Nashville Holiday Happenings 2023: Lighting Displays, Concerts, Special Events, Pop-Up Bars and More
November and December are packed with all sorts of holiday excitement. Whether you want to join in on a rousing rendition of “Joy to the World” or cozy up for a firepit, Nashville is ready to welcome you.
Lighting Displays and Decoration
Nashville goes all out to light up the night. You can walk through, drive through or even take a trip back in time. Find the attraction that suits your fancy.
No one does Christmas any bigger than Opryland Hotel (photo above). First off, there’s the decoration that takes months of set-up. Just walking through the front lawn displays or the Cascades atrium is pretty magical but there’s so much more.
Returning this year is their stunning ice sculpture display cleverly called ICE featuring The Polar Express along with an ice skating rink, ice slides, and more. Daryl Worley is presenting a series of Christmas concerts and there are a bunch of other options. Check out their website for details and pricing. Note: due to its popularity, there are restrictions on when it is open (See FAQ #6) to those who are not hotel guests or don’t have tickets to one of these special activities.
Travel out to Wilson County Fairgrounds for the area’s largest drive-thru display of lights. Stop by Santa’s Village for a visit with ol’ Saint Nick and treat the kids to the petting zoo. They charge $30 per carload so load up everyone.
Drive through displays at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center in Franklin featuring more than 200 displays in sync with a soundtrack you can play on your car radio. This year they’ve added Walk-Thru Wednesday if you prefer traveling on foot. Priced at $34.69 per carload of 8 people. Benefits Franktown Open Hearts non-profit organization.
In recent years, Cheekwood Gardens has gone to great lengths to attract visitors with a million lights illuminating a one-mile path. The grounds are beautiful in daylight but become magical at night. There’s typically an area for kids and a hot chocolate station.
Imagine enormous Chinese lanterns in the shapes of all manner of animals–both real and fanciful. Over 100 creations in all. We toured the zoo grounds last year and were blown away by the artistry and vibrant colors. From November 24-December 24, an illuminated North Pole Village is included in admission.
Resplendent in Victorian holiday decoration, tours of this opulent mansion provide a glimpse of Nashville aristocracy 160 years ago. Check the link for the limited schedule.