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Outdoor Chattanooga News + Events December 2019
Outdoor Chattanooga's newsletter highlights the awesome outdoor activities happening in and around Chattanooga that will connect you to the outdoors and inspire you to come out and play with us!
Outdoor Chattanooga Events
Learn to Ride a Bike 
Monday, Dec. 9 | 4:00 OR 6:00 p.m.
Learn how to ride a bicycle with Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced instructors in a relaxed setting. Gain the skills and confidence to get out there riding on your own! FREE classes offered the 2nd Monday each month. No experience necessary. Ages 5+. Bikes, helmets, and instruction provided. Online reservations required in advance. Call 423-643-6888 to register and learn more.

Guided Hike
Saturday Dec. 14 | 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided hike on the Cumberland Trail .   We'll lead registered participants on a moderately strenuous 4-mile hike to explore a unique section of the CT. We'll provide guides and a shuttle for the one-way trek so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature without the worry of getting lost. Call us at 423-643-6888 to register & receive details!

Rapid Learning Winter Skills Sessions
Tuesday, December 10 | 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Learn how to whitewater kayak with Outdoor Chattanooga 's Rapid Learning Whitewater Program ! This dynamic program offers formal and equipped kayak instruction for beginner and seasoned kayakers to learn and develop the skills necessary to safely and confidently paddle whitewater streams. In the winter months, we move indoors to a heated pool at the  Hulsey Wellness Center  in Collegedale. Reservations, experience or equipment are NOT required to attend, and the first session is always free! Additional sessions: Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 10, and April 21.  For more info  email Outdoor Chattanooga .

Bike Commuting 101
Monday, Dec. 16 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Learn how to drive your bicycle in traffic with Outdoor Chattanooga’s  League of American Bicyclists  Certified Instructors (LCI’s). Gain the skills and confidence to get out there commuting on your own. FREE classes offered the 3rd Monday monthly at 6 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga. Online reservations required in advance. Call 423-643-6888 to learn more.

Adventure Spotlight
Seasons Greetings and Good Tidings to All
12 Places to See Santa in Chattanooga
Jolly Old Saint Nick is a busy man this time of year, yet he still finds time to delight children with his infectious laugh and Christmas spirit right here in Chattanooga. What better way to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas than with 12 local events where your little adventurers can meet Santa Claus in person?!
December 1 - 28
During the magical holiday season, trains take riders on an imaginary journey to the North Pole. Along the way, you’ll be treated to refreshments, storytelling, and occasional sing-a-longs. As the Christmas train gently rolls down the rails, a number of lighted displays can be seen outside. Once the train pulls into the “North Pole,” a special guest boards for a visit.
December 1 - 31 (closed on Christmas)
Visit Santa in the North Pole Village, decorate cookies with Ms. Claus, enjoy live music and holiday treats, and take a stroll along the North Pole Highway to experience the magic of four uniquely themed realms of wonder: The Magic Forest, Arctic Kingdom, North Pole Village, and Yule Town. With additional purchase on select nights, you can enjoy a traditional holiday meal and one-on-one visits with Santa and his friends!
December 1-26 | Dates and times vary
Guests of all ages will be delighted by a variety of holiday programs at the Tennessee Aquarium. With paid admission, look for Scuba Santa diving in the River Journey building Saturdays at 11 am and Sundays at 2 pm from through December 1-22 . Catch The Polar Expresss in 3D , showing daily at the IMAX theatre December 1-26 . Dress in your favorite pajamas and enjoy a special screening of the movie with a chance to mee the Conductor and sip hot cocoa on December 14 & 15  | 9:30 – 11:45 a.m . On December 8 | 6-8:30 p.m. Tennessee Aquarium members are invited to come dressed in their festive best or tackiest to celebrate holiday traditions new and old during the O-FISH-ally the Holidays free member event. Meet Santa, sample a holiday snack, join in on reindeer games and enjoy holiday music from local groups including the McCallie School and Spinster. Reservations requested in advance.
December 5 - 23
Celebrate Christmas in Chattanooga at Ruby Falls Christmas Underground on a magical journey to visit Santa! Travel a secret cavern passage to the North Pole and Joystone City to discover a glittering ice cave, swirling snow flurries, Sugar Plum Fairy Village, Penguin Park, Polar Creek, sparkling geodes, and more on this heartwarming adventure.  
December 6, 8, 20 & 21
Enjoy a Christmas Carol cruise with a special appearance from Santa! Live music, pilothouse tours, and a buffet-style dinner make this the perfect night for celebrating the holiday season.

