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Lights Blazing Into the New Year!

The holidays continue into New Years and there's still time to see lights.

It’s not the holidays without lights! Gather the family and check out all the amazing holiday light displays your area has to offer.

Here’s our annual roundup to help fulfill all of your light-filled dreams — broken down below as drive-throughs, walking tours and special neighborhood displays.

2023 Christmas Lights: DRIVE-THRUS

Dancing Lights of Christmas

Thru Dec. 31, 2023
nightly from 5 – 10 p.m. (5 – 11 p.m. on Fri-Sat)

James E Ward Agricultural Center: 945 E Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon (MAP)

Admission: $30 per vehicle (non commercial)
Highlights: 2.5 million lights set to music on a driving route, Santa’s village and a live petting zoo!
Tip: Use the entrance across from Dollar General, expect a longer wait time on Saturdays


Holiday Light Shows

Chad’s Winter Wonderland

Thru Dec. 31, 2023
nightly from 5 to 10 p.m.

791 E. Old Laguardo Rd., Lebanon (MAP)

Admission: $25 per car load (Takes Credit and Debit)
Highlights: New expansions this year: 12 acres, 2.8 million lights, live animals, drive through nativity scene
Tip: Don’t forget to bring your letter to Santa. There will be a special mailbox just for him, and he will be there every night!


nter, transformed into Santa’s Village, for a quick visit and photo op with Santa, hot cocoa, cookies and a take-home craft for the kids.


Amazing Christmas Light Show in Franktown. You Can Drive Through, Walk or Both. - Mile High on the Cheap

FrankTown Festival of Lights

Thru Dec. 31, 2023
nightly from 5 – 9 p.m.

Williamson County AG Expo Park: 4215 Long Ln #100, Franklin (MAP)

Admission: $34.69 per vehicle (plus a $4.69 fee)
Highlights: Thousands of sparking lights coordinated to a radio station to be enjoyed from the comfort of your car
New this year! Character visit nights happen for the first time on Dec 1, 6, 9, 19 and 22
Walkin’ Wednesdays: Every Wednesday, guests can park their cars and walk the lighted route for  from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Finish the night by taking photos at the giant tree and making s’mores over the fire pit!


2023 Christmas Lights: WALKING TOURS

2.3 million holiday lights flipped on at Gaylord Opryland

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Thru Jan. 1, 2024
Starts at dusk

2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville (MAP)

Admission: Free (prices vary for other attractions)
Highlights: 3 million lights, towering Christmas trees and thousands of shimmering ornaments adorn the grand hotel. Plus, the longtime holiday tradition, ICE!, returns with a The Polar Express theme.


Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood

Thru Jan. 7, 2024
nightly from 5 – 10 p.m.

1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville (MAP)

Admission: Adults: $26, Kids (3-7): $20, Children under 2 are free
Highlights: 2 million lights, children’s wonderland, live reindeer village, s’mores pits
Tip: If you can wait until 8:30 p.m., tickets for adults drop to $20
What’s New? The Enchanted Esplanade is comprised of nine trees wrapped with programmed RGB string lights and ground effects along the path. The trees will show distinct colorful patterns in motion, while the ground effects will envelope the walk with shimmering waves of rainbow colors.


Zoolumination at Nashville Zoo

Thru Jan. 7, 2024 (nightly), then Jan. 11 to Feb. 4, 2024 (Thursday – Sunday) 5 – 9 p.m.

3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville (MAP)

Admission: $26 for nonmember adults and $22 for nonmember children (ages 2 – 12)
Highlights: 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.
Tip: A North Pole Village will also be set up with Santa’s workshop and holiday treats from Nov. 24 to Dec. 24. During that time, visitors can meet Santa at the barn behind the Historic Home at 5:30 p.m. nightly.
New This Year! Guests can also enjoy live entertainment from Chinese acrobats and entertainers who will perform each night at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.


Christmas on the Cumberland in Clarksville, TN - Tennessee Vacation

Christmas on the Cumberland

Open nightly thru Jan. 2, 2024 nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. (5 – 11 p.m. on Fri-Sat)

McGregor Park: 640 N. Riverside Dr., Clarksville (MAP)

Admission: Free
Highlights: 2 million lights put on by the City of Clarksville. Frequent visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus
Tip: This year’s free family-friendly activities include free holiday crafts and hot chocolate
New This Year! Prior to the Grand Open Ceremony on Nov. 18, join for the brand new, German-inspired style, open-air craft market! In addition, make sure to also visit with Santa in McGregor Park’s As the River Flows Museum!


Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas - Pigeon Forge, TN

Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

Through Jan. 6, 2024
nightly from 2 to 9 p.m.

2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge (MAP)

Admission: One-Day passes start at $92
Highlights: Award-winning festival featuring lights, shows and much more
Tip: Every Friday and Saturday during Smoky Mountain Christmas, the “Merry & Bright” fireworks fill the sky to new holiday Christmas tunes


2023 Christmas Lights: SPECIAL NEIGHBORHOOD DISPLAYS

Holiday Light Shows

Gill’s Bright Lights

Thru Dec. 31
nightly from 5 to 10:30 p.m. 

288 Lake Terrace Drive, Hendersonville (MAP)

Admission: Cash donations accepted for charity
Highlights: This year’s theme will bring 60,000 dancing lights moving to music in your car radio. 20 ft snowflake wall, 17-foot mega trees
Tip: All decorations are homemade! Cash donations are accepted for a local charity.


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Music City Light Show

Thru Dec. 31 | nightly from 5 to 9 p.m.

5361 Skip Jack Drive, Antioch (MAP)

Admission: Free
Highlights: Holiday light show set to music on 90.1 FM
Tip: If you’re in the Lakeside Cove Subdivision off of Hobson Pike, you’re in the right place!


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Lights on Luna

Typically runs through the holidays | nightly from 5 to 9 p.m.

176 Luna Lane, Hendersonville (MAP)

Admission: Free
Highlights: Dancing lights set to music
Tip: Park across the street in the church parking lot & make sure to turn your headlights off when watching the show!


Winton’s Light Display

Typically runs through the holidays | nightly from 5 to 9 p.m.

55 Haskell Winton Road, Manchester (MAP)

Admission: Free, however guests are invited to bring a donation for a local charity
Highlights: Half a million lights that dance to music on 103.1 FM.
Tip: This display have been featured on national television and is a “must-see”


Hoover Lights

Typically runs through the holidays | nightly from 5 to 9 p.m.

1390 Neil Rd, Chapel Hill (MAP)

Admission: Free, but guests are encouraged to donate to Grace Ministries
Highlights: Viewers can tune to the 107.1 FM and watch while the lights dance to music
Fun fact: Lights on Old Charlotte and Lights on Sparrow Street combined to make this new light display!


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Cocoa in Cottontown

Typically runs through the holidays | nightly from 5 to 9 p.m.

1437 Maxwell Branch Road, Cottontown (MAP)

Admission: Free
Highlights: A light show synchronized to music on 97.7 FM


Xlights TN

Typically runs through the holidays | nightly from 5 to 9 p.m.

535 Shute Lane, Hendersonville (MAP)

Highlights: 20 ft MegaTree with 4800 pixel lights. Entire display consists of over 10,000 programmed pixel lights
Tips: Tune to 87.9 FM when you arrive! Please park in the grass if the driveway is full

 

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.