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Experience Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights

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Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights

My family and I spent the week in Chattanooga for Christmas and Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights was definitely something we wanted to experience. We’d heard so many amazing stories about the lights and knew that they’d been a huge attraction for thousands for the past 25 seasons. In our minds, we imagined what we thought they would look like, but we weren’t prepared for what we saw. 

©Doug Barnette Photography

Christmas time is my favorite time of the year. My family has the tradition ever year to drive around town admiring all the Christmas lights.  Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights exceeded our expectations and is still in our memory every holiday season. 

We were in awe of all the details that were put into the lights and found ourselves lost in the magic. 

Enchanted Garden reminds me of happiness as a child

As a child, I had been to Lookout Mountain many times and wanted my family to experience it, but The Enchanted Garden of Lights was a welcomed bonus. Something I had never seen. To say it was simply beautiful is an understatement.

It reminded me of being a child and seeing all the lights glowing and looking like magic. There’s just something so beautiful about seeing the lights during the holidays that can turn a bad day into something amazing. 

The true magic of The Enchanted Gardens

From Magic Forest to Arctic Kingdom to Yule Town to North Pole Village and the Blooming Pansies we were in awe. This a long, running holiday tradition of twenty plus years and I definitely plan on adding it to our holiday traditions. 

We’ve been looking for something exciting and beautiful that we can incorporate into our holiday family plans and I feel confident in saying that visiting here is high up on our list. 

The Magic Forest was my personal favorite. I just loved how they illuminated the forest. I felt like I was in a magical maze of lights and this was a magical trail that led to different hearts of the experience. My pictures do not describe the beauty well enough. You’ll have to see it for yourself. 

Just take my word for it and enjoy the moment. While I was busy taking pictures to show each and every one of you, I also made certain to pause and remember the sights visually as well. Memories in our minds are sometimes more powerful than pictures could ever be. 

Don’t forget to visit the North Pole Village

The North Pole Village is located along the North Pole Highway and leads to the North Pole Lodge also known as the Rock City’s Pavilion in the regular season. This village hosts a lot of holiday fun such as choirs, bands, and ensembles. In this amazement, you can have all types of drinks and fellowship with other visitors. 

It’s a super fun way to experience being around pure happiness and joy during the holiday season. I highly recommended immersing yourself in this experience to the fullest. 

Dinner with Santa 

Although we did not get to experience this, you can even have dinner with Santa. This would include a dinner buffet with all the goods including chicken fingers, VIP front-of-the-line access to the Enchanted Garden of Lights, meet and greet with Santa and the elves and a photo opp with Santa and friends.

Final thoughts on Enchanted Garden of Lights in Rock City 

Again, it was very tranquil and we loved every moment of it. Although it was a bit chilly the evening we drove up, nothing some scarfs, mittens and hot chocolate could not take care of. The mountain air was still refreshing and the views were breathtaking. It was so pretty lit up at night. Prettier than I could have ever imagined. Rock City is Lookout Mountain with all the glory.  There is so much to do that we were unable to take it all in however I am looking forward to experiencing it during the day and taking in Rock City Garden, Lovers Leap & Cafe, Rock City Birdhouses, Mother Goose Village to name a few.

The next time you are in Chattanooga, make sure to include Rock City on your places to visit or Enchanted Garden of Lights during Christmas. 



1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, GA

706.820.2531   800.854.0675


Current Hours of Operation:

Daytime Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Ticket Price:

$26.95 adults, $14.95 children (3-12), and children 2 and under are free

Special event pricing may be different

Rock City offers an annual pass into the park

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