Enchanted Garden of Lights, Rock City’s award-winning holiday display in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, features four sparkling Christmas realms. Millions of lights and festive activities warm hearts and brighten spirits of the young and old.
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The North Pole Highway serves as the central path, which takes you to each themed village. Be prepared for a good bit of walking and some hills; just take it slow and soak it all in. At a casual pace, you’ve got nearly two hours of lightseeing, not including shop stops.
Yule Town focuses on the legends of Christmas we all have grown up hearing. Origins of each beloved tale are told, and symbols through the town represent each one. The Fudge Kitchen offers the dreamiest sweets while Garden’s Gateway and Woodland Wonders Gift Shops sell other affordable trinkets.
Kids get to meet Inara the Ice Queen and Jack Frost in the Arctic Kingdom while light displays like Blizzard’s Pass and the Polar Bear Cave set the frigid mood. North Pole Village is exactly what you’d expect; Santa is there to greet kids and take Christmas lists, while gourmet hot chocolate creates a mouthwatering aroma. There’s a cute shop here too, as well as a gingerbread house and the Christmas Star.
The Magic forest features displays of childhood fairy tales. Even adults are pulled into the magic as it’s truly a step back to other generations.
On December 2nd, 3rd, 11th and 12th, you can reserve your spot to have dinner with Santa! The event is uniquely magical with plenty of perks like a one-on-one conversation with Santa and other Christmas characters, such as the Coca-Cola Bear and elves. You’ll get a 4×6 family photo with the group too. They don’t skimp on the meal; part of the experience is the awesome buffet complete with turkey, ham, chicken, green beans, salad, mac and cheese, rolls, pumpkin pie and brownies! Your dinner is rounded out with gingerbread cookie decorating in the North Pole Lodge, and a surprise gift.
Rock City’s Pavillion converts to the North Pole Lodge, and music hub, for the season. Local choirs angelically sing our classic favorites, and it just makes it feel like Christmas. A great variety of other bands and groups are brought in to put on a festive performance . On Friday and Saturday nights, the onsite Starbucks hosts more musical performers.
What little one wouldn’t squeal with delight at the sound of a sugar plum makeover? At Inara’s Royal Court, located in the North Pole Village, transform into a sparkling holiday vision with a princess dress, fairy wings and wand! Finish up your makeover with a glittering tattoo! It’s an awesome way to either kick off or wrap up your time in the Gardens.
There’s plenty of great food along your walking path. North Pole Lodge focuses on festive drinks like apple cider, coffee and their rich hot chocolate. Fresh cookies are available too.Sweet and salty kettle corn is located at Reindeer Corn, a little snack stop in the Christmas plaza. Popped fresh onsite, it’s still warm and toasty when you dive in.
Known as Cafe 7 during the regular season, Reindeer View Terraces has an awesome view to the town below Lookout Mountain. Adults can enjoy amazing holiday beverages like mulled wines, craft beer, and eggnog. “Poinsettia’s” is one of the best and unique cocktails being similar to a mimosa, but with flavors of cranberry.
Piping hot funnel cakes and cookies; need I say more? Cliff Terrace is a must stop for the kiddies, and I guarantee you won’t leave without light up cotton candy from the nearby gazebo!
The Georgia winery stocks Rock City with custom Enchanted Garden of Lights labeled wine. It’s sweet with notes of pure Christmas; take it home as a momento of a fabulous Christmas experience, or stock up for gifting.
There are so many side activities that give the Enchanted Garden of Lights that extra bit of magic. Families can make their own stockings with personalized touches, while special ornaments can be crafted too. No one makes gingerbread cookies like Mrs. Claus, and you can decorate one in the North Pole Village, at the lodge.
Lastly, don’t miss Jerry the Toy Soldier on Saturday and Sunday nights. He won’t utter a peep, but may sneak you a wink! Pure magic!