One of our favorite things about the holiday season is Christmas lights.  And we are so lucky to live here because Nashville and Middle Tennessee have some of the BEST Christmas light displays. Go off the beaten path this season.  Dress the kids in their jammies, throw some hot chocolate in a thermos (or two) and load up the minivan.  Pick a place you have never visited and create some holiday memories for your whole family.

Holiday Lights at Cheekwood  Nashville (Map)

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Come see the Holiday LIGHTS and start a new holiday tradition with Cheekwood in 2015! For the first time ever, our gorgeous decorations will extend from the Mansion out into the gardens, setting the grounds aglow with elegant displays, dazzling views and hundreds of thousands of festive, twinkling lights. Bundle up for the prettiest winter stroll of the season!

• LIVE Reindeer every night
• S’Mores Pits
• Holiday Carolers

Lights are on from November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017  5PM – 10PM (Closed Mondays & Christmas day)

2016 Prices Coming Soon!

Tickets may be purchased online using this link. (Surcharge added to tickets purchased at venue)

Gaylord Opryland Hotel    Nashville  (Map)

The ultimate “Nashville” light display.  Over 2 million Christmas lights with brand new displays for 2016. 

Open November 11, 2016 – January 1, 2017


Lights are on daily from 4PM – Midnight

Admission is Free.

Here are some tips from our visit.


Trinity Music City  Hendersonville (Map)

EventPhotoFull_Trinity Christmas lights 2015Lights are on display from November 1 through January 15, 2016

Over one million lights decorate this Hendersonville landmark (the former home of Conway Twitty).

Lights come on at Dusk each day and the area closes each night at 10PM. You can walk or drive through to see the display.

Enjoy Trinity Christmas City  5PM – 8PM every Friday and Saturday night between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Sample wassail and cookies at the gift shop


November 27th and 28th – Free carriage ride with ticket
December 4th and 5th – No carriage rides
December 11th & 12th- Free carriage ride with ticket
December 18th & 19th – Free carriage ride with ticket

Horse-drawn carriage rides provided by Sugarcreek Carriage Rides, will be available on a first come, first served basis on specific weekends as noted above for your family enjoyment. Tickets will be handed out at 4:55pm in front of or inside our gift shop on those dates for that evening’s rides. Tickets will be handed out until we reach our quota for that evening. No advance reservations, no exceptions.


Admission is free.


Chad’s Winter Wonderland  Lebanon  (Map

One of the nation’s largest displays of Christmas lights with nearly 2 million(!) Christmas lights in a variety of displays.

We have an actual drive-thru Santa house – featuring Santa himself, giving away candy canes and taking Christmas wish lists. With 350+ pieces of Christmas scenery – the Christmas Train, and even a Dancing Snowman! There’s something new for everyone to see. MORE live animals, a drive thru Nativity Scene, and new LED displays. Don’t forget to bring your letter to Santa; we have a special mailbox just for him. Drive-thru our light tunnel with over 90 arches and synchronized lights!

Open Thanksgiving Day through December 31, 2015

Open nightly from 6PM – 10PM

Prices:  $15 per car load

Limos/Passenger and Commercial vans   $20 every night

No credit/debit cards accepted.


Festival of Lights   Lebanon  (Map)


The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, James E. Ward Agricultural Center and the Fiddlers Grove Foundation sponsored event will feature beautiful lights displaying the Spirit of Christmas. The drive-through tour includes animation throughout the grounds, lighted nativity scenes, a magnificent Fountain of Life and the much anticipated Grinch in the jail.

Enjoy viewing over one million colored Christmas lights from the cozy heat of your car.However, don’t forget to take a second to stop by the Fiddlers Grove Post Office to drop off your letter to Santa for express delivery to the North Pole.

Open Thursday – Sunday nights in December from 5PM – 9PM

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Christmas on the Cumberland  Clarksville  (Map

Join the city of Clarksville as they celebrate the 16th annual “Christmas on the Cumberland”.  The Grand Opening will be November 24, 2015 at 6:30PM.  The festival is located at McGregor Park’s Riverwalk. This display features over 1 million lights!

