A Country Christmas in Nashville is here! Every year we get excited for the lights to come on at Gaylord Opryland and all the Christmas festivities to begin. Guess what? All that is happening THIS WEEK! The lights turn on and the Christmas festivities officially begin Friday, November 10th at 5:45pm at Gaylord Opryland.
This year, the resort will hang more lights than ever, bringing the total to more than 3 million Christmas lights. Teams have been working several hours each day since July to make sure the holiday lights are up for A Country Christmas, taking place November 10 through January 1.
The resort’s signature holiday attraction—ICE!, returns with A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz. The beloved holiday story will come to life in 2 million pounds of colorful, larger-than-life ice sculptures. Kept at nine degrees Fahrenheit, the exhibit is hand-carved by 40 master artisans from Harbin, China, who use their artistry to create favorite scenes with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and friends, plus multi-story ice slides. If you can’t get enough of the Peanuts gang, enjoy an interactive breakfast you and your family won’t soon forget at Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up Nashville for the first time, November 18 through December 27, 2017, at the Grand Ole Opry House featuring never-before-seen performances, over 300 costumes, 20 of the world’s best acts, original music and seasonal favorites in a multi-million-dollar stage wonderland. Hailed by The New York Daily News as “A delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload,” don’t miss this must-see Broadway musical, new cirque adventure and family show wrapped in one BroadwayWorld declares “the perfect holiday gift.”
Diamond Rio’s Holidays & Hits Dinner Show will bring lighter-than-air harmonies to Gaylord Opryland, November 17 through December 25. The Grammy Award-winning six-man group has sold more than 10 million albums, earning three platinum and five gold records. With their hit, “Meet in the Middle,” they became the first group in the history of country music to have a debut single reach No. 1. The band was awarded Opry membership in 1998 and has received Top Vocal Group honors six times from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.
The Build-A-Bear Workshop experience lets guests make their very own furry winter friend—a cuddly, cute polar bear plush, designed exclusively for Gaylord Hotels that can be personalized with cozy winter clothing and accessories. For even more fun, families can work together to solve the Build-A-Bear Workshop Scavenger Hunt to gain a “beary” special prize.
No need to endure the cold for a lovely yuletide glide! Gaylord Opryland takes it up a notch this year with a 6,000-square-foot indoor ice rink in the spectacular Holiday Hall. While there, guests can also hop aboard the Opryland Express kids’ train, stop by the Gingerbread Decorating Corner, presented by Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas, or take a whirl on the Santa’s Spinners tea cup ride!
For heart-pounding thrills, guests can head outdoors and brave the hills of the resort’s extreme snow tubing hill covered in 1.5 million pounds of real snow—or enjoy a carnival-style game to test guests’ aim at Santa’s Snow Throw.
We aren’t the only ones who love A Country Christmas so much. It’s been hailed as one of the “Ten Great Places to Catch up with Santa” by USA Today; “The Most Christmassy Hotel in the Nation” by the Travel Channel’s “Extreme Christmas;” one of the top 10 places to spend Christmas in the world by Travel + Leisure; and a “Nashville treasure” by Southern Living.
So, let’s re-cap all this holiday fun:
- 3 million holiday lights
- 1 million visitors to the resort during the holidays each year
- 15,000 poinsettias
- 15 miles of green garland
- 10 miles of hand-tied, red ribbon
- 48-foot-tall Christmas tree
- 1.5 million pounds of real snow on snow tubing hill
- 2+ million pounds of ice for signature ICE! attraction
- Nearly 7,000 giant blocks of colored ice
- 40 ice artisans from Harbin, China
Go ahead and grab your tickets to all these attractions (and others) at Gaylord Opryland this Christmas season. Save 20% off your holiday stay through January 7th by using the code “ADP”.