With fridges full of leftover turkey and boxes of decorations to unpack, the holiday season is finally here. Although we might not get too much snow here in Southern Middle Tennessee, there are still plenty of chances to get in the holiday spirit.
From Christmas parades to holiday markets, there are tons of festive community events going on in the next few weeks. Check out a few of these highlights, and find ways to celebrate the holiday season in your Middle Tennessee community!
The Dancing Lights of Christmas
Returning for the 9th consecutive year and in a larger new location, the Dancing Lights of Christmas is the largest drive-through light and music show in the region. The show features more than one million lights, new displays, and Santa’s Village. It’s a great way to stay warm and get in the holiday spirit for just $25 per car!
After you’ve finished driving through the light show, make a stop at the News 4 Santa’s Village for pictures, holiday shopping, and a variety of activities.
Location: James E Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon
Date: November 16th-December 31st, 5pm
Nashville Christmas Parade
Although the Nashville Christmas Parade has been around since 1927, this year boasts the biggest parade to date, with tons of celebrity guests, live performances, and festive floats. This year’s Grand Marshal will be the musician Kid Rock, so prepare for a parade that only Nashville can offer.
Other guests at the parade this year include Bill Anderson, Miss Nashville 2018, and a cappella group Street Corner Symphony.
Location: 1st Ave North & Brandon Street
Date: December 1st, 8:30am
A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland Resort
Once the holiday season hits, the Gaylord Opryland Resort transforms into a winter wonderland. With special events and activities like ice skating, gingerbread decorating, hand-carved holiday ice sculptures, and over 3 million Christmas lights, the resort become’s Tennessee’s own North Pole!
Don’t forget to snag tickets to the special feast with the Grinch, where diners can enjoy Who-ville themed foods and take pictures with the green meanie himself.
Location: Gaylord Opryland Resort
Date: November 9th-January 1st, hours vary
Dickens of a Christmas
The Franklin Heritage Foundation will kick off their 34th annual Dickens of a Christmas this year, the largest outdoor Christmas festival in Middle Tennessee. The festival draws inspiration from Victorian Times and aims to recreate the 19th century in Downtown Franklin. Festival goers are even encouraged to wear their best Victorian attire!
Enjoy over 200 musicians, dancers, and performers — plus several characters from Dickens’ novels — as the streets of Franklin transform.
Location: Downtown Franklin
Date: December 8th, 10am-5pm
Find Your Home in Middle Tennessee
With all of these fun and festive events happening throughout the region, it’s easy to see why Middle Tennessee is such a great place to call home. Don’t miss out on these celebrations and tight-knit communities — find your new home here today!