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Rock City's Famous Christmas Light Extravaganza

Chattanooga's premiere family holiday tradition is back, celebrating our 22nd anniversary where joy, wonder, and magic await! Be sure to check out our Dinner with Santa event by clicking the tab on the left side of the page!

Rock City Gardens is proud to have Universal Concepts as a Partner in Design for the Enchanted Garden of Lights.

Hours and Pricing

NOVEMBER 18, 2016 - DECEMBER 31, 2016

6pm - 9pm
Closed Christmas Eve Night
Last Ticket sold 9pm

  Adult Child (ages 3-12)
Enchanted Garden of Lights Premiere Event Pricing (Fridays to Sundays) $22.95 $12.95
Enchanted Garden of Lights Regular Weekday Pricing (Mondays to Thursdays) $19.95 $11.95
Upgrade to add on Rock City daytime tour + $10.00 + $5.00
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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 at the trail entrance. A limited access/ADA trail does provide a short-cut to the Pavilion and Lover's Leap area.

Group Pricing

Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights welcomes your group visit! 

Group Pricing

Monday - Thursday Nights

Adults: $18.00
Children: $10.80

Friday - Sunday Nights

Adults: $20.70
Children: $11.70

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. 

Enchanted Garden of Lights Activities

Enchanted Garden of Lights Activities

This award-winning light extravaganza features more than 30 holiday scenes that transform the gardens' natural daytime splendor into a nocturnal fantasyland. Visit with St. Nick and his elves! Enjoy gingerbread cookie decorating, hot cocoa, Sugar Plum Fairy Makeovers and nightly entertainment in the North Pole Lodge.   

What to Do:

Nightly entertainment in the pavilion - Located in the North Pole Lodge (Rock City's Pavilion), you can enjoy the sounds of the season as we feature some of the best local and regional choirs, ensembles, and bands nightly. See the full Performance Schedule above in the Calendar of Events

Meet characters along the trail including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Inara - The Ice Queen, Jack Frost, Frosty the Snowman, Rocky the Elf, and Elves. Also, Merry, the Polar Bear cub, returns with her family to Shelter Rock!  

Meet Santa Claus with Pictures by KODAK* - 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 KODAK. Santa is located on the Cliff Terrace Porch – nightly through Dec. 23

Meet Jerry the Toy Soldier Mime - Thursdays - Saturdays

Have a VIP Experience with Dinner with Santa* - more information available in the tab on the left. 

Warm up and enjoy our fire pits nightly at the Reindeer View Terraces, the Christmas Plaza and outside the North Pole Lodge.

Holiday Marketplace Vendors - Leather craft, jewelry and the Georgia Winery vendors will be open Thursday-Saturday evenings to help you cross off those last items on your holiday shopping list! The vendor marketplace is located outside of Gardens Gateway Gift Shop at the end of the Enchanted Trail. 

Starbucks Winter Weekends Nights Music - Fridays & Saturdays 5:30 - 9:30pm enjoy music on the patio at Starbucks. See the full Performance Schedule above in the Calendar of Events. 

*Additional charge for some activities. 

Kids Activities:

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating* - Visit with Mrs. Claus and decorate your very own fresh baked gingerbread cookie. Relax by the fire and enjoy your treat with some hot cocoa while listening to our nightly entertainment.

Sugar Plum Fairy Makeovers Featuring Glitter Tattoos* - Sparkle with the lights and let your Christmas dreams come to life at Sugar Plum Fairy Makeovers! Join Inara's Royal Court by purchasing your very own princess dress or your own fairy wings and wand. Don't forget to complete the look with a sparkling glitter tattoo!

Design Your Own Christmas Stocking* - Make sure Santa's impressed when he visits your house this Christmas Eve! Design your very own Christmas stocking at The Christmas Shoppe!

*Additional charge for some activities. 

What to Eat:

North Pole Lodge - Warm up with our delicious hot cocoa, apple cider, coffee, cappuccino, soup, and cookies. Open nightly.

Reindeer Corn - Enjoy freshly popped reindeer corn (kettle corn). Located on the Christmas Plaza. Open nightly.

Dippin' Dots - Warm up with hot cocoa and cappuccino.

Cliff Terrace - Retreat from winter's chill and warm up with a fresh-to-order funnel cake. Hot drinks and cookies are also available. Open nightly.

CT Gazebo - Try some light-up cotton candy, a unique treat!

Reindeer View Terraces - Enjoy hot drinks with a view like none other! Open Thursday through Sunday nights.

Take Home a Souvenir:

Enchanting Souvenirs and Holiday Gift Headquarters - Purchase an Enchanted Garden of Lights Christmas ornament, holiday items, and fluff and stuff animals.

The Christmas Shoppe - Take home a personalized ornament or design your own Christmas stocking.

Enchanted GLOW Lights! - Be part of the magic and purchase your GLOW accessories here! Located on the Garden's Gateway Courtyard.

Dinner with Santa

Have Dinner with Santa and some of his Friends!

Plus get VIP admission to the Enchanted Garden of Lights! Santa's Elves will greet you as you arrive and get everyone ready for an appearance by Santa himself!

This VIP event is available on select nights only - and includes:

Holiday Buffet Dinner including Turkey and Dressing, Honey Glazed Ham, Chicken Fingers, Green Beans, Macaroni & Cheese and more!

VIP Front of the Line Access to the Enchanted Garden of Lights!

Meet and Greet with Santa and his Friends including Santa's Elves, Inara the Ice Queen, Jack Frost, The Coca-Cola Polar Bear and Rocky!

One 4x6 Character Photo with Santa and Friends per Family

Children's tickets (ages 2-12) include a voucher for gingerbread cookie decorating in the North Pole Lodge and a special gift!

Dates and Times:

5:00pm - 7:00pm

2016 Dates Adults and
(Ages 2-12)
Saturday, December 3rd $42.95 SOLD OUT
Sunday, December 4th $42.95 BUY NOW
Monday, December 12th $39.95 BUY NOW
Tuesday, December 13th $39.95 BUY NOW

Children Under 2: Free with families, but will not receive cookie voucher or special gift. Those items are available for purchase a la carte. 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 tickets for Dinner with Santa are available to Annual Passholders for $30.95 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. 

What's Bloomin

What's Bloomin'

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!