Do you drive around looking for Christmas lights, letting the road take you where it will? This year, let that road take you to the Hillsboro West End Neighborhood (HWEN) for the most driving bang for your buck. Here’s our list of streets to hit, as well as a few others nearby. Then, we cross the river to the east side and show you where to go.
Hillsboro West End Has the BEST Christmas Lights in Nashville
HWEN offers horse-drawn carriages to view the holiday lights over the first weekend of December each year as a neighborhood fundraiser (take note for next year and buy some tickets for a memorable night!), and thus the residents go all out decorating their homes, as there are prizes for the best decorated homes. We’re talking lights upon lights, inflatables, lighted archways, artsy manger scenes, music and more. Clark Griswold himself could not be happier. Better yet, because most of this neighborhood is lined with sidewalks, take advantage of this mild December and after driving through the neighborhood, walk it! You can walk to Hillsboro Village at the end for coffee from Fido or some Jeni’s ice cream.
Streets you must see in HWEN:
- Westmoreland Avenue and West Linden make a loop back to Natchez Trace; almost every house has some lights and many are completely decked out.
- Westwood Avenue
- Sunset Place: the section between 25th Avenue and Natchez Trace
- Fairfax Avenue and Blair Boulevard
- The house on Elmington Avenue that faces the park is one of the best.
When you are done touring HWEN, head west on Whitland Avenue off of Bowling Avenue and turn right onto Leonard Avenue. Go nearly to the end of the street, and you’ll see an almost-neon house all aglow on your right:
Close by and just across West End, are two houses in the 3500 block of Richland Avenue worth driving over to see, as well as two on Central Avenue. Many of the homes over there have pretty lights, but these four just stand out from the pack.
For Nashville Christmas Lights on the East Side, Head to Historic Eastland!
If you are looking for lights on the east side, head to Historic Eastland and check out Eastland Avenue and cross streets 14th and 16th — they really wowed us! Here are just a few of the many that we photographed!
And be sure to check out Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights this year. We predict this is Nashville’s new “must do” tradition each year, as it’s completely magical for all ages. We can’t wait to see what next year will bring. If you haven’t been to Cheekwood to see their holiday lights, the outdoor exhibit is open each night through January 3, with the exception of December 25.
Get out and enjoy this most wonderful time of year. Say hi to someone you don’t know, hold the door open for another dozen people, let a few more people cut in front of you in traffic … and most of all, if Christmas is a holiday you celebrate, cherish the next few days!