Special Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve Meals

If spending days preparing large holiday meals adds extra stress to an already hectic schedule, then take a break this year to enjoy a variety of ready-made holiday meals. Get together with your family at one of Chattanooga’s attractions or delectable restaurants offering special holiday meals.

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THANKSGIVING MEALS

Thanksgiving Day at Whitebird at the Edwin Hotel 
Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Gather at Whitebird on Thanksgiving Day to celebrate what you are most thankful for with a delicious buffet. Enjoy traditional Thanksgiving dishes with your friends and family, relax and leave the cooking to Whitebird!

Thanksgiving Lunch & Dinner Cruises on the Chattanooga Riverboat Co.’s Southern Belle & Pier 2
Nov. 28, 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.
The Southern Belle Riverboat takes you on a two-hour cruise on the scenic Tennessee River with a buffet-style Thanksgiving Dinner featuring sliced roast turkey breast, carved ham, creamy mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole with marshmallow topping, green bean casserole, corn pudding, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, cheesecake, iced tea, coffee and water. There is also a full bar for purchase of your favorite elixirs. Enjoy live entertainment and a tour of the pilothouse. Book online.

Thanksgiving Feast at the Chattanoogan Hotel
Nov. 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends at The Chattanoogan Hotel's Thanksgiving Feast. The culinary team will prepare a delicious meal featuring dozens of traditional and innovative dishes including carved prime rib and brown sugar and thyme brined turkey. Reservations required. To make a reservation, please call (423) 424-3700.

Turkey Dinner at Lookout Winery/Wood Oven Pizza
Nov. 28, 11 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. CST
Enjoy a delicious turkey dinner with spectacular views of the Tennessee River this Thanksgiving! The menu will include roasted turkey breast, creamy mashed potatoes with savory gravy, green bean casserole, white sweet corn, cranberry sauce, cornbread stuffing and a slice of great pumpkin pie with a scoop of gelato for dessert. Reservations required. To make a reservation, please call (423) 939-9334.

Thanksgiving Brunch on the Bluff
Nov. 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Enjoy the day by feasting at Bluff View Art District’s acclaimed Thanksgiving Day Brunch. The annual holiday brunch buffet features traditional Thanksgiving dishes like turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and fixings alongside signature favorites from Bluff View's renowned pastry, bakery, pasta and restaurant kitchens. Reservations required. To make a reservation, please call (423) 265-5033 x4.

Thanksgiving at The Read House
Nov. 28, 11 a.m. & 4 p.m. (Silver Ballroom), 5-10 p.m. (Bridgeman’s Chophouse)
The historic Read House hotel is preparing a feast for Thanksgiving Day with traditional offerings including oven roasted turkey and maple bourbon whipped sweet potato casserole for brunch as well as staple Bridgeman’s Chophouse dishes for dinner. For those who would like to eat earlier, a Thanksgiving buffet will be hosted in the Silver Ballroom at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Bridgeman’s Chophouse will be open for dinner, offering a full menu plus a special Thanksgiving dinner option. To make a reservation, please go online or call (423) 643-1240.

CHRISTMAS MEALS

Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Christmas Dinner Train
Nov. 15-Dec. 29, times vary
Enjoy a four-course dining experience on board a restored 1924 dining car this holiday season. The excursion trains will depart from Chattanooga's Grand Junction Station, traveling at a leisurely pace through portions of urban East Chattanooga before reversing direction and returning to Grand Junction. The travel time is just right for the complete meal on a vintage dining car.

Southern Belle Riverboat’s Christmas Carol Dinner Cruise
Nov. 29-30, Dec. 6-7, 14, 20-21, 7 p.m.
Enjoy dinner while on a relaxing cruise down the Tennessee River. Cruise includes live entertainment, dancing, appearance by Santa, and a dinner of prime rib, shrimp creole, savory cornbread dressing, desserts and more. Reservations can be booked online or by phone.

Southern Belle Riverboat’s Winter on the River Lunch Cruise
Nov. 29-30, Dec. 26-29, 1 p.m.
Relax and unwind with a cruise down the Tennessee River! Take in the sights from the Southern Belle Riverboat and enjoy a lunch buffet featuring roast beef, lemon chicken, a variety of sides and a delicious dessert. Reservations can be booked online or by phone.

Candle Light Christmas Feast at Polly Claires
Nov. 30-Dec. 28, Saturdays, 6, 6:30 & 7:15 p.m.
Experience a traditional Christmas meal in the historic Dent House, which dates to 1854, and now serves as a full-scale restaurant specializing in the art of Afternoon Tea.  The Christmas Feast features candlelit rooms, ample fixings served family-style in bowls to pass, live music and costumed staff. Dine on garlic herb rubbed New York Strip or country style fried chicken with sides like spiced pears, confetti beans and mashed potato boats with gravy. Finish your holiday feast with a special figgy pudding.

