Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including a Tractor Swing, Roueche Chorale, Choral Arts)

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To do Sunday

Among the holiday happenings to consider:

— The Tractor Swing in Collegedale, which includes a tractor decorating contest, bluegrass music and Santa posing for photos inside a snow globe.

— The Soddy-Daisy Christmas parade, with floats, marching bands, dancers, decorated vehicles and an appearance by Santa Claus.

— The Moravian Love Feast, a service of song, symbol and candlelight that First Christian Church Chattanooga considers its "Christmas gift to the community."

— A show and sale of wood turnings by Chattanooga artist Ed Lewis, a former chemistry teacher and diving coach who — get this — once confirmed to the Times Free Press that he's never been in a pool.

— The Rising Fawn Studio Tour, whose participating artists specialize in pottery, textile art, hand-painted silks and hand-carved Christmas ornaments.

See Calendar listings (below) for details.

Quick look at the week

Singers and songwriters Brent Cobb and Amy Ray (of the Indigo Girls) will host a Georgia on My Mind virtual concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The show, featuring Americana, roots and blues artists, is usually held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, where Georgia natives Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, aka The Peach Pickers, founded the concert in 2014. After six years, they turned hosting duties over to fellow Georgians Cobb and Ray in 2020, but the spread of COVID-19 meant it would have to be an online effort. This year's concert will stream highlights from a spring concert featuring performances by Cobb, Ray, Kevn Kinney of Drivin N Cryin, Jontavious Willis, Kalen & Aslyn, Trina Meade and Tomi Martin of Three5Human, and the Lola Gulley Band. Tickets are $10. Purchasers will receive a link and access code that will activate at showtime. Proceeds benefit the Georgia Music Foundation. Purchase tickets at georgiamusicfoundation.org.

Calendar

MUSIC

ADVENT CONCERT — St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 307 W. Seventh St. Organist Paul Thomas performs, 12:05-12:35 p.m. Dec. 8. Soup lunch follows in Key-Andrews Hall, $6. Donations of winter hats, gloves, scarves and socks (only) accepted for Chattanooga Community Kitchen. stpaulschatt.org

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. thecaverns.com

— Dec. 11: CharlesTheFirst, with Of the Trees, Supertask, Potions and Huxley Anne, 8 p.m. CST. Sold out.

— Dec. 12: Lab Group, with Shlohmo, The Librarian and Player Dave, 8 p.m. $55-$340.

CHORAL ARTS OF CHATTANOOGA — Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine St. "Christmas Flourish" concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Masks required. $15 adults, $10 students. choralartsofchattanooga.weebly.com

"CHRISTMAS COOKIE" RELEASE PARTY — The Woodshop, 5500 St. Elmo Ave. Call Me Spinster celebrates release of new single and video, with special guest Luke Simmons, 6-10 p.m. Dec. 6. Includes live music, cookie decorating, classic holiday videos. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Facebook.com

CHRISTMAS WITH THE METROPOLITAN BELLS — First United Methodist Church, 3425 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn. Advanced community handbell ensemble performs first of three concerts, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Chattanooga concerts are Dec. 14 at Brainerd Baptist Church and Dec. 16 at Christ United Methodist Church. Free; donations welcome. metropolitanbells.org

GEM THEATRE — 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. calhoungemtheatre.org

— Dec. 5: Celebrate the Season With Ahmad Hall & Friends, 7 p.m. $20.

— Dec. 6: Christmas Handbells by Belmont Baptist Church, 7 p.m.

HOLIDAY CONCERT WITH THE KSO — The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's strings and woodwinds ensembles perform, 3 p.m. Dec. 12. $25 adults, $15 students. athensartscouncil.org

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. tivolichattanooga.com

— Dec. 7: Beach Boys Holiday Harmonies, canceled.

— Dec. 10: Midland on The Last Resort Tour, 8 p.m. $29-$69.

MID-SOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND — Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. Holiday concert by 70-member ensemble, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Free. Masks required. midsouthsymphonicband.com

MORAVIAN LOVE FEAST — First Christian Church Chattanooga, 650 McCallie Ave. Christmas service of song, symbol and candlelight based on Moravian traditions, with carols performed by the University of Tennessee Trombone Choir and other musicians, 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 5. Masks required. Facebook.com/events

PHILLIPS, CRAIG & DEAN — Hamilton Community Church, 7997 Shallowford Road. Contemporary Christian trio in concert, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. $15. Eventbrite.com

ROUECHE CHORALE AND ORCHESTRA — Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 East Brainerd Road. 21st annual Chattanooga Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols, 7 p.m. Dec. 9-10. Free admission. therouechechorale.org

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St. Alex Williams, with Rachel McIntyre Smith, 7 p.m. Dec. 11. $20 in advance, $25 day of. songbirdsfoundation.org

WALKER THEATRE — 709 Broad St. tivolichattanooga.com

— Dec. 10: The Wood Brothers, 8 p.m. $40-$55.

