WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. — The owner of the popular 'Dancing Lights of Christmas' display announced Friday that the show will move to the Wilson County Fairgrounds this holiday season.
Earlier this week, organizers said the Metro Nashville Council pulled the plug on the middle Tennessee holiday staple held at Jellystone Park. Metro Councilman Jeff Syracuse said the display had been cancelled because of traffic issues caused by vehicles entering the campground in the Opryland area.
“Traffic is the number one issue,” Syracuse said in an earlier interview. "They released a press release today saying I’m a bad guy and I’ve shut them down. That’s not the case."
"We were looking forward to being back at Jellystone Park this year,” Mike Scalf said in a news release earlier this week. “We were excited and set for the season – having hired employees, rented equipment and placed advertising. We were extremely disappointed to hear about Councilman Syracuse’s decision to shut us down. Contrary to what has been reported, we were not aware of his decision until we were contacted by a reporter Tuesday night.”
On Friday, Scalf said the show will live on for its 8th season at the Wilson County and the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
"We would like to thank Wilson County and the James E. Ward Agricultural Center and their staff for stepping up on such short notice to help us keep our show open for the Christmas season,” Scalf said. “They have been a pleasure to work with and we can’t thank them enough for their support.”
After the announcement this week, supporters of the Christmas tradition took to social media and a public meeting to express their outrage over its cancellation. Scalf noted the quick action by fans of the display to help get a new location set up.
“We have been overwhelmed by the support of this community," Scalf said. "They were rooting for us, the little guy, and that support made us want to fight to stay open even more. We pride ourselves on being a fun, family tradition, and we are thrilled that our fans will get to experience this tradition again this year.”
Despite the move to Wilson County, the Dancing Lights of Christmas owner said he wants to encourage people to continue supporting the campground.
“Jellystone Park has been a wonderful partner for seven years,” Scalf said. “We want to thank them for everything they’ve done for the Dancing Lights of Christmas, and we hope people in the community will continue to visit this park.”
Fox 17 News has sponsored part of this event in past holiday seasons.