determined in blind voting, are on view through the holidays at the children's museum, which also provided free passes for the finalists. View the gallery at


ATHENS ARTS CENTER -- 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "A View From the Sycamore" watercolor exhibit by Marie Spaeder Haas, through Feb. 6. Opening reception, 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 20.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD -- The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "Recycled and Reimagined" community show, through Jan. 29.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL -- 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga's fall/holiday show, through Feb. 3.

IN-TOWN GALLERY -- 26A Frazier Ave. "I Am Woman" by Miki Boni, through Dec. 31.

NORTHSIDE GALLERY -- Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Works by 12 artists of Mountain Arts Guild of Signal Mountain, through Dec. 19. 423-266-1766

RIVER GALLERY -- 400 E. Second St. Works by Curtiss Brock, Scott Hill and Tania Hill, through Dec. 31.


DALTON ARTS PROJECT -- Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. "The Nutcracker" ballet, 2 p.m. Dec. 18 (last show). $20.

UNITY DANCE TROUPE -- Lee University's Dixon Center, 1053 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Professional company of local dancers and actors presents Broadway-style production of "Scrooge: A Christmas Carol," 3 p.m. Dec. 18 (final show). $14-$30.


GEM THEATRE -- 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun. Ga. "White Christmas" sing-along in free movie series, 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 19. Donations welcome. Concessions available.

IMAX THEATER -- 201 Chestnut St. "The Polar Express," daily through Dec. 26 (closed Christmas Day); times vary. $8-$10. PJs and Polar, see the movie in your pajamas and meet the conductor, 9:15-11:45 a.m. Dec. 17. $13-$20.


ADVENT CONCERT SERIES -- St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. Voci Virili Men's Consort performs sea shanties celebrating 10th anniversary of the ensemble's 2012 debut at St. Paul's, 12:05-12:30 p.m. Dec. 21 (last one). Free concert. Optional soup lunch follows for $6. Basket in the back for donations of winter hats, gloves, scarves and socks for Chattanooga Community Kitchen.


-- Dec. 21: Jazz in the Lounge with Dexter Bell & Friends, 7 p.m. $5.

-- Dec. 22: Swing dance with the Triple L Trio (Lon Eldridge, Lou Wamp and Lynn Wamp), 7:30 p.m. $10.

BARRELHOUSE BALLROOM -- Five Wits Brewing, 1501 Long St. Red XXMas with the Dead Deads, with Red Pawn and Speakeasy, 9 p.m. Dec. 23. $15-$20.

CHATTANOOGA SYMPHONY & OPERA -- Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. "Home for the Holidays" Pops concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 18 (final show). $15-$90.

JAMES ROGERS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS -- Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. Local music legend's annual Christmas concert, with his original songs and classic holiday tunes, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22. $12-$22.

(READ MORE: James Rogers bringing his holiday show back to the Colonnade)

  photo  Staff photo by Robin Rudd / James Rogers preforms in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., during a the city's annual Labor Day at the Post on Sept. 3, 2018. Rogers, a Fort Oglethorpe native, will perform his annual "Home for the Holidays" concert Dec. 22 at the Colonnade in Ringgold, Ga.


ASIAN LANTERN FESTIVAL -- Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Seasonal light display features 38 custom fixtures showcasing the zoo's resident animals, 6-10 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through Jan. 15 (closed holidays). $16-$18 members, $18-$21 nonmembers. Reserve tickets online.

BODE FOR THE HOLIDAYS -- Bode Chattanooga, 730 Chestnut St. Holiday pop-up features holiday decor, themed food and drink offerings at Dawn cafe and market (opens at 8 a.m.) and Dusk cocktail bar (opens at 3 p.m.) through Dec. 31.

CANDLELIGHT TOURS -- Marsh House, 308 N. Main St., LaFayette, Ga. Historically accurate tours of home decorated in the style of Christmas in the 1880s end with hot cider and ginger cookies, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 18 (last day). $5 donation requested. Must make reservations: 706-638-5187

CHATTANOOGA HOLIDAY MARKET -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Chattanooga Market's indoor gift festival, with live music and other entertainment, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 18 (last day). Free admission.

CHRISTMAS IN COLLEGEDALE -- Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. City launches new tradition with music, food trucks, yard games, photos with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, canned food drive by Collegedale Police Department, community tree lighting, 4-7:30 p.m. Dec. 18.

THE COMEDY CATCH -- 29 Station St.

