The General Journal

The student news site of Heritage High School

  • This year's yearbooks are on sale at!

The General Journal

The General Journal

What’s Going On? (December Edition)

Check out this list to see what events are going on in YOUR local area this December! And a Happy Holidays to you!
Hailey Drafahl


It’s A Wonderful Life Winter Recital – Dec 19

Infinity Dance Connection PROUDLY PRESENTS, “It’s A Wonderful Life Winter Recital”. We are so excited to present our 7th Annual Winter Recital.

?Close-Up Christmas Cards?– Dec 16

“The Perceptionist♠️” returns in Ringgold, GA for a close-up encounter of mentalism, psychology stunts, playing card demonstrations, world class sleight-of-hand, comedy and magical walks.

Shop Local Breakfast – Dec 6

Description Join us for Breakfast at the Ringgold Depot and then stick around for networking, and early bird shopping!

Winter Market — Stable 41 Farmers Market– Dec 9

Join us for our annual Winter Market! Enjoy shopping for locally made, one-of-a-kind gifts for the holiday season! Remember we take SNAP/EBT and double those dollars for FREE! Enjoy live music

A Very Merry Christmas – Dec 9

?Get ready to embrace the festive spirit at ”A Very Merry Christmas Market”! ❄️This enchanting holiday event will take place on December 9th, from 10am to 3pm at The Commons in Collegedale!



Cha Ballet’s The Nutcracker W/ Chattanooga Symphony & Opera– Dec 9

Southeastern Trust presents Chattanooga Ballet’s The Nutcracker featuring the professional company, the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra performing live, and students from Chattanooga Ballet’s

Home for the Holidays – Sun. – Dec 17

Doors: 2:00 PM Concert: 3:00 PM One of Chattanooga’s most treasured holiday events, Home for the Holidays is the perfect seasonal celebration for the whole family! The CSO is joined by the CSO

Christmas Laser Orchestra: Chattanooga – Dec 8

“Get ready for an unforgettable holiday experience as we present ‘Christmas Laser Orchestra: The Symphony of Lights!’ Immerse yourself in the magic of Christmas like never before.

Ruby Falls Christmas- Dec 5

Discover holiday wonder and adventure at Ruby Falls! Gather family and return to a simpler time with a classic Christmas on the mountain.


“GREAT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! Join us to paint your own version of this image created by one of our artists. The perfect family get together for ages 5 yrs and up!



Opry Backstage Tour– Dec 7

An exclusive backstage tour at the Opry House is the place where artists and performers gather, and a place many call home. Get an intimate look at the people, places and stories behind the show

Janet Jackson: Together Again Tour– Dec 16

Ms. Jackson is back and coming to a city near you! Today, the five-time GRAMMY®️ Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame®️ Inductee, Janet Jackson, has announced her highly anticipated return.

12 Bars of Christmas Crawl– Dec 9

The 5th Annual 12 Bars of Christmas Crawl is coming to town Saturday December 9th from 3pm-10pm!! Put on your best holiday onesies, Santa suits, ugly sweaters, and elf costumes and get ready to crawl!

A Christmas Carol– Dec 9

In this new, heartwarming, and spectacular production of A Christmas Carol, Artistic Director Micah-Shane Brewer brings Charles Dickens’ classic story to life on stage.

New Year’s Eve in Nashville 2023 – Dec 30

Nashville, known as Music City, has a vibrant club scene. The city also hosts some of the largest New Year’s Eve parties in the South. Numerous downtown restaurants and bars have their own bashes



Sounds of the Season– Dec 23

Join us for this new high-energy concert featuring the ASO and guest vocalists. Make this heartwarming event a new tradition for your family this season and sing along!

Christmas with Elvis – Dec 17

Christmas with Elvis — Presented by Travis LeDoyt — LIVE at MadLife Stage & Studios on Sunday, December 17th at 2:00!

Trap Wing Festival Atlanta – Dec 23 

A day party like Wing Fest with a open bar & Trap Music Theme.

Christmas with Atlanta Master Chorale– Dec 10

Sunday December 10, 2023: Christmas with Atlanta Master Chorale Friday, December 8 & Saturday, December 9, 2023 | 8 pm Sunday, December 10

Nutcracker– Dec 9

The City of Roswell and Roswell Cultural Arts partners with Atlanta Dance Theatre to present ‘The Nutcracker’ with a new special guest! Celebrate the magic of the holidays!




HHS Christmas band concert- Dec 5


Christmas Chorus Concert- Dec 7


Basketball Vs Ringgold @ Home- Dec 9


Final Exams- Dec 18 and 19


Winter break- Dec 20


More to Discover
About the Contributor
Hailey Drafahl
Hailey Drafahl, Staff Writer
Hailey Drafahl is a 17-year-old senior attending Heritage High School. She is returning to the Journalism staff this year because she really enjoyed taking the class her Junior year. Hailey is excited for what this year of Journalism will bring. She enjoys taking challenging courses and is on a dual-enrollment schedule for her entire senior year so that she can obtain both high school and college credits for her classes. Hailey is the best parker at Heritage High School: she's been told by the principal three times to fix her parking; the people around her fear for their cars. Science is her favorite subject to take, as it is easy and interesting for her. She hopes to one day be a therapist for people and help with others' mental health. In her free time, she accomplishes deranged journeys with her friends. She also enjoys working her shifts at Subway: she is a wonderful sandwich artist and loves the people she works with. She lives with her mom, stepfather, older brother, and two younger sisters. She also has five animals in her house, including three dogs and two cats. She loves listening to music: her favorite artists are SZA, Doja Cat, Lana Del Rey, Megan Thee Stallion, and many more. Hailey is very excited to graduate this year and begin the steps towards her future.