Though the temperature is dropping, Chattanooga’s events scene is heating up come November. Usher in the winter season with festive markets, ice skating, and holiday happenings galore – keep reading for our favorite upcoming events!
Gowns for Good
A luncheon, fashion show, and charity auction all in one, Gowns for Good is taking place at Gilman Event Hall on November 2. This event by Volunteers in Medicine helps our uninsured neighbors in need receive access to a primary care medical home. Limited individual tickets are available online.
Head of the Hooch
Eagerly anticipated by participants and spectators alike every fall, Chattanooga’s Head of the Hooch is recognized as one of the world’s largest rowing regattas. The two-day event features more than 2,000 boats racing along the Tennessee River to the finish line at Ross’s Landing. See the races for yourself from the Walnut Street Bridge, Coolidge Park, or the Riverwalk.
Fiddler on the Roof
Chattanoogans have just one opportunity to catch a performance of Fiddler on the Roof at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium. This theatrical masterpiece tells the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family while featuring Broadway classics like “Sunrise, Sunset” and “If I Were a Rich Man.” The show begins at 8 p.m.
November 10 & 12
Spectrum is not only the Hunter Museum of American Art’s largest fundraiser – it’s also one of Chattanooga’s premier cultural events. The two-evening event is returning in 2022 with a silent auction and cocktail party on November 10. On November 12, the Hunter will host a black-tie seated dinner and gala with a live auction. All proceeds support the museum’s exhibitions, collections, and education programs.
Campfire Concert with The Afternooners
Reflection Riding’s popular Campfire Concert Series continues on November 11 with a performance from The Afternooners, a group of five local guys known for their high-energy shows. In addition to the entertainment, tickets include beer, s’mores, and the option to camp on the property for the night. The gates will open at 5:45 p.m., with the music to start at 6:30 p.m.
Chattanooga Art Fest
Presented by Splash Festivals, this brand-new festival is coming to Coolidge Park – and it’s completely free to attend! The event will showcase over 100 artists from across the Southeast, with plenty of original and handmade items for sale. You’ll also find festival cuisine and fun children’s activities Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Save the date for the return of Gratefull, Chattanooga’s free community-wide Thanksgiving luncheon. The meal takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in front of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. Party Bites will provide turkey and dressing, while other businesses will donate sides and drinks. Attendees are encouraged to bring supplies to benefit the Maclellan Shelter for Families.
Ice on the Landing
November 18-January 29
The Chattanooga Choo Choo Gardens will once again be transformed into a winter wonderland for Ice on the Landing, an ice skating experience for all ages. Open every day (weather permitting) throughout the season, Ice on the Landing officially kicks off Friday, November 18. Skates are included in the admission price, and for those who could use some extra help on the ice, “skate buddies” are available for rent.
Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights
November 18-January 1 (closed December 24)
Joy, wonder, and magic await at Rock City’s award-winning Enchanted Garden of Lights, a holiday tradition for 28 years. Guests can experience the lighted Grand Corridor in Yule Town, the twinkle of icy lights in the Arctic Kingdom, and the exciting enchantments of the Magic Forest. Meet Santa Claus in his cozy workshop, decorate a gingerbread cookie with Mrs. Claus, and pick up a personalized ornament in North Pole Village. Note that all guests must reserve an entry time in advance online.
North Pole Limited at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
November 18-December 23
North Pole Limited is the Tennessee Valley Railroad’s most popular event and has been a Chattanooga tradition since 1999. This magical train ride to the North Pole includes cookies, hot chocolate, storytelling, and a visit from Santa himself! Take in the beautiful lighted displays on your journey, and take home a keepsake boarding pass, ornament, and bell to commemorate the experience.
The final outdoor market of the season, Chattanooga Market’s Thanksgiving Market is a one-stop shop for all of your holiday gathering needs. Find local meats, cheeses, breads, produce, and homemade foods, as well as unique artisan gifts, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Horizon Pavilion.
Sportsbarn Turkey Trot
Start your Thanksgiving morning on the right foot by participating in the Sportsbarn Turkey Trot. Chattanooga’s longest-standing Thanksgiving road race, hosted by The Kidney Foundation and the Chattanooga Track Club, is open to everyone – dogs included! Choose between the 8K, 3-mile walk/jog, and Kiddie K, all to take place at the Sportsbarn on Lee Highway.
Grateful Gobbler 5K Walk/Run
Coolidge Park is set to host this year’s Grateful Gobbler, an annual 5K walk/run happening at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. This race benefits the Maclellan Shelter for Families, an emergency homeless shelter that provides a stable environment for families in need. Whether you walk, roll, or stroll, you’ll be supporting a great cause while making new holiday memories. Gather your flock and register online.
Thanksgiving on the River
No need to spend hours in front of a hot stove this year – just join the Southern Belle Riverboat for Thanksgiving on the River! This two-hour cruise sets sail at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and offers a delicious buffet spread of roast turkey, carved ham, potatoes, gravy, dressing, green bean casserole, rolls, cheesecake, and more. Enjoy live entertainment and beautiful autumn views as you feast with your family and friends.
Holidays Under the Peaks
November 26-December 31 (closed December 25)
The Tennessee Aquarium is decking the halls with Holidays Under the Peaks. Just some of the highlights of this family-favorite event include holiday music, décor, and plenty of surprises – including a light-bedecked tree twinkling in sync with the jolly jolts of an electric eel! On select Saturdays, SCUBA Claus will also make an appearance in the River Journey building. And, in keeping with beloved holiday tradition, The Polar Express 3D will return to the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater.