Dinner and a show. It’s the quintessential pairing. There’s no shortage of shows to enjoy in Chattanooga this December, so why not make a whole night of it? Check out our recommended dinner + show pairings with a meal at one of our favorite restaurants—all within walking distance of your evening or matinee performance.

Park the car. Enjoy a meal. And treat yourself to some festive cheer.

The Pairings

Polar Express 3D at the IMAX + Pucketts

Experiencing this holiday tale in 3D on the giant six-story screen has become a family tradition for many Chattanoogans! Catch the movie any day except Christmas, from Nov. 26 through Dec. 26.

Grab dinner at Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant before you journey to the North Pole. Whether you choose a classic meat & 3 plate or try one of their other southern dishes, be sure to save room for some cobbler and bread pudding—you can thank us later.

Distance from IMAX to Pucketts: .1 mile

A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre + Good Dog

This production of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s Youth Theatre brings the Charlie Brown story to life through familiar scenes and music. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

It’s only fitting that you pay a visit to Good Dog before catching a matinee (they are only open for lunch right now). Snoopy would definitely approve! The all-beef or vegetarian DOGs are piled high with toppings that will have you seeing this classic in a whole new way.

Distance from Chattanooga Theatre Centre to Good Dog: .2 mile

Chattanooga Ballet’s The Nutcracker + Old Gilman Grill

Chattanooga Ballet’s professional company, guest artists, and students from the Chattanooga Ballet School bring this holiday favorite to life.

Before you join Clara on her magical journey from a Christmas party to the battlefield to the Lands of Snow and Sweets, fuel up at Old Gilman Grill! Just thinking about their hand cut steaks, Scottish salmon, and butternut squash ravioli has our mouths watering. Find the full menu here.

Distance from the Tivoli to Old Gilman Grill: .2 mile

Elf at the Tivoli + Mayan Kitchen

The Bobby Stone Film Series brings this Christmas movie favorite to the Tivoli!

Be sure to warm up at Mayan Kitchen before the show.  Check out their full menu of Latin American favorites—the Pollo en Crema is the ultimate winter comfort dish. You just might catch their Happy Hour, too!

Distance from the Tivoli to Mayan Kitchen: .5 miles

Chattanooga Symphony and Orchestra’s Home for the Holidays Concert + Bitter Alibi

The Chattanooga Symphony and Orchestra’s holiday concert returns with a variety of secular and sacred holiday tunes that are perfect for the whole family.

Just a short walk away, Bitter Alibi is the perfect spot to grab your pre-show dinner or lunch. Dig into one of their curry or noodle options. Or forego the fork and opt for one of their “handhelds.” From the “Get in My Belly” Tacos to the Pho-Rench Dip, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Bitter Alibi has a great selection of vegetarian and vegan meals, too.

Distance from Memorial Auditorium to Bitter Alibi:  .3 mile