Grinch and Krampus sightings, comedian Chris Kattan on Chattanooga-area entertainment calendar

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Dec. 8—If you're in the least bit unnerved by the Grinch before his heart grows three sizes, consider yourself forewarned about Krampus, a half-goat, half-demon beast from German folklore.

People willing to dress as these mythological figures will form a Krampus Brigade for "a frighteningly good time" scaring naughty children straight at Saturday night's International Market & More at Cooper's Alley in downtown Chattanooga. (Sign up via the link on the Art120.org home page.)

The Krampus appearances happen only during the after-dark Bavarian market celebrating Krampusnacht (Krampus Night). The daytime edition of the market, meant to introduce art, food, music and gifts from around the world, is family-friendly.

Also, two pop-culture sensations — both household names for decades — are on the entertainment calendar: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Chicago in concert and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" on stage. Here's a chronology of upcoming music, dance and theater productions.

Here's a chronology of upcoming events.

COMEDY

— The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., has two special engagements this weekend. Perennial favorite James Gregory performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $30-$35. Comedian and actor Chris Kattan is featured at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $27-$30. thecomedycatch.com

— Scenic City Super Show, a variety show featuring sketch comedy, stand-up and live music, is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. An after-show of stand-up comedy will follow at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the variety show, $10 for the after-show, $20 for both (one free drink is included per ticket). Eventbrite.com

OUT & ABOUT

— Greek Bake Sale: This Christmas sale of sweet and savory specialties is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at Annunciation Greek Church, 722 Glenwood Drive. Prices vary. annunciation-greek-chattanooga.square.site

— Author visit: An Evening With Author Michael Blackmon is scheduled at 6 p.m. Friday at Harris Arts Center, 212 S. Wall St. in Calhoun, Ga. The latest book by the Calhoun native, a decorated combat leader, is "Ranger School: Discipline, Direction, Determination." The event includes a guided Q&A before audience interaction. Admission is free. harrisartscenter.com

— "Elf," the 2003 feature film starring Will Ferrell, will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday in the free holiday movie series at the Gem Theatre, 114 N. Wall St. in Calhoun, Ga. calhoungemtheatre.org

— The Read House, 107 W. M.L. King Blvd., has two events this weekend. Holiday Jubilee, featuring live entertainment, a complimentary hot chocolate and cider station and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus (bring your own camera), is 5-8 p.m. Friday. Breakfast With Santa tickets are available at 9 a.m. Saturday for $15 for children 5-12 (free for younger children) and $30 for adults. The 11 a.m. seating is sold out. thereadhousehotel.com/holidays

— Holiday Lights at the Zoo will transform Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., the next two weekends. In addition to the wonderland of lights, the event includes animal enrichment, a scavenger hunt, photos with Santa and take-home crafts. Hours are 5-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (and Dec. 17-18). Nonmembers pay $15 all ages (free for children 2 and younger); member admission is $5 less. Tickets must be purchased in advance online; they will not be sold at the gate. chattzoo.org

— Book signing: David Carroll signs copies of "Hello Chattanooga: Famous People Who Have Visited the Tennessee Valley" at two Food City locations Saturday: 11 a.m.-noon at 10161 Dayton Pike in Soddy-Daisy; 1-2 p.m. at 703 Signal Mountain Road in Chattanooga. chattanoogaradiotv.com

— International Market & More will offer two modes Saturday at Cooper's Alley, 10 E. Seventh St. The family-friendly World Holiday Market, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., features art, food, music and gifts from around the world. Later, 6-10 p.m., a small Bavarian market celebrates Krampusnacht (Krampus Night) in which an Alpine folkloric figure assists St. Nicholas by scaring children who've been naughty. Ashley and the X's will perform. Free admission. art120.org

— A Down Home Christmas in Chickamauga, Ga., features multiple events Saturday, including breakfast with Santa (at Gordon Lee Mansion by reservation, $20 fee), cookie decorating with the Grinch, reindeer games, street vendors (starting at 10 a.m.), community helper and construction corner, scavenger hunt, storytime with Mrs. Claus, ornament making, letters to Santa, photos with Santa (3-5 p.m. at Chickamauga Depot in the Welcome Center) and a Winter Wonderland Parade at 6:30 p.m. Facebook.com/ChickamaugaCommunityGrowthAssociation

