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Fairytale Nights


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About Fairytale Nights

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Fairytale Nights at Rock City

Adventure awaits you at Rock City’s newest spring event, Fairytale Nights – where Dreams come to life! Join us on a spectacular journey as we travel to a faraway kingdom where magic is around every turn. Help Little Red Riding Hood avoid the Big Bad Wolf; follow Jack as he ventures off the beanstalk into the giant’s lair; enjoy the radiant gardens with Cinderella; learn to sword fight with a knight! Don’t miss this chance to make magical memories at Rock City’s Fairytale Nights! 

Hours and Pricing

April 1 - 17, 2016

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Open Nightly

  Adult Child (ages 3-12)
Fairytale Nights Premiere Event Pricing (Fri - Sun Nights) $22.95 $12.95
Fairytale Nights Regular Weekday Pricing (Mon - Thu Nights) $19.95 $11.95
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Inclement Weather Information

Due to the outdoor nature of this event, there is a possibility that Fairytale Nights would need to close for inclement weather. Any changes in operating hours for Fairytale Nights will be posted on the Rock City homepage, the Fairytale Nights page, and our Facebook page. You may also call our Hospitality Desk at 706-820-2531 with any questions regarding operating hours. Please note that because Fairytale Nights includes costumed actors, there may be instances where the regular daytime tour of Rock City is open for visitors, but we must close for Fairytale Nights due to weather. 

Fairytale Nights Activities

Fairytale Nights Activities

Meet your favorite fairytale characters as you experience the enchanting gardens at Rock City! Fairytale Nights is full of fun and magical activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy.


Falcon Encounter

Join John & Dale Stokes with “Wings to Soar” for this educational and interactive exhibit.

Nightly in front of the Enchanted Stone Forge Tavern with show times at 6:15 pm, 6:50 pm & 7:30 pm

Ik the Troll King

Appearing in Stone Forge Village

Friday & Saturday Evenings from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Meet and interact with a real live troll and hear wild and fanciful tales as Ik, the Troll King entertains the crowd at Stone Forge Tavern.

Bryan Thompson has been performing as Ik on the RenFaire Circuit for over 15 years, in addition to improvisational performing at Disney World, Netherworld, and private venues.

Kids’ Activities

Seven Dwarves’ Mining Co. Gem Panning*

Mine for gems like the Seven Dwarves did! Kids can use sifters to search for gems and find a treasure to take home.

Jack and the Beanstalk Activity Station

Visit with Jack and explore the Giant's lair, a magical FREE activity station along your journey.

Story Time

Join local storyteller and actress, Kim Jackson, in the Garden’s Gateway Gift Shop for story time on Friday-Sunday evenings. Enjoy as they bring some of our beloved fairytale stories to life through the spoken word.

Story Times are at 5:30, 6:15, 7:00 & 7:45 pm

Enchanted Tea with Alice

April 2, 9, 10 & 11 - Reservations Required

Enjoy an enchanted tea hosted by Alice and the White Rabbit, with special appearances by Cinderella, The Fairy Godmother, Snow White & more. Click the link at left for more details. 

Knights' Training Academy

Children of all ages can train to scale a castle wall, sword fight & learn basic archery. Knights completing the academy are presented to Queen Guinevere in a special ceremony in The Great Hall. 

$13 online or at Ticket Desk, $15 at Climbing Wall

*Additional cost for some kids’ activities.

More Fun

Cinderella Meet & Greet with photos by KODAK!

Guests can visit with Cinderella and have the special moment captured by KODAK nightly near Prince Charming's Castle.

Fairytale Photo Ops!

Have your picture made with your favorite fairytale characters throughout the Enchanted Trail.

Additional Kodak photographers:

  • Castle Entrance
  • Knighting Ceremony
  • Floating

Fairytale Marketplace

Leather craft and jewelry vendors will be open Thursday-Saturday evenings. (The vendor marketplace is located outside of Gardens Gateway at the end of the Enchanted Trail.)

Fairytale Characters

Fairytale Characters

Fairytale Nights transforms Rock City into a magical kingdom inhabited by princes and princesses from your favorite stories. During your visit, you’ll see these popular fairytale characters:

Snow White

Other characters appearing nightly include:

  • Rocky the Elf
  • Beauty & the Beast
  • Hansel & Gretel
  • Woodland Faun
  • Cinderella
  • Prince Charming
  • Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother
  • Frog Princess (Princess Lily)
  • Frog Prince (Prince Robert)
  • The Evil Queen
  • Knight of the Round Table
  • Queen Guinevere
  • Merlin
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Big Bad Wolf
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Town Crier
  • Castle Guard

Enchanted Tea with Alice

Enchanted Tea Time with Alice and Friends

You're invited to a tea party hosted by Alice and the White Rabbit! Special appearances by Cinderella, The Fairy Godmother, Snow White & more. This special limited-capacity event includes tea and hors d'oeuvres as well as front of the line admission to Fairytale Nights. Children also receive a small gift and souvenir photo by Kodak with Alice and Friends. 

Three Course Tea Menu includes Crumpets, Sandwiches, Fresh Fruit, Desserts, Hot Tea, Hot Chocolate, Hot Cider, Coffee, Iced Tea and Coca-Cola Products. 

 Dates and Times:

4:30 - 5:30pm

2016 Dates Adults and Children
(Ages 2-12)
Saturday, April 2nd
4:30 - 5:30pm
$32.95 SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 9th
4:30 - 5:30pm
$32.95 SOLD OUT
Sunday, April 10th
4:30 - 5:30pm
$29.95 SOLD OUT
Monday, April 11th
4:30 - 5:30pm
$29.95 SOLD OUT

Children Under 2: Free with families, but will not receive gift or photo. Those items are available for purchase a la carte. Please call 423-475-8988 for more information. 

**Please 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 Tea with Alice are available to Annual Passholders for $23.95 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. 

What's Bloomin'

In March and April, look for Redbud Trees, Kwansan Cherry Trees, and Viburnum blooming in our gardens. Don’t miss the breathtaking views from Lover’s Leap as spring blooms at beautiful Rock City Gardens! 

Partners & Sponsors

Community Partner

Rock City is proud to partner with Emily’s Power for a Cure during the Fairytale Nights event. Emily was diagnosed with Stave IV Neuroblastoma in October 2005. This beautiful, strong-willed little girl, known as the Pink Power Ranger Princess, fought with everything she had for four months to beat her cancer. On February 20, 2006 while undergoing surgery to remove her tumor, Emily won her battle and went to dance in heaven.

Her family wishes to continue her fight and find a cure for this disease. Emily’s Power for a Cure is her fight against cancer carrying on! While the goal of the foundation is to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for Neuroblastoma, there are more and more immediate needs for families and children fighting this disease. The foundation, Emily’s namesake, was founded in 2006 by Emily’s parents, Jonathon and Wendy Ransom.