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Operators of the popularÂ “Dancing Lights of Christmas” show are moving their eventÂ this year from Nashville’s Music Valley district to Wilson County after the annual event facedÂ getting canceled amid a dispute with Metro.
Mike Scalf, ownerÂ of the Christmas lights display, announced the move in a news release sent late Friday. The new home for the 2017 lights display, which begins in November, will be the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, where the annual Wilson County Fair takes place.
âWe have been overwhelmed by the support of this community,” Scalf said in a statement.Â “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.â
It’s unclear whether the move will be a permanent one after this year.
Since its inception eight years ago, theÂ lights display has been held at Jellystone Park, an RV resort park near Opryland.Â
But many neighbors have complained about intense vehicle traffic from the event. Ahead of this year’sÂ show, Metro officials have said Jellystone lacked the proper permit to host what they said is a “temporary festival” that needs a special exception.
In addition,Â Metro public works officials and Councilman Jeff Syracsue, the area’s representative, have said that Jellystone did not submit an updated traffic plan to address congestion caused by the event.
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