Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including Christmas parades, quality time with Santa, MainX24)

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TO DO SUNDAY

— Celebrate another observance. You've made it through Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, with Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday left to navigate. And now there's an addition called Artists Sunday. Founded in 2019, the nationwide event is held the Sunday after Thanksgiving to encourage shopping with favorite local artists, creators and makers. The River City Co. and Art 120 will assist the effort with the International Market & More, set up 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday in Cooper's Alley, 10 E. Seventh St. rivercitycompany.com

DAY TRIPS

If you're dreaming of a weekend getaway, Atlanta has a couple of new options.

— Downton Abbey: The Exhibition is open through Jan. 17 at Perimeter Pointe in Sandy Springs. Highlights include a full-scale set of Downton's elegant dining room, more than 50 original costumes from the show and video highlights from the six-season run of the acclaimed PBS series. Holiday Treat Packages are available for a limited time. downtonexhibition.com

— Dino Safari: A Walk-Thru Adventure runs through spring of 2022 at North Point Mall in Alpharetta. The display includes more than 30 life-size, animatronic dinosaurs and interactive games. DinoSafari.com

CALENDAR

MUSIC

THE ARTS AVENUE — 1800 Rossville Ave. The Steel Wheels, 8 p.m. Dec. 2. $15. theartsavenue.com

BARKING LEGS — 1307 Dodds Ave. TJ Carson's "Palindrome," a musical conversation presented by Improv Chattanooga, 8 p.m. Dec. 4. $10. barkinglegs.org

CANDLELIGHT CONCERT — St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 307 W. Seventh St. St. Paul's Artist Series presents concert of seasonal German Baroque music performed by North Carolina Baroque and St. Paul's Chamber Choir, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. $10-$40. stpaulschatt.org

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Armnhmr presents Infinite Skies, 8 p.m. CST Dec. 3. $50-$335. thecaverns.com

CHATTANOOGA BOYS CHOIR — First Baptist Church, 401 Gateway Ave. "The Magic of Winter," noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 4. Featuring Boys Choir's five component choirs, guests from Chattanooga Symphony & Youth Orchestras, Metropolitan Bells and Ballet Tennessee alumni. $25-$60. Tickets are priced per pew, seating up to six people. chattanoogaboyschoir.org

CHATTANOOGA SYMPHONY & OPERA — First Christian Church, 650 McCallie Ave. "Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Chamber concert features conductor Ismael Sandoval and vocalists from Opera Tennessee. $32. chattanoogasymphony.org

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE — 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. Summer Brooke and the Mountain Faith Band in "The Sounds of Christmas" concert, 7:30 p.m. CST Dec. 2. $25. ccplayhouse.com

THE GRINCH: A HOLIDAY PRODUCTION AND CHRISTMAS CONCERT — Lee University's Dixon Center, 1053 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Two-part holiday show by the Sound of Tennessee barbershop singers features funny rendition of the Dr. Seuss classic, followed by traditional concert of Christmas classics, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 3 p.m. Dec. 4. $12. soundoftn.org

MACDOWELL MUSIC CLUB — First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. All piano performances by Steve Hollingsworth, Joy Mays, Margaret Ann Randolph and Alan Nichols, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. Lauren Daigle on Behold tour, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. $29-$89. tivolichattanooga.com

NOONTUNES — Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Holiday Sing-along, vendors and food trucks, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 2 (music starts at noon). Free. rivercitycompany.com

THE SIGNAL — 1810 Chestnut St. Return of the '90s, with Siamese Dream, a Smashing Pumpkins tribute; El Scorcho, a Weezer tribute; and Dead & Bloated, a Stone Temple Pilots tribute, 8 p.m. Dec. 4. $20-$30. thesignaltn.com

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St. Mike Farris Sings! The Soul of Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 4. $40. songbirdsfoundation.org

WALKER THEATRE — 709 Broad St. Robert Earl Keen's "The Road to Christmas," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. $35-$60. tivolichattanooga.com

OUT & ABOUT

ANGEL TREES — Area malls. Salvation Army campaign to provide toys to needy children and essential items to seniors based on their individual wish lists, through Dec. 12. 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 — David Carroll signs copies of "Hello Chattanooga: Famous People Who Have Visited the Tennessee Valley" at two Food City locations, Dec. 4: 11 a.m.-noon at 3801 Tennessee Ave. in St. Elmo; 1-2 p.m. at 531 Battlefield Parkway in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. chattanoogaradiotv.com

A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS IN CLEVELAND — Downtown Cleveland, Tenn.

