25 + Best Spots for Christmas Lights in Knoxville TN 2023

Gather up the blankets, grab the hot cocoa, and pile into the car for some good old-fashioned holiday fun! These hot spots for Christmas lights in Knoxville TN are sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

Even better, a Christmas lights driving tour is also super inexpensive. For just the cost of gas (in most cases), you and your family can make awesome holiday memories that will last for years to come!

Check out our complete Knoxville Christmas guide here.

House covered in Christmas lights

Where to Christmas Lights in Knoxville

1. Christmas in Chilhowee

Start Date is November 17, 2023
Chilhowee Park, Knoxville

When it comes to drive-through Christmas lights, Knoxville TN doesn’t have many in-town options. Christmas in Chilhowee offers a small driving tour with a variety of non-animated light displays, including a colorful drive-through tunnel.

The park is hosting a fun kick-off event on November 17, 2022. The event will feature Santa photos, games, an outdoor holiday movie, delicious treats, and more!

2. All is Bright

Start Day is November 17, 2023
The Pinnacle at Turkey Creek, Knoxville

The Pinnacle will have a variety of sparkling light displays to adorn Turkey Creek throughout the holiday season. The All is Bright tree lighting ceremony will kick off the season on November 17.

3. Light the Park

November 22, 2023 – January 1, 2023
Founders Park, Farragut

The glittering displays of Light the Park will be shining brightly throughout the season. There are a variety of events scheduled throughout the season including giveaways, tasty food trucks, caroling, and more!

4. Peppermint Trail

November 24, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Downtown Knoxville

Enjoy the holiday lights along the streets of downtown Knoxville as you follow the always-popular Peppermint Trail. In addition to the city lights, all local businesses along the trail will be decked out in their most stunning holiday decor.

Shops and restaurants on the trail will also feature peppermint-themed food and gifts for purchase. You can follow the trail by looking for peppermint decals along the sidewalks.

5. Light up Lakeshore

November 26 – December 2023
Lakeshore Park, Knoxville

There will be around 40 decorated trees at Light Up Lakeshore this year. There will also be a fun kick-off event on November 26th with children’s activities, a tree lighting ceremony, and more!

6. Holiday Festival of Lights

December 1 – 31, 2023
The Cove at Concord Park, Knoxville

The Holiday Festival of Lights is a walk-through light display that boasts thousands of gorgeous lights. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony and kick-off events on December 1st.

7. Christmas in the Cave

December 1-3, 8-10, & 15-17, 2023
Cherokee Caverns, Knoxville
$15 Per Person Ages 4 and Up

Christmas in the Cave is one of the most unique Christmas light displays in Knoxville. The event takes place in an underground cavern and features thousands of glittering Christmas lights.

There will also be a variety of holiday characters scattered throughout for cute photo ops. To extend the fun, there will also be food trucks and craft vendors on-site.

A house with blue and white Christmas lights in Knoxville TN.

Residential Light Displays

8. Gray Eagle Lights

Gray Eagle Lane (off Bob Gray Road), Knoxville

Though not animated, this whole neighborhood street is decked out in over-the-top holiday decor that will make your jaw drop. Expect to wait in line to get into the neighborhood. It’s worth it.

One of the most popular houses on the street is the Marlow Christmas House. Here light lovers can enjoy hundreds of character displays and over 10,000 lights.

9. Johnson Family Christmas Lights

4901 Fragrant Cloud Lane, Knoxville

Another fabulous animated light show. You can find the corresponding music on 91.5 FM.

10. Boyd Family Christmas Light Show

1936 Winter Winds Lane, Knoxville

The Boyd Family Christmas light show is animated and synchronized with music.

11. Christmas on Conner

3008 Conner Drive, Knoxville

At Christmas on Conner, visitors can enjoy over 7,500 Christmas lights. Tune in to 91.5 FM to enjoy the show.

12. Listen to the Lights

929 Oak Haven Road, Knoxville

The tunes for Listen to the Lights can be found on 93.7 FM.

13. A Quail Bends Lane Christmas –

8825 Quails Bend Ln, Knoxville

You can grab a sneak peek of this animated display on their webpage.

14. Lori’s Lights

8506 Farmington Drive, Knoxville, TN

Enjoy a great light show synced to music from the comfort of your car. Tune your radio to 98.9 FM to enjoy the show.

15. Concord Lights

520 Vivian Leee Lane, Knoxville

A fun synchronized display with lights, projectors, and free-standing decor.

16. Bison Drive

2433 Bison Dr. Knoxville, TN

Tune in to the station is 98.1 to enjoy the show.

17. Inflatable Paradise

1712 Golden Nugget Lane, Knoxville

This fun yard has a light projector and tons of inflatables.

18. Kiser Family Christmas

5610 Villa Road, Knoxville

19. Sterchi Hills Neighborhood

The Sterchi Hills neighborhood tends to have many homes that are decorated. Though there are no guarantees from year to year, you should be able to see many gorgeous houses as you drive throughout the area.

20. West Hills Christmas Light Show

7008 Hampshire Dr, Knoxville

The West Hills Light Show is taking a break in 2023 but will be back in action next year. At that time, you’ll still be able to tune your radio to 107.1 to enjoy the full show!

