10 Best Christmas Towns In Tennessee—From Racetracks To Mountain Getaways 

Collierville, West Tennessee, turns its historic district into a Christmas wonderland with a quarter million twinkle lights and many holiday events from Thanksgiving to New Year. Santa photos in the town square gazebo, horse-drawn carriage rides, and choir and caroler performances are best on Saturdays.

Collierville, Tennessee

Discovery Park of America in Union City, northwest Tennessee, offers a unique Christmas experience. The park's “Let It Glow” event features over one million twinkle lights in its gardens, log cabin settlements, and museum. Drive or walk through. Edith Adcock of Martin, Tennessee, has loaned over 150 nutcrackers from her 45-year collection.

Union City, Tennessee

Rugby, a British Isles-inspired Tennessee town on the Cumberland Plateau, celebrates Christmas the first two weekends in December. Town events commemorate Christmas 1880, when it was founded. Victorian Christmas celebrations in the town's historic buildings include music, drinks, cookies, horse-drawn carriage rides, Father Christmas, and the Rugby Cornet Band.

Rugby, Tennessee

Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, a small town near Virginia and Kentucky, hosts holiday events in December. Start your holiday home tour at the Olde Church Events Centre and learn about its history before touring other festively decorated homes in town.

Cumberland Gap, Tennessee

Holiday travellers flock to Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains, which go all out for Christmas. These celebrations centre on Pigeon Forge. Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas has over 6 million twinkle lights, seasonal treats, and holiday plays and music. 

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Jonesborough, Tennessee, celebrates Christmas for a month. The historic town hosts many memorable Saturday events. Doggone Christmas, a local favourite, offers holiday treats, a costume contest, photos with Santa Claus, and a Christmas Market with pet-friendly, locally made gifts.

Jonesborough, Tennessee

The Old-Fashioned Christmas in this small Tennessee town features Saturday events in December. The many festivities are free so anyone can enjoy them. 

Bell Buckle, Tennessee

Northeast Tennessee's Candy Land Christmas awaits. Johnson City celebrates for free from late November to early January. In the town's historic district, 160 bright, 12-foot Christmas trees and other displays create a winter wonderland. Festive family event gets you in the holiday spirit.

Johnson City, Tennessee

Your NASCAR-loving vacationers will love Bristol. From mid-November to early January, over three million twinkle lights illuminate the Bristol Motor Speedway with intricate themed displays and holiday characters. The event features Christmas cheer and “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”

Bristol, Tennessee

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Smithville, Tennessee

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