Where to See the Best Christmas Lights in Middle TN

Middle Tennessee Christmas Light Displays 2020

From professional to residential, Middle Tennessee is home to some of the most impressive Christmas light displays! Here are some of our favorites around the greater Nashville area. Our interactive map at the bottom of this page will help you make the most of your time if you’d like to see more than one show in a particular area.

Allstars Limousine Holiday Lights Tour

Enjoy cider, eggnog and holiday treats while experiencing some of Nashville’s best Christmas sights and sounds on this luxury limo ride through a customized route based on your pick up location. While in route between displays or sitting in long lines, show off your talent with Christmas carol karaoke (it is Music City, after all!) or enjoy a holiday movie. Allstars donates a portion of their proceeds to Toys for Tots, Salvation Army and Second Harvest.

BooneShine Family Lights

BooneShine Family Lights are synchronized to music and you can enjoy a different playlist each week! Each playlist is about 20 minutes and there will be over 10,000 lights.

Boone Shine Family Lights is at 1079 McLaughlin Ct, Gallatin, TN 37066.

Brandon’s Christmas Light Display

Brandon’s Christmas Light Display is a free, traditional Christmas light display with wireframes and singing Christmas trees.

Brandon’s Christmas Light Display is at 430 Willow Brook Dr, Manchester, TN 37355.

Chad’s Winter Wonderland

You may have seen Chad’s Winter Wonderland on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight.” Chad’s offers a drive-thru light tunnel, drive-thru Santa house, Nativity Scene, Christmas Train, live animals and over 350 pieces of Christmas scenery. Don’t forget to bring your letter to Santa; they have a special mailbox just for him!

Chad’s Winter Wonderland is at 791 E. Old LaGuardo Rd, Lebanon, TN 37087.

Cheekwood Holiday LIGHTS

Savor the sights and sounds of the season at Cheekwood and make lasting holiday memories with fun activities for all ages. The enchanting Holiday LIGHTS experience is Nashville’s favorite holiday tradition, with one mile of lights glowing through the gardens. Santa will not be on-site during Holiday LIGHTS, but children can still get their wish lists to him. Visit the Frist Learning Center where kids can drop off their letters in a special mailbox for Jolly Ole St. Nick.

Cheekwood is at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37205.

Christmas Blow Molds

Head over to East Nashville to see one of Middle Tennessee’s most nostalgic displays. These Christmas blow molds will take you back to your childhood!

Christmas blow molds are at 2003 Forrest Green Drive, Nashville, TN 37216.

Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes

For the past 36 years, Oaklands has presented the Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes as its largest fundraising event of the year. In order to, once again, share some favorite homes in downtown Murfreesboro with friends and supporters, you are invited to usher in the holiday season with an enchanting virtual tour of historic Murfreesboro homes. The tour, sponsored by First Bank, will feature a selection of private homes and, as always, the historic Oaklands Mansion.

Christmas on Milesdale Lane

Christmas on Milesdale Lane is four loving sons’ way of honoring their dad, who they lost to colon cancer in 2010. Their Beach Boys and Alvin the Chipmunks Christmas music-loving father would always make Christmas special for his family, and they enjoy recreating that for their community now with over 20,000 lights dancing to some of your favorite Christmas songs (hopefully that includes some Alvin & the Chipmunks)!

Christmas on Milesdale Lane is at 494 Milesdale Lane, Smyrna, TN 37167.

Christmas on the Cumberland

Christmas on the Cumberland stretches over seven-tenths of a mile along the McGregor Park Riverwalk in Clarksville. It’s pet-friendly (except during performances) and admission is free of charge! This year’s activities include a visit with Santa and free hot chocolate provided by Tender Paws on December 12 and Frontier Basement Systems on December 19. Vendors are contracted to sell concessions on weekends during event hours.

McGregor Park Riverwalk is at 640 N. Riverside Drive, Clarksville, TN 37040.