— Broad Street Holiday Hop takes place 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday at 200 Broad St. between Aquarium Way and Third Street. The celebration includes live music by multiple bands, roller-skating with Moonlight Roller, fire dancers, arts and crafts vendors, miniature train rides, free pictures with the Grinch, holiday treats and beverages (including adult versions). rivercitycompany.com

— Lookout Valley Christmas parade is noon-1 p.m. Saturday. The route follows Kelly's Ferry Road from Lookout Valley Elementary, 701 Brown's Ferry Road, to John A. Patten Recreation Center, 3202 Kelly's Ferry Road. Facebook.com/Events

— Walking Tour of Historic Churches through downtown Cleveland, Tenn., is at 1 p.m. Saturday from the Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St. Museum admission ($9 adults) includes the walk, or pay $5 for just the walk. museumcenter.org

— Winter Story Time at Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway in Cleveland, Tenn., features a reading of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by photos with the title character. Stop by registration booth after 10 a.m. to receive coloring page, store coupons and chance to win door prizes (must be present). shopbradleysquare.com

— Holiday Market, Chattanooga Market's indoor, end-of-season celebration of local arts, crafts and food products, continues the next two weekends at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. chattanoogamarket.com

— Angel Trees: The Salvation Army campaign to provide toys to needy children and essential items to seniors based on their individual wish lists continues through Sunday at Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., on the upper level near Altar'd State, and at Northgate Mall, 271 Northgate Mall Drive, near Colony 13. csarmy.org

— Book signing: Ronni Darlene Pruitt signs copies of "Three Failed Attempts, One Faithful God: A Mother's Story of Victory Over Teen Depression" 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday on the fifth floor of Edney Innovation Center, 1100 Market St. Books will be priced at $15 at this event. info@3failedattemptsbook.store

— Mistletoe Market, featuring 150 craft, commercial and food vendors, plus free photos with Santa, is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. Admission is free. touchtheskyevents.com

— Pet photos with Santa are scheduled 4-7 p.m. Monday at both Chattanooga malls: Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., and Northgate, 271 Northgate Mall Drive in Hixson. hamiltonplace.com, visitnorthgatemall.com

— Santa Mocs Night: This photo session, when Santa Claus dresses in blue and gold for his hometown Chattanooga Mocs, is 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Northgate Mall, 271 Northgate Mall Drive. Mascot Scrappy will be on hand as well. Visits are free; various photo packages are available. visitnorthgatemall.com

CANDLELIGHT TOURS

— Chief Vann House, a former Cherokee home at 82 Highway 225 North in Chatsworth, Ga., is open for tours 5-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is decorated with fresh greenery and lit by hundreds of candles, akin to an early 19th-century Moravian Christmas. Live music, cider and cookies are included. Cost is $5.50-$6.50 gastateparks.org/chiefvannhouse

— Gordon-Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road in Chickamauga, Ga., has its final weekend of tours 6-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The historic home is decorated with greenery, candles and other natural items. Cost is $5 for adults, $1 for children 12 and younger. Facebook.com/FriendsGLM

— Marsh House, 308 N. Main St. in LaFayette, Ga., offers its tours the next two weekends. Visitors will see the house decorated in the style of the 1880s, hear stories of Christmas customs of the time and enjoy hot cider and ginger cookies. Hours are 6-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (and Dec. 18-19) by reservation. A $5 donation per person is requested, and cash payments are preferred. 706-638-5187

MUSIC

— Choral Arts of Chattanooga presents its "Christmas Flourish" concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine St. Tickets are $10-$15. Online sales have ended, but tickets will be available at the door. Masks are required. choralartsofchattanooga. weebly.com

— The Roueche Chorale and Orchestra will offer the 21st annual Chattanooga Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 East Brainerd Road. Admission is free. therouechechorale.org

— The Metropolitan Bells, an advanced community handbell ensemble, opens its holiday concert season Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 3425 N. Ocoee St. in Cleveland, Tenn. Chattanooga concerts follow Tuesday at Brainerd Baptist Church, 300 Brookfield Ave., and Dec. 16 at Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 East Brainerd Road. All performances start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free; donations are welcome. metropolitanbells.org

— Christmas at the Courthouse will be a single performance this year, rather than a weeklong series. Student performers from the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts will entertain at 12:15 p.m. Friday in the second-floor rotunda at the Hamilton County Courthouse, 625 Georgia Ave.

