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Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights welcomes your group visit! Group Pricing
Look for Jerry, the Toy Soldier Mime, throughout the park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
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The Grand Corridor, Doves in Flights, Toy Land, Packaging Elves, Santa’s Soldiers and American Flags.
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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.
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.
Amber Carrington performs in the North Pole Lodge 6:00pm – 9:00pm
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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.
Is all of the daytime Rock City trail open during the Enchanted Garden of Lights?
This VIP event is available on select nights only and includes:
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!
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.
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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.
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.
Whisk yourself away to the joys of Christmases gone by – where the heart and spirit of Christmas are treasured all year long!
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.
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
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CCA Strings and Jazz Band perform in the North Pole Lodge 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Experience the Enchanted Garden of Lights in Rock City, Georgia
Kids get to meet Inara the Ice Queen and Jack Frost in the Arctic Kingdom while light displays like Blizzard’s Pass and the Polar Bear Cave set the frigid mood. North Pole Village is exactly what you’d expect; Santa is there to greet kids and take Christmas lists, while gourmet hot chocolate creates a mouthwatering aroma. There’s a cute shop here too, as well as a gingerbread house and the Christmas Star.
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!
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!
Rock City’s Pavillion converts to the North Pole Lodge, and music hub, for the season. Local choirs angelically sing our classic favorites, and it just makes it feel like Christmas. A great variety of other bands and groups are brought in to put on a festive performance . On Friday and Saturday nights, the onsite Starbucks hosts more musical performers.
On December 2nd, 3rd, 11th and 12th, you can reserve your spot to have dinner with Santa! The event is uniquely magical with plenty of perks like a one-on-one conversation with Santa and other Christmas characters, such as the Coca-Cola Bear and elves. You’ll get a 4×6 family photo with the group too. They don’t skimp on the meal; part of the experience is the awesome buffet complete with turkey, ham, chicken, green beans, salad, mac and cheese, rolls, pumpkin pie and brownies! Your dinner is rounded out with gingerbread cookie decorating in the North Pole Lodge, and a surprise gift.
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.
Piping hot funnel cakes and cookies; need I say more? Cliff Terrace is a must stop for the kiddies, and I guarantee you won’t leave without light up cotton candy from the nearby gazebo!
Blizzard’s Pass, Penguins, Meet Jack Frost and Inara the Ice Queen, and Polar Bear Cove.
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!
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.
The Christmas Star, City Lights, Gingerbread House, Santa Claus, North Pole Lodge, Holiday Shopping and Café 7.
To make a reservation, please call 877-820-0759 Monday through Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm Eastern Time.
Hixson High School Chorus & Orchestra performs in the North Pole Lodge 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Celebrating 24 years of enchantment, Rock City’s premiere Family Holiday Tradition returns, where Joy, Wonder, and Magic await!
There are so many side activities that give the Enchanted Garden of Lights that extra bit of magic. Families can make their own stockings with personalized touches, while special ornaments can be crafted too. No one makes gingerbread cookies like Mrs. Claus, and you can decorate one in the North Pole Village, at the lodge.
Sweet Georgia Sound performs in the North Pole Lodge 6:00pm – 9:00pm Matt Downer performs at Starbucks Winter Weekends 6:00pm – 9:00pm
South Pittsburg Elementary Chorus performs in the North Pole Lodge 6:00pm – 9:00pm
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.
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.
Visit with Mrs. Claus and decorate your very own fresh baked Gingerbread cookie! Located in the North Pole Lodge
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.
Enchanted Garden of Lights, Rock City’s award-winning holiday display in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, features four sparkling Christmas realms. Millions of lights and festive activities warm hearts and brighten spirits of the young and old.
More musical entertainment located at Starbucks on Friday and Saturday nights. Full performance calendar above.
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The North Pole Highway serves as the central path, which takes you to each themed village. Be prepared for a good bit of walking and some hills; just take it slow and soak it all in. At a casual pace, you’ve got nearly two hours of lightseeing, not including shop stops.
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!
The Dancing Forest, Springtime Garden, and Fairyland Caverns.
