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 2020!)

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

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

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 24th – January 1st from 5pm-9pm.

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.
Coincides with the Chihuly exhibit for 2020!

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.

Luminaries in Brentwood
Neighborhoods line their streets with luminaries all over Brentwood on Dec 5, 2020 (weather permitting).
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Brentwood Tree Lighting – Virtual for 2020
The Virtual tree lighting will take place at 5:30pm on December 7, 2020 and can be viewed on the City of Brentwood’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Holiday Events

Drive-thru Live Nativity
Hop in the car with your family and enjoy a live nativity scene complete with real animals and thousands of Christmas lights. December 18-20. Free!

Morning with Santa Express
Morning with Santa Express will be a reverse parade where attendees drive through the parking lot where Santa and his Elves will collect letters to Santa and pass out stockings full of goodies for the children. Saturday, December 5 from 9-11am at the Brentwood Library. Morning with Santa Express is free, but participants must have a car pass placed in the window of their vehicle. Passes can be picked up at the Brentwood Library starting Monday, November 23.

Nashville’s Nutcracker
The televised premiere of Nashville’s Nutcracker will air Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, at 7 p.m. CT. Watch on NewsChannel 5 (WTVF Nashville), NewsChannel 5+, or the WTVF app that can be found on Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Amazon Alexa, and Google Play.

Lighting of the Green at Lipscomb University – Virtual for 2020
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. December 1.

The Country Christmas Festival at Red Cedar Farms
Christmas Village Bazaar, festive foods and drinks, holiday music, a 50′ Christmas tree, photos with Santa, kids fun zone, and Sleigh Hay Rides that travel around the farm showing all the Christmas lights and scenes.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop
Continuing the tradition in a safe and responsible way for 2020.
Free photos with Santa, crafts, games, and activities. November 7 – December 24.

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