Nashville Holiday Guide

All of Nashville is "dressed in holiday style," and our guide to Music City's winter attractions and events will get you in the spirit.

Christmas at the Ryman Where better to enjoy the season’s carols than in the hallowed wooden pews of the Mother Church? The venerable Amy Grant and Vince Gill will take the stage for 12 nights to perform a medley of traditional hymns and loveable festive tunes.

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A Trace Adkins ChristmasAfter enjoying a gourmet dinner prepared by Gaylord Opryland Resort chefs, you’ll be serenaded by Grand Ole Opry member Trace Adkins as the band performs a mixture of classic Christmas songs and chart-topping hits.

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"ICE! featuring Dr. Seuss' 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas!'"Your favorite storybook characters and scenes come to life in a series of elaborate hand-carved ice sculptures at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Grab your parka — the walk-through attraction is kept at a chilly 9 degrees.

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Holiday Lights at CheekwoodAll of Cheekwood will be aglow as a million lights illuminate the gardens from November 23 to December 30. Carolers, s’mores, real reindeer, and visits from Santa will add an extra touch of magic to an evening of reverie.

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The Ornanments Present A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi A tradition going on its 13th year, The Ornaments — a band that was solely created for this yuletide occasion — perform Vince Guaraldi's jazz soundtrack for A Charlie Brown Christmas. This family-friendly event is a favorite among locals.

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Opryland Hotel Christmas LightsFun fact: Decorating crews started in July to get the Gaylord Opryland Resort prepped for Christmas with more than 3 million dazzling lights. Get lost in reverie while admiring the free displays and the hotel’s atrium and conservatory.

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Cirque Dreams HolidazeA blend of artful acrobatics, musical theater, and seasonal cheer, Cirque Dreams Holidaze will leave you with visions of sugar plums dancing in your head. It’s this year’s featured holiday stage show at the Grand Ole Opry House, running November 16 to December 28.

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Music City WinterfestA free event the whole family can enjoy, Music City Winterfest turns Centennial Park into a wonderland, making it the perfect destination to find one-of-a-kind gifts from local crafters, partake in a holiday onesie brunch, and enjoy a guaranteed snowfall.

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A Christmas Story at TPACNot everything about the holiday season comes wrapped in a picture-perfect bow, and Ralphie’s misadventures with a frozen flagpole, leg lamp, and BB gun prove it in this stage adaptation of a cult classic put on by the Nashville Repertory Theatre.

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Home Alone in Concert with the Nashville SymphonyIn addition to hosting a number of holiday concerts alongside the likes of Opry members Martina McBride and The Oak Ridge Boys, the Nashville Symphony will perform the iconic musicals scores of Home Alone while the movie is shown on the big screen.

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Monell's Victorian Christmas DinnerEnjoy a gourmet five-course holiday meal served on fine china without worrying about washing the dishes later at this Nashville dining institution. Victorian carolers perform throughout the meal and invite guests to sing along with them by candlelight at the end of the meal. Reserve early.

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Jack Daniel's Music City MidnightNashville’s biggest New Year’s Eve bash includes a multi-genre concert — Keith Urban will be headlining again this year — and the night’s festivities will culminate with the midnight Music Note Drop and a fireworks show. The event is free, and special VIP packages are available.

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Opry at the Ryman Planning a trip to Nashville this holiday season? With eight to twelve country stars shining bright each night, there’s entertainment for everyone at the Grand Ole Opry. In the winter months, the Opry returns to its most famous former home: Ryman Auditorium. Don't miss your chance to see "the show that made country music famous" at the Mother Church!

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