Things to do in the Chattanooga area this weekend include Christmas markets, candlelight history tours, ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet

Staff file photo by Robin Rudd / Colorful toy soldiers guard the paths as visitors walk past at Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights. The Enchanted Garden of Lights will run nightly through Jan. 6.
Staff file photo by Robin Rudd / Colorful toy soldiers guard the paths as visitors walk past at Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights. The Enchanted Garden of Lights will run nightly through Jan. 6.

In the Chattanooga area this weekend, there are plenty of Christmas markets to satisfy any seasonal shopping desires. Across the state line, North Georgia's historic houses, including the Chief Vann House, Gordon-Lee Mansion and Marsh House, are offering Christmas candlelight tours. Also happening is CHA Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker." For even more seasonal events, check out this year's Chattanooga Times Free Press fall festival guide. Otherwise, here's this weekend's chronology.


ARTS

— Photographic Society of Chattanooga will open its holiday show Friday at the Gallery at Blackwell, 71 Eastgate Loop. Society members will have their work displayed, and prints will be available for purchase. Gallery hours are 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The show will run through Feb. 1. Learn more at chattanoogaphoto.org.

— In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., will host an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday for its December exhibition, "Wizardry with Wood," featuring the woodworking artistry of Roger Harvey. The gallery will also participate in the Northshore Merchants Collective's ninth annual Holiday Treasure Hunt through Jan. 3. Gallery hours are 11-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The December exhibition will run through Dec. 31. Learn more at intowngallery.com.

— Association for Visual Arts, 30 Frazier Ave., continues its annual all-member salon show. It is the gallery's final exhibition of the year and also the largest, featuring works from 110 local and regional artists. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, noon-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Monday and Tuesday. The exhibition will run through Dec. 23. Learn more at avarts.org.

— Rising Fawn Studio Tour will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at multiple artists' studios in the Plum Nelly area of Rising Fawn, Georgia, on Lookout Mountain. The artists' works are in various mediums, including painting, pottery, metalwork, photography, wood carving and more. Find more information, including a map of the tour, on the studio tour's Facebook page.

— Townsend Atelier will host a textile trunk show and sale from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at ArtsBuild, 301 E. 11th St. The show and sale will feature hand-dyed textiles, wearables and home furnishings created by artists Deborah Houston, Ann Hurley and Ruth McRae. The artists' works utilize various materials, including paper, yarn, vintage textiles, antique wood blocks and custom carved patterns. Learn more at townsendatelier.com.


DANCE

— CHA Ballet will present its production of "The Nutcracker" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. The production will feature the company, the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera performing live and students from the company's school and the region. Tickets cost $25-$75. Learn more at chaballet.org or tivolichattanooga.com.


MUSIC

— Songbirds, 35 Station St., will have two shows this weekend. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Doyle Dykes will have a Christmas concert, and proceeds from the concert will benefit Songbirds' Guitars for Kids program; tickets cost $25. At 7 p.m. Saturday, there will be a Concert for a Cause, featuring Andrew Witherspoon, Anna Baldree, Red Pawn and Luke Simmons, with a toy drive benefiting Chattanooga children through Chattanooga Room in the Inn, Partnership FCA and Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy; a list of gifts to bring to the concert is available on Songbirds' website; concert tickets cost $25. Learn more at songbirdsfoundation.org.

— Ringgold First Baptist Church, 7611 Nashville St., Ringgold, Ga., will host a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The free concert will feature Christmas music presented by the church's sanctuary choir, handbell choir and instrumentalists. Learn more at ringgoldfbc.net.

— Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., will have multiple shows through the weekend. At 8 p.m. Friday, Monster of Yacht, featuring '70s and '80s yacht rock music, will perform; tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 the day of show. At 9 p.m. Saturday, Lenox Hills with Secondhand Sound and LB Beistad will perform; tickets cost $12 in advance or $15 the day of show. At 7 p.m. Sunday, Rock 105 will present 10 Years with Lost Hearts and Emerge; tickets cost $23 in advance or $26 the day of show. Learn more at barrelhouseballroom.com.

— Chattanooga Community Orchestra will host a holiday concert from noon-1 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton Place Mall, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. The free concert will take place on the lower level of the mall in front of JCPenney. The 60-person senior orchestra will perform a seasonal selection of music. Learn more on the orchestra's Facebook page.

— Choo Choo Chorus will present a Christmas show at 4 p.m. Saturday at Ringgold High School, 29 Tiger Trail, Ringgold, Ga. The Christmas show, entitled "Letters to Santa," will feature guest quartet Full Effect and will benefit the Candlelighters, a Chattanooga-based support group for families of children with cancer. Tickets cost $20, and children 12 and under get in free. Learn more at choochoochorus.org.

