Howdy, readers. Editor Kristen here. I don’t know about you all, but I am still recovering from MAINx24 festivities, so I’ll be taking it easy this weekend. However, I do have holiday shopping on the mind, so I’ll be stopping by the Local Market + Chattanooga Holiday Market to shop for loved ones. Need help making plans? Check out these events happening Friday, Dec. 8-Sunday, Dec. 10.
National Take a Hike Day | Friday, Nov. 17 | 2-5 p.m. | Lula Lake Land Trust, 5000 Lula Lake Rd., Lookout Mountain, GA | $16-$31 | Celebrate National Take a Hike Day with a six-mile journey through Lula Lake’s property.
Enchanted Garden of Lights | Friday, Nov. 17-Sunday, Nov. 19 | Times vary | Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mountain | $9.95-$31.95 | See over one million LED lights illuminate Rock City with other festive activities.
On the Line | Friday, Nov. 17 | 6-8 p.m. | ClearStory Arts, 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave., Chattanooga | $10-$15 | Enjoy live music from In the Company of Wolves + live painting with Julia Whitworth to raise funds for a local documentary.
“Until the Sun Rises” | Friday, Nov. 17 | 7:30-10:30 p.m. | Coosa Mill, 1800 S. Watkins St., Chattanooga | $15-$145 | Come out for an encore performance of this immersive art experience.
Saturday, Nov. 18
Ho Ho Ho Christmas Market | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Cambridge Square, 9453 Bradmore Ln., Ooltewah | Free+ | Eat breakfast with Santa, get free photos, shop from vendors, and more at this family-friendly market.
Chattanooga Christmas Village Holiday Market | Saturday, Nov. 18-Sunday, Nov. 19 | Times vary | Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Pkwy., East Ridge | $0-$5 | Shop holiday gifts from 130+ vendors + enjoy food and free photos with Santa.
Fall Floral Centerpiece Workshop | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 1-2:30 p.m. | The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave., Chattanooga | $75 | Join professional wedding florist Stephanie Lang in creating a centerpiece for your holiday table.
Christmas Parade | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 6:30-9 p.m. | City of East Ridge, 1517 Tombras Ave., East Ridge | Free | Join the East Ridge community to kick off the holiday season with this celebration.
Sunday, Nov. 19
Thanksgiving Market | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd., Chattanooga | Free+ | Come out for the Chattanooga Market’s last outdoor market of the season + shop local meats, cheeses, breads, and other goods to prepare for your Thanksgiving meal.
Meet-and-Greet with National Geographic Photographer | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 12-3 p.m. | Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Rd., Chattanooga | Free | See the center’s new American Red Wolf photography exhibit + meet photographer Jessica Suarez, and see the red wolves at 1 p.m.
In case you missed it, Little Coyote has officially opened its doors. This St. Elmo restaurant (located at 3950 Tennessee Ave.) is brought to you by Chef Erik + Amanda Niel and offers smoked meats and fresh tortillas. Get a little taste.
The Chattanooga Fashion Expo will return Friday, Nov. 17 + Saturday, Nov. 18 for its third year on the runway. Designers from Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia will showcase a variety of garments in back-to-back shows. See the full schedule of events.
A new hot sauce company has made its way to the Scenic City. Created by Chattanooga natives Melody and Angela Petulla, Not Too Hot Sauce offers mild to medium takes on classic hot sauce flavors.
The Chattanooga Football Club has announced it will join the MLS NEXT Pro soccer league beginning in the 2024 season. Joining the league will coincide with the $2.1 million renovations occurring at Finley Stadium.
Well weekenders, we definitely have Thanksgiving on the brain. Due to the holiday, next week’s edition of this newsletter will be paused. In the meantime, let us know your favorite side dish in the survey above + we hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones.