‘Enchant’ brings snow, 4 million lights across the land

  • Enchant is the brainchild of Kevin Johnston who started stringing Christmas lights for neighbors. Now he runs nine shows in eight cities across the country.
  • Enchant uses baseball parks for its winter venues.
  • The first show, held in Vancouver, was so overwhelmingly popular that the City of Vancouver asked founder Kevin Johnston not to do it again, forcing him to find another venue.

Enchant opened for the first time at First Horizon Park on Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee, delighting thousands of children of all ages.

It was a preview of the event, which officially opened on Friday, and Enchant invited some 3,000 people involved with 30 local charities to experience the maze of light, the huge illuminated reindeer, snowflakes life-size snow, living elves and the 100 foot glowing white Christmas tree.

The Nashville Sounds’ guitar-shaped dashboard flooded guests with softly falling digital snow as parents tried to keep up with children running in multiple directions through the glow and glare of lights.

While Enchant is new to Nashville, it’s an event that’s been growing since founder Kevin Johnston’s first holiday light show in 2016 in his hometown of Vancouver, BC.

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The success was such that the city of Vancouver asked him not to do it again.

“We ended up housing 10% of Vancouver’s population,” he told The Tennessean, which is part of the USA TODAY Network. “It was mind-blowing. The city called me into a board meeting after the race and said, ‘We can’t let you do it again because you caused too much traffic. We knew we had stumbled upon something that people liked.”

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