— Dec. 3: Christmas on the Square and tree lighting, 155 Broad St. NW. Lighting of 45-foot-tall community Christmas tree at the old post office, plus carols on the square by church and elementary school choirs and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 6-8 p.m. Surrounding businesses open extended hours. visitclevelandtn.com

— Dec. 4: Christmas parade, 6 p.m. Three-mile route from Bradley Central High School, 1000 S. Lee Highway, north on Highway 11, east on Third Street, north on Ocoee Street, south on Broad Street, west on Inman Street, south on Highway 11 back to the school. mainstreetcleveland.com

CHRISTMAS AT THE COURTHOUSE — Rhea County Courthouse, 1435 Market St., Dayton, Tenn. Horse-and-carriage parade, 4 p.m. Dec. 4; vendors and entertainment start at 2 p.m. mainstreetdayton.org

CHRISTMAS PARADE — Dalton, Ga. Lineup is at the intersection of Jones and Waugh streets, moving east on Waugh to Hamilton Street, south to Morris Street, west to Thornton Avenue and north to Crawford Street, ending at Dalton High School's Harmon Field, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 2. downtowndalton.com

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE — Abba's House, 5208 Hixson Pike. Vendor marketplace, local choirs and bands, kids activities and photos with Santa, food trucks, free hot chocolate, door prizes, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 4. abbashouse.com

COATS FOR KIDS — Hamilton Place parking lot (signs will be posted), 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. NewsChannel 9 and Forgotten Child Fund, the charity organization of Hamilton County emergency services, collecting new coats, hats and gloves for needy kids, plus financial donations for additional purchases, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 2. hamiltonplace.com

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St. thecomedycatch.com

— Nov. 28: Jen Kober in special engagement, 7:30 p.m. $17-$20.

— Dec. 1: Open Mic Night for local and regional talents, 7:30 p.m. $5.

— Dec. 3-4: J Bliss, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $17-$19.

DOWNHOME CHRISTMAS PARADE AND EXPO — Ringgold, Ga.

— Dec. 3: Parade, 6 p.m. on Nashville Street. nothinlikeringgold.com

— Dec. 3-4: Expo, 5-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Saturday at Ringgold Depot, 155 Depot St., and Ringgold Market Pavilion, 96 Depot St.

FRAMEWORK FOR THE FUTURE WALK-THROUGH — Reflection Riding, 400 Garden Road. Vision walk to learn upcoming plans for the property, noon Dec. 3. Free but register. reflectionriding.org

GIRLS INC. — Online auction ends at noon Nov. 28. Bid on Disney, Hawaii and ski vacations, custom gift baskets and gift cards to local restaurants and attractions. 32auctions.com/girlsincofchatt

HOLIDAY MARKET — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Chattanooga Market's indoor season finale with 200 arts, crafts and food vendors, plus live holiday music, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19. Lodge Cast Iron Cook-Off is Dec. 11. chattanoogamarket.com

HOLIDAY MARKET — Bode Chattanooga, 730 Chestnut St. Local vendors, food, cocktails, Christmas elf (1-3 p.m.), photo booth backdrop, cookie decorating, games for kids, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 4. Donate canned goods to Chattanooga Area Food Bank for a free beer. Eventbrite.com

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE — Scenic City Clay Arts, 301 E. 11th St. Includes shopping in the Mug Shop, clay activities and one-time discounts on class registrations, 4-7 p.m. Dec. 3. Option to create a holiday tree using clay hand-building techniques (free to play, $5 to have it fired and glazed) or take-home snowman kit for purchase. sceniccityclayarts.org

MAINX24 — A 24-hour festival celebrating Main Street and the surrounding Southside, starting at 8 a.m. Dec. 4. Includes vendor market starting at 9 a.m., chili cook-off at 11:30 a.m., Big Wheel race at noon, music, poetry, dance, art, 1980s dress contest, business block parties. Full schedule: mainx24.com

PJS WITH SANTA — Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. Children can share wish list with Santa while taking part in cookie decorating, creating snow globes, making holiday cards, guided shopping for others and a light dinner, 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 3. Nonmembers, $25 per person ages 2 and up; members, $20. Option to arrange for Santa to present a gift to the child; parents must deliver wrapped gift with child's full name by 5 p.m. Dec. 1. cdmfun.org

RED BANK CHRISTMAS PARADE AND FESTIVAL — Community event with craft and gift vendors, food trucks and bonfire, Dec. 3. Festival at Red Bank City Park, 3817 Redding Road, 4-8 p.m. Parade, to bring in Santa and Mrs. Claus, 6 p.m. on Dayton Boulevard from East Leawood Avenue to Unaka Street. 423-877-1103

SANTA IN THE PARK — Jack Mattox Park, 941 Pine Grove Road, Ringgold, Ga. Photos with Santa, letters to Santa, candy cane hunt, ornament making, vendor marketplace, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 4. catoosarec.com

SODDY-DAISY CHRISTMAS PARADE — Community event to benefit Christmas for Kids, 2 p.m. Dec. 5. Route follows Dayton Pike from Harrison Lane to Sequoyah Access Road. soddy-daisy.org

TRACTOR SWING — Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. Tractor decorating contest (requires registration), music, food, visits with Santa, 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 5. collegedaleparksandrec.com

UGLY SWEATER BAR CRAWL — North Shore bars. Inaugural event includes drink specials, holiday music, after-party, 2-10 p.m. Dec. 4; check-in 2-4 p.m. $18 includes souvenir shirt; $15 for groups. barcrawlusa.com/chattanooga

WINTER WONDERLAND DIY — Pinspiration Chattanooga, 2275 Gunbarrel Road. Family craft session, with woodland scene for adults, two ornaments for kids, 2 p.m. Nov. 28. $75. chattanoogapinspiration.com

CONTINUING CHRISTMAS EVENTS

ENCHANTED GARDEN OF LIGHTS — Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Tenn. Award-winning million-lights extravaganza with more than 30 holiday scenes, through Jan. 2 (closed Christmas Eve). With gingerbread cookie decorating, hot cocoa and visits with Santa (through Dec. 23). $17-$30 adults, $9-$16 children 3-12. Tickets must be purchased online. seerockcity.com

EPB HOLIDAY WINDOWS — EPB headquarters, 10 W. M.L. King Blvd. Festive vignettes on view on Broad and Market street sides of the building, through Jan. 3. epb.com

GINGERBREAD WORKSHOPS — Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. Two-hour sessions with all supplies and refreshments provided, through Dec. 19 (select dates). Limit of three participants per house. $44 members, $55 members (includes museum admission). cdmfun.org

ICE ON THE LANDING — Chattanooga Choo Choo gardens, 1400 Market St. Open-air, 120- by 40-foot ice-skating rink, open daily (weather permitting) through Jan. 30 (closed Mondays except during school winter break). $10-$12 adults, $8 children 12 and younger. iceonthelanding.com

NORTH POLE LIMITED — Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. Hourlong excursion from Grand Junction Station includes refreshments, storytelling and the chance to write a letter to Santa, who's waiting at his workshop (the East Chattanooga station), through Dec. 23. $30-$40. tvrail.com

PARENT/CHILD GINGERBREAD HOUSES — Sweet & Savory Classroom, 45 E. Main St. Three-hour sessions include secrets to baking gingerbread, making royal icing and creating a structure, recommended for children 5-11 and a parent, Dec. 4, Dec. 23. $86. sweetandsavoryclassroom.com

