published Friday, November 25th, 2011

Sing along

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    Santa Clause will be greeting visitors on The Southern Belle through Dec. 18.

Santa will be making the rounds this holiday season to greet as many families as possible.

There is one place, though, where he not only gets to meet and greet folks, he actually joins them on the dance floor. In his annual visit to the Southern Belle for the Christmas Carol dinner cruises, Santa Claus kicks up his heels and has some fun, according to Southern Belle employee Ronnie Limbaugh.

"There's live entertainment, singing, dancing and good food," he said.

Limbaugh said prime rib and shrimp Creole will be served during the cruises, which are scheduled on 16 evenings through Dec. 18.

"As soon as dinner is over, we open the dance floor and Santa will start the dancing," Limbaugh said.

It's a great way to celebrate the holidays while enjoying a 2 1/2-hour tour up and down the Tennessee River, he said.

Limbaugh, who has worked on the Christmas Carol cruises the last six years, said it's a spirited adventure.

"I just want to get on the dance floor myself. Everyone has so much fun."

Holiday cruises are popular and likely to sell out, he said, so reservations are recommended. Four 'Tis the Season lunch cruises also are scheduled in December.

Contact Karen Nazor Hill at or 423-757-6396. Follow her on Twitter at nazorhill.


* What: Christmas Carol dinner cruises on the Southern Belle.

* When: Today through Dec. 18 (times vary).

* Where: Boarding at Pier 2, 201 Riverfront Parkway.

* Admission: $42.80 adults, $22.86 children 3-12.

* Phone: 266-4488.

* Website:


Santa will make an early morning appearance Saturday for a breakfast buffet on the Chandelier Deck at Pier 2. Starting at 9:30 a.m., families can pose for photos with Santa, visit with the Grinch to show him the true meaning of Christmas and decorate cookies, then board the Southern Belle at 11 a.m. for an hourlong cruise to give Santa time to hear each Christmas list. Tickets are $26.50 for adults, $15.50 for children 3-12. Photos are priced separately. Call or go online for reservations.

about Karen Nazor Hill...

Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...

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