Where To See Christmas Lights In Chattanooga

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There’s something special about Christmas lights. They transform ordinary places into something magical. I’m hard-pressed to find anyone, young or old, who doesn’t smile at their sparkle.

Since COVID has changed much of our holiday plans, it is great to find an activity that can still be done safely!

here to See Christmas Lights in ChattanoogaBelow I have listed places you can visit to experience the holiday magic of lights in the Chattanooga area:

Downtown Chattanooga

If you thought Downtown Chattanooga couldn’t be more beautiful, wait until you see it at Christmastime! The city becomes a winter wonderland, from the dancing snowflakes on the Walnut Street Bridge to the amazing window displays in the EPB building that feature moving characters and thousands of energy-efficient LED lights. This is a wonderfully festive and FREE way to enjoy a unique Chattanooga holiday experience with your family. Join the lighting ceremony on November 25, 2020, at 5pm online, and then experience the lights for yourself downtown at 10 W. M.L.King Blvd or through their virtual experience.


Bluff View Art District

Roam around the Bluff View Art District to see how the quaint little corner of downtown transforms for the holidays. Make a night out of it and stop in at Tony’s Pasta Shop for dinner and Rembrandt’s for dessert!


Rock City Enchanted Garden of Lights 

This is my top-of-the-list must-do! There will be plenty of “oohs” and “aahs” as you make your way through this award-winning lights display. With more than 30 different light scenes, plus festive entertainment, activities and food, this truly is a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t want to miss.

NOVEMBER 20 – JANUARY 4
4pm – 9pm (you will be required to select a time slot for COVID safety measures)
Closed Christmas Eve Night
Pricing is dependent on when you attend (weekends and peak times are more expensive, but there are value days as well). Check the calendar for accurate pricing and information!
Click here for more information.


Chattanooga Zoo’s Holiday Lights

Even the pandas and chimpanzees are getting into the holiday spirit! At the Chattanooga Zoo you can view hundreds of lights, listen to carolers, watch the animals open their Christmas presents, have photos taken with Santa and enjoy fun holiday games and crafts.

DECEMBER 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19
5pm – 8pm
Adults: $16; Children: $12; Children (2 and under) FREE
Chattanooga Zoo members receive 50% off purchase of admission.
Click here for more information.


Chattanooga Choo Choo

Walk around the grounds of the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo for a taste of the holiday season. From the large Christmas tree in the lobby, to the lights and festivities surrounding the building, it’s a magical place to behold! Enjoy a sweet treat at Frothy Monkey or the Hot Chocolatier, and try out the ice skating rink (more info below)!


Ice on the Landing 

Visit the historical Chattanooga Choo Choo to enjoy their lit gardens and go for a round of ice skating. It’s never too warm to skate thanks to the chiller that runs 24/7. However, the rink will close if outdoor temperatures drop below 20F degrees. Even if you aren’t a skater, you can purchase some hot chocolate and watch your friends and family skate among the lights. Only 75 skaters will be allowed on the rink at a time (50% capacity).

EVERY DAY UNTIL JANUARY 25
Adults $10; Children 12-under $8
Admission price includes skate rental
Click here for more information.


Bradley Lights 

If you’re in Cleveland this holiday season, you can drive by this Christmas light display, synchronized to Christmas music on radio station 96.9.

THANKSGIVING-NEW YEARS
No cost, but donations for The Caring Place are accepted.
Click here for more information.


Local Neighborhood Recommendations

We asked you for suggestions of streets that have great light displays, and you gave us some great options! Find a new place to see those beautiful twinkling lights!

5725 Sarah Drive (Ooltewah, TN)

108 Whitecrest Circle NW (Cleveland, TN)

2466 Twin Oaks Drive SE, Cleveland

11632 Jenkins Rd (Soddy Daisy, TN) from 6-10pm – tune in to 107.3 and watch the lights interact with the radio!

Jason Drive (East Ridge)

Windtree subdivision (Signal Mountain, TN)

Christmas is a time for family, fun, and traditions. Where are your favorite places to go visit to experience the holiday magic? We’d love to know all the best local neighborhoods for Christmas lights!

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