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
West Knoxville Light Show
11617 Foxford Drive
West Hills Christmas Light Show
7008 Hampshire Dr
Johnson Christmas Lights
4901 Fragrant Cloud Lane
Loveday Christmas Light Show
4321 Roaming Road
Listen to the Lights!
929 Oak Haven Road
Gray Eagle Lane (off of Bob Gray Road)
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.
628 West Glenview Drive, Lenoir City (Harrison Glen Subdivision)
The Trout House
312 Country Lane
Loudon, TN 37774
924 Montgomery Lane, Maryville
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
3540 Line Drive (Smokies Stadium)
November 8 – January 5; open from dusk until 10pm
Christmas in Chilhowee
3301 E. Magnolia Avenue
Drive-through lights are up throughout December
Tree lighting with live music and free activities will be held on November 30 from 6 – 9pm.
Campbell Station Park
405 N. Campbell Station Road
November 25 – December 31
Holiday Festival of Lights at the Cove
11808 S. Northshore Drive
December 17 – 30
Peppermint Trail Downtown
Various downtown locations
November 29 – January 5
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.
Come back to this site often, as we add peppermint specials and events throughout the season. And follow the trail of 70+ peppermints on the sidewalks of Downtown Knoxville to see what peppermint surprises you’ll discover.
Secret City’s Atomic Lights
108 Capital Circle Oak Ridge, TN 37830
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.
Hi! I’m Raven, an East TN native and UT grad. I could color in a good coloring book for hours, I love to find and paint “well-loved” furniture and I just adore pretty things. In my 18 years of marriage to David, I have experienced just about every work/home balance possible and currently work full-time in a fantastic position that allows me the flexibility to (try to) make it all work. Having teens is a lot like having a newborn – everything is new again, there are lots of opinions, and there is definitely no official guidebook. I’ll be sharing our stories from this phase of life and look forward to connecting with other moms who are in this super-fun/emotional/totally-nutso stage, too.