Il­lu­mi­nated splen­dor of the En­chanted Gar­den of Lights re­turns to Rock City Gar­dens.


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The il­lu­mi­nated splen­dor known as the En­chanted Gar­den of Lights re­turns to Rock City Gar­dens this week­end for its 22nd year of en­chant­ment.

As visi­tors en­ter the park through the new en­trance, next to the orig­i­nal 1932 Gatehouse, they’ll ven­ture down the North Pole High­way. From there they’ll have the op­tion of vis­it­ing the four realms of won­der, each with a unique theme, in any or­der they choose, or go the tra­di­tional route be­gin­ning with the Grand Cor­ri­dor in Yule Town.

The award-win­ning light ex­trav­a­ganza fea­tures more than 30 hol­i­day scenes that trans­form the gar­dens into a noc­tur­nal fan­ta­sy­land.

Lo­cal and re­gional choirs, en­sem­bles and bands will en­ter­tain nightly at the North Pole Lodge ( Rock City’s Pavil- ion). Star­bucks also will have mu­sic on the pa­tio from 5: 30 to 9: 30 p. m. Fri­days and Satur­days.

Fire pits will be lit out­side the North Pole Lodge and at Rein­deer View Ter­races and the Christ­mas Plaza each night.

Char­ac­ters will be en­coun­tered along the trail, in­clud­ing Santa and Mrs. Claus, Inara the Ice Queen, Jack Frost, Frosty the Snow­man, Rocky the Elf and North Pole elves. Jerry the Toy Sol­dier Mime will en­ter­tain each Fri­day through Sun­day through­out the park.

Santa will be pos­ing for pho­tos and hear­ing wish lists nightly through Fri­day, Dec. 23, on the Cliff Ter­race Porch. A VIP Din­ner With Santa has al­ready sold out three of its dates, but at press time there were still open­ings for Tues­day, Dec. 13. Cost is $42.95 for adults and chil­dren (2 and older). Call 423475-8988 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Leather craft, jewelry and Ge­or­gia Win­ery ven­dors will set up shop Fri­day through Sun­day evenings to help with shop­ping tasks.

Con­ces­sions will in­clude hot co­coa, ap­ple cider, rein­deer corn (ket­tle corn), cook­ies, fun­nel cake and even light-up cot­ton candy, a unique treat.

There will be an ad­di­tional charge for some ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing gin­ger­bread cookie dec­o­rat­ing with Mrs. Claus, Sugar Plum Fairy makeovers fea­tur­ing glit­ter tat­toos and de­sign- your-own-Christ­mas stock­ing and per­son­al­ized or­na­ments.

Guests should keep in mind that 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 at the trail en­trance. There is a lim­ited-ac­cess/ADA trail that pro­vides a short­cut to the Pav­il­ion and Lover’s Leap area.

The fi­nal touches are in place, in­clud­ing a bright star shin­ing from Lover’s Leap, for Rock City’s En­chanted Gar­den of Lights.


Jerry the Toy Sol­dier Mime will greet guests each Fri­day through Sun­day at Rock City’s En­chanted Gar­den of Lights.

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