Guide to Christmas in Nashville: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

Seasonal Tours, Shows, and Christmas Lights

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
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There's a reason Nashville is called Music City; it's always lively and full of activities no matter the season–but the Christmas season tends to be particularly more festive. Lights, holiday house tours, and a stay at Gaylord Opryland Hotel top the list of things to do in Nashville to celebrate the winter holidays in 2019.

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Nashville Christmas Lights Tour

This two and a half hour tour takes you around Nashville to see spectacular holiday lights displays and then on to Franklin, a southern suburb of Nashville, a historic town where the Civil War Battle of Franklin took place. You'll stop at the Lotz House, which is filled with Civil War-era antiques and decorated for the season. Expect to see a mix of residential light displays and over-the-top animatronics.

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See Special Christmas Lights and Holiday Displays

 Dancing Lights of Christmas

Experience some of the best holiday lights and festive displays that the Nashville area has to offer. Chad's Winter Wonderland has a drive-through Santa house, featuring Santa himself taking Christmas wish lists, a drive-through nativity scene, more than 350 pieces of Christmas scenery, a Christmas train, a dancing snowman, and many LED displays. Christmas on the Cumberland has more than one million Christmas lights on display at the city of Clarksville's festival of lights at McGregor Park. The dancing lights of Christmas at Jellystone Park in Nashville will thrill the kids in your family, and maybe the adults, too and nother drive-through dancing light show can be found at The James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

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Take a Tour of Nashville's Holiday Homes

Nashville Home for the Holidays

If you're in the Nashville area, you have plenty of options to tour historic homes during the holidays. You can tour the state's executive mansion, which is the home of the governor, during Tennessee's Home for the Holidays event. Or check out the Hermitage Holiday Tour, which is a walk-through of President Andrew Jackson's historic plantation house while it is decorated for the season. The Hermitage is in Davidson County, 10 miles east of Nashville. The Historic Home Yuletide Tours at the Nashville Zoo will give you a chance see how the Victorians celebrated the holidays at the Grassmere Historic Home. The tours will be offered the first three weekends in December 2019.

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Gaylord Opryland Hotel Country Christmas

 Gaylord Opryland Hotel 

Throughout the Christmas season, Gaylord Opryland Hotel hosts many holiday events and is all tricked out for the holidays with festive decor and more than three million twinkling lights that sparkle until midnight from November 8, 2019 through January 1, 2020. Get in the spirit of the season with hotel events such as a "A Christmas Story on Ice" and a holiday concert with Grammy-winner Trace Adkins at the Tennessee Ballroom.

And that's not all. The kids can go ice skating at the hotel's rink and watch ice skating performed by professional, ride a miniature train through Holiday Hall, and have their photo taken with Santa. There will also be scavenger hunts, gingerbread decorating sessions, and carriage rides.

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Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood

Holiday Lights at Cheekwood


From November 23, 2019 to January 5, 2020, Holiday LIGHTS returns to Cheekwood mansion for the fourth year. More than a million twinkling lights decorate the opulent property twice a day. The event also includes real reindeer, s’mores pits, holiday carolers, Santa, gingerbread workshops, and cash bars with wine, beer, and hot chocolate.

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Reindeer Games: A Christmas Pop-Up Bar

Interior shot of Reindeer Games

Courtesy of Reindeer Games Pop Up Bar

For something a bit different, head to this Christmas-themed pop-up bar at HQ Beercade. Adults 21 and over will enjoy 3D Christmas tree displays, thousands of ornaments, 2,000 feet of twinkling lights, and a life-size Santa sleigh. Plus, there will be holiday cocktails, light bites, and free pinball. Opening night is November 22, 2019 and a full calendar events will be posted online.

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