Thanksgiving! A time to eat, enjoy the fellowship of family and friends and watch a parade or two. But once the turkey is gone and you’ve polished off the pumpkin pie, what are you going to do? Take a nap, most likely – after all, you have to sleep off all those delicious treats – but what about after that?
If you’re in Nashville for Thanksgiving weekend this year, you’re in luck! There’s a bevy of fun things to do and places to go while you’re there. So, whether you’re looking for good food, some early Christmas-season fun or a fantastic concert, read on for your guide on how to spend Thanksgiving weekend in Nashville!
For the Eaters and Foodies
There are several local restaurants that offer Thanksgiving feasts, so whether you just want to have an option of less cooking and cleaning or you find yourself in Nashville with nowhere to eat on Turkey Day, consider one of these options.
This local favorite offers a huge Thanksgiving feast. Dine in or take your meal to-go – it’s up to you!
Located in the Hermitage Hotel, this restaurant is known for its fantastic food. They are open on Thanksgiving Day. Stop in for a meal or a drink!
Want to eat at home, but don’t want the stress of cooking? The famous Loveless Cafe has the perfect solution: Thanksgiving meal packs! For right around $100, you can order a full meal for six people. It includes a cooked and carved turkey, gravy, cornbread dressing, biscuits and preserves, three side dishes of your choice and the option to add a pie (or two, or more)! If you need more food, you can always add an extra side or order more pie.
Like The Loveless Cafe, this restaurant is offering fully-cooked turkeys, hams and sides for your holiday meal. (Note: They’ll also have catering available for office meals and Christmas!) Turkeys start at $45, with sides running about $10 for a quart.
For the Ones Full of Christmas Spirit
As soon as Thanksgiving feasting is over, Christmas starts in Music City! Here are just a couple of things you can do to get your Christmas spirit flowing.
This display starts at 5:00 PM on November 24th and runs through the end of the year. The annual light show boasts one million lights throughout the Cheekwood gardens, offering you the sparkliest and prettiest winter stroll in town! This year, there will be a chance to meet Santa and two of his reindeer, listen to carolers and make s’mores. Rates vary based on time and age – check their calendar for more information.
Hosted in a barn-turned-theatre, this show is a great opportunity to get yourself ready for the Christmas season. Not only will you get to listen to music and see a great performance, but Chaffin’s Barn Theatre is a dinner theater – so prepare to eat some fantastic Nashville cooking while you’re there! This show starts November 24th. Check out their website for details on how to buy tickets and what’s included.
Ready for an evening of spectacle and adventure? This show is full of gorgeous costumes, acrobatics, music and gravity-defying tricks. It would make a fantastic family outing. It runs November 18th through December 27th. Check out the website for ticket prices and reservations!
For the Crafters and Music Lovers
Want to indulge in some of the local art scene while you’re in Music City? Here are a few ways to do so.
The Grand Ole Opry is a Nashville tradition – and Thanksgiving weekend is no exception. Check out the website to find out who will be performing, as it’s sure to be a fantastic lineup. There are also other concerts happening during the week of Thanksgiving at the Ryman, so depending on your schedule, maybe you could catch more than one!
This is the second annual event of this awesome market. The artisans featured will be local artists with handmade goods ranging from bath bombs and handmade soaps to bags, jewelry, personalized items, home decor and more! It’s a great chance to get the kids out and about, too! Held on November 25th.
Want to take a quiet stroll through an art collection? Check out this exhibit. The art of more than 70 artists is available for you to peruse in this grouping of artwork influenced by and responding to World War I. Visit the website for hours and ticketing information.
After all that Thanksgiving fun, if you’re needing a little boost, let us know! Our concierge service is ready to provide you with rehydration and vitamin infusions to get you back on your feet.
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