Free photos with Santa at Cabela's: Cabela's-Fort Oglethorpe, 350 Cobb Parkway, in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., is offering free photos with Santa on four consecutive Saturdays beginning Nov. 25, from noon to 4 p.m. Times are subject to change; check with the store at 706-956-2809. (Contributed Photo)


BATTLES FOR CHATTANOOGA ANNIVERSARY — Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Series of ranger-guided tours, hikes and living history demonstrations to mark 154th anniversary of battles. Today-Saturday, Nov. 23-25.

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON STATE PARK — 5801 Champion Road. Meet at pool parking lot and join ranger for annual Day After Thanksgiving Hike. Free. 9:30 a.m.-noon Friday, Nov. 24. 423-894-4955.

» Nov. 27: First Day Hike, 9:30 a.m., meet at pool parking lot.

CHATTANOOGA GHOST TOURS — 432 Market St. Walking tours through downtown, ghost hunts through University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Citizens Cemetery. Adults $16.95, ages 12 and under $10. Tours 8:30 p.m. nightly by appointment. 423-821-7125.

COASTERS AND ORNAMENT CLASS — Chattanooga Workspace, 302 W. Sixth St. Create coasters and ornaments using alcohol inks in class taught by Michelle Fountain; $45 includes all supplies. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. Reservations: 423-822-5750.

CLOUDLAND CANYON STATE PARK — Located near Trenton, Ga., on western side of Lookout Mountain, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, Ga. 706-657-4050.

» Friday, Nov. 24: Night hike, 5-7 p.m., $10 plus $5 parking, 2-mile hike to learn geology and history of the canyon for ages 10 and up. Reservations required: 706-913-7170.

» Saturday, Nov. 25: Sitton's Gulch hike, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $15 plus $5 parking. Start at bottom of gulch and hike to bottom of the falls; strenuous 6-mile hike. Reservations required: 706-913-7170.

» Saturday, Nov. 25: Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point, 7:30-8 p.m., $5 parking, meet at West Rim Trail access parking for short, easy walk to overlook.

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER — American Legion, 1118 N. Glenwood Ave., Dalton, Ga. Harvest Outreach sponsors meal with gospel music. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Nov. 23. 706-280-0883.

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE — 2929 Hamill Road. The Ministry Center holds Trees for Hope sale of Christmas trees to raise funds for global and local children's needs. Nov. 24-Dec. 9. 423-877-5171.

DINNER CABARET — Granfalloon, 400 E. Main St. Enjoy meal by Elegant Moments Catering, holiday tunes from Closed Door Entertainment actors and a visit from Santa; $14-$28. 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Reservations: 423-290-8515.

ENCHANTED GARDEN OF LIGHTS — Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain. Annual holiday extravaganza with 30 holiday scenes and thousands of lights. 6-9 p.m. nightly Nov. 17-Jan. 6. www.seerockcity. $19.95 adults, $11.95 children ages 3-12 on Mondays to Thursdays; $22.95 adults, $12.95 children Fridays to Sundays; upgrade to add Rock City day tour additional $10 adults, $5 children.

FALL CREEK FALLS STATE PARK — 2009 Village Camp Road, Spencer, Tenn. Meet ranger at camper check-in station for 2-mile hike on Turkey Pen Ridge Trail to Fall Creek Falls overlook. Dress for weather and bring water. 9-11:30 a.m. CST Friday, Nov. 24. 1-800-250-8610.

HAMILTON PLACE BLACK FRIDAY BASH — Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. First 250 shoppers at the mall's Tourist Info Center & Guest Services will receive a goody bag filled with coupons, including a Firebirds Wood Fired Grill $10 gift card and $10 Academy Sports gift card; deejay playing at center court, hourly giveaways from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3 p.m. giveaway is $250 shopping spree for winner and best friend. 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25.

HARRISON BAY STATE PARK — 8411 Harrison Bay Road, Harrison, Tenn. Meet in marina parking lot to join ranger for free Day After Thanksgiving Hike along Chickamauga Lake. 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24. 423-344-6214.

HIKES, TENNESSEE — Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. Carpool locations given for those who want to meet group. For more information, contact George Bonneau at or 423-842-3619.

» Saturday, Nov. 25: Raccoon Mountain, moderate 6 miles. Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

HOLIDAY FEST WITH SANTA — Virginia College, 721 Eastgate Loop. Free family event with craft activities, photos with Santa, writing cards to the military for Operation Gratitude, tacky sweater contest. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. 205-503-5954.

ICE ON THE LANDING — Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St. Ice-skating rink open daily; $10 adults, $8 children ages 12 and under, includes skate rental and two-hour rink time. Daily through Jan. 21. 2-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 2-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 19 when holiday hours begin.

MAIN X 24 — Locations along East and West Main streets. A 24-hour festival with caroling, pancake breakfast, Big Wheel race, discounts at shops on Main, fireworks. Begins 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. 423-805-3457.

