The end of the year means twinkling lights, smoke-filled chimneys, and a feeling of magic in the air. The holidays bring a sense of joy and wonder to people of all ages. Celebrate the season in Chattanooga with a variety of live Christmas music that is sure to put you and your family in the holiday spirit.

2023 Holiday Music Schedule

Christmas Pops Concert

Dec. 2 | 8 p.m. | Southern Adventist Campus, Illes P.E. Center
Southern Adventist University’s School of Music invites the community to an evening of seasonal carols and classics performed by the Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, and Steel Band under the direction of Ken Parsons and Keith Lloyd. The event is free and open to the public. 

The Messiah, Performed by the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and Choruses

  • Dec. 2 | 7:30 p.m. | First Presbyterian Church
  • Dec. 3 | 3 p.m. | First Presbyterian Church

Celebrate the season with Haydn's classic oratorio The Messiah performed by the CSO and CSO Chorus in the picturesque First Presbyterian Church.

Christmas with Doyle Dykes, a Songbirds Benefit Show

Dec. 7 | 7 p.m. | Songbirds
Is it time for Christmas music yet? Get in the holiday spirit with Doyle Dykes, legendary American guitarist, as he performs Christmas songs and shares stories in an intimate performance at Songbirds. In the spirit of the giving season, all proceeds will be directed to Sonbirds' Guitars for Kids program.

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder Christmas w/ Special Guests

Dec. 8 | 7:30 p.m. | Walker Theatre
You know Christmas Times A Coming when 15-time GRAMMY winner and Country Music Hall of Fame member Ricky Skaggs and his ace backing band Kentucky Thunder play in their refreshing acoustic style all your favorite Christmas songs in this delightful tour along with a few of their special friends.

Jingle Jam - A Christmas Spectacular & Live Concert

Dec. 12 & 17 | 5 p.m. | Metro Tab Church
At Jingle Jam you will enjoy harmonious medleys of holiday songs both classic and contemporary. Be on the lookout for beloved characters including: The Grinch, Queen Elsa, Frosty, Rudolph, and Santa Claus! In the midst of all the yuletide revelries enjoy popcorn, hot cocoa, food trucks, inflatables, snowball fights, ornament decorating, a gingerbread house competition, and so much more! This event is free and open to the public.

Candlelight: Holiday Special Featuring "The Nutcracker" and More, presented by Fever

Dec. 16 | 6:30 p.m. | First Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Symphony and Opera's Home for the Holidays

  • Dec. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Memorial Auditorium
  • Dec. 17 | 3 p.m. | Memorial Auditorium

The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera hosts one of Chattanooga’s most treasured holiday events that includes a variety of secular and sacred holiday tunes that are perfect for the whole family. Be sure to get to the concert early to have your picture taken with Santa and put your letter to the North Pole in our special post box

Winter Events

In addition to the Holiday Trail of Lights, winter in Chattanooga features an array of festivals, holiday events, Santa sightings, shopping, live music and entertainment scattered throughout the city.

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