Each year throughout the holiday season, Nashville is filled with twinkling and sparkling Christmas light displays. Nashville even has a long standing competition of lights.
If you’re hunting for some of the best residential and neighborhoods Christmas Light displays in town, then you need to make a point every year to check out the local winners of the Nashville’s Annual Holiday Lights Competition. If you would like to load up your car with friends and family and tour the homes who entered this year’s competition, click on this link for the full list of addresses.
photo via The Dancing Lights of Christmas at Jellystone Park
In addition to the Nashville lights competition, the following light displays are in and around Greater Nashville.
The Gaylord Opryland has an extensive light display that is free to peruse. Wander throughout the resort and you will find more than two-million dazzling Christmas lights which draw visitors from all over the world. Get in the spirit of the season as you discover the unique and festive décor around every bend.
The Dancing Lights of Christmas
Not far from the Gaylord Opryland, you could tour this drive-through, fully synchronized, LED Christmas light and music show. Located in Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at 2572 Music Valley Drive Nashville, TN 37214 and the cost is $25 per car. Open nightly from 5 pm until 10 pm with extended weekend and holiday hours.
Franklin Christmas is an organization of Christmas light enthusiasts dedicated to spreading the joy and magic of the season through computerized lighting displays. With two locations offering a computerized Christmas display, Lights on Old Charlotte in Franklin, TN and Lights on Sparrow Street in Spring Hill, TN boast over 80,000 lights combined. Viewers are able to watch and listen in their cars as the lights dance perfectly to music. The show is free to enjoy, however donations are accepted that are donated to Franklin’s GraceWorks Ministries.
Chad’s Winter Wonderland
For 30 years, Chad Barnard has been putting up one of the nation’s largest Christmas light displays in Lebanon, TN. Known as Chad’s Winter Wonderland, visitors can take in more than 2 million lights at this incredible eight acre drive-through holiday light display. For $15 a carload, visitors can enjoy the wonderment of the lights as well as drive through Santa’s house, featuring Santa himself giving away candy canes and taking Christmas lists from eager boys and girls. Chad’s lights are available for tours from 5 – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and will be available to see until Dec. 31st.
Christmas on the Cumberland
Over one million Christmas Lights are on display in the city of Clarksville’s festival of lights at McGregor Park. The Montgomery County Park’s RiverWalk is decorated with several holiday light displays, including giant toy soldiers, animated toys, and a tunnel of lights. Every year, this event attracts over 10,000 people.
Tell us: do you have a favorite light display? Or any traditions involving them?
At last! It’s time to embrace the sights, sounds, food and fun that make Nashville a great place to enjoy the fall. With amazing fall temperatures here to stay, we know Nashvillians are busy enjoying the outdoors, watching football, and improving their curb appeal by decorating with pumpkins, corn, hay bails and much more.
Nashville is pulsing with great events going on this fall, offering a reason to celebrate the season every weekend during October.
Festivals to Celebrate the Season
September 27 – October 26
Experience one of Tennessee’s most beloved seasons at Cheekwood! A stroll around the grounds during Cheekwood Harvest is a wonderful way to enjoy the crisp fall air and drink in the changing hues of the landscape. With over 5,000 chrysanthemums planted, weekly special events, live music, drop-in “Art”ivities in the studio and some of the most gorgeous weather of the year, Cheekwood Harvest is one of Nashville’s favorite fall traditions. You can also pick your favorite pumpkin or spend an afternoon finding the friendly scarecrows hidden around the Turner Seasons garden, each created by a different community group or organization.
Pumpkinfest in Franklin
October 25 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
In it’s 31st year, this festival takes place in the charming area of Downtown Franklin where Main Street fills with families, 75+ arts and crafts booths, food and drink vendors, games and live music. With free admission and continuous family-friendly entertainment, Pumpkinfest is worth the 25-minute drive from Nashville.
Festivals Celebrating Food & Drinks
Nashville Oktoberfest in Germantown
October 10 – 12
Nashville Oktoberfest in Germantown is back and better than ever with three days of celebration. Expect authentic German food, three stages with live music, a limited release Yazoo Oktoberfest brew, craft vendors and more. Best of all, admission is FREE.
