A Country Christmas at Opryland

Experience all-out holiday cheer at this seasonal extravaganza

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

    Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
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    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 2017, look for "A Charlie Brown Christmas" with four 2-story tall ice slides and a frozen Nativity.

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    Cirque Dreams Holidaze

    Cirque Dreams Holidaze
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    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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    Diamond Rio Holidays & Hits Dinner Show

    Award-winning chefs prepare the holiday feast, plating traditional turkey with the fixings for Thanksgiving and Christmas, then the Grammy Award-winning harmonic group steals the show in the Tennessee Ballroom with classic Christmas tunes and beloved hits.

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    Opryland's Nativity Displays

    Christmas lights and decorations at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.
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    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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    Arctic Plunge Snow Tubing and Glacier Glide Ice Skating

    Race family and friends down the hill at the Arctic Plunge Snow Tubing, a 6-lane tubing hill covered with 1.5 million pounds of real snow. Glacier Glide Ice Skating features a 6,000 square-foot rink with private cabanas and a DJ spinning tunes on the weekends.

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    Christmas on the General Jackson

    General Jackson Showboat
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    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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    Breakfast with Charlie Brown

    Begin a day filled with holiday festivities by having breakfast with one of the world's most lovable losers, Charlie Brown. The star of the 2017 ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas will join families and Peanuts-loving friends for a delicious breakfast event. The buffet features Peanuts-themed dishes such as Charlie Brown’s build-your-own-French-toast station with Snoopy’s maple syrup, Pig Pen’s dirty hash browns, Lucy’s flapjacks, and Woodstock’s granola.

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    Non-Stop Fun

    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.