2018 Holiday Roundup: Christmas Events - Chattanooga, TN

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All through the year, the Chattanooga Choo Choo Historic Hotel hosts dozens of exciting events that attract locals and guests alike, but during the holidays, we take it to the next level with some of the jolliest Chattanooga Christmas events around! With several family-friendly holiday events including ice skating, light shows, and visits with Santa, you’ll have no problem finding something to do this holiday season in Chattanooga.

Jump into the holiday spirit with best Christmas events Chattanooga, TN has to offer.

Chattanooga Holiday Events & Activities at the Choo Choo Hotel

Choo Choo Hotel Christmas Tree Lighting | November 16th - January 21st

Even before Thanksgiving (gasp!) the Choo Choo Hotel, surrounding gardens and popular Station Street transform into a wonderland of holiday lights, green boughs, red ribbons, and a giant Christmas tree. The Christmas tree in the hotel foyer at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel is famed for being the biggest one in all of Hamilton County! The best part? You do not have to be a hotel guest to see the tree; everyone is welcome to come by the Choo Choo lobby and take pictures. While you’re there, stop in at Frothy Monkey or Stir for a hot chocolate, mocha or hot toddy.

Santa at the Choo Choo | November 16th - December 23rd

Unlike the tree, Santa and Mrs. Claus only come down from the North Pole at scheduled times to visit with the good boys and girls. But when they do, what fun! Every Friday through Saturday from November 16th through Christmas Eve, Santa will be in the Choo Choo lobby for pictures and to take gift requests.

Mrs. Claus Book Readings at the Choo Choo | November 23rd - December 21st

Mrs. Claus joins the children to read books Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m. from November 23rd through December 21st. Kids love to listen as Mrs. Claus tells classic Christmas tales throughout the holiday months, building Christmas spirit in all ages.

Lookout Farmer’s Market | November 1st - January 18th

Enjoy delicious goods, treats, and special gifts at the Lookout Farmer’s Market on Station Street. The market will open on Thursday, November 1st, then every Friday evening from November 16th thru January 18th.

Holiday Pop Up Store | Friday, November 16th

Visit the Holiday Pop Up Store at the Choo Choo Hotel for locally crafted goods and gifts. This one stop shop for holiday surprises will have plenty of quality items including custom denim and leather goods.

a boy on the ice skating rink at ice on the landing

Ice on the Landing | November 16th - January 21st

Another fan favorite is Ice on the Landing. This brings the classic winter tradition of outdoor ice skating to downtown Chattanooga from November 16th to January 21st. Visitors of all ages can take a turn on the rink, located in the historic Glenn Miller Outdoor Gardens. Vendors will be set up to supply sweet treats and hot cocoa. Tickets include skate rentals and are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Visit iceonthelanding.com for the exact hours of operation, special promotions and activities.

Mainx24 | Saturday, December 1st

One of Chattanooga’s best-kept holiday secrets is Mainx24. For a full 24-hour period, the community comes together to celebrate up and down Main Street, right next to our historic Chattanooga hotel. With vibrant parades, live music, poetry readings and chili cook-offs, this December 1st party will surely warm you up! Just be sure to arrive early to grab a great view of all of the fun. Admission to Mainx24 is free.

Learn more about Chattanooga Choo Choo’s Christmas events here.

Area Christmas Events in Chattanooga, TN

Snow Day at Creative DiscoverY Museum | Saturday, November 17th

From noon to 4 p.m. kids will have a snowy time at the Creative Discovery Museum in downtown Chattanooga, TN. Kid-friendly take-home activities, arts and crafts, and guest appearances from Jack Frost, Suzy Snowflake, and more will be on hand as snow drops every 30 minutes! Admission Snow Day at the Creative Discover Museum is free with general admission. Contact (423) 756-2738 for more information.

Enchanted Garden of Lights at Rock City | November 16th - December 31st

Venture through a winter wonderland at Rock City during the Enchanted Garden of Lights event from November 16th thru December 31st this holiday season! This Chattanooga holiday tradition dazzles with glimmering Christmas displays, lights, and more! Walk your way through four unique holiday adventures, including North Pole Village where Santa resides, as enchanting Christmas music plays. Food and beverages will be available. Tickets start at $16.95 for adults and $8.95 for children ages 3 - 12. Call (706) 820-2531 for more details.

Holiday Cheer at the Pier | Friday, November 23rd

Enjoy local food, beverages, live music, and more at Holiday Cheer at the Pier at Ross’s Landing. Plenty of children’s activities will be available throughout the evening, including photos with Santa Claus himself! A lighted boat parade will fill the air with Christmas cheer along the Tennessee River, ending with a finale Fireworks show! Holiday Cheer at the Pier will take place Friday, November 23rd from 4 p.m to 9 p.m. The event is free for everyone to attend.

Kids Only Holiday Shoppe at Creative DiscoverY Museum | November 23rd - December 23rd

The Kids Only Holiday Shoppe at the Creative Discovery Museum shelves affordable gifts and items to help children understand the concept of budgeting and the cheer of gift giving. All gifts are $10 and under with assisted gift wrapping on hand. The holiday shoppe is open on select dates between November 23rd and December 23rd from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Ruby Falls Christmas Underground | December 1st - December 23rd

Mine for joystones, explore a glittering ice cave, and visit the Sugar Plum Fairy Village at Ruby Falls Christmas Underground! On select dates from December 1st thru December 23rd, guests will be able to venture through Santa’s secret passageway to the North Pole! Visitors will have a chance to visit the head honcho himself! Tickets start at $16.95 for all ages 3 and up, and includes Joystone activities and a souvenir joystone. For more information, call (423) 821-2544.

Holiday Lights at the Chattanooga Zoo | December 7th - December 22nd

If you’ve ever wanted to see animals open their very own Christmas gifts, you’ve come to the right spot! The Holiday Lights at the Chattanooga Zoo is a great family-friendly Christmas event in Chattanooga, where the zoo is adorned in Christmas lights. This holiday extravaganza features many kid-friendly activities including cookie decorating, carolers, and letters to Santa, included with zoo general admission. Also available are train rides, camel rides, carousel rides, and photos with Santa Claus! Holiday Lights at the Zoo runs during select dates from Friday, December 7th thru Saturday, December 22nd from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Contact (423) 697-1322 for more information.

Young or old, visitors or locals, everyone is invited to visit the Choo Choo for the holidays and join in on the fun! Tennessee might not get heavy snowfalls, but the celebrations, laughter, local cuisine and shopping make the holiday season festive for all of us.

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