-- Dec. 21: Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. $7.

-- Dec. 23: Home for the Holidays show by local and national talents, 7:30 p.m. $15-$17.

DAYTON ICE RINK -- Centennial Park, 391 Second Ave., Dayton, Tenn. Outdoor ice rink, through Feb. 28 (schedule varies). $10 ages 13 and older, $8 younger skaters. 423-775-9847

ENCHANTED GARDEN OF LIGHTS -- Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. More than a million LED lights throughout the park, Christmas Market and seated dinner in Santa's Workshop & Kitchen on select dates, timed entry 4:30-9:45 p.m. through Jan. 1 (closed Christmas Eve). $26-$32 adults, $16-$22 children 3-12 depending on date. Tickets must be purchased in advance online.

HOLIDAY GIFTS MARKET -- Ooltewah Farmers Market at Ooltewah Nursery, 5829 Main St. Handmade arts and crafts, fresh and prepared foods, 3-5 p.m. Dec. 22 (last one).

HOLIDAY WINDOW TREASURE HUNT -- North Shore merchants along Frazier Avenue and connector streets. NorthShore Merchants Collective's eighth annual adventure to find an unlikely "hidden" object in the window of 23 participating stores, through Jan. 3. Turn in completed game cards, with minimum $1 contribution to Northside Neighborhood House, for chance to win one of three gift baskets valued at $400.

HOLIDAYS UNDER THE PEAKS -- Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. Includes festive music and Christmas tree illuminated by the discharges of electric eel Miguel Wattson, through Dec. 31 (closed Christmas Day). $22-$35.

ICE ON THE LANDING -- Chattanooga Choo Choo Gardens, 1400 Market St. Outdoor ice skating rink, through Jan. 29 (schedule varies but open holidays). $12 adults, $10 children 12 and younger (includes skate rentals). New this year: online ticket purchase.

NOOGALIGHTS -- Chester Frost Park, 2277 N. Gold Point Circle. Half-hour, drive-thru holiday show of lights and fog, 5:30 p.m. daily through Dec. 31 (closed Christmas Day). $30 per car; must purchase tickets online.

MAGIC OF LIGHTS -- Summit of Softball Complex, 4900 La Collina Way, Ooltewah. Drive-thru holiday lights extravaganza with more than 40 larger-than-life scenes and animated characters, 5:30-10 p.m. through Jan. 1. $25-$35 per vehicle, with discounts if purchased online.

MOUNTAIN COUNTRY CHRISTMAS IN LIGHTS -- Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiwassee, Ga. Light show with music, arts, crafts, food, entertainment, photo ops, visits with Santa Claus, 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 23. Craft show opens at 4 p.m. Saturdays only. $7 (free for children under 12).

SANTA'S WONDERLAND -- Bass Pro Shops, 1000 Bass Pro Drive. Photo sessions by reservation through Dec. 24. Free 4x6 photo; purchase options for others.

SANTA'S WORKSHOP -- Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. (inside Story Land near Claire's and Hibbett Sports). Photos through Dec. 24. Walk in, or reserve a time online to receive a phone call from Santa.

SANTA'S WORKSHOP -- Dalton Mall, 816 Walnut Square Blvd., Dalton, Ga. Santa photos, through Dec. 24. Walk in, or reserve a time online to receive a phone call from Santa.

SANTA'S WORKSHOP -- Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. (lower level at Center Court). Photos through Dec. 24. Walk in, or reserve a time online to receive a phone call from Santa.

SANTA'S WORKSHOP -- Northgate Mall, 271 Northgate Mall Drive, Hixson. Photos through Dec. 24. Walk-ins welcome, or reserve a time online to receive a phone call from Santa.

TENNESSEE VALLEY RAILROAD MUSEUM -- 4119 Cromwell Road. North Pole Limited train rides to North Pole at East Chattanooga station, with refreshments, storytelling and chance to write Santa a letter along the way, through Dec. 23 (various times). $29-$55. Other excursions available.



-- "Every Christmas Story Ever Told," 2:30 p.m. Dec. 18 (final show). $20-$25.

-- "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical," 2:30 p.m. Dec. 18 (final show). $15-$20.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE -- 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," through Dec. 21. $10-$26.

YELLOW DRAGON PRODUCTIONS -- St. Luke United Methodist Church, 3210 Social Circle. "A Tuna Christmas," 2 p.m. Dec. 18 (final show). $10-$16.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.