Millions of twinkling lights. Iconic attractions deck their halls. A time for celebration, good news, and hope. Tis the season. Made in Tennessee.


One of the most anticipated winter festivals, Christmas in the City in Knoxville brings residents and guests together for a Made in Tennessee Christmas celebration. The city is adorned with Christmas lights, decorations and music throughout the season. Highlights include a parade, Tour de Lights featuring illuminated bicycles, and the Window Wonderland, where businesses compete to have the best window displays, voted on by the general public.


Smoky Mountain Winterfest 

Chattanooga's Enchanted Garden of Lights 

Bristol Speedway in Lights 

Christmas in Old Appalachia 

More Holiday Spirit in East Tennessee


New this season, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art is adorned with 750,000 lights throughout the property for Holiday Lights at Cheekwood. Santa’s real reindeer and holiday carolers get everyone into the holiday spirit. Sip on a Hot Toddy to keep warm and purchase GLOW goodies in the gift shop. Visit with Santa and decorate cookies, then attempt to make the perfect s’more at the fire pits.


Gaylord Opryland Resort’s A Country Christmas 

The Dancing Lights of Christmas at Jellystone Park 

Dickens of a Christmas in Franklin 

Oaklands Candlelight Tour 

More Christmas Cheer in Middle Tennessee


Follow the star to Memphis for Orion Starry Nights, where 1.5 million lights twinkle in the night. The drive-through light show and festival is the largest in the Mid-South and celebrates iconic places in Memphis this year. Park the car and walk through Mistletoe Village for the petting zoo, photos with Santa, camel and pony rides and caroling. 


Christmas at Graceland 

Memphis Zoo Lights 

Let it Glow Light Show at Discovery Park of America 

The Polar Express at Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum 

Hardin County Christmas in the Park at Pickwick Landing State Park

More West Tennessee Holiday Ideas

Tis the Season for Tennessee TripTales

Spend your 12 days of Christmas (or longer) with these 13 ways to celebrate the season in Tennessee. From live reindeer to millions of lights, Tennessee is filled with holiday cheer.

Experience a Tennessee Christmas
Dec 2 Fontanel Records presents Odiss Kohn and Friends Nashville, TN Odiss Kohn and Friends live at the Natchez Hills Winery at Fontanel. learn more Dec 3 - 20 Jonesborough Repertory Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street Jonesborough, TN December 3rd - 20th This is a tale we want to believe in, creating a world we seem to desire, free of blatant commercialism that surrounds us, where love and decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards. learn more Dec 3 - 5 Storytelling Christmas Concerts: “There’s a Bulb Out” Jonesborough, TN December 3rd - 5th at 2 and 7:30 p.m. The Uncalled For Trio—Bil Lepp, Kim Weitkamp and Andy Offutt Irwin—return to the International Storytelling Center for their annual Christmas performances. learn more Dec 3 - 5 The Uncalled for Trio: There is a Bulb Out Jonesborough, TN Featuring Bil Lepp, Kim Weitkamp, and Andy Offutt Irwin Thursday-Saturday, December 3-5 • 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm • Admission $20 If December is truly the season to be jolly, nothing can put a smile on your face and a little holiday warmth in your heart faster than the magic of a live Christmas show. Jam packed with brand new music, stories and good old-fashioned family fun, The Uncalled for Trio brings their Christmas show, There’s A Bulb Out!, exclusively to the International Storytelling Center in 2015. Refreshments follow the show. Reservations strongly recommended. learn more Dec 4 Christmas in the Country Livingston, TN Christmas in the Country learn more