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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 (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)

The spirit of the holiday season is felt from the moment you walk into Holiday Lights. This year, we’re illuminating our gardens with one million holiday lights throughout the mile-long walking path.

Real Reindeer, Holiday Carolers, Meet Santa & more!



Lights are on from November 23 – December 33, 2018  5PM – 10PM (Closed 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)

The ultimate “Nashville” light display. Over 3 million Christmas lights with brand new displays for 2018. 

Lights are on November 9, 2018 – January 1, 2019

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)

The Dancing Lights of Christmas returns for it’s 9th 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.

Opens November 16- December 31, 2018

Open every night at 5PM

Admission – $25 per vehicle

Cash & Credit Cards accepted


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

Drive thru Light Spectacular!

Open daily November 22 – December 29, 2018  6PM – 10PM

Admission – $25 per car load (Additional fee for 15 plus passenger vehicles)

Purchase tickets online at this link.


Chad’s Winter Wonderland  Lebanon  (Map

Nashville Christmas Lights - Chad's Winter Wonderland
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, 2018

Open nightly from 6PM – 10PM
Prices:  $15 per car load
Limos/Passenger and Commercial vans   $20 every night
No credit/debit cards accepted.


London’s Lights  LaVergne (Map)

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. Over 300,000 lights at a new location for 2018.The family collects unwrapped children’s toys to be donated to the cancer wing of the Vanderbilt children’s hospital. Santa will be available for pictures on December 1, 15 & 22  6:30PM – 8:30PM and on December 8 for Children with Special Needs. Check London Light’s Facebook page for more information.


Lights on from November 22, 2018 through January 5, 2019

5pm – 10PM Daily




Simmons Holiday Lights  Lebanon (Map)


Christmas Light show will begin on December 8, 2018.

Lights on weeknights from dark until 9PM and weekends from dark until 10PM.



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.

Lights on November 24, 2018 – January 6, 2018

Monday-Thursday  5PM – 10:30PM    Friday – Sunday  5PM – 11PM (May be disabled in event of bad weather)



Lights on Old Charlotte   Franklin (Map)

Nashville Christmas Lights - Lights on Old Charlotte
Over  65,000 lights, 20 ft mega tree, 3 arches, 20 mini trees, helicopter, life-size manger and more!!! 2018 will be the last season for this display.

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 Logan – Greenbrier (Map)

Nashville Christmas Lights - Lights on Logan
Lights on December 1- 31, 2018 from  5PM – 10PM

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



Lights on Luna  Hendersonville (Map)

Lights are on from November 23- December 25, 2018.

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.


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

Free light display December 14, 15, 21 & 22, 2018  5:30PM – 9PM

Bring your camera for pictures with Santa and Mrs Claus & great family photo opportunities. Follow lighted candy cane trail through the giant candy cane forest to view festive decorated scenes,music, petting zoo and hot cocoa booth.


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! Join us as we celebrate Christmas on the Cumberland’s 19th year with a grand opening ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the McGregor Park RiverWalk and Museum.

Christmas on the Cumberland is open Sunday – Thursday  5PM – 10PM and Friday & Saturday 5PM to 11PM

The lights will be on display from November 20, 2018 – January 1, 2019

Admission is free.


*No guarantees that these homes are decorated for the 2018 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!

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.

About Rachel Kline

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!)

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