Christmas lights keep the holiday bright

With every new Christmas season, it would seem that the level of difficulty increases when one tries to get in the Christmas mood. From the hustle and bustle associated with shopping for that special gift to the long lines waiting at check out – it becomes increasingly hard to stay merry.
Dec 17, 2013

With every new Christmas season, it would seem that the level of difficulty increases when one tries to get in the Christmas mood. From the hustle and bustle associated with shopping for that special gift to the long lines waiting at check out – it becomes increasingly hard to stay merry. 

The good news is that if you call Wilson County home, there are some options to keep those Bah-Humbug Blues away. For anyone looking for a way to enhance his or her Christmas cheer this season, then they need to look no further than some of the local light displays.

Last week, The Lebanon Democrat reported a few such stops - Chad’s Winter Wonderland,  ChristmasLand and of course the enchanting Festival of Lights presented by the Lebanon, Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.  All of which, offer unique opportunities for residents to get their Christmas light fix and are sure to relieve some Christmas stress. 

Chad Barnard, creator of Chad’s Winter Wonderland, holds his annual drive-thru at his home just off of Highway 109 in Lebanon. The largest private display in the county belongs to the Lebanon resident and Wilson County Commissioner. Chad’s Winter Wonderland has attracted not only local visitors, but people from across the country, and even from other countries. Barnard said he began creating his light show at age 12, and it has grown to fill his eight-acre property and includes nearly 2 million lights. Chad’s is open Sunday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 5-11 p.m. Admission is $10 per car. Take I-40E to Hwy. 109. Go north on Hwy. 109 and take a right on to E. Old Laguardo Rd. House is on the right.

Another possible stop is ChristmasLand, which is located at the home of Unity Church Pastor Kenneth Bowen on Trousdale Ferry Pike. ChristmasLand is in its 18th year and The Rev. Kenneth Bowen, pastor of Lebanon’s Unity Church, holds the display that is known for “keeping Christ in Christmas.” Return visitors to the drive-thru lighting experience can count on a few new additions to the 2013 show. There is also a different nativity scene in this year’s display. All of the additions were made possible through a donation box posted at the entrance to the display. This free drive-thru light display is open Sunday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Christmas Land is located at 1130 Trousdale Ferry Pike in Lebanon. Take I-40E to Exit 239 and take US-70W/Sparta Pike toward Lebanon. Take a slight right at E. Baddour Pkwy., and turn left on to Trousdale Ferry Pike. House is located on the right. 

The Festival Of Lights drive-through Christmas light tour is known as a magical wonderland that features millions of lights and covers several acres at the James E. Ward Ag. Center. Anyone can enjoy a drive through Fiddlers Grove and a step back in time while viewing nearly 50 village houses all lit up in the Spirit of Christmas. This holiday driving tour is open from 5 -9 p.m., Thursday through Sunday in Fiddlers Grove Historic Village at the Wilson County Fairgrounds through the month of December. Admission is $5 per car. Take I-40 to Exit 239 and take US-70W/Sparta Pike toward Lebanon. Located at 945 E. Baddour Pkwy. The entrance is on the right.

These beautiful displays of lights will bring a smile to anyone’s face and remind all that there’s more to Christmas than the stress that’s become all too commonplace.

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