Where To See Christmas Lights In Nashville

Tennessee’s Capitol Christmas Tree in Nashville
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Country music and hot chicken might be Nashville's claim to fame, but Christmas in Nashvilleis equally impressive. The city is abuzz with activities from holiday performances, pop-up ice skating, and Christmas cruises, but the holiday isn't complete until you ooh and ah over colorful strings of lights. Here are the opulent light displays and Christmas activities you won't want to miss.

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Cheekwood's Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights at Cheekwood Estate in Nashville
Seth McGaha

The light display at Cheekwood Mansion might be the most magical of all of theNashville Christmas events. Take a stroll along the mile-long walking path strung with 1 million lights. Sip on hot chocolate, roast marshmallows over the fire, sing along with carolers, and greet visiting reindeer Jolly and Nick. If you're good, you might even catch a glimpse of Santa.

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Gaylord Opryland 's Christmas Lights

Gaylord Opryland Christmas Lights
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Around the holidays, Marriott's Gaylord Opryland Resort hosts Nashville's largest and most opulent light display. There are more than 4 million lights displayed around every corner of the property, but for some the real draw will be 1,000 tons of ice carved into scenes from the TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. There's something for everyone at this resort: Guests can also whoop their way down two-story ice slides, see musical performances, hop on a riverboat cruise or carriage ride, and go ice tubing or ice skating.

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The Dancing Lights of Christmas

Dancing Lights of Christmas, Lebanon, Tennessee
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The Dancing Lights of Christmas at the Wilson County Fairgrounds in nearby Lebanon 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, plus an animated 35-foot Christmas tree. Then stop at Santa's Village to visit Jolly Ol Saint Nick, catch the pony and carnival rides, and enjoy fried fair food.

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Other Can't-Miss Christmas Events in Nashville

A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland Resort
Photo: Courtesy Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Music City is full of holiday cheer at Christmas-time. Here are more can't-miss experiences to enjoy during the season:

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