Where to See Christmas Lights in Nashville
Country music might be Nashville's claim to fame, but Christmas in Nashville is equally impressive. From professional to residential, here are the light shows you won't want to miss.
Gill's Bright Lights
Gill's Bright Lights offers a synchronized display of some 65,000 LED and standard lights, as well as a dozen or so Christmas trees. Though Brandon and Megan Gill have been doing the show for eleven years, 2017 marks the second year at the couple's new home in Hendersonville. Spectators can tune into 97.3 FM in their cars or listen through speakers in the couple's front yard. In 2016, the show raised $2,600 for the Great Smoky Mountains Fire Relief.
Cheekwood's Holiday Lights
The light display at Cheekwood Mansion might be the most magical of all of the Nashville Christmas events. Take a stroll along the mile-long walking path, which last year was illuminated with one million lights. There is also hot chocolate, carolers, and even real reindeer that visit for the holiday season.
Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Around the holidays, Marriott's Gaylord Opryland Resort hosts Nashville's largest and most opulent light display. There are more than two million lights and displays around every corner of the property.
The Lipton Lights Show
Since 2008, the Sielbeck family's Lipton Lights show has been a Nashville tradition. It's equipped with LED color-changing lights choreographed to music, broadcast on local FM radio (107.7 FM). The family took 2016 off but say they hope to return with new and exciting displays for 2017.
Sunnyside Drive Christmas Light Display
The Sunnyside Lights display is resident Bill Minneci's holiday gift to the community in memory of his son, BJ (1976–93). In his honor, a string of eight houses on the Sunnyside cul-de-sac in Brentwood showcase more than 135,000 lights and 300 lighted figures. In the last 10 years, the event has raised close to $70K for the Shrine Children's Hospitals.
The Dancing Lights of Christmas at Jellystone Park
The Dancing Lights of Christmas at Nasvhille's Jellystone Park is Central Tennessee's largest drive-thru holiday light and music show. As you drive through the park, you'll view hundreds of thousands of computerized LED Christmas lights dancing to Christmas tunes. In 2016, the park unveiled a new animated 35-foot Christmas tree.
Hillsboro-West End Holiday Lights Carriage Tour
Hop aboard a 30-minute horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic Hillsboro-West End neighborhood (HWEN), where residents go all out when it comes to their holiday lights displays. The neighborhood fundraising event takes place the first weekend of December each year and features everything from classic lights to inflatables and artsy manger scenes.