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Contributed Photo by The Harper Agency / Dove Award winners Brian Free & Assurance will headline the New Year's Gospel Jubilee at the Colonnade in Ringgold, Ga., on Thursday.

New Year's Eve is likely top of mind as you plan your weekend. Parties around town will feature cabaret, comedy and multiple genres of music to dance your way into the new year.

If you're a fan of gospel music, you can begin the celebration a day early at Thursday concerts in Ringgold, Georgia, and Fort Payne, Alabama.

Be advised that Thursday's Cheer in the New Year at Creative Discovery Museum is sold out, as is the New Year's Eve dinner train at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

The Flaming Lips' two-night New Year's Underground Celebration at The Caverns in Pelham, Tennessee, has been postponed until February. Caverns marketing director Jeff Meltesen said the recent surge in COVID-19 cases from the omicron variant led to the decision, but fans will be rewarded by the delay. Frontman Wayne Coyne, he said, plans "to ring in the new year in February like it's never been rung in before."

Here's what else is happening:

— Movie Night: North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy will screen "The Call of the River" at 7 p.m. Thursday at WanderLinger Brewing Co., 1208 King St. The documentary traces 100 years of whitewater adventure. Admission is a minimum $10 donation, and the brewery will donate 10% of the evening's beer sales to the conservancy, a volunteer group with a mission to protect the North Chickamauga Creek watershed.

— New Year's Gospel Jubilee: This ninth annual event is set for 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday at the Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Georgia. Scheduled to perform are Brian Free & Assurance, Appointed Quartet, Master Peace Quartet, The Newtons and emcee Dana Russell. All seats are reserved at $15-$17 (group and youth rates available). Proceeds benefit the Dogwood Bible Camp, an outreach ministry of Dogwood Valley Baptist Church. Purchase through the Appointed Quartet at 423-718-4682.

— Laughin' in the New Year, featuring comedian Mickey Bell and gospel groups Triumphant Quartet and New Ground, starts at 7 p.m. CST Thursday at The Pickin' Post, 893 Old Highway 35 E. in Fort Payne, Alabama. Tickets are $25 for early admission (at 5:45 p.m.) and premium seating; $15 for general admission when doors open at 6 p.m.

— The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., will host "Mr. Showtime" David Scott this weekend. Friday's early show starts at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $20. (See the New Year's Eve listing below for information on the 10 p.m. show.) Scott also performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, when tickets are $17-$19. An Open Mic Night, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, features rising local talent. Tickets are $5.

— New Year's Eve and First Day Hikes: Tennessee state parks, including the two in Chattanooga, have holiday outings planned. Harrison Bay State Park, 8411 Harrison Bay Road, will greet the new year with a 30-minute hike beginning at 11:30 p.m. Friday. Participants will meet at the Star Walk trail across from the Interpretive Center. Booker T. Washington State Park, 5801 Champion Road, will gather hikers at 9:45 a.m. Saturday in the pool parking lot for a hike to learn about invasive species and other plants that grow in the park. Additional hikes will take place at South Cumberland State Park locations in Tracy City and Beersheba Springs, Fall Creek Falls in Spencer, Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park in Delano and Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park in Manchester. Registration is recommended so that rangers may contact participants in case of changes to the schedule. Donations are welcome.

— New Year's Nightmare tours through the "extreme haunt attraction" Dread Hollow are scheduled 8-10 p.m. Jan. 1 and Jan. 8 at 321 Browns Ferry Road. Created by the masterminds behind Ruby Falls' award-winning Haunted Cavern, Dread Hollow offers a $15 tour of the main haunt as well as a choice among three escape rooms — themed to a serial killer, the paranormal and a sacrificial medical lab — for $60 per room (up to six participants). Timed entry only; tickets must be purchased online.

