The question was “What are your favorite holiday things to do?” The moms made up a list and here are the top picks! (Updated for 2019!)

Christmas Lights

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The Dancing Lights of Christmas
Middle Tennessee’s largest drive-thru Christmas light and music show.
http://www.thedancinglightsofchristmas.com/

FrankTown Festival of Lights
Williamson County’s own drive-thru list display at the Ag Center in Franklin
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-franktown-festival-of-lights-tickets-68795488157

Hoover Lights (1390 Neil Road, Chapel Hill)
A massive computerized Christmas light display in Chapel Hill, TN with over 80,000 lights. Viewers are able to watch and listen in their cars as the lights dance to music.
http://hooverlights.com/

Cheekwood Holiday Lights
One million lights illuminating the gardens for the prettiest winter stroll of the season.
https://cheekwood.org/calendar/holiday-lights/

Opryland Hotel
Featuring more than two million lights and festive decor. Park at the mall and walk over to the hotel to avoid parking fees.
http://www.marriott.com/hotel-info/bnago-gaylord-opryland-resort-and-convention-center/christmas/y477rbs/home-page.mi

Luminaries in Brentwood
Neighborhoods line their streets with luminaries all over Brentwood on Dec 7, 2019.

Limo tour
Google it. There are a lot of limousine companies that have special packages for light tours.

Holiday Events

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Approximately 260 merchants offer a variety of unique seasonal and gift items.
http://www.christmasvillage.org/

Vintage Market Days ‘Splendor’ Holiday Market
Vendors will feature vintage goods, antiques, original art, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and so much more. Plus a food truck pavilion.
http://vintagemarketdays.com/market/nashville/

Dickens of a Christmas
This free street festival recreates the time of Charles Dickens featuring 200 musicians, dancers and characters dressed in Victorian costume.
https://williamsonheritage.org/events/

Glow Nashville
GLOW features one of the country’s tallest Christmas trees, more than 4 million lights adorning larger-than-life sculptures, over-the-top ice skating and snow tubing experiences, Santa’s workshop and much more.
https://www.firsttennesseepark.com/glow

ICE! at Opryland
Experience some of your favorite holiday scenes brought to life in sculptures hand-carved from two million pounds of ice.
http://www.marriott.com/hotel-info/bnago-gaylord-opryland-resort-and-convention-center/christmas/y477rbs/ice.mi

Festival of Nativities
The Festival features hundreds of international nativity scenes, a Children’s Activity room, musical performances and a live nativity scene. Kids can participate in a nativities scavenger hunt where they “travel” from country to country in search of nativities. Free admission.
https://www.festivalofnativitiestn.org/

Lighting of the Green at Lipscomb University
Free concert, free photos with Santa and Mrs.Claus, free hot chocolate and cookies, Merry Marketplace shopping, and the lighting of a 30-foot tree in the Allen Arena mall.
https://www.lipscomb.edu/news/events

The North Pole Experience & Tree Lighting
This free event includes face painting, ornament making, and photos with Santa.
http://www.nolensvilletn.gov/calendar

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop
Free photos with Santa, crafts, games, and activities.
https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/santas-wonderland

Walk Thru Bethlehem
Live nativity includes costumed actors, live animals, and recreated scenes of Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth.
https://woodmontchristian.org/walk-thru-bethlehem/

Nativities at the Upper Room
The Upper Room Chapel and Christian Art Museum contains nativity scenes to view. Free to visit and donations are accepted.
http://chapel.upperroom.org/visitors

Owl’s Hill Marshmallow Hikes
Join a winter nature hike followed by hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows.
http://www.owlshill.org/events/happenings/2019/07/23/marshmallow-hikes.3722466

Zoolumination
Come see the Nashville Zoo in a whole new light and enjoy the country’s largest Chinese lantern festival.
https://www.nashvillezoo.org/zoolumination

Happy Noon Year at the Adventure Science Center
A celebration just for the kids – party blowers, resolutions and a streamer celebration to kick off the new year.
http://www.adventuresci.org/calendar