Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including Santa sightings, NoogaLights)

Staff file photo / Hundreds attend the 2018 Gratefull community Thanksgiving luncheon on M.L. King Boulevard. The event returns after a two-year pandemic break.

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


The Lin C. Parker Wrapping Paper Design Contest is underway. The Chattanooga Times Free Press project challenges students in grades 1-5 to design a sheet of wrapping paper that will be printed in the newspaper and used by readers to wrap their gifts. Students create their design (one per child) on an 8-by-10 sheet of plain white paper. The winning entry will be expanded into a larger newspaper broadsheet, with several runner-up designs on the reverse side. The gift wrap will be included in the Sunday, Dec. 11, edition of the newspaper, along with a story about the young artist. The deadline for entry is midnight Monday, Nov. 21. All entries must be submitted digitally (via computer scan or close-up photo) at


AREA 61 GALLERY -- 721 Broad St. New works by Bob McElhaney, Janet Campbell Bradley, Katie Rogers, Jeff Fulkerson, through Nov. 30.

ATHENS ARTS CENTER -- 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn.

-- Through Dec. 12: Student Art Show.

-- Through Dec. 12: "Free Hill: Renewal and Rememory" exhibit.

AVA GALLERY -- 30 Frazier Ave. Solo member show, "Ambispection," by Donald Keefe and "Splash Youth Arts Workshop," through Nov. 18. 423-265-4282

COLONNADE -- 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. Sixty paintings by Civic Arts League artists, through Dec. 16.

COOSA MILL -- 1800 S. Watkins St. Pop-Up Project presents "If These Walls Could Talk," immersive experience with music, dance, installation art, aerials, projection lighting and craft cocktails inspired by the history of the mill, 2 p.m. Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18-19, 2 p.m. Nov. 20 (Sundays are family-friendly). $37-$80.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD -- The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "Marvelous and Magical Masks" community show, through Nov. 27.

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

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART -- 10 Bluff View. Sunday Studio, drop-in experiences for families to create artwork inspired by "Memories & Inspiration," 2-4 p.m. Nov. 13. $20 nonmember adults (free with Chattanooga Public Library card if attending with children).

INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART -- UTC's Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. "Infinite Expansion of the Rubber Band Mansion," new works by multimedia artist Jamie Isenstein, with video installations commissioned with UTC students, through Dec. 16.

IN-TOWN GALLERY -- 26A Frazier Ave. "48th Holiday Show," through Nov. 30.

MUSEUM CENTER AT FIVE POINTS -- 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Rev. Finster's Rock N' Revival, series of events honoring the life and legacy of the late folk artist Howard Finster, Nov. 17-19. Free.

NORTHSIDE GALLERY -- Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Works by 12 artists of Mountain Arts Guild of Signal Mountain, through Dec. 19. Reception, 5-7 p.m. Dec. 2. 423-266-1766

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

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY -- 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. "A Celebration of Life" by Myung Joo Oh Shin, through Nov. 21 in John C. Williams Gallery in Brock Hall. 423-236-2732

TOWNSEND ATELIER -- 301 E. 11th St. Holiday Art Portfolio, sale of 250+ fine art pieces by 13 artists, including Ukrainian exiles staying in Chattanooga, 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 18 (with refreshments) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 19 (with a BeCaffeinated espresso cart 10 a.m.-noon).


THE COMEDY CATCH -- 29 Station St.

-- Nov. 16: Katherine Blanford, 7 p.m. $17-$19.

-- Nov. 17: Next Level Comedy Showcase, 7:30 p.m. $12.

-- Nov. 18-19: Jay Stevens, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $17-$19.

IMPROV CHATTANOOGA -- Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain.

-- Nov. 16: Improv 102 Student Showcase, 8 p.m. $5.

-- Nov. 18: Whose Line Is It, Signal Mountain, 8 p.m. $5-$15.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM -- Leanne Morgan on Big Panty Tour, 7 p.m. Nov. 19. Sold out.

