Where to See Holiday Lights in Nashville


One of my favorite family traditions is getting in the car, turning on the holiday music, grabbing a coffee or cocoa, and driving through the local neighborhoods during the holiday season to see all the lights and beautiful displays. I encourage you to add this to your family list of to-do’s during December.

Where to See Christmas Lights in NashvilleWe have gathered the best holiday lights in Nashville — and the surrounding areas! There are lots of great ones, and if we’ve missed any, we’d love for you to let us know in the comments. Happy holidays!

Chad’s Winter Wonderland

Dates: Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, open every night
Times: 5-10P
Open regular hours Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Price: $25 per car load

Good to Know: Chad has added a lot of new stuff again this year that you will not want to miss! Some new things are even MORE live animals, a drive thru Nativity Scene. Don’t forget to bring your letter to Santa. We have a special mailbox just for him. Santa will be there every night!

Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood

Dates: November 18th – January 7th
Times: 5 pm – 10 pm;  Cheekwood is closed Thanksgiving Day and Night, Christmas Day and Night, and New Year’s Day. Cheekwood will be open New Year’s Night (January, 1, 2023) from 5 – 10 PM

Nashville’s classic holiday tradition returns, featuring a one-mile walking path with elegant and creative displays of lights that set Cheekwood Estate & Gardens aglow. With over one million lights twinkling throughout the gardens, s’mores, seasonal libations and a Holiday Marketplace, Holiday LIGHTS is a memory-making experience for visitors of all ages.

Adults: Gardens Only $26-29 | Gardens and Mansion $28-31
Youth (3-17) Gardens Only $20-23| Gardens and Mansion $22-25
Ages 2 & Under FREE
*Discounts for members
*Active duty and retired military personnel receive 50% off Gardens Only tickets on Monday nights for up to 5 people with valid ID.
*Discounted tickets are available on select Monday – Thursday nights for 8:30 PM Gardens Only entry. Price is $20 per person (adult or youth). Look for “Late Night LIGHTS” ticket options on the calendar.

The ‘Merry & Bright’ package returns this year with two adult admission passes, two drink tickets and two s’mores kits all in one convenient purchase. The package costs $100 for members and $125 for non-members.
Buy tickets here.

Good to Know: The route is a little over a mile, and is self-guided.

Franktown Festival of Lights

Dates: November 17- December 31, 2023
4215 Long Lane- Williamson County Ag Expo Center in Franklin
Times: 5-9 nightly
Price: $35 per vehicle

Character Nights: Dec 1, 6, 9, 19 and 22
Walking Wednesdays: Every Wednesday Night, invite your friends and family to join you for a delightful stroll along the illuminated path, capture moments by the Christmas Tree, and enjoy s’mores by the cozy fire. This unique experience is open for walkers each Wednesday from 5:00-6:30PM. The ticket price remains the same so load up the car! Feel free to bring your furry friends, as dogs on leashes are welcome. The route opens to vehicles at 7:00PM on these special evenings.

Good to Know: The Festival of Lights is a rain or shine event that benefits FrankTown Open Hearts, a local nonprofit. This is the longest drive-thru holiday lights spectacular in Williamson County where we just added a half-mile extension! FrankTown Festival of Lights features over 200 displays that are synchronized to Christmas classics that guests can listen to on the radio as they enjoy the mile-and-a-half-long route. Follow our Instagram and Facebook pages to keep up-to-date on all things FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS!

The Dancing Lights of Christmas

Dates: November 10- December 31 (Closed Nov 29)
Times: Sunday–Thursday 5-10 pm and Friday–Saturday 5-11 pm
Price: $30 per family vehicle* (cash and credit cards accepted)
*FREE to all veterans and military November 10-13 and enjoy $5 all season for military discount

Good to Know: Santa’s Village and pictures with Santa also available (Santa available through Dec.23) Buy 1 get 1 free wristband for Santa’s Village on Tuesdays
$5 off when you bring canned goods on Mondays and Tuesdays, November 13th through December 5th

Gaylord Opryland

Dates: November 10th – January 1st
Time: Daily, 5P-midnight
Price: Free

Good to Know: There is a fee to park at the hotel; but, if you’re willing to walk, you may be able to find parking at the mall and walk over.
Brightest Star Fountain Show, daily at 6pm and 8pm, and Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. only. Sounds of the Season Fountain Show, daily at 7pm and 9pm, and Dec. 31 at 7 pm only.

Drive Through Christmas Lights at Cannonsburgh Village

Free Admission
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
December 1 – 17
5 – 8 p.m.
312 S. Front Street, Murfreesboro

Cannonsburgh Village is hosting a Drive-Through Christmas Lights event! Load up the car and enjoy a festive way to add to those cozy holiday memories. Cannonsburgh Village will come to life with a Christmas light display on the first three weekends in December on Fridays, December 1, 8 & 15, Saturdays, December 2, 9, & 16, and Sundays, December 3, 10, & 17, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Open to all ages. For more information contact Cannonsburgh Village at 615-890-0355. Donations accepted. 

For more local information about the holidays,
check out our post about Holiday Events in Nashville.


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