Nashville Holiday Events Guide
December 9, 2019
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.
By Katie Quine • Updated December 9, 2019
Holiday at the Ryman
The Mother Church of Country Music has enough seasonal merriment to power all of Nashville’s light displays. When you tour the Ryman this holiday season, record your own Christmas song at Air Castle Studio, get your family photo taken on the Ryman stage, and enjoy a free cup of hot chocolate from Cafe Lula.
Holiday Lights at Cheekwood
All of Cheekwood will be aglow as a million lights illuminate the gardens from November 23 to January 5, 2020. Carolers, s’mores, real reindeer, and visits from Santa will add an extra touch of magic to an evening of reverie.
The Ornaments Present A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi
A tradition going on its 14th 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.
Gaylord Opryland Christmas Lights
Fun fact: Decorating crews started in July to get Gaylord Opryland Resort prepped for Christmas with more than 3 million dazzling lights and over-the-top holiday decor. Get lost in reverie while admiring the resort’s 9 acres of spectacular indoor atriums.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
The beloved TV special makes its way to the Grand Ole Opry House stage in a musical that the whole family can’t help but sing along to. The show runs November 16 to December 27.
New in 2019, this immersive Christmas experience takes place at First Tennessee Park and features Nashville’s tallest Christmas tree, an ice-skating rink, local craft vendors and more.
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 lovable festive tunes.
Not 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.
Monell’s Victorian Christmas Dinner
Enjoy 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.
New Year, Ole Red
Country down, disco up. Ole Red, Blake Shelton’s restaurant and bar on Lower Broadway, was double dog dared to throw two New Year’s Eve parties instead of one. Ring in 2020 with the best live music in Nashville and a performance by Adairs Run. Or head up to The Lookout for a rooftop dance party and silent disco hall.
Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight
Nashville’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.
Opry at the Ryman
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!