Christmas Lights – Nashville & Middle Tennessee

See Christmas Lights all over Nashville with Your Family!

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 and load up the minivan. Pick a place you have never visited and create some holiday memories for your whole family. If you need more ideas for Christmas fun in Nashville, check out our full Christmas Guide!

Holiday Lights at Cheekwood  Nashville (Map)

Nashville’s classic holiday tradition returns, featuring a one-mile walking path with elegant and creative displays of lights that set Cheekwood Estate & Gardens aglow. With over one million lights twinkling throughout the gardens, s’mores, seasonal libations and a Holiday Marketplace, Holiday LIGHTS is a memory-making experience for visitors of all ages.

Lights are on from November 18, 2023 – January 7, 2024 5PM – 10PM (Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day)

Get an idea of what it is like from our visit a few years ago.

Lots of ticket options available including a discount late night ticket. Tickets may be purchased online using this link.

Gaylord Opryland Hotel    Nashville  (Map)

Gaylord Opryland Country Christmas - carriage ride outside Gaylord

The ultimate “Nashville” light display. Over 3 million Christmas lights with brand new displays.

Lights are on November 10, 2023 – January 1, 2024.

Lights are on daily from 5PM – Midnight

Admission is Free.

Here are some tips from our visit.

The Dancing Lights of Christmas at James E Ward Agricultural Center  Lebanon (Map) November 10, 2023 – December 31, 2023

Dancing Lights of Christmas

The Dancing Lights of Christmas returns for it’s 14th consecutive season to Wilson County and the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, home of the Wilson County Fair. We are family owned and operated. Our family has created Tennessee’s largest computer synchronized light show with a 2.5 mile route and over two million lights dancing to the music on the radio so each visit is a new experience.

Opens November 10, 2023 – December 31, 2023
Open every night at 5PM
Admission – $30 per family vehicle
Cash & Credit Cards accepted

Here are some tips and pictures from our visit in 2019.

Franktown Festival of Lights at Williamson County Ag Center  Franklin (Map) November 17 – December 31, 2023

CHARACTER NIGHTS Dec 1, 6, 9, 19 and 22
Come experience FrankTown Festival of Lights for family fun with the annual Williamson County drive-thru holiday light display!

Celebrate the holidays with us at our nightly mile-and-a-half light spectacular, featuring more than 200 synchronized lights. Listen to holiday music on your car radio, take selfies by the stunning Christmas tree, make s’mores by the fire pits,
and savor snacks from the food truck.

EVERY Wednesday 5-6:30pm
Invite your friends and family to join you for a delightful stroll along the illuminated path, capture moments by the Christmas Tree, and enjoy s’mores by the cozy fire.

This unique experience is open for walkers each Wednesday from 5:00-6:30PM. The ticket price remains the same so load up the car! Feel free to bring your furry friends, as dogs on leashes are welcome. The route opens to vehicles at 7:00PM
on these special evenings.

Open daily November 17 – December 31, 2023 5PM – 9PM
Admission – $30 per car load (Additional fee for 15 plus passenger vehicles)
Purchase tickets online at this link.

Learn more about Franktown Festival of Lights from our visit here.

Hendersonville Festival of Lights December 4 – 31, 2023

Find all the best Christmas lights display throughout the city of Hendersonville. Map will be available at this link.

Admission – Free

Zoolumination @ Nashville Zoo (Map) November 17, 2023 – February 4, 2024

See the Zoo in a whole new light!

Visit the country’s largest Chinese lantern festival featuring colorful scenes of more than 1000 custom-made silk lanterns!

Nightly November 17 – January 7 5PM – 9PM

Thursday – Sunday January 11 – February 4, 2024

Tickets are $19-23 and must be purchased in advance at this link.

Winter Wonderland at J. Travis Price Park  Springfield (Map) December 2 – 23, 2023

The City of Springfield’s annual holiday lights, Winter Wonderland tradition will continue this year with both a drive-through and walk-through format at J. Travis Price Park. Winter Wonderland, presented by the Springfield Parks & Recreation Department, is sure to create lasting memories as hundreds experience the captivating display of thousands of lights and more than a dozen holiday scenes.

Time: 5:30 PM-9PM

Admission – Free

Cannonsburgh Village Drive-Through Christmas Lights (Map)

December 1- 17, 2023

Cannonsburgh Village is hosting a Drive-Through Christmas Lights event! Load up the car and enjoy a festive way to add to those cozy holiday memories. Cannonsburgh Village will come to life with a Christmas light display on the first three weekends in December on Fridays, December 1, 8 & 15, Saturdays, December 2, 9, & 16, and Sundays, December 3, 10, & 17, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Open to all ages. For more information contact Cannonsburgh Village at 615-890-0355. Donations accepted. 

