Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, there’s no more debate about whether it’s too early to blare Christmas music and go see all the lights.
That includes one particularly bright set of bulbs in Clarksville, where more than 2 million lights line the city’s riverfront park. The display has been a holiday must-see for area residents for more than two decades.
“We try to mix it up every year so that it’s a little different because most of Clarksville comes down here to visit,” says Kara Zahn from the city’s parks and recreation department.
It’s Zahn’s first year as event supervisor, though she’s been coming to see the lights for years. Her personal favorite?
“We have a gigantic tunnel that is built at the very end near the boat ramp area,” Zahn says. “It’s picturesque. It’s a very nice setting.”
It’s so nice that it’s also the most common spot for couples to get engaged every year.
Zahn says the kids’ favorite is always the penguin display, and there’s the Victorian Village — with its twinkling archway entrance — and of course, what’s Christmas without toyland?
Christmas on the Cumberland is the largest display in the region, but there are other impressively large displays to check out across Middle Tennessee. WPLN has rounded up more than 60 of the most beloved at the time of publication.
These markers include displays like London’s Lights in La Vergne.
Brad Henn is the father behind the 380,000-light memorial for his daughter, London. Henn says his electric bill is more than $1,500 every December, and his display took more than 400 hours of labor to put together. But, he says, it’s worth it.
We’ve also included the Gaylord Opryland Resort and the Dancing Christmas Lights in Gallatin. But, there are plenty more to add, so tell us who should be on the map before the end of the holiday season.