WALKER THEATRE -- 399 McCallie Ave. Author, columnist and comedian Steve Hofstetter, 8 p.m. Nov. 15. $25-$100.


THE COMEDY CATCH -- 29 Station St. Girls Night Out: The Show, male dance revue, 7 p.m. Nov. 20. $25-$50.

CREATIVE ARTS GUILD AND BALLET DALTON -- Dalton High School theater, 1500 Manly St., Dalton, Ga. Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," 7 p.m. Nov. 17-18, 2 p.m. Nov. 19 (narrated matinee), 7 p.m. Nov. 19, 2 p.m. Nov. 20. $13-$18.

DRIVE-IN DANCE -- Lot at the corner of Dodds Avenue and 14th Street (near Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave.). Modern dance by six performers for audience in cars with radios tuned to music on WUTC-FM 88.1, 8 p.m. Nov. 19. $25 per vehicle advance, $30 at the gate.

UNITY DANCE TROUPE -- Westmore Church of God, 2440 Legacy Parkway NW, Cleveland, Tenn. "Dreamer: The Diary of Joseph," 3 p.m. Nov. 13. $12-$25.


CHATTANOOGA ART FEST -- Coolidge Park, 150 River St. Maker festival with handmade pottery, jewelry, woodwork, metal art, fiber, mixed media, folk art, photography and glass works, plus a children's area and food trucks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 13 (final day). Free admission.

CHEROKEE CULTURAL CELEBRATION -- Red Clay State Historic Park, 1140 Red Clay Park Road SW, Cleveland, Tenn. Cherokee craft and food vendors, craft demonstrations, traditional music and dancing, storytelling, stickball game, blowgun competition, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 13 (final day). $5 per vehicle. cherokeeredclay

CHRISTKINDLMARKT -- Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Christmas Market, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 19-20.

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE HOLIDAY MARKET -- Greenway Park & Pavilion, 755 Raider Drive, Cleveland, Tenn. More than 100 craft commercial and food vendors, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 13 (final day). Free admission and parking.

POP-UP HOLIDAY MARKET -- Common House, 1517 Mitchell Ave. Curated holiday event with 30 vendors curated by The Southern Flea, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 20, rain or shine. Free admission.

QUILT SHOW & HOLIDAY MARKET -- Burks United Methodist Church, 6433 Hixson Pike. Craft, food and merchandise vendors, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 19 (indoors). 423-842-4219

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, through Jan. 1 (hours vary). $89 ages 10-61 (discounts for children/seniors).

SPIRIT OF THE VETERAN & WARRIOR POWWOW -- Point Park, 230 Chickamauga Drive, Dayton, Tenn. American Indian dancing and drumming, craft and food vendors, flute players, storytellers, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 13 (final day); grand entry at noon. $7 (free for children 10 and younger, plus teachers, veterans and first responders with ID).

WALKER FARM PIONEER DAYS -- Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road. Hands-on historical demonstrations geared to elementary-age students and families, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 15-19. $7.50 children, $5 chaperones and members.

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


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.

DAYTON ICE RINK -- Centennial Park, 391 Second Ave., Dayton, Tenn. Outdoor ice rink, Nov. 18-Feb. 28 (schedule varies). $10 ages 13 and older, $8 younger skaters. 423-775-9847

EAST RIDGE CHRISTMAS PARADE -- Ringgold Road from Germantown Road to Tombras Ave. Lighted parade, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

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. Nov. 18-Jan. 1. $26-$32 adults, $16-$22 children 3-12 depending on date. Tickets must be purchased in advance online.

ICE ON THE LANDING -- Chattanooga Choo Choo Gardens, 1400 Market St. Outdoor ice skating rink opens for the season, 6 p.m. Nov. 18; continues daily through Jan. 29 (schedule varies). $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 opens, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Open daily through Dec. 31 (closed Christmas Day). $30 per car; must purchase tickets online.

