Friday Five: Chattanooga's Best Events 11/18 - 11/25
by Anna Varnell
on Friday, November 18th, 2022 at 10:38am.
Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, November 18th to Friday, November 25th.
November 18th-December 23rd
North Pole Limited Christmas Train
When: Boarding times will vary Where: Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Rd. Cost: $29-$65
The Christmas festivities have begun and what better way to start the holiday season than with a magical train ride to the North Pole? As Tennessee Valley Railroad's most popular event, the North Pole Limited Express takes you on an imaginary journey to the North Pole. Along the way you'll see a number of lighted displays can be seen outside while enjoying yummy hot chocolate and cookies as well as exciting story telling. Word on the street has it that a special guest with a red coat and white beard makes an appearance as well! To find the best night for you as well as purchase your tickets, click here to head over to their website!
This time of year is known for the creative, magical light displays. The Chattanooga Zoo has gone all out this year, but with a twist. The Asian Lantern Festival is a spectacular celebration of art, culture and the beauty of traditional Asian lantern festivals, that is sure to be the most unique holiday light display in the Chattanooga area. The festival will feature more than 38 illuminated lantern displays throughout the Zoo. Lanterns will feature guests’ favorite zoo animals, traditional Asian lanterns, and natural elements. It is sure to be a captivating experience for guests of all ages with movement and interactive displays! To learn more about this event and to purchase your ticket in advance, click here!
November 18th-January 29th
Ice On The Landing
When: Times will vary Where: Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St Cost: $8-$12
Cold weather is officially here which means it must be time for Ice On The Landing! Chattanooga's local ice skating rink is back this weekend at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Skaters of all ages and abilities are welcome for a fun time filled with skating, laughter, and of course, delicious hot chocolate! If you've never tried ice skating or maybe it's been a few years since you hit the ice, there are knowledgeable rink guides available to assist you and answer any of your questions. They also have "plastic skate buddies" available to rent as well. The schedule will vary based on day and weather. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, head over to their website!
The annual East Ridge Christmas Parade is happening this weekend! The parade is something the East Ridge Community looks forward to kicking off the holiday season every year! Starting at Germantown Rd., the parade will follow along Ringgold Rd. toward I-24. The parade is will be full of entertainment, music, and fun displays for the audience. The weather is looking a bit questionable, but don't fret! In the event severe weather forces a cancellation, the make-up date for the parade will be on Sunday, November 20th at 2:30pm. To stay up to date on the parade, follow along on their Facebook page.
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping this year at the Chattanooga Christmas Village Holiday Market! Shop from over 130 vendors offering uniques, hand crafted gifts. You're sure to find the perfect gifts for your friends and family all without having to fight the Black Friday rush. This event is fun for the entire family as they even have free pictures with Santa! What an amazing gift to give yourself by finishing all of your holiday shopping before Thanksgiving! This two day event will not disappoint. To stay up to date, follow along here.