Ruby Red Christmas Returns With Cheer

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - by Meagan Jolley
- photo by Rick Owens

Ruby Red Christmas is back for its fifth year spreading holiday cheer, beginning this Saturday, then every Friday and Saturday night all month long, from 5–9 p.m. Experience the sights and sounds of Christmas with falling snow, carriage rides, festive music and hot chocolate.

See the Cavern Castle and waterfall in holiday lighting. Also, take a turn through the North Pole Workshop where kids can make crafts and visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. A craft and photo with Santa is included in a child’s ticket. And Dec. 28 and 29, after Santa returns to the North Pole, join the elves for fun and games. “When Santa’s away, the elves will play.”

Ruby Red Christmas is a Top 20 Event by Southeast Tourism Society for December 2010 and 2011. To find out more info, visit

Ruby Falls is open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with guided tours departing every few minutes. Additional charges apply to some activities. The last ticket sold to tour the cave is at 8 p.m., with shops and carriage rides open until 9 p.m.

Ruby Falls is America’s deepest commercial cave and largest underground waterfall open for public viewing. It features a 145-foot waterfall located 1,120 feet beneath the surface of Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga, Tennessee. LED lighting is used throughout the castle and waterfall.Ruby Falls is the first US attraction to have received the dual Green Globe/Green Certification by Green Globe International, Inc.

Hours: 5–9 p.m.; last tour goes at 8 p.m., shops and carriage rides open until 9 p.m.

$17.95 for adults & $15.95 for children (child’s ticket includes a photo with Santa and foam craft-gingerbread house or photo frame at the North Pole Workshop)

Carriage Rides (capacity six people) - with tour, $14.95 flat rate per carriage ride; without tour, $19.95 flat rate per ride. 

North Pole Workshop Crafts: cost of individual craft - several available


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