Living in Nashville means nonstop fun and adventure year-round. If you are looking for something to do over the winter holiday, consider visiting one of the many light shows in the Nashville area. Each year demands a display even grander than the one before, so hop in the car and enjoy one of these local winter wonderlands.
The Dancing Lights of Christmas
Jellystone Park Campground in Nashville, located off Route 155, brings the Christmas spirit to life with the Dancing Lights of Christmas light and music show. The show opens on November 4 this year and runs until January 1, 2017. The display takes place nightly from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., with extended hours on weekends and holidays. Enjoy millions of lights set to the tune of holiday favorites on your car radio. Wrap up your visit with a stop in Santa’s Village, where you can take holiday pictures of the kids or enjoy a sweet treat before the drive home.
The show costs $25 per family or church vehicle. Commercial vehicles are charged $50 at entry. You can pay with cash or major credit card.
A Country Christmas
Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas is the holiday destination in Nashville. This year the Gaylord Opryland Events Center will feature four ice slides, ice skating, arctic plunge snow tubing, a snowball toss, and a host of other fun events for the whole family. Enjoy the parade of trees decorated by local celebrities as well as original light displays throughout the resort. Consider booking a room at the resort for the weekend so the kids can enjoy multiple attractions.
This year the fun kicks off on November 11 and lasts until January 1, 2017. Prices vary depending on the event or activity. You can view the full schedule and purchase tickets through the Gaylord Opryland website.
Holiday Lights at Cheekwood
If you’ve never been to the beautiful Cheekwood Estate outside Nashville, this winter might prove the best time to go. For the second year in a row, the lavish mansion and 55-acre botanical gardens will be decorated with millions of holiday lights. Holiday traditions like caroling, toasting s’mores, and building gingerbread houses abound, and the kids will have a chance to see live reindeer.
The Holiday Lights at Cheekwood begins on November 25 and runs until January 1, 2017. Holiday activities take place each night from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Cheekwood is closed on Mondays and on Christmas Day, but open at all other dates and times, including Christmas Eve. Adult tickets cost $20 for non-members or $15 for members. Tickets for children ages 3 through 17 are $15 or $10 for members, and children ages two or under enter for free. Parking is a flat $5 per vehicle.
Whether you’re hoping to introduce your family to your favorite holiday traditions, or simply want something fun to do on a girls’ or guys’ night out during the winter, these local holiday events are sure to inspire the wonder of the season in you.