December 2015

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. Lastly, you need to see the Sunnyside Christmas Lights house … ready? Let’s get going!

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.
Nashville Christmas lights on West Linden

Found on West Linden

Nashville Christmas lights on Westmoreland

Found on Westmoreland, near Natchez Trace, this house starts a parade of lights down this street!

Nashville Christmas lights on Fairfax Avenue with dinosaurs

Fairfax Avenue has dinosaur inflatables, to the delight of kids and adults alike.

Nashville Christmas lights on Fairfax Avenue

Almost everywhere you turn in HWEN, you’ll be charmed by the efforts these neighbors took with their Christmas lights!

Nashville archway of Christmas lights

Sidewalks with lighted archways in HWEN!

This manger scene is made up of traditional light up figurines and some not-so-traditional twists. This is a house on Fairfax Avenue with music and several displays you'll want to get out of your car and see more up close!

This manger scene is made up of traditional light-up figures and some not-so-traditional twists. This is a house on Fairfax Avenue with music and several displays you’ll want to get out of your car to see up close!

Nashville Christmas lights diplay

From the same house with the artsy manger, this joyous creation made us smile big!

Nashville Christmas lights on Elmington

Found on Elmington, facing Elmington Park (UPDATE: this family has moved, so 2015 was the last year!)

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:

Nashville Christmas lights on Leonard Avenue

We have video of this house blinking on our Instagram page today! @styleblueprintnville

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.

Nashville Christmas lights on Richland Avenue

Found on the 3500 block of Richland Avenue

Nashville Christmas lights on Richland Ave

And another found right next door on the 3500 block of Richland Avenue!

Notice the Christmas tree going through the roof of the porch and Santa sitting on the porch as well! Found on the 3500 block of Central Avenue.

Notice the Christmas tree going through the roof of the porch and Santa sitting on the porch, as well! Found on the 3500 block of Central Avenue.

Nashville Christmas Lights on Central Avenue

Be sure to notice the tree with the swing on the 3700 block of Central Avenue.

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!

Christmas lights in Historic Eastland Nashville

East Nashville Christmas Lights

16th 14th Eastland Christmas lights Eastland neighborhood Nashville Christmas lights

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.

Cheekwood Lights will brighten even the bah humbugs among us!

Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights will brighten even the bah humbugs among us!

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!

Sunnyside in Brentwood (the Christmas house that has its own Facebook page!)

And, lastly, go to Brentwood and the house at the end of the street on Sunnyside. It’s the last year (2017) that this house will have the millions of lights it has! They will be paring back after this year, so make sure to go, and bring a donation for the Shriners!

Image: the Sunnyside Christmas Lights Facebook page! See page for directions.

 

— StyleBlueprint