There is something about the holidays that just beckons you back to a simpler time of family, candy canes, Christmas trees and lights. Lots of lights! No matter what or how you celebrate, it is hard not to soften up a bit and have a bit of a twinkle in your eye as you gaze upon Christmas, holiday, and Hanukah lights. (Whatever you call them, they are mystical!)
Nashville knows how to celebrate, so it is no surprise that it knows how to put on a holiday show. Here is a list of where to see lights in and around Nashville.
About a half hour out of Nashville, you will find the Festival of Lights in Lebanon, TN, hosted by the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. The Festival of Lights is a driving tour that takes you through a dazzling display of lights and animation. Drive through a magical wonderland through Fiddlers Grove each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in December.
How about 750,000 lights to brighten your holidays this season? Cheekwood Arts and Gardens is hosting a Holiday Lights exhibit in the Mansion and into the beautiful gardens. Enjoy Holiday Carolers, live reindeer, twinkling lights and s’more pits. Eat at the Pineapple Room Restaurant, purchase cookies at the sweets shop or stop in for hot toddies on your stroll. Hours are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through January 3, but they are closed on Christmas Day. Buy your tickets online here.
If 750,000 lights aren’t enough to get you in the holiday spirit, what about 2 million? Yes, you read right: Opryland Hotel and Resort turns into a magical wonderland each year with over 2.3 million lights inside and out, holiday decorations and fun activities for kids of all ages. A Country Christmas will run from November 20 through January 2, 2016, and it’s free to visit.
While you are there, you can partake in Carriage Rides, ICE® with over 2 million blocks of ice, ice skating, Arctic Plunge Snow Tubing and so much more. The viewing of the lights are free other activities cost admissions or other fees.
Drive by or visit the State Capitol on 600 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN to see the 80-foot Christmas tree.
Enjoy the holiday and the magic of the lights of the season.