At Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, more than 3 million twinkle lights cast a warm glow on "A Country Christmas," the holiday extravaganza that justifies stretching the celebration from mid-November through the New Year. This Nashville icon charms children with appearances by beloved storybook and cartoon characters, Build-a-Bear workshops, photo ops with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice skating, snow tubing, and gingerbread houses. Adults can get into the spirit of the season with an outdoor Nativity, holiday cruises on the Cumberland River, and non-stop fun. Hotel packages include accommodations and event passes.
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Opryland Christmas Lights
More than 3 million Christmas lights and an outdoor Nativity draw visitors from near and far to this annual spectacle of Nashville Christmas lights. Embark on a horse-drawn carriage ride from the Magnolia Lawn for a nostalgic view of the seasonally decorated resort grounds.
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It takes 2 million pounds of ice and 40 skilled carvers from Harbin, China, to create the ICE! experience. This whimsical winter wonderland of interactive ice sculptures and displays — some larger-than-life — comes to life with a new theme each year. In 2018, look for "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with four two-story tall ice slides and a frozen Nativity.
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Cirque Dreams Holidaze
An international roster of performers in elaborate costumes dazzles the audience with acrobatics, and musical and dance numbers in the variety show-style Cirque Dreams Holidaze show at the Grand Ole Opry House.
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Feast With the Grinch
Enjoy a meal and meet the famed Grinch while you eat. The buffet-style brunch features items inspired by Who-ville and the Grinch will make tableside visits to diners during the meal. This dining experience has special Dr. Seuss touches that fans will love and lasts from November 17-December 30.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Opryland's Nativity Displays
Explore the Nativity at Opryland, where you can reenact the biblical story of the birth of Christ. The Nativity scenes are the ICE! Nativity and the Outdoor Nativity on the Magnolia Lawn.
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Delta River Christmas Cruise
A Country Christmas Delta River Cruises take visitors on a scenic indoor river cruise on a Mississippi-style river flatboat. Delight in the spectacular lights and sights of Gaylord Opryland Resort's Delta Atrium Christmas decorations.
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Christmas on the General Jackson
Take a holiday cruise (day or night) down the Cumberland River on one of the largest showboats in the country, the General Jackson Showboat, and enjoy plenty of live holiday music and entertainment along with a special feast.
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A Trace Atkins Christmas
Grammy Award-winning Country star Trace Atkins will serenade fans with Christmas and Celtic classics and more with performances of songs from "A King's Gift." Gaylord Opryland's talented chefs will prepare a three-course meal for you to enjoy while listening to Trace Atkin's performance.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland
SoundWaves is an indoor/outdoor waterpark that blends music and water to create a unique experience for all. Covering more than 200,000 square feet SoundWaves has thrill rides and relaxing experiences. The indoor and outdoor areas were designed to offer an incredible experience and the water is always the perfect temperature.
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Visit with Santa and ride the Santa Spinners teacups; build a new best friend at the Build-A-Bear Workshop, then head out together on a scavenger hunt; bake and decorate gingerbread cookies with Mrs. Claus; meet Snoopy; take a horse-drawn carriage ride; and hop on the Opryland Express for a scenic miniature train through Holiday Hall. The Brightest Star Fountain Show tells the story of the first Christmas through synchronized music. water, and lights.