Christmas Lights – Nashville & Middle Tennessee

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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)


Savor the sights and sounds of the season at Cheekwood and make lasting holiday memories with fun activities for all ages. Our enchanting Holiday LIGHTS experience is Nashville’s favorite new holiday tradition, with one mile of lights glowing throughout the gardens. And visitors every weekend can take part in Holiday at Cheekwood festivities, including Santa visits, gingerbread decorating and meeting Santa’s reindeer.

Lights are on from November 23 – January 5, 2020  5PM – 10PM (Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas day)

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 for 2019.
Lights are on November 8, 2019 – January 1, 2020

Lights are on daily from 4PM – Midnight

Admission is Free.

Here are some tips from our visit.

The Dancing Lights of Christmas at James E Ward Agricultural Center  Lebanon (Map)

Dancing Lights of Christmas

The Dancing Lights of Christmas returns for it’s 10th consecutive season. Wilson County and the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, home of the Wilson County Fair, will host the Dancing Lights of Christmas this holiday season.

With a 2.5 mile route and over two million lights dancing to the music on the radio, each visit will be a new experience. It’s a great evening for the entire family​!

Opens November 16- January 4, 2020
Open every night at 5PM
Admission – $30 per vehicle (Includes kid’s activities in Santa’s Village)
Cash & Credit Cards accepted

Zoolumination @ Nashville Zoo (Map)

Come see the Zoo in a whole new light and enjoy the country’s largest Chinese lantern festival. Over 500 custom-made silk lanterns will be spread across 60 acres, creating elaborate displays with some of your favorite Zoo animals, holiday-themed scenes and even a 200-foot-long dragon.

Open November 15 – December 30, 2019 (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)

Admission – Adults $19 Children (2-12) $14

Purchase tickets online at this link.

Franktown Festival of Lights at Williamson County Ag Center  Franklin (Map)

Every night of the week, explore a mile of seasonal splendor on display. With new and improved light displays, this year’s route will be a family favorite. Get your photo taken with Santa while enjoying hot drinks and cookies. Kids can look forward to rides, activities, and a petting zoo. It will be a Christmas tradition you will never forget.

Open daily November 22 – December 28, 2019 6PM – 10PM
Admission – $25 per car load (Additional fee for 15 plus passenger vehicles)
Purchase tickets online at this link.

Glow Nashville at First Tennessee Park (Map)

As the newest must-see holiday attraction in the Southeast, GLOW Nashville features one of the country’s tallest Christmas trees, millions of lights adorning larger-than-life sculptures, epic ice skating and tubing experiences, a life-size Santa’s Workshop and many more immersive activities designed to create memories for all ages.

Open November 22 – December 31, 2019 4PM – 10PM

Admission – Adults $29.99 Children (3-12) $19.99

Family Pack (2 Adults & 2 Children) $89.99

Discounts available on Tuesday & Wednesday.

Order tickets online at this link.

Ultimate Party Festival of Lights Drive-thru Holiday Lights Event at Drakes Creek Park Hendersonville (Map)

Enjoy the first-ever Ultimate Party Festival of Lights drive-thru in Hendersonville, TN at Drakes Creek Park!
Sponsored by HolidayFest, Kimbro Air, Hendersonville Parks and Recs. and Ultimate Party Rentals, the Festival of Lights is a spectacular light show that you and your family will be able to drive-thru and enjoy together!

Open December 1- 15, 2019 5PM – 9PM

Admission – Free

Winter Wonderland at J. Travis Price Park  Springfield (Map)

Great outdoor family event. Free admission. Follow the lighted candy cane trails at J. Travis Price Park to enjoy festive holiday scenes, decorations, music, feed the animals in the petting zoo (feed machines on site). Santa is waiting for you in the historic cabin. Free hot chocolate (while supplies last). Lots of family photo opportunities.

Friday & Saturdays December 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2019 5:30PM – 9PM

Admission – Free

Chad’s Winter Wonderland  Lebanon  (Map

One of the nation’s largest displays of Christmas lights with nearly 2 million(!) 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, 2019

Open nightly from 6PM – 10PM
Prices:  $20 per car load – CASH ONLY
No credit/debit cards accepted.

London’s Lights  LaVergne (Map)

London’s Lights is a nonprofit organization that provides a beautiful Christmas Light display and facilitates toy donations to under resourced families and children’s hospitals. It was birthed out of the tragic loss of our daughter London Jade Henn.

Lights on from November 28, 2019 through January 1, 2020
5pm – 10PM Daily

Hoover Lights  Chapel Hill (Map)

In 2019, Lights on Sparrow Street and Lights on Old Charlotte are combining to form Hoover Lights! Together they will form one massive computerized Christmas light display in Chapel Hill, TN with over 80,000 lights. Viewers are able to watch and listen in their cars as the lights dance to music.

Lights on Friday November 29 – December 25, 2019 5PM – 10PM daily

Gill’s Bright Lights Hendersonville (Map)

December 1- 31, 2019 5PM – 10PM

Willis Lights Hendersonville (Map)

Lights are on from December 5 – December 26, 2019 5PM – 10PM

Lights on Luna  Hendersonville (Map)

Lights are on from November 29- December 25, 2019.
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 unto church services are over on those nights. Also lights will be on Christmas Eve until Midnight.

Music City Light Show – Antioch (Map)

Lights are on from November 24, 2019 – January 1, 2020

5PM-9PM Daily

Lights on Logan – Greenbrier (Map)

Lights on December 1- 31, 2019 from 5PM – 10PM
35,295 lights synchronized to 368 channels of computer controlled animation

Wintons Light Display  Manchester (Map)

This home was featured on ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight. Over 450,000 lights controlled with the latest technology. Watch last year’s show at this link. 

Family hopes to have the lights on by December 8 or 9, 2019. Check their Facebook page for updates.

Christmas on the Cumberland  Clarksville  (Map

The City of Clarksville’s Christmas on the Cumberland is sure to create lasting memories this holiday season as thousands experience the captivating displays of over one million lights!

Lights on November 19, 2019 – January 1, 2020
Sunday-Thursday 5PM to 10PM
Friday-Saturday 5PM to 11PM

Admission – Free

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.

Rachel Kline

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!)

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.


  3. 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

  4. 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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