Chattanooga’s New Holiday Trail of Lights

The Holiday Trail of Lights features eight major points of interest showcasing millions of twinkling lights at Chattanooga’s top holiday attractions. Visitors will also get to enjoy a varied array of festivals, holiday events, delicious holiday meals, Santa sightings, shopping, and live music and entertainment scattered throughout the city.
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High atop Lookout Mountain, Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights invites you to start at the heart. Enter through the historic Round House Gates and choose which realm YOU want to visit first. Head straight for Santa at the North Pole Village, meet the Inara the Ice Queen and Jack Frost in the Arctic Kingdom, be dazzled by the dancing trees in the Magic Forest, or stroll through Yule Town for the traditional route loved by generations. Experience Rock City’s dazzling nighttime views, live entertainment, cozy fires, kids’ activities, and a million beautiful lights!
Ruby Falls’ Christmas Underground offers a magical holiday adventure for the whole family. Explore the cave for the magical “Joystone,” walk through a secret underground ice cave that leads straight to Santa at the North Pole, see the Northern Lights, check out the Sugar Plum Fairy Village, and don’t forget to tell Santa everything that you want for Christmas. Additional option includes the standard Ruby Falls Tour.
Ruby Falls Christmas Underground
During the holidays, the Tennessee Aquarium offers special holiday programming which includes interacting with animal experts, weekend appearances by SCUBA Claus who will be diving in the River Giants or the Lake Nickajack exhibits, feedings, enrichment programs, and opportunities for kids to become Young Scientists. Special screenings of Polar Express 3D in IMAX with Laser will be shown Dec. 1-24.
The much anticipated temporary outdoor ice rink has moved to the Chattanooga Choo Choo Gardens. Schedule includes general skating time, special themes, appearances by Santa, and a rotating schedule to benefit local not-for-profits. Food vendors available on site. The Chattanooga Choo Choo also includes true Rock & Roll experiences at Songbirds Guitar Museum, world-famous comedians at The Comedy Catch, and regular live music at the Revelry Room.
#5: Twinkling Snowflakes along the Scenic Walnut Street Bridge in Downtown Chattanooga
Walk across Walnut Street Bridge, one of the longest pedestrian-only bridges in the world at 2,370-feet, as you enjoy the thousands of twinkling lights in snowflake form. The bridge connects downtown Chattanooga with the vibrant historic North Shore District and offers incredible views of the Tennessee River. The bridge connects visitors to the revitalized riverfront, Tennessee Aquarium and other attractions and restaurants on the south side, and many shops, galleries, and restaurants on the north side.
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Enjoy a trip to the “North Pole” pulled by a locomotive with refreshments, storytelling, caroling, and more! During the return ride, Santa makes his way through the train cars to greet every child and presents a keepsake item to all the children. Dates have multiple times - check website for schedule. These trips sell out so book early. Be sure to check out the additional special holiday trips: Nightcaps with St. Nick (adults only) and the Santa’s Hiwassee Holiday Train.
Travel down the Tennessee River for a truly unique holiday experience! During the Lunch and Dinner Cruises, guests will have fun listening to live music, dancing, hanging out with Santa, learning more about river navigation on a Pilot House tour, and indulging in holiday meals of sage-roasted turkey breast, sweet potato casserole, and much more. Don't miss the community event Holiday Cheer at the Pier on Nov. 24 from 5-9 p.m. Event features a lighted boat parade (40+ boats), local crafters and food, visits from Santa Claus, and fireworks sponsored by the Southern Belle Riverboat at 7 p.m.
Chattanooga Zoo's Holiday Lights
The Chattanooga Zoo is transformed into a magical wonderland where you can view hundreds of lights that weave through the habitats, visit the animals and watch them open their Christmas presents, decorate cookies, get your picture taken with Santa, enjoy delicious treats, and more!
The Trail of Lights is best experienced when you spend a couple of days. Here are a few special holiday packages that offer overnight accommodations, tickets to holiday attractions & events, restaurant vouchers, and even some chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne.