From the depths of the Tennessee River to the top of Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga is all lit up for the holidays. Here’s a list of the latest holiday happenings in the Scenic City that are sure to top anyone’s Christmas wish list.
Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights
A majestic trail more than 4,100 feet long is situated on the top of Lookout Mountain. During the holiday season, it is lit from start to finish with dazzling lighted displays, festive scenes, a narrated lighted nativity, photo ops with the Ice Queen and Jack Frost, and delicious holiday treats. Visit Sunday through Wednesday to save $2 per adult ticket and $1 per child ticket.
Holiday Under the Peaks at the Tennessee Aquarium
Visitors to the Tennessee Aquarium often have the opportunity to see divers interacting with the creatures that live in the giant water-filled displays of the Aquarium; however, it’s only during the holiday season that those divers are seen dressed as Santa Claus. SCUBA Claus can be found inside the River Journey building Saturdays and Sundays through December 20. Over at the IMAX 3D Theater, the young and young at heart can get into the Christmas spirit with special showings of The Polar Express 3D.
North Pole Limited Train Rides, departing from the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
All aboard the North Pole Limited to ride the rails with Santa and his elves! Riders will enjoy holiday sing-a-longs, delicious refreshments, and stories told by Santa’s helpers. Upon reaching the “North Pole,” the man in the big red suit boards the train himself to visit with the riders. For riders who want an extra special experience, the Chattanooga Choo Choo has teamed up with the Museum to offer overnight stays. These special overnights include Elf Tuck-In Service; admission to the Elf Workshop – an area of fun crafts, games, and holiday movies; a photo with Santa; and a Choo Choo holiday keepsake ornament.
Christmas Underground at Ruby Falls
Back for a second year, Christmas Underground is a secret underground passage inside Ruby Falls. It’s not just a normal cavern. Visitors who discover the hidden passage 26 stories below ground can view decorated gemstone mines, journey through the Sugar Plum Fairy Village, travel through the ice cave, and, at the end of the adventure, meet Santa. Admission to Christmas Underground is separate from a regular Ruby Falls general admission. Admission is $9.95 per person aged 3+. Combo tickets for the holiday event and a cave and waterfall tour are available.
Christmas Nights of Lights at Camp Jordan
Hundreds of thousands of LED lights synchronized to festival holiday music await visitors at this year’s Christmas Nights of Lights. Back for a second year, this event features an all new, extended route. Santa’s Village is a great stop-off for families, with activities such as cookie decorating and ornament making, bouncing around on inflatables, writing letters to Santa, and photo ops with Santa himself. Admission is either $6 per person, up to 4 people, or $25 per car, with up to 9 passengers in the vehicle.
Ice on the Landing at Ross’s Landing
Last year’s ice skating rink in downtown Chattanooga was so popular that skaters this year will find a bigger rink and an extended schedule. Open through January 18, 2016, visitors to Ice on the Landing will be able to purchase season passes and take skating lessons. On Friday and Saturday nights, Santa will be on site to visit with skaters. A two-hour skating ticket plus skate rental is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under.