Looking for something to do in Tennessee this holiday season? Look no further; we have compiled a list of great holiday events throughout the state. They are listed by major city, with Nashville’s section including 21+ events for those celebrating without children and Chattanooga’s section with 3 different versions of The Nutcracker!
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With over 3 million lights, the Opryland Hotel and Resort is a magical destination during the holidays. You can visit Opryland for free any day between 11/8 and 1/1 just to see the interior and exterior lights, or you can pay to do other fun activities.
The 10th annual Dancing Lights of Christmas returns to The James E. Ward Agricultural Center. Pile in a car with your family and friends to drive through an incredible dancing light show, which synchronizes with a special FM radio channel. The show opens nightly at 5:00 pm.
Franktown Festival of Lights is a nightly light display at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center in Franklin. There are over 50 light displays with synchronized music. Tickets are $25-$100 depending on the size of your vehicle.
This event will take place at First Tennessee Park. The experience includes one of the country’s tallest Christmas trees, millions of lights, a custom-built ice skating rink, a life-size Santa’s workshop, and more! This attraction is for all ages. Tickets range from $15.99 to $79.99.
This event is back for the fifth year! It features a 1 mile long path with over 1 million twinkling lights. The experience includes other festivities such as real reindeer, s’mores pits, carolers, Santa, gingerbread workshops, and beverages for purchase (from alcohol to hot chocolate). Admission ranges from $9 to $27.
Christian Pop queen Amy Grant and husband, legendary country singer Vince Gill are performing their Christmas show 12 times during December. The first show is December 11, with tickets costing over $100. For shows later in the month, you can snag tickets starting around $75.
This Victorian-era event is worth the 20 minute drive to downtown Franklin. For 35 years, Franklin has hosted Dickens of a Christmas, an event where the town square and streets transform into a scene from a Dickens novel. It is expected that over 50,000 will attend the free, family-friendly festival.
With free admission and no reservations necessary, this pop-up bar seems like a great choice for adults wanting to get into the holiday spirit. Located at Hidden Bar inside the Noelle Hotel, Miracle is a holiday pop-up concept that will be featured internationally as well as in Nashville.
Over 1,000 people dress up in a Santa suit for a pub crawl in Nashville on the second Saturday of each December. This year, it will be December 14, beginning with all the Santas meeting at the Christmas tree at Public Square Park at 8 pm. Bring plenty of cash and a valid photo ID!
This is a free event in Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center. There will be a tree lighting as well as live music and many other free activities. There are many activity options for children, so bring the whole family.
More than 100,000 lights and garlands cover downtown Knoxville to create this beautiful, peppermint coated scene. Restaurants, bakeries, and bars in the area will offer special menu items featuring peppermint!
The now famous Christmas tradition of The Elf on the Shelf is coming to Knoxville in an exciting way. Over two dozen downtown Knoxville businesses will have elves on their shelves and children of all ages are invited to join the scavenger hunt to find them.
In downtown Knoxville’s Market Square, you will find an outdoor ice skating rink beginning November 29 this year. Follow the link above to keep up with the latest news, including closures due to inclement weather.
On Fridays and Saturdays beginning November 15, you can stop by the Chattanooga Visitors Center at The Block (located at 215 Broad Street) to take some fun selfies with the provided props! You can even bring your leashed dogs. Share your selfies to social media with the hashtag #TrailofLightsCHA and see who else made it!
Wanna go to the North Pole? Check this out – you can board a first-class observation train, enjoy alcoholic beverages and dessert, and listen to costumed characters sing carols and read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” all before reaching your destination. Once you’ve reached the North Pole, Santa will board the train for a history lesson. Despite its whimsical nature and inclusion of Santa, this event is strictly for adults only.
If you couldn’t tell by the title, this one goes out to the kids. Ages 17 and under are free, and they get to try hands-on art making such as collage and weaving. Additionally, kids can take a picture with Santa, write a letter to the North Pole, and go on a museum scavenger hunt. Adults can get in for the price of museum admission.
If you’ve never been, you really don’t want to miss Graceland’s Christmas celebrations. Elvis Presley’s home is decked in holiday bling, including a life size nativity scene outside and red velvet curtains inside. Fun fact: most of the holiday decorations used at Graceland were purchased by Elvis himself.
Already one of the more festive places in Memphis, The Peabody Hotel truly goes all out for Christmas. They have everything from a huge Christmas tree to a gingerbread village that took 250 hours to create. For live music to get you in the spirit, go on a December day at 11 am – just in time for the duck march.
Running every evening through December 28, Starry Nights has more than 1.5 million lights on display. Guests can choose between driving through the scenes in their cars or signing up for a horse-drawn carriage or hayride.
Friday & Saturday nights November 16 – December 30, 2019
The Memphis Zoo has light displays and lighted trails, Santa in his workshop, reindeer, special crafts, and more! Hot cocoa and other holiday treats are available during the event, which runs through December 30 on select evenings.
MBG hosts a series of holiday events referred to as “Holiday Wonders.” From one called “Snowy Nights” to a festival of old-growth trees lit up for the season, there is something the whole family can enjoy. Themed lighting, a musical light show, fake snow, and more make this a truly magical holiday hot spot.
Ring in 2020 with live music, dancing, fireworks, great food and drinks and thousands of your closest friends. This street-wide NYE celebration, open to all 21 years old and older, is part of a night-long celebration of Memphis music and a big fireworks finale!
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Published On: June 29, 2019
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