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About Enchanted Garden of Lights
Celebrate 24 years of fun at Rock City's premiere holiday event, The Enchanted Garden of Lights --- where Joy, Wonder, and Magic await!
Warm your heart during this nighttime, family tradition as you walk through Rock City Gardens' winter wonderland. Immerse yourself in this award-winning holiday lighting spectacular, where you can enjoy live music, holiday treats like gingerbread cookies and hot cocoa, and delight in our magical decorations. All but a few reasons to SEE ROCK CITY this holiday season.
Experience the magic of four uniquely themed realms of wonder: The Magic Forest, Arctic Kingdom, North Pole Village, and Yule Town. Start at the heart by taking a stroll along the North Pole Highway and choose which realm to start your journey. Wander to Yule Town and begin your holiday adventure with a former Enchanted Garden of Lights traditional start, or visit Santa in the North Pole Village first --- the adventure is yours to create.
New this year, select realms begin to open at 4:00pm. Join Mrs. Claus for cookie decorating in the North Pole Lodge, take a stroll down the lighted Grand Corridor in Yule Town, experience the twinkle of icy lights in the Arctic Kingdom! Then beginning at 6:00pm ALL of the magic unlocks as Santa arrives in the North Pole Village, Inara the Ice Queen glides into the Arctic Kingdom, and the Magic Forest comes alive to reveal new and exciting enchantments!
Discover The Enchanted Realms (Park Map)
Start at the heart…create your own holiday adventure.
Welcome to the Enchanted Garden of Lights! As you enter the park next to the Original 1932 Gatehouse, you’ll venture down The North Pole Highway. From here, you’ll have the option to visit each of our themed realms of wonder in the order you choose, or experience the Magic in the traditional order beginning with the Grand Corridor in Yule Town.
Points of Interest in the North Pole Highway include:
The Original Gatehouse, The Nativity Show, and the North Pole Lodge.
Whisk yourself away to the joys of Christmases gone by - where the heart and spirit of Christmas are treasured all year long!
As you embark on your journey through Yule Town Trail down the Grand Corridor, marvel at the lighted displays of doves in flight, Toyland, Santa’s Toy Soldiers, and more! Nearby in Downtown Yule Town, stop by for holiday treats in the Fudge Kitchen and shop for gifts in the Garden’s Gateway and Woodland Wonders Gift Shops.
Points of interest in Yule Town include:
The Grand Corridor, Doves in Flights, Toy Land, Packaging Elves, Santa’s Soldiers and American Flags.
Welcome to the icy realm of the Arctic Kingdom, home to Inara the Ice Queen and Jack Frost.
Immerse yourself in the arctic bliss of this winter wonderland. Experience the lighted displays of blizzard’s pass, penguin’s ice fishing, and the polar bear cave. Jack Frost plays and Inara the Ice Queen welcomes you to her winter garden.
Points of Interest in the Arctic Kingdom include:
Blizzard’s Pass, Penguins, Meet Jack Frost and Inara the Ice Queen, and Polar Bear Cove.
The gleaming city lights will welcome you while the Christmas Star heralds your entrance to the place that Santa calls home.
Visit with Old Saint Nick himself, sip on gourmet hot chocolate, do some Christmas shopping, and enjoy the sounds of the season in the North Pole Lodge.
Point of Interest in the North Pole Village include:
The Christmas Star, City Lights, Gingerbread House, Santa Claus, Holiday Shopping and Café 7.
Travel through a world of electric fantasy and movement!
Be amazed in the Magic Forest, as these modern trees come alive with technology. Here you'll enjoy the fresh sounds of locally-composed music with a festive beat sure to get you dancing! Springtime comes to life in winter with trees of light dancing in synchronized celebration of the Holiday season. As you journey past the forest, you'll find flowers of light bursting into bloom being tended by elves. This immersive realm will delight your senses and put a dance in your steps as you journey on through the timeless childhood fairytale scenes in Fairyland Caverns.
Points of Interest in the Magic Forest include:
The Dancing Forest, Springtime Garden, and Fairyland Caverns.