Southern Belle Riverboat’s Breakfast with Santa Cruise
Dec. 2019 (call to schedule)
Start the day with a pancake breakfast on the Southern Belle! After breakfast, be razzled and dazzled by a magic show and enjoy a visit with the man in the big red suit to find out if you’ve made the naughty or nice list this year. Reservations can be booked online or by phone.

Southern Belle Riverboat’s ‘Tis the Season Lunch Cruise
Dec. 1, 6-8, 13-14, 20-22, 1 p.m.
Enjoy lunch while cruising down the Tennessee River. Cruise includes live entertainment, Pilot House tours, and a lunch of prime rib, lemon basil chicken, desserts and more. Reservations can be booked online or by phone.

Dinner with Santa at Rock City Gardens & the Enchanted Garden of Lights
Dec. 2-4, 7-8, 5-7 p.m.
The magical evening high atop Lookout Mountain includes a traditional holiday meal with turkey and dressing, one-on-one visit and picture with Santa and his friends (his elves, Inara the Ice Queen, Jack Frost, and Rocky), VIP access to the Yule Town Realm of the Enchanted Garden of Lights, and gingerbread cookie decorating in the North Pole Lodge (cookies for kids ages 2-13 only). Make reservations early for best availability. Event sells out quickly.

Breakfast With Santa at the Read House
Dec. 14, 9 & 11 a.m.
Join Santa & Mrs. Clause for breakfast in the The Read House’s Silver Ballroom before they start their final countdown in preparation for Christmas! This two-seating event will offer a delicious breakfast spread any kid will love and allow photo-ops with Santa & Mrs. Clause as they mingle with both young and old. Reservations can be booked online or by phone.

Southern Belle Riverboat’s Holiday Dinner Cruise
Dec. 15, 4 p.m.
Get in the holiday spirit aboard Chattanooga’s Southern Belle Riverboat! Enjoy a buffet style dinner featuring flat iron steak with grilled onions, lemon basil chicken, a variety of sides, and delicious dessert. Reservations can be booked online or by phone.

Christmas Day Brunch 
Dec. 25, 11a.m.-3 p.m.
Enjoy Christmas with family and friends. The talented culinary team at The Chattanoogan will be preparing a wide assortment of delicious brunch. Enjoy carving stations and an array of tasty holiday desserts. The brunch will be served at the Broad Street Grille, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Day. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (423)424-3700.

NEW YEAR’S EVE MEALS

Southern Belle Riverboat’s New Year’s Eve Early Bird Cruise
Dec. 31, 4 p.m.
Get the party started and say hello to 2020 early! Enjoy prime rib and chicken Wisconsin buffet dinner, toe tappin’ music and views from the Tennessee River. This is a great cruise if you want to relax and celebrate but be tucked in by midnight! Reservations can be booked online or by phone.

Southern Belle Riverboat’s New Year’s Eve on the River
Dec. 31, 9 p.m.
Ring in the new year aboard the Southern Belle Riverboat! Get the party started at the 3rd Deck Burger Bar and enjoy dinner, music, dancing and a midnight champagne toast as you cruise into 2020. The buffet style dinner will feature prime rib, shrimp creole, a variety of sides, dessert and more. Reservations can be booked online or by phone.

New Year’s Eve Dinner Train
Dec. 31, 5 & 8 p.m.
Celebrate the new year with a fine dining feast aboard a vintage train car! These trips include a three-course dining experience onboard a restored 1924 dining car. Passengers choose from carved English roast beef, herb roasted stuffed chicken breast or crusted salmon filet with savory sides including tomato bisque with creme fraiche and chives, homemade mashed potatoes, seasoned green beans, and assorted bread and butter. Trains depart from Chattanooga's Grand Junction Station in the evening, traveling at a leisurely pace through portions of urban East Chattanooga before reversing direction and returning to Grand Junction. Reservations can be booked online or by phone.

New Year’s Eve Dinner on the Bluff
Dec. 31, 5-10 p.m.
As you bid farewell to 2019, join us for a relaxing pre-countdown dinner at Back Inn Café before heading out on the town to ring in the New Year. Enjoy an intimate meal featuring New Year’s Eve inspired cocktails, special menu offerings and Back Inn Café’s signature winter menu. Housed in a cozy 1920s colonial revival mansion that overlooks the Tennessee River, Back Inn Café offers the perfect setting for celebrating the past year’s “old times.”

 

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