During the holiday season, take time to clear the mind and relieve the spirit. Chattanooga’s attractions offer wonderful holiday activities for every member of the family.
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Head high atop Lookout Mountain to the award winning, 22nd annual light extravaganza that showcases more than 30 holiday scenes and hundreds of thousands of LED lights that transform the gardens’ natural daytime splendor into a magical fantasyland. The evening includes pictures with Santa, decorating gingerbread cookies, hot cocoa, nightly entertainment and even a VIP Dinner experience with Santa (see website for special pricing & schedule).
Caroling with the Fishes at the Tennessee Aquarium/Dec. 4, 6-8:30pm
Carol with the fishes and kick-off your family’s holiday traditions. The galleries will be decked with sounds of the season—choruses, singers and local musicians on the drums, flutes, strings and more! Here’s your chance to visit with Santa, take home a keepsake photo, treat yourself to a seasonal beverage, and enjoy holiday shopping.
Ruby Falls’ Discovery Day/Dec. 30, 8am-8pm
Celebrate the 88th anniversary of the discovery of Ruby Falls. The first 88 guests to arrive at Ruby Falls will receive the original $2 rate, a vintage souvenir postcard, as well as some lesser known facts and legends about the cavern.
FESTIVALS & PARADES
Santa Arrival Parade/November 5, 11am-2pm
Kick off the 2016 holiday season with Santa Claus. The parade starts in the Sears parking lot, will circle the mall, and end near the food court entrance where the children can escort Santa to his holiday home for photo opportunities.
MainX24 24-Hour Festival/Dec. 3, 9am-Dec. 4, 9am
Celebrate Main Street & the Southside district with a packed schedule of entertainment, green living, fashion shows, parades and parties, music and motion - on streets. Santa will be at the Choo Choo. Held annually the 1st weekend in December.
ARTS & CULTURE
Special Chattanooga Holiday Market/Dec. 3-4, 10-11 & 17-18, times vary
As part of the Chattanooga Market, this market offers a special holiday theme with live music, caroling, festivities and more than 200 vendors providing a great assortment of unique, locally hand-made items, holiday décor and artisan foods for all those holiday gifts. Held at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
Chattanooga Boys Choir’s Singing Christmas Tree/Dec. 3, Noon & 5:30pm
The 53rd Annual Singing Christmas Tree at the Tivoli Theater in downtown along with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestra and Ballet Tennessee.
The Nutcracker by Chattanooga Ballet/Dec. 9-10, 8-10pm & Dec. 11, 2-4pm
Chattanooga Ballet presents Tchaikovsky's magical classic holiday ballet fully staged with music by the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. Held at the Tivoli Theater.
Miracle on 34th Street at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre/Dec. 9-23, dates & times vary
Filled with humor, spectacle, and festive holiday songs, this joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment.
Home for the Holidays/Dec. 17, 7:30pm & Dec. 18, 3pm
Enjoy the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera’s concert as they celebrate the holidays “Through a Child’s Eyes” in this special, family-friendly tradition. Featuring the CSO and the Chattanooga Boys Choir.
Chattanooga Santa Sightings
Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights
TN Valley Railroad’s North Pole Adventures