Things to do in Chattanooga this week include Ice on the Landing, Reindeer on the Riverfront

Staff file photo by Olivia Ross  / Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with Lilliana Dean during the 2022 Reindeer on the Riverfront event at Ross's Landing. This year's Reindeer on the Riverfront & Lighted Boat Parade are scheduled for the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24.
Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with Lilliana Dean during the 2022 Reindeer on the Riverfront event at Ross's Landing. This year's Reindeer on the Riverfront & Lighted Boat Parade are scheduled for the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24.

Here's what the Chattanooga area has to offer this week.

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HunterGirl, the rising country artist who was born in Gruetli-Laager and raised in Winchester, Tennessee, has landed two holiday tracks in Hallmark Channel Christmas movies this season. Her spirited "Hurry Up Christmas" is featured in "Christmas Island," which will repeat several times through Dec. 31, including at 10 p.m. Nov. 20. Her dreamy "Christmas Again" is included in "Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up," which premieres at 8 p.m. Nov. 25 and will likewise repeat through the end of the year. The 19 Recordings/Wheelhouse Records artist, the runner-up in the 20th season of ABC's "American Idol," co-wrote both songs. "When I found out that two songs I wrote were going to be featured in the Hallmark Channel's Christmas movies, I was so excited for my whole family, especially my Nana," she said in a news release. "I've been watching Hallmark Christmas movies with my family since I was a little girl, so hearing my song 'Hurry Up Christmas,' in 'Christmas Island' (last) weekend was a moment I will never forget." For more of the schedule, visit



ATHENS ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "Meticulous Sanctum," by Susan Fox and Ryland Thompson, through Dec. 11. Artists reception, 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 9.

AVA GALLERY — 30 Frazier Ave. Annual all-member salon show, through Dec. 23.

AVA @ THE INCUBATOR — 100 Cherokee Ave. Hamilton County Business Development Center: Cohort 3 group exhibit by Andy Ramirez, Meagen Rice and Rea Shaw, through Dec. 31. (Parking at Renaissance Park across the street.)

CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave.

› Through Nov. 25: Chattanooga: Art Happening Now.

› Nov. 25: Cold Turkey Fall Art Market, with 50+ artists and makers, music and food, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the parking lot. RSVP to get updates.

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

› Nov. 23-26: Intake for December-January community show, "Winding Down" (show runs Nov. 30-Jan. 28).

› Through Nov. 26: "Something Wicked This Way Comes" community show.

› Through Dec. 23: Ellen Jackson's retrospective art quilts.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL — 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga's fall show, through Dec. 1.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART — 10 Bluff View. "Gilded: Contemporary Artists Explore Value and Worth," through Jan. 8.

ICA @ UTC — Institute of Contemporary Art at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. "Beginninging," annual juried student exhibition featuring 22 artists, through Dec. 2.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "All Member Show," through Nov. 30.

JEWISH CULTURAL CENTER — 5461 North Terrace. "Vocabulary" by 27 local and national artists, through Nov. 30.

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NORTHSIDE GALLERY — Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Works by 14 area artists, including members of the Civic Arts League of Chattanooga, through Dec. 18. 423-266-1766

RIVER GALLERY — 400 E. Second St. Works by Janet Eskridge, Scott Hill and Tatiana Hill, through Dec. 31.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY — 4881 Taylor Circle. "Repurposed" ceramics exhibit by seniors Diana Alarcon and Said Kas-Danouch and adjunct instructor Loren Howard in John C. Williams Gallery, Brock Hall, second floor, through Jan. 19.


BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. BL30 Comedy: Cutthroat Comedy, with three teams of comics competing for title of funniest and punniest, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21. $15-$25. Ticket packages available for 30th anniversary celebration throughout November (see also Film, Music and Theater listings).

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

› Nov. 19: Rocky Dale Davis, special engagement, 7 p.m. $25-$35.

› Nov. 24-25: Patrick Garrity, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday. $19-$22.


DALTON HIGH SCHOOL THEATER — 1500 Manly St., Dalton, Ga. Creative Arts Guild Dance Department and Ballet Dalton present 18th annual full-length ballet "The Snow Queen," 2 p.m. Nov. 19 (final show). $18-$20.