Gorgeous house with lighted Christmas wreaths and snowflakes.

Christmas Lights Near Knoxville TN?

Although they are slightly further out, these light displays are large-scale and close enough to Knoxville to make it worth the drive.

21. Smoky Mountain Christmas

November 4, 2023 – January 6, 2024
Dollywood, Sevierville

Cost: starting at $89/adults, $79/kids (includes full-day park admission)

Each winter, Dollywood is transformed by hundreds of stunning light displays, featuring millions of glittering lights. The displays depict a variety of winter and Christmas themes, including polar bears, penguins, a large-scale light show featuring a 50-foot Christmas tree with digital animations, and much more!

22. Enchanted Christmas

November 10 – December 31, 2023
Anakeesta, Gatlinburg, TN
$35/adult, $23/child

This season Anakeesta will be transformed into a stunning winter wonderland featuring a variety of stunning light displays, family-fun activities, music, and more!

23. Winterfest

November 10, 2023 – February 19, 2024
Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg

Each winter, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg are washed in a rainbow of twinkling light displays. Many of the lights will be visible from your car as you drive around. Others you can enjoy as you meander through local shops and businesses.

Throughout Winterfest, you will also be able to catch carolers and other performers throughout the streets of downtown Gatlinburg.

24. Christmas at Gaylord Opryland

November 10, 2023 – January 1, 2024
Gaylord Opryland, Nashville

If you are looking for an immersive Christmas experience, a trip to Gaylord Opryland is just the ticket. Just a short drive away in Nashville, this over-the-top Christmas wonderland has too many attractions to count.

Not only is the whole hotel covered in stunning Christmas lights and decor, but they also have ice tubing, ice skating, ice bumper cars, an elf scavenger hunt, an indoor water park, carriage rides, character meet-and-greets, and so much more!

25. Muddy Creek Lights

Opens November 17, 2023
LoCo Drive-in Theatre, Loudon

Muddy Creek Lights and the Loco Drive-in are teaming up to offer a fun animated light show with 2 Christmas movies, food trucks, and more!

26. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Soaky Mountain Waterpark, Sevierville
$40 Per Car

This popular drive-thru Christmas lights display is set to a festive classical music soundtrack, featuring all of your holiday favorites. In addition to the light show, you can also visit Santa’s village with a petting zoo, games, and more!

27. Pinnacle Speedway in Lights

November 17, 2023 – January 6, 2024
Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol
$25 Per Car

This is one of the most popular light displays in all of East TN. Guests will drive around a real NASCAR track to view a stunning display of still and animated Christmas lights.

In the center of the track, you’ll find the Christmas village. Here you can meet with Santa, purchase tasty treats, and shop at local artisan vendor booths.

28. Holiday Lights Train

December 26, 2023 – January 6, 2024
Tennessee Valley Railroad, Chattanooga
$24/Adults, $15/Kids

On the Holiday Lights Train guests will enjoy a scenic after-dark ride through a variety of stunning holiday lights. You can also add on a holiday treat box for $13.

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  1. We have an amazing bright light display in Oak Ridge, Tn. Over 24,000 LED’s this year.
    It’s at 104 Colby Road. The Emory Valley Subdivision
    Buzz and Cindi Gordon

  2. Lori’s Lights
    8506 Farmington Dr.
    Knoxville, TN 37923

    A great light show synced to music from the comfort of your car. Tune radio to 98.9 to enjoy the show.

    • I just drove through the Sterchi Hills neighborhood this weekend and there were many houses decorated. They are all just regular light displays though, not an animated display.

  3. The Branch Family Light Show located at 929 Oak Haven Rd; Knoxville, Tn 37932

    “Listen to the Lights” is a synchronized light show where visitors tune to 93.7FM and listen to the lights “dance” to music from the safety of their car. Visitors can follow on Facebook by searching @BranchLights to stay updated on the latest info.

  4. We have a projection mapping show on our house with music at 7013 Yellow Oak Ln in Karns right behind the Karns Library. Look up Karns Projection House on YouTube or Google Maps.

  5. Check out 6700 Timber Run Lane in the Powell Area [Sterchi Hills].
    Lots of decorated houses in the sub-division and most of Timber Run is decorated.
    Synchronized lights at the end of the street.
    Tune to 87.9 FM to hear the music.


    Hear is the song list:
    Griswold Greatest Show Intro
    Beauty and the Beast
    Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
    Frosty The Snowman
    Santa Claus is Comin to Town
    The Chipmunk Christmas Song
    Holly Jolly Christmas
    Grandma Go Runover By A Reindeer
    Little Saint Nick
    Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
    Home For the Holidays
    Happy Holiday
    J I N G L E Bells – Frank Sinatra
    Christmas in Dixie
    Holiday Road
    Merry Christmas – Ed Sheeran and Elton John
    Holiday Rock
    You Make It Feel Like Christmas
    Winter Wonderland – Sam Felt
    Favorite Time of the Year – Carrie Underwood
    Crazy For Christmas
    What Christmas Means to Me – Ce Lo
    We Wish You A Merry Christmas – Home Alone


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