Saturday, October 25, 2014 · 12:17 a.m.

Weekend top five

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Carolina Chocolate Drops won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2011 for their debut, "Genuine Negro Jig." (Screenshot: Staff)

Finally, the weekend is here. Now what? Nooga.com checks out all the options and gives you our best bets for the top five.

A silver Christmas anniversary 
The story of a young girl’s dream come to life with a valiant Nutcracker and a malevolent Mouse King plays on the Tivoli stage this weekend for the 25th year. The Chattanooga Ballet first launched its version of Russian composer Tchaikovsky’s score—itself based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story—in 1987, and since then, the annual production has danced its way into Chattanooga families’ holiday traditions. The company will be accompanied by the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra.

When: Friday-Saturday, Dec. 7-8, 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m.
Where: 709 Broad St.
How much: $15-$29

The lights of Christmas
If the Haunted Caverns was too terrifying of an enticement to visit Ruby Falls, Ruby Red Christmas may be more your style. The festivities include carriage rides, holiday music, a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and a special LED lighting of the 145-foot waterfall.

Meanwhile, the Holiday Starlight Parade will be lighting up the Tennessee River and downtown this Saturday. The event begins with a march down Market Street from Fifth Street to the Tennessee Aquarium, where crowds can sip a steaming beverage and watch the Lighted Boat Parade processing from the Olgiati Bridge to the Veterans Bridge and then marvel at fireworks and a live Nativity scene.

When: Ruby Red Christmas is open Friday and Saturday nights, 5-9 p.m.; parade runs Saturday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m.
Where: Ruby Red Christmas is located at 1720 South Scenic Highway; the parade will be held downtown and on the Tennessee at Ross’s Landing, 100 Riverfront Parkway
How much: Admission to Ruby Red Christmas is $15.95-$17.95; parade is free

Purebred Croat ballin’ in the South
Rapper soCro prides himself on blending his Croatian heritage with Southern hip-hop and styles his beats and flow to the likes of fellow Southern boy YelaWolf and the more commercial Mac Miller and Drake. Though his recorded tracks as yet haven’t strayed far from the I'mma-make-it-and-get-rich-with-this-hustle line, soCro’s live performances—this Saturday at JJ's Bohemia—have historically been a worthwhile night.

When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 p.m.
Where: 231 East M.L. King Blvd.
How much: Covers range from $5-$12

Tea with treasurers
With all the coverage of the highly anticipated royal baby, you may be jonesing for all things English. The Houston Museum of Decorative Art has your fix: Sip a spot of Earl Grey, nibble on a cucumber sandwich and enjoy a glimpse at the finer things in life at the Holiday English Tea and Open House.

When: Sunday, Dec. 9, 1-4 p.m.
Where: 201 High St.
How much: $20 for adults, $5 for children younger than 17

Drops of music's history
Track 29 hosts the Grammy-winning group Carolina Chocolate Drops this weekend and brings a bit of freshly revived American history to Chattanooga. The four-piece band specializes in unearthing Southern folk music from the latter part of the 1800s and the first 40 years of the 1900s, but rather than allowing the material to play like a flat museum recording, the group brings to bear their own 21st-century musical point of view. The result is a foot-stomping, knee-slapping treat that will surprise and delight.

When: Sunday, Dec. 9, doors open at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.
Where: 1400 Market St.
How much: $16 in advance, $18 the day of

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