Gingerbread Shoppe, Tangled Tinsel festivals help kick-start the holiday season in Chattanooga area

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, as seen on Dec. 17, 2021, starts its 2022 season on Saturday. / Contributed Photo by Curtis Hilbun/Dollywood

The Tangled Tinsel Holiday Market has a new home. The festival originally scheduled this weekend at Collegedale Commons has moved about 20 miles north to Bradley Square Mall in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Shannon Wright, owner of Touch the Sky Events & Promotions, said the Collegedale Apple Festival, traditionally her biggest event of the season, overwhelmed the venue. It was held Oct. 22-23, a sunny weekend with highs in the mid-70s.

"We had over 30,000 people come through there in two days," she said by phone. "My biggest event prior to that was 10,000 in one day, with rain. The events just keep getting bigger and bigger and bigger."

The move to Bradley Square offers larger accommodations, all indoors, plus more parking, more handicap parking and multiple outlets in and out.

Wright said the change meant she "lost some vendors, but gained some others." More than 100 vendors will be set up in the hallways inside the mall, and 15 food trucks will be in the parking lot in front of the old JCPenney store.

"I'm super thankful," she said. "When God closes one door, he opens another."

Wright also has Christmas Village Holiday Markets scheduled Nov. 12-13 at Greenway Park in Cleveland and Nov. 19-20 at Camp Jordan. Her final event of seven this season, the Mistletoe Market, Dec. 10-11, has been moved from Collegedale Commons to Camp Jordan.


These are festivals happening or starting this weekend within about two hours of Chattanooga.

ARTS & CRAFTS, CRUISE-IN -- Beginagin Farm, 391 Chloe Drive, LaFayette, Ga. Arts and crafts vendors, food, live music, working artisans, animals, Ron Johnson Memorial Classic Car Cruise-In, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 423-488-0460

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE FESTIVAL -- Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, 1 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N, Birmingham, Ala. Some 750 booths with arts, crafts, clothing, food, jewelry and other gifts, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday (all times Central). $15 adults, $5 ages 6-12.

CRAFTS ON THE CREEK -- Hickory Creek Townhomes clubhouse, 6061 Hickory Creek Road. Community craft show with 20 vendors of jewelry, candles, art and handmade pieces, plus homemade baked goods, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. 423-667-7380

GINGERBREAD SHOPPE -- Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 East Brainerd Road. Handmade crafts and home decor, homemade concessions, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission.

KOLECTIC JAM FESTIVAL -- 4406B McClellan Blvd., Anniston, Ala. Arts, crafts, live music, children's activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT Saturday. Free admission. 256-624-6995

NATIVE AMERICAN FESTIVAL & POWWOW -- Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain, Ga. Cultural festival with multiple tribes represented includes dance, music, interactive displays, craft demonstrations, cooking traditions, storytelling, wildlife presentations, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $15 event admission (or $35 all-attractions pass), $20 parking.

SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS -- Dollywood, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Award-winning festival features more than 5 million lights, themed shows, food, fireworks set to Christmas music, Saturday through Jan. 1 (hours vary). $89 ages 10-61 (discounts for children/seniors).

TANGLED TINSEL HOLIDAY MARKET -- Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. (venue change). Handmade crafts and food vendors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission and parking. 423-650-1388

(READ MORE: Your 2022 Chattanooga-area fall festival guide)

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.