Hours and Pricing
November 16 - December 31, 2018
Closed Christmas Eve Night *Admission for the Enchanted Garden of Lights begins at 4pm, although the magic and wonder are incomparable once darkness falls. Gates at the original gatehouse will open at 5:00pm for guests to access the North Pole Highway and choose which realm to start their adventure. The Magic Forest will open at 6:00pm - the same time that Jack Frost, Inara the Ice Queen, and Santa Claus begin greeting guests.
|Adult||Child (ages 3-12)|
|Enchanted Garden of Lights Regular Admission||$24.95||$12.95|
|Enchanted Garden of Lights Special Weekday Admission||$21.95||$11.95|
|Enchanted Garden of Lights Value Night Admission||$16.95||$8.95|
|Enchanted Garden of Lights Peak Night Admission||$28.95||$14.95|
Clicking the Buy Tickets button above directs you to Rock City's Ticketing Calendar. Rock City offers a variety of admission options based on the date and time of day you wish to visit. After clicking Buy Tickets, choose your anticipated visit date from the calendar to see the available ticket options.
*Admission for the Enchanted Garden of Lights ends at 9:00, or later if guests are still waiting to enter. Guests must choose their last realm to enter by 10:30pm.
The Enchanted Garden of Lights trail is not fully stroller and handicap accessible. Backpack or Front-Style child carriers are recommended and stroller parking is available. A limited access/ADA trail is available to reach the North Pole Lodge/Pavilion, Downtown Yule Town shops, and the North Pole Village.
We invite you to experience the magic of Enchanted Garden of Lights this season. When planning your visit please note that holidays and weekends are popular times to visit and to expect delays in parking and ticketing lines. We look forward to your visit!
Enchanted Garden of Lights Activities
Enchanted Garden of Lights Activities
New for 2018: The Magic Forest Soars to New Holiday Heights
The Magic Forest soars to new holiday heights with the addition of an all-new, first of it's kind, 43-foot tree of light featuring 12,690 channels of light control. Descend through the Magic Forest as the sounds of the season dance around you. Walk through the center of the 43-foot tree and into a 40-foot-long walk through archway tunnel where an additional 3,000 channels of light control form an oversized marquee-style board displaying holiday magic.
New for 2018: Snowman Rock Returns
This holiday favorite RETURNS with the magical transformation of Tortoise Shell Rock and he's more merry than ever to be back! See Snowman Rock in the North Pole Village.
Nightly Entertainment in the North Pole Lodge
Located along the North Pole Highway, North Pole Lodge (Rock City's Pavilion) invites you to enjoy the sounds of the season and nightly entertainment.
- Storytime with Mrs. Claus - 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm
- Gingerbread Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Claus - 4:00pm - Close
- Sounds of the Season featuring some of the best local and regional choirs, ensembles and bands - 6:30pm (performance length varies nightly)
Toy Solder Mime
Look for Jerry, the Toy Soldier Mime, throughout the park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Starbucks Winter Weekends Nights Music Series
More musical entertainment located at Starbucks on Friday and Saturday nights. Full performance calendar above.
Meet Santa Claus with Pictures by DIGIPHOTO
Meet the big guy himself! Be sure to tell Santa everything you want for Christmas, and then smile for a photo! Pictures and picture gifts available by DIGIPHOTO. Located on the Cliff Terrace Porch.
Sugar Plum Dress Shop and Personalized Ornaments
Sparkle with lights and let your Christmas dreams come to life at the Sugar Plum Dress Shop! Make sure Santa's impressed this Christmas Eve! Get your personalized ornaments. Located in the North Pole Village
Specialty Food & Beverages
North Pole Lodge
Warm up with our delicious Hot Cocoa, Apple Cider, Coffee, Cappuccino and Cookies. Open Nightly
Enjoy freshly popper Reindeer (Kettle) Corn, located on the Christmas Plaza. Open Nightly
Reindeer View Terraces (Cafe 7)
Enjoy hot drinks with a view like none other! Red and white mulled wine, Poinesttia's (think Mimosa but made with Cranberry Juice), Hot Apple Cider and Eggnog, Regional Craft Beers and Domestics on Tap. Nightly made-from-scratch special. Open Nightly, Weather Permitting.
