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The Down Home Christmas Parade in Ringgold, starting at 6 p.m. The parade will begin on Nashville Street and process through downtown to the Ringgold Depot. Santa Claus will marshal the parade to the Depot where he will be available for pictures for the remainder of the festival. After 7 p.m. the Depot will be hosting a variety of children's choir and dance performances.
Chattanooga Zoo Holiday Lights, Dec. 6, 7, 13, and 14 from 5:30–8 p.m. The entire Zoo will be lit up with festive lights and guests may sip hot cocoa as they walk through the exhibits. Guests may visit with the animals and watch them open their many Christmas presents and have their picture taken with Santa Claus. Attendees will have the opportunity to work on a variety of holiday crafts such as popsicle ornaments and cookie decorating. Admission is $8.95 for adults and $5.95 for children (ages 3–12), children two and under are free.
First Things First's Families on the Run, competitive 5K and 10K races and a non-competitive Santa Stroll for all ages. The course begins and ends at the Hunter Museum of American Art along Chattanooga’s waterfront. Registration begins at 6 a.m. and the race starts promptly at 7:45 a.m. Fee is $25 for individuals and $40 for a family of four through Friday, Dec. 6. The fee includes race entry, a hot breakfast with healthy food options and a goody bag. Long sleeved T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 400 registrants. Holiday Party filled with activities for the entire family at the downtown SportsBarn from 8-10 a.m. Visit firstthings.org or call 267-5383 for more information.
Caroling with the Fishes, 6:30-9 p.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium. The galleries will be decked with the sounds of season-including flutes, voices, strings, and Dan Landrum on the hammered dulcimer. Children can visit with Santa and take home a photo for a nominal fee while enjoying holiday goodies. The Aquarium Gift Shop will remain open for holiday shopping with additional discounts. Coffee and cookies, gift boxes, and shipping will be available. Traditional family caroling with the Metro Musicians in the auditorium concludes this night. There will also be a screening of the Polar Express IMAX 3D for an additional fee. Caroling with Fishes Only: Free/Members, $12.50 Non-Member Adult, $7.50 Non-Member Child (ages 3-12). Optional Polar Express IMAX 3D Movie, $10.95 Member Adult, $8.95 Member Child (ages 3-12), $23.45 Non-Member Adult, $16.45 Non-Member Child (ages 3-12). www.tnaqua.org/events.
Dec. 8, 15
The Houston Museum for Decorative Arts is partnering with Tea M’Lady to co-host the annual Holiday English Tea and Open House at the museum, 1-4 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Houston Museum—and the gift shop will also be open. TIckets are $25 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12, $20 for seniors 65 and older, and includes museum tour. 267-7176, www.thehoustonmuseum.org.
Caroling At The House, traditional Christmas carols at the John Ross House. Several different groups entertaining. Hot chocolate. Bring seating. Nonperishable food will be collected. 6-8 p.m.
The Chattanooga USA Dance Annual Holiday Ball at Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., catered dinner from 7-8 p.m. Dancing and showcases from 8-11 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.chattanoogausadance.com. All proceeds will go to Chattanooga Room in the Inn. 645-4888 or visit the website.
5th annual Santa Pub Crawl presents Run Run Rudolph, a 5K to support The Salvation Army Angel Tree. The 5K is a walk or run and welcomes all ages. 8 a.m. Starts and finishes in Coolidge Park. Register for the 5K at http://www.runrun5k.com/
Black Creek Mountain and the Chattanooga Track Club host a 5K and Jingle Bell Fun Run and a Holiday Home Tour. Proceeds will go to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and Heart of the Valley Fund. 5K is at 3 p.m., with the Fun Run for kids beginning at 4:15 p.m. The Holiday Home Tour will be from 5-7 p.m. Register at www.blackcreekmtn.com. The Holiday Home Tour is $15, register online or day of at the Black Creek Mountain Realty Sales Center. Early registration for the 5K and Fun Run is $25 for adults and $10 for children. The week of the event the price is $30 for adults and $15 for children. Included in the race price are a neoprene race T-shirt for adults and a holiday hat for children. Dinner reservations are available at Black Creek Club for those attending the Holiday Home Tour. Contact Megan Pankiw for additional information, 822-2582 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To volunteer email Megan at email@example.com.
The Ivy Rose Foundation of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host the Fashionetta Debutante Ball at 6 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center. Theme is A "Kaptivating Affair Featuring Exquisite Gemstones: Diamonds, Emeralds and Pearls." 227-4883.