(These are closest to Chattanooga. For day-trip destinations, see the longer 2023 festival list at

CHATTANOOGA CHRISTMAS VILLAGE HOLIDAY MARKET — Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. More than 130 vendors, free photos with Santa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19 (last day). $5 admission ages 13 and up.

CHRISTKINDLMARKT— Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. German Christmas Market, authentic food and drink. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 19 (last day).

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. 24-25. Motor car, $15 ages 13 and older, $5 ages 3-12; hand car, $2 per person; mini hand car, free.


BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. BL30 Film: "Personal Problems," with a discussion of the film's writer, Chattanoogan Ishmael Reed, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19. $15-$25. Ticket packages available for 30th anniversary celebration throughout November (see also Comedy, Music and Theater listings).

BOBBY STONE FILM SERIES — Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave.

› Nov. 19: "Disney's "A Christmas Carol," 2 p.m. $6.

› Nov. 24: "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," 7 p.m. $11-$13.

FATHOM EVENTS — AMC Classic Northgate 14, 310 Northgate Mall Drive, Hixson; AMC Chattanooga 18, 5080 South Terrace, East Ridge; AMC Classic Bradley Square 12, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn.; UEC Theatres 14, 137 Pleasant Grove Road SW, Cleveland (Sunday only); and Hollywood 10, 3519 S. Broad St., Scottsboro, Ala. "Saving Private Ryan" 25th anniversary screenings, 3 and 7 p.m. Nov. 19, 7 p.m. Nov. 20. $13.

IMAX THEATER — 201 Chestnut St. "The Polar Express," Nov. 24-Dec. 26 (closed Christmas Day); show times vary. $10.


BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1607 Dodds Ave. BL30 Jazz: Dexter Bell Extravaganza, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22. Ticket packages available for 30th anniversary celebration throughout November (see also Comedy, Film and Theater listings).


› Nov. 20: Honey Revenge with Pollyanna, Colorblind and Speakeasy, 7:30 p.m. $18-$22.

› Nov. 24: The Breakfast Club: '80s Tribute, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

› Nov. 25: Friendsgiving: Lvndr & Friends and Behold the Brave, 9 p.m. $11-$15.

› Nov. 26: Poranguí: A Music, Dance and Healing Experience, 7 p.m. $35-$40.

BELLS AND AFTERNOON TEA — St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 7555 Ooltewah-Georgetown Road, Ooltewah. Refreshments while listening to carillon music with guest musician Anton Fleissner, 3-5 p.m. Nov. 19. Free.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. All times Central. Premium ticket packages available.

› Nov. 19: Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, 5 p.m. $65.

› Nov. 25: Postmodern Jukebox, 8 p.m. $49.

CHATTANOOGA MUSIC CLUB — First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. Holiday Festivity program with Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras, Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song and Chorus Angelorum, 3 p.m. Nov. 19. Free. Email:

OLD SCHOOL THANKSGIVING BASH — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Concert of old-school blues, R&B, soul and hip-hop with Sir Charles Jones, DJ Unk, ReeceTheTruth, Uncle Daddy (aka Erealist), Lil G of Silk and Shai, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24. $65-$100.

ROCK 4 TOTS — JJ's Bohemia, 231 E. M.L. King Blvd. Ugly sweater party with Music by Genki Genki Panic, DHD/Stay Lit Dusty, Dayz of Deception, The Dead Yesterday and Rustic Reign, 8 p.m. Nov. 25. Cover is $15 or $5 with a new unwrapped toy. Toys go to sheltered children who are victims of domestic violence.

THE SIGNAL — 21 Choo Choo Ave. Ian Munsick on the Buffalo Roams tour, with special guest Chauncey Williams, 8 p.m. Nov. 25. $47-$64.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY — 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. Concerto Competition finals, with young musicians performing with full orchestra, 4 p.m. Nov. 26 in Mabel Wood Hall's Ackerman Auditorium. Free. 423-236-2880


ASIAN LANTERN FESTIVAL — Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. All-new collection of 30+ lanterns and nine interactive displays, 5:30-9:30 p.m. (last entry at 8:30 p.m.) through Jan. 14. $17-$23 nonmembers, $13-$18 members.

