Everything You Need to Know About Spending Christmas in Nashville, TN
Nashville is one of the most rapidly growing cities in the United States, and welcomes thousands of tourists each holiday season. Offering some of the most elaborate musical celebrations and intricate light displays, it’s no wonder Nashville is a top destination this December. Whether you’ve already planned your trip, you’re curious about visiting, or you’ve lived here for years, this guide will tell you everything that you need to know about spending the Christmas in Nashville, TN.
Where To Stay:
Since hotels and other forms of accommodation tend to become pricier around the holiday season, I’m going to break it down by budget.
If You’re Splurging:
The Hermitage Hotel
As the only 5 star, 5 diamond hotel in the state of Tennessee, the Hermitage Hotel is a gem in Nashville that you must experience. This luxurious hotel’s art deco decor will transform you to 1920’s, and the staff will make you feel like royalty.
Furthermore, the Christmas decor will create an environment that you’ll never want to leave. The hotel’s location is convenient to the attractions in downtown Nashville, saving you the headache of arranging transportation as you explore the city.
Dine at the hotel’s famous Capitol Grille, a southern-inspired restaurant that features cuisine prepared from the restaurant’s local farm. Don’t miss their annual Christmas day brunch following the Nashville Christmas parade! It will surely make for a Christmas you’ll never forget.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
As one of the most iconic hotels in the Nashville area, Opryland is the most magical place in Nashville during the Christmas season. The Christmas lights are breathtaking and unlike any place you’ve ever been, but the celebration doesn’t stop there.
Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas includes more holiday-themed entertainment than you’ve ever experienced in your life! See the acrobatic phenomenon that is Cirque Dreams Holidaze, explore the winter wonderland of ICE! Featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas, or treat yourself to the dozens of dining options right on the property.
For a uniquely Nashville experience, book tickets at the Grand Ole Opry, and experience the country music scene without leaving the property. Book your stay here, with additional options available to enhance your stay in the spirit of Christmas.
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Omni Nashville Hotel
Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the Omni is the perfect place to stay if you’re hoping to be in the center of all the action. The hotel is next door to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and is walking distance from Broadway, the Ryman, the Bridgestone Arena, and more.
The Omni features luxurious rooms and one of the best brunches in the city at Kitchen Notes. You can even opt for a bed and breakfast option when reserving your stay, which I highly recommend. How can you possibly turn down the option to enjoy their biscuit bar every day of your trip? Reserve your stay here.
If You’re Budgeting:
Lowes Vanderbilt Hotel
Located down West End in Midtown, the Lowes Vanderbilt Hotel will give you a taste of luxury for a fraction of the price. Lowes Vanderbilt is in close proximity to Vanderbilt’s campus and Centennial Park (and the Parthenon), but allows you to easily drive down the street to lower Broadway.
This 4-star hotel’s rates are comparable to budget hotels in the area. Reserve your stay for a more luxurious experience without hurting your wallet.
Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University
Also located in Midtown, this hotel offers the option to have a room overlooking the Parthenon. Stay in walking distance to Centennial Park and Hillsboro Village, the charming college town neighborhood offering unique shopping and eating options.
Only a short drive from Music Row and 12 South, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see some of the more unique areas of Nashville, including the popular street art in the city.
Other Budget-Friendly Options:
Although Nashville is a must-see during Christmas, it can get expensive! If staying in a hotel in the city isn’t an option for your budget, have no fear! Nashville offers great Air BNB’s in some of the best neighborhoods in the city, and has great budget-friendly hotels in surrounding neighborhoods.
What to Do:
Opryland’s A Country Christmas
Opryland always provides enough Christmas entertainment to spend the entire month of December without leaving the property. If you’re itching for a Vegas-inspired holiday performance, check out Cirque Dreams Holidaze to experience a conglomeration of acrobatics and holiday cheer. Snow suit up and explore the winter wonderland of ICE! Featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas. Or, simply grab your friends and family and wander through the beautifully decorated property. There are hundreds of settings worthy of a Christmas card photo.
Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights
Starting the day after Thanksgiving until New Years Eve, these lights are quickly competing with other notable light displays around the city. Featuring one million lights, you can enjoy this beautifully illuminated stroll through a winter wonderland from 5PM-10PM. You can enjoy this mile-long stroll featuring carolers, Santa Claus, real reindeer, and s’mores pits.
Tickets include parking and can be purchased here.
Christmas at the Ryman
Celebrate Christmas in the Mother Church for an unprecedented 10 night event. This year, Amy Grant and Vince Gill will be performing for the second time at the original Grand Ole Opry.
Last year, the event sold out every night, so be sure to book your tickets today.
The Dancing Lights of Christmas:
This lights display will take you out of the city limits in Lebanon, but is well worth the trip. An annual tradition with a new location, this drive-thru lights display is the perfect way to spend a cold December night with your family. Pick up some hot chocolate and holiday cookies as you drive through the massive lights display perfectly synchronized to music.
Holiday Performances at TPAC:
Don’t miss performances of A Christmas Story and Nashville’s Nutcracker, performed by the Nashville Ballet at TPAC. Both performances are wonderful holiday traditions that will run through the entire month of December
Furthermore, other holiday-themed performances will be hosted at TPAC for shorter periods of time during the month of December. Check out the full schedule and book your tickets here.
Dickens of a Christmas:
Just 20 minutes south of Nashville lies the enchanting streets of historic downtown Franklin. Every year, the Heritage Foundation hosts Dickens of a Christmas, where hundreds of volunteers gather to create a Victorian Dickens-themed Christmas celebration.
Enjoy food, music, and the opportunity to interact with Santa Claus and characters from Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol. This celebration is free to the public and is fun for the whole family.
Where to Eat:
If you’re looking for a piece of southern comfort, Monell’s is where you need to go. Featuring a daily menu with southern-inspired food at multiple locations, Monell’s needs to be on your Nashville bucket list.
The Treehouse Restaurant:
Location is everything here, folks. Located in East Nashville, this rustic eatery allows you the opportunity to dine in a tree house. Come check out one of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods in the United States and enjoy a great meal. This restaurant is rapidly earning the hearts of Nashvillians and tourists alike.
Head towards Germantown for this American-themed cuisine featuring their famous oyster bar. The beautifully-plated food, seasonal menu, and specialty cocktails will leave you raving about your experience at Henrietta Red.
New to the gulch, Mockingbird features an international menu and gorgeous art deco interior that will stimulate all 5 of your senses. Each dish is carefully and thoughtfully created to please the diners in the best way possible. Although it’s new, this restaurant is the hottest place to dine in Nashville.
Offering a seasonal menu including Tennessee hams and a bar menu featuring Tennessee small-batch bourbons, Henley adds a southern twist to American cuisine. While any diner is sure to feel like a celebrity with such incredible food, feel like royalty by booking the chef’s table, the most sought-after seat in the house.
With these tips, you’re guaranteed to have the holiest jolliest Christmas of your life. Don’t hesitate to book your trip to Nashville, and share your experience with me!