— Phillips, Craig & Dean, a chart-topping contemporary Christian trio, will be in concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Hamilton Community Church, 7997 Shallowford Road. Tickets are $15 Eventbrite.com

— Walker Theatre, 709 Broad St., has two shows coming up. Roots band The Wood Brothers will perform at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $40-$55. Roots rocker Anderson East plays at 8 p.m. Sunday. (The venue's final show of the year belongs to country star Marty Stuart on Dec. 17.) Tickets are $30-$40. tivolichattanooga.com

— Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., has its last concerts of the year coming up. Country band Midland stops on The Last Resort Tour at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $29-$69. Rock supergroup Chicago plays at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $75-$149. tivolichattanooga.com

— Songbirds, 35 Station St., welcomes outlaw country artist Alex Williams, with Rachel McIntyre Smith, at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of. Master guitarist Doyle Dykes, a Cleveland, Tenn., native, presents a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $25. The Songbirds Foundation has earmarked proceeds from Dykes' show for its Guitars for Kids program. songbirdsfoundation.org

— Mid-South Symphonic Band, a 70-member volunteer ensemble, presents a holiday concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. Admission is free. Masks are required. midsouth symphonicband.com

— The Arts Center, 320 N. White St. in Athens, Tenn., welcomes the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's strings and woodwinds ensembles for a holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15-$25. athensartscouncil.org

— The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn., still has tickets available for a Sunday show by Lab Group, with Shlohmo, The Librarian and Player Dave, at 8 p.m. CST. Tickets are $55-$340. Saturday's show, headlined by CharlesTheFirst, is sold out. thecaverns.com

— "The Joyous Songs of Christmas": Jericho Brass and InSpirit Men's Chorus will offer a combined performance, plus lead a sing-along of favorite carols, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. Admission is free. jerichobrassband.org, inspiritmenschorus.com

— Advent Now, a chamber ensemble formed from a select group of Lee University School of Music students and faculty, will present a Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel, 1020 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn. Selections represent classical, jazz, pop and gospel music. Admission is free; donations are welcome. Facebook.com/AdventNow

— St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 307 W. Seventh St., continues its Advent concert series with the Chattanooga Guitar Duo, featuring Michael McCallie and Alejandro Olson, at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday. The 30-minute concert is free. A soup lunch follows in Key-Andrews Hall for $6. Donations of winter hats, gloves, scarves and socks (only) are accepted for the Chattanooga Community Kitchen at each performance. stpaulschatt.org

— Chris Tomlin Christmas Tour: The Grammy- winning contemporary Christian artist shares his biggest hits plus cuts from his new album, "Emmanuel: Christmas Songs of Worship," in this 10-city tour, stopping at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Redemption to the Nations Church, 1908 Bailey Ave. Tickets are $25-$35. rttn.church/events

DANCE

— Chattanooga Ballet will present its annual performance of "The Nutcracker" this weekend at the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. The ballet features the professional company, guest artists and ballet students. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $19-$65. tivolichattanooga.com

THEATER

— "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical," a stage production based on the enduring 1964 television special, will stop at 7 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. Tickets are $24-$74 and are required for ages 2 and up. tivolichattanooga.com

— "Scenes From the Plays of Anton Chekhov" will be presented by second-year students of the Professional Actor Training Program in the Humanities Auditorium at Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free for the one-hour performance. 423-697-4400

— "A Charlie Brown Christmas," the holiday production at Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., has extended its run twice this week because of the pace of ticket sales. At press time, tickets remained for newly added shows at 4:30 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 19 only. Remaining shows in the two-weekend run are sold out. Tickets are $10-$13. theatrecentre.com

Contact Lisa Denton at ldenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6281.

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