Holiday Attractions

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.


Rock City's Soilders

Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights
(closed Christmas Eve), Nightly, 6-9pm  ($)
Nearly a million lights transform the gardens’ daytime splendor to a nighttime fantasyland. Cookie decorating, hot cocoa & nightly musical entertainment. 800-854-0675

Tennessee Valley Railroad’s North Pole Limited Adventures
Take an imaginary trip to the “North Pole” on a vintage train with refreshments, storytelling, caroling, visits by Santa Claus & more. 423-894-8028

Chattanooga Choo Choo’s Holiday Enchantment
dates & times vary   ($)
Have your pictures taken with Santa, take the North Pole Limited train, become an Honorary Elf at the Elf Workshop complete with crafts, arts, games and movies or get tucked in by an Elf! Overnight packages available, including sleeping in a traincar. 800-Track29 or 423-266-5000

Tennessee Aquarium’s Holidays Under the Peaks & IMAX 3D
Daily (Closed Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day)  ($)
Special programming helps connect families to fascinating creatures from around the world. Quiz divers, penguin experts and other keepers about family units in the wild. Special weekend appearances by SCUBA Claus. 800-262-0695

Ruby Red Christmas
Fri & Sat; 6-9 pm (closed Christmas Day)  ($)
Enter the snowy wonderland and meet costumed characters, listen to holiday acoustical music, take pictures with Santa & have reading time with Mrs. Claus. 423-821-2544

Creative Discovery Museum’s Winter Wonders
Daily (Closed Wednesdays)  ($)
Explore a winter forest, learn about animal tracks in the snow, get lost in the blizzard maze, warm up in the cozy cottage then play dress up and make gingerbread cookies. 423-756-2738

Creative Discovery Museum’s Gingerbread Workshops
Dates & times vary. (Closed Wednesdays)  ($)
Create your own Holiday tradition by participating in the annual Gingerbread House Workshop. By reservation only. 423-756-2738

Chattanooga Zoo's Holiday Lights
5:30-8pm  ($)
Come and see the Chattanooga Zoo transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Visit the animals and Santa Claus while enjoying fun holiday games and crafts! 423-697-1322

Buttonwillow Civil War Dinner Theater Holiday Special
Times vary   ($)
Enjoy a special “1864 Tennessee Christmas” show focusing on period holiday traditions and beliefs as well as food, music, Victorian decorations and period treats and beverages.

Festivals & Parades

Holiday Boat Parade

Grand Illumination & Lighted Boat Parade
Enjoy the Lighted Boat Parade with more than 50 entries including Santa himself followed by the popular holiday Grand Illumination with Santa and closing with a fireworks show.  423-265-0771

MainX24 Festival - 24 Hour Festival
8am-8am (FREE)
Celebrate Main Street & the Southside district with a 24 hour block party! The jam-packed schedule includes everything from a pancake breakfast and chili cookoff to live music and art. Santa will be at the Choo Choo & don't miss the Southside parade.

Holiday Starlight Parade - ** NEW DATE - MOVED TO SUNDAY, DEC. 15 **
Come out for the Starlight parade with more than 50 entries including Santa. Lots of excitement, goodies for the kids and a great way to enjoy downtown for the Holidays. The route remains the same - On Market Street from MLK to 3rd Street **  / 423-265-0771

Arts & Culture

Chattanooga Market

Chattanooga Holiday Market
Sat, 10am-5pm & Sun, 11am-5pm (FREE)
The Holiday Market offers a special holiday theme with live music, caroling, festivities & over 200 vendors selling unique, hand-made holiday gifts and artisan foods. Held at the Chattanooga Convention Center. 

A Christmas Story Musical at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Times vary ($)
Enjoy this favorite holiday film as a musical. Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas – an Official Red Ryder® Air Rifle, despite repeated warnings of shooting his eye out. 423-267-8534

The Nutcracker at the Tivoli Theater
Times vary ($)
Join Chattanooga Ballet and the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday ballet. 423-265-0617

Singing Christmas Tree at the Tivoli Theatre
The Singing Christmas Tree will feature 120+ members of the Chattanooga Boys’ Choir, Orange Grove Center Chorus, Ballet Tennessee, & the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestra. 423-634-2299

Home for the Holidays
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.  423-267-8583

  • Chattanooga Santa Sightings

  • Rock City's Soilders

    Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights

  • TN Valley Railroad’s North Pole Adventures

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