The Dancing Lights of Christmas Opens In Wilson County

Posted at 10:35 PM, Nov 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 23:43:08-05

A popular Middle Tennessee holiday tradition is back, but in a new location.

The Dancing Lights of Christmas are now shining bright at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.

For the past seven years, the show was held at Jellystone Park in Nashville. It was cancelled due to traffic concerns around Opry Mills. On November 1, it was announced the display was moving to Wilson County. Organizers said crews worked long days to move it from Nashville.

“It has been a monstrous undertaking,” said Kevin Berkley, General Manager of The Dancing Lights of Christmas. “Some nights we didn’t think we could do it, but some of our guests would write us on Facebook and that kept us motivated.”

This year’s display features around two million lights throughout a more than 2.5 mile drive. All of the lights are synchronized to music with the help of three miles worth of cable.

Berkley said the new location provides room for new additions, and room to grow.

“We’re just glad to be here and be able to make people happy this holiday season,” said Berkley.

Cars lined up as soon as the gates opened at 5 p.m. Friday. Visitors said the display looked great.

“We love it,” said Lukas Medlin. “Everybody should come here. It’s a good time and it would be great for kids, too.”

“We haven’t been in a couple of years because the traffic was so bad,” said Diane Parsley. “We decided this will be so much better. That is why we came for the first night.”

The show is open every night, rain or shine, through December 31. It costs $25 for up to nine people.