— Dec. 12: Anderson East, 8 p.m. $30-$40.

DANCE

CHATTANOOGA BALLET — Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. Professional company, guest artists and students from Chattanooga Ballet School present "The Nutcracker," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 2 p.m. Dec. 12. $19-$65. tivolichattanooga.com

OUT & ABOUT

A DOWN HOME CHRISTMAS — Downtown Chickamauga, Ga. Activities include breakfast with Santa (at Gordon Lee Mansion by reservation, $20 fee), cookie decorating with the Grinch, reindeer games, street vendors (starting at 10 a.m.), community helper and construction corner, scavenger hunt, story time with Mrs. Claus, ornament making, letters to Santa, photos with Santa (3-5 p.m. at Chickamauga Depot in Welcome Center), Winter Wonderland Parade (6:30 p.m.), Dec. 11. Facebook.com/ChickamaugaCommunityGrowthAssociation

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. 11: 11 a.m.-noon at 10161 Dayton Pike in Soddy-Daisy; 1-2 p.m. at 703 Signal Mountain Road in Chattanooga. chattanoogaradiotv.com

BOOK SIGNING — Edney Innovation Center, fifth floor, 1100 Market St. Ronni Darlene Pruitt signs copies of "Three Failed Attempts, One Faithful God: A Mother's Story of Victory Over Teen Depression," 1:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Books priced at $15 at this event. info@3failedattemptsbook.store

BROAD STREET HOLIDAY HOP — 200 Broad St. (between Aquarium Way and Third Street). Live music by multiple bands, roller skating with Moonlight Roller, fire dancers, arts and crafts vendors, miniature train rides, free pictures with the Grinch, holiday treats and beverages (including adult versions), 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 11. rivercitycompany.com

BUSHCRAFT BASICS — Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. Guided program to learn to survive in the wild, 1-2 p.m. Dec. 11. $10-$15. reflectionriding.org

CANDLELIGHT TOURS — Chief Vann House, 82 Highway 225 North, Chatsworth, Ga. Tours of Cherokee home decorated with fresh greenery and lit by hundreds of candles, akin to an early 19th-century Moravian Christmas, 5-8:3 p.m. Dec. 10-11. Includes live music, cider and cookies. Masks requested due to tight indoor spaces. $5.50-$6.50 gastateparks.org/chiefvannhouse

CANDLELIGHT TOURS — Gordon-Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga, Ga. Tours to see historic mansion decorated for the holidays with greenery, candles and other natural items, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10-11 (final days). $5 adults, $1 children 12 and younger. Proceeds go to Friends of the Gordon Lee Mansion. Facebook.com/FriendsGLM

CANDLELIGHT TOURS — Marsh House, 308 N. Main St., LaFayette, Ga. Tours of house decorated in the style of the 1880s with stories of Christmas customs of the time, plus hot cider and ginger cookies, by reservation only, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 11-12 and 18-19. Masks requested. $5 donation per person requested; cash preferred. 706-638-5187

THE CHATTERY — 1800 Rossville Ave. A selection of holiday-themed classes. thechattery.org

— Dec. 7: Handmade Holidays: Paper Trees, 6-8:30 p.m. $30.

— Dec. 8: Lotion Bars 101, 6-7:30 p.m. $35.

— Dec. 9: DIY Liqueurs as Gifts, 6-7:30 p.m. $30.

— Dec. 10: Holiday Elves painting class, 6-8 p.m. $40 for one person, $75 for two.

— Dec. 11: Creative Gift Tags for the Holidays, 10-11:15 a.m. $30.

— Dec. 11: Cooking Vegan for the Holidays: Apple Pie, 1-2 p.m. via Zoom. $25.

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St. thecomedycatch.com

— Dec. 10-11: James Gregory in special engagement 7:30 p.m. Friday, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday. $30-$35.

— Dec. 12: Chris Kattan in special engagement, 6:30 p.m. $27-$30.

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

GEM THEATRE — 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. "Elf" in free holiday movie series, 7 p.m. Dec. 10. calhoungemtheatre.org

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

GREEK BAKE SALE — Annunciation Greek Church, 722 Glenwood Drive. Christmas sale of sweet and savory specialties, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 10. Prices vary. 423-504-6735.

HARRIS ARTS CENTER — 212 S. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. harrisartscenter.com

— Through Dec. 5: 17th annual Festival of Trees features 90+ fully decorated trees up for bids in silent auction, plus wreaths, centerpieces, artwork and specialty gift baskets. Final day's bidding hours are 1-5 p.m. in person, until 3 p.m. online.

— Dec. 10: An Evening With Author Michael Blackmon, a Calhoun native, decorated combat leader and consultant with Chicago-based Exactus Advisors whose latest book is "Ranger School," 6 p.m. Includes a guided Q&A before audience interaction. Free admission; light refreshments.

