Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Playful Evolving Monsters' 20-foot-tall puppets, such as these seen at the Mainx24 parade, will be part of the fun at the Winter Break Spectacular in downtown Chattanooga on Friday.

UPDATE at 2:49 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021: Due to inclement weather, organizers of the East Chattanooga "walk-through nativity" event, Bethlehem on Glass, have canceled the event for Saturday, December 18.


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When the half-day bell rings to let kids out of school Friday, families are invited to gather at Miller Park for a Winter Break Spectacular featuring music, games and a Grinch movie once it's dark. Here are details on that and other upcoming events.


— The Metropolitan Bells, an advanced community handbell ensemble, will present its final Christmas concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 East Brainerd Road. Admission is free; donations are welcome.

— Broadway Christmas: The Back Alley Productions theater troupe will offer a concert of holiday-themed songs from Broadway musicals, including selections from "White Christmas," "Elf" and "Auntie Mame," at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Ga. Masks are required. Admission is pay-what-you-can.

— Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave., welcomes country/bluegrass artist Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $35-$55.

— Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., hosts local jazz singer Robin Grant and her band, The Standard, in their "It's Christmas, Darling," concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20-$35.

— Tri-Octaves Christmas concert will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Hope City Church, 7 N. Tuxedo Ave. The 19th annual show, featuring former Impressions member Willie Kitchens Jr., Doug Richesin and Michael Rodgers, benefits the Mary Walker Foundation. Admission donation is $25; RSVPs are requested. A Facebook Live simulcast will be available.

Dana Patterson Merry Christmas Concert, featuring Jessie & Faye Bentley, Trey & Andrew Bentley, White Water Junction, Julie Medders, Steven Pearson and a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, is at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Gem Theatre, 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. Tickets are $20.

— Chattanooga Symphony & Opera presents its annual "Home for the Holidays" concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. The Metropolitan Bells, a handbell ensemble, will be guest. Tickets are $25-$90.

— The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., has two shows coming up. Saturday features Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute at 8 p.m.; tickets are $20-$40. Tuesday features Dutch DJ San Holo on his BB U OK? tour, with Kasbo, Devault and Duskus, at 8 p.m.; tickets are $25-$100.

— St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 307 W. Seventh St., has two musical events planned. A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, modeled after a famous service at King's College, Cambridge, will be presented by the Senior Choir and St. Andrew Choir 6-7 p.m. Sunday. The final free Advent concert is 12:05-12:35 p.m. Wednesday, with treble trio Le Tre Veneri premiering "Then Mary Said" by local composer Sarah Trotter Tullock. A $6 soup lunch follows in Key-Andrews Hall. Donations of winter hats, gloves, scarves and socks (only) are accepted for Chattanooga Community Kitchen.



— Winter Break Spectacular, an end-of-school celebration, is 1-7 p.m. Friday at Miller Park, 910 Market St. The event includes holiday music, oversize games, balloon animals, holiday treats and 20-foot-tall puppets from Playful Evolving Monsters. Bring blankets and chairs for screening of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at 5:45 p.m. Park for free in the EPB Garage on 10th Street.

— Night Glide, a roller disco presented by Moonlight Roller, is 7-10 p.m. Friday at The Arts Avenue, 1800 Rossville Ave. The evening includes a DJ, food trucks and bar. Entry fee is $10. Skate rental, if needed, is $7 (must be 18 or older to rent skates).

— Holiday Lights activities at Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., conclude this weekend. In addition to the wonderland of lights, the event includes animal enrichment, scavenger hunt, photos with Santa and take-home crafts. Hours are 5-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20 nonmembers (ages 2 and up), $10 members. Online advance purchase is required; tickets are not sold at the gate.

— The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., welcomes Mutzie for shows at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $17-$19.

— Block party: S&S Performance will host an event with live music by Loco Mojo, Noteworthy, Brandon Maddox and Lisa Reeves & Jack Endelouz starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at 2511 Riverside Drive. The evening also includes a car show, toy drive and barbecue by Sauce Godz. 423-855-3436

— Winter Solstice Market, featuring 15 local vendors with products for gift-giving, is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave. Admission is free. Masks are required to shop.

— Book signing: Local author David Carroll signs copies of "Hello Chattanooga: Famous People Who Have Visited the Tennessee Valley" 11 a.m.-noon Saturday at Food City, 5604 Hixson Pike.

— Holiday Market: Chattanooga Market's final weekend is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. More than 200 vendors are offering handcrafted pottery, jewelry, bath and body products, wood furniture and custom art. Admission is free.

— Bethlehem on Glass, a drive-through live Nativity, will be presented 6-8 p.m. Sunday along Glass Street in East Chattanooga. The event is sponsored by surrounding businesses, the community and Grace Baptist Tabernacle Church.

— Candlelight tours of the historic Marsh House, 308 N. Main St. in LaFayette, Ga. are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The house is decorated in the style of the 1880s, and stories of Christmas customs of the time, plus hot cider and ginger cookies, are included in the experience. Reservations are required. Masks are requested. A donation of $5 per person is requested (cash preferred). 706-638-5187



— Nooga Nutcracker, Chattanooga Dance Theatre's contemporary twist on the classical ballet, will be presented at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chattanooga Christian School, 3354 Charger Drive. A tradition since 2014, the production highlights many forms of dance and references iconic locations around the city. Tickets are $21-$26. Masks are required.



— Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, has two events scheduled. A Virtual Art Wise program at 6 p.m. Thursday features Dr. Olivia Wolf, assistant professor of art history at Loyola University in Chicago, in a webinar focusing on "Reframing Orientalism and Diaspora," part of special programming accompanying the "Lalla Essaydi" exhibit. Winter Wonderland, scheduled 1-3 p.m. the next two Wednesdays, will offer hands-on activities, such as ornament crafts, mosaic window art and winter coloring pages. Activities are included in admission: $20 for nonmembers 18 and older.

— Artisan Depot Gallery, 204 Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn., will host a reception for "Lines and Color," a member show by Mackie Priest, 5-7 p.m. CST Friday. Priest's show continues through Christmas Eve. "Faces of FC," featuring works by Franklin County High School art students, continues through New Year's Eve.



— Bobby Stone Film Series offers two Christmas titles Saturday: "Elf" at 3 p.m. and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10-$12 for either screening.

— Free Movie Series at the Gem Theatre, 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga., offers a "White Christmas" sing-along at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday.



— Bricks of Honor dedication: The Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, 2 W. Aquarium Way, has rescheduled its Bricks of Honor dedication ceremony for 10 a.m. Saturday inside the facility's Johnston Education Center. In addition to dedicating the most recent installation of bricks, the ceremony will highlight Pearl Harbor Day with retired U.S. Army Gen. B.B. Bell as keynote speaker. Bricks of Honor may be purchased in tribute to veterans, other individuals or businesses. Prices start at $150.

— Wreaths Across Chattanooga, a memorial to veterans buried at Chattanooga National Cemetery, 1200 Bailey Ave., will begin with a ceremony at noon Saturday. Chattanooga is one of 2,500 locations in all 50 states, at sea and abroad to take part in the observance, in which volunteers place evergreen wreaths at gravesites. Wreaths are placed in a general area unless specified for a specific grave. Cost to place a wreath is $10.

— The Longest Night, a service to remember loved ones lost during the past year, will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine St. All faiths are welcome to participate in the program of hymns and remembrance. 423-266-2828

— Blue Christmas, a service to honor grief and remember the real meaning of Christmas, is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 7608 Shallowford Road. 423-892-0853.

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.