Nashville Holiday Events Guide
Ready to get out safely this holiday season? We’ve put together the perfect country Christmas itinerary in Nashville to fill up your calendar with fun activities that will get you in the spirit of the season.
See an Opry Show
The Grand Ole Opry is home for the holidays this year and welcoming guests back to Friday and Saturday night shows with limited tickets and safety in mind. Every performance is a one-night-only lineup featuring country music’s greats, a few surprises, and a couple of hand-picked, rising stars we can’t wait to show off. Never rehearsed and never the same show twice.
Walk in the Footsteps of the Stars
Bring the whole gang on a tour of the Opry this holiday season. Explore American country with some holiday flair, and let us show you around the house with a guided backstage tour. Discover where the legends, stars and history happens behind the scenes every week on the Opry.
Relive Your Favorite Holiday Movies
Blast to your nostalgic past with the Gaylord Opryland Resort’s brand-new Christmas movie immersive “I Love Christmas Movies” multi-sensory pop-up exhibit that features film favorites National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf, A Christmas Story, Polar Express, and The Year Without a Santa Claus. The experience runs from November 13, 2020 to January 3, 2021.
Stay for A Country Christmas
No Nashville Christmas season can be fully experienced without a visit to Opryland for A Country Christmas. Simply walking through the resort is wondrous with acres of holiday twinkling lights and decorations to admire, but don’t forget to explore all of the activities, events and performances, such as ice tubing, The Oak Ridge Boys Dinner Show, gingerbread decorating, ice bumper cars, and so much more. A Country Christmas runs from November 13, 2020 to January 3, 2021.
Light Up Your Spirits at Cheekwood
All of Cheekwood will be aglow as a million lights illuminate the gardens from November 20 to January 10, 2021. Real reindeer, trains and more will add an extra touch of magic to an evening of reverie. This year, also experience the Chihuly exhibit alongside Cheekwood’s Holiday lights that features large-scale blown glass installations by renowned sculptor Dale Chihuly.
Tour a Historically Cool Icon
Ryman Auditorium is where artists, rebels, fans and curious visitors tap into the allure that has powered Music City’s cultural engine for more than a century. With 128 years of performance and music history under its belt, you’ll want to explore this storied downtown landmark to see where some of country music’s biggest moments have taken place. After the tour, get a picture on the plaza with the Ryman snowglobe, and take a stroll through Icon Walk where you can see one of its newest additions, Loretta Lynn.
Hit Up a Retro Tiki Christmas Bar
With retro vibes befitting one of Elvis’ Hawaiian movies, the rooftop at Ole Red’s The Lookout is hosting its own Tiki Tidings takeover with plenty of photo spots, island-worthy drinks and dishes, and live music from November 9 to December 31. Plus, the views of Nashville at this rooftop bar can’t be beat, so it may be the top spot on your holiday bar crawl.
Experience a Light Show from Your Car
Pack the cocoa and marshmallows for a holiday experience from the comfort of your car at the Dancing Lights of Christmas. Just 35 miles outside of Nashville in Lebanon, the drive-thru experience has the honor of “Tennessee’s Largest Drive-Thru Light and Music Show,” with a 2.5 mile route and more than 2 million lights dancing along to holiday tunes. The Dancing Lights of Christmas is open seven days a week from November 13 to January 3, 2021.