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                            The People News, a free newspaper serving Cleveland and Bradley County Tn.

The People News
Special Report






Fun Entertainment for Christmas

by Alexandra Edwards

The weather this fall in the Tennessee Valley was so warm and sunny that it was hard to believe that December was fast approaching.  Before we knew it,  Santa was making his appearance at the mall, homes were being decorated with sparkling lights and  tinsel, shops advertising their holiday sales, and  everywhere preparations are being made for Christmas. Christmas is a wonderful time of year when family and friends come together to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

This year some fun and exciting family events have been planned in Cleveland and surrounding areas for the entire month of December.  Listed below are just a few of the events and activities you and your family should enjoy.

Starting right here in Cleveland, the annual downtown Christmas Parade will commence on December 1st. The Parade will begin at Bradley Central High School on South Lee Highway at 6 p.m.  The colorful floats will make their way from South Lee to the downtown area, and returning to the school via Inman and Keith St.

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Cleveland's Classic Christmas schedule continues on Sunday December 2nd, from 1:30 to 3:30 with a guided tour of historic Churches. For more information call (423) 479-1000.

Almost every family album no matter how old, contains a photograph of a child family member sitting on Santa's lap. Santa photo's have become  a family tradition passed down through generations. Each year, parents patiently stand in line waiting for their child's first snap-shot with Santa. Santa will be sitting in his big green chair at the Center Court in Bradley Square Mall right up until Christmas Eve,  Monday through Saturday 10:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Children and families are also invited to have breakfast with Santa at Bradley Square Mall on Saturday, December 8th between 8:30 and 10:00 am. Tickets are available at the Guest Service desk. For more information call 423-472-2393. 

Santa knows that family pets don't like to be excluded from the Christmas photo album, so they are also included in Santa's schedule. Pets are invited to have their photo taken with Santa on December 3rd and December 10th between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

also has plenty of fun and entertainment lined up for the entire month of December at both Ruby Falls and Rock City.

"Deck the Falls"  in which Ruby Falls has been magically transformed with an array of enchanting lights and sound effects, with a light show at the waterfall and holiday music in the cave. For more information visit Rock City's Enchanted Garden of lights runs nightly from 6 - 9 p.m.  The light extravaganza features 25 holiday scenes and nearly a million lights. Enjoy Carolers, hot chocolate and Music Under the Moon entertainment. For more information visit

For something completely different. the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga invite you to enjoy a trip to the North Pole pulled by a steam locomotive. "The North Pole Limited"  includes refreshments, storytelling, caroling, visits by Santa Claus and other surprises. For more information call 423-894-8028 or visit

Going to the theater  is another wonderful Christmas tradition that can be fun for all the family.

This year the Tivoli Theater start their holiday season on December 1st at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  when the Chattanooga Boy's Choir will present their 45th Annual "Singing Christmas Tree." Featuring music from ten different regions of the world, with a tapestry of musical styles and wonderfully decorated stage. For more information call the Boys Choir office (423) 622-3033.

For those who enjoy a little culture, another holiday favorite, Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" will be presented by the Chattanooga Ballet and Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra at the Tivoli Theater on December 7-8 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday December 9 at 2:00 p.m. Sugar plum fantasies and snow covered dreams come true with this full length production. For more information call (423) 265-0617.

On December 12, at 7:30 p.m. the Tivoli Theater invite you to  feel

the true Christmas spirit with songs and carols at the "Jim Brickman Holiday Concert." This year's musical homecoming will feature Lonestar frontman Richie McDonald who collaborated with Jim Brickman on a new holiday song "Coming Home For Christmas."

For more information call (423) 642-TIXS

Another fun way to feel the spirit of Christmas is to take a cruise down the scenic Tennessee River on a Southern Bell 'Christmas Carol Dinner  Cruise.'  Prime Rib and Shrimp Creole will be on the menu. The singing deckhands promise to get everyone started singing Christmas carols. There will also be live entertainment for dancing or easy listening, and of course, Santa won't want to miss this cruise. For this month's schedule and more information call
(423) 266-4488 or (800)766-2784.

The Gem Theater in Etowah will be presenting  "The Homecoming" by Earl Hammer on December 1,6,7 and 8th at 7:30 p.m. with weekend matinees on December 1, 2, 9, at 2:30. This heartwarming Christmas story is based on the author's own childhood growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia during the Great Depression. The play is said to "take us back to a simpler time, without the materialism and pace of the modern world, and where the things that really matter in life, the love and support of family and friends are found in abundance." For more information call 423-263-3270.

Festive lights and displays of Christmas are at their best now at Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Travel around in the comfort of your own vehicle or take a guided trolley tour.  For more information call Gatlinburg Welcome Center at (865)436-0535.

With all the activities planned around the region whether they be at churches, schools, businesses, theaters, tourist attractions or in your own home, it should not be difficult to feel the warm, cozy, loving spirit of Christmas.
Wishing a very joyous Christmas to all our readers.