Looking for a fun way to get in the holiday mood this weekend as you prepare for Christmas with your family and friends? One of the things that is reasonably priced (if not free), family-friendly and fun to do is to go on a tour of holiday lights found all around Nashville!
Listed below are some of the best Holiday Lights and Wondrous Displays that Nashville and the Middle Tennessee have to offer during the holiday 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.
Chad’s Winter Wonderland | Lebanon, TN
For 30 years, 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. For $10 a carload, visitors can enjoy the wonderment of the lights as well as drive through Santa’s house, featuring Santa himself giving away candy canes and taking Christmas lists from eager boys and girls. Chad’s lights are available for tours from 5 – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and will be available to see until Dec. 31st. For more information, visit Chad’s website here.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland | Nashville, TN
As explained by Forbes Magazine, “With four shows in three states, the Shadrack Christmas Wonderland shows have gotten national media attention, and won a series of awards for their inventiveness and elaborate choreography.” Shadrack’s is one of the nation’s largest and most well-known holiday lights shows, with shows in 4 locations (2 in Tennessee, Nashville and Sevierville; one in Maryland and another in South Carolina). Come with your family and friends to ooh and ahh over the display of millions of lights, carefully orchestrated along with the beautiful sounds of Christmas music favorites. The festivities don’t stop at the end of the drive-through route, though. Guests can stay and visit the 13,000 square foot Santa’s Village to meet and have a photo taken with Santa himself (through the 23rd only… then he has to get ready for his flight around the world!) There are also refreshments available, a ferris wheel, spider jump, Santa train and inflatables for kids to enjoy. Prices for Shadrack’s vary based on the vehicle type, so visit its Nashville location website here to see specific price information and learn more about this fun Christmas event in Nashville at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park.
Christmas on the Cumberland | Clarksville, TN
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 to this fun event that runs through Jan. 5, with hours of 5 – 1o p.m., Sunday through Thursday and 5 – 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
Lights on Old Charlotte | Franklin, TN
Nearly a decade old, Lights on Old Charlotte is located in Franklin 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. The show is free to enjoy, however donations are accepted that are donated to Franklin’s GraceWorks Ministries. Last year, $1,656.47 was raised in total for GraceWorks! The Old Charlotte show runs daily through Christmas day from 4:30 to 10:39 p.m., however it may be disabled in the event of inclement weather. For more information about this event, visit its website here. (There is even a scanable QR code that will send directions right to your mobile phone!)
If you visit one of the four light shows we featured above, let us know what you think and feel free to share photos with us!