Top 5 Holiday Activities in Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee may be known as the Music City, but during the holiday season, it transforms into a winter wonderland filled with festive cheer. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s no shortage of holiday activities to enjoy. From dazzling light displays to live music events, Nashville offers a unique blend of Southern hospitality and yuletide spirit. Here’s a guide to some of the best activities to make your holidays in Nashville unforgettable.


Enjoy the Light Show at Cheekwood Gardens

Escape the bustle of the city and venture to the Cheekwood Estate & Gardens for a magical holiday experience. The estate hosts the annual “Holiday Lights at Cheekwood,” featuring a one-mile walking trail adorned with over a million lights. Explore the beautifully illuminated gardens, visit with Santa, and enjoy seasonal treats. This family-friendly attraction promises an enchanting evening for visitors of all ages.


Country Christmas at the Gaylord Opryland Resort

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, where the annual “Country Christmas” celebration takes place. Marvel at the magnificent decorations, including two million twinkling lights and festive displays. Enjoy indoor snowfall, ice tubing, and the famous ICE! exhibit featuring intricate ice sculptures. With captivating performances, visits from elves, and gingerbread decorating, the resort transforms into a holiday paradise.


Drive through the Dancing Lights of Christmas

Step into a winter wonderland of enchantment as the Dancing Lights of Christmas illuminate the night sky with a spectacular display of color and cheer.  The Dancing Lights of Christmas consists of nearly three million LED Christmas lights, displayed over a two and a half-mile route. Come explore Tennessee’s largest synchronized light and music show; perfect for a girls night, date night, or the whole family.


Check out a Show at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center

Nestled in the heart of Nashville, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) stands as a beacon of cultural vibrancy and artistic expression. Boasting world-class facilities and a rich history, TPAC is a cornerstone of the city’s thriving arts scene. Check out classics like A Christmas Carol and Nashville’s Nutcracker; sure to spread holiday cheer and inspire audiences.


Kick back at one of Nashville’s famous Holiday Pop-up Bars

Nashville embraces the festivity of the holiday season with their array of pop-up bars scattered across the city. Offering themed decorations, seasonal cocktails, and spirited atmospheres, we recommend checking out the 9 3/4 Pop Up at Union Station Nashville Yards, Buddy’s Bar at the Pancake Pantry, Camp Bobby at Bobby Hotel, and Chalet 27 at The Westin Nashville.

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