November and December mean twinkling lights, smoke-filled chimneys, and a feeling of magic in the air. The holidays bring a sense of joy and wonder to people of all ages. Celebrate the season in Chattanooga with a variety of live Christmas music that is sure to put you and your family in the holiday spirit.
2018 Christmas Music Schedule
Irving Berlin's White Christmas the Musical
Nov. 10, 7:30pm
This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! The timeless movie “White Christmas” is adapted for the stage in a lavish new production that the New York Times says to “put on your wish list.” Irving Berlin's White Christmas tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.
Ice on the Landing at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Gardens
Nov. 16- Jan. 21, Check website for daily hours of operation.
This 120’x40’ open-air skating rink offers the fun and nostalgia of outdoor ice skating surrounded by gas lanterns, fountains, and holiday grandeur at the Southside’s iconic landmark, the Chattanooga Choo Choo Gardens. The rink will open at 6:00pm on November 16 and will include a live performance by organist Buddy Shirk from 6:00-7:00pm, playing holiday music. Ice on the Landing will be open every day for a nine-week season, closing on January 21, 2019.
Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights
Nov. 16 – Dec. 31. Nightly 6:00-9:00pm
For the holiday season, Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights is a family tradition. Featured recently on ABC’s show "The Chew," this light extravaganza showcases more than 30 holiday scenes and nearly a million LED lights that transform the gardens’ natural daytime splendor into a fantasyland of four realms of wonder: Yule Town, Arctic Kingdom, Magic Forest and North Pole Village. Enjoy gingerbread cookie decorating, hot cocoa, live Christmas music (performed by various different bands depending when you come), and more.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Nov. 23, 8:00pm
After celebrating the 25th anniversary of releasing a Christmas album that changed the music industry, Chip Davis, founder of the multi-platinum selling group Mannheim Steamroller, reflects on the beginnings of what has become nothing less than an amazing musical journey.
Holiday Cheer at the Pier
Nov. 23, 4:00-9:00pm
Come to Santa's Village at Ross's Landing and visit local artisans and crafters. Enjoy children's activities near the North Pole and have your family photos taken with Santa. The Lighted Boat Parade will illuminate the Tennessee River and a finale of fireworks will kick off the 2018 Holiday Season. Enjoy street side local food and beverages and music from local musicians and choirs.
Hip Hop Nutcracker
Nov. 23, 7:30pm
A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary work set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, embarks on an international tour on the strength of last December’s sold-out performances of the world premiere at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA) in New York City.
Chattanooga Riverboat's Southern Belle Christmas Carol Dinner Cruises
Nov. 24, Dec. 7-8, Dec. 14-15, Dec. 21, 7:00pm
Come hungry and leave jolly at this wonderful Chattanooga tradition! This 2.5 hour cruise includes a delicious dinner menu, serving prime rib and shrimp creole with baby red potatoes and other yummy vegetables. Top things off with a glass of wine or champagne over some live Christmas music, 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.
Christmas Tree Lighting
Nov. 27, 6:30-7:30pm
Southern Adventist University invites the community to usher in the holiday season with a special evening of music and warm, tasty treats, beginning at 6:30pm in front of Wright Hall. The night will feature performances from various music groups on campus and is free and open to the public.
Holiday Tea with Beauty and Cinderella
Dec. 1, 11:00am & 2:00pm
Beauty and Cinderella are hosting an enchanting holiday tea party! Spend time meeting, chatting, and taking photos with both Princess Beauty and Princess Cinderella, who will be dressed in their finest holiday gowns and cloaks. Enjoy delicious treats with a variety of seasonal hot beverages, live music, and a holiday sing-along to beloved Christmas tunes. The afternoon will finish with a final photo opportunity against a beautiful holiday scene.
Jazz Holiday with Robert Crabtree and Friends
Dec. 1, 8:00pm
Kick off the Christmas season in style with the timeless music of Vince Guaraldi’s arrangements from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” performed by local legendary pianist Robert Crabtree and Friends! What could be better on a winter night than jazz holiday favorites performed in a laid-back, cozy setting overlooking the river (and maybe a visit from the kids in CTC’s own “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to raise their voices in song)? Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar at 7pm followed by the performance at 8pm.
Dec. 1, 8:00pm
Under the direction of Ken Parsons and Laurie Cooper, Southern’s Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, and Ringtones will present their annual Christmas concert at 8pm in Iles P.E. Center. Admission is free.
Chattanooga Riverboat's Southern Belle 'Tis the Season Lunch Cruise
Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8, Dec. 14-15, Dec. 21-23, 1:00-3:00pm
This is the perfect opportunity to take a break and enjoy a special holiday 2-hour cruise and lunch on the Tennessee River! There will be live Christmas music accompanied by delicious food including flat iron steak and lemon basil chicken.
Chattanooga Boys Choir’s Singing Christmas Tree
Dec. 1, 12:00pm & 5:30pm
The program will include more than 100 members of the Chattanooga Boys Choir’s five component choirs, as well as guest artists from the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestra (Gary Wilkes, director), Ballet Tennessee (Anna van Cura, director), and the Metropolitan Bells handbell ensemble (Gary Bynum, director). In all, the stage will be graced with over 200 performers providing a splendid display of holiday music and dance for all ages to enjoy.
Chattanooga Holiday Market
Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 10:00am-5:00pm (Saturdays), 11:00am-5:00pm (Sundays)
Holiday Market features 200+ local food vendors, artists, and crafters each Saturday & Sunday in December offering unique gifts and festive preparations – everything you’ll need for the holiday season! The market offers festive daily entertainment for the whole family: the Chattanooga Girls Choir, Sweet Georgia Sound, and several other acoustical performers capture the holiday spirit.
Chattanooga Riverboat's Southern Belle Holiday Dinner Cruise
Dec. 6, Dec. 9, Dec. 12, Dec. 20, Dec. 22, Times Vary
This is the perfect opportunity to take a break and enjoy a special holiday 2-hour cruise and dinner on the Tennessee River! There will be live Christmas music accompanied by delicious food including flat iron steak and lemon basil chicken.
Dec. 8, 6:00pm
Join the UTC Department of Music for the Annual Merry TubaChristmas Chattanooga concert at the Chattanooga Zoo. In addition to great music, there will be commemorative TubaChristmas buttons for everyone in attendance.
School of Music Christmas Concert
Dec. 8, 4:00pm
This holiday season, the School of Music presents the classic “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at 4pm in the Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists, with Julie Penner as director and Laurie Redmer Minner as conductor. Admission is free. The event will also be broadcast at southern.edu/streaming.
The Chattanooga Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Dec. 8 (2:00pm & 7:30pm), Dec. 9 (2:00pm)
The Chattanooga Ballet presents their annual production of Tchaikovsky's magical classic The Nutcracker. The performance is fully staged with music by the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. This holiday classic will make all of your holiday dreams come to life.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Dec. 9, Dec. 15-16, 2:30pm
The classic animated TV special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation of Charles Schulz’s beloved tale in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas. (Appropriate for 1st grade and up)
Harry Connick Jr. - A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration...Holiday Edition
Dec. 11, 8:00pm
Enjoy the evening as Harry toasts this beloved city and also performs a selection of holiday favorites. Harry Connick, Jr. has exemplified excellence in every aspect of the entertainment world. He has received recognition with multiple Grammy and Emmy Awards as well as Tony nominations for his live and recorded musical performances, his achievements on screens large and small, and his appearances on Broadway as both an actor and a composer. The foundation of Connick’s art is the music of his native New Orleans, where he began performing as a pianist and vocalist at the age of five.
Chris Tomlin: Songs of Worship
Dec. 13, 7:30pm
From his rural Texas roots, cutting his chops on his father’s Country-Western record collection, to the small Baptist church where he was first compelled by congregational singing, and now in his current position as the definitive worship leader for the worldwide church, Chris Tomlin has always been motivated to provide spiritual seekers a voice to talk with God through music.
A Civil War Christmas: American Musical Celebration
Dec. 14-16, Dec. 20-23, Dec. 27-30, Times Vary
It’s Christmas Eve on the frigid banks of the Potomac River, 1864. It seems like all Americans prepare for the holiday as best they can – Union and Confederate soldiers, slaves and freemen, as well as President Lincoln and Mary Todd. Set during a time when the country is divided by conflicting ideologies and convictions following a contentious presidential election, Paula Vogel’s sweeping, music-rich story is propelled by traditional American songs: marches and spirituals — all revitalized for this production by live musicians. “A Civil War Christmas” is a lively reminder for people of all beliefs about humanity’s potential for compassion, reconciliation, and hope.
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera: Home for the Holidays
Dec. 15 & 16, Times Vary
Chattanooga's favorite holiday tradition is back! Enjoy a concert by the CSO filled with lively holiday tunes, solemn hymns, and classics from the most wonderful time of the year. As always, pictures with Santa will be part of the festivities. "Home for the Holidays" has two performances, one at 7:30pm on Saturday, December 15 and 3:00pm on Sunday, December 16.
Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker
Dec. 30, 1:00pm & 5:00pm
Celebrate this Christmas with the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Featuring brand new, over-the-top production and world class Russian artists. Larger than life puppets, nesting dolls, and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life.