Chattanooga is a wonderful place during the holidays. Street lights along Broad Street and Brainerd Road,as well at the Walnut Street Bridge seemingly overnight sprout snowflakes and wreaths. The Tennessee Aquarium, Ruby Falls and Rock City are strung with thousands of lights. Cars sprout antlers and red noses and the whole city seems in a good mood.
There are so many things to do in Chattanooga over the holiday season, but there are several “MUST Dos”.
The Grand Illumination and Lighted Boat Parade
I am a sucker for fireworks and Christmas lights. The Grand Illumination and Lighted Boat Parade offers BOTH! The Tennessee River becomes a parade route with boats decorated with everything from subdued white lights to gloriously tacky colored lights and blow up snowmen. Crowds gather to watch the parade and countdown to the illumination of the large tree on the Chattanooga Riverfront. Santa comes in all his glory and the Christmas season is announced with fireworks. While the parade is best viewed from the Walnut Street Bridge, you can buy hot chocolate and other treats at local restaurants including Blue Plate and Cold Stone Creamy.
Gingerbread Houses at Creative Discovery
Schedule the mess somewhere besides your house and create a memory with your kids. The Creative Discovery Museum offers gingerbread workshops now through December 22nd. Everything you need to create a masterpiece is included. Contact the Creative Discovery Museum at (423) 648-6045 to make your reservation.
North Pole Limited Adventures Train Excursions
Tennessee Valley Railroad does kids and holidays right. Enjoy a trip to the “North Pole” pulled by a real train complete with engine and caboose. Refreshments, storytelling, caroling, visits by Santa Claus are all included in this very exciting return to childhood. Contact Tennessee Valley Railroad now through December 22nd at 423 894-8028.
Santa Pub Crawl
The Salvation Army offers two opportunities to give back on December 14th. These are the family friendly Rudolf Run 5k and the Santa Pub Crawl. Do both and help make someone’s Christmas a little better. The pub crawl is a fun exploration of Chattanooga’s local pubs with merry makers dressed in all manners of holiday attire from Christmas Footie Pajamas to Santa Outfits. Participants are asked to bring one unwrapped gift for a child.
Santa at The Choo Choo
Santa is everywhere this time of year, but the very best one is in the lobby of the Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel. His sleigh is parked and ready for your child to share their Christmas wish and his elf is ready to create a photo memory for you.
There are so many amazing things to do over the holidays from parades to parties. In the next few weeks, I’ll post about a guide to where the best lights are located and where to find the best locally made gifts. Happy Holidays from Chattanooga Property Shop.