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Need a little Christmas? HoHo Expo kick-starts the season

If you go

› What: HoHo Expo.

› When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6.

› Where: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St.

› Admission: Free (and free parking). Donations to the Times Free Press Neediest Cases Fund and the Chattanooga Area Food Bank are appreciated.

› Phone: 423-757-6914.

› Website: www.hohochatt.com.

Free photos with Santa

› Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m.

› Sunday: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m.

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Ready or not, the Christmas season has begun.

If you doubt it, visit the Chattanooga Convention Center this weekend for the HoHo Expo, the Times Free Press' annual kickoff for holiday shopping and entertaining ideas.

Some 200 vendor booths will showcase a variety of products and services — everything from clothing and accessories to food, toys and other gifts, plus health and beauty products, travel planning and home improvement options.

Busy sidewalks notwithstanding, it's the kind of atmosphere that evokes the scene in the song "Silver Bells": Children laughing. People passing. Shoppers rushing home with their treasures.

And, yes, Santa Claus is coming to town. He'll be on-site for free photos to add to the family album.

Other guests will visit, too. Ballet Tennessee dancers will preview their upcoming production of "A Christmas Carol," and the "Snow Sisters" — inspired by a megahit Disney movie — will sing and pose for photos.

Kids will have plenty to keep them entertained, including coloring pages, storytelling, inflatables, glitter tattoos and sand art. Holes To Go Mini Golf will have a miniature course set up for anyone who wants to play through.

Moms will want to make sure they see the fashion shows previewing what's hot for holiday parties. Gold's Gym will have a Man Cave where dads can relax.

Cookies, cider and candy canes will be served while supplies last.

In short, we'd call this two-day extravaganza a "Winter Wonderland" of just about anything you'd need to make it "A Christmas To Remember."

Actually, we're not sure what songs might make it onto a HoHo Expo soundtrack, but we thought it would be fun to choose the background music for some of the individual vendor booths.

We were a little disappointed to find no one promoting hearing aids ("Do You Hear What I Hear?"), calendars ("Do They Know It's Christmas?") or a tree farm ("O Tannenbaum"), but here are some of our other pairings.

* "The Chipmunk Song": Want a plane that loops the loop? We're betting Mountain Top Toys has it covered.

* "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas": In this 1953 novelty song, 10-year-old singer Gayla Peevey specified "no crocodiles, no rhinoceroses, I only like hippopotamuses," but maybe she'd consider an alpaca — or at least a finger puppet made from the fur of these woolly beasts of burden from Alpacas of Greater Tennessee.

* "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer": If she'd been seen right away by AFC Urgent Care/Family Care, that song might have had a happier ending.

* "I'll Be Home for Christmas": Unless the Biltmore House representatives can talk you into a vacation at George Vanderbilt's 250-room chateau.

* "What Child Is This?": Creative Whims offers monogrammed gifts to help you keep track of the brood.

* "Baby It's Cold Outside": But vinyl windows from Madaris Siding and Windows mean its warm and toasty inside.

* "The Holly and the Ivy": It's not a holly jolly time if seasonal greenery makes you sneeze. Maybe Chattanooga Allergy Clinic can help.

* "A Marshmallow World": This song's "yum-yummy world made for sweethearts" reminds us of all the cake and candy supplies to be found at The Sugar Shoppe.

* Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer": This Gene Autry classic should be playing for Olive Chattanooga, a purveyor of fine olive oils and balsamic vinegars. You know the line: "Olive, the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names " Wait, what? That's not how it goes?

* "It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas": And if it's not, then a visit to Crowder Eye Center may be in order.

* "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth": Too easy. Pediatric Dentistry of Chattanooga. If those central incisors come in crooked, orthodontist Dr. Keith Dressler can help.

* "Redneck 12 Days of Christmas": True, there's a "Jingle Bells" parody that mentions shotgun shells, but for jewelry designer Natalie Williams of Shotgun Shell Bling we'll stick with the song from comedians Jim Foxworthy and Tim Wilson. After taking stock of her inventory, we'd like to see what she could do with "three shotgun shells... and some parts to a Mustang GT."

Contact Lisa Denton at ldenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6281.

