In Your Backyard: Where to See Holiday Lights

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By: Catherine Royka – The area is filled with a variety of places to stop and see some beautiful holiday lights. Christmas lights are nothing short of exciting for the whole family! Here are some places you should add to your holiday event to-do list through the New Year!

Christmas on the Cumberland
640 N Riverside Drive, Clarksville, TN

The City of Clarksville’s Christmas on the Cumberland is back for its nineteenth year. It is sure to create lasting memories this holiday season as thousands experience the captivating displays of over one million lights! Clarksville’s popular lighted walk-through event will be open nightly, Sunday-Thursday from 5pm-10pm and 5pm-11pm on Friday and Saturday through January 2nd. There is free admission and the display stretches almost a mile along the river. On December 9th and December 16th, there will be crafts, dancers, carolers and treats from 6pm-8pm.

The Dancing Lights
of Christmas

945 E Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, TN

Get your crew piled in the car and head to Wilson County at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center to drive through one of the largest drive thru light and music shows. The new location offers fresh displays and an extended drive route, with some recently added holiday tunes. With half a million lights dancing to festive tunes on the radio, you will fall right into the holiday spirit. Now open through December 31st. If you visit before December 12th on a Monday or Tuesday and bring in three or more cans to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank, you can receive $3 off your ticket!

Sunnyside Christmas Lights

Sunnyside Neighborhood, Brentwood, TN

Local Brentwood resident, Bill Minneci’s has been gifting the community a beautiful light display over the years. Head to Sunnyside Drive to see a couple beautiful neighborhood homes decked out in twinkling lights. The lights will continue every night from 5pm-10pm through New Year’s Day.

Gaylord Opryland
2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN

You can’t go wrong with a trip to Gaylord Opryland. Christmas is no laughing matter here and they are always prepared to bring a spectacular light display every year, with two million lights covering the grounds. Visit the hotel now through January 1st to step back into a dazzling wonderland of lights.

Chad’s Winter Wonderland

791 Old Laguardo E, Lebanon, TN

In its thirty-fifth year, this drive thru light show won’t disappoint. With close to two million lights, eight acres of holiday displays and hundreds of pieces of scenery, you will definitely get your fix for holiday lights! As you drive, sync your radio station to FM 88.1 and the lights will be synchronized with holiday tunes on your radio. They are open every night from 6pm-10pm (weather permitting) through New Year’s Eve. 

Lights on Sparrow Street
& Lights on Old Charlotte

2038 Sparrow Street, Spring Hill, TN
& 2613 Old Charlotte Pike, Franklin, TN

Franklin Christmas is an organization of Christmas lights enthusiasts dedicated to spreading the joy and magic of Christmas through computerized lighting displays in two locations in Williamson County. Lights on Old Charlotte is in Franklin and Lights on Sparrow Street is in Spring Hill, that add up to 80,000 lights. Viewers are able to watch and listen in their cars as the lights dance to the music. At each display, they collect donations for GraceWorks Ministries.

Cheekwood Gardens

1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN

One of the prettiest winter strolls this season will be at Cheekwood Gardens. Across the fifty-five acre gardens, you’ll see millions of twinkling lights illuminating the spanning of the property. During your stroll, you can enjoy warm drinks, roast s’mores, see reindeer and even make gingerbread houses. Now open daily from 5pm-10pm (closed Monday) through New Year’s Eve.

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