The Dancing Lights of Christmas

The Dancing Lights of Christmas, formerly located at Jellystone Park, is now in Wilson County at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, home of the Wilson County Fair. Experience over a million & a half Christmas lights on an extended drive route, a variety of Christmas music, and an expanded News 4’s Santa’s Village.

Tennessee Kidney Foundation and Ronald McDonald House of Nashville have discounted tickets ($15 per non-commercial vehicle) available while they last. 100% of all tickets purchased through these organizations benefit their programs. 

James E. Ward Agricultural Center is at 945 E. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, TN 37087.

Festival of Lights

Hot off the press is Hendersonville’s first Festival of Lights map and we counted over a dozen participating addresses. Please note that there is one house that will not be available to view until after 8:00 pm on Sundays and Wednesdays. In addition, make sure to use the Cherokee entrance when going through the Festival of Lights display at Memorial Park. The lights displays will be available to view from 5-9pm every night until December 20th.

FrankTown Festival of Lights

Open every night of the week, rain or shine! Explore more than a mile of seasonal splendor from the safety of your car. This year features new and improved light displays! FrankTown Festival of Lights is hosted by FrankTown Open Hearts, a non-profit ministry that provides mentoring, tutoring, recreation and spiritual growth opportunities to boys and girls from low-income neighborhoods. 

Williamson County Ag Center is located at 4215 Long Lane, Franklin, TN 37064.

Gill’s Bright Lights

Gill’s Bright Lights‘ homemade display has won several Ann Chapman Holiday Lights Competitions and raised thousands of dollars for charity including the Smoky Mountain Fire Relief Fund.

Gill’s Bright Lights is at 288 Lake Terrace Drive, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

Hello Trolley’s Holiday Lights Tour

Both private and public Hello Trolley tours are available to enjoy the beautiful lights of Franklin and Williamson County including FrankTown Festival of Lights drive-thru lights display. The tours begin at The Factory at Franklin (building 11), running for 1 hour and 30 minutes around Franklin and Brentwood.

The Factory at Franklin is located at 230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37064.

Holiday Lights Carriage Tours

There will be no Holiday Lights Carriage Tours in the gorgeous Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood in 2020.

Holiday Lights Jeep Tours

There will be no Holiday Lights Jeep Tours in 2020.

Hoover Lights (formerly Lights on Sparrow and Lights on Old Charlotte)

In 2019, Lights on Sparrow Street and Lights on Old Charlotte combined to form Hoover Lights. Together, they formed one massive computerized light display in Chapel Hill, TN with over 80,000 lights. Viewers are able to watch and listen in their cars as the lights dance to music.

Hoover Lights is at 1390 Neil Rd, Chapel Hill, TN 37034.

I Love Christmas Movies! at Gaylord Opryland

You have until January 3rd to experience I Love Christmas Movies! at Gaylord Opryland Resort, with the all-new 17,000 sq. ft. multi-sensory exhibit, a 20-25 minute journey full of fun and nostalgia, 13 scenes that will make you feel as if you’ve walked onto the movie set, scenes from the most iconic Christmas movies, ICE! and much more! If you don’t want to pay admission to all of the attractions, you can still walk around the grounds for free (there is a fee for parking unless you walk over from Opry Mills). They have a beautiful nativity display each year!

Opryland Resort is at 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214.

Iverson Avenue Letters and Lights

Children can bring their letters to Santa to this festive light display in East Nashville. Featuring many different styles of lights from blinking white to rainbow LED and colored cafe lights, the Letters to Santa is the main attraction. Rumor has it, if you leave a return address on the envelope, the elves at the North Pole will send a letter back to you!

Iverson Avenue Letters and Lights is at 1015 Iverson Ave, Nashville, TN 37216.

Lights of Joy Across Mt. Juliet

The City of Mt. Juliet is encouraging residents and businesses to bring “Lights of Joy Across Mt. Juliet” in a new, city-wide holiday lights contest this Christmas season. The city is hoping many homeowners and businesses participate this season to bring extra joy and Christmas spirit across the community that has been impacted by a tornado and COVID-19 precautions. Click here for an interactive map of over 75 participating homes!