SANTA PHOTOS

BASS PRO SHOPS — 1000 Bass Pro Drive at I-75 Exit 1, East Ridge. Santa's Wonderland by reservation only, through Dec. 24. basspro.com

BRADLEY SQUARE MALL — 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tennessee. Santa's Workshop near American Eagle, through Dec. 24. Reservations recommended. Pet photos 2-7 p.m. Nov. 29 and Dec. 6. shopbradleysquare.com

DALTON MALL — 816 Walnut Square Blvd., Dalton, Ga. Santa arrives Dec. 3. Reservations recommended. daltonmall.com

HAMILTON PLACE — 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Santa on the lower level near Belk and the Food Court, through Dec. 24. Reservations recommended. Pet photo sessions 4-7 p.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13. hamiltonplace.com

NORTHGATE MALL — 271 Northgate Mall Drive, Hixson. Santa at Center Court, through Dec. 24. Reservations recommended. Pet photos 4-7 p.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. visitnorthgatemall.com

ARTS

AREA 61 GALLERY — 721 Broad St. Works by Katie Rogers, Lisa Denny and Paulina Fae, through November. area61gallery.com

ARTISAN DEPOT GALLERY — 204 Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "On This Harvest Moon" community show, through Nov. 28. franklincoarts.org

CHARLES H. COOLIDGE MEDAL OF HONOR HERITAGE CENTER — 2 W. Aquarium Way. "War Comes Home: The Legacy," traveling exhibition exploring themes of wartime separation, adjustment to life back home and the cost of war, through Dec. 29. mohhc.org

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL — 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga's fall/holiday show on view. chattanoogaphoto.org

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART — 10 Bluff View. Throwback Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Dec. 2; free admission to permanent collection, $5 to special exhibitions "Lalla Essaydi" and "Mediterranea." Moroccan Cultural Celebration, 6-7 p.m. in "Lalla Essaydi" exhibition; $5. huntermuseum.org

INTERNATIONAL MARKET — Cooper's Alley, 10 E. Seventh St. Artists Sunday with art120.org, merchandise from artists, crafters and markers for sale, plus street food, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 28. rivercitycompany.com

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. intowngallery.com

— Through Nov. 30: Annual Holiday Show, featuring gift pieces by all member artists.

— Dec. 1-31: "Water and Light" by Jim Tucker. Opening reception, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 3.

OPEN STUDIO AND SALE — Ed Lewis Turnings, 6526 Harrison Pike. Artist's woodworking studio open, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4-5. edlewisturnings.shutterfly.com

RISING FAWN STUDIO TOUR — Starting at 3005 Plum Nelly Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Annual holiday sale by Mark Issenberg (pottery), Bonnie Cayce (textile art), Claire Vassort (hand-painted silks) and Nikki Oliver (hand-carved ornaments), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4-5. Facebook.com

THEATER

THE ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "Clue: On Stage," by Athens Community Theatre, 2 p.m. Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2-4, 2 p.m. Dec. 5. $15-$20. athensartscouncil.org

BACK ALLEY PRODUCTIONS — Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Ga. "The Thanksgiving Play," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-4, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5. $12-$14. bapshows.com

BRYAN COLLEGE — Rudd Auditorium, 140 Landes Way, Dayton, Tenn. "Jingle Bell Jitters," a one-act piano play by the Piano Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Free. bryan.edu

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE — 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. 931-484-5000, ccplayhouse.com

— Through Dec. 18: "Scrooge: The Musical." $16-$32.

— Through Dec. 19: "Forever Plaid." $16-$30.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" in Broadway series, featuring more than 20 hits by the disco diva, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 2. $38-$83. tivolichattanooga.com

TIVOLI THEATRE — 709 Broad St. Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a holiday-themed Broadway musical presented by circus performers, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30. $44-$99. tivolichattanooga.com

SPECTATOR SPORTS

BLUECROSS BOWL — Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. Tennessee high school football championships, Dec. 2-4; games at 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. daily. Per day tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the gate; required for school-age children and older; $10 on-site parking. tssaasports.com/football

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

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