Tennessee is a state located in the Midwestern region of United States. It is bordered by Kentucky and Virginia to the north, North Carolina to the east, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to the south, and Arkansas and Missouri to the west.
Nashville is the capital and Memphis is the largest city of Tennessee.
Other big cities and towns in Tennessee include – Knoxville, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Murfreesboro, Franklin, Jackson, Johnson City, Bartlett, etc.
Some of the popular tourist destinations in Tennessee include – Great Smoky Mountains National Park, David Crockett State Park, Fort Loudon, etc.
Christmas Celebrations in Tennessee :
The annual Nashville Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Nashville’s Public Square Park in downtown Nashville takes place on first Friday in the month of December to kick-off the holiday season. There is live music, food and tons of family fun!
The Annual Nashville Christmas Parade will take place on first Saturday in the month of December at the Public Square park featuring decorated floats and marching bands.
Chad’s Winter Wonderland in Lebanon, Tennessee puts one of the nation’s largest Christmas light displays. More than 2 million lights are used in this eight acre drive through holiday light display.
The city of Clarksville celebrates the holiday season with the “Clarksville Riverwalk Festival of Lights” with over million Christmas Lights on display at McGregor Park. Apart from the lights there are several holiday light displays, including giant toy soldiers, animated toys, and a tunnel of lights.
The annual Clarksville Christmas Parade takes place in downtown area of the city on first Saturday in the month of December. It is a night-time, lighted Christmas parade.
The Dancing Lights of Christmas at the Jellystone Park in Nashville is Middle Tennessee’s Largest Drive Thru Light and Music Show. It is drive thru, fully-computerized LED light and music show which you can enjoy in your own vehicle or on a horse-drawn carriage.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland in Sevierville, Tennessee is also known for its Christmas lights in the month of December.
Nashville’s iconic Gaylord Opryland Resort gets transformed into “A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland Resort” with 2 million twinkling lights, acres of larger-than-life decorations, Nativity display, live shows and other exciting attractions and events.
Known as one of the grandest of Tennessee plantation mansion, Belle Meade Plantation is know for its Christmas Celebrations. The mansion is beautifully decorated and has Christmas lights and visitors get to learn about Christmas traditions during the 19th century. You will be amazed when i tell you that this place has been celebrating Christmas since 1853.
Memphis Holiday Parade or call it the Beale St. Christmas Parade is the grandest holiday parade in the region. Taking place in Downtown Memphis on first Saturday in month of December, this Parade features decorated floats, marching bands and other holiday hoopla.
In Goodlettsville, the annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade takes place on first Saturday in the month of Deember. The Tree Lighting takes place at City Hall and the Christmas Parade takes place on the Main Street.
Every year Rivergate Mall in Goodlettsville, offers special times to get your pictures taken with Santa.
Homes in Brentwood on Sunnyside Drive, put a “Sunnyside Drive Christmas Light Display” show every holiday season.
Gill’s Bright Lights offers synchronized 50,000 lights, over a dozen or so Christmas trees each holiday season at the Lake Terrace Drive in Hendersonville.
The annual Yulefest will be on the first Saturday in December on the grounds of Historic Mansker’s Station.
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival is the annual holiday extravaganza at Dollywood’s Showstreet Palace featuring four million holiday lights, Parade of Lights, spectacular holiday performances including Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol and lots more.
Elvis Presley’s home – Graceland in Memphis is decorated each year for the holiday season. See traditional lights and decorations including hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh and much more originally displayed by Elvis. Thats not all, you can also view a live preview via the onsite Holiday webcam.
The downtown area of Chattanooga is the best place to be at Christmastime with the “Chattanooga Winter Days and Lights”. There are various events taking place which include Christmas on the River and the Grande Illumination on Riverfront Parkway, the Holiday Starlight Parade, the Appalachian Christmas celebration at Waterhouse Pavilion, and kid-friendly fun including Breakfast with Santa at the Chattanoogan Hotel.
Celebrate the holiday season in Franklin with the Dickens of a Christmas festival celebrating Christmas in a Victorian style with strolling musicians, carriage rides, and holiday eats and treats on Main Street and along the public square on the second weekend in December.
City of Knoxville welcomes the Christmas season with “Christmas in the City” with various events including Celebration of Lights on Market Square, Christmas at Chilhowee Park, the Santa Claus Parade, Holiday on Ice show and lots more.
Other notable Christmas Parades in the state include -
The Gallatin Christmas Parade takes place on Second Saturday in the month of December on Steam Plant Road in downtown Gallatin.
Mt Juliet Christmas Parade takes place on First Saturday in the month of December on Mt Juliet Road in downtown area of the city.
Hendersonville Christmas Parade takes place on First Sunday in the month of December at Drakes creek park (Cherokee and Main St).
The Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade takes place on Second Saturday in the month of December.
The Murfreesboro Christmas Parade takes place on Second Sunday in the month of December at the Murfreesboro Square in downtown Murfreesboro.
The Columbia Christmas Parade takes place in downtown Columbia on the first Monday in December.
The Annual Donelson Hermitage Christmas Parade takes place at the intersection of Elm Hill Pike and Donelson Pike on First Saturday in the month of December.
The annual LaVergne Christmas Parade will take place on First Saturday in the month of December.
Portland Christmas Parade and official Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on First Saturday in the month of December at the Portland Freedom Drive.
The annual Smyrna Christmas Parade takes place in the town of Smyrna on First Sunday in the month of December.
The Spring Hill Christmas Parade will take place in Spring Hill, Tennessee on First Sunday in the month of December.
The Fairview Christmas Parade takes place on Second Saturday in the month of December.
Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2016 & Happy New Year 2017 !!!