Nashville Whiskey Festival
October 11 – 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
The Nashville Whiskey Festival will celebrate three years at the 2014 festival. This festival takes place Downtown at the Country Music Hall of Fame and is all about celebrating whiskeys and bourbons. It offers guests the opportunity to meet distillers, taste whiskeys, learn about the whiskey-making process, enjoy live music, good food, and more. Tickets are $100 and include 3+ hours of tasting time with 32 tables of whiskey, scotch, bourbon, and moonshine.
Tennessee Beer Festival
This is a Nashville event put on by Nashville residents in hopes to provide the perfect festival for beer aficionados. There will be plenty of craft, seasonal and micro beers for everyone to enjoy and all festivities will be located on the grounds of the Historic Two Rivers Mansion. Admission includes 4 oz. samples from the best local, regional, national, and import breweries in the world – and this year features 2 oz. high gravity beer samples too. This is a strictly 21 and up event and tickets are $35/person online, $45.00/day of the event, and $15.00/Designated Driver (non-drinking admission).
Music City Bacon & Barrel Festival
October 25 – 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Join the fun at the Nashville Farmers’ Market as we celebrate two commonly appreciated southern traditions: hearty food & distilled spirits. We will bring together 25 of Nashville’s best restaurants and a vast array of distilled spirits to savor a weekend of bacon, bbq and all the good things that come from old oak barrels. Enjoy healthy portions of your favorite bacon dishes while listening to live bluegrass music. Tickets are $35.00 and can be purchased online.
We have highlighted at least one festival per weekend in October, but be sure to check out sites like NowPlayingNashville.com and NashvilleGuru.com for even more fall events and Halloween activities in the next month!
Celebrate July 4th in Nashville with an annual staple or a unique exhibit!
Nashville holiday celebrations typically include music, good food, and a great time but Independence Day truly brings out the best of Music City. While most Americans look forward to escaping the daily grind, Nashvillians typically want to stay put and enjoy the local events for July 4th in Nashville. This year’s Fourth of July celebrations include annual favorites and special events that you won’t want to miss!
Many of Nashville’s unique events take place before July 4th this year, allowing everyone to be free for the main event on Friday, July 4, 2014.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture: A Star Spangled Evening
Beat the heat and celebrate the Independence Day holiday with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center! It’s an evening of all-American classics by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and more, along with some of your favorite patriotic tunes featuring the 101st Airborne Division Band. We’ll go out with a bang — literally! — when the orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s explosive 1812 Overture.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Family Night Out at Cheekwood
It’s time to break out your blankets and picnic baskets because Cheekwood is, once again, welcoming back Family Night Out! Every Thursday evening in June and July come gather in Middle Tennessee’s most magnificent botanical gardens and take in a magic show! The performance begins promptly at 6:30 and lasts approximately 45-60 minutes.
Nashville Dancin’ at Riverfront Park
Those in attendance can expect to taste true Nashville as the city’s favorite food trucks line up on First Avenue (“Food Truck Row”) to showcase the unique culinary scene in Music City while East Tennessee distiller, Ole Smoky Moonshine, will be on site to mix up specialty summer cocktails. This week’s lineup includes The Apache Relay, Steelism, Promised Land Sound, and ELEL. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the music starts at 6:00.
Friday, July 4, 2014
Music City Hot Chicken Festival
The annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival celebrates an original Nashville culinary tradition! The event begins at 11:00 am with a parade of fire trucks and free Hot Chicken samples to the first 500 people in line. Visitors can enjoy Hot Chicken from Nashville’s best Hot Chicken establishments, cold beer from Yazoo and other delicious edibles from local vendors.
Live music from local bands keeps the “Nashville” vibe going all day long and visitors can look on while six teams try their hand at cooking up their version of Hot Chicken in the Amateur Cooking Competition.
The event ends at 3:00 pm, when visitors can make their way downtown for the annual fireworks display.
Let Freedom Sing
Located in Downtown Nashville, Let Freedom Sing has been named one of the Best Fourth of July Fireworks in the USA. This year, an all-star lineup of Billy Currington, Ashley Monroe, and Striking Matches are among the musical acts to perform leading up to the incredible fireworks display accompanied to music from our GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony. It’s one of the biggest parties Nashville throws all year and it’s all free!
