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About Enchanted Garden of Lights
Celebrating 24 years of enchantment, Rock City's premiere Family Holiday Tradition returns, where Joy, Wonder, and Magic await!
It's a Chattanooga holiday tradition and a winter wonderland. Walk through Rock City's gardens at night and view custom Christmas lights, creating a magical experience you'll always remember. Marvel at this award-winning holiday lighting extravaganza! Music, food and our magical decorations are but a few reasons to SEE ROCK CITY this holiday season.
START AT THE HEART...CREATE YOUR OWN HOLIDAY ADVENTURE! Choose a new path or allow tradition to guide the way. Experience the magic of four uniquely themed realms of wonder in the Enchanted Garden of Lights. As you enter the park through our new entrance, next to the Original 1932 Gatehouse and venture down The North Pole Highway, 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. Find Santa n the North Pole Village, or Inara the Ice Queen in the Arctic Kingdom. There are tons to explore once you enter the park.
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. Take time to meet Inara and Jack Frost on your connecting journey to North Pole Village.
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, North Pole Lodge, 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
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|
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!
*Admission gates at the original gatehouse will open at 5:30pm for guests to wander the North Pole Highway and choose which realm to start their adventure. Entrance into the realms will open at 6:00pm. Guests must choose their last realm to enter by 10:30pm.
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.
Enchanted Garden of Lights Activities
Enchanted Garden of Lights Activities
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 as we feature some of the best local and regional choirs, ensembles and bands nightly. Full performance calendar above.
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.
Gingerbread Cookie Decorating
Visit with Mrs. Claus and decorate your very own fresh baked Gingerbread cookie! Located in the North Pole Lodge
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.
Design your own Christmas Stocking & Personalized Ornaments
Make sure Santa's impressed this Christmas Eve! Design your own Christmas Stocking and get your personalized ornamnets. 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, Craft and Domestic Beer. Nightly made-from-scratch special. Open Nightly
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?
The Enchanted Garden of Lights has been enhanced and updated with additional lights throughout the park and a brand new light show in the Magic Forest. It should be noted that the new light show does contain strobe lights and may not be suitable for those sensitive to flashing lights.
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.
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?
The ticket desk stops selling daytime tickets at 4:00 PM. The ticket desk is then closed for 30 minutes to prepare for the Enchanted Garden of Lights. The ticket desk reopens at 4:30 PM to sell tickets to the Enchanted Garden of Lights.
I purchased my tickets online for the Enchanted Garden of Lights, do I still need to wait in line at the ticket desk?
No, you can proceed to the Enchanted Garden of Lights entrance. Just follow the golden path across from the ticket desk. If you are visiting on a weekend, and have purchased online tickets, your tickets must say FRIDAY - SUNDAY. Otherwise, you will need to proceed to the ticket desk to upgrade your tickets to our Premiere night event pricing.
When can we enter the park for Enchanted Garden of Lights?
The gates to the North Pole Highway are opened at 5:30 PM, however, the four realms of wonder for the Enchanted Garden of Lights do not open until 6:00 PM. You are welcome to explore along the North Pole Highway where the lighted, narrated nativity story is told, visit the North Pole Lodge to see Mrs. Claus or decorate gingerbread cookies or visit the shops in Downtown Yule Town while you wait! We open the gates at 5:30 PM to allow for better traffic flow and to keep foot traffic in the parking lot to a minimum, but the Enchanted Garden of Lights does not open until 6:00 PM so that it is dark enough to enjoy the magical light displays.
Is there enough parking?
As we are located on top of a mountain, there are a limited number of parking spaces available. We have expanded 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 from 4:30 PM until 9:00 PM. On our busiest nights, the ticket desk will remain open until traffic entering the park has cleared. We do not closed 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.
Are tickets to Dinner with Santa still available?
Our Dinner with Santa event is a very popular experience. Tickets usually go on sale in mid-July. Unfortunately, the event sold out in October and tickets are no longer available for this year's event. Watch our social media postings this summer for Dinner with Santa 2018!
Dinner with Santa
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 VIP admission to the Enchanted Garden of Lights!
This VIP event is available on select nights only and includes:
- Holiday buffet dinner
- VIP 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 family
- Children's tickets (ages 2-12) include a voucher for gingerbread cookie decorating in the North Pole Lodge and a special gift!
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
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 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.
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!