Where To See Christmas Lights In Chattanooga


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.

here to See Christmas Lights in ChattanoogaBelow I have listed places where 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 27, 2019, at 5pm, downtown at 10 W. M.L.King Blvd.

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.

4 – 9pm (last ticket sold 9pm)
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!
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. (Also mentioned in Elizabeth’s Chattanooga Holidays: Family Holiday Events Roundup post.)

DECEMBER 13, 14, 20, 21
5:30 – 8pm
Adults: $12; Children: $8; Children (2 and under) FREE
Chattanooga Zoo members receive 50% off purchase of admission.
Click here for more information.

Ruby Falls Christmas Underground

You’ll feel as if you are in Santa’s hidden North Pole workshops when you visit Ruby Falls for Christmas Underground! A special adventure to see Santa leads to an ice cave where you will watch gemstone miners play, catch a view of the Northern Lights, and journey through the Sugar Plum Fairy Village. Help Santa and his miners search for Joystone, a rare gemstone that helps spread the Christmas spirit, and experience the celebration of this special holiday! New this year, see the Joystone Express model train chug through the charming, snow-capped replica of Ruby Falls Village and Joystone City. Stroll through Joystone City’s Main Street with whimsical additions decked out in yuletide splendor.

DECEMBER 1 – 8 (Thursdays to Sundays)
DECEMBER 12 – 23 – Daily
Noon – 8pm
Adults $16.95 per person; (2 & Under) FREE
Ticket price includes all Christmas Underground activities, digital photo with Santa, a keepsake geode, and special surprises!
Click here for more information.

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.

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.

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)

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)

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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