No one ever gets tired of seeing Santa in town, but it’s even more exciting when he’s got the reindeer in tow, as he’s planning Friday in downtown Chattanooga.
The occasion is Reindeer on the Riverfront, a gathering for families on Chattanooga Green, which will be followed by the Lighted Boat Parade.
Jill Price, administrative assistant for Erwin Marine Sales’s waterfront location, said “at least 20” boats are expected, “and often more will just show up.”
Boats adorned with holiday lights are welcome to join the lineup, which begins at 6:15 p.m. just north of the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club. The parade under the bridges of downtown, where they will be joined by the riverboat Southern Belle, is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Meanwhile, on dry land, families can see reindeer, pose for photos with Santa and Mrs. Noel, sing along as a DJ spins holiday tunes, and enjoy refreshments from the hot chocolate bar and food trucks. Kids can even write their letters to Santa on the spot and personally deliver them to the man in the sleigh.
However, not all reindeer should make the trip south.
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“It’s not the full assortment of eight,” said Marcus Ellsworth, program director at River City Co., an event organizer. “They are in high demand, but we managed to catch a few.”
And Rudolph, with his shiny red nose, is always visibly absent from such events.
Still, said Ellsworth, “it will be a lovely evening by the river.”
A fireworks display will close the evening. Ellsworth advised arriving early as a crowd is expected.
OUT AND ABOUT
– Battles for Chattanooga: The final program commemorating the Civil War battles of November 23-25, 1863 is at 11 a.m. Thursday at Point Park, 110 Point Park Road, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. “The Battle of Missionary Ridge” gives participants a chance to see the full length of the ridge from the Parrot-gun lookout. There is a $ 10 entry fee for Point Park for ages 16 and over. nps.gov/chch
– The EPB Holiday Windows debut to the public Thursday at EPB Headquarters, 10 WML King Blvd. Stickers are on display on the Broad Street and Market Street side of the building until January 3. epb.com
– The Reindeer by the River and Lighted Boat Parade events are held on Fridays from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chattanooga Green, 140 Riverfront Parkway. Live reindeer, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus are available from 4.30pm to 7.15pm; parade of illuminated boats, 7-8 p.m. fireworks at 8 p.m. Features fireplaces, food trucks, holiday music. rivercitycompany.com
– Lighting for the Dalton Christmas tree is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Burr Performing Arts Park, 101 S. Hamilton St. in Dalton, Georgia. centrevilledalton.com
– The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., welcomes Jen Kober in a special engagement. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday ($ 20 to $ 25) and at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday ($ 17 to $ 20). Wednesday is open mic night for local and regional talent, at 7:30 p.m. ($ 5). thecomedycatch.com
– Gingerbread workshops begin Friday at the Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. Two-hour sessions include all supplies and refreshments. There is a limit of three participants per house. The cost is $ 44 for members, $ 55 for members (includes admission to the museum). Sessions are available on certain dates until December 19. cdmfun.org
– Parent / Child Gingerbread Workshops begin Saturday at Sweet & Salty Classroom, 45 E. Main St. Three hour sessions, recommended for children ages 5-11 and one parent, include secrets of baking gingerbread, making royal icing and creating structure. Further sessions are scheduled for December. The cost is $ 86. sweetandsavoryclassroom.com
– Family Day is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tennessee. Children’s activities will be interspersed with storytelling hours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and trunk shows at noon and 2 p.m. Free for children, $ 3.50 for adults. museumcenter.org
– The Holiday Trunks Show, with vendors offering arts, crafts, jewelry, soaps, ornaments and home decorations, will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pocket Park, 108 N Jackson St. in Athens, Tennessee. athensartscouncil.org
– Book signing: Local author David Carroll signs copies of “Hello Chattanooga: Famous People Who Have Visited the Tennessee Valley” Saturday from 11 am to noon at Food City, 255 Ocoee Crossing NW in Cleveland, Tennessee. chattanoogaradiotv.com