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.
Warm up with our delicious Hot Cocoa, Apple Cider, Coffee, Cappuccino and Cookies. Open Nightly
Lafayette High School Chorus performs in the North Pole Lodge 6:00pm – 9:00pm
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.
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Yule Town focuses on the legends of Christmas we all have grown up hearing. Origins of each beloved tale are told, and symbols through the town represent each one. The Fudge Kitchen offers the dreamiest sweets while Garden’s Gateway and Woodland Wonders Gift Shops sell other affordable trinkets.
Known as Cafe 7 during the regular season, Reindeer View Terraces has an awesome view to the town below Lookout Mountain. Adults can enjoy amazing holiday beverages like mulled wines, craft beer, and eggnog. “Poinsettia’s” is one of the best and unique cocktails being similar to a mimosa, but with flavors of cranberry.
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.
The Original Gatehouse, The Nativity Show, and the North Pole Lodge.
Make sure Santa’s impressed this Christmas Eve! Design your own Christmas Stocking and get your personalized ornamnets. Located in the North Pole Village
Enjoy the sweet flavors of the holiday season with our custom labeled Enchanted Garden of Lights wine.
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.
The Georgia winery stocks Rock City with custom Enchanted Garden of Lights labeled wine. It’s sweet with notes of pure Christmas; take it home as a momento of a fabulous Christmas experience, or stock up for gifting.
There’s plenty of great food along your walking path. North Pole Lodge focuses on festive drinks like apple cider, coffee and their rich hot chocolate. Fresh cookies are available too.Sweet and salty kettle corn is located at Reindeer Corn, a little snack stop in the Christmas plaza. Popped fresh onsite, it’s still warm and toasty when you dive in.
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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.
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.
Enjoy freshly popper Reindeer (Kettle) Corn, located on the Christmas Plaza. Open Nightly
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.
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Lastly, don’t miss Jerry the Toy Soldier on Saturday and Sunday nights. He won’t utter a peep, but may sneak you a wink! Pure magic!
Jennifer Daniels performs in the North Pole Lodge 6:00pm – 9:00pm
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Lee University Night – $6 admission for students and faculty with CURRENT Lee University ID 6:00pm – 9:00pm Drake Barker performs at Starbucks Winter Weekends 6:00pm – 9:00pm Ladies of Lee perform in the North Pole Lodge 6:00pm – 9:00pm
I purchased my tickets online for the Enchanted Garden of Lights, do I still need to wait in line at the ticket desk?
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Welcome to the icy realm of the Arctic Kingdom, home to Inara the Ice Queen and Jack Frost.
Chattanooga State College Night – $6 admission for students and faculty with CURRENT Chatt. State ID 6:00pm – 9:00pm UTC Jazz Ensemble performs in the North Pole Lodge 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Enchanted Garden of Lights FAQs What is new at the Enchanted Garden of Lights this year?
**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.
The Magic forest features displays of childhood fairy tales. Even adults are pulled into the magic as it’s truly a step back to other generations.
Be on the lookout for pansies blooming in our gardens and lots of Holiday Joy!!
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.
Enchanted Garden of Lights Activities Nightly Entertainment in the North Pole Lodge
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UTC Chattanooga Singers perform in the North Pole Lodge 6:00pm – 9:00pm UTC Night – $6 admission for students and faculty with CURRENT UTC ID 6:00pm – 9:00pm Cannon Hunt performs at Starbucks Winter Weekends 6:00pm – 9:00pm
The gleaming city lights will welcome you while the Christmas Star heralds your entrance to the place that Santa calls home.
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 little one wouldn’t squeal with delight at the sound of a sugar plum makeover? At Inara’s Royal Court, located in the North Pole Village, transform into a sparkling holiday vision with a princess dress, fairy wings and wand! Finish up your makeover with a glittering tattoo! It’s an awesome way to either kick off or wrap up your time in the Gardens.
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.
Covenant Singers perform in the North Pole Lodge 6:00pm – 9:00pm
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 4×6 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! Dinner Buffet