12 Activities Before Christmas in Nooga

Who needs turtle doves or maids a milking? Here are 12 fun things to do in Chattanooga between now and Christmas. Get out, enjoy the city, and have a very happy holiday season!

1.  December 15-16

Hear the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera: Home for the Holidays at the Tivoli Theater.

2.  Until December 23

See Annie at the Chattanooga Theatre Center.Christmas Lights in Nooga

3.  December 15-16, and 21-22

The Chattanooga Market – Holiday Market at the Convention Center

4.  Throughout December

See the exhibition “Holidays at the Hunter” at Hunter Art Museum

5.  December 20

Hear Sandi Patty and Jason Crabb sing at The Tivoli Theater

6.  December 13

Bundle up and watch shooting stars. The Geminid Meteor Shower will be visible and beautiful!

7. Throughout December

Stroll through the beautiful Enchanted Garden of Lights at Rock City.

8. Throughout December

Go to the Aquarium for Holidays Under the Peaks

9.  Throughout December

See The Polar Express in 3D at the IMAX Theater.

10.  December 20-21

Enjoy Free Days at the Creative Discovery Museum.

11. December 14-15 and 21-22

See the Chattanooga Zoo transformed into a winter wonderland with their Holiday Lights display.

12. December 14-15 and 21-22 (and 29-30)

Visit Ruby Falls for a Ruby Red Christmas.

5 Ideas for Last Minute Local Shopping in Nooga

Sure, you could stop by Wal-Mart and grab some fancy soap, or some other generic gift, but Nooga is full of independent, locally-owned stores and shops that carry interesting, unique items that make great gifts.

Blue Skies on Frazier Avenue offers an abundance of gifts, from hand-crafted cards to frames to jewelry to calendars. There is really something for everyone in this gorgeous shop, making it perfect for gift exchanges where you have no idea who will end up with your gift.

Buying gifts for children can be especially fun. Chattanooga is home to quite a few shops that specialize in interesting things for kids. A Child’s Garden Boutique, Learning Express, and WiggleWorm are all located in North Chattanooga and have beautiful items for play and wear and learning. When you patronize these places you can be sure you won’t be buying a duplicate gift!

Everyone has to eat, and most of us love a good meal, or a perfect dessert. Gift cards are available at most area restaurants. From the higher end and wonderful Alleia to the more casual but delicious Hill City Pizza, you can give the gift of an excellent meal. If dessert is more your style, no problem! The Hot Chocolatier is amazing, as is Julie Darling Donuts.

Shopping for a pet lover in Chattanooga is not too difficult, either. You can find the perfect treat or toy at whimsical Bone Apetite, or for a more traditional pet store experience, check out the Pet Care Warehouse in Hixson.

When it comes to clothes shopping, Chattanooga has a few locally-operated options. Fit for a Queen carries beautiful clothes in plus sizes, while Retail Therapy has everything from party clothes to casual comfort.

There are many more locally owned and operated businesses in Chattanooga. Check out this spreadsheet to see many of them. You are welcome to add your favorite local business to the list as well!

Santa Comes to Nooga

You can see Santa at the mall, of course, and there are lots of good reasons to do that. But, if you are looking for something a little different this year when it comes to a special Santa visit, check out these five unusual venues:

Santa’s Northshore Workshop

You can visit with Santa at the gorgeous Knitting Mill, enjoy the decorations, and also get a warm fuzzy feeling by bringing in toys for the children served by the Northside Neighborhood House!

Addi and Santa at Northgate

The Chattanooga Choo Choo

Could there be a better setting than the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo to tell Santa your wishes? The decorations are stunning, and there are packages available to “Ride the Rails” with Santa. A Train? With Santa?! Definitely a memory to last a lifetime!

The Chattanooga Zoo

The zoo has a special appeal on any day of the year, but combine sparkling, beautiful holiday lights, and SANTA, and you have a winning combination for sure. Be sure to check the schedule for the date and admission prices so you don’t miss this fun event!

Rock City

Rock City transforms into the Enchanted Garden of Lights for the season, and there are tons of special events, including a Dinner with Santa. A jaunt through this favorite attraction during the holidays is perfect for visiting friends or relatives, or just for a fun family afternoon.

The Southern Belle

Several packages are available that include a cruise on the riverboat, music, food, and SANTA! Be sure to check the dates so that you can reserve a place on the cruise that suits you best.

Hamilton Place

Of course the largest mall in the state has Santa!

Northgate Mall

If you find the thought of Hamilton Place a bit overwhelming this time of year, but seeing Santa at the mall is part of your tradition, you might want to pay a visit to Northgate.