Christmas Underground Returns To Ruby Falls On Dec. 3

Friday, November 27, 2015 - by Meagan Jolley

Christmas Underground returns for the second year this holiday season at Ruby Falls, beginning Dec. 3.

Children of all ages can discover a secret underground passage to see Santa every Thursday through Sunday until Dec. 20, as well as Dec. 22 and 23 from 3–8 p.m. 

See the decorated gemstone mines in this very unique setting 26 stories underground. Go on a journey past the Sugar Plum Fairy Village through an ice cave to meet Santa. This festive event takes place with kids in mind, where they can pan for gems like “joystone” (which spreads the spirit of Christmas), use the joystone tester and crack their own joystone geode.

Christmas Underground is in a separate part of the cave from where regular Ruby Falls tours are held. Admission is $9.95 for everyone ages three and up, with combo tickets also available for the cave and waterfall tour. Children receive their own joystone at the end of the Christmas Underground experience.

To find out more information, visit www.rubyfalls.com/christmas or call 423 821-2544.

 



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