Gather the family and get ready to soak in the holiday spirit at one of these amazing Chattanooga Christmas events happening in 2020. From meet and greets with Santa to family-friendly gingerbread baking classes, this list has everything you need to create a truly festive Christmas that rivals even the best Hallmark flick!
Most events are totally kid-friendy and take place during the day or early evening. If you are looking for a Christmas themed date night, a few of the events take place after-dark and are geared more towards adults. Find your perfect event below.
Chattanooga Christmas Events 2020
This year more than ever, please confirm that the event is still going on before you show up. These are crazy times. In 2020, an event could get canceled the morning it’s supposed to happen. But we’re going to keep our attitudes positive and say that probably won’t happen. Merry Christmas!
1. Christmas Lunch and Dinner Cruises
Throughout November and December
Southern Belle Riverboat
There are 3 amazing cruises to choose from throughout the months of November and December including the ‘Tis The Season Luncheon, Christmas Carole Dinner Cruise, and Breakfast with Santa.
2. Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland
- November 7 – December 24, 2020
- Bass Pro Shops, Chattanooga, TN
At Bass Pro’s popular Christmas event in 2020, Santa will be in a plexiglass box for safety. The free Christmas craft kits will be take-and-make this year, instead of being completed in-store.
Families will enjoy a variety of free kids’ activities, crafts, and a free printed photo with Santa with options for paid digital packages.
3. Ice on the Landing
Chattanooga Choo Choo Gardens
opening day is November 13, 2020
This stunning open-air skating rink can only be enjoyed htought the holiday season, so get your ticketss while you still can!
4. Holiday Window Treasure Hunt
November 18, 2020 -January 3, 2021
Join the NorthShore Merchants Collective on a fun and festive Christmas scavenger hunt. At the end of the hunt, 3 winners will win gift baskets jam-packed with goodies and gift certificates.
To play look for out-of-place items in store windows and fill out an entry form with your guess inside each store. Each item that you submit correctly is another entry into the contest. View the link above for a map of participating businesses.
5. Holiday Open House
November 18-22, 2020
Discover exciting Christmas deals, merchandise, and treats at this holiday open house at the businesses in NorthShore.
6. Enchanted Garden of Lights
Nightly from November 20 – January 2, 2020
Rock City, Chattanooga, TN
Discover an over the top enchanted garden of Christmas lights with varrious themed rooms.
7. Christmas Dinner Train
November 20 – December 28, 2020 (select dates)
Tennessee Valley Railroad, Chattanooga TN
On this Christmas train ride, you’ll enjoy a scrumptious four-course dinner on a gorgeously restored 1924 dining car. Meal choices include roast beef, stuffed chicken, or salmon served with soup, salad, and homestyle sides. For dessert, guests can choose from triple chocolate cake with ice cream, warm apple pie with ice cream, or cheesecake with strawberry topping. Yum!
8. North Pole Limited
November 21 – December 27, 2020 (select dates)
Tennessee Valley Railroad, Chattanooga
On the North Pole Limited, you and the kiddos will enjoy a magical Christmas themed train ride with Santa, sweet treats, storytelling, and more!
9. Gingerbread Workshops
November 27-29, 2020 + December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20
Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga, TN
$55/per 3 person group (includes all supplies and refreshments)
Satisfy your sweet tooth this Christmas at one of the Creative Discovery Museum’s gingerbread workshops. At these family-friendly events, guests will be provided with an array of fun supplies to help them craft their very own gingerbread houses. There will even be warm cookies and smooth hot chocolate to help keep that energy up while you work!
10. Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
November 27, 2020
FREE to view
This spectacular Christmas boat parade is one of the most popular Chattanooga Christmas events! Attendees will be treated to a variety of quirky holiday light displays boater style!
11. Collegedale Christmas Market
The Commons Collegedale, TN
November 27-29, 2020
12. Christmas Paint Night
Multiple dates throughout December
Painting with a Twist
$38-$56 per project
Ring in the season with a fun painting project at Painting with a Twist. There will be a variety of different projects to choose from throughout the months of November and December.
13. From-Scratch Gingerbread Houses and Christmas treats Workshops
December 1, 2020, + tons of additional dates to choose from
The Sweet and Savory Classroom
$78 and up
At these family-friendly Christmas baking events, guests will learn how to make a from-scratch gingerbread house, Christmas cookies, or sweet yeast bread. Classes are available for all people ages 12 and older. There are also parent-and-me classes for kids 5 and up.
