Nashville Lights Up the Holiday Season With GLOW

The Music City's brightest Christmas experience brings more than 4 million lights to First Tennessee Park.

You better not pout, the holidays are about to become more magical: GLOW is coming to town! This inaugural six-week extravaganza runs from Nov. 22-Dec. 31 and turns First Tennessee Park into an enchanted land with a four-story-tall frozen fortress, the tallest Christmas tree in the South, fantastical LED light displays at every turn and, of course, Santa Claus. 

Visitors first approach the experience through the Christmas Crossover, a visually stunning sight that GLOW founder and CEO Chris Stacey says will blow people's minds. 

"When you come through the gates, you get routed down this 180-foot-long LED tunnel that has full video capabilities," says Stacey. "I can't wait to see the look on the face of the first kid who walks through the tunnel."

GLOW is the realization of a three-year dream that Stacey happened upon purely by chance; when the award-winning concert and festival producer was seated next to a holiday event producer (GLOW CTO Patrick Wallain) on an airplane, GLOW was born. 

GLOW Nashville

Among the over-the-top goodies found at GLOW are the Frozen Fortress, a custom ice skating rink that's almost four stories tall, Santa's Workshop, a 37-foot-tall LED-wrapped gift box topped with a red bow and Northern Lights, a massive steel structure decorated with half a million hanging lights. In all, GLOW encompasses more than 120,000 square feet and is adorned with 4 million lights.

According to Stacey, the carefully curated Winterfest Market is uniquely Music City, with 25-30 hand-selected vendors—all authentically Nashville—to aid guests in their holiday shopping. Custom cocktails and craveable cuisine to pair them with comes courtesy of Strategic Hospitality.

The all-ages experience is open from 4-10 pm nightly. For more information, tickets and an overview of the park, click here.

Jennifer McKee
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Jennifer is the Managing Editor of Morris Visitor Publications, where she has worked since 2005. She grew up in small...