25 Festive Chattanooga Christmas Events That Will Kick Your Holiday Up a Notch in 2021

Gather the family and get ready to soak in the holiday spirit at one of these amazing Chattanooga Christmas events happening in 2021. 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-friendly 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 TN Christmas Events

Chattanooga Christmas Events 2021

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. From-Scratch Gingerbread Houses and Christmas treats Workshops

  • Select Dates in November and December 2021
  • The Sweet and Savory Classroom
  • $82/adults only, $86/mommy and me
  • 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.

2. Polar Express at the IMAX Theatre

  • November & December 2021 (various dates)
  • TN Aquarium IMAX Theatre
  • $8 and up

In this new christmas classic, a young boy rediscoveres the magic of Christmas on a unbelievable train ride.

3. Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland

  • November 6 – December 24, 2021
  • Bass Pro Shops, Chattanooga, TN
  • FREE

At Bass Pro’s popular Christmas event in 2021, Santa photos will be contactless for safety. The free Christmas craft kits will be take-and-make this year, instead of being completed in-store. 

4. Holiday Open House  

  • November 12-14, 2021
  • NorthShore Chattanooga
  • FREE admission

Discover exciting Christmas deals, merchandise, and treats at this holiday open house at the businesses in NorthShore.

5. Christmas Village Holiday Market

  • Greenway Pavilion, Cleveland, TN
  • November 13-14, 2021
  • Free Admission

Come on down to the Christmas Village for photos with Santa, caroling, food trucks, a petting zoo, live music, arts and crafts vendors, and so much more!

6. Holiday Window Treasure Hunt

  • November 18, 2021 -January 3, 2022 
  • Downtown Chattanooga.
  • FREE

Join the NorthShore Merchants Collective on a fun and festive Christmas scavenger hunt. At the end of the hunt, the winners will win gift baskets jam-packed with goodies and gift certificates.

To play, look for hidden treasures in various downtown shops. Then 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.

7. Ice on the Landing

  • November 19, 2021 – January 30, 2022
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo Gardens

This stunning open-air skating rink can only be enjoyed through the holiday season, so get your tickets while you still can!

8. Enchanted Garden of Lights

  • Nightly from November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022
  • Rock City, Chattanooga, TN
  • prices vary by day

Discover an over-the-top enchanted garden of Christmas lights with various themed rooms.

9. North Pole Limited

  • November 20 – December 23, 2021 (select dates)
  • Tennessee Valley Railroad, Chattanooga
  • $30/daytime ticket, $40/nighttime ticket

On the North Pole Limited, you and the kiddos will enjoy a magical Christmas-themed train ride with Santa, sweet treats, storytelling, and more!

10. Gingerbread Workshops 

  • November 26-28, 2021 + December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, & 19, 2021
  • 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!

11. Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

  • November 26, 2021
  • Chattanooga Riverfront
  • 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!

12. Christmas at the Farm

  • November 27, 2021
  • Will Tree Farms, Ringgold, GA
  • FREE Admission

At this fantastic Christams event near Chattanooga, guests will enjoy visits with Santa, kids’ activities, a petting zoo, christmas lights, yummy seasonal drinks, a bbonfire, and more!

13. 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.

Christmas Events in Chattanooga TN

14. Gordon-Lee House Christmas Tours

  • Saturdays in December, 2021
  • Historic Gordon-Lee House, Chattanooga
  • $5/ages 12 and up, $1/under 12

Enjoy a fun night with Santa by sharing your wish list, getting your Santa picture, making holiday cards, decorating cookies, and more!

15. PJs with Santa

  • December 3, 2021
  • Creative Discovery Museum
  • $25/per person

Enjoy a fun night with Santa by sharing your wish list, getting your Santa picture, making holiday cards, decorating cookies, and more!

16. A Classic Christmas in Cleveland

  • December 4, 2021
  • Main Street Cleveland, TN

This popular Christmas parade brings the holidays to life with marching bands, decorated floats, live performances, Santa, and more!

17. MainX24

  • December 4, 2021
  • Southwide Community Main Street
  • FREE Admision

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!

18. Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Hiwassee Holiday Train

  • December 4-19, 2021 (weekends only)
  • Delano, TN
  • $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.

19. Chattanooga Holiday Market 

  • December 4-5, 11-12, & , 18-19, 2021
  • Chattanooga Convention Center
  • FREE Admission

A huge Christmas and holiday craft fair with over 200 vendors.

20. Christmas Skate

  • December 4 & 18, 2021
  • Hamilton Skate Place
  • $10 (includes the cost of skates)

Hamilton Skate Place hosts awesome holiday events year-round. On the 4th there will be an all-ages christmas PJ skate. On the 18th you can go skating with Santa.

21. Rudolph the red Nosed Reindeer

  • December 9, 2021
  • Tivoli Theatre, Chattanooga
  • $24-$74

This live-action christmas play is based on the calssic holiday movie.

22. Chattanooga Zoo’s Holiday Lights

  • December 10, 11, 17, and 18, 2021
  • Chattanooga Zoo
  • $15/ all ages

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?

23. Nutcracker by Chattanooga Ballet

  • December 10-12, 2021
  • Tivoli Theatre, Chattanooga
  • $19-$65

This annual Chattanooga Ballet performance is one of the most popular events of the season!

24. A Charlie Brown christmas

  • December 10-19, 2021 (weekends only)
  • 400 River Stree Chattanooga, Chattanooga Theatre Centre Mainstage
  • $10 – $13

The Christmas movie classic comes to life in a live-action stage performance for all ages.

25. Christmas Dinner Train

  • December 12, 2021
  • Tennessee Valley Railroad, Chattanooga TN
  • $125 for 2 people

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!

26. Christmas Lunch and Dinner Cruises

  • December 18, 2021
  • Southern Belle Riverboat
  • $37/adults, $20/children

On the Tis The Season Luncheon cruise guests seasonal live music and stunning scenic views of the TN River and Downtown Chattanooga. Of course, there will also be a generous buffet with steak, chicken, and a yummy selection of sides.

27. Home for the Holidays with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra

  • December 18-19, 2021
  • Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga
  • $25-$90

The Symphony Christmas concert is always a delight. This year they are featuring 3 holiday favorites for your enjoyment.

Did we miss a fantastic Chattanooga Christmas event? Comment below with the details and we’ll add them to the list.

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