The evergreens atop Lookout Mountain are all spruced up with lights, the Tennessee Aquarium is illuminated in shades of green and red, and the historic Walnut Street Bridge is lit up with giant snowflakes flashing in unison; it’s Christmas time in Chattanooga! Part of what makes this season so special in Chattanooga is our large variety of holiday music. From downtown to the top of our beautiful mountains, Christmas spirit runs abound. Check out some of Chattanooga’s favorite holiday offerings below. ‘Tis the season!
2017 Christmas Music Schedule
Ice on the Landing at the Chattanooga Choo Choo
Nov. 17- Jan. 21, Check website for daily hours of operation.
Chattanooga's outdoor ice skating rink in the historic Glenn Miller Gardens is a unique wintertime experience during the holiday season. This season, you can listen to your favorite holiday tunes while you skate, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate to warm you up, and look forward to appearances from Santa!
Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights
Nov. 17 – Jan. 6. Nightly 6-9pm
Head high atop Lookout Mountain to the award winning, 23rd annual light extravaganza. New paths were created in 2016 that allow you to choose one of four uniquely themed realms of wonder to start with (map available online). Evening includes hundreds of thousands of LED lights that transform the gardens’ natural daytime splendor into a magical fantasyland, pictures with Santa, gingerbread cookie decorating, hot cocoa, live Christmas music (performed by various different bands depending when you come), and a VIP Dinner with Santa.
Chattanooga Riverboat's Southern Belle Breakfast with Santa
Nov. 25, Dec. 9, 9:30am
Bring the kids along for a ride on the Tennessee River that they won’t soon forget! Included in your ride is a pancake breakfast including eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns and all the favorites. After breakfast, there will be a magic show followed by a special visitor from the North Pole. All of your favorite holiday tunes will be performed by local jazz artists and soloists.
Robert Earl Keen’s "Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee" Show
Nov. 27, 7:30pm
Magic is coming to Chattanooga this Christmas in the form of Robert Earl Keen’s all new, expanded “Fam-O-lee Back to the Country Jamboree!” Often referred to as the Jimmy Buffet of Christmas, Robert Earl Keen will bring visions not only of sugar plums, elves and maybe a cow or two to the Tivoli Theater but also the spirit of country music’s greatest artists, both past and present along with some of Keen’s greatest hits.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas: A Cabaret Dinner Show
Dec. 1, 7pm
The holiday season can be a stressful and busy time of year as you run around town preparing everything to be just right for the holiday season. Take a break from all of that, and enjoy a show featuring a delicious homemade meal, hot cocoa and cider followed by a tasty dessert. All of this delicious food will be accompanied by your favorite Christmas tunes performed by Closed Door Entertainment artists. With all the Christmas spirit going around, old Saint Nick himself might even stop by!
Chattanooga Riverboat's Southern Belle 'Tis the Season Lunch Cruise
Dec. 1- 3, Dec. 7-10, Dec. 15-17, Times Vary
This is the perfect opportunity to take a break and enjoy a special holiday lunch on the Tennessee River. There will be live Christmas music performed by a local jazz band accompanied by delicious food including prime rib and lemon basil chicken.
Chattanooga Boys Choir’s Singing Christmas Tree
Dec. 2, 12pm & 1:30pm
This year, at the 53rd Annual Singing Christmas Tree, the Chattanooga Boys Choir will perform all of your favorite carols and holiday selections. They will be accompanied by the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Youth Orchestra, Metropolitan Bells and Ballet Tennessee.
Chattanooga Riverboat's Southern Belle Christmas Carol Dinner Cruises
Dec. 2-3, Dec. 7-10, Dec. 14-17, Times Vary
Come hungry and leave jolly at this wonderful Chattanooga tradition. The menu includes prime rib and shrimp creole, with baby red potatoes and other yummy vegetables. Top things off with a glass of wine or champagne, and you’ve got one unforgettable night. You will also get the chance to tour the historic boat and meet the man of the season himself, Santa Clause. All of your favorite holiday tunes will be performed by local jazz artists and soloists.
MainX24 24-Hour Festival
Dec. 2-3, 8am-8am
Chattanooga’s bustling Main Street and Southside district are being celebrated like never before. Enjoy a packed schedule of live music, parades, fashion shows and holiday fun that highlight what makes this historic neighborhood so unique.
Special Chattanooga Holiday Market
Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31, 10am-5pm
The Chattanooga Market is a Scenic City staple. During the month of December, the market transforms into a winter wonderland featuring unique live music, caroling and other fun festivities. The 200+ vendors provide a great variety of locally made items and artisan foods that are the perfect stocking stuffers and gifts for all of your holiday shopping needs.
Dec. 3, 6:45pm
Join the UTC Department of Music for the Annual Merry TubaChristmas Chattanooga Concert at the Tennessee Aquarium. In addition to great music, there will be commemorative TubaChristmas buttons for everyone in attendance.
Caroling with the Fishes at the Tennessee Aquarium
Dec. 3, 6pm
The Tennessee Aquarium’s galleries will be decked with sounds of the season from choruses, singers, and local musicians! Visit with Santa and take a keepsake photo of the kids. Then, then treat yourself to a seasonal beverage and enjoy holiday shopping with a 20% member discount at its River Journey Gift Shop.
Choral Arts Chattanooga: In The Bleak Midwinter
Dec. 8, 7:30pm
This year’s annual Choral Arts Christmas Concert is full of holiday spirit! World-renowned opera artist Stella Zambalis will join Choral Arts in performing Beneviciti by Ralph Vaughn-Williams, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore by Mozart, We Three Kings by Dave Brubeck and Ave Maria by Anton Bruckner.
The Nutcracker by Chattanooga Ballet
Dec. 9 & 10, Times Vary
The Chattanooga Ballet presents its 30th annual production of Tchaikovsky's magical classic The Nutcracker. The performance is fully staged with music by the Chattanooga Symphony and Orchestra. This performance will make all of your holiday dreams come to life.
John Berry Live at Walker Theatre
Dec. 15, 8pm
The Entertainment Nexus dubbed John Berry as "one of the most remarkable voices in music" in 2006. This Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter is coming to Chattanooga for a special holiday themed show you don't want to miss! Berry will mix in some of his hits, as well as your favorite Christmas songs to get you in the holiday spirit! This special concert will be filmed by The Heartland Network for an exclusive televised special set to air this Christmas season nationwide.
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera: Home for the Holidays
Dec. 16 & 17, Times Vary
It’s finally everyone’s favorite time of the year! The evening will be filled with all of your holiday favorites performed with jazz and gospel influences. Don’t forget to bring the kids to meet some special visitors from the North Pole!
Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker
Dec. 20, 3pm & 7pm
Moscow Ballet’s spectacular Great Russian Nutcracker is a must-see event this holiday season! This year marks its 25th Anniversary Tour featuring extravagant production, internationally acclaimed performers and costumes that will take your breath away.