-by CANDACE I. DAVIS
raditions bring up fond memories of time spent with family and friends. They remind people to break away from hectic schedules, get together and really enjoy those little things in life such as eating roasted turkey (or maybe tofurky!) and dressing; baking pumpkin pie; reading The Night Before Christmas; giving & receiving presents; baking cookies just for Santa and the elves; decorating the tree with that ornament made in first grade; or dusting off the box that holds the magical Christmas village.
This year, create some new family traditions by exploring some of Chattanooga’s top holiday experiences – together. Make planning easier by booking special holiday packages that include overnight accommodations, tickets to holiday attractions, restaurant vouchers, and even elf tuck-in service!
Top Chattanooga Holiday Experiences
Go ice skating on an outdoor rink; explore a nocturnal fantasyland with more than one million star-bright twinkling lights high atop Lookout Mountain; walk through a secret underground ice cave that leads straight to Santa; hop on board a train for a North Pole adventure; sing Christmas carols and dance with Santa on a river cruise; meet coral reef Santa divers; build creative gingerbread houses; and watch animals open their own Christmas presents.
Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals
Take a break this year from preparing a large holiday meal. Get together at one of Chattanooga’s delectable restaurants that are offering special holiday meals. Just think… no cleanup!
Non-Traditional Gifts – Chattanooga Style
It’s challenging trying to figure out the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list. Will they love it? Will they re-gift it? This year, give them experiential gifts they can enjoy together with family and friends. Start with some Chattanooga-only gift ideas.
New Year’s Eve Celebrations
The holidays will come and go quickly and then it’s time to ring in the New Year. The NYE party you go to can be one of the biggest festivities of the year – if you know where to party. Celebrate in Chattanooga, with a variety of family-friendly and adult options.
Holiday Accommodation Packages
Turn that holiday adventure into a weekend getaway. There are a variety of packages that include overnight accommodations, tickets to holiday events, elf tuck-in service, story time with elves, restaurant vouchers, and even some chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne.
Get the full scoop on planning a holiday getaway in Chattanooga at http://www.chattanoogafun.com/winter.
CANDACE I. DAVIS
Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
+1 (423) 424-4430
Photo courtesy Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
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