We’re so excited that the holiday season has finally arrived in Nashville, and we’re all ready for hot chocolate and Christmas light experiences throughout town. If you’re thinking of a date night or perhaps a beautiful evening out with your little ones, these ten winter attractions in Nashville are bound to have you in and out in a jiffy, eyes lit with holiday magic. You won’t find epic mall lines here, friends – even if Santa is there.
1. Ooh and ah at the Cheekwood holiday light display.
The Cheekwood holiday lights boast over one million lights a year, artfully displayed across the historic grounds and through the mansion. You can visit to indulge in the chilly and beautiful trek through the gardens, wander the art museum on-site and even try out the s'mores station.
2. Catch the holiday special at the Nashville Reperatory Teater.
This year they're performing, "A Christmas Story". It's the kind of show that makes folks of all ages laugh and cry, a beautiful story of holiday heart balanced with well-placed humor.
3. Make sure to go tubing and ice skating at the hotel, too!
Ah, yes. This is for the kiddos in your group! The Opryland Hotel offers tubing and ice skating for a fee just outside the hotel.
4. Wander the free light display at the Grand Ole Opry.
The Opryland Hotel puts on quite possibly the largest free show in the city, with the entire hotel decked out in millions of lights. It's free to walk around with your little ones or perhaps on a date with your plus one, and there's nothing more magical than experiencing the joy of Christmas in such grand southern style.
5. Warm up with a cup of holiday coffee.
Local coffee shops like Crema and Barista Parlor are all decked out in classic holiday regalia, and it makes for a perfect experience for those of you looking to indulge in seasonal drinks or a mocha that will warm you to your toes.
6. Bundle up for the first Saturday Art Crawl downtown.
The Saturday Art Crawl still goes on in the historic Arcade downtown, though most folks think it's merely a seasonal event. Go, wander downtown with a coffee in hand and marvel at the beautiful artwork created by our locals.
7. Fall in love with the Dancing Lights of Christmas.
The Dancing Lights of Christmas is the largest drive-through light display in the whole of Middle Tennessee. It's an incredible light and music show that now takes place at the Wilson County Fairgrounds, where admission is charged per vehicle.
8. Or perhaps take the Holly Jolly Trolley.
The Holly Jolly Trolley operates in the city of Franklin, and it's a fun holiday tour through the heart of downtown that shows off Christmas lights and offers up spades of holiday cheer for the whole family.
9. Pop down to Franklin and wander the darling downtown.
Known as one of the cutest small towns in the nation, the city of Franklin absolutely transforms during the holiday season. It's where you'll find a historic theater with fun holiday favorites on a loop, where you can indulge in holiday festivals and even visit for the Christmas tree lighting.
10. Make sure you cheer for the Predators.
Aw, man. Is this a cop-out? We're going to say no, because there's nothing like the Predators during the holiday season. It's how you can really get into the communal spirit with all the locals, by rooting for the home team.
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