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!
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!
1033 Sparta Pike, Lebanon, TN 37087
Cost: $30 per car
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.
791 Old Laguardo Rd E, Lebanon, TN 37087
Cost: $25 per car
Catch 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!
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.
Shop Til’ You Drop at Historical Lebanon Square
As you wander along the cobblestone streets adorned with twinkling lights, you’ll discover a treasure trove of local businesses nestled within charming, historic buildings. From quaint boutiques offering handmade crafts to cozy cafes serving up seasonal delights, Lebanon Square is a vibrant tapestry of local flavor.
By choosing to shop here, you’re not just finding the perfect gifts; you’re investing in the heartbeat of the community. The shop owners greet you with a warm smile and a wealth of knowledge about their wares, ensuring a personalized and enriching shopping experience.
Check out the full list of all vendors located in the square here.
Pick out your own Christmas Tree
Choosing the perfect Christmas tree from a local farm is a cherished holiday tradition that adds a touch of festive magic to the season. As you stroll through the rows of fragrant evergreens, the crisp winter air tinged with the scent of pine, you’ll find yourself immersed in the joyous spirit of the holidays.
The experience of selecting a tree is more than a mere transaction; it’s a sensory journey that invokes nostalgia and anticipation. Embrace the tradition, support local farmers, and bring home not just a tree but a piece of the holiday spirit cultivated with care from the heart of your community!
Rhonda & Chris’ Treeland 2054 Beech Log Rd, Watertown, TN 37184
Puckett’s Supply Co. 1501 Hwy 109 N, Lebanon, TN 37090
Craft your own holiday decor
Immerse yourself in the festive spirit this holiday season by unleashing your creativity at WilCo’s hidden gems: the Basement Marketplace, The Working Man Winery, and Wild Colors Creative Design Studio!
From sip-and-paint classes to putting your own twist on holiday crafts, these unique spaces invite you to trade the hustle and bustle for a more personal and hands-on approach to holiday celebrations.