Brentwood Luminary Night – A Brentwood, TN Holiday Tradition

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One of my favorite nights of the year is almost here.

The annual Brentwood Luminary Night is always the second Saturday in December.

On this night, most all of the subdivisions in Brentwood participate in this tradition that was started here in the 1980s.

For years, the second Saturday of December is reserved as Luminary Night in Brentwood and traditionally HOAs have coordinated luminary displays among their residents. Source

Of course the tradition of lighting luminaries (or “little lights”) was not started here. I found some conflicting information on the origin of this practice — so I’ll be very general and say it is a Mexican Christmas Tradition.

What did originate here in Brentwood in the 1980s was that an entire subdivision would participate. Now it has spread outside of one subdivision and the night is for all Brentwood residents.

Last year was our first December living in Brentwood, so I didn’t know what to expect. We took a walk around the neighborhood that night and found that there were more homes participating than we would have thought there would be. Very pretty. I wish I had some pictures to post here, but I didn’t take any. I’ll get some this year for sure.

If you’re interested in participating, contact your neighborhood Homeowners Association and see if they can give you some additional information. In case you need to make your own, here’s how to make holiday luminaries. Place the bags in your yard along the street, leaving about 10 feet between each bag.

More safety tips for holiday luminaries.