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About Enchanted Garden of Lights
Celebrating 23 years of enchantment, Rock City's premiere Family Holiday Tradition returns, where Joy, Wonder and Magic await!
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. It's a holiday tradition and a winter wonderland.
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.
Discover The Enchanted Realms (Park Map)
Start at the heart…create your own holiday adventure.
Welcome to the North Pole Highway! As you enter the park through our new entrance, 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, enjoy discovering The Legends of Christmas; special symbols of the season and the stories that created each legend. 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, The Legends of Christmas Exhibits, 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 back to a world of childhood fantasy and hope where anything is possible and Fairytales await!
Here springtime comes to life in winter with trees of light dancing in joyful celebration of the Holiday season and flowers of light burst into bloom. Journey through your timeless childhood fairytales in Fairyland Caverns.
Points of Interest in the Magic Forest include:
The Dancing Forest, Springtime Garden, and Fairyland Caverns.
Hours and Pricing
NOVEMBER 17, 2017 - JANUARY 6, 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.
*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
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 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. 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.
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 - Fridays - Sundays throughout the park.
Have a VIP Experience with Dinner with Santa* - more information available in the tab on the left.
Holiday Marketplace Vendors - Leather craft, jewelry and the Georgia Winery vendors will be open Friday-Sunday 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.
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.
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 & Personalized Ornaments* - Make sure Santa's impressed when he visits your house this Christmas Eve! Design your very own Christmas stocking and get your personalized ornaments in the North Pole Village!
*Additional charge for some activities.
What to Eat:
North Pole Lodge - Warm up with our delicious hot cocoa, apple cider, coffee, cappuccino, 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.
Cliff Terrace Gazebo - Try some light-up cotton candy, a unique treat!
Reindeer View Terraces - Enjoy hot drinks with a view like none other! Open Nightly.
Georgia Winery - Enjoy the sweet flavors of the holiday season with our custom labeled Enchanted Garden of Lights wine.
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. Inara the Ice Queen and polar bear ornaments, plus souvenirs and holiday makeovers are also available.
Enchanted GLOW Lights! - Be part of the magic and purchase your GLOW accessories here! Located on the North Pole Highway.
Dinner with Santa
Have Dinner with Santa and His Friends!
The holiday season hasn't begun until you've had dinner with Santa. 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 including turkey and dressing, honey glazed ham, chicken fingers, green beans, macaroni and cheese and more!
- VIP front-of-the-line access to 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 3-12) include a voucher for gingerbread cookie decorating in the North Pole Lodge and a special gift!
Dates and Times:
5:00pm - 7:00pm
|2017 Dates||Adults and
|Information Coming Soon||$42.95||Coming Soon|
Children Under 3: 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.
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!
Rock City is proud to have Universal Concepts as a Partner In Design for the Enchanted Garden of Lights.