CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Nov. 14, 2014) – The Hunter Museum of American Art celebrates a long-standing tradition of decorating the Museum galleries with festive trees and lighted mantels as part of Holidays at the Hunter. Many Chattanooga residents have fond memories of visiting the Hunter during this special tradition, which began in the late 1950’s.  This year, the community is once again invited to join the celebration from November 28, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015.

Each year, the Hunter Museum invites small businesses and area organizations to decorate the trees and mantels that will be displayed throughout the galleries.  Those participating this year include, Blue Ivy Flowers, Blue Skies, Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, Chattanooga Public Library Downtown, Crabtree Farms, Creative Discovery Museum, Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga, Hunter Docents, Hart Gallery, Sewn to the Sky, Tennessee Aquarium, and Wally’s Friends.

During this season, guests will have an opportunity to view a new temporary exhibition, The New York Times Photographs, which will feature over 100 works by 35 artists, while experience the breathtaking trees, live music from local performers, holiday shopping and a visit from Santa.


Dazzling Lights on a City Night | December 4, 6 PM

Holiday fun for the whole family with  beautifully decorated trees, music, art activities for children, refreshments, a visit from Santa and the perfect chance to tour our newest exhibit “New York Times Magazine Photographs” – lighting up the city night further with gorgeous photography. Program begins with music for children from Jennifer Daniels at 6 followed by the soulful home spun sound of Chattanooga’s own Ten Bartram, just returned from a West Coast tour. Santa will grant holiday wishes and you can put those into action by finding the perfect gift at the Museum store.  We’ll have membership promotions that night too so you can give your family and friends a gift that will last the whole year through. 

This event is free to Hunter Members and their guests with regular admission for non- members ($9.95/adult; $4.95/child).

Free First Sunday | December 7, 12 PM – 4:30 PM

Bring your family for a free day of gallery exploration, collection tours, crafts for the kids and a chance to explore the Christmas trees throughout the museum. On this Sunday we will also commemorate World AIDS day with a viewing of the Southeast Tennessee AIDS Memorial Quilt. And at visitors will be invited to join us for a collaboration between Chattanooga State performers and visual artists experimenting with prepared and improvised responses to works of art with opportunities for the audience to participate in the experience as well.

Admission is free to view the Hunter Museum’s permanent collection.  However, a $5 fee is required to view the special temporary exhibition, The New York Times Magazine Photographs.

  • Permanent Collection | FREE Admission
  • New York Times Magazine Photography | $5 Admission

Holidays at the Hunter: A Chairman’s Circle Celebration | December 11, 6 PM

Members of our Chairman Circle are invited to a holiday celebration with holiday music from Kristen and Josh Holritz of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, festive food and a chance to explore our New York Times exhibition and the holiday trees. 

Free and open to Chairman’s Circle Level Members only.

Artful Yoga: Winter’s Eve | December 13, 1:30 PM

On this winter’s eve, we prepare for the solstice ahead through a meditation of art and yoga. After a gallery experience with a Hunter Curator, we will gather on our mats with Maggie White, yoga instructor and Lululemon Manager, to prepare for the quiet stillness of the season ahead in an artful yoga experience. 

Participants are required to bring a mat.  A suggested $5 donation for this community artful yoga helps supports the Hunter Museum’s educational mission.

Jazzanooga presents Brunch at the Hunter Museum | December 14, 11 AM

Jazz has been a cornerstone of American art and culture and we’ve been proud to be a partner with Jazzanooga since its 2011 inception. This year we are excited to expand our partnership beyond our April events to include a series of jazz brunches throughout the year. Each brunch will be held on a Sunday with a catered brunch at 11 a.m. Each brunch will include a Jazzanooga curated performance by gifted regional performers, today featuring Jazzanooga Youth All Stars.

Buffet brunch with special serving stations will be served until 12 p.m., music continues for all Museum guests until 1 p.m.

  • $20 Hunter Members
  • $25 General Public
  • $2 mimosas and Bloody Mary's available at the bar

New Year’s Eve Party on the Bluff | December 31, 8:30 PM – 1 AM

Ring in the New Year at the Hunter Museum. Enjoy food, an open bar, music and the best view in town. Say goodbye to 2013 in style. Details and pricing coming soon.


About the Hunter Museum of American Art - The Hunter Museum of American Art is located at 10 Bluff View in Chattanooga, Tenn.  The Museum is open every day until 5 p.m., Wednesdays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays until 8 p.m.  For more information, call (423) 267-0968, or visit us on online at Follow the Hunter Museum on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest and YouTube.