If you are looking for an exciting place to go for Christmas, Nashville just might be your answer. Founded on Christmas Eve of 1779, it has since been named as the state capital of Tennessee. As such, it became a dream destination for musicians who came flooding in to perform on the city’s many stages, the most notable being the Grand Old Opry.
Today, Nashville is known as the music center of the nation. Many musicians come to the city to perform, network with others and hopefully, hit it big by getting signed to a record label. The energy of music can be appreciated by anyone who visits the city as it runs through its streets and attractions.
When you come to Nashville for Christmas, there are plenty of activities to partake in, music related and not music related. Here are some things you will want to put on your to do list.
Gaylord Opryland Resort’s “A Country Christmas”
During Christmas, Opryland transforms into a winter wonderland. You can stroll through the venue itself or visit and/or stay at the resort hotel that accompanies it. Here are some attractions the hotel offers during the holiday season.
· “I Love Christmas” Movie Showings: Visit the venue to enjoy your Christmas favorite movies
· “Christmas in Tennessee” Dinner Show: The Oakridge Boys are among performers who have appeared live for this dinner and a show event
· Gingerbread Decorating Corner: Decorate your own Christmas sweet treat
· Build a Bear Workshop: Take your young ones so they can make their own Christmas themed Build-a-Bears
· Delta Riverboat Rides: The Delta Riverboat Company at Gaylord Opryland Resort is a great way to tour the city
· Breakfast with Charlie Brown and Friends and a Merry Snoopy Christmas Scavenger Hunt: The name says it all!
· Luminaries of Love: Luminaries can be purchased for a special dedication on display along the Delta River or you can take yours home with you. Proceeds support the Children’s Miracle Network for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital.
While walking around the hotel, you will also enjoy their many lights and decorations as well as their Dickens carolers. Children will have opportunities to take pictures with Santa.
Holiday Lights at Cheekwood
Walking this mile-long outdoor path is a great way to enjoy Christmas. It features 17 custom made LED trees with programmed lights. On your walk you will also see real reindeer, holiday carolers, and a children’s wonderland. Make stops to enjoy the s’mores pit and visit the cash bars serving beer and wine. The mansion at the end of the path will also be decked out with holiday finery.
Drive-Thru Dancing Lights of Christmas
Stay toasty warm and enjoy Christmas lights from the comfort of your car. This Drive Thru attraction takes place at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. The dancing light show synchronizes with a special FM radio channel that infuses your vehicle with the joys of the season.
Franktown Festival of Lights
This seasonal display takes place at Williamson County Ag Expo Center in Franklin. Similar to the Drive Thru Dancing Lights, it is also a drive through event with lights synchronized to Christmas tunes that play over your car radio.
Jingle Beat by EAMOTION
This drive through event takes place at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. Drive the two-mile driving course while enjoying the light display and music coming through your radio.
East Nashville Holiday Market
The holiday market takes place every weekend during the Christmas season. Located at 400 Davidson St. it’s the perfect way to get a taste of what local vendors have to offer and catch up on your holiday shopping. The 30,000 square foot space has a variety of artisan and handmade goods including beauty and bath items, food, crafts, home décor, clothing and more.
The Festive Holiday Concert Series at The Listening Room Café
The holiday season at The Listening Room includes Tuesday night holiday inspired concerts by Nashville’s finest musicians. Shows take place at 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM. In addition to great music, Christmas themed drinks are available such as Jingle Juice (a holiday themed margarita), Chris’s Kringle (a cider-based cocktail) and Santa’s Blizzard (a creamy vanilla vodka blend).
Santa Brunch at the Listening Room: Santa’s Brunch is another Listening Room event worth checking out. It includes two showings, one at 10:30 AM and one at noon. Families can enjoy a holiday themed music performance and great food. Photos with Santa will be available before and after the show. Santa Brunch only occurs once a year so plan your trip accordingly.
Pop Up Bars
With Nashville being a party town, you can bet there are plenty of pop-up bars sprouting up all over the city at holiday time. Here are a few that you can’t miss visiting.
The Lodge at the Pool Club: This ski lodge inspired bar transforms the Pool Club’s poolside cabanas into heated cabins that are decorated for Christmas and offer fire pits, smore’s kits, hot cocktails and more.
Heated Igloos at Bobby Hotel: This rooftop bar offers the ultimate in festivities with heated igloos available for guests to hang out and drink in. Up to five people can reserve igloos for up to 90 minutes. A $250 food and beverage minimum are required. Guests can enjoy a holiday menu, festive décor and cozy blankets and rugs.
Whobar at Dream Nashville
The Whobar is the place for Suess fans. The Grinch inspired atmosphere is the perfect setting for serving cocktails like the Lump of Coal.
Nashville is a great city to visit and Christmas is the perfect time of year to check it out. What will you be doing during your holiday vacation to the Music Capitol of the World?