Christmas Night of Lights is drive-through celebration
This holiday season, treat yourself and your family to a drive-through Christmas light show at Camp Jordan Park in East Ridge. With hundreds of thousands of lights synchronized to Christmas music, Christmas Nights of Lights does not disappoint.
The drive-through show is about a mile and a half long. Richie King—who runs the light show along with his wife and his brother—explained, “Typically, people will stay 30 to 45 minutes, but you can drive through the show at your own pace.”
Extended viewing time is encouraged. “I’ve seen people bring pizzas,” King said, “and they’ll sit and watch the show. If you want to watch one section for a while, all you have to do is pull your car to the side so that the people who want to keep moving, can.”
When asked how many Christmas light bulbs were used to create the show, King laughed and revealed, “We tried to count them one time, but we quit. Basically, there are hundreds of thousands of lights driven by over one thousand computer channels, and all of it is synchronized to music you can listen to on your car radio.”
The Kings have been in the light show business for about five years now. They are currently running another show in Mobile, AL, and past shows have been in Nashville and Myrtle Beach.
Admission to the light show varies based on the number of people in the car. For a car of one to four passengers, admission is $6 per passenger. For a car of five to nine passengers, admission is $25 for the entire vehicle. Children ages 3 and under are admitted free.
There are also coupons available from the Salvation Army and the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. If you bring one of these coupons, you can get $2 off the admission price per car, and part of the proceeds from your admission will go back to those organizations.
After you have made your way through the light show, be sure to visit Santa’s Village, where all proceeds go to the East Ridge Fire and Police Needy Child Fund. Santa is there, of course, and there are many activities for children and adults alike to choose from.
Children have the opportunity to write a letter to Santa, make Christmas tree ornaments, play on inflatables, and take a picture with Santa. King added, “The kids can make reindeer food, too. Then, on Christmas Eve, they can sprinkle it in their yard for Santa’s reindeer.”
Another highlight of Santa’s village is a pet adoption table run by East Ridge Animal Shelter. Children and their parents can visit the table to see pictures of various animals up for adoption.
Directly outside Santa’s Village, there is a concession stand offering everything from funnel cakes to corndogs. There is also a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.
“It’s fun for the whole family,” said King. “From 8-year-olds to 80-year-olds, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”
No matter what the weather is, Christmas Nights of Lights will remain open. “Rain or shine, cold or hot, you can come to the show,” emphasized King. And don’t worry about getting cold during your visit to Santa’s Village—it is inside a climate-controlled pavilion.
King noted that the light show looks better when there is a little bit of rain: “When it’s raining, the wet asphalt reflects the lights, so it’s actually prettier with wet roads than with dry roads.”
Barring “a huge snowstorm or a power failure,” both of which are unlikely, the Christmas Nights of Lights at Camp Jordan Park in East Ridge is open every night through January 3, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
Be sure to stop by with your family and friends to get into the Christmas spirit!
Christmas Nights of Lights
Through January 3
Camp Jordan Park
323 Camp Jordan Pkwy, East Ridge