CHRISTMAS IN FORT OGLETHORPE — Stable 41 Pavilion, 214 First St., Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Christmas tree lighting at temporary ice-skating rink, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25 (following parade at 6 p.m. on LaFayette Road). Includes food and merchandise vendors.

CIVIL WAR COMMEMORATION — Various Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park sites. Programs for 160th anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga includes walking tours, living history programs, Nov. 19, 23-26. Point Park has $10 gate fee for ages 16 and older; entry elsewhere is free.

COFFEE CUPPING EXPERIENCE — Frothy Monkey, 1400 Market St. Monthly event to evaluate quality and consistency of coffees roasted at company's roasting facility in Nashville, 2-3 p.m. Nov. 21. $20 ticket includes free 12-ounce bag of coffee.

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CREATURE COMFORTS GIVEAWAYS — Taco Mac, 423 Market St. Giveaways to celebrate brews from Creature Comforts Brewing Co. of Athens, Ga., as November Beer of the Month: University of Georgia Go Dawgs sipper cup, Nov. 23; Tropicalia ornament, Nov. 30. Giveaways start at 5 p.m.; one per customer while supplies last.

DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING HIKES — Tennessee state parks. Includes outings at Fall Creek Falls, Hiwassee/Ocoee, Old Stone Fort, Red Clay, Savage Gulf, Stone Door and Tims Ford, Nov. 24 (various times).

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ENCHANTED GARDEN OF LIGHTS — Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. A million lights illuminating six distinct holiday realms, including one of the world's tallest walk-through Christmas trees, 4:30-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4:30-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday (park closes later), through Jan. 6 (closed Christmas Eve). $10-$32; tickets online only.

EPB HOLIDAY WINDOWS — 10 W. M.L. King Blvd. Holiday scenes in windows surrounding the building, Nov. 22-Jan. 1. Formal unveiling program, with EPB employees who designed and assembled the display with helpers from STEM School Chattanooga, 5 p.m. Nov. 22. Includes announcement of participation in Connect for Good with Chattanooga Homeless Coalition, tips from EPB energy pros.

GINGERBREAD AND SUGAR COOKIES — Sweet & Savory Classroom, 45 E. Main St., Suite 112. Separate seasonal cooking classes for a parent and child (ages 5-13), select dates Nov. 25-Dec. 23. Instruction and supplies provided. $92-$94.

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GINGERBREAD WORKSHOPS — Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. Ninety-minute sessions to create gingerbread houses from kits, with all supplies and cleanup provided, 10:30 a.m. 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays Nov. 25-Dec. 9, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sundays Nov. 26-Dec. 10. Limited to three participants per house. $53-$78.

GRATEFUL GOBBLER — Coolidge Park, 150 River St. A 5K walk/run to benefit Maclellan Shelter for Families, 8 a.m. Nov. 23. $25-$35 to participate, $20 to support as "sleepwalker."

HIP-HOP FEEDS THE STREETS — Chattanooga Community Kitchen, 727 E. 11th St. Clothing, blanket and food drive, noon-6 p.m. Nov. 23.

HOLIDAY WINDOW TREASURE HUNT — North Shore businesses. NorthShore Merchants Collective hosts ninth annual event to find unlikely hidden objects in 20 merchants' windows to fill out game card, through Jan. 7. Turn in game cards with minimum $1 donation to Northside Neighborhood House for chance to win prizes. Email:

HOLIDAYS UNDER THE PEAKS — Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. Seasonal music, decor and themed weekly programming, Nov. 27-Dec. 31 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Photos with Santa, Nov. 24-26 and Dec. 15-24; scuba-diving Santa, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, except Christmas Eve.

ICE ON THE LANDING — First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. (new location). Outdoor ice rink, Nov. 24-Jan. 28 (hours vary but open holidays; TSSAA BlueCross Bowl, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, will affect schedule and surrounding parking fees). $10-$12 ($2 more on holidays).

NOOGA LIGHTS — Pine Tree Park (at Soddy Lake), 12000 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy. Drive-thru holiday light show, with synchronized music on FM radio channel, 6-10 p.m. select nights Nov. 22-Dec. 31. $15 in advance, $20 at gate.

PINTA SHIP — Chattanooga Pier, 200 Riverfront Parkway. Replica of Columbus caravel open for tours, through Nov. 19. $6-$8.

