Top 5 things to do in Nashville during the holidays

Discover the magic of Music City during the holiday season and plan your ultimate getaway!

Nashville is known for being a vibrant city filled with culture, music, and entertainment all year round. But during the holiday season, Nashville takes on a whole new level of magic. From festive lights to holiday performances, Nashville offers the perfect holiday getaway destination. If you’re planning on spending some time in Nashville during the holidays, check out these top five things to do. 


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1. Visit the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center 
The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center is one of the most popular holiday attractions and a must-see during the season. It hosts one of the best holiday events in Nashville, where you can see the resort decorated in more than three million sparkling holiday lights. Take a stroll through the four indoor gardens, enjoy the festive decorations, and dazzling immersive displays. You'll even find a 9,000-square-foot outdoor skating rink made with real ice among the winter wonderland. 

2. Attend the Nashville Christmas Parade 

If you’re in Nashville the first weekend in December, don't miss the Nashville Christmas Parade. This parade has been making its way through the streets of downtown Nashville since 1927. You can join more than 50,000 spectators and watch floats go by, as well as live music and dancers performing along the way. The parade usually begins at midday on the first Saturday of December, so ensure that you don’t miss it when visiting Nashville over the holidays. 

3. Visit Cheekwood Holiday Lights 

If you enjoy seeing Christmas lights, then going to Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is perfect for you. Experience the mansion house glowing with lights and see the beautiful tree decoration around the house and illuminated gardens. You can also enjoy holiday music, several yummy food and drink options, and festive, family-friendly activities. 

4. Experience the East Nash Holiday Bash 

The East Nash Holiday Bash is a not-to-be-missed event that captures the true spirit of the holiday season. This festive extravaganza brings together the vibrant community of East Nashville to celebrate in style. With live music, delicious food and drink, and an array of unique local vendors to shop from, the Holiday Bash offers a one-of-a-kind experience for attendees. Whether you're looking to find the perfect handmade gift, indulge in delectable treats, or simply soak up the joyful atmosphere, this event has something for everyone.  

5. Attend Jack Daniel's New Year's Eve Live 

If you're planning to ring in the New Year in Nashville, then don't miss the Jack Daniel's New Year's Eve celebration. Headlining performances from top country music artists and fireworks help take this awesome annual event up a notch. The event takes place on the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, which has a space for a ball drop overlooking the Nashville skyline. It's a must-see for anyone traveling to Nashville during the holidays. 

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