Christmas on the Cumberland is open nightly  Sunday through Thursday   5 – 10PM  &  Fridays and Saturdays   5 – 11PM

The lights will be on display until January 3rd, 2016

Admission is free.


The Dancing Lights of Christmas at Jellystone Park  Nashville (Map)

For the 6th year in a row the folks at Jellystone Park™ host one of the most amazing drive thru light shows you will ever see. The Big 98 WSIX is proud to bring to you new huge displays, added to the hundreds of thousands of LED Christmas lights dancing to some rocking Christmas tunes coming through your very own car radio. The show this year will feature dozens of displays, some awesome new Christmas tunes and, of course, Fox 17’s Santa’s Village.

Jellystone Park Fire truck Rides through The Dancing Lights of Christmas Light Show .
Come on in with family and friends and enjoy The Dancing Lights of Christmas atop our very own Jellystone Park Fire Truck.
To experience this unique and fun way to see the Christmas light show call 615-889-4225 for information and pricing. Reservations are required so call now for a great evening of fun with family and friends.

Open November 6, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Open every night from 5PM – 10PM.

Admission – $25 per vehicle


Christmas in the Park  Adams (Map)


Open Saturday November 28, 2015 through Christmas.

Large drive-through light display.

BJ’s Christmas Lights on Sunnyside  Brentwood  (Map)

This display in Brentwood, TN encompasses 8 1/2 yards.  Over 135,000 lights are used and they feature over 300 figures.

The lights are generally on from Thanksgiving day through December 31.

Lipton Lights  Franklin (Map)

This home, located in Franklin, TN,  features 4100 channels of computer controlled circuits synchronized to 8 songs.  On display is a 16′ tall megatree, 4 arches, 9 member tree line, 6′ tall bethlehem star on the roof.  Over 80,000 lights!

Usually open from the Friday after Thanksgiving through New Year’s.

Sunday – Thursday 5PM – 10PM

Friday & Saturday 5PM – 11PM


Lights on Old Charlotte   Franklin (Map)


Over  65,000 lights, 20ft mega tree, 3 arches, 20 mini trees, helicopter, life-size manger and more!!!

Lights are on from Thanksgiving Day through December 27, 2015.

Show runs every day from 4:30Pm – 10:00PM.  (May be disabled due to weather.)


Lights on Sparrow Street   Spring Hill  (Map)


Over 20,000 Lights, 72 Channels of Light-O-Rama Computer Control, and 2,403 Channels of DMX Control.

Lights are on from  Thanksgiving Day through December 31, 2015 .

The show runs from 4:30PM-10PM daily. (May be disabled due to weather.)


Christmas Land – Lebanon  (Map)

This drive-thru light display in Lebanon, TN is in it’s 21st year.

Opens November 20, 2015

Lights are on from 5PM – 9PM nightly.

London’s Lights  Old Hickory (Map)

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London’s Lights were created to honor the memory of London Henn who went to Heaven way sooner in life than her family wanted her to go. The family collects unwrapped children’s toys to be donated to the cancer wing of the Vanderbilt children’s hospital.

Lights on from November 26, 2015 through the first week of 2016.

5pm – 9PM every night


Lights on Logan – Greenbrier (Map)

DSC_0151_webLights generally on from December 1- 30

35,295 lights synchronized to 368 channels of computer controlled animation.

Gill’s Bright LightsHendersonville (Map)

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New location for 2015

Lights on from November 27 – December 31

5:30PM  – 10:30PM nightly


*No guarantees that these homes are decorated for the 2015 season but here are the links to the 2014 and 2013 Holiday Light Contest in Nashville.  I think it would be fun to print the list, program the GPS and just drive around and see the displays.

And don’t be afraid to just head out and explore your own neighborhood.  There are probably tons of houses in your town that put on a great light show that just aren’t quite big enough to get media attention.  But they are still a great way to have holiday family fun!

**Do you know of a great light display that we missed?  Leave the information in the comments and we will add it to our list.

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