Tennessee December 07, 2018
10 Winter Attractions For The Family In Tennessee That Don’t Involve Long Lines At The Mall
The holidays are certainly a time of year that evoke all kinds of feelings for all kinds of people. Kids are excited at the hope of seeing St. Nick on Christmas Eve, and parents are just getting over the PTSD from their trips to the mall for last year’s gifts. Thankfully there are plenty of other, less traumatic activities all around the state for parents to enjoy with their whole families. We’ve found just a few that’ll get you away from the lines and in to the magical holiday state of mind.
10. The Enchanted Forest Festival Of Trees - Memphis
The Enchanted Forest in Memphis has an annual festival of trees every year that features extravagantly decorated Christmas trees, a gingerbread house display, model train sets, and more! It runs through the end of December. Find out more
at their website
9. The Speedway In Lights - Bristol
The famous Bristol Speedway lights up every year for the "Speedway in Lights" display, and it's truly an unforgettable experience. The drive-through display takes you through some incredible lights and even takes you on to the track of the speedway itself.
8. Opryland At Christmas - Nashville
The Opryland Hotel in Nashville is known for their extravagant light displays every holiday season. Drive around the grounds to see the outdoor displays, but be sure to walk around inside the hotel as well for the full experience.
7. Graceland Christmas - Memphis
Every year in mid-November the famous Graceland Mansion gets decorated with traditional Christmas lights and decorations from the period of the King himself. This is a nostalgia trip for all the parents and grandparents out there, but it's sure to be a good time for the kids as well.
6. Dickens Of A Christmas - Franklin
Every year in December, the town of Franklin throws a massive party on Main Street called "Dickens of a Christmas." The festival features a lot of period decorations and costumes from the times and stories of Charles Dickens. In 2018, the event is scheduled to take place on December 8th and 9th.
5. Discovery Park of America - Union City
Northwest Tennessee's favorite family-friendly attraction, Discovery Park of America, decks itself out in lights every November, and the result is pretty magical. Kids will not only love the museum and all of the fun activities on the grounds, but they'll also love the light displays, too.
4. Christmas Train Rides
Tennessee offers lots of Christmas-themed holiday trains in places like Chattanooga and Nashville where the train is decked out in Christmas decorations and a certain jolly old someone shows up to hear about the Christmas wishes of all the girls and boys.
3. Rock City Gardens - Chattanooga
Chattanooga's Rock City is an incredibly impressive place no matter the time of year you go, but at the holidays, it's all the more worth it to stay after dark. The park's light displays, combined with the natural scenic wonder of the park make for a truly magical experience.
2. Ober Gatlinburg Tubing - Gatlinburg
What's winter without playing in the snow? If you want to go somewhere where you can guarantee the presence of powder, then Ober Gatlinburg is your spot. You can spend the day skiing, or you can just enjoy the tubing hill at the base of the slopes.
1. Cheekwood - Nashville
Nashville's Cheekwood mansion gets its grounds completely transformed every Christmas season in to a dazzling array of lights and decorations that the entire family is sure to love.
Heaven on Earth is real, and it’s a little
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