The holiday season Chattanooga is bursting with so many wonderful, local things to do, it's hard to pick and choose.  If you live in or near the Scenic City, might I suggest a few things on my radar this weekend?

Miss Chatty Crafty & her band of sistercrafters bless my heart; you'll just have to read to see why.  This weekend they're hosting a Holiday Handmade Show boasting "supermegafoxyawesomehot DIY/Indie gifts" for your friends and loved ones.  Oh, how I love a good word mash-up, so this I have to attend! 



The Chattanooga Market, named to Frommer's top ten "America's Best Public Markets," is a local offering at the Tennessee Pavilion running Sundays May-December.  This weekend and next, however, it moves inside to the Chattanooga Convention Center.  You'll find over 200 vendors selling their handmades and homemades, from hand-blown glass and art crafted from recyclables, to jewelry and gourmet foods you won't find anywhere else. 


1229fanINSIDE_t300-1Hoops for Hope.  There's no website to direct you to but the Times Free Press featured a great article about it this week.  The event, now in its third year, benefits the MaryEllen Locher Foundation.  Twelve area teams will compete at Baylor, and one thing is for certain:  there will be a lot of pink!  And my lovely part-time employer, Chick-fil-A is sponsoring FREE Chick-fil-A for a year to any sharp shooter who nails a half-court shot during each match-up!  Anyone donating $5 can try a shot, and they'll receive coupons for two Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches with their donation.  Meaning they'll win whether or not they're a winner :).  Added bonus?  My friend Charles will be calling the games today!

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Check out Friday's Current in the TFP for more weekend and upcoming ideas in the greater Tennessee Valley (including tonight's Holiday Starlight Parade downtown!). 

Your turn:  If you live in the Tennessee Valley, please share what you're up to that I shouldn't miss; otherwise, DO tell me special holiday happenings in YOUR neck of the woods!!

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