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

Every Christmas Story Ever Told + Frazier Five & Dime

What begins as another annual production of A Christmas Carol soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all our beloved holiday classics, including favorites like It’s a Wonderful Life, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and more. This show is for mature audiences.

Before the show, grab dinner and drinks at Frazier Five & Dime, where the elevated neighborhood bar atmosphere meets casual fine dining with a menu of southern favorites. If you time your dinner just right, you can take advantage of their happy hour specials!

Distance from Chattanooga Theatre Centre to Frazier Five and Dime .2 mile

Chattanooga Ballet’s The Nutcracker + Tony's Pasta Shop and Trattoria

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

Known for its housemade pastas (including an extensive gluten-free menu) Tony's is a Chattanooga favorite! Create your own pasta dish or order one of their classic pasta entrees like the Low Country Linguine, and you will not be disappointed. 

Distance from the Memorial Auditorium to Tony's: .5 mile

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever + Poblanos Mexican Cuisine

In this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic, the Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. So when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. These kids have never even heard the Christmas story and they definitely have rewrites. See what happens next. This show is appropriate for all ages.

Almost next door to the theater, Poblanos serves up some of your favorite Tex-Mex and Mexican street food-inspired dishes. They offer an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu, too. This place will be a hit for everyone in the family. 

Distance from Chattanooga Theatre Centre to Poblanos: .1 mile

Chattanooga Symphony and Orchestra’s Home for the Holidays Concert + Slim and Husky's Pizza Beeria

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. Be sure to get here early for a picture with Santa and to mail your letter to the North Pole!

Just a short walk away (fair warning: this is not a flat walk), Slim and Husky's lets you customize your dream pizza to the extreme. But don't get too carried away, because you will want to try one of their dessert pizzas like the Ninja Tartle or Cookie Monsta.

Distance from Memorial Auditorium to Slim and Husky's:  .4 mile


From music to festivals to attraction special events, and more, you’ll find all the Chattanooga events you are looking for here on our events calendar. 

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