Best Holiday Events & Activities in Nashville

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Ready to get in the holiday spirit? There are a lot of fun holiday events, activities, pop-up bars, and running events in Nashville to get you in the mood for hot chocolate, candy canes, and cozy fires. Here are some of the top holiday happenings this year in Music City.

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Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood

November 23, 2019 – January 5, 2020

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Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood is back again for the fifth year with a one-mile-long path featuring over a million twinkling lights. Pinnacles of Light, 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, 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 23, 2019, to January 5, 2020 (except Christmas Day).  Admission ranges from $9 to $27 depending on membership status, time, and date.

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GLOW Nashville: Nashville’s Brightest Christmas Experience

November 22, 2019 – December 31, 2019

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GLOW Nashville, Nashville’s Brightest Christmas Experience, is taking place from November 22, 2019, to December 31, 2019, at First Tennessee Park. This brand new Nashville experience will include one of the country’s tallest Christmas trees, millions of lights, a custom-built ice skating rink, a life-size Santa’s workshop, and more! This attraction is for all ages. Tickets range from $15.99 to $79.99.

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Gaylord Opryland Resort’s A Country Christmas

November 8, 2019 – January 1, 2020

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Over three million lights turn the Opryland Hotel and Resort into a magical destination. You can visit Opryland for free any day between November 8, 2019, to January 1, 2020, 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!

A Country Christmas at Opryland has many activities including:

  • Carriage rides
  • SoundWaves water experience
  • ICE!® featuring A Christmas Story
  • Snow tubing
  • Ice skating
  • Gingerbread decorating corner
  • and more!

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Drive-Thru Dancing Lights of Christmas

November 16, 2019 – Janunary 4, 2020

The 10th annual Dancing Lights of Christmas returns to The James E. Ward Agricultural Center. The light show will run from November 16, 2019, to January 4, 2020. 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 (map)

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Nashville’s Nutcracker

December 7, 2019 – December 23, 2019

The Nashville Ballet will be performing Nashville’s Nutcracker for the twelfth consecutive year from December 7-23, 2019, at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall. Dancers will perform over a dozen magical shows for audiences. You’ll see beloved characters like the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King, and the Nutcracker.

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Franktown Festival of Lights

November 22, 2019 – December 28, 2019

Franktown Festival of Lights is a nightly light display running from November 22, 2019, to December 28, 2019, 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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Holiday Pop-Up Bars

Miracle at Hidden Bar

November 25, 2019 – December 31, 2019

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Miracle at Hidden Bar, an international holiday pop-up concept created by Miracle, is open from November 25, 2019, to December 31, 2019, at Hidden Bar inside the Noelle Hotel. Enjoy festive cocktails and surround yourself with extreme Christmas decorations in this secret downtown watering hole. Admission is free and reservations aren’t needed.

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Reindeer Games: A Christmas Pop-Up Bar

November 22, 2019 – January 1, 2020

Reindeer Games, an immersive holiday pop-up bar for adults over 21, is taking over Headquarters Beercade in SoBro this November and December. 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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Winter Waldenland

November 15, 2019 – January 1, 2020

Walden, a friendly neighborhood bar in East Nashville, is transforming their space into a winter wonderland (a.k.a. Winter Waldenland) with over-the-top décor, a fireplace lounge, dancing Santas, peppermint Christmas trees, holiday-themed cocktails, and special events throughout the month.

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Santa’s Pub


While this isn’t a pop-up bar, Santa’s Pub is worth mentioning here. Most Nashvillians are familiar with this late-night, cash-only spot for karaoke and cold beers (or wine coolers). If you want a gritty holiday evening, stop by Santa’s Pub between 4:00pm and 2:30am any night of the week.

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