PINK FRIDAY -- Downtown Ringgold, Ga. Early Black Friday specials at local shops, live music, DJ, refreshments, tree lighting at dusk, 10 a.m-6 p.m. Nov. 18. 706-965-8398

SANTA & FRIENDS ARRIVAL -- Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Twelve holiday and cartoon characters greet Santa, pose for free photos and pass out candy, 6-6:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Santa will arrive at the new west entrance by Pandemonium Family Fun Center. Workshop is 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. Pet Nights 4-7 p.m. Mondays Nov. 21-Dec. 6.

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

SANTA'S WORKSHOP -- Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Photos Nov. 17-Dec. 24 on the lower level at Center Court. Walk in or reserve a time online to receive a phone call from Santa. Black Santa available Dec. 7-8. Pet photos 4-7 p.m. Mondays Nov. 21-Dec. 21.



-- Nov. 16: Jazz in the Lounge with the Jim Crumble Trio, 7 p.m. $5.

-- Nov. 18: Dance party with The Beaters, 7:30 p.m. $15.

-- Nov. 20: LaDonna & Misha: Improvised Music From Two Continents, 7:30 p.m. $12-$15.

BARRELHOUSE BALLROOM -- Five Wits Brewing, 1501 Long St.

-- Nov. 17: Alex Williams, with Cosmic Strangers, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

-- Nov. 18: LVDNR featuring Maria Jordania with Behold the Braves, 9 p.m. $12-$15.

-- Nov. 19: Fly2K, 9 p.m. $12-$15.

THE CAVERNS -- 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. The SteelDrivers, with Troubadour Blue, 8 p.m. CST Nov. 19. Sold out.

CHATTANOOGA MUSIC CLUB -- First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. "Holiday Festivity" community concert, featuring the Metropolitan Bells and Choral Arts Society, audience sing-along, visit from Santa, 3 p.m. Nov. 20. Free.

CHATTANOOGA SYMPHONY & OPERA -- Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave.

-- Nov. 15: Open rehearsal, Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, 8 p.m. $10.

-- Nov. 17: Masterworks concert, Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, 7:30 p.m. $10-$90.

CHOO CHOO CHORUS -- North River Civic Center, 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102. Barbershop ensemble's community Christmas Chorus presents "Celebrating the Holidays in Harmony," 7 p.m. Nov. 18. Free. 423-870-8924

EAST TENNESSEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. Fall concert of music by Prokofiev and Beethoven, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13. Free.

GEM THEATRE -- 114 Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. Free Bird, a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute, with The Wandering Willows, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18. $25.

LEE UNIVERSITY -- Dixon Center, 1053 Church St., Cleveland, Tenn. Jazz Ensemble in concert, with guest trumpeter Vincent DiMartino, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Free and nonticketed. 423-614-8240

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM -- 399 McCallie Ave. Love, Light, Leslie: A Sunday Hymn Singin' To Celebrate Leslie Jordan, 5 p.m. Nov. 20. $20 to benefit Cempa Community Cares of Chattanooga.

THE SIGNAL -- 1810 Chestnut St.

-- Nov. 17: Chase Rice, with Ashland Craft, canceled.

-- Nov. 19: The Emo Night Tour, 8 p.m. $15-$45.

SONGBIRDS -- 35 Station St.

-- Nov. 14: The Songbirds Radio Hour: Episode 3, with discussion and short set by Jody Stephens of Big Star with the house band, Zowie & the Vanguards, 7 p.m. Free.

-- Nov. 15: Songbirds Radio Hour: Episode 4, fundraiser for the Guitars for Kids program, with Simon Tam and extended set by The Slants, 7 p.m. $20.

-- Nov. 18: Ward Davis, with Josh Meloy, 7 p.m. $22-$100.

-- Nov. 19: Tyler Booth, with Reid Haughton, 7 p.m. $15-$20.


BATTLES FOR CHATTANOOGA -- Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park sites. Series of programs commemorating the Battles for Chattanooga, Nov. 19-25. Includes ranger- and historian-led hikes and tours of Moccasin Bend, Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge and artillery demonstrations at Point Park on Lookout Mountain. $10 gate fee at Point Park; all other activities are free. Schedule:

CHATTANOOGA FASHION EXPO -- Various venues. Four-day extravaganza focused on professional careers in fashion design, with three runway shows, educational programs, competitions, receptions and parties, Nov. 17-20. Schedule:

CHATTANOOGA MARKET -- First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Weekly market of local produce, arts and crafts, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.

