Picture perfect holidays from Chattanooga, TN

This (absolutely horrifying) Santa rides shotgun in Chattanooga Police squad car in 1964 | Photo via the Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Ebenezer Scrooge here. All I have to say about 2020 is, bah humbug.” 

Just kidding, but we are going to have a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past this morning — past pictures that is. Chattanooga has a few holiday photos worth a share to remember the good times of togetherness + the holidays of years long past

Pictures hold a lot of memories, including everything from the good, the bad, and the downright holly jolly. Let’s see what Chattanooga looked like in previous years around the holidays. 

A view of holiday lights on Market Street in 1950. | Photo via the Chattanooga Public Library, Paul Heiner collection
Volunteers with the Salvation Army celebrate in 1951 | Photo via the Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Market Street during the holidays in 1951 | Photo via the Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga Times Free Press
A 1952 tree sale with the Lookout Valley Lions Club | Photo via the Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Children pose with “Santa” in 1954, who clearly didn’t quite convince the boy on the far right | Photo via the Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Children help decorate a small tree at Signal Mountain Baptist Church in 1958 | Photo via the Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga Times Free Press
“We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” A group sings carols in 1959 | Photo via the Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga Times Free Press
A group of teens + tweens attend a holiday party in 1959 | Photo via the Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Another view of Market Street, this time in 1959 looking north from 9th and Market streets | Photo via the Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga Times Free Press
An outdoor Christmas display with reindeer and a nativity in 1963 | Photo via the Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga Times Free Press collection
A Salvation Army wishing well in 1963 | Photo via Picnooga

 

A view of Market Street in 1964 during the holidays | Photo via the Chattanooga Public Library, Times Free Press collection

 

This (absolutely horrifying) Santa rides shotgun in Chattanooga Police squad car in 1964 | Photo via the Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga Times Free Press

 

Students help their teacher decorate a Christmas tree in 1965 | Photo via the Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga Times Free Press

 

Santa at Rock City in about 1990 | Photo via the Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga Times Free Press

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