Driving around town to find the best light display has always been one of my favorite Christmas traditions. My parents drove us around every year of my childhood and my husband and I have been doing the same with our kids for the last 15 years. Always – always – with The Carpenters playing in the background (my Christmas playlist is long, but Karen Carpenter will always take the top spot). Holiday decorations have changed (a lot!) since the ’80s and the Knoxville area has some amazing light displays that you just shouldn’t miss!
Below is a list of some of our favorites and a link to a map so you can plan out your holiday tour for all the Knoxville Christmas lights. If you know of other locations, please leave a comment – we’ll be adding to this list throughout December!
My family also added a new tradition a few years ago: a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt. We’re slightly competitive and had a blast trying to check off all of the items on our list. I’m sharing this Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt printable with you and hope that you enjoy adding this fun tradition to your holiday season!
Knoxville Christmas Lights and Surrounding Areas
Download your free printable – and enjoy!
Boyd Family Christmas Light Show
1936 Winter Winds Lane, Knoxville
Christmas on Conner
3008 Conner Drive, Knoxville
West Knoxville Light Show
11617 Foxford Drive, Knoxville
West Hills Christmas Light Show
7008 Hampshire Drive, Knoxville
Hardin Valley Light Show
1712 Golden Nugget Lane, Knoxville
Johnson Christmas Lights
4901 Fragrant Cloud Lane, Knoxville
Loveday Christmas Light Show
5801 Zachary Road, Corryton
Listen to the Lights!
929 Oak Haven Road, Knoxville
Villa Gardens Light Show
5610 Villa Road, Knoxville
Gray Eagle Lane (off of Bob Gray Road) Knoxville: Many houses are decorated in this neighborhood. Be prepared to wait in a line to get through the neighborhood.
10875 US-11, Lenoir City
If you’ve ever driven down Kingston Pike past Watt Road, into Lenoir City, you’ve seen this one! Gorgeous display.
Muddy Creek Christmas Lights
742 Lakeview Road, Lenoir City
Listen to the Lights Maryville
2959 W Hills Dr. Maryville
Candy Cane Lane
Remington Park Drive Maryville
Blount County Courthouse
Festival of Trees
December 2, 2021 • Tree Lighting at 6:30 PM • Blount County Courthouse
The Blount County Courthouse lawn will be illuminated by live Christmas trees of all sizes, colors, and themes. This unique month-long event allows the community to enjoy the festival by driving by or walking through for a closer look. The Festival opening will take place on the Courthouse lawn and will include entertainment, refreshments, and visits with Santa Claus.
Ferrell Family Christmas
2231 Richwood Dr. Maryville, TN 37803
City of Alcoa Tree Lighting
223 Associates Boulevard, Alcoa, TN 37701
November 29, 2021 (Rain Date: Nov. 30) • 6:15 PM • Pedestrian Bridge at the Springbrook Corporate Center
H.O.M.E for the Holidays
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Alcoa, TN
Join us on December 4th for family fun and light refreshments. If you choose to put a tree in the lower field, please do so prior to the event with the last day being December 2nd.
11617 Foxford Drive (same neighborhood as West Knoxville Light Show)
8506 Farmington Drive, Knoxville 37923
508 Running Brook Drive, Strawberry Plains 37871 (thousands of lights and blow mold displays)
808 Commonwealth Drive, Strawberry Plains 37871 (lights and trees set to synchronized music)
A Quails Bend Lane Christmas Light Show
8825 Quails Bend Ln, Knoxville 37932
East Emory Road (7512 Majors Rd Corryton, TN)
Public Christmas Light Locations
Anakeesta Enchanted Winter Wonderland
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
November 11 – February 14
Anakeesta transforms into a woodland winter wonderland! Make your winter vacation plans special this Season with twinkling lights, holiday sights, and warm cocoa around the fire – discover it all during Anakeesta’s Enchanted Winter celebration! Immerse yourself in an enchanting 1000′ tunnel of twinkling arctic lights as you stroll from Firefly Village to Vista Garden.
Zoo Knoxville Zoo Lights
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive
Knoxville, TN 37914
11/26/21-1/09/21 5:00PM-8:30PM, Closed Dec. 24th, 25th
General Admission: $24, $4 off for zoo members, $18 kids (aged 3-12) Children under 2 are free
See Knoxville’s newest light spectacular! Light up your nights this winter when you experience the all-new outdoor lantern light-up at Zoo Knoxville. In addition to dozens of glowing lanterns, see an enchanted forest of multi-color trees, enjoy holiday refreshments like hot chocolate and delightful holiday treats. See website for more details.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
3540 Line Drive (Smokies Stadium)
Kodak, TN 37764
November 5 – January 2; open from dusk until 10pm
Christmas in Chilhowee
3301 E. Magnolia Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37914
Chilhowee Park at the Midway, Entrance at Beaman St and Magnolia
Join us for a free holiday event on Friday, December 10th in Chilhowee Park at the Midway. We will have free activities, free photos with Santa followed by a free drive-in movie of Dr Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2000 starting at 7:00pm.
Light Up Lakeshore
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
Lakeshore Park will be illuminated with a special kickoff celebration on Nov. 28th. Visitors can enjoy the decorated trees throughout the holiday season.
Founders Park (Campbell Station)
405 N. Campbell Station Road
Farragut, TN 37934
November 23 – January 1st
From dusk to 10 p.m. nightly, the holiday lights will be on along Campbell Station Road from the I-40 commuter lot to the Campbell Station Inn Plaza at the intersection of Campbell Station Road and Kingston Pike. Maintain your social distance while enjoying the walkable holiday display.
Countdown to the Light the Park
November 22nd 5pm-7pm
Holiday Festival of Lights at the Cove
11808 S. Northshore Drive
Knoxville, TN 37922
December 1 – January 2nd
Peppermint Trail Downtown
Various downtown locations
November 26 – January 2
What’s at the end of a Peppermint Trail? Holiday magic you have to see to believe! Follow the peppermints along the sidewalks in Downtown Knoxville to discover specials featuring the favorite red-and-white holiday candy. Restaurants, coffee shops, and bars will have candy cane coffees, desserts, and cocktails, while boutiques will sell peppermint t-shirts and fun gifts. A little Elf also told us there will be visits from Santa, cookie decorating classes, and more pepperminty-events! Santa’s team also decked out downtown storefronts, windows, doors, patios, trees and parks with 200,000+ lights and garland.
To sweeten the deal, take the next step and sign up for the Peppermint Trail Pass, a mobile passport that will lead you through the holiday magic of the Peppermint Trail to the best coffees, candies, cocktails, and holiday treats in Downtown Knoxville. Follow this link to sign up for the Peppermint Trail Pass.
Here’s a link to a google map of the above list – we’ll add to it and to this list as we find out about more light displays.
Other Christmas round ups you don’t want to miss:
Hi, I’m Raven! In 2020 my husband and I celebrated 20 years of marriage, my son graduated from high school and moved into his college dorm, and my daughter started driving… So that perfectly sums up Mom Life for me right now. I’m a right brain living in a left brain world – I work full-time in Finance but do design work on the side. I love dogs, Dolly, sweet tea, and all things pretty. And if you need to find me during the holidays, chances are good I’m curled up with a Hallmark movie.