— Southern Scuffle, a college wrestling championship, is scheduled Saturday and Sunday at McKenzie Arena, 720 E. Fourth St. The event includes national champions, All-Americans and dozens of student athletes who qualified for last year's NCAA Tournament. Daily tickets are $20 general admission, $35-$40 reserved; all-session tickets are $35 general admission, $65-$75 reserved (highest prices are for padded seats). Finals-only tickets are $10., 423-266-MOCS (6627)

— Ice on the Landing, the temporary ice rink in the Chattanooga Choo Choo Gardens, 1400 Market St., is scheduled to be open daily through Jan. 30, but this week's warm weather has affected ice conditions. Updates are posted at



— Bar Watson: 6925 Shallowford Road. Features DJ O and DJ Face, champagne toast, 7 p.m.-3 a.m., $15. 423-499-5055

— The Blue Light: 43 Station St. Features DJ Ace Boogie, party favors, champagne, VIP sections available, 8 p.m.-3 a.m., $20. 423-468-1600

— Bud's Sports Bar: 5751 Brainerd Road. Features rock band Voodoo Slim, 8 p.m., $50 per couple. 423-499-9878

— Chattanooga Convention Center: 1 Carter St. Features party band The Beaters, party favors, midnight ball drop, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., $45. 423-756-0001

— The Comedy Catch: 29 Station St. Comedy by "Mr. Showtime" David Scott, 10 p.m., $36. Includes party favors, champagne toast and post-show dancing. 423-629-2233

— The Dwell Hotel: 120 E. 10th St. "Aloha 2022"-themed party with the tiki bar, Night Pearl, taking over the hotel, one cocktail, champagne and food and drink specials, $30. 423-267-7866

— The Edwin: 102 Walnut St. Includes photo booth, heavy hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast, fire pit and s'mores station, DJ/guitar dueling duo, party favors, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., $125. 423-713-5900

— Moxy Chattanooga: 1220 King St. Includes a dance party with live entertainment by Vanhoff Acoustic Duo and DJ Mixx, stilt walkers and a fireball drop at midnight, 5:30 p.m.-midnight, $35-$100. 423-664-1180

— Naked River Brewing Co.: 1791 Reggie White Blvd. Outlaw country artist Tanner Burch, $3 champagne flutes, 7-10 p.m., with after-party at Southside Social, 1818 Chestnut St. 423-541-1131

— Proof Bar and Incubator: 422 E. M.L. King Blvd. Features a drag show, dancing and a costume contest, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., $30. 423-541-6858

— Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant: 2 W. Aquarium Way. Features Southern rock music by Backwater Still, 10 p.m.-midnight, $35. 423-708-8505

— Read House: 107 W. M.L. King Blvd. Features 10-piece dance band Gwen Hughes and the Retro Kats, cabaret dancers, champagne toast, heavy hors d'oeuvres, party favors, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $160. 423-266-4121

— Regan's Place: 24 Station St. Includes a retro dance party with hits from the 1980s-2000s and party favors, 8 p.m.-3 a.m., $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 423-803-2535

— The Signal: 1810 Chestnut St. Features music by '90s tribute band Neon Moon, plus Davey Smith and the Pearl Snap Preachers, 9 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.). $25-$30. 423-498-4700

— Sing It or Wing It: 410 Market St. Party starts at 6 p.m. 423-757-9464

— Southern Belle: New Year's Eve on the River, 9 p.m.-midnight Friday. Includes DJ on first deck, acoustic musician on second deck, pilot house visit, party favors, charcuterie board, bottle of champagne and souvenir wine glass. $160. 423-266-4488

— Southside Social: 1818 Chestnut St. Bowling, balloon drop, champagne toast, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Cover starts at $20. 423-708-3280

— Songbirds: 35 Station St. Rock bands Lenox Hills and Carver Commodore, 9 p.m. $18 in advance, $20 day of show. 423-531-2473

— Unknown Caller: 715 Cherry St. Features party favors, dancing, free glass of champagne, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., free admission. 423-541-3199

— Walden Club: 633 Chestnut St. Features entertainment by David Anthony and multicourse dinner with complimentary champagne, 5-9 p.m. 423-756-6686

— WanderLinger Brewing Co.: 1208 King St. Features music by Opposite Box and Sleazy Sleazy, photo booth and free champagne toast, 8 p.m., $20. 423-269-7979

— Westbound: 24 Station St. Dance to popular country hits, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 423-498-3069

Staff writer Barry Courter contributed to this list.

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.