If you were like many homeowners in Williamson County, you probably spent part of your weekend (in this incredible weather!) decorating your home for the holidays.  I love driving around at night and spying all the new decorations that dot our beautiful county.  Certainly, we don’t lack for amazing light shows and celebratory festivals in middle Tennessee.  Here’s a list of some of my local favorites:

Bill Menece’s display on Sunnyside Drive in Brentwood has grown from Bill’s own home to several neighbor’s homes.  They even have their own Facebook page.

Bill estimates that he uses 135,000 lights, 350 figurines and miles of wire to create the holiday wonderland that drew over 30,000 visitors last year.  The size of the display almost matches the size of Bill’s heart.  He accepts donations from visitors – not for his electricity bill – but to be donated to the Shriner’s hospital.


Sunnyside Drive,Brentwood, TN


Downtown Franklin is flat out stunning during the entire Christmas season, but “Dickens of a Christmas” is always extra special.  This year, on December 8th and 9th,Franklinites can travel back to merry Olde England as Franklin transforms into a main street from Charles Dickens’ era. You’ll be sure to mingle with some of his most famous characters (Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim are personal favorites!) as you shop the arts and crafts bazaar that encircles Franklin’s Public Square or take a horse drawn carriage ride.  The festival runs on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. 
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 Franklin's Dickens Christmas

If you’re willing to travel to downtown Nashville, you won’t want to miss Opryland Hotel’s gorgeous display of more than two millions lights.  During the weekdays, the display is lighted from 4pm to 11 pm and on the weekends from 4 pm to 2 am.  This is a great display to visit in your pajamas with a travel mug of steaming hot chocolate, but if you want to get out of your car, there are also horse drawn carriage rides. 


 Opryland Hotel