Lights on Logan

Middle Tennessee residents north of Nashville will appreciate this impressive, computerized light show. Lights on Logan contains 35,343 lights synchronized to 388 channels of computer-controlled animation, and their website offers a “backstage” tour that should answer all of your questions (and questions you didn’t know you have) about the electricity, computer programming, and set up that goes into this show!

Lights on Logan is at 2760 Logan Road, Greenbrier, TN 37073.

Lights on Luna

Lights on Luna is a musical computer-animated Christmas light display in Hendersonville. The show is free, and visitors are asked to park in the church parking lot across the street so not to block the street for the nearby Fire Department. The Elves do not light the Lane on Wednesdays and Sundays until after the evening services are concluded for the Luna Lane Church of Christ, which is usually around 07:30pm – 08:00pm.

Lights on Luna is at 176 Luna Lane, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

London’s Lights

This traditional light display is a father’s Christmas tribute to his daughter who was lost in a tragic accident. London’s Lights is free to view, but visitors are invited to bring a toy to donate to kids at Monroe Carrell Jr’s Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

After five years in Hermitage and a year in Antioch, London’s Lights has relocated to 1001 Ash Circle, LaVergne, TN 37086

Music City Light Show

Music City Light Show is a synchronized Christmas light display in the Lakeside Cove subdivision off Hobson Pike. They will run through the holiday season until January 1st every night from 5pm-9pm. Be sure to tune to 90.1 FM.

Music City Light Show is at 5361 Skip Jack Drive, Antioch, TN 37013.

The Pettys’ Christmas Corner

Residents west of Nashville, this one is for you! The Pettys’ Christmas Corner is one family’s way of sharing the true meaning of Christmas and giving back. Visitors to this light show are invited to bring donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; they’ve raised over $40,000 in the last 8 years!

The Pettys’ Christmas Corner is at 132 Travis Drive, Dickson, TN 37055.

Winter Wonderland in 4T: Dancing Christmas Lights

Winter Wonderland in 4T: Dancing Christmas Lights has a Christmas light show synced to music, located on a cul-de-sac which allows you to either drive by or park and stay as long as you want. This year’s display might feature an appearance by Spider-Man and a Singing Christmas Tree Quartet.

Winter Wonderland in 4T: Dancing Christmas Lights is at 1272 Potter Lane, Gallatin, TN 37066.

Wintons Light Display

If you’re a fan of ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” you probably saw the Wintons last year. The must-see light show illuminates their entire Manchester neighborhood, and their teenage son is the mastermind behind it all! Wintons Light Display is free, but visitors are invited to bring a donation for the Children’s Advocacy Center of McMinnville.

Wintons Light Display is at 55 Haskell Winton Road, Manchester, TN 37355.

And many more!

The displays above are all magical sights to see, but some of our best memories have been created just driving around our own neighborhoods with our kids in their pajamas and a thermos of hot cocoa seeing which neighbor wins our imaginary award for the best-decorated house in the ‘hood while playing Christmas tunes on the radio. If this is more your style, there’s a Facebook group for that: Christmas Lights in Middle Tennessee. Middle Tennesseans share their favorite decorated houses all throughout the Christmas season.

We would love to hear about your favorite Christmas lights so we can add them to the list. Be sure to tag @LivingLocalNashville or #LivingLocalNashville in your social media posts so we’ll see them!

About the Author

My wife and I live in Donelson, where we both were raised and graduated from high school (DCA Classes of 1983 and 1984).  Our current home is on the Cumberland River, very close to my childhood home and the former homes of both my McDonald and Rice grandparents.

Our daughter and son are grown now, and our daughter, Stephanie Miller, is my real estate partner.  She lives in Lebanon with her husband and their two children.  While Stephanie and I specialize in the areas of Downtown Nashville, Donelson, Hermitage, Old Hickory, Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, we have and do serve clients all over Middle Tennessee.

As a Nashville native, I’ve spent a lifetime watching our city evolve, and I am enthusiastic about showcasing it to others and serving their real estate needs.


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