A Christmas During Coronavirus! Lights and Decorations to Keep You in the Holiday Spirit
While the holidays might look a little different this year because of Coronavirus, there is one thing that looks the same- Christmas lights! Taking your family or going with friends to look at lights and other Christmas decorations is a COVID-19 friendly activity that is sure to keep the holiday cheer alive this year. There are a few places around East Tennessee that offer a grand Christmas light experience.
In far east Tennessee, near the Virginia border, is Bristol Motor Speedway. Every night from 6:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. until January 2, the whole property, including the racetrack itself, is lit up and decorated. Speedway in Lights is a drive-through Christmas light experience, and you even get to drive on the track! The drive can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour depending on the traffic. Ticket prices vary by days of the week, and the size of your vehicle. Inside the speedway is a Christmas Village that has food vendors and souvenirs as well. https://www.bristolmotorspeedway.com/tickets/pinnacle-speedway-in-lights/program/
In Sevierville you can find another grand drive-through Christmas light show- Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland. This is a shorter light show as the drive takes around 30 to 45 minutes. Set up around Smokies Baseball Stadium, you can drive through this light show and tune your car radio station to their Christmas music to watch the lights dance! Shadrack’s is open nightly from 6:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. until January 3. Admission prices vary depending on days of the week, and the size of your vehicle. After the light show you can eat or even have pictures with Santa in Santa’s Village, and admission is included in your ticket to Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland.
If you are looking to take a walk to enjoy stunning Christmas lights, Founders Park at Campbell Station in Farragut is decorated head to toe in lights, Christmas trees, and other decorations. The lights turn on at dusk, and it is free to enjoy until January 1. The exhibit is all outside, so you can safely stroll around the sidewalks with a mask on and practice social distancing.
Take yourself, your family, or friends to Speedway in Lights or Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland to enjoy a unique drive-through light experience, or enjoy a walk through Founders Park to bask in the beautiful lights at your own leisure. These Christmas light exhibits are COVID-19 friendly activities that preserve our holiday cheer this season.
Written by Macey Kennedy
Edited by Jonathan Desai