20 Best Spots for Christmas Lights in Chattanooga 2021

It’s often the simplest activities that make the best traditions. From meandering through trails of gorgeously lit trees with hot chocolate in hand to driving through large-scale attractions, Christmas light displays are sure to bring a smile to your season.

With so many options for viewing Christmas lights in Chattanooga and the surrounding counties, you’re sure to find the perfect display for you.

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Christmas Lights in Chattanooga

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Downtown Chattanooga Christmas Lights

While downtown is gorgeous any time of year, it is especially magical at Christmastime. Various areas downtown will feature glittering light displays that ooze Christmas cheer.

Animated Christmas Displays at EPB

  • Dates: all season long
  • Location: 10 W. M.L. King Blvd, Chattanooga
  • Cost: FREE

The Broad and Market Street sides of the downtown EPB headquarters building will feature numerous window displays depicting both iconic and completely unique Christmas characters. These windows are easily viewed night or day.

Chattanooga Choo Choo

  • Dates: all season long
  • Location: 1400 Market St, Chattanooga
  • Cost: FREE

The lobby of this iconic Chattanooga hotel will feature a grand Christmas tree and a variety of holiday lights and decor. Stop in to enjoy the view! You’ll even be able to get a photo with Santa for a small fee.

Outside in the Glenn Miller Gardens, the seasonal open-air skating rink will also be twinkling with lights and holiday cheer.

Holiday Lights in Bluff View Arts District

  • Dates: all season long
  • Location: Bluff View Arts District, Chattanooga
  • Cost: FREE

Meander down the quaint stone pathways to enjoy storefronts and sculpture gardens dripping with gorgeous Christmas lights. Complete your night out with a trip to one of the many delicious restaurants or quirky art galleries nearby.

Walnut Street Bridge

  • Dates: throughout the winter
  • Location: 1 Walnut St, Chattanooga
  • Cost: FREE

All winter long this charming pedestrian bridge will be decked out in festive snowflakes. The nighttime view will be totally Insta worthy.

Neighborhood Christmas Lights in Chattanooga

Extravaganza in East Ridge –

  • Location: Jason Drive, East Ridge

The entire neighborhood gets in on the fun at this HUGE light display featuring numerous houses. Guests are typically able to get out of their cars to walk around, but that is temporarily on hold due to current events.

The neighborhood will be collecting charitable donations.

Holiday Whoville at The Canyons –

  • Location: Canyon Springs Drive, Deep Canyon Drive, & Clear Canyon Drive, Hixson

This neighborhood goes all out and it’s a fantastic place to see tons of decorated homes in one place. There is even a Whoville section that brings all your Grinch-y dreams to life!

Scenic City Lights –

  • Location: 4095 Brock Road, Chattanooga

This gorgeous animated Christmas display features over 19,000 LED lights set to music for your viewing enjoyment.

Austin Drive –

  • Location: 7602 Austin Drive, Chattanooga

This is a huge traditional display.

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Paid Attractions with Christmas Lights

Holiday Lights at the Chattanooga Zoo!

  • Dates: December 10, 11, 17, & 18, 2021
  • Location: 301 N Holtzclaw Ave, Chattanooga
  • Cost: $15/adults, $15/children

This year you can enjoy seeing the animals opening presents while you enjoy the holiday lights at Chattanooga Zoo! There will also be visits with Santa Claus, games, crafts, and more!

Rock City Enchanted Garden of Lights

  • Dates: November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022 (select dates)
  • Location: 1400 Patten Rd, Lookout Mountain, GA
  • Cost: $30/adults, $16/children (discounts available for non-peak nights)

At Rock City’s enchanted Garden of Lights, you’ll enjoy live music, tasty holiday treats, and meandering garden paths lined with glittering light displays.

The paths will transport you to 4 magical realms, including Arctic Kingdom, Yule Town, Magic Forest, and North pole Village. A new and exciting adventure awaits within each realm. The attraction is closed on Christmas day.

Ruby Falls

  • Dates: throughout the season
  • Location: 1720 S Scenic Hwy, Chattanooga
  • Cost: $25/adults, $14/kids

Ruby Falls will be decked out with above-ground lights this year, though there won’t be any special underground decor. Guest will be able to make a holiday wish in Castle forest and visit Santa on select dates.

Neighborhood Christmas Lights Near Chattanooga TN

Rockin’ in Soddy Daisy –

  • Location: 11632 Jenkins Road, Soddy Daisy

This large-scale animated lights display is synchronized to music. Tune to 107.3 FM to enjoy the show!

Meadow Stream Lights –

  • Location:  7788 Trout Lily Drive, Ooltewah

This fun animated Christmas lights display features an adorable candy cane border and much more!

Bradley Lights –

  • Location: 3787 Blue Springs Road, Cleveland

Tune to 96.9 FM to enjoy a fantastic Christmas light show set to music.

King Family Light Show –

  • Location: 2466 Twin Oaks Drive SE, Cleveland

A fun animated light show set to music with a variety of fun character displays, including Star Wars.

Christmas Lights Worth the Drive

Christmas at Gaylord Opryland, Nashville

At Christmas, Gaylord Opryland is dripping with holiday lights and decor. Guests can also participate in a wide variety of festive activities, including ice skating, ice tubing, ice bumper cars, gingerbread house decorating, an indoor water park, and much, much more!

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

At this festive event, the entire garden is transformed into a wonderland of glittering holiday lights. There will also be fun additions like a model Christmas train garden.

Illuminights at the Atlanta Zoo, Atlanta

This HUGE Chinese lantern festival transforms the zoo into a whimsical light show all season long.

Winterfest

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville will be decked out in millions of Christmas lights all season. There will be a variety of both still and animated displays, and it’s all FREE!

Shadracks Christmas Wonderland, Kodak

If you are planning a Christmas visit to the Smoky Mountains, don’t miss these large-scale drive-through Christmas lights.

The Dancing Lights of Christmas, Lebanon

This huge drive-through lights display is one of the most popular in the state.

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