Red White and Boom at Adventure Science Center
Join the Adventure Science Center in celebrating the 4th of July with an unobstructed view of Nashville’s downtown fireworks from the rooftop or lawn. Don’t worry about parking and don’t fight the downtown traffic! Just bring your family to Adventure Science Center and enjoy this exclusive nighttime event.
Franklin on the Fourth
Franklin on the Fourth will be held on the Square in Downtown Franklin beginning at 10:00 am. The annual celebration, coordinated by the Franklin Lions Club, TN Events, and the City of Franklin, will include music, crafts, food, antique cars and a kids’ zone. Franklin on the Fourth ends at 8:00 pm to give attendees time to get to the Fireworks Display at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. The fireworks display, put on by the City of Franklin and sponsored by Hyundai of Cool Springs, will begin at approximately 9:00 pm.
Independence Day Celebration at Brentwood’s Crockett Park
Each year, the City of Brentwood sponsors a July 4th Celebration at the Eddy Arnold Amphitheater in Crockett Park. From 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm, entertainment will be provided by The Kadillacs. Admission is free to the community.
In Nashville there is never a lack of things to do or see.
Several of our favorite Nashville websites provide lists and resources of what is happening in the Greater Nashville area. And when we look at our most popular blog posts, we find that our blog readers are looking for helpful lists and resources too!
Some of our favorite sites providing guides to Nashville include nowplayingnashville.com, nashvillescene.com, Eater Nashville, and Nashville Guru.
Earlier this week, Nashville Guru launched a new site that includes a new design, new content and new photos. Some of the new guides include: a guide to ‘Nashville’s Top 5 Happy Hours’ for every day of the week, the Top 15 Women’s Boutiques In Nashville, and 5 Things You Should Know About Uber.
Find something to do and enjoy all that Nashville has to offer!
It’s not too late to plan a fabulous New Year’s Eve in Nashville! Here in Music City, most New Year’s Eve parties include concerts from top performers to ring in the New Year.
We wanted to feature three ways to welcome 2014 in Nashville.
1. New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway
This FREE Downtown Nashville street party will feature many music acts throughout the evening on Lower Broadway. Send off 2013 with a bang and start out 2014 the right way – with a count down to the Music Note drop and fireworks at midnight.
Photo credit: Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.
2. Countdown to Noon at The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring
Celebrate the New Year without staying up until midnight at The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring. A fun way for families with younger children to celebrate together and make some memories as they countdown to New Year’s- 12 time zones across the world! This event will run from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
3. Make a dinner reservation at one of these Nashville restaurants
This New Year’s Eve, dine at one of the many Nashville restaurants featuring special celebrations. Restaurants are ready to roll out the red carpet just for the occasion! Many offer late reservations so that you are there at midnight for a champagne toast.
You can also search the event listings on NowPlayingNashville.com for more last minute ideas. No matter how you choose to celebrate, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday!
Did you feel that? The temperature may have reached the 80s this past weekend but yesterday Nashville finally dropped into boot-friendly temperatures! With the heat retreating at last, we can don our favorite scarves, grab a pumpkin flavored treat, and check out the best events of fall in Nashville!
Through October 31
Artober is a month-long celebration of the arts in Music City. Nearly 200 arts organizations offer special events in October, including visual and performing arts, music, crafts, film, and more. Visit the Artober website for a full schedule of events in theatre, music, art and dance.
Family Friendly Halloween Fun
Ghouls at Grassmere is full of family fun with a Trick or Treat Trail, Monster Lab, Monsterpiece Theatre, Children’s Costume Parade, Carn-Evil, Scary-Go-Round, Haunted Hayride, and more October 18-20 and 24-27 at the Nashville Zoo.
Take a Spooky Tour
Friends and family who aren’t easily frightened will enjoy Nashville Ghost Tours – offering the Haunted Downtown Nashville Tour, Haunted Tavern Tours, and Nashville Hearse Tours to sufficiently scare you as you learn about Nashville’s history, local legends, and hear some really great ghost stories. Or head a little south of town for the Haunted Franklin Tour from Franklin On Foot. Hear about the spirits of downtown Franklin – departed socialites, Confederate soldiers, spies, and even a dog!
LIGHT at Cheekwood
After November 10, the lights will be out at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. Make sure you stop by and see Bruce Munro’s LIGHT exhibition Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays until 11:00 pm before then!