Where To See Christmas Lights In Knoxville


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!

Where to See Christmas Lights in KnoxvilleBelow 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!

Where to See Christmas Lights in Knoxville Scavenger HuntKnoxville 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 Hills Christmas Light Show (closed for 2023 season)
7008 Hampshire Drive, Knoxville

Hardin Valley Light Show
1712 Golden Nugget Lane, Knoxville

Johnson Christmas Lights
4901 Fragrant Cloud Lane, Knoxville

Listen to the Lights!
929 Oak Haven Road, Knoxville

Villa Gardens Light Show
5610 Villa Road, Knoxville

 5610 Villa Road Villa Gardens Light ShowGray 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. 

Loudon County

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

455 Centre Park Drive, Loudon, TN at LoCo Drive-In (Friday, November 17th)

Muddy Creek Lights Loudon CountyLoudon Municipal Park Drive/Walk Through Light Display
1470 Roberson Springs Road, Loudon

Lights on Vinita
103 Vinita Ln, Loudon, TN

Blount County

Listen to the Lights Maryville
2959 W Hills Dr. Maryville

Candy Cane Lane
Remington Park Drive Maryville

Blount County Courthouse
Festival of Trees
Thursday, November 30th • 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 27, 2023 (Rain Date: Nov. 28) • 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 2nd 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 November 30th.

Sevier County

Sevier County Courthouse
The third annual Christmas at the Courthouse event features multiple performances from local high school choirs, the Salvation Army Brass Band, children’s play area, face painting, and crafts, wagon rides, and the County Mayor reading “The Night before Christmas” before lighting the 18-foot Christmas tree. Vendors will sell handmade Christmas gifts and food.

Winterfest Lights in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg
Draped in more than 5 million lights, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg create a winter wonderland for locals and guests alike to enjoy during the annual Winterfest celebration. The lights of Winterfest shine from early November through the end of February.

Whether this is your first time visiting the Smoky Mountains or you’re making a return trip, Winterfest is the perfect occasion to share special memories with family and friends.

The 2023 holiday spectacular, which kicks off on November 9th, will be brighter and bolder than ever thanks to the Winterfest Wonders of Light Walking Trail. Visitors can expect to experience more than 20 displays with over one million glittering LED lights, gleaming arches, larger-than-life flowers, a colorful 52-foot-long caterpillar, and Old Man Winter himself! You’ll also see snowflakes dance to holiday music and mountain creatures like bears, squirrels, deer, and frogs come to life in lights. It’s a Smoky Mountain dream come true!

Reader Recommendations: 

{These are reader recommendations and some do not have websites or Facebook pages for us to double check so visit at your own risk!}

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)

5005 Marvel Ln, Knoxville, TN 37938 (Halls)

Public Christmas Light Locations

Anakeesta Enchanted Winter
576 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
November 10 – January 1st

Immerse yourself in tens of thousands of twinkling lights at Anakeesta’s Enchanted Winter experience! Stroll through Arctic Alley to see lights set to seasonal music, discover the sensory walk on the Vista Gardens’ boardwalk and sip your way through the hot chocolate trail! See website for more details.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Soaky Mountain Waterpark
175 Gists Breek Road
Sevierville, TN 37876
November 17 – January 7; M-F 6:00PM-10:00PM, Sat-Sun 6:00PM-10:00PM or later
Open Rain or Shine & On Holidays

Standard Ticket $39.95 per car plus taxes & fees, $34.95 in advance. Value Ticket $34.95 per car plus taxes & fees. Credit cards accepted.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland has moved 8 miles south to its new home at Soaky Mountain Waterpark. This beloved drive-through light show has become a favorite family tradition for many, and this year is sure to impress! With the new location comes a longer drive route as well as captivating new additions, including majestic 25-feet-tall trumpeting angels, a star-studded pathway, and much more.  Plus, guests will explore the enchantment of the season through custom-built “Santa’s Safari” themed comical displays, featuring eventful jeep excursions, spirited keep away games with hippos, hilarious diving contests, and more safari fun with friends from the North Pole. The mischievous elves are sure to sprinkle in some surprises along the way too. After the show, visit Snowy Mountain Village inside Soaky Mountain Waterpark for loads of fun for the whole family, including refreshments, souvenirs, activities for kids, and on select nights, visit with the jolliest man himself, Santa! See website for more details.