Retreat from winter's chill and warm up with a fresh to order Funnel Cake. Hot drinks and cookies also available. Open Nightly. Nearby also visit the Gazebo for Light-up Cotton Candy or the Dippin Dots cart for Hot Cocoa and Cappuccino.
Enjoy the sweet flavors of the holiday season with our custom labeled Enchanted Garden of Lights wine.
Enchanted Garden of Lights FAQs
What is new at the Enchanted Garden of Lights this year?
- Bring your little one and enjoy storytime with Mrs. Claus and cookie decorating beginning at 4:00pm daily in the North Pole Lodge.
- The Magic Forest soars to new holiday heights with the addition of an all-new, first of its kind, 43-foot tree of lights. Walk through the center of this larger-than-life dancing tree and into the mesmerizing 40-foot-long archway tunnel of synchronized lights. It should be noted that the new light show does contain strobe lights and may not be suitable for those sensitive to flashing lights.
- Snowman Rock, a Rock City holiday favorite, returns to North Pole Village!
- All four Realms of Wonder sparkle with the addition of even more lights and new designs - now with over a million lights throughout the park.
What is the best time to attend?
Mondays through Thursdays tend to be less busy and can make for a more meaningful experience. Weekends and holidays are typically much busier at the Enchanted Garden of Lights.
How much does it cost?
Adult admission ranges from $16.95 - $28.95 with Children, ages 3-12, ranging from $8.95 - $14.95. Pricing varies by date. Click here to view our calendar and plan your visit.
Is all of the daytime Rock City trail open during the Enchanted Garden of Lights?
Most of Rock City is open for the Enchanted Garden of Lights, but as in past years, Fat Man's Squeeze and the Hall of the Mountain King are closed due to steep, dark passageways. There is a portion of Rock City that is open during the Enchanted Garden of Lights that is not open during other times of the year. A different vantage point to explore!
When do you start selling tickets for Enchanted Garden of Lights?
Beginning at 4:00pm, admission for Rock City Gardens changes to reflect the Enchanted Garden of Lights daily price. Click here to view our calendar and plan your visit.
When are the lights turned on?
Yule Town, The Arctic Kingdom, North Pole Village, and The North Pole Highway will be on at 4:00pm. The Magic Forest comes to life at 6:00pm.
When do Santa and his friends arrive?
Mrs. Claus begins greeting guests at 4:00pm daily in The North Pole Lodge. Santa*, and his friends Jack and Inara the Ice Queen, arrive at 6:00pm. Nightly through December 23rd.
I purchased my tickets online for the Enchanted Garden of Lights, do I still need to wait in line at the ticket desk?
In most instances, guests who purchase their tickets online can proceed directly to the entrance and bypass the ticket desk lines. The Enchanted Garden of Lights has multiple ticket options based on date of visit. Please ensure you purchase a ticket valid for the date of your visit before proceeding to the entrance. If an upgrade is required, please visit the ticket desk for assistance. Click here to view our calendar and plan your visit.
When can we enter the park for Enchanted Garden of Lights?
Enchanted Garden of Lights admission begins at 4:00pm daily. Explore the gardens, decorate gingerbread cookies, and enjoy storytime with Mrs. Claus in the North Pole Lodge. Then, as the sun sets, watch as over a million twinkling lights begin to shine and enjoy The Magic Forest beginning at 6:00pm.
Is there enough parking?
As we are located on top of a mountain, there are a limited number of parking spaces available. We have continued to expand our parking area since last year and do our very best to park our guests as efficiently as possible. On our busiest nights, we have a police officer assisting with traffic before you arrive at Rock City and every night we have our own parking attendants working to assist guests. Many nights, our employees park offsite to allow for more available space. While we cannot control the traffic, we will do our best to get everyone parked as quickly and safely as possible.
What time do you stop selling tickets?
