It's not too late for a last look at the holiday light shows on Lookout Mountain. Rock City's pathways are decorated in thousands of lights, while inside the mountain's underground cavern at Ruby Falls there's an imaginary adventure to the North Pole.
Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights
» Where: 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain
» When: 6-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 6, except Christmas Eve
» Admission: $19.95 adults, $11.95 children ages 3-12, Mondays-Thursdays; $22.95 adults, $12.95 children, Fridays-Sundays
» For more information: www.seerockcity.com/lights
Rock City Gardens' daytime splendor has been transformed into a winter wonderland with almost a million LED lights and 30 holiday scenes.
"New this season along The Magic Forest section of the Enchanted Trail is an immersive journey through dancing trees," said Will Jackson, senior manager of innovation for Rock City.
Guests can choose their own holiday adventure as they enter through the historic roundhouse gates onto the North Pole Highway and decide which themed path to take first. The four "realms of wonder" are Arctic Kingdom, Magic Forest, Yule Town and North Pole Village.
Classic Christmas characters like Santa and his elves, Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman and Jack Frost are waiting throughout the gardens.
» Where: Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Highway
» When: Noon-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 21-23
» Admission: $11.95 ages 3 and older, combo tickets for waterfall tour also available
» For more information: www.rubyfalls.com/christmas
Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 23, are the last three days visitors can travel the secret passage through the caverns of Ruby Falls to the North Pole, where Santa's miners are collecting "Joystones" to spread Christmas cheer.
Children can help miners pan for Joystones and even crack a souvenir geode to take home. Along the way to the North Pole, visitors pass through an ice cave and Sugar Plum Fairy village and see the Northern Lights.
— Compiled by staff writer Susan Pierce