We are adding new lights and displays to our popular “Let It Glow” Christmas drive-thru and walk-thru light shows for the 2022 holiday season.

Opening night on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, will include a kick-off ceremony at 6 p.m. featuring performances from the Voices of Union City Elementary School, Jackson Symphony Orchestra ensemble and internationally acclaimed singers Merry Ellen Kirk and Marco Alexander. There will be refreshments and local crafts for sale, and Santa Claus will be available for photos. The “Let it Glow” kick-off is free for members and $5 for non-members. Children 3 and under are free. The Drive-thru is $10 per vehicle.

The Jackson Symphony ensemble musicians will be Keith Herris, Lydia Michelle Cronk, Ryan Nelson, Joey Moore and Brad Churchwell.

Visitors can also get a “selfie” with Santa Claus at the “Let It Glow” Walk-thru every Friday and Saturday night in the Gristmill.

We are especially excited about an ALL-NEW route for the Drive-Thru where visitors can experience never-before-seen light displays. Unlike previous years, guests will enter through the north gate for the “Let It Glow” Drive-thru. It will feature more than a million lights twinkling along with popular Christmas songs, allowing guests to get a unique look at the Titan Missile, the 199-foot-tall Discovery Center, the settlement of log cabins and more, all decorated for the holidays.

The “Let It Glow” Walk-thru will take place on the north side of the park, which will once again be transformed into the “North Pole.” Grab a snack and a drink and take a stroll through the Japanese Garden, European Garden and Mill Ridge, and enjoy the magic of Christmas.

At Mill Ridge, guests can shop for local handmade gifts for sale, hangout with Rudolph in his barn, write a letter to Santa and, new this year, a large display of more than 150 nutcrackers on loan from Edith Adcock of Martin, Tennessee. Adcock received her first nutcracker as a gift for her 16th birthday and has been collecting them for more than 45 years.

Planning a Christmas party for your workplace, friends or family? Contact Lauren Jones at ljones@discoveryparkofamerica.com or call at 731-885-5455 for more information.

A special thank you to our  2022 “Let It Glow” sponsors, McDonald’s and ATA.

Both the “Let It Glow” Drive-thru and Walk-thru are open 5-9 p.m. from Friday, Nov. 11-Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, and closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Opening night of the “Let It Glow” Walk-thru will be free for Discovery Park members and $5 admission for non-members. Admission to the “Let It Glow” Walk-thru on all other nights is $5 for all guests with ages three and under admitted free. Admission to the “Let It Glow” Drive-thru is $10 per vehicle for all guests every night. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the gates.