Community holiday functions
A live auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Chickamauga Public Library. Proceeds will support library programs. Auction items were donated by area merchants and include a stove from Roper, gift cards, jew-elry, dance lessons, hand bags, a fruit basket, flowers and other items.
Walker County Emergency Services will offer a free class, “Preparing for a safe holiday,” for all ages, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 6. The class will be held at Fire Station #1 in Rock Spring, in front of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Pre-registration is required to ensure adequate course materials. Call 706-539-1255 or email Captain Traci Reece at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
Berry College Theatre Company’s annual Christmas show is “Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas” beginning Thursday, Dec. 6. The play is also a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Santa will available for photos at no extra charge. The play is family-friendly, but more suited to older children. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 7 and 8 with two matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 9. Reserved tickets are $15 and include a catered dessert. If no dessert is desired, admission is $10. For more information and reservations, please call the box office at 706-236-2263 or email Richard Bristow at email@example.com.
The Tabernacle Christmas Market will be held from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Rossville Baptist Tabernacle Fel-lowship Building, 101 Hooker Road, in Rossville (two blocks west of Rossville Blvd. and Gordon Avenue traffic light at the Georgia/Tennessee state line). There will be live entertainment, a bake sale and refreshments. Vendors in-clude Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Dove Chocolates, Advocare, Celebrating Home, Jewels4God, Mary Kay Cosmetics and It Works.
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a Holiday Open House at the Cra-vens House on Lookout Mountain . The Cravens House will be decorated in a manner similar to the Civil War era. This holiday event will take place Friday, Dec. 7, and Dec. 14. Tours of the house will be conducted every 30 min-utes beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. Reservations are required due to capacity limitations. To make a res-ervation, and for more information, contact the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 423-821-7786.
“The Nutcracker” will be performed by Chattanooga Ballet and the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra at the Tivoli Theatre Friday and Saturday, December 7-8, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. Call 423- 265-0617 for ticket in-formation.
The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga (ETC) will perform an original piece, “Gods & Disasters,” Dec. 7-16; Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. Performances will take place in the St. Andrews Center, 1918 Union Avenue in Chattanooga. Tickets are $10 and are available at ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com or by calling 423-987-5141. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance. Free parking is available behind the St. An-drews Center.
The Santaland Diaries and Season’s Greetings, two holiday pieces by popular humorist David Sedaris will be held on the CircleStage at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., now through Dec. 8. The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is located at 400 River Street, Chattanooga, on the NorthShore. Parking is available for $2 in the lot next to the Theatre Centre. Tickets are available by calling (423) 267-8534 or they may be purchased online at tickets.theatrecentre.com.
The Scenic City Chorus will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Walker County Civic Center off Highway 27 in Rock Spring. General admission is $10. Children younger than 12 will be admitted free.
The LaFayette Optimist Club is hosting the first annual Reindeer Run, a 5K Fun Run/Walk & 1 Mile that will take place Saturday, Dec. 8, beginning at 9 a.m. at Joe Stock Memorial Park in downtown LaFayette. Proceeds benefit the LaFayette Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program. Not a runner? Spirit Team Registration is available at no cost. For more information or to register, contact Race Coordinator, AJaye Brown at 706-996-8788 or visit Optimis-tReindeerRun.com.
The Holiday Starlight Parade and the Lighted Boat Parade will take place in downtown Chattanooga on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, followed by a fireworks finale at 8 p.m. For more information, visit chatta-noogapresents.com.
A Victorian Christmas will be presented by the Victorian Christmas Guild in downtown Summerville from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. A Christmas tour with a costumed narrator will be at each decorated window to explain how the scene would fit into the Victorian Era. The Victorian Christmas Guild is a non-profit group that work together with volunteers to bring the Victorian Christmas to life by decorating the windows in downtown Summerville. Along with the tour there will be a Victorian costume contest, games, prizes, food, and musical entertainment. A Victorian Santa also will be in town for pictures. For more information, call Jeannie Chesley at 706-734-2463 or Linda Espy at 706-857-2560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walker County Schools’ Smith Planetarium will be open to the public on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2:30 p.m. The program entitled “Season of Light” is about Yuletide customs, seasons, solstice celebrations, and the centuries-old traditions of bringing light to a cold and dark time of year. The planetarium is at 409 Pond Springs Road south of Chicka-mauga. No admission is charged for public programs.
The annual Holiday English Tea and Open House at the Houston Museum for Decorative Arts will take place on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1-4 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call 423-267-7176 or visit thehoustonmu-seum.org.
A Santa’s Workshop will be held inside of the Ronald McDonald House (in Chattanooga) from Dec. 10-24 for families to choose gifts for their seriously sick children without having to spend much time away. Groups and individuals around the Chattanooga area are collecting items from Santa’s Wish List (available at rmhchattanooga.com) to stock the Workshop in full by December 10. Groups collecting items for Santa's Workshop are asked to contact Tiffany Cobb to schedule a drop-off time/date at email@example.com or 423-778-4338.
A Christmas bazaar will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the LaFayette-Walker County Public Li-brary. Vendors will sell a variety of items including hand-crafted items, hairbows, handbags, candles, jewelry and vintage items. Enjoy baked goods and cider and entertainment. If interested in becoming a vendor, contact Rhonda at 423-653-0227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The inaugural Rome Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, at State Mutual Sta-dium/Heritage Trails. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., the 5K race starts at 10 a.m. and the one-mile fun walk begins at 10:10 a.m. To register, go to romejbrw.org. For more information, contact Wade Kelley at 423-341-4788 or email@example.com.
