Winter in West Village (FREE)
Now - Feb. 23, 2019, Saturdays, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy the newly created district between for a weekly street festival with live music from local bands, cocktails, beer, laser light show, and plenty of activities for kids. The district brings a European-style experience and offers public art, eateries, coffee shops, shopping, and the Westin Chattanooga.
Holiday Trail of Lights Selfie Station at the Chattanooga Visitors Center
Nov. 16, 2018 - Jan. 12, 2019, Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Stop by the Chattanooga Visitors Center at The Block (215 Broad Street) to snap a selfie with some fun props! You can even include your pet (as it’s on a leash). Post your selfie with #TrailofLighsCHA for a chance to win a $50 restaurant gift card. Winners will be chosen on Nov. 30, Dec. 31, & Jan. 14. One photo equals one entry. The more photos you post, the more chances you have to win! Limit five entries per person. Chattanooga Visitors Center is closed on Thanksgiving and New Year’s days.
NorthShore Merchants Collective’s Annual Holiday Window Treasure Hunt
Nov. 16, 2018 - Jan. 7, 2019
The Holiday Window Treasure Hunt kicks off the weekend of the NorthShore's Holiday Open House. Similar to those Highlights Magazine’s hidden object games, this version has you looking for hidden items in holiday-themed windows. Pick up a game card from 1 of 25 participating businesses, start hunting, then turn in completed game card (along with a minimum $1 contribution) at 1 of 3 NorthShore businesses for a chance to win a gift basket valued at $1,500. Great for families or adults.
The Polar Express 3D at the Tennessee Aquarium’s IMAX Theater
Nov. 23 - Dec. 27, 2018, daily, times vary
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.
Gingerbread Workshops at the Creative Discovery Museum
Nov. 23 - 25, Dec. 1 - 2, 8 - 9, 15 - 16, 22 - 23, 2018, times vary
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.
MainX24 24-Hour Festival in the Southside District (FREE)
Dec. 1, 2018
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.
Southern Belle Riverboat’s Breakfast with Santa Cruise
Dec. 1 & 15, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
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.
Bluff View Art District’s River Gallery Demo Days (FREE)
Dec. 1, 2-4 p.m.; Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m.
Interact with some incredible artists as they demonstrate their work at River Gallery. Schedule: Dec. 1, 2-4 p.m./Scott Hill Block Party; and Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m./Wearable Extravaganza with artists Christina Goodman, Theresa St. Romain, Goddess Rags, and Gina Pannorfi; Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m./Dennis Heckler Plein Air.
Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Santa’s Hiwassee Holiday Train
Dec. 1, 8, 15-16, 22-23, 2018, times vary
All aboard for a Hiwassee Holiday Adventure! For the second time, "Santa Trains" will operate along the beautiful Hiwassee River from Delano to Reliance. Upon departure, riders will enjoy light refreshments, storytelling, and Christmas carols. When the train arrives at the turn back location in Reliance, Santa will board and walk through the train greeting children during the return trip.
Chattanooga Holiday Market at the Chattanooga Convention Center (FREE)
Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 2018
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.
Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Summerville Santa Special
Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 & 23, 2018, times vary
All aboard for a Georgia holiday adventure: The Summerville Santa Special Train Ride! Trains depart from the festively-decorated, historic Summerville Depot for a one-hour and 15-minute ride to Trion and return. Along the way, riders will be treated to light refreshments, storytelling, and Christmas carols. As the train pulls into Trion, Santa Claus will climb aboard and walk through the train greeting children during the return ride to Summerville.
PJs and The Polar Express at the Tennessee Aquarium’s IMAX 3D Theater
Dec. 15-16, 2018
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!
AND we all know Santa is a busy man this time of year, but somehow he still finds time to visit several places around Chattanooga. Check out the list HERE on where to see Jolly Old Saint Nick!
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