Holiday Season Is Officially Upon Us!
Check out all the awesome holiday events in Chattanooga!
SANTA’S WONDERLAND AT BASS PRO SHOPS
Bass Pro Shops is proud to invite families to the beloved tradition of visiting Santa Claus in person this holiday season, with a reimagined free Santa’s Wonderland experience in Chattanooga. The contactless visit with Santa includes a comprehensive approach to help ensure everyone’s safety throughout the event.
TENNESSEE VALLEY RAILROAD’S CHRISTMAS DINNER TRAIN
Enjoy a four-course dining experience onboard a restored 1924 dining car this holiday season. The excursion trains will depart from Chattanooga’s Grand Junction Station at 7 p.m., 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.
HOLIDAY WINDOW TREASURE HUNT ON THE NORTH SHORE
The NorthShore Merchants Collective is hosting its 6th Annual Holiday Window Treasure Hunt to benefit the Northside Neighborhood House. The safe, outdoor, family-friendly game features hidden treasures, beautifully decorated holiday store windows, and three gift baskets. To join the fun, pick up a game card from any of the 28 participating businesses. The game directs participants to the North Shore’s sidewalks to look for unlikely hidden items in the windows of local businesses.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE ON MANUFACTURERS ROAD
Enjoy a festive outing at the shops along Manufacturers Road in Chattanooga, including the stores at Signal Mill and 2 North Shore. Santa will make an appearance for socially distanced photos outside at Signal Mill. Pets are welcome for photos with Santa!
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 Creative Discovery Museum is included for non-members participating in the workshop. Reservations are required in advance.
HOLIDAY LIGHTED BOAT PARADE
Enjoy holiday lights along the Tennessee River with this cheery event at the Chattanooga Riverfront. View the Lighted Boat Parade from many points along and over the river. The boats are expected to float under the Walnut Street Bridge somewhere between 6:30-7 p.m.
SOUTHERN BELLE RIVERBOAT’S BREAKFAST WITH SANTA CRUISE
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. Call (423) 266-4488 to schedule.
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS YOUTH THEATRE PRODUCTION
The classic animated television special, first shown in 1965, comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. A production of Chattanooga Theatre Centres’ Youth Theatre that’s perfect for all ages.
TENNESSEE VALLEY RAILROAD’S HIWASSEE HOLIDAY TRAIN
All aboard for a Hiwassee Holiday Adventure! The Santa Train will operate along the beautiful Hiwassee River from Delano to Reliance. Upon departure, riders will enjoy light refreshments, storytelling, and Christmas carols.
CHATTANOOGA HOLIDAY MARKET AT THE CHATTANOOGA CONVENTION CENTER (FREE)
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 of your holiday gift needs.
LODGE CAST IRON BAKE-OFF (FREE)
The annual Lodge Cast Iron Bake-Off features our city’s most prominent and rising chefs. It’s a chance to watch live as they create culinary delights for a panel of judges.
CHRISTMAS COOKIES AND FANCY TREATS BAKING CLASS
Enjoy an evening filled with learning, baking and tasting. Chef Heather has created this new class to spark baking creativity. Everything you make in class will go home with you to enjoy with your family and friends. Create peppermint patties, fudge, madeleines and a couple other surprises! Hands-on with chef demonstrations. For ages 12 and up.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING COMPETITION
Join the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts in some holiday fun! We will be holding a gingerbread house decorating competition that will be judged on December 17th. You decorate your gingerbread house at home then bring it to the Houston Museum between the 15th and 17th of December. For kids 8-14. First, second and third place take home a prize!
Credit to Visit Chattanooga for putting this list together! (https://www.visitchattanooga.com/winter/all-holiday-events/)