Holiday Events in Chattanooga
In addition to the main Holiday Trail of Lights, Chattanooga features a varied array of festivals, holiday events, Santa sightings, shopping, and live music and entertainment scattered throughout the city.
Snow Day at the Creative Discovery Museum
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! Spend the afternoon enjoying the first “snow fall” in Chattanooga with special guests Jack Frost and Suzy Snowflake who will help welcome the first “snowfall” of the year. After the first flakes are ushered in, guests will enjoy a performance by Tempo Dance Studio. After that, the snow will fly every 30 minutes.
Holiday Cheer at the Pier at Ross’s Landing (FREE)
Enjoy this new holiday event which includes shopping from local artisans and crafters, dining from local food trucks, pictures with Santa, Lighted Boat Parade with 40+ decorated boats, and a grand finale of fireworks sponsored by the Southern Belle at 7 p.m. FREE!
Gingerbread Workshops at the Creative Discovery Museum
Kick off the holiday season with this sweet tradition. The whole family will enjoy creating sweet and sticky houses from gingerbread, icing, candy, and other sugary confections. The workshop includes hot chocolate, cookies, pre-built houses, icing, candy, and holiday music. Admission to the Museum is included for non-members participating in the workshop. Reservations are required in advance.
Robert Earl Keen’s "Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee" Show
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.
The Polar Express 3D at the Tennessee Aquarium’s IMAX Theater
Even if you have seen this heart-warming classic before, watching it on the giant, six-story IMAX Theater screen with Laser creates a brand and magical new experience. The Polar Express is based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg and takes audiences on an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole. Viewers fall in love with a doubting young boy who embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Nightcaps with St. Nick
Board a first-class observation train for a 75-minute trip to the North Pole. Along the way, guests will enjoy holiday alcoholic beverages, dessert, and singing carols while costumed entertainers read “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Upon arriving at the North Pole, St. Nicholas will board the train and talk about Christmas past. Adults-only excursion.
MainX24 24-Hour Festival in the Southside District
Celebrate Main Street & the Southside District for a 24-hour long festival held the first weekend each December. The packed schedule of entertainment includes fashion shows, parades, parties, live music, Big Wheel contest, chili cook off, an ice-skating rink, and so much more. Some special events require a charge. FREE!
Singing Christmas Tree at the Tivoli Theatre
Enjoy the 53rd Annual Singing Christmas Tree with your favorite traditional carols, holiday songs, and Santa-inspired selections which will be sure to put everyone in a festive mood for the holidays! Program performed by the Chattanooga Boys’ Choir, Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestra, Metropolitan Bells, and Ballet Tennessee.
East Main Block Party (part of MainX24) – BYOP (Bring Your Own Pet!) at Sculpture Fields
Catch the double-decker bus, bike, or drive to the East Main Street Block Party at Sculpture Fields. Enjoy family fun, food, music, a 33-acre international sculpture park with 35 colossal sculptures, and meeting new adoptable pets, and the creation of your own aluminum holiday casting led by nationally recognized sculptor Isaac Duncan, III. Be sure to bring your pets following the morning pet parade so they can roam the park and go on a pet obstacle course! FREE!
Chattanooga Holiday Market at the Chattanooga Convention Center
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. FREE!
Caroling with the Fishes at the Tennessee Aquarium
The Tennessee Aquarium’s galleries will be decked with sounds of the season from choruses, singers, and local musicians! Visit with Santa and take home a keepsake photo then treat yourself to a seasonal beverage and enjoy holiday shopping with a 20% member discount at the River Journey Gift Shop. Registration required.
The Nutcracker by Chattanooga Ballet at the Tivoli Theatre
Sugar Plum fantasies and snow covered dreams come true as Chattanooga Ballet presents their 30th annual production of Tchaikovsky’s magical classic ballet. The performance is fully staged with music by the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra.
John Berry Holiday Show at Walker Theatre
This Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling, singer-songwriter will be performing a special holiday-themed show highlighting his biggest country hit songs along with your favorite Christmas selections. This special concert will be filmed by the Heartland Network for an exclusive televised special set to air this Christmas season nationwide.
PJs and The Polar Express at the Tennessee Aquarium’s IMAX 3D Theater
Choo! Choo! All aboard the Polar Express for a trip to the North Pole! Dress in your favorite pajamas and enjoy a special screening of The Polar Express 3D. Before the movie, guests will get the chance to meet the “real” Conductor, sip hot cocoa, and enjoy pastries. Fun for the entire family and all who truly believe!
Home for the Holidays at the Tivoli Theatre
Enjoy a special evening with all of your favorite traditional holiday songs by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera and the Center for Creative Arts Concert Choir. You’ll also get to mingle with Santa and other special guests throughout the evening.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Tivoli Theatre
Marking the 25th Anniversary Tour, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker features over-the-top production and world-class Russian artists, larger-than-life puppets, nesting dolls, and gloriously hand-crafted costumes that bring the Christmas spirit to life.