14. A Classical Christmas with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra
- Location: The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
- December 3 & 4, 2020
The Symphony Christmas concert is always a delight. This year they are featuring 3 holiday favorites for your enjoyment.
15. It’s a Wonderful Life
December 4-20, 2020
400 River Stree Chattanooga, Chattanooga Theatre Centre Mainstage
$15 – $25
This beloved Christmas classic will be transformed into a live 1940s Christmas radio show. For this live performance, a handful of talented actors will play many parts to tell the endearing story of George Bailey.
16. A Classic Christmas in Cleveland
Main Street Cleveland, TN
December 5, 2020
This popular Christmas parade brings the holidays to life with marching bands, decorated floats, live performances, Santa, and more!
17. Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Hiwassee Holiday Train
December 5-20, 2020
$24 – $40/per person (depending on the seat you choose)
This year on the Hiwassee holiday train adventure guests will enjoy Christmas caroling, storytelling, hot chocolate, and a gingerbread cookie. Yum! Due to current events, meet and greets with Santa will not be possible. He will return to the train next year.
18. Chattanooga Holiday Market
December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20
Chattanooga Convention Center
Finish up your Christmas shopping in style by visiting one of the 200 + craft vendor booths at the Chattanooga Holiday Market. There will also be Santa visits, food vendors, music, and more!
19. Chattanooga Zoo’s Holiday Lights
December 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19, 2020
At this quirky Christmas event, guests will walk through a stunning wonderland of glittering lights and watch the zoo animals opening Christmas presents. Sounds adorable, doesn’t it?
20. IMAX Theatre Christmas Movie
November 27 – December 17, 2020 (various dates)
TN Aquarium IMAX Theatre
21. Lodge Cast Iron Bake-Off
December 12, 2020
Chattanooga Convention Center
FREE admission (tasting pass costs extra)
This popular annual baking contest takes place during the Chattanooga Holiday market.
22. Mistletoe Market Holiday Craft Show
December 12-13, 2020
The Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Dr. Collegedale, TN
Shop over 150 vendors, food trucks, petting zoo, pony rides, FREE pictures with Santa, make your own campfire s’mores, children’s Christmas pageant, and more!
23. Holiday Brass with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra
December 18 & 19, 2020
First Centenary Methodist Church
This festive concert will feature all of your brass favorites accompanied by a string quartet.
Enjoy a kid-friendly Christmas favorite on the BIG screen. This year’s movie is Polar Express.
24. Christmas Skate
December 18-19, 2020
Hamilton Skate Place
$10 (includes the cost of skates)
Hamilton Skate Place hosts awesome holiday events year-round. On the 18th there will be an after-dark ugly Christmas sweater skate for adults. On the 19th there will be a Christmas jammies skate for kids.
25. Jingle Bell Rock
Greenway Pavilion, Cleveland, TN
December 19, 2020
Come on down to Jingle Bell Rock for photos with Santa, caroling, food trucks, Christmas shopping, live music, arts and crafts vendors, and so much more!
26. Nutcracker by Chattanooga Ballet
December 19,20,20 & 25, 2020
a pre-taped show will air on Chattanooga Public Television
This annual Chattanooga Ballet performance is one of the most popular events of the season! While you won’t be able to attend a live performance this year, you will be able to watch it for free on TV.
Canceled Chattanooga Christmas Events in 2020
Due to current events, these popular events have been cancceled this year. They are planning to return in 2021.
Southwide Community Main Street
This 24-hour holiday celebration includes Christmas crafts, cookie making workshops, cookie decorating, Santa karaoke, and more! There is also a variety of non-Christmas events like a chili cookoff, a big wheel parade, games, and much more!
Singing Christmas Tree
This annual favorite is a stunning living Christmas tree with holiday songs sung by the Chattanooga Boys Choir.
PJs with Santa
Creative Discovery Museum
Enjoy a fun night with Santa by sharing your wish list, getting your Santa picture, making holiday cards, decorating cookies, and more!
Creative Discovery Museum
This fun snow day event boasts a variety of make-and-take crafts including snowmen, snowglobes, igloos, snow wands, and more. Kids will also enjoy face painting, sweet treats, and a variety of fun entertainment.
kids Holiday Shoppe
Creative Discovery Museum
At this fun shopping event, kids will learn about budgeting as they shop for holiday gifts for friends and family. The gifts are all priced at $10 or less. After shopping, they will also learn how to wrap their own gifts with assistance.
Chattanooga Tuba Christmas
The Tuba Christmas show is an upbeat and fun holiday concert featuring tubas and euphoniums all played by local musicians. Anyone with their own instrument can sign up to play at the concert.
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