December 7 & 14
Start the day with a buffet pancake breakfast on the Southern Belle while crusing the scenic Tennessee River. After breakfast, be razzled and dazzled by a magic show and enjoy a visit with the man in the big red suit to find out if you’ve made the naughty or nice list this year.
December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, & 22
All aboard for a Hiwassee Holiday Adventure! "Santa Trains" will operate along the beautiful Hiwassee River from Delano to Reliance. Upon departure, riders will enjoy light refreshments, storytelling, and Christmas carols. When the train arrives at the turn back location in Reliance, Santa will board and walk through the train greeting children during the return trip. 

December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, & 22
All aboard for a Georgia holiday adventure: The Summerville Santa Special Train Ride! Trains depart from the festively-decorated, historic Summerville Depot for a one-hour and 15-minute ride to Trion and return. Along the way, riders will be treated to light refreshments, storytelling and Christmas carols. As the train pulls into Trion, Santa Claus will climb aboard and walk through the train greeting children during the return ride to Summerville.
December 7
Celebrate Main Street and the Southside District at this 24-hour long festival held the first weekend of December since 2007. The packed schedule of entertainment includes fashion shows, parades, parties, live music, Big Wheel contest, chili cook off, an ice-skating rink, and so much more. MAINx24 includes free and paid activities with several opportunities to see Santa.
December 8 | 2-4 p.m.
Celebrate the holiday season and create memories with your kids and grandchildren on Sunday, December 8 at the Hunter Museum! During Family Fun Day, kids will get to try a variety of hands-on art making including collage, weaving, drawing and more. Join the holiday excitement and take a picture with Santa Claus, write a letter to the North Pole, listen to a beautiful hand bell choir and go on a wild scavenger hunt in the museum. Free with museum admission. Ages 17 and under free.
December 13, 14, 20, & 21
See the Chattanooga Zoo transformed into a magical winter wonderland! Visit the animals and watch them open their gifts, get your picture taken with Santa Claus, play holiday games and make crafts, and enjoy the beauty of the Zoo covered in lights at their annual Holiday Lights event!
December 13 | 5-8 p.m.
Join The Read House for an evening filled with holiday activities including Santa’s workshop, where you can enjoy a host of arts and crafts including ornament decorating, writing notes to Santa and cookie decorating in the Green Room. The evening will also feature photos with Santa in the Read House's Library and the opportunity to vote on your favorite Chattanooga themed gingerbread house. The jubilee is complete with complimentary Christmas treats, a hot chocolate bar, live entertainment and Happy Hour specials with holiday cocktails.
Community Events
Wauhatchie BoulderFest - 2019 Bouldering Comp
Saturday, December 7 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wauhatchie BoulderFest is an open-to-all community climbing day at Lookout Mountain Conservancy’s Boulders on Old Wauhatchie Pike. Presented by  High Point Climbing & Fitness  - Hosted by   Access Fund   and Southeastern Climbers Coalition   - Benefitting   Lookout Mountain Conservancy . Come out and celebrate the grand opening of this new downtown climbing area, with an enduro-style bouldering comp. This is a family friendly event for all levels of climbers. The event takes place on Lookout Mountain Conservancy’s Boulders on Old Wauhatchie Pike, at the foot of Lookout Mountain, 1832 Old Wauhatchie Pike, Chattanooga, TN, 37409.

Cravens Holiday Open House
December 6 & 7 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present a Christmas Open House at the Cravens House, located on Lookout Mountain. The house will be decorated in a manner very similar to the Civil War era. This special holiday event will take place from 6 to 8 pm, with tours beginning every 30 minutes. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, and for more information about this event, please contact the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 423-821-7786.
Christmas at Red Clay State Park
December 15 | 5 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how the Cherokee and the Settlers celebrated the holidays at Red Clay State Park. Take a walk through time and see the park as it was seen through the eyes of the historic figures that lived in the area. This living history event includes singing traditional songs, cooking over the fire and learning about the traditions of the past. A $3 donation and advanced registration is required to attend.

Christmas Day Dinner at Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park
December 25
Hiwassee/Ocoee River State Park invites anyone away from family or that doesn't have anywhere to go on Christmas to attend a  Christmas Day Dinner  at the park. Volunteers are needed to help with food preparation.  Email Ranger Roberts  or call 423-263-0050 to learn more and RSVP for a special Christmas Day Dinner at the park.
NSS Conservation Expo
December 28-31
The National Speleological Society (NSS) Conservation Expo held at the NSS Head Quarters in Huntsville, AL December 28-31 will bring together like-minded groups and individuals to share their missions, ideas, merchandise, opportunities, and vision for the future of Leave No Trace. The NSS property is 96 acres of biodiversity that has not been disturbed in the last 50 years, and the 30,000.00 sq ft building houses the largest cave related library in the world. Each day will be filled with presentations from local universities, academia professors, environmental organizations, adventure groups and related companies. We hope you join us in celebrating the Leave No Trace Life.
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