Christmas at Chilhowee (Drive Through Lights)
Chilhowee Park
3301 E Magnolia Ave Knoxville, TN 37914
Friday, November 17, 2023-January 1st 2024
Open Nightly until 10pm

Join us for a free holiday event in Chilhowee Park on November 17th. We will light the tree in the bandstand followed by free activities, free photos with Santa, crafts and a holiday ‘Touch-A-Truck’ where kids will be able to see decorated construction vehicles, firetrucks and police cars up close. Also enjoy a free hayride around the park to look at the lights! After the opening night the lights will be open to drive nightly through January 1st.

Light Up Lakeshore
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
Beginning November 26th
Lakeshore Park will be illuminated with a special kickoff celebration on Nov. 26th. Visitors can enjoy the decorated trees throughout the holiday season.

Farragut Light the Park
405 N. Campbell Station Road

Farragut, TN 37934
November 21 – January 1, 7:00PM-10:00PM
Enjoy this Farragut tradition that sparkles through the entire holiday season! See thousands of holiday lights and drop those letters to Santa in a special mailbox! See website for more details.

Countdown to Farragut Light the Park
405 N. Campbell Station Road
Farragut, TN 37934
November 20, 5:30PM-7:00PM
The Town of Farragut and the Farragut Business Alliance unveil holiday cheer with more than 68,000 twinkling lights. This FREE event also features live entertainment and refreshments.

Holiday Festival of Lights at the Cove
The Cove at Concord Park
11808 S. Northshore Drive

Farragut, TN 37922
December 1 – December 31, 6:00PM-9:00PM, Excluding Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
See the park light up each night on a walk around a 3/4 mile loop!  Hot drinks will be available for purchase most nights.  The Cove has several fire pits available for guests to warm up or roast s’mores. Pets on a leash are welcome.

Peppermint Trail in Downtown Knoxville
Various downtown locations
November 24 – January 7
Enjoy special holiday flavored treats such as hot cocoa and ice cream at participating businesses. Look for the peppermint sticker on the businesses that will have a special peppermint or holiday flavored treat! Downtown Knoxville will have special décor on Market Square that will be sure to help with the holiday spirit! Walk through and capture some family photos by our 42 foot Christmas tree on Gay Street and enjoy thousands of twinkling lights throughout the park! A list of participating businesses can be found on the Peppermint Trail website.

Bryson City Christmas Light Spectacular (Closed for 2023)
Bryson City, NC
Great Smoky Mountain Event Park (formerly Inspiration Park)
1130 Hyatt Creek Road, Bryson City, NC 28713

Tickets: $20 Cars & Family Vans, $40 Activity Vans, $40 Limos, $80 Tour & School Buses
Guaranteed to ignite the holiday spirit, the new Smoky Mountain Christmas Light Spectacular is a holiday drive-thru light show set to holiday music and includes custom-built light displays, drive-through tunnels, and holiday scenes to delight everyone from young to old!

Smoky Mountain Lights (Closed for 2023)
Townsend, TN
Townsend Visitors Center
7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882
11/25/23-1/2/23 5:00pm-10:00pm
General Admission: $25.00 per vehicle

Visit the peaceful side of the Smokies for an enchanting drive thru holiday light display.

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:

Knoxville Family Christmas and Holiday Events

Santa Sightings in Knoxville 

Knoxville Christmas Tree Farms

Family Events Calendar 

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About Raven

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.




  1. 674 garnet hill drive
    Lenoir city Tn

    This is a good house with Christmas lights to music that should be put on the list. This is also a great house on hwy11 in Lenoir city that is worth the drive too!

  2. Please add my lights to your map! I’m a mom of two toddlers in Powell and I program my lights to music. I built my whole light show myself.

    2809 Staffordshire Blvd, Powell, TN 37849


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