Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland: Capturing the Holiday Spirit With Dazzling Lights - TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

A beloved holiday tradition, Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland offers a feast for multiple senses, combining twinkling lights with cheery music to great effect. After driving through the show in your own vehicle, you and your loved ones can stop by Santa's Workshop to pose for a picture or feed the animals at the on-site petting zoo.

- The Local Expert Team

Every year, the space outside the Tennessee Smokies’ Stadium transforms from a mere parking lot into a Christmas miracle between November and early January. Talented locals come together to form the most impressive light show in the region. The unique experience is bound to put you in the holiday spirit, especially if you attend with children.

Enjoy the beauty of Shadrack’s light show from the comfort of your car. Light displays feature Christmas bells, angels, mangers, and a variety of other familiar holiday images. Creative images such as Santa on a tractor or wearing an inner tube also abound. Light displays are regularly updated to ensure that returning visitors witness new sights.

With Shadrack’s, it’s not just about gazing at lights, although that alone is undeniably enjoyable. Music comprises an integral part of the holiday show. Seasonal songs are carefully selected and synced with each car’s progress through the light show to create a unique sensory experience. Jazzy tunes prompt visitors to tap their toes or hold private dance parties in the back seat. Created specifically for the light show, these songs are also available for download.

The LED light show is just the beginning at Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland. Parents and children alike adore the attraction for its abundance of family-friendly activities. Children are welcome to enter Santa’s Workshop, free with admission to the light show. A variety of photo packages are available for those who choose to pose with Santa. The event also allows young visitors to feed animals at the petting zoo or ride ponies for a small fee.

Shadrack’s attendees of all ages can warm up with hot cocoa or coffee after driving through the course. Vendors also sell hand-popped kettle corn and a variety of other tasty treats.

Insider Tips:
-Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is unique in that it charges per vehicle and not per person. Thus, if you’re looking to get the most bang for the buck, it behooves you to load up your car or minivan and attend the event as a group. Pricing varies somewhat based on the size of the vehicle; cars and family vans are admitted for $25, while limos and full-size vans cost $40. Tours or school buses can enter the attraction for $80.
-Lines tend to be the longest on Friday or Saturday nights, but the show often accommodates weekend visitors by remaining open longer. For a quicker drive and a reduced wait, try visiting the attraction during the week. The show remains open for the first few days of January, when wait times also tend to be shorter.
-Shadrack’s maintains an active presence on social media. The attraction’s team regularly offers discounts (and occasionally, free admission) in exchange for sharing, liking, and commenting on Facebook posts.