CHAD'S WINTER WONDERLAND
Thru Dec. 31 | Mon - Thu 6 - 10 p.m, Fri - Sun 5 - 10 p.m.
791 Old Laguardo Road E., Lebanon
$20 per car
With an additional 800,000 lights and four more acres this year, this annual display now has nearly 3 million lights plus more than 350 pieces of scenery. Kids can drop off their letters to Santa, and he'll be there every night, too!
THE DANCING LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS
Thru Jan. 4 | 5 - 10 p.m.
James E. Ward Ag Center: 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon
$30 for a non-commercial family vehicle
More than 2 million dancing lights along a two-and-a-half mile route. New this year: the kids' activities in Santa's village are included with the $30 vehicle admission.
FRANKTOWN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
4215 Long Lane, Franklin
Thru Dec. 28 | 6 - 10 p.m.
$25 per car
This festive experience includes more than one mile of lights strung across more than 200 displays that you drive through while listening to holiday music on your car's radio. New this year is the Santa's Village area where kids can get a pic with St. Nick, ride the Ferris wheel and carousel, pet and feed friendly farm animals, ride a camel, enjoy treats, play carnival games and more. Kids will really get a kick out of meeting a capuchin (organ grinder) monkey and posing for a photo op. Attractions in Santa's Village require minimal fees. Proceeds benefit Franktown Open Hearts, a local non-profit organization committed to the success of Franklin's inner-city youth.
CHEEKWOOD'S HOLIDAY LIGHTS
1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville
Thru Jan. 5 | 5 - 10 p.m.
$22 adults, $17 ages 3 - 17 (tickets are $15 adults, $10 youth after 8:30 p.m; $5 discount for members)
Walk through an illuminated winter wonderland featuring more than 3 million lights across the property. Kids enjoy seeing live reindeer, and Santa's there from 5 - 8 p.m. through Christmas Eve.
GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT
2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville
Thru Jan. 1 | Sun - Thu 4 - 11 p.m., Sat 4 p.m. - midnight
Stroll through the resort's Magnolia area to take in the glow of more than 3 million lights during Opryland's "A Country Christmas" celebration. Carriage rides are available for a fee.
First Tennessee Park: 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville
Thru Dec. 31: Tue - Sun (plus Mondays, Dec. 23 & 30) 4 - 10 p.m.
$29.99 adults, $19.99 ages 3 - 12, $89.99 family pack (two adults, two kids), $79.99 VIP experience (discounts on Tue & Wed)
Nashville's newest holiday lights attraction features 4 million lights creating a variety of sculptures from trees to animals to tunnels along with the South's tallest Christmas tree. Step into Santa's Workshop to meet St. Nick and enjoy activities like coloring and games. There's a marketplace with holiday vendors. For additional fees, you can ice skate and glide down the reindeer run tubing attraction.
Nashville Zoo: 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville
Thru Feb. 2: 5 - 9 p.m. (closed Nov. 28, Dec. 24-25 & Dec. 31 - Jan. 1)
$19 adults, $14 ages 2 - 12, free ages 23 months and younger
The country's largest Chinese lantern festival lights up 60 acres of the Nashville Zoo with more than 500 spectacular displays. The 200-foot-long dragon is a sight to behold, and the tribute to The Lion King is a kid-favorite. Along the way, you'll encounter several animal sculptures along with traditional Chinese lanterns. Santa's Village features holiday scenes, and you can meet Santa himself through Dec. 23.
SPECIAL NEIGHBORHOOD DISPLAYS
GILL'S BRIGHT LIGHTS
288 Lake Terrace Drive, Hendersonville
Dec. 1 - 30 | 5 - 10:30 p.m.
More than 50,000 synchronized lights set to music. Donations are accepted for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
1001 Ash Circle, La Vergne
Thru Jan. 5 | 5 - 10 p.m.
More than 200,000 lights and custom-built displays light up the night. London's Lights encourages the donation of a new, unwrapped toy to be delivered to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.