Chattanooga Area Convention &
2 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
2004 HOLIDAY EVENTS IN CHATTANOOGA,
DAYS & LIGHTS 2004
The holidays will sparkle this year as never before in downtown
Chattanooga. The Winter Days & Lights holiday season downtown
encompasses activities from November 26 through December 10.
Call 423/265-0771or visit downtownchattanooga.org.
Christmas on the River & Grande Illumination – The
24th annual Christmas on the River lighted boat parade will
be held on Friday, November 26, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Coolidge
Park. Immediately following is the Grande Illumination Ceremony
which features lively performances by singing and dancing
groups and the popular singing Santa. Bring in the season
with the illumination of over 120 downtown buildings. Following
the performance, the evening comes to a glittering conclusion
with a fireworks finale and the illumination of the city’s
skyline for the holiday season.
with Santa – Children of all ages are invited to have
breakfast with the famous singing Santa Claus on Saturday,
November 27 at 8:30 a.m. Guests will enjoy a bountiful buffet
with all the trimmings and a full menu of holiday fun featuring
strolling entertainment, magicians and a delightful musical
show by the famous singing Santa. Goody bags filled with toys,
candy and special discount coupons from area attractions will
be given to each child. Following the breakfast, children
may have their picture taken with Santa. Held in the Grand
Ballroom at The Chattanoogan hotel, this event costs $12 for
children and $15 for adults. Seating is limited so reservations
StarLight Parade – This event has been Chattanooga’s
largest holiday parade for the past eight years. Traditionally
held in the evening, this event enjoys a theme as a lighted
parade, with every float, vehicle or marching unit strung
in twinkling lights. The parade will take place on Saturday,
December 4 at 6 p.m. and will travel down Market Street from
Ross's Landing to M.L. King.
Appalachian Christmas - Held on Friday, December 10, this
event will continue as it has for the past 16 seasons, with
an abundance of cheer and traditional Appalachian folk or
bluegrass music. Local favorites begin the toe tapping evening,
followed by a regional headline band performing traditional
Yuletide tunes. An Appalachian Santa and complimentary hot
cider and sugar cookies round out this favorite free event.
The fun begins at 7 p.m. at the Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller
Zoo at Warner Park
Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park is hosting Holiday Lights from
December 11-18. Thousands of lights decorate the Zoo in animal
shapes and holiday designs. Being in a Zoo at night is a wonderful
thing and the effect of the soft glow makes it magical. The
Zoo will be sparkling for all our visitors during special
extended hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the event is free
with regular admission. The Chattanooga Zoo is accredited
with AZA and offers free admission to members of most other
zoos in America. The Zoo is open daily.
Winter Hours: Creative Discovery Museum will be closed Thanksgiving
Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. It will open noon to
5 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Regular winter hours are Noon
to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all other days.
The Museum is always closed on Wednesdays during the fall
and winter. Admission is $5.95 for children ages 2-12 and
$7.95 for adults.
Wonders” now through February 1, 2005 – When you
enter the exhibit, you’ll find yourself in the midst
of a winter forest where you can dress up like animals, hibernate
in a winter den, play with puppets, read a winter book or
learn how to identify animals by their tracks. Then, make
your way from the forest into a warm winter cabin, complete
with furniture, wooly clothes, a fireplace and even some resident
mice! But this cabin has something special – a wardrobe
with a secret entrance into a blizzard maze. After the blizzard
maze, you’ll be at Ice Mountain, an eight-foot high
rock climbing gym! Play in a realistic ice-fishing hut or
try your skill at downhill skiing on an arcaded stimulator.
Wonders" Science Demonstrations through February 15,
2005 – Hammer nails with a banana, break a penny and
see a flower shatter like glass! This liquid nitrogen science
demonstration examines sub-freezing temperatures, throws in
a variable element, and reworks the three states of matter.
It’s a cool show you won’t want to miss! Demonstrations
are Saturdays at 1:45 pm and 3:45 pm and Sundays at 3:45 pm.
These activities are FREE with Museum admission, and seating
is available on a first-come, first served basis.
Wonders" Art Studio Lessons through February 15, 2005
– In November, discover wide open spaces, cowboys and
fantastic sunsets in the “Give Me Land, Lots of Land”
art lesson. Children will explore crayon resist techniques
using white paint to make their own winter wonderland snowscape
to take home during December’s “Winter Wonderland”
art lesson. Demonstrations are Saturdays and Sundays at 12:15
pm, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm and 3:15 pm. January’s “Through
the Window” art lessons bring beautiful, sparkling rainbow
windows! Children will discover how to express artistic vision
through the creation of replica stained glass windows. These
activities are FREE with Museum admission, and seating is
available on a first-come, first served basis.
November 29 - Cool Wonders Winter Film Festival for Children
begins. Unique short films for children will air every Saturday
and Sunday afternoon at the Museum beginning November 29 and
ending December 28. Admission to the films is FREE with paid
admission to the Museum. The films, both animated and live
action, will include such award-winning shorts as “The
First Snow of Winter,” which tells the tale of a small
duck who misses migration and spends a cold winter alone;
“Why Rabbit Turns White,” which tells the Native
American tale of why rabbits are white; and “The Legend
of Spirit Bear,” which tells why every 10th bear is
a spirit bear.
December 31 – New Year at Noon, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
with the grand toast and countdown at Noon, sharp. Ring in
the Year 2005 at Creative Discovery Museum with our 6th annual,
kid-friendly "New Year at Noon" celebration on Wednesday,
December 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids can make party hats
at Creation Station, get a kazoo and learn how to play it,
enter prize drawings and enjoy our "Cool Wonders"
science demonstration and exhibit. As our "New Year s
at Noon" count-down culminates promptly at - what else
- Noon, everyone can toast the New Year with apple juice and
a kazoo rendition of "Auld Lang Syne." After our
Grande "New Year at Noon" Celebration (which is
when the New Year will be celebrated in Sumatra, Java and
the Steppes of Russia), kids can enjoy culturally diverse
holiday activities from around the world, courtesy of the
Women's Council on Diversity! This is a great opportunity
to get to know your kids before going off to your own "big
Christmas Story, December 3-19. Discover humorist Jean Shepherd’s
memoir of the Midwest in the 1940’s through the eyes
of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker. Join Ralphie on his quest
to find a genuine Red Rider BB gun for Christmas. You’ll
enjoy all the elements from this beloved motion picture. This
is a special Mainstage co-production.
Swingin’ Christmas, December 3-18. Cozy up with Shanni
Hedden, (Always…Patsy Cline) and band members, Kenny
Palmer, Joe Lance, Eddie Gwaltney and Bob Stagner for this
“Swing-Style” Christmas show. Includes standards
from by-gone eras made famous by Cole Porter, George Gershwin,
Rogers and Hart, Curt Vile, and of course, Patsy Cline.
19, 2004 through January 1, 2005. Rock City’s Enchanted
Garden of Lights...a family holiday tradition. It's beginning
to look a lot like Christmas, as Rock City Gardens prepares
for its 10th Annual "Enchanted Garden of Lights."
Enjoy the show nightly from 6 to 9 p.m., except for Christmas
Eve. This award-winning, light extravaganza will feature more
than 25 holiday scenes that transform the gardens’ natural
and daytime splendor into a nocturnal fantasyland. Visitors
“See Rock City” in a whole new light, as 500,000
star bright lights illuminate the age-old rock formations
along the Enchanted Trail. The spectacular lights range from
glittering snowflakes to a life-sized gingerbread house. Guests
can enjoy hot cocoa and listen to holiday music performed
under a moonlit canopy (heated tent) of stars. Admission to
Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights is $12.95 for
adults, $6.95 for children ages 3-12 and free for children
2 and under.
the Falls, November 19, 2004 through January 1, 2005. The
145-foot Ruby Falls will be transformed for the holiday season.
Enjoy the splendor with an array of enchanting lights and
Carol Dinner Cruises, November 26 through December 19. Our
singing Deckhands will get everyone started singing Christmas
carols as we cruise the scenic Tennessee River. Our Prime
Rib and Shrimp Creole dinner will surely please the palate.
We'll have live entertainment for dancing or just easy listening.
Don't forget Santa will be on board to start the dancing.
the Season luncheon, December 2-4. Take a break from the hustle
and bustle and enjoy a relaxing two-hour cruise complete with
slow cooked Prime Rib and live entertainment. The craft instructor
will teach everyone how to make a special Christmas decoration
for you to take home.
Ho, Ho, Ho Cruises, December 11-12. Kids will love this one-hour
cruise with a magic show that will razzle and dazzle everyone,
a deli buffet lunch, holiday music and, of course, the man
in the Big Red Suit! For a special surprise, there will be
two other visitors – maybe the Grinch and a friend!
Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise, December 31, 2004. Join us
at 8 p.m. for light Hors d'oeuvres and departing at 9 p.m.
to cruise into the year 2005! The fare for dinner will be
slow cooked Prime Rib and Shrimp Creole, Baby Red Potatoes
in a Dilled Buttered Sauce, Steamed Rice, Green Beans, Caesar
Salad, Dinner Rolls, Coffee, Iced Tea and Pecan Pie for dessert.
At midnight, the horns will be blowing with party favors for
all. A Split of Champagne is provided to each couple for a
toast to ring in the New Year.
"Dive Into Winter,” Aquarium visitors get a special
holiday treat as our divers swim with the comical diving ducks,
colossal catfish and stealthy sharks. Daily schedule - November
20, 2004 - February 27, 2005 (The Aquarium is closed on Thanksgiving
and Christmas Day.)
a.m. - Cove Forest: The phrase “eat like a bird”
may imply a light appetite, but in reality, birds must consume
a great deal of food in order to stay healthy. Watch as our
birds dine on fruit, pellets and the occasional mealworm!
a.m. - Cove Forest: How does a river otter dine? While floating
on its back, of course! Visitors can see the Aquarium's river
otters frolic for food.
a.m. - Nickajack Lake: Comical diving ducks steal the show
(as well as food from the divers' hands) during the dive in
the 145,000-gallon Nickajack Lake tank. Visitors will learn
more about native fish as our divers swim with giant catfish,
bass and alligator gar.
p.m. - Gulf of Mexico: Sharks, stingrays and other saltwater
fish surround divers in the Gulf of Mexico tank, while colorful
reef fish dart among the mangrove roots.
p.m. - Member's Entrance: For everyone who ever wondered how
the Aquarium makes sea water out of tap water or how many
pounds of crickets, worms and squid are on the daily menu,
the Aquarium now offers a behind-the-scenes tour. The guided
tour takes visitors above the tanks, behind the exhibits,
into the food preparation kitchen and down into the basement
where holding basins the size of tractor-trailers are stored.
Additional tickets required. Tickets may be purchased with
an Aquarium admission ticket. Prices are $7 per adult and
$5 per child. Member tickets can be purchased at $5 per adult
and $3 per child. Children must be at least 10 years old and
accompanied by an adult. Tour participants meet at the Members
Entrance at 3 p.m.
3 p.m. - Seahorse Gallery: Learn more about the feeding habits
of our amazing seahorses and watch as they slurp up their
favorite food - baby brine shrimp. You'll find out what makes
these "steeds of the deep" such great predators.
• 4:30 p.m. - Delta: The Tennessee Aquarium has one
of the largest turtle collections in the world. Learn more
about our reptilian friends and their feeding habits.
Tennessee Aquarium IMAX® 3D Theater
vs. the Snowman: Starting November 19, 2004: "Santa vs.
the Snowman" is the story of a lonely Snowman who finds
Santa's workshop but is chased away when he sets off an alarm.
Envious, he devises a plan to take over Santa's empire and
become the world's most popular figure each Christmas. Having
enlisted "Snow Minions Made Easy," he pits his snowman
army against Santa's elves and captures Santa, setting off
a hilarious, epic-scale polar battle.
Pole Limited Adventures - Fun family holiday activity based
on a popular children’s book. Round trip train ride
aboard Locomotive #610 originates at the Chattanooga Choo
Choo complex and features storytelling, hot chocolate, cookies
and an appearance by Santa. Tickets must be reserved in advance.
Thursday – Sunday in November and December.
Boys Choir Singing Christmas Tree, December 4, 2004 at 7:30
The world-famous Chattanooga Boys Choir presents their 42nd
annual Christmas show. All seats are reserved at $10 each.
Call the Chattanooga Boys Choir at 423/622-3033.
Nutcracker, December 10-11 at 8 p.m. and December 12 at 2
Tchaikovsky's beloved Christmas ballet, presented by Chattanooga
Ballet with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra live. Call
the Chattanooga Ballet office at 423/870-1518.
Symphony Pops - Home for the Holidays, December 18 at 8 p.m.
Join the CSO for Yuletide carols and other seasonal music
performed by the Symphony, local choirs and the CSO Chorus.
Call the CSO office at 423/267-8583.
Christmas Carol, November 27-28.
Ballet Tennessee presents a holiday event for the whole family.
Celebrate the 161st anniversary of Charles Dickens’
classic tale, with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Cratchit
family in original choreography by Chattanooga’s own
Barry Van Cura. Call 423/622-3033 for ticket prices and show