Did you miss our 3rd Annual Christmas Family Event? It was our biggest year yet with more sponsors, activities, snacks and crafts! We were blown away by how much fun was to be had at A Night at the North Pole hosted at Chattanooga Choo Choo! Put a note to remember to get tickets early next year; this year we experienced a sold out event, but we missed those of you who we weren’t able to squeeze in.
Check out all the fun we had below on this beautiful night in downtown Chattanooga, thanks to our event photographer Jessica from Venya Portrait.
At each Chattanooga Moms event we have lots of help from our writing contributors and event team. We love to be able to gather together and meet those of you who follow our site, read the content and laugh with us over the internet. All of these women are moms in the local Chattanooga area who have a desire to connect and grow a supportive community for parents in this city and surrounding towns. Many of us are transplants to the area who know that creating stable relationships among friends is vital to our roles as parents, and meeting more families at events helps us find and connect to one another!
This Christmas, our event changed to A Night at the North Pole. In the beautiful rotunda of the Chattanooga Choo Choo, event sponsors put together a North Pole town, with each table representing a different part of the village. From Santa’s Post Office to a Nutcracker Theater, guests were able to enjoy many crafts, snacks and games as they traveled through Santa’s town!
Webb Family Orthodontics always brings smiles and fun to our events! Their energetic staff helped each child at their “Christmas Tree Farm” make a Christmas tree light to shine through the holidays. With popcorn, prizes and their walrus mascot, Webb Family Orthodontics made our night brighter!
Chattanooga Allergy Clinic hosted the “Reindeer Stables,” and while they weren’t allowed to bring live reindeer into the Choo Choo, they had a table filled with reindeer coloring sheets, prizes and an enter-to-win guessing contest of how many Rudolph noses were in a jar. Be sure to keep an eye out to see if you win the iPad!
Splash Smiles, the recently rebranded Northshore Pediatric Dentistry, represented “Frosty’s Cocoa Counter,” a make-and-take hot cocoa bar, with a snow dig for prizes. We loved that families could take home a treat to enjoy on a cold winter’s night!
Sawrie Orthodontics had a letter writing station at their “Santa’s Post Office.” Children could take it home to mail or stick in the mailbox at the table, and take home some prizes as well. We love having Sawrie Orthodontics at our family events!
Every year, Frothy Monkey is our resident “Sweet Shoppe,” hands out sweets to kids and coffee for adults. We love their enthusiasm for Chattanooga, and that they support families by having a great location at the Chattanooga Choo Choo that makes dining as a family fun and relaxing!
Appropriately, St. Nicholas School was assigned with sharing the Legend of St. Nicholas with kids, and they were able to make an Advent calendar to take home and continue with cotton balls. What a great way to help kids keep track of time until Christmas! St. Nicholas is a thoughtful, kid-centered sponsor who we appreciate coming to our events and investing in our young guests!
Guests were dazzled and delighted by the Nutcracker theme at Pigtails and Crewcuts, who had fancy meringues and chocolate straw snacks, and a table to make or take home various Nutcracker ornaments. Pigtails and Crewcuts continue to be great sponsors that our families enjoy at Chattanooga Moms events!
“Candy Cane Lane,” sponsored by Silverdale Baptist Academy, featured a photo booth with free downloads of pictures, a table with candy cane ornament crafts and piles of cookies and white peppermint hot chocolate for all! It was a busy corner throughout the night; we loved having Silverdale as a first time sponsor at a family event and enjoyed their interaction and enthusiasm for the guests.
Math and Christmas don’t often seem to go together, but when Mathnasium comes to events, they always find a way to make learning joyful and exciting! At the “Snowflake Factory,” kids were challenged to solve age appropriate math problems to figure out the snowflake designs, and use math shapes to create different patterns and win prizes. We love how Mathnasium supports families in the much needed and difficult area of mathematics and helps kids to enjoy schoolwork!
At the “Elves Workshop,” we were invited to get our hands a little messy and make beautifully stenciled wood ornaments to take home for our trees. The staff at AR Workshop in Cleveland love to work with kids and spent a long, patient evening to help each child make a unique ornament for themselves. We appreciate this new sponsor jumping into such a large event and doing an excellent job!
We were so pleased to have the Forgotten Child Fund as our highlighted charity for this event. The Forgotten Child Fund is a group formed by local firemen and police officers who work all year to be able to bring an entire Christmas to families in Chattanooga who cannot celebrate due to unfortunate circumstances. Many of our sponsors who could not attend the event provided gifts for the raffle, which was entered by donating an unwrapped gift to the FCF. At the end of the night, the box was filled to the top! We are thankful to be able to help in this small way in bringing Christmas to any who need it in Chattanooga. Be on the lookout on your email to see if you may have won a prize!
We hope to see many of our sponsors and guests next year at the Chattanooga Choo Choo to celebrate another season of Christmas! May each of your families experience light, peace and joy this season, reveling in the coziness and companionship that is shared with friends and relatives during this time.
Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!