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, put 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.
Festival of Lights - Lebanon, TN (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 nights through Sunday nights starting November 27, 2014 through December 28, 2014
Full schedule can be found at this link.
Admission is $5 per vehicle or $10 for vans and buses with more than 10 passengers
*Photo courtesy of http://www.lebanondemocrat.com/article/lebanon/290191
Gaylord Opryland Hotel - Nashville, TN – (Map)
The ultimate ‘Nashville” light display. Over 2 million Christmas lights.
Open November 14, 2014 – December 31, 2014
Sunday – Thursday 4 – 11PM
Friday and Saturday 4PM- Midnight
December 22-23, 28-30 4PM – Midnight
December 31 4PM – 1AM
Admission is Free.
Trinity Music City – Hendersonville – (Map)
Lights are on display from November 1 through December 31, 2014
Over one million lights decorate this Hendersonville landmark. 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.
Every Friday and Saturday night between Thanksgiving and Christmas enjoy free carriage rides by Sugar Creek Carriages (first come, first served) tours of the former Conway Twitty mansion and gardens, wassail and cookies and more from 5-8PM.
Admission is free.
Chad’s Winter Wonderland – Lebanon – (Map)
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, 2014
Sunday – Thursday: 5 – 10:00PM
Friday and Saturday: 5 – 11:00PM
Prices: $15 per car load
Limos/Passenger and Commercial vans $20 every night
Christmas on the Cumberland – Clarksville – (Map)
Join the city of Clarksville as they celebrate the 15th annual “Christmas on the Cumberland”. The Grand Opening will be November 25, 2014 at 6:30PM. The festival is located at McGregor Park’s Riverwalk.
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, 2015
Admission is free.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE’S LARGEST DRIVE THRU LIGHT AND MUSIC SHOW
For the 5th year in a row the folks at Jellystone Park™will be hosting 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.
Open November 7, 2014 – January 4, 2015
The show is open every night from 5pm until 10 pm with extended weekend and Holiday hours rain or shine.
Admission – $25 per car load
Christmas in the Park - Adams, TN – (Map)
Open Saturday November 29, 2014 through Christmas. Large drive-through light display.
BJ’s Christmas Lights on Sunnyside - Brentwood, TN – (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 on from Thanksgiving day through December 31, 2014.
Lipton Lights - Franklin, TN – (Map) No 2014 info yet
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.
Lights on Old Charlotte - Franklin, TN – (Map)
Lights are on from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day. Show runs every day from 4:30Pm – 10:00PM. Over 65,000 lights, 20ft mega tree, 3 arches, 20 mini trees, helicopter, life-size manger and more!!!
Lights on Sparrow Street - Spring Hill, TN – (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 Christmas Day. The show runs from 4:30-10:00pm daily.
Gill’s Bright Lights - Nashville, TN – (Map) No 2014 info yet
Over 50, 00 lights synchronized to music, 19 Christmas trees, 1 mega tree and more. This house was the Grand Prize winner of the 2011 Davidson County Holiday Lights Competition.
Open Monday – Thursday 5PM – 10PM Saturday and Sunday 5PM – 11PM
Christmas Land - Lebanon, TN – (Map)
This drive-thru light display in Lebanon, TN is in it’s 19th year.
The display is open Friday November 21, 2014 through December 31, 2014.
Open Saturday – Thursday 5PM – 9PM
Fridays 5PM – 10PM
**No guarantees that these houses are decorated again this year but here is a link to all the contestants for Nashville’s 2013 Holiday Light Contest. Addresses are included. It would be a fun to drive around and see them all :) The top 5 winners from last year can be found at this link.
And don’t be afraid to just head out and explore your own neighborhood. There are probably tons of houses in your own 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.