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)

Delight in the joy of the holiday season during Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood. Nashville’s favorite tradition returns with ONE MILLION LIGHTS illuminating our gardens for the prettiest winter stroll of the season.

One Million Holiday Lights!
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
Two of Santa’s most trusted companions will be visiting from the North Pole. Visitors can see Holly and Jolly every night of Holiday LIGHTS and during our daytime hours.

Holiday Carolers
Warm up in the Cheek Mansion and enjoy the sounds of season as carolers singing holiday favorites.

Meet Santa – New!
Kids are invited to come see Santa at Cheekwood every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings leading up to Christmas.Santa visits are included with LIGHTS admission.
Note: Professional photographers are not provided for Santa photos; Families are welcome to take their own pictures.

S’mores Pits
Get warm by the fire and roast a marshmallow! Located at the bottom of the mansion drive, our fire pits are the perfect spot to take a break, grab a drink and take in the scenery. Smore kits are available for purchase.

Lights are on from November 24 – December 31, 2017  5PM – 10PM (Closed Mondays & Christmas day)

Advance Ticket Prices
Adults – $22
Youth (ages 3-17) – $17

Tickets may be purchased online using this link.

Gaylord Opryland Hotel    Nashville  (Map)

Nashville Christmas Lights - Gaylord OprylandThe ultimate “Nashville” light display.  Over 3 million Christmas lights with brand new displays for 2017. 

Lights are on November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018

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 owners have found a solution to keep the show alive for the 8th year. 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 17- December 31, 2017

Open every night from 5PM – 10PM.

Admission – $25 per vehicle

Cash & Credit Cards accepted


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, 2017

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


Simmons Holiday Lights  Lebanon (Map)

Lights will be on starting December 9, 2017.

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

BJ's Christmas Lights on Sunnyside  Brentwood  (Map)

Nashville Christmas Lights - BJ's Christmas LightsThis display in Brentwood, TN includes 2 homes. This is the last year for this light display so don't miss it!

The lights are on every night from Thanksgiving day through December 31.

5PM – 10PM

Santa will be here for 9 nights starting December 15!


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 Logan – Greenbrier (Map)

Nashville Christmas Lights - Lights on LoganLights on from November 23 – December 31, 2017    5PM – 10PM

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



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 Christmas Day

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


Gill's Bright LightsHendersonville (Map)

Nashville Christmas Lights - Gill50,000 lights

Lights on from December 1 – 31, 2017

5PM  – 10PM Weeknights

5PM – 11PM Weekends


London's Lights – Antioch (Map)

london's lightsLondon'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 160,000 lights at a new location for 2017. The family collects unwrapped children's toys to be donated to the cancer wing of the Vanderbilt children's hospital.

Lights on from November 23, 2017 through January 5, 2018

5pm – 9PM Daily


Christmas on Milesdale Lane – Smyrna (Map)

Tune in to station 88.1FM
Over 20,000 lights dancing to some of your favorite Christmas songs!

Lights are on starting December 1, 2017

Sunday – Thursday   5-10PM
Friday & Saturday  5-11PM


Lights on Timberline Dr – Hendersonville (Map)

Lights on daily from 5PM-10PM  now through December 31, 2017.

Christmas on the Cumberland  Clarksville  (Map

Nashville Christmas Lights - Christmas on the CumberlandThe 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 starting Tuesday November 21, 2017.

The lights will be on display from November 21, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Admission is free.


Christmas in the Park  Adams (Map)

Nashville Christmas Lights - Christmas in the Park

Open Saturday November 25, 2017  through Christmas.

Large drive-through light display.





*No guarantees that these homes are decorated for the 2017 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 KlineRachel 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!)