Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights
For 22 years, guests have enjoyed a festive, colorful Rock City at the Enchanted Garden of Lights event. The award-winning holiday lighting extravaganza features music, food and decorations. This year, guests will have a chance to choose their own path of four uniquely themed realms. The grand opening is Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., and it stays open through Dec. 31. Click here for more information.
When: Every Friday–Sunday, 6–9 p.m. (except Christmas Eve)
Where: 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain
How much: $19.95–$22.95 for adults and $11.95–$12.95 for kids
18th annual North Pole Limited
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum presents North Pole Limited train rides beginning Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 31. During the holiday season, trains take riders on an imaginary journey to the North Pole. Along the way, refreshments, storytelling and occasional singalongs will take place. Guests will also have a chance to personally speak with Santa Claus on the return trip. Evening train rides on Friday depart at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday trips are 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The entire train ride is about 80 minutes. Click here for more information.
When: Click here
Where: 4119 Cromwell Road
How much: $26 for ages 1 and up (VIP experiences are available)
Wayne-O-Rama grand opening
If you go to one event this weekend, make it the grand opening of Wayne-O-Rama's Chattanooga history funhouse at their Rossville Avenue location. Presented by the Shaking Ray Levi Society and Tenn Arts, the yearlong installation is by four-time Emmy Award-winning artist Wayne White. The Chattanooga-born White has built a reputation as a world-class illustrator, animator, set designer, puppeteer and art director. This exhibition—designed to inspire citizens and honor the city—is a gift from his imagination to ours. Essentially, the exhibit will be the story of Chattanooga as told through White's eyes, with installations depicting Lookout Mountain, Chief Dragging Canoe, Bessie Smith and other notable Chattanooga figures. But Wayne-O-Rama is something you have to see to believe.
When: Saturday, Nov. 19, 2–7 p.m.
Where: 1800 Rossville Ave.
How much: $5–$12 suggested donation
Tennessee's Dead at Revelry Room
The only thing better than a Grateful Dead cover band is a local Grateful Dead cover band. A collective of seven musicians—including Tyler Reddick, Brett Nolan, Tyler Martelli and Kelly Turner—will perform two sets of Grateful Dead music at Revelry Room Saturday night. Tennessee's Dead will begin at 9 p.m., and admission is $10 in advance or at the door. Click here for more information.
When: Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 p.m.
Where: 41 Station St.
How much: $10
The Chattanooga Market invites marketgoers to prepare for the upcoming holiday season at this year's Thanksgiving Market Sunday. Guests can purchase local meats, cheeses, breads, produce and homemade/homegrown foods for your family gatherings. The market will be closed next Sunday for Thanksgiving and will move indoors for three weekends in December for the annual Holiday Market. Sunday will be the last outdoor market of the season. Admission is free.
When: Sunday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: 1826 Reggie White Blvd.
How much: Free