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Top 10 Over-The-Top Christmas Light Displays in TN

Prepare to be dazzled as we unveil Tennessee's most extravagant and spectacular Christmas light displays in this festive countdown.

Christmas Lights

From jaw-dropping residential extravaganzas to professionally curated wonderlands, these Top 10 Over-The-Top Christmas Light Displays in TN promise a visual feast of twinkling splendor.

(Locations are listed in no particular order. Visit each website or call for more detailed info.)

Christmas Lights

1200 Forrest Park Dr

Nashville, TN 37205

Ends Monday, Jan. 8th, 2024

With over one million lights on a one-mile walk shining throughout the gardens, Cheekwood's Holiday Lights is a memory-making experience not to be missed!

Displays of twinkling lights and dazzling delights bring a spectacular sight amongst the beauty of Cheekwood’s botanical gardens.

The newest feature, the Enchanted Esplanade, on the Carell Dogwood Trail is comprised of nine trees wrapped with programmed RGB string lights, and ground effects along the path.

The trees will show distinct colorful patterns in motion, while the ground effects will envelope the walk with shimmering waves of rainbow colors.

Enchanted Esplanade joins other whimsical installations including Peppermint Path, Tunnel of Light, Star Field, Bejeweled Bridge, Luminary Lanterns and the always popular Dancing Lights of TRAINS!

Christmas Lights

2800 Opryland Drive

Nashville, TN 37214

Ends Monday, Jan. 1st, 2024

Christmas at Gaylord Opryland is a holiday tradition in Nashville that has become legendary for providing magical holiday events and activities for winter visitors to experience.

Over 3 million lights and acres of decorations will be hung throughout the entire site for you to view. And, it's free to walk around and marvel at the beautiful decor.

ICE! returns this holiday season in addition to the annual ice tubing, gingerbread decorating, live performances, and millions of twinkling lights!

Christmas Lights

175 Gists Creek Rd, Sevierville, TN 37876

Ends Sunday, Jan. 7th, 2024

This beloved drive-through light show has become a favorite family tradition for many, and this year is sure to impress!

With the new location comes a longer drive route as well as captivating new additions, including majestic 25-feet-tall trumpeting angels, a star-studded pathway, and much more.

Plus, guests will explore the enchantment of the season through custom-built “Santa’s Safari” themed comical displays, featuring eventful jeep excursions, spirited keep away games with hippos, hilarious diving contests, and more safari fun with friends from the North Pole.

The mischievous elves are sure to sprinkle in some surprises along the way too.

After the show, visit Snowy Mountain Village inside Soaky Mountain Waterpark for loads of fun for the whole family, including refreshments, souvenirs, activities for kids, and on SELECT NIGHTS, visit with the jolliest man himself, Santa!

Christmas Lights

2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.

Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Ends Saturday, Jan. 6th, 2024

Celebrate the season with the return of America's Best Christmas Event for more than a decade!

Gather your family close and explore a winter wonderland adorned with more than 6 million twinkling lights and dozens of towering Christmas trees that add a cheerful shimmer to our award-winning rides and attractions like new Big Bear Mountain.

Embrace this special time of year with all your senses as you discover festive flavors, heartwarming holiday shows, and seasonal shopping tucked into the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.

When the sun goes down, watch the winter sky shimmer to life as hundreds of festive drones light up the night during an all-new Christmas drone show!

Experience why there's no place like Dollywood at Christmastime.

Christmas Lights

2000 Prentiss Place

Memphis, TN 38112

Ends Saturday, Jan. 6th, 2024

Get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of the holiday season as Truist Zoo Lights returns to Memphis Zoo.

With mesmerizing light displays, beloved classics, and exciting new additions, this is the place to be for a merry and bright holiday experience.

The iconic Light Tunnel will once again brighten up the night with vibrant colors, while Magic Mr. Nick will dazzle guests with exciting performances.

Add even MORE magic with the Gingerbread Forest, the beautiful Chinese lanterns, Alice's Tea Party, AND MUCH MORE.

If you're in the mood for some ice skating, lace up your skates and take a spin on the rink.

It's the perfect opportunity to showcase your skills. And who can resist the delectable goodness of s'mores?

Make your own gooey treats and relish the sweet taste of the season.

It pairs perfectly with a warm cup of hot chocolate.

It's not truly the holiday season without a visit to Santa Claus.

Have your chance to meet him and share your holiday wishes.

Who knows, you might end up on the nice list!

Whether it's a romantic date night, a family outing, or a fun evening with friends, Zoo Lights offers the perfect setting.

Christmas Lights

Pigeon Forge Parkway

Ends Sunday, Feb. 18th, 2024

Embark on a magical journey through the enchanting winter wonderland of Pigeon Forge!

The annual Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights promises to dazzle and delight, transforming our mountain town into a twinkling spectacle of holiday magic.

Gather your loved ones, hop into your car, and let the holiday spirit guide you through the sparkling streets adorned with millions of twinkling lights.

Christmas Lights

1675 Coburn Rd Brownsville, TN 38012

Ends Saturday, Dec. 30th, 2023

One Million lights, 100 inflatables and 8 acres await your arrival to the Markowski family's massive Christmas light display in Brownsville, TN.

The drive-thru exhibit includes local children's drawings brought to lighted life as you wind your way through the property.

Weekends usually mean a visit with Santa or other children’s characters such as Olaf and the Grinch.

Christmas Lights

1033 Sparta Pike

Lebanon, TN 37087

Ends Sunday, Dec. 31st, 2023

Tennessee's largest computer synchronized light show with a 2.5 mile route and over two million lights dancing to the music on the radio so each visit is a new experience.

Open rain or shine and on ALL holidays.

Christmas Lights

455 Centre Park Drive

Loudon, TN 37774

In their commitment to spreading joy and cheer, the creators of the Muddy Creek animated Christmas light displays have designed captivating spectacles for all to enjoy.

Featuring dancing reindeer, twinkling snowflakes, and lively Santas and elves, the light shows exude energy and excitement.

Every sequence is meticulously choreographed to synchronize the lights seamlessly with the rhythm and melody of the songs, crafting an immersive experience for all fortunate viewers.

The show is up to 200,000 lights, 8 moving spotlights, the actual show runs 1 hour and 39 minutes, 37 total sequences including the intermission and story telling by the Christmas trees.

Christmas Lights

1400 Patten Road

Lookout Mountain, GA 30750

(6 miles from downtown Chattanooga)

Ends Saturday, Jan. 6th, 2024

Celebrate 29 years of holiday tradition at Rock City's award-winning Enchanted Garden of Lights — where joy, wonder, and magic await!

Warm your heart during this nighttime, family tradition as you walk through Rock City Gardens' winter wonderland.

Located a quick drive from downtown Chattanooga, this magical Christmas lights experience is one of Chattanooga's memorable winter events.

Take a stroll down the lighted Grand Corridor in the North Pole Village, experience the twinkle of icy lights in the Arctic Kingdom, and the Magic Forest comes alive to reveal exciting enchantments!

Allow the wonder of the Heart of the Mountain to thrill you.




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