Do not be fooled by the lack of snow, Nashville brings the holidays to life like no other city. Holiday magic paints the town red, green, gold, and silver. Music City lights up with holiday tunes beginning as early as mid-November. Plus, lights, music, activities and more fill the days and nights with unforgettable festivities. Discover some hip ways to celebrate Nashville holiday cheer.
Nothing is more festival than lighting up the city with holiday hues. Fortunately, there are plenty of options when it comes to appreciating bright holiday lights.
Festival of Lights
The Dancing Lights of Christmas
Countless lights and an animated 35-foot Christmas
Holiday Lights at Cheekwood
One million lights bedazzle the Cheekwood gardens for a memorable, mile-long holiday stroll open through January 1. Holiday carolers, real reindeer, a poinsettia tree and
Aptly named Music City, Nashville is the perfect place to tap your toe to the familiar strains of holiday music that help make the season memorable.
Rufus and Martha Wainwright’s Nashville Noel Nights
Come on down to the Ryman Auditorium on Dec. 18 or 19 for a family holiday celebration with the Wainwright's, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss and friends. Performance proceeds benefit the Kate McGarrigle Foundation and the Epilepsy Foundation of Tennessee. Grab your tickets for this must-see event!
Amy Grant & Vince Gill: Christmas at the Ryman
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” The Musical
Running through December 25, the wildly popular, classic tale of the Grinch comes to vibrant life on stage at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. Experience Whoville as narrated by Max the Dog. And, to top off the experience, be certain to make reservations for Breakfast with the Grinch, an interactive dining experience guaranteed to delight the palate and the heart.
There are plenty of action-packed holiday events in Nashville to keep everyone moving and grooving throughout the season.
Dress in warm layers to experience this chilly but spectacular indoor winter wonderland which runs through the first of the year. Two million pounds of ice, hand carved by 40 artisans, tell the tale of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Plus, the crystal clear ice nativity display is breathtaking and inspiring.
Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas
With or without experiencing Ice!, Opryland offers Arctic Snow Tubing and Glacier Glide Ice Skating, plus four two-story high ice slides
If you're looking for something fun and different to make the season more fun, there are some great possibilities in Nashville.
Holiday Cruises Aboard the General Jackson Showboat
The choice is yours as you cruise along the Cumberland River in one of the largest showboats ever built. Delicious, chef-prepared meals with superior entertainment promise a right choice no matter which event you pick.
— A Jazzy Christmas on the Cumberland highlights romance in an intimate evening of live entertainment and dining perfect for jazz music lovers.
— A Tennessee Christmas Holiday Midday Cruise entertains in true Tennessee style with some of Nashville’s premiere country performers crooning holiday tunes.
— Christmas on the Cumberland fills the Victorian Theater stage with lights, costumes, choreography and classic holiday music as well as contemporary arrangements.
The iconic Forbes five-star, AAA, five-diamond-rated Hermitage Hotel hosts your holiday meals. Offering both seasonal and traditional southern fare, this Christmas memory will be remembered. Join the festivities for the:
— Annual Christmas Day Feast, December 25.
— Christmas Dinner
— New Year’s Eve at Capital Grille, December 31.
Nashville knows how to celebrate. Grab your holiday spirit and head into town for your pick of Christmas activities. If you hurry, you may just be able to fit them all in. If you venture out on the do-it-all plan, stop by the Recovery Room in the morning to fuel up for the next day and night of celebrating.
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