Do you know that I have never seen Rock City? In spite of the many signs and barn roofs throughout Tennessee--and especially along Interstate 24 between Nashville and Chattanooga--beckoning me to "See Rock City," it's never happened.

And yes, I'll admit that that is absurd. Rock City is part of Lookout Mountain in GA which is a stone's throw from Chattanooga, so we're talking about not much more than a 5-hour drive. For a weekend holiday getaway, that's not bad at all. And when you go, make sure you don't burn up your daylight, you have seven states to view from Lookout Mountain.

Mayflower and Mayhem via YouTube
Mayflower and Mayhem via YouTube

Rock City, based on everything I've viewed, is amazing, and it's been a popular tourist attraction since before I was born.

Does that look and sound like an old elementary school filmstrip or what? Actually, it looks a lot older than that.

The Enchanted Garden of Lights

Anyway, during the holidays, Rock City evolves into a wondrous Enchanted Garden of Lights that's become required Christmas viewing for many a tourist:

And I have to show you what I'm calling a "waterfall of Christmas lights." They may have another name for it, but whatever it might be, it doesn't change the fact that this is just gorgeous:

What You'll Experience at the Enchanted Garden of Lights

When you go, the Enchanted Garden of Lights will undoubtedly take up a great deal of your time, but don't overlook the Christmas Market and all the souvenir shopping. Plus, you'll be able to meet Santa Claus in his workshop and visit with Mrs. Claus in her kitchen, where guests can make their own gingerbread cookies.

Chattanooga is always a beautiful city, so make sure you have time to explore it while you're there.

The Enchanted Garden of Lights will be open through January 6th, 2024.

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Gallery Credit: Annalise Mantz & Madison Troyer

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