chattanooga holiday events

The holidays are so close we can smell it, and one of the greatest things about Chattanooga is the abundance of holidays activities. So here are our top five things to do during the holidays around Chattanooga.

Take a train ride with Santa on the TN Valley Railroads Christmas Dinner Train

Enjoy a four-course dining experience on board a restored 1924 dining car this holiday season. The excursion trains will depart from Chattanooga’s Grand Junction Station at 7:00 p.m., traveling at a leisurely pace through portions of urban East Chattanooga before reversing direction and returning to Grand Junction. The travel time is just right for the complete meal on a vintage dining car.

Make your own gingerbread house at the Creative Discovery Museum

Kick off the holiday season with this sweet tradition. The whole family will enjoy creating sweet and sticky houses from gingerbread, icing, candy, and other sugary confections. The workshop includes hot chocolate, cookies, pre-built houses, icing, candy, and holiday music. Admission to the Museum is included for non-members participating in the workshop. Reservations are required in advance.

Enjoy the lights at Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights

Head high atop Lookout Mountain to the award-winning, 24th annual light extravaganza! Choose one of four uniquely-themed realms of wonder to start with (Enchanted Realms map available online) which includes the largest, first-of-its-kind, walk-through electronic Christmas tree. The evening includes more than a million LED lights that transform the gardens’ natural daytime splendor into a magical fantasyland, pictures with Santa, gingerbread cookie decorating, hot cocoa, and nightly entertainment.

Go Ice Skating at the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo

The chilly weather, warm drinks, magical lights, and laughing at your friends as they tumble on the rink. That’s just one fun evening at the much-anticipated temporary outdoor ice rink is in the historic Glenn Miller Gardens at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Schedule includes general skating time, special themes, holiday music, a rotating schedule to benefit local not-for-profits, and hot chocolate and Adelle’s Crepes. Ice on the Landing was named Best Outdoor Rink in Tennessee by Step Outside. Don’t miss the New Year’s Eve Late Skate!

Experience the Zoo at lights under Holiday lights

Come see the Chattanooga Zoo transformed into a magical winter wonderland where you can view hundreds of lights that weave through the habitats. Throughout the special evening, you can visit the animals and watch them open their Christmas presents, decorate cookies, get your picture taken with Santa Claus, play holiday games, make special crafts, enjoy delicious treats, and much more.