Tickets are sold until 9:00 PM. On our busiest nights, the ticket desk will remain open until traffic entering the park has cleared. We do not close the entrances to any of the four realms until one and a half hours after the last ticket is sold in order to give our guests time to enjoy their visit.
Can I visit the Enchanted Garden of Lights with a regular/daytime Rock City Gardens ticket?
All guests arriving after 4pm with non-Enchanted Garden of Lights tickets (regular Rock City daytime tickets, Rock City combo tickets, etc) will need to upgrade their tickets at the Rock City ticket desk before entering the gardens. Upgrade amount will vary based on the night guests are visiting.
Are tickets to Dinner with Santa still available?
Our Dinner with Santa event is a very popular experience. Tickets for 2018 went on sale Thursday, September 20, 2018. Tickets for this event do sell out, so make your reservations soon!
Dinner with Santa
All 2018 dates for Dinner with Santa are SOLD OUT!
Have Dinner with Santa and His Friends!
The holiday season hasn't begun until you've had dinner with Santa and all of his friends. You'll enjoy a traditional holiday meal, one-on-one visits with Santa and his friends, plus admission to the Enchanted Garden of Lights!
This VIP event is available on select nights only and includes:
- Admission to the Enchanted Garden of Lights
- Holiday buffet dinner
- Front-of-the-line access to the Yule Town Realm of the Enchanted Garden of Lights!
- Meet and greet with Santa and his friends, including his elves, Inara the Ice Queen, Jack Frost, the Coca-Cola Polar Bear and Rocky!
- One 4x6 character photo with Santa and friends per child
- Children's tickets (ages 2-12) include a voucher for gingerbread cookie decorating in the North Pole Lodge and a special gift from Santa!
Turkey and Dressing, Honey Glazed Ham, Chicken Tenders, Green Beans, Macaroni & Cheese, Tossed Salad, Dinner Rolls, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Brownies, Coca-Cola Products, Iced Tea and Coffee.
Dates and Times
5:00pm - 7:00pm
|2018 Dates||Adults and
|Friday, December 7||$48.95||SOLD OUT!|
|Saturday, December 8||$48.95||SOLD OUT!|
|Monday, December 10||$44.95||SOLD OUT!|
|Tuesday, December 11||$44.95||SOLD OUT!|
|Wednesday, December 12||$44.95||SOLD OUT!|
Children Under 2: Free with families, but will not receive cookie voucher or special gift. Those items are available for purchase during the Enchanted Garden of Lights. Please call 423-475-8988 for more information.
**Please enter the names of each member of your group during checkout for a personalized visit at Dinner with Santa.
**RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. This is a limited capacity event and does sell-out. Make reservations early for best availability.
**Note: Tickets are non-refundable and non-changeable. Special Ticket Purchase. No coupons, discounts, or other promotions can be used in combination with this ticket purchase.
ANNUAL PASSHOLDERS: Discounted Annual Passholder tickets for Dinner with Santa are available for $34.95 per person. Guests must present annual pass along with admission ticket at the event. To make reservations for these discounted tickets, please call 423-475-8988 Monday through Friday.
Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights welcomes your group visit!
Monday - Thursday Nights
Friday - Sunday Nights
Group Booking Details
- Discounted group admission is available by reservation only for groups of 20 or more paying guests.
- Discounted groups will be able to visit EGL anytime between 6pm - 9pm. No specified entry time will be required.
- Blackout Dates apply - Discounted group bookings are not available for the Enchanted Garden of Lights on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, Saturday nights in December, or the night after Christmas (Dec 26)
- Group meals are available during the Enchanted Garden of Lights with 2 weeks advance notice and will be served in the Big Rock Grill with a maximum of 50 guests.
To make a reservation, please call 877-820-0759 Monday through Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm Eastern Time.
Be on the lookout for pansies blooming in our gardens and lots of Holiday Joy!!
Partners & Sponsors
Rock City is proud to support the Ronald McDonald House during the Enchanted Garden of Lights event. A portion of ticket sales go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Rock City has given over $100,000 to Ronald McDonald House so far from proceeds from this holiday event!