25 Best Spots for Christmas Lights in Chattanooga and the Surrounding Counties

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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Free Christmas Lights in Chattanooga

Chattanooga Choo Choo

  • Dates: November 20 – December 23, 2020
  • 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 on 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 beginning November 13th.

Holiday Lights in Bluff View Arts District

  • Dates: November 28, 2020 – January 2, 2021
  • 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 in a variety of colors. There will also be festive elves and a grand Christmas tree. Complete your night out with a trip to one of the many delicious restaurants or quirky art galleries nearby.

Animated Christmas Displays at EPB

  • Dates: November 27 – December 31, 2020
  • 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. There will be a kick-off ceremony for the light display on November 27.

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.

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. The Walnut Street pedestrian bridge will be deck out in festive snowflakes all winter long, while the

Extravaganza in East Ridge

  • Location: Jason Drive, East Ridge
  • Cost: FREE

The entire neighborhood gets in on the fun at this HUGE light display featuring numerous houses.

Paid Christmas Light Attractions in Chattanooga

Ruby Falls Christmas Underground

  • Dates: canceled for 2020
  • Location: 1720 S Scenic Hwy, Chattanooga
  • Cost: $17 ages 3 and up

This underground lights display boasts a glittering ice cave, sparkling geodes, swirling snowflakes, and a variety of themed areas, including the North Pole, Sugar Plum Fairy Village, Penguin Park, and more! You can also visit with Santa and admire the Joystone City train garden.

Holiday Lights at the Chattanooga Zoo!

  • Dates: December 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, & 19, 2020
  • Location: 301 N Holtzclaw Ave, Chattanooga
  • Cost: $8/adults, $6/children

This year you can enjoy seeing the animals opening presents while you enjoy the holiday lights at Chattanooga Zoo! Visits with Santa Claus, games, and crafts will be postponed until next year.

Rock City Enchanted Garden of Lights

  • Dates: November 20, 2020 – January 2, 2020 (select dates)
  • Location: 1400 Patten Rd, Lookout Mountain, GA
  • Cost: $27/adults, $15/children

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.

Christmas Lights in Hamilton County

Trent Family Lights

  • Location: 5725 Sarah Drive, Ooltewah
  • Cost: FREE

A gorgeous and traditional light display that covers the entire house!

Rockin’ in Soddy Daisy

  • Location: 11632 Jenkins Road, Soddy Daisy
  • Cost: FREE

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

Holiday Whoville

  • Location: Canyon Springs Drive, Hixson, TN
  • Cost: FREE

The whole road is transformed into a stunning Whoville display. Tune your radio to 97.3 FM to enjoy the show.

Hot in Hixon

  • Location: 1646 Colorado Street, Hixon TN
  • Cost: FREE

Southland Pointe

The Southland Pointe subdivision off Middle Valley Road has many nice traditional displays, if you prefer a more classic Christmas.

Bradley County

Bradley Lights

  • Location: 3787 Blue Springs Road, Cleveland
  • Cost: FREE

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
  • Cost: FREE

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

Post Office Christmas Tree

  • Location: Old Cleveland Post Office
  • Cost: FREE

A large community Christmas tree will be lit in the courtyard of the old post office throughout December. There will be a fun and FREE tree lighting event on December 4th, 2020 which will feature choirs and visits with Santa.

Patterson Family Lights

  • Location: 108 Whitecrest Circle NW, Cleveland
  • Cost: FREE

This mini drive-through display boasts over 35,000 lights! It’s a short but stunning drive through the family’s c-shaped driveway.

McClanahan Rd.

  • Location: 217 McClanahan Road SE, Cleveland
  • Cost: FREE

Windermere Lane

  • Location: 228 Windermere Lane, Cleveland

Tune to 92.5 FM to enjoy a fun animated light show set to music.

Christmas in Cleveland

This popular light show has unfortunately shut down indefinitely due to vandals. They are deciding whether they will reopen in the future.

Marion County Light Displays

Jasper Tree Lighting

  • Location: Mcmillian Park (next to the library)
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy this gorgeous town tree all season long. There will be a fun tree lighting event to kick off the season on December 6, with hot cocoa, Christmas carols, and more!

Griffith Highway

  • Location: 11742 Griffith Hwy, Whitwell

This traditional display is sure to bring a smile to your face.

Jingle Bell Square

  • Dates: throughout December
  • Location: Downtown Scottsboro, Al
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy the festive Jingle Bell Trail of Christmas Trees, a gorgeous path of decorated trees.

Christmas Lights in McMinn County

Light up Etowah

  • Location: all throughout Etowah
  • Cost: FREE

This fun Christmas lights contest is FREE to enter and open to any home within the city limits. All throughout Etowah, citizens will be able to drive around and see the entries, but the city hasn’t listed the entries publicly.

Etowah Tree Lighting

  • Location: L & N Depot, Etowah
  • Cost: FREE

This stunning town tree will be on display throughout the holiday season. There is usually a kick-off event with hot chocolate, crafts, a tree lighting, and Santa.

Tennessee Wesleyan Tree Lighting

  • Location: quad area, 204 East College Street, Athens
  • Cost: FREE

This gorgeous Christmas tree will be on display all season. The kick-off event is canceled this year, but usually features music, hot chocolate, activities, a tree lighting, and more! It should return next year.

Rhea County Christmas Light Displays

Drive Through Lights Display

  • Dates: November 28 – December 27, 2020 (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only)
  • Location: Rhea County Fair Grounds, Evansville, TN
  • Cost: $5 per car

Although Fridays are light-display-only events, on Saturdays you can enjoy wagon rides, visits with Santa, refreshments, and more!

Christmas Light Displays Worth the Drive

Christmas at Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, TN

Shadracks Christmas wonderland, Kodak, TN

The Dancing Lights of Christmas, Lebanon

Pinnacle Speedway in Lights, Bristol

More East TN Family Fun

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