Winter In Chattanooga

The Spring, Summer and Fall seasons are typically the most popular times to visit Chattanooga, Tennessee because of the weather and the endless amounts of outdoor activities that you can do. What people don’t know is that there are lots of fun things to do in the Winter months as well! Most people that come to Chattanooga like the river city vibe that downtown has to offer, our impressive amount of delicious restaurants as well as a getaway to the mountains and the great outdoors. Chattanooga does not disappoint with its long list of outdoor activities and attractions that you can see ALL year round, including throughout the Winter months!

Winter Weather In Chattanooga

Winter begins in December with an average temperature of 41 degrees Fahrenheit in temperature and wraps up in March with an average of 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Snowfall during the wintertime in Chattanooga is common, with monthly averages reaching 1.7 inches in January. Snow is actually rare in the city proper and in adjacent valleys, but snowfall occurs more frequently at higher elevations in the north and west of Chattanooga. Overall precipitation is high throughout the winter with monthly averages reaching 4.9 inches in January and 4.8 in February. With the cooler temperatures and slight chance of snowfall, you'll want to pack warmer, heavier clothes and shoes for this weather in the Chattanooga area.

Visit our Weather Page to keep an eye on the forecast before and during your stay.

Winter Activities in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Hiking | Ice Skating | Winter Attractions | Explore Local History | Cardboard Sledding


For the locals here in Chattanooga, hiking is one of the biggest activities to do in the wintertime. Even though the temps are usually in the low 40’s the high amount of rainfall we get makes the waterfalls impressive and incredible to see. Not only are water levels high but there are no leaves on the trees this time of year which means that you can see for miles. Hikes that lead to a viewpoint are spectacular and hikers are able to take in much more of the mountain’s landscapes and natural beauty in the wintertime.

Learn More About Hiking In The Chattanooga Area Here

Ice skating

Enjoy ice skating on an outdoor rink located in the beautiful, landscaped gardens of the Chattanooga Choo Choo. This is a special feature that visits Chattanooga each winter during the holiday season (mid November-mid January). When you are done, head across the street to Frothy Monkey for delicious hot chocolate and yummy treats or enjoy a stroll through the quaint Southside area.

Winter Attractions

Chattanooga’s biggest attractions like Ruby Falls, Rock City, the Incline Railway and the Tennessee Aquarium are still all OPEN throughout the winter months. We highly recommend the Aquarium and Ruby Falls since they are both indoor activities that you can do with your friends, family, and little ones. If you are looking for Holiday events Rock City has a spectacular Holiday light show until the end of January that you won’t want to miss!

Learn More About Chattanooga Area Attractions Here

Explore Local History

The city of Chattanooga and the countryside beyond is filled with history. There are several incredible museums we have listed which is a great activity to do with your family during the wintertime. Pack a picnic and take a short drive to Chickamauga, Georgia where you can visit the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and walk the 5,000 acres of walking trails and look through the monuments spread throughout the battlefield. You won`t want to miss out on this great list of Historical places in Chattanooga.
Learn More About Chattanooga History Sites Here 

Cardboard Sledding

No snow? Sledding is done year-round on Cardboard Hill, just bring a piece of cardboard and start sliding. Of course, if Old Man Winter does bring the white stuff, you can enjoy Renaissance Park as a traditional sledding hill.

Learn more About Cardboard Hill Here 


Visit this winter and stay in a Chattanooga Vacation Home with River City Rentals!

River City Rentals is proud to offer a wide variety of Chattanooga vacation homes for rent. All of the rentals managed by River City Rentals are professionally cleaned and have fully-equipped kitchens, spacious living areas both indoors and out, as well as free wireless internet access!  Staying in a vacation rental is the best way to visit Chattanooga and surrounding area.  They allow you to get away from it all with the comforts of a home!