-- Nov. 13: Beard Contest at 1:30 p.m. in five categories. Walk up or register in advance. Music by Paul Childers at 12:30 p.m., Randy Steele at 2 p.m.

-- Nov. 20: Thanksgiving Market (last outdoor market of the season).

THE CHATTERY -- 1800 Rossville Ave. Brim Bar, a curated hat experience by Huntsville, Ala.-based Shop Travel Patterns, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 17, with a gumbo pop-up by chef Kenyatta Ashford of Chattanooga's Neutral Ground, 5-8 p.m. $65-$75; a la carte prices for hat accessories and food selections.

GRATEFULL -- 200 block of East M.L. King Boulevard (in the street in front of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center). Free community Thanksgiving luncheon (formerly known as One Table), 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Donations requested for the Maclellan Shelter for Families (nonperishable food, coffee supplies, disposable plates and silverware, toothpaste, diapers, laundry supplies). Volunteers needed. 423-265-3700

MASTER GARDENERS OF HAMILTON COUNTY -- Hamilton County Extension office, 6183 Adamson Circle. Monthly class, "Live Wreaths & Holiday Decorations," 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 19. Attend in person or via Zoom; register for either.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA -- St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Program on "Landscape Photographer" by John Slonina, 7 p.m. Nov. 17. Boot camp at 6 p.m. on "Bird Photography."

REFLECTION RIDING ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER -- 400 Garden Road. Visit by National Geographic photographer Jessica Suarez for her new exhibit on American red wolves, noon-3 p.m. Nov. 19. Free tour of native animal exhibit to see the red wolves at 1 p.m. Free; registration not necessary.

SOUTHERN LIT ALLIANCE -- Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall, 890 Riverfront Parkway. Club Lit fundraiser features author Kevin Wilson discussing and signing copies of new novel "This Is Not the Time To Panic," plus presentation of Local Distinguished Author Award, live music, silent auction, specialty drinks and hors d'oeuvres, 6 p.m. Nov. 17. $75.


CHATTANOOGA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE -- Humanities Theatre, 4501 Amnicola Highway. "Radium Girls," 7 p.m. Nov. 18-19, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 20. $15 (free for Chatt State community). 423-697-2432


-- Nov. 13: "August: Osage County" (final show), 2:30 p.m. $20-$25.

-- Nov. 14-15: Auditions for "Pride and Prejudice" 7:30 p.m. Must register.

-- Nov. 16: CTC Book Club, Stephen Karam's "The Humans," 7 p.m. Script available for download on club's Facebook page.

CLEVELAND STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE -- 3535 Adkisson Drive, Cleveland, Tenn. "A Bad Year for Tomatoes" by campus Curtain Call Society, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in George R. Johnson Memorial Auditorium. Free.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE -- 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn.

-- Through Dec. 21: "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," $10-$26.

-- Nov. 18-Dec. 17: "Johnny and the Devil's Box." $16-$30.

LEE UNIVERSITY OPERA THEATRE -- Squires Recital Hall, Humanities Center, 130 Parker St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Musical Revue, 3 p.m. Nov. 13. Free and nonticketed. Livestream:


-- Nov. 14: Disney Junior Live: Costume Palooza, with Disney characters and Marvel superheroes, 6 p.m. $39-$59.

-- Nov. 18: Baby Shark Live: The Christmas Show, 6 p.m. $29-$59.

SCENIC CITY SHAKESPEARE -- Edney Innovation Center, 1100 Market St. Discussion of "Much Ado About Nothing," 7 p.m. Nov. 17. Free.

UTC THEATRE COMPANY -- Fine Arts Center, 752 Dr. Roland Carter St. (formerly Vine Street). "Romeo and Juliet," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-18, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19. $10-$12.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.