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Staff file photo / Six-year-old Dylan Martin adds coconut shavings to his gingerbread house as his grandmother Pat watches behind him during a gingerbread workshop at the Creative Discovery Museum on Nov. 29, 2020. This year's workshops at the children's museum start Nov. 25.
Staff file photo / Six-year-old Dylan Martin adds coconut shavings to his gingerbread house as his grandmother Pat watches behind him during a gingerbread workshop at the Creative Discovery Museum on Nov. 29, 2020. This year's workshops at the children's museum start Nov. 25.


Southern shoppers dominate a Google analysis of the states most obsessed with Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that is associated with jump-starting the holiday shopping season. 

The research, carried out by fashion experts at, examined Google Trends data of search terms frequently used by people interested in the date, including Black Friday, Black Friday deals, Black Friday online, Black Friday clothes and Black Friday online deals. These terms were then combined to give each state a total score to discover which states have been the most interested in Black Friday over the past five years. 

In order, the results showed Kentucky as the state most obsessed with Black Friday in America, followed by West Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Louisiana and Kansas.


AREA 61 GALLERY -- 721 Broad St.

-- Through Nov. 30: New works by Bob McElhaney, Janet Campbell Bradley, Katie Rogers, Jeff Fulkerson.

-- Nov. 27-Dec. 12: "Horse Show" by sculptor Rick Booth. Opening reception with the artist, 1-6 p.m. Nov. 27.

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

-- Nov. 25-26: Holiday Trunk Show, indoor show and sale of fine art, crafts and handmade gifts from regional artisans, 6-8 p.m. Friday (preview party with refreshments and door prizes; $5 admission), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (free admission).

-- Through Dec. 12: Student Art Show.

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

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. 20 (final show). $37-$80.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD -- The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn.

-- Through Nov. 27: "Marvelous and Magical Masks" community show.

-- Nov. 24-27: Intake days for "Recycled and Reimagined" community show.

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

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.

-- Nov. 26: Holidays at Five Points, a local artists Christmas market, plus monthly Family Day, with storytime and activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

-- Through Jan. 31: Rev. Finster's Rock N' Revival, works by Howard Finster, through Jan. 31.

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


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," 2 p.m. Nov. 20 (final show). $13-$18.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM -- 399 McCallie Ave. "Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet," 7 p.m. Nov. 21. $33-$178.


SILVERDALE BAPTIST CHURCH -- 7236 Bonny Oaks Drive. Community Thanksgiving service, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22. 423-892-2173, ext. 2029.

UNION GOSPEL MISSION -- Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Community Thanksgiving dinner, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 23. Nonprofit organization also collecting winter clothing, blankets, coats and other items. 423-752-4998.


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

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE HOLIDAY MARKET -- Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Craft and commercial vendors, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 20. $5 ages 13 and older.

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. Nov. 24-Dec. 23 (open Thursday-Saturday Nov. 24-Dec. 10, every night Dec. 15-23). Craft show opens at 4 p.m. Saturdays only. $7 (free for children under 12).

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.

RIDE THE RAILS FESTIVAL -- Historic L&N Depot, 150 Railroad Ave., Mineral Bluff, Ga. Tri-State Model Railroaders fundraiser with 5-mile ride to Murphy Junction and back, railroad hand cars, model railroad exhibit, noon-4 p.m. Nov. 25-26. Motor car, $15 ages 18 and older; hand car, $2 per person; mini hand car, free.

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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.

CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM -- 321 Chestnut St. Gingerbread workshops, Nov. 25-Dec. 18 (select dates and times). $44 members, $55 nonmembers.

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.

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.

REINDEER ON THE RIVERFRONT & LIGHTED BOAT PARADE -- Ross's Landing, 100 Riverfront Parkway. Food, artists, entertainment with holiday music, mini train rides and fire pits, 4-8:30 p.m. Nov. 25. Includes live reindeer (4-6:30 p.m.), free photos with Santa (4:30-7:30 p.m.), lighted boat parade (7-8 p.m.), fireworks (8 p.m.). Free admission.

SANTA COMES TO STATE FARM -- Andrea Strickland State Farm, 38 Sanford Lane, Flintstone, Ga. Free photos with Santa, 5-7 p.m. Nov. 21. (pets welcome).

