If there’s ever a year to do something different for the holidays, it’s 2020! Like most of us, you may be desperate for a road trip, or at least a change of scenery for a bit. Here's how you can enjoy a festive getaway, travel safely and affordably, and create new holiday traditions.


Drive-Thru Christmas Lights

Christmsas light displays at the Clarksville Speedway

Stay in the safety of your car to experience the Clarksville Speedway’s Drive-Thru Christmas Lights. This light show opens Thanksgiving night and continues through January 2. Load up the car and cruise the one-mile track to take in the glow and sounds of the season in the over three million light display. Cost is $25 per carload and the display opens nightly at 5:30 p.m. View admission and special discount nights at www.clarksvillespeedway.com. Photo by Budget Savvy Travelers.


Christmas on the Cumberland

family walking through a light tunnel

Along the city’s half-mile Cumberland Riverwalk, the young and young-at-heart will be fascinated by captivating light displays with over two million lights. Christmas on the Cumberland opens Tuesday, November 24, and is open nightly, weather permitting, through January 1. Stoll the paved path at your own pace to experience animated displays and the popular light tunnel as the lights reflect off the Cumberland River. Enjoy a socially distanced visit with Santa and hot chocolate on December 12 and 19. See event details. Photo by Stephen Schlegel.


Historic Downtown District Lights

Rediscover the Magic of Christmas

The spirit of the season will return as you walk or drive through the charming and picturesque downtown district. The holiday glow throughout the historic downtown district rivals any city this size. Browse seasonal window displays, pick up a few holiday gifts, or simply sit back and savor a made-from-scratch meal or hand-crafted beverage at a local restaurant or brewery. Photo by Eric Johnson.


Erin’s Farm

blown glass ornaments

Impress a date or grab a girlfriend for a mini glass blowing workshop at Erin’s Farm. Glass blowing and design-your-own-ornament workshops with gaffer Algar Dole are designed to give students space to learn and experience this artform in a spacious and safe environment. Afterward, stop by the gift gallery for goods, crafts and artworks produced by local artisans. Visit their website for workshop schedules. Photo by Lucas Ryan Chambers.


Roxy Regional Theatre Movies

Roxy Theatre with Christmas lights

On Friday through December 18, enjoy vintage and modern holiday classics auditorium-style at the Roxy Regional Theatre in the heart of downtown. The theatre limits seating to 50 so there’s plenty of space for adequate social distancing. This special film series features titles like The Polar Express, Meet Me in St. Louis, and It’s a Wonderful Life. Admission is $5 per person and refreshments are available in sealed packaging. For showing dates and times, or to purchase tickets, visit roxyregionaltheatre.org. Photo by Brandy Rittenberry.

As you plan a safe, fun and memorable trip to Clarksville, know that all of our attractions, restaurants, hotels and parks have been taking extra precautions so you can travel safely. Please help us keep Clarksville a safe destination by doing your part to observe recommended guidelines for masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing. Safe travels!