Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort has for years been known as one of the premier destinations to view Christmas lights, holiday displays and more, and this year is no exception. Even amid a global health crisis, the resort is still determined to make the year as festive as possible. Read on to find out more about what the Opryland Hotel is doing to help celebrate the holidays this year.
1. Christmas Lights
More than three million lights are used to light up the hotel and outdoor grounds. From Christmas lights covering almost every part of the indoor hotel, to spectacular displays outside, Gaylord Opryland Resort is a pure winter wonderland. Bonus: it’s free to walk through the hotel and outdoor grounds!
2. A Country Christmas
The Oak Ridge Boys are performing for this year’s A Country Christmas event, as part of a 29-night residency, which kicks off on November 20 and runs through Christmas night. Their Christmas in Tennessee dinner show includes an elaborate meal, along with a concert of the Oak Ridge Boys, singing Christmas classics, as well as some of their own tunes.
3. I Love Christmas Movies
New this year is I Love Christmas Movies, an immersive pop-up experience, allowing guests to walk through a display of 13 of the season’s most beloved Christmas movies, including Polar Express, Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and more.
4. Ice Tubing
Bundle up for this fun event. With a 15-foot high, four-lane ice tubing hill, one ticket price allows unlimited rides.
5. Ice Bumper Cars
Much like ice tubing, this event will also require extra layers of clothing. Zoom around on ice bumper cars, bumping into friends, family and strangers for this unique event.
6. Delta Riverboat Christmas Cruise
The Delta Riverboat Christmas Cruise runs right through the Opryland Hotel. Ride on the quarter-mile long ride, checking out the indoor Christmas display from a boat decked out for the season.
7. Reindeer Encounters
Get up close and personal with Santa’s favorite mode of transportation. In addition to viewing the animals, learn more about this unique species.
8. Carriage Rides
What says Christmas more than a carriage ride? Enjoy your own private horse-drawn carriage ride, viewing the outdoor display on this 12-minute ride.
9. Breakfast With Charlie Brown and Friends
This fun for all ages event includes a delicious breakfast, along with photos from some of the Peanuts’ characters.
10. Merry Snoopy’s Scavenger Hunt
Go from breakfast with Charlie Brown to a scavenger hunt with Snoopy. Help Snoopy find what he needs for the Dog House Decorating Competition. Complete the scavenger hunt to win a souvenir.
11. Gingerbread Decorating Corner
Choose between decorating a cookie or an entire gingerbread house, and get a picture with Nutmeg, the Gingerbread Man, after your work of art is completed.
12. Letters to Santa
Did you know that the Opryland Hotel has Santa’s official office inside? It’s true! Step inside his office and write a letter telling Santa how good you have been — or maybe how much better you promise to be next year.
13. Visit Santa Claus
No Christmas experience is complete without a visit to Santa Claus himself. Visit Santa, socially-distanced of course, and tell him everything you want, and get a photo as well.
Room package deals are also available. See all of the details, and find special deals by combining experiences, as well as COVID-19 updates, at GaylordOprylandMarriott.com.