Nashville Holiday & Christmas Lights

A List of Holiday & Christmas Lights in Nashville

Opryland Hotel Christmas lights
••• Christmas decorations and lights at Opryland Hotel, Nashville. Danita Delimont / Getty Images

Remember when you were a little child? Remember the wonder, the amazement, and the splendor of seeing your first holiday lights display? A night of viewing the local Christmas &  Holiday Lights is a great family tradition to carry-on or to begin once again.

Listed below are some of the best Holiday Lights and Wondrous Displays that Nashville and the Middle Tennessee have to offer during the Christmas Season. These annual sparkling, twinkling displays, all in celebration of the Christmas Holidays, are enough to keep you coming back for more and year after year.

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    For decades, Chad Barnard has been putting up one of the nation's largest Christmas light displays. Known as Chad's Winter Wonderland, visitors can take in more than 2 million lights at this incredible eight-acre drive through holiday light display.

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    Over one million Christmas Lights are on display in the city of Clarksville's festival of lights at McGregor Park. The Montgomery County Park's RiverWalk is decorated with several holiday light displays, including giant toy soldiers, animated toys, and a tunnel of lights. Every Year, this event attracts over 10,000 people. No Admission Charge.

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    This Music Valley drive thru, fully-computerized LED light and music show is a one-of-a-kind experience from Shadrack. Enjoy hundreds of thousands of energy-saving LED lights performing in perfect synchronization with the fantastic holiday tunes either by automobile or by horse-drawn carriage at Jellystone Park. Guests can also enjoy Santa's Village, photos with Santa, Hey, Hey, Hey Rides with Yogi Bear, an open fire complete with smores, hot dogs, hot cocoa, and more.

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    Festival of Lights

    Festival of lights is a scenic driving tour through the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. Visitors get to view numerous lighted displays celebrating the Christmas season.

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    Get in the holiday spirit with a fun, family laser show in the Sudekum Planetarium. Laser Holidays features brilliant laser animation and thousands of stars performing to music in celebration of the winter season.

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    As a previous Holiday Lights Competition winner, Gill’s Bright Lights offers synchronized 50,000 lights, over a dozen or so Christmas trees, and one mega tree. Remember to bring a canned food donation too as it goes to benefit Second Harvest. The donation bin is normally located at the front of the Mega Tree by the driveway.

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    Nearly a decade old, Lights on Old Charlotte is Located in Franklin, Tennessee and offers a computerized Christmas display with, at last count over, 65,000 Lights, 144 Channels of Light-O-Rama Computer Control, and 21 Channels of DMX Control. The show is broadcasted over a Low-Power FM Transmitter that can be heard on 89.9FM.

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    This impressive Franklin light show began in 2008 and has entertained locals every year since. The Lipton Light show, which offers thousands of lights, is choreographed to music and broadcast on a local FM radio channel so you can watch and listen to the synchronized show right from your car. But make sure to make a quick stop because the folks running the annual Lipton Light show also accept donations which go directly to benefit Happy Tales.

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    For over 50 years, the Rudolph's Red Nose Christmas Parade has taken place in downtown Nashville. The parade of more than 100 floats, bands, and clowns. No Admission Charge.

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    If you're hunting for some of the best residential and neighborhoods Christmas Light displays in town then you need to make a point every year to check out the local winners of the Nashville's Annual Holiday Lights Competition.

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    The Upper Room Chapel exhibits its collection of nativity scenes, with over one hundred renditions from cultures around the world. While visiting make sure to see the woodcarving of Leonardo da Vinci's painting "The Last Supper", sculpted by Ernest Pellegrini.
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    Nearly 2 million Christmas lights draw visitors from near and far to see this annual spectacular site. This is an annual tradition among locals and always a favorite. No Admission Charge.

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    Each Christmas TBN offers visitors a holiday trip through Trinity Christmas City which includes 30 acres of over 1 million sparkling lights to explore on their beautifully decorated grounds.Free Tours are also available at Trinity Music City and include stops at the Trinity Music City Auditorium, the WPGD TV high definition television studios and the former estate of Country Music legend, Conway Twitty.

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    Started in 1982, Walk Thru Bethlehem, presented by Woodmont Christian Church, has offered Nashville a delightful living recreation of the ancient city. The focus of the event, located at 3601 Hillsboro Road in Nashville, is on the birth of Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas. No Admission Charge - Donations Accepted.

If I've overlooked a local Nashville favorite or if you need me to update, add to, or change it, please feel free to contact me anytime!- Jan Duke