Cost : Free

**The following light displays are presented at private residences. Please be aware that most, if not all, of these displays will not be lit up if it is raining. Rain can be very damaging to these displays so save the trip for an evening when the weather is dry.**

Chad’s Winter Wonderland  Lebanon  (Map

Drive-thru Lighting Event: $25 We will be open every night from Thanksgiving through New Year’s 2023

Open Thanksgiving Day through December 31, 2023

Open nightly from 6PM – 10PM
Prices:  $25 per car load
No credit/debit cards accepted.

Hoover Lights  Chapel Hill (Map)

Since 2005, the Hoover family has dazzled the community with their computerized Christmas lights. After relocating to Chapel Hill, TN in 2019, the display now offers an impressive spread of 80,000 lights. Visitors may park on the side of the road, tune to 87.9FM, and enjoy an exciting 20 minute performance of lights dancing to music.

Lights on starting November 24, 2023 through December 31, 2023

Willis Lights Hendersonville (Map)

Take a drive around this entire neighborhood. Many of the homes have light displays!

Lights on Luna  Hendersonville (Map)

Lights are on from November 24- December 25, 2023.
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 5-10PM
Friday & Saturday 5-11PM

Note : Lights are on Wednesdays and Sundays but times vary. The home is near a church that allows visitors to the lights to park in their lot so the homeowner keeps the lights off until church services are over on those nights. Also lights will be on Christmas Eve until Midnight.

Music City Light Show – Antioch (Map)

Lights are up and will run from 5pm-10pm each day, November 25 through December 31. Tune to 91.5FM.

Lights on Logan – Greenbrier (Map)

WelcomeWe’re back! The 2023 Lights On Logan show will begin on December 1. This year we have approximately 30,000 lights synchronized to 416 channels of computer controlled animation. The show will be running from December 1 thru December 29 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Christmas on the Cumberland  Clarksville  (Map

2023 Christmas on the Cumberland
Get ready to unwrap the holiday magic with the City of Clarksville’s Christmas on the Cumberland! Prepare to be dazzled as you experience the captivating displays of over one million lights at McGregor Park and Cumberland Riverwalk. Admission is free and open to the public.

Open nightly November 18, 2023 – January 2, 2024
5:00 PM to 10:00 PM Sunday-Thursday
5:00 PM to 11:00 PM Friday-Saturday
Lights may be off during rain and extreme weather.

McGregor Park Riverwalk, 640 N. Riverside Dr.

Admission – Free

Lights of Joy Across Mt Juliet

The Parks Board is encouraging residents and businesses to bring  “Christmas Across Mt. Juliet” in a new, city-wide Christmas lights contest this Christmas season. The city is hoping many homeowners and businesses participate this season to bring extra joy & Christmas spirit across our community.

 The “Christmas Across Mt. Juliet” contest is open to any resident or business location in Mt. Juliet city limits.  Applications are due on Tuesday Dec. 5th, and all homes or businesses must be fully decorated by that night. All participants should be willing to share their home or business address and family or business name. We also hope all participants will leave up their lights through the new year so other residents can check out their holiday lights. 

City representatives will choose the top 10 and drive to those who signed signed up to participate in the competition. If a home or business is not decorated at that time or light are not on, the application will be voided. Participation is free.

Find a map of all homes and businesses participating in Lights of Joy HERE.

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!

Treat yourself to a tour of area lights, you can ride and look at the holiday displays and let someone else do the driving.

**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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Rachel is a Middle Tennessee native, born and raised in the Nashville area and having lived in Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, and Mount Juliet. She is mom to 3, step mom to 4 and Grandma to one (so far!)

11 thoughts on “Christmas Lights – Nashville & Middle Tennessee”

  1. XLightsTN is a private residence located at 535 Shute Lane, Hendersonville, TN 37075. Visit us nightly from 5 PM – 10 PM for our free light show until January 1. Tune to 87.9 FM and follow for updates.

  2. Please visit us at 2319 Cabin Hill Rd, Nashville, TN 37214 for lights and much more. We look forward to seeing you.

  3. Please note that Chad’s in Lebanon charges $20 a car, not $15. We went through last Friday and almost didn’t get in because we only had $15 cash and one check, which they did take a check. They don’t take credit cards.

  4. Come and enjoy our lights – The Lights on Beachfront

    2109 Beachfront Ave, Antioch TN 37013

    Fully synchronized to music on FM 103.9. Our show runs from 5pm-10pm every day until January 6th.


  5. Christmas light show on brownstone ext located in cross plains, tn . 112 channels of lighting – controlling roughly 40,000 bulbs while synced to music from the comfort of your vehicle. Enjoy the 20ft mega tree, gobo lights, arches and blue pond with waterfall. Tune to 107.3fm upon arriving . I have pictures and video that I can send via email

  6. I am the recreation programmer for the City of Springfield, TN just minutes North of Nashville. We offer a free lights display in one of the parks. How may I send you the information. The event is interactive, walk and/or drive through on two weekends. Contact Sherry Bryant, 615-382-1655.


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