Tis the season of lights in the Nashville area – and we’re talking holiday lights! As the countdown to Christmas is on, the city glows after dark. Families, neighborhoods, towns even, dedicate hours to stringing twinkling lights through trees and across rooftops. One of our favorite holiday pastimes is gathering friends and family, loading up into a car with hot cocoa at the ready and carols on the stereo, and driving through local neighborhoods to tour the lights. It adds a festive warmth to the season, and never fails to awe and delight children (of all ages!).
Here are a few of our favorite ways, and places, to check out local holiday lights.
In the Brentwood neighborhood of Sunnyside, is a street unlike most other streets in town. We’re pretty sure this one is on Santa’s radar, and has been for a while! In honor of BJ Minneci, BJ’s family has continued the tradition of lights in honor of their son. The neighbors pay tribute as well, and there are thousands of Christmas lights, figurines and ornaments. Everything is free to see and experience (we highly suggest you get out and look around). If you are moved to donate, they accept donations for the Shrine Children’s Hospital – where they have collected over $37,000.
A fun way to see the lights is to tour picturesque downtown Franklin on the Franklin Trolley. You’ll be chauffeured through town to gaze at the twinkling lights and decadent decorations. One note of importance is there is not a discount price for children. The trolley offers 20 seats, and each is priced at $15. The holiday lights tours run on the weekends in December.
Don’t forget about Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. Both have glorious light exhibits and displays – fun for the whole family! Lipton Lights also offers a superb tacky Christmas lights tour. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always pile up into a van and drive from neighborhood to neighborhood – you never know what viewing treasure you’ll find!