— Southern Adventist University's School of Music will present its annual Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists, 4829 College Drive E., Collegedale. The symphony orchestra, joined by the Bel Canto, Die Meistersinger and I Cantori choirs, will perform George Frideric Handel's "Messiah." The concert is free, open to the public and will be livestreamed. Learn more at southern.edu/musicevents.

— Chattanooga Girls Choir will present a winter concert, "Sounds of the Season," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. The concert will consist of traditional and contemporary winter and holiday songs and will conclude with "Edelweiss," in which alumni and current and former staff members will be invited onstage to perform. Tickets cost $10 for adults, and children 12 and under get in free. Learn more at chattanoogagirlschoir.org.

— Jericho Brass Band and inSpirit Men's Chorus will present a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. The concert will feature seasonal hymns, Christmas classics and sing-a-longs. Admission and parking is free. Learn more at jerichobrassband.org.


OUT & ABOUT

— Ice on the Landing continues for the season with hours from 2-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 2-11 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays and noon-9 p.m. Sundays at First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. From 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Ice on the Landing will host its annual Chanukah on Ice ceremony; there will be a Menorah lighting, traditional music and complimentary food; this event is free to attend, and the rink will open for regular business after the ceremony. Tickets cost $12-$14 for adults and $10-$12 for children 12 and under; admission includes skates. Ice on the Landing will be open through Jan. 28. Learn more at iceonthelanding.com.

  photo  Staff file photo by Matt Hamilton / Visitors enjoy temperatures in the 60s as they skate during the opening day of the 2023-24 season of Ice On the Landing at First Horizon Pavilion on Nov. 24. The ice skating rink will be open through Jan. 28.
 
 

— Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga., continues its annual Enchanted Garden of Lights from 4:30-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 4:30-10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. The winter wonderland is illuminated by six distinct holiday realms and features festive fun for all ages. Tickets are sold online only, and prices are subject to change based on the day; tickets for regular night admission cost $17.95-$27.95. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga. The Enchanted Garden of Lights will run nightly through Jan. 6. Learn more at seerockcity.com/lights.


  photo  Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Families check out the displays around the zoo at the Asian Lantern Festival at the Chattanooga Zoo on Nov. 26. The festival will run nightly Wednesday-Sunday through Jan. 14.
 
 

— Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., continues its Asian Lantern Festival from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. The festival features more than 30 lanterns and nine interactive displays. The lanterns feature zoo animals, traditional Asian lanterns and natural elements. The festival is ticketed separately and does not include daytime zoo admission; festival tickets cost $13.50-$18.50 for zoo members, $17-$23 for nonmembers. The festival will run nightly Wednesday-Sunday through Jan. 14. Learn more at chattzoo.org/events.

— Cirque Italia will present a performance by its Gold Unit performers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the North Georgia Fairgrounds, 500 Legion Drive, Dalton, Ga. The '50s-inspired show features juggling, low wire tightrope walking, contortion, trampoline jumping and a wheel of death. Tickets cost $15-$60 and can be purchased online or at the on-site box office; box office hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on non-show days and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on show days. Learn more at cirqueitalia.com.

  photo  Staff file photo / The Gordon Lee Mansion is seen on March 5, 2019 in Chickamauga, Ga. Friends of the Gordon-Lee Mansion will host candlelight tours from 6-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday at the mansion.
 
 

— Friends of the Chief Vann House will offer Christmas candlelight tours from 5-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the house, 82 Highway 225 N., Chatsworth, Ga. The house has been decorated for the holidays with trees from nearby woods, simple handmade decorations, candles, lanterns and red bows. Traditions inspired by Moravian missionaries are featured, including decorations, cookies and music. Admission is $7. Learn more on the friends' Facebook page or gastateparks.org/chiefvannhouse.

— Friends of the Gordon-Lee Mansion will host candlelight tours from 6-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday at the mansion, 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga, Ga. The mansion has been decorated in natural greenery and berries and will be lit by dozens of candles. After the tour, attendees can enjoy hot apple cider and ginger snap cookies in the original warming kitchen. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under; all proceeds benefit the enhancement of the mansion. Learn more at friendsofthegordonleemansion.org.

  photo  Staff file photo by Matt Hamilton / Madison Carmody, top, moves the tree top into place while Brock and Bruce Alsept prepare to secure it in place as NoogaLights, in collaboration with the city of Soddy-Daisy, set up a 62-foot tall Christmas tree in Poe's Tavern Park on Nov. 7. NoogaLights will be open from 6-10 p.m. Friday-Tuesday at 12000 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy.
 
