Attention Wilson County Christmas-lovers: We’ve got a festive challenge for you! If you’re ready to light up the streets of Wilco with holiday cheer, we invite you to take on our Christmas bucket list. We’ve put together a list of local, magical activities that will leave you brimming with Christmas spirit. Bundle up in your ugly sweater and warm up your vocal cords for Christmas carols, because it’s about to be the merriest season ever!
1. Drive Through The Dancing Lights of Christmas & Chad’s Winter Wonderland
Every county has a street known for its dazzling Christmas lights. Wilson County is lucky enough to have two. Pile into your car with your loved ones and settle in for a joyful, holiday cruise. Start off your night with Tennessee’s largest light and music show: The Dancing Lights of Christmas. You’ll drive through twinkling, colorful lights, while listening to synchronized music. This has become an annual tradition for many families near and far!
Afterwards, turn up the Christmas carols and fly your sleigh to Chad’s Winter Wonderland. You’ll enjoy over 350 pieces of holiday scenery from a dancing snowman to the Christmas Train. Word in the North Pole is…Santa himself will be there giving away candy canes and gathering Christmas lists! Both displays are openly nightly seven days a week through New Years Eve.
2. See a Christmas Movie at The Historic Capitol Theatre
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a heart-warming holiday movie night! Take a trip back to the 1950s for an authentic movie theatre experience at Lebanon’s Capitol Theatre. You’ll enjoy all of the historic charm with the modern comforts you’ve come to love. Choose from upcoming films like Elf, The Polar Express, It’s a Wonderful Life, Muppet Christmas Carol, and White Christmas. They are also hosting a movie followed by Christmas trivia featuring National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!
3. Get in The Spirit at One of Wilson County’s Three Christmas Parades
You don’t want to miss the exciting energy of Wilson County’s Christmas parades! Get swept up in the merry spirit as you experience creative costumes, holiday floats, marching bands, and your favorite holiday songs.
- Lebanon – Sunday, December 3rd at 2PM
- Mt. Juliet – Saturday, December 9th at 11AM
- Watertown – Saturday, December 2nd at 3PM
4. Make a Child’s Christmas by Donating a Toy to Wilson County Christmas For All
Like the moral of the classic story of The Grinch, the greatest joy comes from giving back to others. There are two wonderful nonprofits in Wilson County that provide toys at Christmas time to local underprivileged kids. They are Wilson County Christmas for All and Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet. Each year, they give toys to thousands of disadvantaged children.
You can choose to donate a toy or ‘sponsor’ a child and buy items directly from his or her Christmas wish list. You never know how much a small gift can mean to a child who has very little. After you check this one off your Christmas bucket list, take a minute to imagine the big smile you’re bringing to a child’s face.
Well, that’s a wrap. If you’re coming to town, make sure you check our Christmas Bucket List twice! You won’t want to miss out on any of these special Wilson County traditions.
5. Shop Til’ You Drop at Craft Fair Extravaganza Mistletoe Merchants
‘Tis the season to spread joy, and what better way to do it than by visiting Mistletoe Merchants in Lebanon, TN! Nestled in the heart of this charming town, Mistletoe Merchants is a holiday shopper’s paradise, offering a delightful array of unique gifts, decor, and handcrafted treasures.
With aisles adorned in twinkling lights and the sweet scent of cinnamon wafting through the air, Mistletoe Merchants transforms into a winter wonderland, inviting you to explore an enchanting collection of holiday goodies. From beautifully crafted ornaments to cozy blankets, there’s something to warm the hearts of everyone on your gift list.
Support local vendors while marking off gifts off your Christmas list! For more information on this 3-day event, click here.