Crisp mornings greet the mountain. The leaves of mighty oaks and hickories blaze fiery oranges and deep reds. Autumn blooms brightly on charming Lookout Mountain, drawing people from all over the world to enjoy its breathtaking adventures. When much awaited, glimmering lights at Rock City, Ruby Falls, and the Incline Railway appear in November, you know the holidays have begun. And from this luminous point, the whole mountain shines with light, fun, and festivities for visitors of all ages.
Lookout Mountain is home to three of the Southeast’s most beloved attractions, offering magical holiday experiences and creating unforgettable memories. The big, blue star above High Falls appears on the horizon, hailing in the Enchanted Garden of Lights at Rock City. Over a million lights illuminate Rock City every year from November to January, transforming everything from the natural rock trails to Lover’s Leap into a dazzling winter wonderland. Kids can experience the magic of Christmas and adults can rediscover that childlike excitement and wonder. At Ruby Falls Christmas Underground, a secret cavern passage to the North Pole is revealed, leading guests on a magical adventure to visit Santa. Along the way, children of all ages take a delightful journey through Joystone City, helping Santa’s gem miners find Joystones to spread Christmas cheer. Aboveground, the Ruby Falls Castle becomes a festive winter lodge at Christmas, and the Lookout Mountain Tower offers some of the most marvelous views on the mountain—not to be rivalled, of course, by the Incline Railway. What better way to see the lights that dance all across the mountain and down the valley than from America’s Most Amazing Mile on the world’s steepest passenger railway?
Of course, there’s still much more to see and do on Lookout Mountain. It’s the perfect place for a weekend getaway, whether you’re looking for a family adventure or a romantic escape. Work up an appetite on one of the mountain’s classic hikes, like the trail up to Sunset Rock, or get a taste of history at The Battles for Chattanooga, a perfect start for a tour of the nearby Civil War battle sites. When the sun goes down, you can chow down on a hearty dinner at the Café on the Corner. Once the town grocery, Café on the Corner serves traditional Southern meals with a touch of modern flair that will sate your hunger whether you’re inside by the fire or admiring the lighted patio. Then retire in any of the numerous lodgings nearby, like the luxurious Chanticleer Inn Bed and Breakfast.
Like a beacon on the horizon, Lookout Mountain lights up for the holidays, offering so many ways for families and friends, kids, and grown-ups alike to enjoy the warm spirit of the season. Come up and have a visit—we’ll light the way