 

— NoogaLights will be open from 6-10 p.m. Friday-Tuesday at 12000 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy. In addition to its customized lighting exhibits and fan-favorite exhibits from years past, attendees will be able to tune in with any FM radio to enjoy music timed to the light show. Admission costs $15 per vehicle if purchased online or $20 per vehicle at the gate. NoogaLights will be open select nights through Dec. 31. Learn more at noogalights.com.

— City of Chickamauga will host its annual Christmas celebration "A Downhome Christmas" from 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Chickamauga, Georgia. The celebration will feature Breakfast with Santa from 8-10 a.m., a Christmas market from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and a Christmas parade at 6:30 p.m. The market will feature more than 30 vendors as well as food trucks. Breakfast with Santa costs $25, while the market and parade are free to attend. Learn more on the city of Chickamauga's Facebook page.

— "A Very Merry Christmas" market hosted by Shop the Market at LLC will take place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive, Collegedale. The market will feature a variety of vendors selling arts and crafts products, seasonal treats and locally sourced goods. Learn more at eventbrite.com.

  photo  Staff file photo by Matt Hamilton / Chattanooga resident Brooke Wood adjusts toys at her booth on the first day of the Chattanooga Holiday Market at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Saturday.
 
 

— Chattanooga Market will host its annual Chattanooga Holiday Market from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 2 Carter Plaza. The market will feature more than 200 local food vendors, artists and crafters offering unique gifts and festive preparations. Learn more at chattanoogamarket.com.

— Mistletoe Market by Touch the Sky Events will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday at Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway NW, Cleveland. The market will feature a variety of craft and food vendors. Admission and parking are free. Learn more at touchtheskyevents.com.

— Love Without Reason will host "Smile with Santa" from noon-2 p.m. Saturday at Eastgate Town Center (Entrance B), 5600 Brainerd Road. Children will have the opportunity to have pictures taken with Santa Miles, decorate cookies and write letters to Santa. Cost is $15 per child and proceeds will help children around the world receive cleft lip surgery through Love Without Reason. Learn more at lovewithoutreason.org.

— Hickory Valley Garden Club will host a craft show and neighborhood social from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Bass and East Brainerd roads. Attendees can enjoy cookies and hot apple cider while shopping the show's items, including outdoor luminary kits. For more information, contact Kathy Kills at 423-284-6768.

— Marsh House will offer candlelight tours from 6-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the house, 308 N. Main St., LaFayette, Ga. The tours will showcase the 1880s-style Christmas decorations of the house and feature discussions of Christmas customs of the time. Attendees will be served traditional hot cider and ginger cookies after the tour. Tours cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Learn more at marshhouseoflafayette.org.

— Rhyme N Chatt, an interactive poetry organization, will host its annual fundraiser from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at ArtsBuild, 301 E. 11th St. The event will feature the launch of the organization's 2023 poetry anthology, "Why We Write." The book features works by over 35 poets, 200 full-color pages filled with interactive writing prompts and over 40 QR codes linking to videos of the poets reading their works. Admission is free, and books cost $20. Learn more at rhymenchatt.com.

THEATER

— Chattanooga Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host live reenactment tours of the Nativity from 6-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday and from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at its Ooltewah location, 3067 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road, and Signal Mountain location, 1160 Ridgeway Ave. Tours will run every 15-20 minutes with 10 people per group. Musical selections will be played in the chapel before tours begin, and afterward attendees can enjoy light refreshments and learn about ways to support nonprofits and other community organizations in Chattanooga and North Georgia. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more on the church's Facebook page.

— Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., will host an Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga production of "Crawlspace: A True Crime Musical" with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday and at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The show follows forensic psychologist Judy Matthewson who looks back on her interviews with serial killer John Wayne Gacy seeking answers about the case; the show is appropriate for mature audiences. Tickets cost $25-$30. The production concludes Saturday. Learn more at barkinglegs.org.

— Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., will present two productions this weekend. At 2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, there will be shows for the youth theatre production of "Strega Nona," about an Italian sorceress as she teaches the local baker's daughter magic and her helper tries to use the magic himself leading to hilarious, disastrous results; the play is appropriate for all audiences. Tickets for "Strega Nona" cost $10-$12.50; the production will run through Dec. 17. At 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, there will be shows for the musical production of "Scrooge!," an adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens' story "A Christmas Carol;" the musical is appropriate for all audiences. Tickets for "Scrooge!" cost $22-$32; the production will run through Dec. 31. Learn more at theatrecentre.com.

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Contact Sam Still at sstill@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6579.

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