All of the lights. Christmas lights, that is.

2020 is finally coming to a close. It feels like the longest and shortest year. Looking back to January, there was no way to predict all that would happen in 12 months. I know the holidays look different for everyone this year, but it doesn’t mean you’re stuck at home with only Lifetime Christmas movies to get in you the holiday spirit.

One of my favorite Christmas activities is going to see displays of Christmas lights. While my family has always decorated for Christmas, the exterior decorations usually consist of lights strung on the porch and columns with a snowman on the porch. It has always fascinated me that people have the time and creativity to cover their entire yard/house with lights, and in some cases, add music and special effects. Even more impressive are the commercial displays. So if you’re looking for the best Christmas light displays this year, here are my recommendations:

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens. Tickets are $28 per adult (children get in for $22) and provide access to the estate and mansion. The lights and decorations are on display until January 10th. It’s a great way to be outside (social-distanced) and experience the magic of Christmas. Plus the estate is beautiful.

Christmas at Gaylord Opryland. The lights are completely free to view, but you might have to pay for parking unless you want to walk over from the mall. In addition to the lights, you can go ice tubing, ice skating, take a carriage ride, decorate gingerbread houses, and more.

Franktown Festival of Lights. If you drive on I-65 during the holidays, you have seen this display. Located at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center, tickets are $25 per vehicle! Not a bad deal. The display will be open until December 26th. The festival is open from 5-9pm, and there may be a short wait time. Snacks recommended.

Hoover Lights in Chapel Hill, TN. This is a new one for me. This neighborhood lights display is completely free and boasts 800,000 lights. Yep, that’s a lot of lights. The display will be open until December 31st. Tune in to 107.1fm for music to accompany the show.

Be sure to share your favorite ways to celebrate Christmas and the holidays with your friends and family! Until next time…

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