Enchanted Garden of Lights
Celebrate 26 years of holiday tradition at Rock City's award-winning 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. Located a quick drive from downtown Chattanooga, this magical Christmas lights experience is one of Chattanooga's memorable winter events.
Take a stroll down the lighted Grand Corridor in Yule Town, experience the twinkle of icy lights in the Arctic Kingdom, glide into the icy Arctic Kingdom, and the Magic Forest comes alive to reveal exciting enchantments!
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Regular Night Admission
(Green on Calendar)
$26.95 / $14.95
Adults / Children (ages 3-12)
Special Weeknight Admission
(Gold on Calendar)
$24.95 / $13.95
Adults / Children (ages 3-12)
Value Night Admission
(Light Blue on Calendar)
$16.95 / $8.95
Adults / Children (ages 3-12)
Same Great Experience - Value Priced
Check the calendar for dates to take advantage of these special savings.
Hours & Pricing
November 20, 2020 – January 2, 2021 | 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Our calendar of admission pricing will be available soon. Check back for tickets!
- Pricing for the Enchanted Garden of Lights is based on the date of your 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 9:00pm, or later if guests are still waiting to enter.
- 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 certain portions of the trail.
The Arctic Kingdom Aurora Lights
Walk through the stunning display of ice crystals as you begin your descent into the Arctic Kingdom. Journey through this newly enhanced realm filled with the traditional icy blue and white, but immersed with the addition of aquamarine and purple creating a design reminiscent of the aurora borealis lights; bringing new life into this icy, Arctic realm of wonder.
The Magic Forest Soars to Holiday Heights
The Magic Forest soars to holiday heights with the 43-foot tree of lights 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.
The Christmas Shoppes
Make sure Santa is impressed this Christmas Eve! Get your personalized ornaments, winter wear, plush ornaments, and more. Located in the North Pole Village
Enchanting Souvenirs & Holiday Gift Headquarters
After enjoying the holiday lights, stop by and do all of your holiday shopping in Downtown Yuletown. Garden’s Gateway and Woodland Wonders offer unique finds such as: the iconic Rock City Birdhouse, Birdfeeders, and Hummingbird Feeders.
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Dining & Menus
Dining & Menus
North Pole Lodge
Warm up with our delicious Hot Cocoa, Apple Cider, Coffee, Cappuccino and Chocolate Chip Cookies. Open Nightly
Enjoy freshly popped 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, Poinsettia’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 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 – $26.95 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.
I purchased my tickets online for the Enchanted Garden of Lights, do I still need to stop 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.
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 in recent years 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.
Can I visit the Enchanted Garden of Lights with a regular/daytime Rock City Gardens ticket?
All guests arriving 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.
Bring A Group
Bring A Group
Group Pricing is based on on the date you wish to visit. Please view the online calendar to see which admission price will be valid on your visit date.
Enchanted Garden of Lights Regular Admission Nights
Enchanted Garden of Lights Special Weeknight Admission Nights
Enchanted Garden of Lights Holiday Value Admission Nights **
Group Booking Details
- Discounted group admission is available by reservation only for groups of 20 or more paying guests.
- Blackout Dates apply – Discounted group bookings are not available for the Enchanted Garden of Lights on certain nights. Please call to inquire.
- 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.
**Group rate for Holiday Value Nights is only available when booked in conjunction with a group meal.
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. Rock City has given over $100,000 to Ronald McDonald House so far from proceeds from this holiday event.
Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights was selected as a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Festival & Event winner for November 2019.