Holiday festivities in Chattanooga

In 2010 the American Bus Association (ABA) named Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights as one of the Top 100 Events in North America. The Enchanted Garden of Lights, an attraction near Chattanooga, Tennessee, offers excellent entertainment for  both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, said ABA.

Waterfall at Rock City

“We are honored by the recognition of the Enchanted Garden of Lights as a TOP 100 EVENT for the ABA and the general tourism industry. We love to deliver a high quality, unique experience to tour groups from across the nation.” said Andrew Kean, President of See Rock City, Inc.

“Rock City Gardens is an excellent value for tourists, and recognition comes at a time when reenergizing domestic tourism is important to our spirit and our economy,” says Peter Pantuso, ABA’s president and CEO.

“Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights is one of our key holiday events in Chattanooga and it draws visitors back annually. It’s a great tribute for this event to be chosen as one of the top 100 events,” said Bob Doak, President & CEO of the Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Motorcoach industry plays an important role in our economic success and we hope to continue to welcome these travelers for years to come!”

Glowing lights reflect magic of the season

Rock City is one of the South’s most popular natural attractions. Known for its unique geological and botanical wonders, the enchanted, 4,100-foot walking trail is a true marvel of nature featuring massive ancient rock formations, a 140-foot waterfall that cascades down Lookout Mountain and the Swing-Along Bridge that spans nearly 200 feet. The addition of nearly a million lights, decorations, family activities like cookie decorating, and special music make the holiday season an especially wonderful time to visit this fantasyland.

You might also venture to nearby 145-foot Ruby Falls. Customized light shows, snow, visits from Mrs. Claus, and holiday music add to the magic of Deck the Falls transformation.

Railroad cars make for comfy accommodations

For a bit of extra fun, spend the night on an authentic train car—a special adventure with tuch-in service from elves for little ones.  Check for holiday choo-choo packages at

Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier

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