HOLIDAY JUBILEE — Read House, 107 W. M.L. King Blvd. Live entertainment, complimentary hot chocolate and cider, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus (bring your own camera), 5-8 p.m. Dec. 10. Free. (Breakfast With Santa on Dec. 11 is sold out.) thereadhousehotel.com/holidays

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. 5, 11-12, 18-19. Lodge Cast Iron Cook-Off is Dec. 11. chattanoogamarket.com

HOLIDAYS ON HIGHWAY 58 — Craft House Studios, 5036 Highway 58. Christmas Market, noon-5 p.m. Dec. 5. Includes children's activities, food, crafts, personalized ornaments, holiday painting and decorating station. Facebook.com/Events

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

INTERNATIONAL MARKET & MORE — Cooper's Alley, 10 E. Seventh St. Two events, Dec. 11. World Holiday Market, family-friendly market organized by Culture Chatt, with art, food, music and gifts from around the world, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Then 6-10 p.m., a small Bavarian market celebrates Krampusnacht (Krampus Night) in which an Alpine folkloric figure assists St. Nicholas by scaring children who've been naughty; with music by Ashley and the X's. Free. rivercitycompany.com

MISTLETOE MARKET — Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. More than 150 craft, commercial and food vendors, free Santa photos, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 12. Free admission. touchtheskyevents.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

THE PEACH TRUCK WINTER TOUR — Delivery of preordered satsuma mandarin oranges, noon-1 p.m. Dec. 9 at Tractor Supply, 684 Signal Mountain Road. $40 for 10-pound box. Must order before midnight Dec. 6. thepeachtruck.com

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

SWEET & SAVORY CLASSROOM — 45 E. Main St. A selection of holiday-themed classes. sweetandsavoryclassroom.com

— Dec. 7: Gingerbread Houses, for solo participants, adults and youths 12 and older, 6 p.m. $82.

— Dec. 8: Apps in a Snap (holiday appetizers), 6 p.m. $82.

— Dec. 11: Parent/Child Christmas Sugar Cookies, for one parent and one child ages 5-11, 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. $86.

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

WALKING TOUR OF HISTORIC CHURCHES — Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Begins at 1 p.m. Dec. 11. Included in museum admission; $5 walk only. museumcenter.org

WINTER STORY TIME — Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Reading of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11, followed by photos with the title character. Stop by registration booth after 10 a.m. to receive coloring page, store coupons and chance to win door prizes (must be present). shopbradleysquare.com

WORLDWIDE CANDLELIGHTING — Public/private event by The Compassionate Friends for families who have experienced the death of a child to create a 24-hour wave of light moving from time zone to time zone, 7 p.m. (local time) Dec. 12. Includes public event 6:15-7:30 p.m. at First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave.; bring a freestanding photo of child to be remembered. Facebook.com/Events

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. Dec. 6. shopbradleysquare.com

DALTON MALL — 816 Walnut Square Blvd., Dalton, Ga. Santa's Workshop open through Dec. 24. 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. Dec. 6, 13. Santa Mocs photo night, with UTC mascot Scrappy and Santa dressed in blue and gold suit, 4-7 p.m. Dec. 7. hamiltonplace.com

NORTHGATE MALL — 271 Northgate Mall Drive, Hixson. Santa at Center Court, through Dec. 24. Reservations recommended. Pet photos 4-7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13. Santa Mocs photo night, with UTC mascot Scrappy and Santa dressed in blue and gold suit, 4-7 p.m. Dec. 14. visitnorthgatemall.com

ARTS

AREA 61 GALLERY — 721 Broad St. "The Magic of Three" with artists Katie Rogers, Lisa Denney and Paulina Fae, through Dec. 31. area61gallery.com

ARTISAN DEPOT GALLERY — 204 Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. franklincoarts.org

— Through Dec. 24: "Lines and Color" member show by Mackie Priest. Reception, 5-7 p.m. CST Dec. 17.

— Through Dec. 31: "Faces of FC" by Franklin County High School art students.

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. Studio Sessions: Winter Landscapes, guided painting with oil pastels, inspired by views from museum's grand foyer or one of the special exhibitions, "Lalla Essaydi" or "Mediterranea," 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. $25 general, $20 member. huntermuseum.org

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "Water and Light" by Jim Tucker, through Dec. 31. intowngallery.com

OPEN STUDIO AND SALE — Ed Lewis Turnings, 6526 Harrison Pike. Artist's woodworking studio open, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 5 (last day).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. 5 (last day). Facebook.com

THEATER

THE ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "Clue: On Stage," by Athens Community Theatre, 2 p.m. Dec. 5 (final show). $15-$20. athensartscouncil.org

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

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "A Charlie Brown Christmas," 7 p.m. Dec. 10; 2:30, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 11; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12; 7 p.m. Dec. 17; 2:30, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18; sold out Dec. 19. Evening performances Dec. 11 and 18 are COVID Safety Nights, requiring proof of vaccination or recent negative test. $10-$13. theatrecentre.com

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. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical," 7 p.m. Dec. 9. $24-$74. tivolichattanooga.com

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

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