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 (closed Thanksgiving). 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 WORKSHOP -- Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. (lower level at Center Court). Photos through Dec. 24 (closed Thanksgiving). Walk in, or reserve a time online to receive a phone call from Santa. Black Santa, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Pet photos 4-7 p.m. Mondays Nov. 21-Dec. 21.

SANTA'S WORKSHOP -- Northgate Mall, 271 Northgate Mall Drive, Hixson. Santa photos starting Nov. 23 (closed Thanksgiving). Walk-ins welcome, or reserve a time online to receive a phone call from Santa. Santa Mocs, with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga mascot and Santa in a blue and gold suit, 4-7 p.m. Nov. 29. Pet Nights 4-7 p.m. Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 12.

SWEET & SAVORY CLASSROOM -- 45 E. Main St. Parent/child gingerbread classes start Nov. 26, choice of 9 a.m.-noon or 2-5 p.m. $89. Other classes available.


BARKING LEGS THEATER -- 1307 Dodds Ave. LaDonna & Misha: Improvised Music From Two Continents, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20. $12-$15.

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

-- Nov. 22: From Ashes to New: Until We Break Tour, 7 p.m. $25-$30.

-- Nov. 25: Lenox Hills with Dolphin Group and Anna Baldree, 9 p.m. $12-$15.

-- Nov. 26: Tennessee's Dead with Three Star Revival, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

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.

LEVEL UP ARCADE & BILLIARDS -- 3801 Ringgold Road, East Ridge. Christmas Toy Drive and Tribute Night, 7 p.m.-midnight Nov. 25. Local artists perform songs by Stone Temple Pilots, Vinyl Rock, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Green Day. Cover is unwrapped toy or $10 donation to Partnership for Families, Children and Adults.

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. The Velcro Pygmies, 8 p.m. Nov. 26. $20-$40.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY -- 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. Concerto Competition finals, featuring young musicians performing with a full orchestra, 4 p.m. Nov. 27 in Mabel Wood Hall's Ackerman Auditorium. Free.

U-CHURCH -- Lee University's Conn Center, 150 11th St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Student-led "An Evening of Worship," with original songs by students and Communion, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Free and nonticketed.


BATTLES FOR CHATTANOOGA -- Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park sites. Series of programs commemorating the Battles for Chattanooga, Nov. 20, 23-25. 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 through Nov. 20. Schedule:

CHATTANOOGA HUNGRY TURKEY -- Coolidge Park, 150 River St. Post-Thanksgiving 5K run/walk ($65), 10K ($70) and half-marathon ($90), 8 a.m. Nov. 26. $90.

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

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

-- Nov. 27: Off week before Holiday Market opens at Chattanooga Convention Center (Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18).

THE COMEDY CATCH -- 29 Station St. Cee Jay Jones, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Nov. 25-26. $17-$19.

GRATEFUL GOBBLER WALK -- Coolidge Park, 150 River St. Annual 5K run/walk, 8 a.m. Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day). $30 ages 13 and older, $15 ages 12 and under, $20 sleepwalkers. Proceeds go to Maclellan Shelter for Families.

OOLTEWAH FARMERS MARKET -- Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Co., 5829 Main St. Thanksgiving Farmers Market, 3-5 p.m. Nov. 22 (change to Tuesday from Thursday this week).

STUFFING STRUT -- Chester Frost Park Pavilion, 7872 Causeway Road. Annual 5K run/walk to support nonprofits in North Hamilton County (Northside Neighborhood House, Soddy-Daisy Food Bank, Jim Wilson Fund at Soddy-Daisy Middle School and Dallas Bay Fire Department), 8:30 a.m. Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day). $30 (more on race day).

TURKEY TROT -- SportsBarn East, 6170 Lee Highway. Annual event presented Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day) by Chattanooga Track Club and SportsBarn for Kidney Foundation of Greater Chattanooga includes 8K road race (9 a.m., $42), 3-mile walk/jog (8:45 a.m., $32) and a Kiddie K (8:30 a.m., $6); prices rise on race day.


ARTISTIC CIVIC THEATRE -- 907 Gaston St., Dalton, Ga. "A Christmas Carol," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24-26, 2 p.m. Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-3. $10-$16.

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

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

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

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

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.