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Chattanooga is an understated and great location for destination weddings. Many couples come here to get married because of its scenic reputation and others enjoy the rich history. It’s also a great city to plan intimate dates prior to your wedding, and even to wind down afterwards. But, did you know that Chattanooga also offers plenty to see and do for your wedding guests as well?

Check out this list of things to do in Chattanooga to round out your weekend destination wedding experience.

Asian Lantern Festival Chattanooga Zoo

301 North Holtzclaw Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404 | 423-697-1322

Opens November 10th Lantern Festival Information

Nooga Lights at Chester Frost Park

2277 Gold Point Cir N, Hixson, TN 37343 | event ticket information

A drive-thru holiday lights experience to be enjoyed by all ages from your own vehicle. The drive takes approximately a half-hour to thru the 1.5-mile route.

Date: November 14-31st

children dressed for hockey themed family photos at Knoxville Civic Coliseum

Ice on the Landing

1400 Market St Chattanooga, TN | 423-265-0771 | Tickets and Information

Dates: Nov 18-Jan 19th

This is an out door rink so its weather dependent. If it’s raining or really really warm out they will temporarily close until the ice conditions improve. The ice is very crowded during popular times of day. My best advise is to go on a weeknight or very early in the day. If you go on a sunday afternoon you’ll be shuffling through chewed up snow and bumpy ice. If you time it to go on a cold weeknight and get on freshly resurfaced ice it’ll be great!

The “Zamboni” is cute, it’s a retrofitted golf cart.

Don’t want to skate? No problem, you can grab some hot chocolate and enjoy the lights and laughter on the rink.

Gratefull at Bessie Smith Cultural center

200 E M L King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37403

Date: November 17

Gratefull is a luncheon for the community in front of the Bessie Smith Center. You can volunteer to help

Volunteer info

Enchanted Garden of lights at Rock City

1400 Patten Rd, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750 | 706-820-2531 | Event Information and tickets

See Rock city on a self guided tour. This usually takes an hour or so viewing the soaring rock formations, caves and lush woodland gardens covered in lights.

Date: Novemeber 18 – January 1

bouquet center piece

Build Floral Centerpieces

Chattanooga TN | 423-584-3021 | Event information

Date: November 21

Learn to build your own holiday centerpiece with seasonal flowers to take home with guidance and techniques by Lang Floral Design.

Chattanooga skyline view

Grateful Gobbler 5K walk/run

820 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402 | 423-847-5844 | Event Information

This is a good way to get some exercise in before any thanksgiving dinners. The route starts in Coolidge Park, crossed the the walnut street bridge, and finishes back on the Coolidge park side.

There are also volunteer opportunities leading up to the race and on thanksgiving morning.

Date: Thanksgiving morning

Reindeer on the riverfront Boat parade

Ross’s Landing, 201 Riverfront Pkwy, Chattanooga, TN | event information

Date: November 25

family fun with live reindeer and Santa. The annual Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks.

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