It goes without saying that the home of Honky Tonk Row knows a little something about eye-catching lighting. That’s why Christmas light displays in Nashville are a special part of the holiday season unique to our beautiful city.

Christmas Light Displays in Nashville You Just Can’t Miss

We have seen it all when it comes to Christmas lights in Nashville and the surrounding areas over the years. That’s why we’ve created a list of our favorite Nashville Christmas lights for you to enjoy with friends, family, or just or that one special someone.

#1 – Gaylord Opryland Christmas Lights

Marriot’s Gaylord Opryland Resort is one of the premier Christmas light displays in Nashville just for the sheer magnitude of it. Over 3 million Christmas lights adorn the hotel’s grounds, from the lobby to outdoor displays.

With hanging guitars paying homage to Music City to an illuminated Nativity on the front lawn, there isn’t one corner of the property that isn’t awash in holiday glow. And this year will feature fun new activities like ice skating, ice tubing, and more!

  • Where: Marriot Gaylord Opryland Resort
    2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214
  • When: November 13th, 2020 – January 3rd, 2021
  • Cost: Free

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#2 – Holiday Lights at Cheekwood

The Cheekwood Estate is breathtaking on any given day but truly comes alive at Christmas with some of the best holiday lights in Nashville. This annual tradition envelops the estate’s gorgeous botanical gardens and woodland sculpture trails with holiday lights that give the very trees an ethereal glow.

Over one million lights will be on display over Cheekwood’s 55 acres of botanical gardens! Plus, there will be special attractions for kids and families like the Children’s Wonderland, Reindeer Village, Nutcracker Marche in the Mansion, and the always-popular Dancing Lights of TRAINS!

  • Where: Cheekwood
    1200 Forest Park Drive Nashville, TN 37205
  • When: November 20th, 2020 – January 10th 2021, 5 pm – 10 pm
  • Cost: $20 – $26/ticket, ticket packages available

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#3 – Franktown Festival of Lights

Another one of the best Christmas light displays in Nashville is only a short drive away in Franklin at the 3rd Annual Franktown Festival of Lights! This holiday light spectacular will be held at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your car!

A mile-long stretch of winter wonderland has been built so you and your family or friends can safely enjoy some of the best local Christmas lights without even getting cold. And the best part is that all proceeds will benefit the Open Hearts non-profit to help at-risk youth in our area. So pack up the car and check out the Franktown Festival any evening throughout December.

  • Where: Williamson County Ag Expo Center
    4215 Long Ln, Franklin, TN 37064
  • When: November 26th, 2020 – December 26th 2020, 5 pm – 9 pm
  • Cost: $25 per car

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#4 – 2020 Festival of Lights in Hendersonville

Our final choice for the best Christmas lights in Nashville 2020 is a short drive away in Hendersonville at Memorial Park. This year’s Festival of Lights will be a bit different. There will be a drive-through lights display at Memorial Park, but that’s not all!

This is a community event for 2020, so homes all throughout the city will be decorated and taking part in the festival. Use the link below to learn more and get a copy of the scenic route of decorated homes for you to enjoy.

  • Where: Memorial Park
    151 E Main St, Hendersonville, TN 37075
  • When: November 28th, 2020 – December 20th 2020, 5 pm – 9 pm
  • Cost: Free!

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Christmas in Nashville 2020 certainly glows brightly with these fun opportunities to view Christmas lights. From all of us at Advance Appliance Service, Merry Christmas, y’all!

#3 – Hillsboro-West End Holliday Lights and Carriage Tours

This historic Nashville neighborhood goes all out adorning their classic Craftsman and Tudor homes with holiday lights. Horse-drawn carriages are available to take you up and down the streets in turn-of-the-century style, with a new Trolley Night available on December 7th. All proceeds benefit the Hillsboro Neighborhood Association.

  • Where: Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood
    2800 Blair Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37212
  • When: Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th, 2019
  • Cost: $23.50/person, group pricing available

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#4 – GLOW Nashville

GLOW Nashville is not one of your typical Christmas lights displays in Nashville. Located in First Tennessee Park, home of the Nashville Sounds, the entire baseball field will be illuminated with holiday light sculptures, an enchanted Elf Forest and a glowing Arctic Circle complete with polar bears. The centerpiece will be a 100-ft Christmas tree standing taller than the Sounds’ guitar scoreboard. If you like your Christmas lights on a grand scale with plenty of other activities, an evening at GLOW will fit the bill.

  • Where: First Tennessee Park
    19 Jr. Gilliam Way, Nashville, TN 37219
  • When: November 22-December 31, 2019, 4-10pm
  • Cost: $29.99/ticket

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#5 – Zoolumination

The Nashville Zoo literally takes on a whole new light during the holiday season with intricate Chinese lantern light displays portraying the zoo’s animals.  Traditional Christmas lights illuminate the trees and habitats and Santa is on hand each night, with Christmas carols performed by local bands and choirs on specific nights. This is one of the Christmas light displays in Nashville that’s perfect for little ones, enabling them to walk with ease among the displays and exhibits.

  • Where: Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
    3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
  • When: November 15th –December 30th, 2019; Thursday-Sunday January 2-February 2, 2020, 5-9pm
  • Cost: $19/ticket

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Christmas in Nashville 2019 certainly glows brightly with these fun opportunities to view Christmas lights. From all of us at Advance Appliance Service, Merry Christmas, y’all!