A Christmas Gala will be performed at The Colonnade , 264 Catoosa Circle, in Ringgold. This is a musical variety show of Christmas songs and dance. Performance: Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for sen-iors (age 55 and older), $12 for students, $11 for groups of 15 or more. Call 706-935-9000, for more information or visit the website colonnadecenter.org
James Rogers will present a “Home for the Holidays” concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at The Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, in Ringgold. All tickets are reserved: $20.50 for adult admission, $18.50 for seniors (age 55 and older), $11.50 for children 12 and younger. Call 706-935-9000, for more information or visit the website colonnade-center.org.
Child-friendly activities and Santa appearances
“Enchanted Evening” will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Chickamauga Public Library. Come hear read-ings of “The Polar Express” and “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” sit with Santa (personal photos welcome), and enjoy cookies and cocoa. There will be an auction at 6:30 p.m. Items are donated by local merchants, including Roper, Chickamauga Florist, Chickamauga Drug Store, Bank of Chickamauga, Shop-Rite, The Melon Patch, Chap-man’s Jewelry, Joy’s Barber Shop, DanceSport Studio, and Whitfield Oil. Donations are still being accepted. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Chickamauga Public Library.
Hutcheson Medical Center invites the Northwest Georgia community to the hospital’s 28th annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, Dec. 6. The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the hospital lobby and feature family-oriented events such as a children’s crafts area, holiday carols, and a visit from Santa. The highlight of the evening will be the an-nual lighting of the tree atop the hospital.
The City of LaFayette Christmas Parade 2012 will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 . Participants will line up for the parade at 4:30 p.m. The parade route starts at 512 South Main Street (Ace Hardware) and travels north on Main Street, through the square, turning left onto Margaret Street to the LaFayette Sixth Grade Academy parking lot to disband. This year’s theme is “A Christmas Wonderland.” Call 706-639-1590 for more information.
The City of LaFayette’s annual “Amazing Christmas” light show will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, following the parade, and will continue through Jan. 2, 2013, at Joe Stock Memorial park. The synchronized musical light show is held from 6-10 p.m. nightly through most of December. Tune to FM 89.5 to hear the music played in the light show. For more information, call the city parks and recreation department at 706-639-1590.
The City of LaFayette will host a traditional and large-scale Lionel model train and village display inside a deco-rated Chattooga Academy/Gordon Hall. The display coincides with the “Amazing Christmas” light show from 6-10 p.m., Dec. 7 through Jan. 2, 2013.
Kids, get your list ready! Santa Claus is coming to First Volunteer Bank in Fort Oglethorpe from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and again on Friday, Dec. 14.
Moovin’ and Groovin’ holiday dance for youth, boys and girls with exceptional needs , ages 7-22, will be held Fri-day, Dec. 14. Register with the North Georgia Community YMCA the day of the event; cost is $5. For more informa-tion, call 706-935-2226 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas at the Farm will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Willow Tree Farms, 607 Post Oak Road in Ringgold , just north of Heritage High School. Parking is on-site or attendees can take the shuttle from Heritage High School. Enjoy Christmas scenes, a petting zoo, crafts for the kids, a visit with Santa, a hayride, a firepit, hot beverages and snacks. Free admission. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods for Christ’s Chapel Share and Care Mission or toiletries for the Family Crisis Center. The event is a gift to the community from Boynton United Methodist Church. For more information, visit BoyntonUMC.org or call 706-86-2626.
The Rossville Public Library will host a Family Movie Night on Thursday, Dec. 20, from 5-7 p.m. Join us for a funny animated movie that reveals the answer to every child’s question: “So how does Santa deliver all those pre-sents in one night?” The answer: Santa’s ultra-high tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. This movie also has a funny dysfunctional family, an unlikely hero and an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning. Rated: PG Running time: 97 Minutes.
Church events and religious programs
The Chattooga High School Chorus and Ensemble will perform at Lyerly United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. Dr. Jay McNeal is the pianist and Jason Hall is the chorus director. There will be refreshments and finger foods afterwards. For more information, call Beverly Cowart of CHS at 706-857-2402.
The Salvation Army has coordinated a free public Christmas concert as a way of saying “Thank You” to the commu-nity for its outpouring of support this season. “Ring the Joyous Bells, A Gift of Christmas” will be presented on Dec. 9 , at 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 401 Gateway Avenue, in downtown Chattanooga. Performing are The Jericho Brass Band, First Baptist Church Choir, The Scenic City Choir, The Metropolitan Bell Choir and songs from The Salvation Army production of “Behold the Lamb of God.” For more information, visit csarmy.org
The Second Baptist Church Choir will present their Christmas Cantata “Hope for the Broken World” on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. at the church in LaFayette.
All women are invited to “The Annual Women’s Christmas Dinner” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 East Brainerd Road (across from Publix) in Chattanooga. Cost is $15 per per-son. Featured speaker is Dr. Jada Daves and pastor and singer Angie McGregor. Tickets available at the church, call 423-892-9363 or visit christplace.org. For more information, call Susan Higgins at 423-304-8783 or email@example.com.