We can finally say “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” Maybe not the snowy weather all my kids are hoping and wishing for, but we can always keep dreaming while decorating the tinsel out of our houses.
This year looks so different from our normal. Thankfully, being with family is what Christmas is all about and we can still be together, enjoying the simple joys of decorating, baking and waking up each morning looking for snow.
Be together this holiday season.
Our list of holiday events is trimmed down, but there are still plenty of places to enjoy family time that have your safety in mind.
Chattanooga Family Holiday Events
Chattanooga Zoo’s Holiday Lights
Dates: December 10,11,12, 17,18,19
This celebration is for the ultimate animal lover — what could be better than a combination of holiday lights and zoo animals? Make plans to buy tickets early to reserve a time slot for your family!
Collegedale Christmas Market
Dates: November 28 & 29
Instead of going to brand name stores this year searching for gifts, why not grab a friend and go shopping at the Christmas Market, where you are sure to find a ton of gifts made by local artists? Make this the season you go local for your gifts!
Ice on the Landing
Dates: November 13-January 3 (check the website for which days are open between these dates!)
Time: Check the website for daily hours!
Located in the historic Glenn Miller Outdoor Gardens at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Ice on the Landing allows family and friends to get together and ice skate as though you were in your very own Central Park! This year, ticket sales will be only online and time slots are limited in size.
North Pole Limited
Dates: November 21-December 27
Time: Varies by day — check website to plan your trip!
Who is ready to take a magical journey to the North Pole? Quickly becoming a family tradition for many, the North Pole Limited train rides allow families the opportunity to take a train ride with storytelling and sing-a-longs. A special treat of cookies and a chocolate boxed drink are also served.
Gingerbread Workshop at Creative Discovery Museum
Dates: November 29-December 23
Time: Workshop times vary
Enjoy making a gingerbread house with family or friends at the Creative Discovery Museum! Each ticket reservation is for three people to decorate a house, enjoy a snack and the price of admission for the group.
Rock City Gardens’ Enchanted Garden of Lights
Dates: November 20-January 2 (check schedule for hours/dates closed)
If lights are what you are looking for, the lights are what you are going to get! Rock City is packed with walkways, caves and bridges decorated with holiday scenes! Check the website for discounted days and COVID-19 restrictions.
Southern Belle Riverboat’s Christmas Cruises
Dates: Varies depending on Christmas Cruise selected
Time: Times vary
Take your Christmas traditions onto the Tennessee River! The Southern Belle Riverboat is offering various themed cruises for all ages groups this Christmas. Check websites for times, dates and restrictions.