Where to see holiday lights in Chattanooga

The Scenic City is looking merry and bright this holiday season.

NOOGAtoday | Asian Lantern Festival

See colorful displays of your favorite zoo animals during the Asian Lantern Festival.

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We may not get a white Christmas here in the Scenic City, but if one thing’s for sure, it’s going to be a bright one. Neighborhoods, local businesses, and parks alike are bringing extravagant displays of holiday lights to Chattanooga.

Whether you want to walk through the lights or look at them from the comfort of your vehicle, here are 10 spots in the area to see holiday lights.

Take a stroll

  • Asian Lantern Festival | Now through Jan. 15 | 6-10 p.m. | Chattanooga Zoo | Price of admission | This festival features illuminated lantern displays of zoo animals and interactive displays that will captivate guests of all ages — children ages two and under receive free admission.
  • Enchanted Garden of Lights | Nov. 18-Jan. 1 | Various times | Rock City | $17.95-$31.95 | Walk through Rock City Garden’s winter wonderland featuring tons of magical twinkling lights.
  • Reindeer on the Riverfront & Lighted Boat Parade | Nov. 25 | 4-8 p.m. | Ross’s Landing | Free+ | Come out for a fun-filled evening featuring live reindeer, photos with Santa, mini-train rides, a hot cocoa bar, a lighted boat parade starting at 7 p.m., and more.
  • Holidays Under the Peaks | Nov. 25-Dec. 31 | Various times | Tennessee Aquarium | Price of admission | See holiday decor, listen to holiday music, and see a light-bedecked tree twinkling in synch with jolts from Miguel Wattson, the aquarium’s electric eel.
  • Walnut Street Bridge | November-February | Various times |Free | See the twinkling snowflakes while you walk the pedestrian bridge — best viewed at night.
  • Winter Wonderland | Throughout the holiday season | Various times | Chattanooga Choo Choo | Free | See the Choo Choo’s massive Christmas tree, various holiday lights + decor, and check out Ice on Landing (season begins Nov. 18) while you’re there.
NOOGAtoday | Magic of Light

Bring your friends + family by the carload to check out this holiday lights display.

Photo provided by Magic of Lights

Go for a ride

  • NoogaLights | Now through Dec. 31 | Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-9 p.m. + Friday-Saturday, 5:30-10 p.m. | Chester Frost Park | $25-$30 per vehicle | Chester Frost Park will be transformed into an immersive half-hour, drive-thru lighting experience for all ages.
  • Magic of Lights | Nov. 18-Jan. 1 | 5:30-10 p.m. | Summit of Softball Complex, Collegedale | $20 per vehicle | The drive-thru will feature dozens of vibrant light displays, illuminated canopies, and digital animations all constructed with millions of individual LED lights.⁠
  • Scenic City Lights | Nov. 25-Jan. 1 | 6-9:30 p.m. | 4095 Brock Rd. | Free | This drive-up lights show will feature 25,000 LEDS — tune into its given radio station for an immersive holiday experience.
  • Bradley Lights | After Thanksgiving | Sunday-Thursday, 6-10:45 p.m. + Friday-Saturday, 6-11:30 p.m. | 3787 Blue Springs Rd., Cleveland | Free | Drive up to this home light display + tune in to the radio station, park, and watch the show.

We expect as we get closer to the holiday season more light displays will pop up. Let us know if your neighborhood puts on an impressive light show.

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