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Christmas in Nashville, TN

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From fun-filled activities to holiday cheer, Nashville is one of the most spectacular places to spend your Christmas! Hop aboard a bus, train, or plane to come visit this most magical city during a time of celebration, joy, and festivities – the best time to visit Music City! From holiday-themed events to the amazing Christmas shows, Nashville has everything you could possibly want for the most magical holiday season! Enjoy holiday-themed concerts and spectaculars that will leave you and your family with countless happy holiday memories.

All Aboard for Trains at the Adventure Science Center (Nov. 11 - Jan 4)

Nothing says Christmas like magical model trains running through marvelous little villages ! The Adventure Science Center is ringing in the holiday season with a model train extravaganza. Young and old delight at this charming wonderland of miniature railroads. Gaze upon the Lionel 'O' Trains chugging along a double loop track, as you get to control elements of the display with buttons and levers. The whimsical trains travel through a farmland, city, quarry and a county fair. Kids watch in wide-eyed wonder at the Winter Wonderland and the little train whistling its way through, set right at their eye level. And everyone's favorite Thomas the Tank Engine will be there with his friends in the Garden Scale Winter Village.

Christmas on the General Jackson (Nov. 13 – Dec. 25)

Take a holiday cruise down the Cumberland River on the General Jackson Riverboat and enjoy plenty of live holiday music, tunes, and entertainment. Choose a midday cruise and the Nashville Christmas production, with country pickin', comedy and authentic vocals bring alive Christmas tunes, dueling fiddles perform 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Songs for Santa and more! Or opt for the Heart of Christmas Dinner Show and enjoy the glad tidings of a 6-piece show band and 6 featured performers, in a colorful production of Christmas favorites, touching classics, and some rockin' for Santa Claus.

Christmas Village at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds (Nov. 14 - 16)

Enjoy a variety of unique seasonal and gift items are offered Nashville’s oldest and most prestigious consumer show! Approximately 260 merchants and 25,000 shoppers from all over the States participate in this premier show, searching through the toys for all ages, clothing for children and adults, jewelry, food items, pottery, collectibles, and unusual pieces for that special someone!

"A Country Christmas" at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel (Nov. 15 – Jan. 1)

Join the Gaylord Opryland Hotel for the magic of the Christmas season with their beautifully stunning light display! Find more than two million twinkling lights, horse-drawn carriage rides, acres of stunning decorations, and of course, stop and see ICE! featuring Twas the Night Before Christmas, for an evening of beauty and fun!

ICE! at Gaylord Opryland featuring Twas the Night Before Christmas (Nov. 14 –  Jan. 3)

Join the incredible dreamland ICE! for the holidays, and experience the magic of this winter wonderland sculpted from nearly two million pounds of ice enclosed in a 40,000-square-foot refrigerated events center! This festive event is a must-see for families in the Nashville area during the holiday season, and this year guests will be treated to amazing ice depictions of scenes from the holiday favorite, Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the Rockettes (Nov. 21 – Dec. 24)

There is no better place to be this holiday than at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, so bring your whole family to marvel at the incredible precision dancing of the Rockettes in beloved scenes with wooden soldiers or the stunning reenactment of the first Christmas. In the dynamic second half, Old St. Nick takes center stage to remind us all about the true spirit of Christmas. It is a one-of-a-kind celebration for sharing with family, friends, and loved ones, and the Opry House is beautifully decked out for the season with spectacular lights, sparkles, and other decorations!

Restless Heart: A Season of Harmony Dinner & Show at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Event Center (Nov. 20 – Dec. 25)

Country music powerhouse group Restless Heart brings soaring rich harmonies to Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas with an all new A Season of Harmony Dinner Show. Known for chart-toppers like "I'll Still be Loving You," and 'When She Cries," the band, celebrating 30 years with its five original members, will perform holiday classics and original songs from their new Christmas album along with favorite hits.

Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater's Best of Country & Holiday Dinner & Show (Nov. 19 – Dec. 17)

Experience a celebration of the holidays done up country style with the Nashville Nightlife’s Holiday Show! Hear many of the greatest country and spiritual holiday songs from the stars of yesterday and today’s hottest superstars, like “Tennessee Christmas,” “White Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and many more! Enjoy many guest stars throughout the season including Tommy Cash, Steve Hall, and Shotgun Red, so be sure to stick around after the show for an exclusive autograph and photo session!

"A Christmas Carol" at the Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre (Nov. 20 – Dec. 28)

The classic Dickens tale retold with a twist. Six actors transform from character to character as three ghosts take penny-pinching Scrooge on an eye-opening journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

"A Tuna Christmas" at the Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre (Dec. 11 – Dec. 31)

In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it's Christmas time in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Whellis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey's production of "A Christmas Carol" is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Many colorful Tuna denizens, some you will recognize from Greater Tuna and some appearing here for the first time (all played by two actors) join in the holiday fun.

Christmas Lights Tour (Dec. 1-31)

Travel from the more well-to-do neighborhoods to lone estates of the stars for a look at this tour’s vibrant look at the spirit of the season through decorative light displays! During this 2.5-hour tour of Nashville and the surrounding area, you will see a variety of grand light displays, including animatronics set-ups, over-the-top residential displays, and more!

Amy Grant & Vince Gill at the Ryman Auditorium (Dec. 3 - Dec. 18)

In their two hour program, the Grammy-winning husband and wife team will present cherished standards as well as newer seasonal numbers.

Also, be sure to look at the Nashville Christmas Vacation Packages:

  • 2016: December 25
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