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 2021!)

Christmas Lights

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The Dancing Lights of Christmas
Middle Tennessee’s largest drive-thru Christmas light and music show.

FrankTown Festival of Lights
Williamson County’s own drive-thru light display at the Ag Center in Franklin.

Holiday Wonders
New for 2021! Holiday Wonders in Fairview’s Bowie Park has its own drive-thru light display this year.

Chad’s Winter Wonderland
Drive-thru Lighting Event: Open every night from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve (weather permitting).

Franklin Holiday Lights Trolley Tour
Sit back, relax, and listen to your favorite holiday music, while enjoying the beautiful lights of Franklin, TN and Williamson County on the Franklin Holiday Lights Trolley Tour.

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.

Music City Light Show (5361 Skip Jack Dr Antioch)
A synchronized Christmas Light Display that plays from November 25 – December 28 from 5pm-9pm.

NPR’s 200 Holiday Displays In Middle Tennessee
NPR’s list is pretty exhaustive for residential light displays and has an interactive map to find them.

Christmas on the Cumberland
Over one million lights along the Cumberland RiverWalk! Free!

Cheekwood Holiday Lights
One million lights illuminating the gardens for the prettiest winter stroll of the season.

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.
*Taken from their Facebook page: Resort campus access is restricted every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 2pm CT; room or event reservation will be required to enter. There are no restrictions prior to 2pm on weekends or Mon-Thu at this time.

Luminaries in Brentwood
Neighborhoods line their streets with luminaries all over Brentwood on Dec 11, 2021 (weather permitting).
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Holiday Events

Morning with Santa
Santa Claus is coming to The Brentwood Library for the 30th edition of Morning with Santa! Kids will be able to meet Santa, enjoy games, and more. The event is free, but participants must have a pass for the magic shows. Passes can be picked up at the Brentwood Library children’s desk. Dec 4, 2021, 9:00am-noon.

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. November 30, 2021 at 4pm.

Brighten Brentwood Tree Lighting
The tree lighting will take place December 6, 2021 at 5:30pm. The evening is filled with special music, holiday treats, complimentary hot cocoa, and live readings of The Polar Express in the Brentwood Library Reading Room. The event is free, but you must have a ticket for the reading. Tickets can be picked up at the Brentwood Library children’s desk.

Live Drive-thru Nativity
The Concord Community Church will put on the drive-thru nativity again this year with live nativity scenes, music, animals, and beautiful lights. December 11-12, 2021, 6-8pm.

Dickens of a Christmas
Dickens of a Christmas is Middle Tennessee’s largest outdoor Christmas festival, returning this year from Saturday, December 11, 2021 – Sunday, December 12, 2021. Downtown Franklin.

Paint Nights
Find free, live paint nights available this season on Facebook Events. Stay home and have a family paint night.
Grinchy Gnome, December 11, 2021, 1pm –
Santa Gnome, December 17, 2021, 5pm –

Nashville’s Nutcracker
Nashville Ballet is once again bringing Music City’s favorite holiday tradition to homes across Middle Tennessee for free this holiday season. Nashville’s Nutcracker will air on NewsChannel 5 on December 25 at noon and December 31 at 3 p.m. CST. The performance will also air on NewsChannel 5+ at 7 p.m. CST on December 25 and December 31 and be available to stream through the NewsChannel 5 app December 25–31.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop
Free photos with Santa, crafts, games, and activities. Reservations are required for photos with Santa.  November 6 – December 24, 2021.

Owl’s Hill Marshmallow Hikes
Join a winter nature hike followed by hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. See website for dates and registration.

Happy Noon Year
Adventure Science Center has the solution for a kid-friendly New Year’s party that gets everyone to bed on time. This is a sell-out event. Purchase tickets in advance. December 31, 2021, 10:00am-1:00pm.