REINDEER ON THE RIVERFRONT & LIGHTED BOAT PARADE — Ross's Landing, 140 Riverfront Parkway. Event with food, artists and entertainment vendors, including hot cocoa bar, mini train rides, fire pits, face painting, balloon animals and holiday tunes, 4-8 p.m. Nov. 24. Plus live reindeer, 4-6:30 p.m.; free pictures with Santa, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; lighted boat parade, 7-8 p.m.; fireworks, 8 p.m. Free admission. Free CARTA shuttle will run.

(PHOTO GALLERY: Reindeer on the Riverfront 2022)

RUBY FALLS CHRISTMAS — 1720 S. Scenic Highway. Visits with Santa amid holiday decor and twinkling lights, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 24-26, then select dates Dec. 2-23. Professionally made photos available for purchase. Cave adventure tickets, sold separately, not required to visit Santa.

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SANTA'S WONDERLAND — Bass Pro Shops, 1000 Bass Pro Drive. Photos available by reservation, through Dec. 24. Free 4x6 photo with Santa; options for more.

SANTA'S WORKSHOP — Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Santa photos, through Dec. 24. Pet photos, 4-7 p.m. Nov. 20, Nov. 27, Dec. 4.

SANTA'S WORKSHOP — Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Santa photos, through Dec. 24. Black and white Santas available select dates; pet photos each Monday. Reservations encouraged but not required.

SANTA'S WORKSHOP — Northgate Mall, 271 Northgate Mall Drive. Santa photos, Nov. 22-Dec. 31. Pet photos Mondays through Dec. 18. Reservations encouraged but not required.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY MARKET — The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave., Suite 108. Artists and makers with handmade gifts and treats, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 25.

SPORTSBARN TURKEY TROT — 6170 Lee Highway. Nov. 23 event includes Kiddie K (8:30 a.m., $6), 3-mile family walk/jog (8:45 a.m., $32) and 8K (9 a.m., $42) to benefit Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga Area. Higher fees on event date.

STAR PARTIES — Clarence T. Jones Observatory, 10 N. Tuxedo Ave. Weekly series of programs by University of Tennessee at Chattanooga staff continues, 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 19; lecture and planetarium show at 6 p.m. Topic: "Cryovolcanoes: How Cool Is That?" Featured constellation: Orion.

STUFFING STRUT — Chester Frost Park, 2277 N. Gold Point Circle. Eleventh annual 5K walk/run for four nonprofits, 8:30 a.m. Nov. 23. $30 (more on event date). Proceeds go to Northside Neighborhood House, Soddy-Daisy Food Bank, Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department and Soddy-Daisy Middle School's Jim Wilson Fund.

THANKSGIVING MARKET — First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. Chattanooga Market's final outdoor market of the season features farm produce, artisan foods, food trucks, flowers, arts and crafts to prepare for Thanksgiving, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19. Music by Sweet Georgia Sound. Free admission. (Holiday Market weekends in December at Chattanooga Convention Center.)

WALKER WONDERLAND — Walker County Civic Center, 10052 Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga. Inaugural event includes pictures with Santa, caroling by local schools, cookies, cocoa, ornament decorating, debut of Walker County ornament series, 4-6 p.m. Nov. 25. Christmas tree lighting at 5:45 p.m. Email:


ARTISTIC CIVIC THEATRE — 907 Gaston St., Dalton, Ga. "The 1940s Radio Hour," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24-25, 2 p.m. Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 2. $14-$19.

BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1607 Dodds Ave. BL30 New Works, double bill from BLT's Incubator Project, "As You Did to the Leased of These," by Moll King, and "Amen Cul de Sac," featuring Ashley Saturday and Donnie Marsh, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20. $20-$30. Ticket packages available for 30th anniversary celebration throughout November (see also Comedy, Film and Music listings).

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

› Through Dec. 22: "White Christmas." $19-$35.

› Through Dec. 23: "Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells." $14-$23.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. "PAW Patrol Live: The Great Pirate Adventure, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 25, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 26. $30-$106.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.

  photo  Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Red Clay State Historic Park in Cleveland is among the Tennessee state parks planning day-after-Thanksgiving hikes on Nov. 24. Red Clay's hourlong outing starts at 2 p.m.

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