– Thanksgiving at Mountain Cove, sponsored by Bike the South, offers a half-day cycling loop through a historic neighborhood in Chickamauga, Georgia, followed by a Thanksgiving community dinner with local farmers. The ride departs Saturday at 2 pm from the Cedar Grove Community Center, 5395 W. Cove Road. The cost is $ 99. bike-the-sud.com
– The Buy a Tree, Change a Life kicks off Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Mercy Ridge Church, 432 Mack Smith Road, Rossville. Activities include cookies and story time with Santa, a reindeer bar, inflatables, games, a train ride for the kids, and free popcorn, hot chocolate and apple cider. Tree sales start at 10 a.m. All profits are donated to local and global children’s missions. Facebook.com
– The Bledsoe County Christmas Parade, with a “Silver Bells” theme, is 5 pm to 7 pm CST Saturday in downtown Pikeville, Tennessee. 423-322-0932
– Girls Inc. continues its online auction until Sunday noon. Items offered for auction include Disney, Hawaii and ski vacations, personalized gift baskets, and gift cards for local restaurants and attractions. 32auctions.com/girlsincofchatt
– “Winter Wonderland” DIY: Pinspiration Chattanooga, 2275 Gunbarrel Road, offers this family DIY session at 2pm Sunday. There is a woodland scene for adults to make and two ornaments for children to customize. The cost is $ 75. pinspiration.com/locations/chattanooga
– Animal photos with Santa, the first of the season, are scheduled for Monday at three area malls: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway in Cleveland, Tennessee; and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., and Northgate Mall, 271 Northgate Mall Drive. Check websites for additional dates: shopbradleysquare.com, hamiltonplace.com, visitnorthgatemall.com
– The Angel Trees are on display in the two shopping centers in Chattanooga. This Salvation Army campaign provides toys for children in need and essentials for the elderly based on individual recipient wishlists, chosen and satisfied by buyers. Gifts must be returned by December 12 to Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. (the tree is on the upper level near Altar’d state) and at Northgate Mall, 271 Northgate Mall Drive (the tree is near Colony 13). hamiltonplace.com, visitnorthgatemall.com
– Songbirds, 35 Station Street, hosts alternative jam rock band The Afternooners, with Dolphin Group and Cannon Hunt, for a show at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $ 10 to $ 12. songbirdsfoundation.org
– MacDowell Music Club: This month’s reunion will feature piano performances by Steve Hollingsworth, Joy Mays, Margaret Ann Randolph and Alan Nichols. Start time is 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road.
– International Marketplace & More: This Art 120 event falls on Artists’ Sunday, a nationwide day-to-day marketing effort between Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday that aims to spotlight the products of artists, craftsmen and markers. The creatives of Chattanooga will meet between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Cooper’s Alley, 10 E. Seventh St. Street food will be available. rivercitycompany.com
– Area 61 Gallery, 721 Broad St., is showing works by Katie Rogers, Lisa Denny and Paulina Fae through November. area61gallery.com
– Artisan Depot Gallery, 204 Cumberland St., Cowan, Tennessee, continues the community exhibit “On This Harvest Moon” through Sunday. A program for Mackie Priest members, “Lines and Color,” is on view until December 24. franklincoarts.org
– The In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., closes its annual holiday exhibit on Tuesday, featuring gift items from all member artists, before opening Jim Tucker’s “Water and Light” on Wednesday. intowngallery.com
– The Athens Community Theater presents “Clue: On Stage” at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday and at 2:00 pm Sunday at the Arts Center, 320 N. White St. in Athens, Tennessee. Additional sessions are planned for next weekend. Tickets are $ 15 to $ 20. athensartscouncil.org
– Cumberland County Playhouse, 221 Tennessee Ave. in Crossville, Tennessee, has performances of “Scrooge” ($ 16 to $ 32) and “Plaid Tidings” ($ 16 to $ 30) scheduled this weekend. 931-484-5000, ccplayhouse.com
– Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. opens the next track in her Broadway series, “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The show, which runs until December 2, features over 20 hits from the disco diva. Tickets are $ 38 to $ 83. tivolichattanooga.com
– The Tivoli Theater, 709 Broad St., will host Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a holiday-themed musical presented by circus performers, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $ 44 to $ 99. tivolichattanooga.com
Contact Lisa Denton at [email protected] or 423-757-6281.