Best Holiday Events & Activities in Nashville TN

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Celebrate the season in Nashville with some of the best holiday activities in the Music City. All of the gorgeous decorations, twinkling lights, and familiar carols are sure to put you in the holly jolly spirit. Bring the entire family along to experience some of the greatest holiday-themed shows, tours, and cruises.




Gaylord Opryland Resort’s A Country Christmas

November 13, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Over three million lights turn the Opryland Hotel and Resort into a magical destination. You can visit Opryland for free any day between November 13, 2020, to January 3, 2021, just to see the interior and exterior lights, or you can pay to do other fun activities. And, of course, you could stay the night for the ultimate experience!

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Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood

November 20, 2020 – January 10, 2021

Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood is back again for the sixth year with a one-mile-long path featuring over a million twinkling lights. Holiday LIGHTS, an outdoor display showcasing 17 custom-made LED trees with programmed lights, is new this year. There will also be real reindeer, s’mores pits, holiday carolers, a children’s wonderland, Santa, gingerbread workshops, and cash bars with wine, beer, and hot chocolate. The Mansion will be decorated, so be sure to check it out while you’re there. Holiday LIGHTS is a timed-ticketed event from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. The exhibit is open seven nights a week from November 20, 2020, to January 10, 2021 (except Christmas Day). Admission ranges from $9 to $26 depending on membership status, time, and date.



Drive-Thru Dancing Lights of Christmas

November 13, 2020 – January 3, 2021

The 11th annual Dancing Lights of Christmas returns to The James E. Ward Agricultural Center. The light show will run from November 13, 2020, to January 3, 2021. This has quickly become a Nashville tradition where attendees pile in a car and drive through an incredible dancing light show, which synchronizes with a special FM radio channel. The show opens nightly at 5:00pm, even on holidays.

Address: 945 E Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, TN 37087

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Franktown Festival of Lights

November 26, 2020 – December 26, 2020

Franktown Festival of Lights is a nightly light display running from November 26, 2020, to December 26, 2020, at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center in Franklin. Relax in your vehicle and wind through over 50 light displays and listen to synchronized Christmas tunes through your radio. Tickets are $25-$100 depending on the size of your vehicle.

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The Lodge at The Pool Club

Starting November 20, 2020

The Lodge, a ski chalet-inspired winter pop-up, opens at The Pool Club at Virgin Hotels Nashville on Friday, November 20, 2020. The Pool Club’s poolside cabanas will be transformed into heated cabins where guests can enjoy festive decor, fire pits, s’mores kits, heaters, hot cocktails, twinkling string lights, and more. Be sure to check out the weekly happenings, including Fireside Fridays and Snow Day Saturdays. The Lodge is open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 11:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 11:00pm. To reserve a heated cabin experience, email

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Reindeer Games: A Christmas Pop-Up Bar

November 20, 2020 – January 1, 2021

Reindeer Games, an immersive holiday pop-up bar for adults over 21, is taking over Headquarters Beercade in SoBro this November and December starting on November 20, 2020. Guests can expect an experiential winter wonderland, including 3D Christmas tree displays, thousands of ornaments, 2,000 feet of twinkling lights, a life-size Santa’s sleigh, and festive food and cocktails. Expect creative riffs on classic Christmas drinks and holiday flavors, too.

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Candy Cane Jane’s

Opening November 10, 2020

Candy Cane Jane's is Downtown Nashville's brand new Christmas-themed cocktail bar.  Located on a roof-top in historic Printer's Alley, it's over-abundance of Christmas trees and lights will get any Grinch into the holiday spirit.  Friends of Jane are always welcome.

Enter at 209 Printer's Alley and take the elevator to the 6th floor.

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