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HoHo Expo vendors

Accessorize Affordable Jewelry and Accessories

Advocare

AFC Urgent Care/Family Care

Aid-A-Veteran

Ala Grace Boutique

Alani Dental Center

Allure Apparel

Alpacas of Greater Tennessee

American Home

Arbonne

Avon by Jason

Ballet Tennessee

Bath Fitter

Bibbidi Bobbidi Bookings

Biltmore House

Black Sheep Mountain Gourmet

Bliss by Katie Women’s Boutique

Brick House Creations

C-Four Farm

Caroline Banks Jewelry

Champion Windows

Chatt-R-Bug

Chattanooga Allergy Clinic

Chattanooga Candle Co.

Chattanooga College

Chattanooga Jewelry Co.

Chattanooga Spine & Body

Chattanooga Whiskey Co.

Chicken Salad Chick

Cinderella Accessories

Click It Hot

Clothed by Faith

Cloudland Dental

Cole’s Creations/Back 2 Eden

Comcast Xfinity

Costco Wholesale

Cottage Closet Boutique and Consignment

Craft Creations by April

Creative Discovery Museum

Creative Whims

Crocheted Creations

Crowder Eye Center

Cutco Cutlery

Damsel in Defense

Davis Illustrations

Deep Sleep Sheets

Dr. Keith B. Dressler

Dream Come True Children’s Entertainers

Dream Vacations

Driving Miss Paisley Fashion Boutique

Dutch Maid Bakery & Cafe

EKD Photography

Embellished Vintage

Family Affair

Flutterbies — Art With a Message

Forest Cove Apartments

Front Runner Athletics

Gentry Family Farm

Gold’s Gym

Gotta Have It

Grim’s Tactical & Police Supply

Grimy Girl Bath & Boutique

Gypsy Owl Jewels

Hershell’s Soap Co.

Hide & Sequins

Hoff & Pepper

Holes To Go Mini Golf

Homecraft Gutter Protection System

HomeSpun Happiness

Insurance Inc.

Ironwood Tool Co.

Jackie Jones Photography

JCM Candles

Jean’s Pain Relief

Kahuna Pets

Kaye’s Krafts & Kreations

Keep Collective

Kei’s Crafty Tearalins

Kids Accessorized

LeafFilter Gutter Protection

Leafguard of Tennessee

Lilla Rose Hair Accessories

LimeLight by Alcone (Ginger DiBernardo and Heather Kidd)

Lips Lips Baby by Lipsense/SeneGence

Little Debbie

Little Light Designs

LuLaRoe by Melissa Steele

Lund Works

Luv Green Solutions

Madaris Siding and Windows

Magnolia and Vine

Marsh Quilts

Mary Kay Inc.

Massage Envy Spa (Hamilton Place)

Maximized Living Health Center

MCA International

Miracle Kitchen Products

Mountain Top Toys

Nana Poppins

Nerium International

Nooga Boutique

Off the Rack

Olive Chattanooga

One Diva Three Dolls

Pain Free Pillows

Pallet Junktion

Pampered Chef

Pediatric Dentistry of Chattanooga

Phillip & Cindy’s Natural Teas & Honey

Photography by Chris

Phyllis Beene, Longaberger home consultant

Plexus Worldwide

Premier Designs Jewelry

Premium Destinations

Pure Romance

Queens of the South

Rainbow of Northwest Georgia

Randall Hanson

Re-Bath of Chattanooga

Red Door Wreaths

Rodan + Fields

SantaLand Personalized Ornaments

Sassy Southern Designs

Scentsy (Sheena Phillips)

Scotty Wilson Frames

Seal Smart

Sheree Olmstead, Paparazzi Accessories consultant

Shotgun Shell Bling

Silver Wings

Sisters at Heart Boutique

Sleep Number

Smoky Mountain Growlers

Southern High Cotton Boutique

Southern Windows & Gutters

Starr Mountain Oysters

Stitchings by Ellen

Stockdale’s

Studio 6

Sugar Shoppe

Sunshine Hollow

Super Peeler

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

The Happy Chaos Co.

The Home Depot

The Knife Shoppe at Frost Cutlery

The Rustic House

The Sand Lady from Royal Travel

The Vintage Child

Thirty One Gifts

Thrive by Le-Vel, Ricky Hale, Linda Myers, Deneen Lambert and Cindy Duncan

Tom’s Treasures

Touch of Purple

Treehouse Fairies

True Life Chiropractic

Trust Federal Credit Union

Tupperware and Morrison Unlimited

Tyler Touch Rustic Works

Uniktings

Usborne Books & More

Valentus

Viatek Consumer Products Group

Wallaby Way Clothing Boutique

Wier Farm Studio

Young Living Essential Oils

Younique

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