Holiday Guide, Part 1: Get Jolly with our 4 Ways to Get in the Holiday Spirit

Check out our four favorite ways to get in the holiday spirit in Nashville.


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, people! If you’re not feeling the holiday love, your time has come. But, how can you expect to be at your holiday best if you don’t prepare? The holidays bring with them plenty of stress and anxiety, so we’re here to help you embrace the joyous warmth of the season, even if that warmth comes in the form of an extra round of hot toddies after spending the weekend decorating the tree with your in-laws.

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For Part 1 of our Holiday Guide, we’re starting at the beginning. You can’t enjoy the Christmas fun if you are Ebenezer Scrooge. We want to help you get in touch with your inner Buddy the Elf, so check out our four favorite ways to get in the holiday spirit in Nashville this season.

4 Ways to Get in the Holiday Spirit

1. See the Light

What could be more magical than visiting a winter wonderland that’s covered in thousands of twinkling lights? Remember how magical those lights seemed when you were a kid in the back of your mom’s wood paneled station wagon? It’s just like that, but on steroids! Christmas lights these days are way better and Nashville knows how to light it up. Visit these two go-to destinations to see millions of lights!


November 23 – December 30 (Closed on Christmas Day)
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Gaylord Opryland

November 9 – January 1

2. Sing it Out!

What would Music City be without some great holiday music options? Even if you’re not belting out traditional carols, singing can put a smile on your face and some pep in your step. Just what you’ll need to get through another office Christmas party!

An Elvis Christmas with the Nashville Symphony

Wednesday, December 19th at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 20th at 7:30 p.m.

Christmas at the Ryman with Amy Grant & Vince Gill

Wednesday, November 28 – Sunday, December 23rd*
*Show times and days vary, see the full schedule.

3. Festive Food and Drink

If you’re looking for a way to let loose a little before Christmas, Nashville offers great ways to sample the city’s finest snacks and beverages while celebrating the season with other holly jolly revelers. These two events offer a Christmas-y twist on nightlife.

 Reindeer Games Pop-Up Bar

Beginning December 1st, open every Monday through Thursday
4:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day included)

Nashville Santa Rampage

Saturday, December 8th at 8:00 p.m.

5. Dress It Up

Now that you’re feeling all warm and happy on the inside, it’s time to make sure your wardrobe reflects your inner holiday cheer. You’ll be out shopping anyway, so make sure to pick up an ugly Christmas sweater or two. And hey, if you’re feeling really fancy, you could break out your formal holiday attire…

Get in the holiday zone with these four suggestions to get your holiday cheer on. Stay tuned for Holiday Guide, Part 2 — coming soon!

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