PHOTOS WITH SANTA — The Barn Nursery, 1801 E. 24th Street Place. Family or pet photos offered at no charge. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Nov. 24-26. 423-698-2276.

RED CLAY STATE PARK — 1140 Red Clay Park Road, Cleveland, Tenn. Join ranger for free short hike and interpretive tour on After Thanksgiving Hike. 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24. 423-478-0339.

» Dec. 10: Christmas at Red Clay

REFLECTION RIDING ARBORETUM AND NATURE CENTER— 400 Garden Road. Hours of operation 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays. Admission $10 adults, $7 ages 4-11 and ages 65 and older. All events require preregistration: 423-821-1160.

» Saturday, Nov. 25: Red wolf feeding and talk, noon, free for members, $10 all others.

» Saturday, Nov. 25: Canoe trip with naturalist Taylor Berry, 1 p.m., free for members, $10 all others; pack water and snack, wear clothes that can withstand some water. Reservations required.

TRAIN RIDES, CHATTANOOGA — Departing from Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 894-8028. Check website for designated weekend train rides such as Chickamauga Turn, Dinner on the Diner and Hiwassee River Rail Adventure.

» Missionary Ridge Local: Six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop. $17 adults, $11 ages 2-12. November schedule: Trains depart Saturday and Sunday at 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. No trains will run Friday, Nov. 24.

TRUNK SHOW — Fischer Evans, 801 Market St. Jewelry of designer Lisa Nik. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. 423-267-0901.


BOOK SIGNING — LaFayette-Walker County Public Library, 305 Duke St., LaFayette, Ga. David Powell signs "Battle Above the Clouds." 4-7 p.m Tuesday, Nov. 28 . 706-866-9287.

» Thursday, Nov. 30: Chickamauga Public Library, 306 Cove Road, Chickamauga, Ga., 4-7.


Chattanooga Public Library

All locations of the Chattanooga public library system have preschool story time. The Downtown, Eastgate and Northgate libraries have Adventure Club for children ages 6 and up. The library's teen center, Teen Stack, is located in the Downtown Library. For more information about all programming held in the Downtown, Eastgate, Northgate or South Chattanooga libraries, call 757-5310 or visit

» Lego Clubs: Downtown branch, every Monday, 5-6 p.m., for ages 5-11, free; Northgate branch, first Saturday of each month, 2-3 p.m., for ages 3 and up, free. 757-5314.

» Toddler Time: Learning program for ages 18-36 months and parents/guardians, preregistration not required. Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m. Eastgate Library, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Northgate Library. Saturday: 11 a.m., downtown branch.

» Baby Bounce: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10-10:30 a.m., Eastgate branch. Finger play, songs and stories for infants up to 18 months and their parent/caregiver.

» Saturday, Nov. 25: Small Business Saturday at the Library, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., downtown branch, shop local with items from small businesses and local artists.


» Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., 11 a.m. Saturday, storytime. 423-893-0186.

» Books Never Ending, 247 Cloud Springs Road, Rossville, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays for ages 3-8. 706-891-0774.

CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM — 321 Chestnut St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday; closed Wednesday. $13.95 adults and children.756-2738,

» Thursday, Dec. 7: Sensory Night, 5:30-8 p.m., free, for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Included in CDM admission, but reservations required.

PRE-K DAY AT HUNTER — Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. Ages 2 to 5 explore use of color. One adult-child pair $9 members, $13 nonmembers, and includes supplies. 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Reservations: 423-267-0968.

ROSSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY — 504 McFarland Ave., Rossville, Ga. Preschool Ready to Read, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Come for stories, crafts and songs. 706-866-1368.


BALLROOM — Ballroom Magic Dance Center, 4200 N. Access Road. $10 per person. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays. 423-771-3646.

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE — Heritage House at Heritage Park, 1428 Jenkins Road. Free introductory class for new dancers that teaches fundamental moves, then several dances from the historical repertoire. Bring soft-sole (sneakers or flats) shoes for dancing. No experience needed. 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28. 423-855-9474.

SHAG, BOP, SWING, JITTERBUG — Elks Lodge 91, 1067 Graysville Road at East Brainerd Road. $5 members, $7 guests. 7-10 p.m. Thursdays.

UNITED WE DANCE — Granfalloon, 400 E. Main St. Learn salsa, line-dancing and zumba from local instructors; $25 ticket benefits Read to Lead Academy. 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28. 423-661-3185.

USA DANCE — Brainerd United Methodist Church, Lundy Hall, 4315 Brainerd Road. Annual semi-formal holiday ball with catered meal at 7:15 p.m., dancing and showcases 8:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Tickets for USA Dance members $35 before Dec. 1, $40 after. Tickets for nonmembers $40 before Dec. 1, $45 after.


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