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 (or two) 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 Christmas Lights - CheekwoodCome 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)

Advance Ticket Prices
Adults – $20 (Members $15)
Youth (ages 3-17) – $15  (Members $10)

Tickets may be purchased online using this link. ($5 Surcharge added to tickets purchased at venue)

Gaylord Opryland Hotel    Nashville  (Map)

Nashville Christmas Lights - Gaylord OprylandThe 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.


Chad’s Winter Wonderland  Lebanon  (Map

Nashville Christmas Lights - Chad's Winter WonderlandOne 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, 2016

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)

Nashville Christmas Lights - Lebanon LightsThe 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 Friday – Sunday nights in December from 5PM – 9PM

$10 per car

$25 Van or Bus


Christmas on the Cumberland  Clarksville  (Map

Nashville Christmas Lights - Christmas on the CumberlandMake sure to stop at the Cumberland Riverwalk to witness two million Christmas lights on display. It’s the perfect spot for families during the holiday season.

Christmas on the Cumberland is open nightly  5PM – 10PM starting Tuesday November 22.

The lights will be on display until January 2, 2017

Admission is free.


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

Nashville Christmas Lights - Dancing Lights at JellystoneFor 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.

Open November 4, 2016 – January 1, 2017

Open every night from 5PM – 10PM.

Admission – $25 per vehicle


Christmas in the Park  Adams (Map)

Nashville Christmas Lights - Christmas in the Park

Open Saturday November 26, 2016  through Christmas.

Large drive-through light display.




BJ’s Christmas Lights on Sunnyside  Brentwood  (Map)

Nashville Christmas Lights - BJ's Christmas Lights

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 every night from Thanksgiving day through December 31.




Lights on Old Charlotte   Franklin (Map)

Nashville Christmas Lights - Lights on Old CharlotteOver  65,000 lights, 20ft mega tree, 3 arches, 20 mini trees, helicopter, life-size manger and more!!!

Lights are on from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas.

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


Lights on Sparrow Street   Spring Hill  (Map)

Nashville Christmas Lights - Lights on Sparrow StreetOver 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, 2016.

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


Christmas Land – Lebanon  (Map)

Nashville Christmas Lights - Christmas LandThis drive-thru light display in Lebanon, TN is in it’s 22nd year.

Open Thursday – Sunday until Christmas Day.

Lights are on from 5PM – 9PM



Lights on Logan – Greenbrier (Map)

Nashville Christmas Lights - Lights on LoganLights on from December 1- 31   5PM – 10PM

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


Gill’s Bright LightsHendersonville (Map)

Nashville Christmas Lights - Gill50,000 lights

Lights on from November 27 – December 31

5PM  – 10PM nightly



*No guarantees that these homes are decorated for the 2016 season but here are the links to the past Holiday Light Contest winners 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.