Best Holiday Events, Activities, & Pop-Up Bars 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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Gaylord Opryland Resort’s A Country Christmas

November 13, 2020 – January 3, 2021

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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 13, 2020, to January 3, 2021, 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!

Highlights during A Country Christmas include: 

  • I Love Christmas Movies exhibition 
  • The Oak Ridge Boys “Christmas in Tennessee” Dinner Show
  • Outdoor fun at Pinetop Village, including tubing, ice skating, ice bumper cars, reindeer encounters, and live performances
  • Millions of lights
  • Carriage rides
  • Photos with Santa by DEI
  • Gingerbread Decorating Corner
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop
  • Delta Riverboat rides
  • Dickens carolers
  • Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends  and a Merry Snoopy Christmas Scavenger Hunt
  • Luminaries of Love

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Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood

November 20, 2020 – January 10, 2021

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Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood is back again for the sixth year with a one-mile-long path featuring over a million twinkling lights. Holiday LIGHTS, 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, a children’s wonderland, 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 20, 2020, to January 10, 2021 (except Christmas Day). Admission ranges from $9 to $26 depending on membership status, time, and date.

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Drive-Thru Dancing Lights of Christmas

November 13, 2020 – January 3, 2021

The 11th annual Dancing Lights of Christmas returns to The James E. Ward Agricultural Center. The light show will run from November 13, 2020, to January 3, 2021. 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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Franktown Festival of Lights

November 26, 2020 – December 26, 2020

Franktown Festival of Lights is a nightly light display running from November 26, 2020, to December 26, 2020, 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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JINGLE BEAT presented by EAMOTION

December 4, 2020 – December 28, 2020

JINGLE BEAT presented by EAMOTION is nightly from Friday, December 4, 2020, to Monday, December 28, 2020, at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. This drive-thru light, sound, and sensory experience is a two-mile, fixed driving course that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own car. Prices vary from $45-$55 and only one ticket is needed for each vehicle. Passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs are permitted, however, RVs, limousines, and other oversized vehicles are not permitted. Masks are only required when interacting with event staff. This event is open to all ages.

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HOLIDAY POP-UP BARS


The Lodge at The Pool Club

Starting November 20, 2020

The Lodge, a ski chalet-inspired winter pop-up, opens at The Pool Club at Virgin Hotels Nashville on Friday, November 20, 2020. The Pool Club’s poolside cabanas will be transformed into heated cabins where guests can enjoy festive decor, fire pits, s’mores kits, heaters, hot cocktails, twinkling string lights, and more. Be sure to check out the weekly happenings, including Fireside Fridays and Snow Day Saturdays. The Lodge is open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 11:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 11:00pm. To reserve a heated cabin experience, email ivy.manfredi@virginhotels.com

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Heated Igloos at Bobby Hotel

Starting November 13, 2020

The heated igloos on Bobby Hotel’s rooftop are back again in 2020. Bobby Hotel’s Winter Rooftop Lounge officially opens on Friday, November 13, 2020. Rooftop hours will be 5:00pm to 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays only. Igloo reservations will be available for 90 minutes for up to 5 people with a $250 food and beverage minimum. Guests can expect heated igloos, holiday trees and decor, cozy blankets, rugs, and festive menu items. Reservations are highly recommended. New this year, the 1956 Scenicruiser bus is available for private dinner and celebrations! To make a reservation on the rooftop this holiday season, email rooftopreservations@bobbyhotel.com

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Reindeer Games: A Christmas Pop-Up Bar

November 20, 2020 – January 1, 2021

Reindeer Games, an immersive holiday pop-up bar for adults over 21, is taking over Headquarters Beercade in SoBro this November and December starting on November 20, 2020. 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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27 Below: A Winter Experience

Opening December 4, 2020

27 Below: A Winter Experience opens on Friday, December 4, 2020, at L27 Rooftop Lounge atop the Westin Nashville. Guests can expect blue and white décor, furs and specialty food and drinks.

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Hidden [in the Snow]

Opening December 5, 2020

Hidden [in the Snow] opens Saturday, December 5, 2020, at Hidden Bar inside the Noelle hotel. The pop-up bar will be open Thursday through Saturday from 5:00pm until curfew. Entry is first-come, first-served with a $10 cover charge.

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City Tap House’s Winter Wonderland

Opening November 14, 2020

Venture to City Tap House’s rooftop to enjoy heated igloos, live music, cocktails, and bites every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday starting at 4:00pm. Email info.nashville@citytap.com to reserve an igloo.

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Whobar at Dream Nashville

Opening November 28, 2020

The Whobar Holiday Pop-Up Bar at Parlour Bar inside Dream Nashville opens November 28, 2020. The Grinch-themed atmosphere is a fun destination for cocktails like the Lump of Coal during the holiday season.

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The Tipsy Tinsel

Opening November 27, 2020

The Tipsy Tinsel Christmas pop-up at Rosemary & Beauty Queen in East Nashville is decked out with flashing lights, tinsel, and plenty of decor to get you in the spirit. The special cocktail menu includes options like That Mariah Carey Christmas Song (Ketel One Vodka, hibiscus, cinnamon, chai tea, lemon) and Drummer Boi (a warm cocktail with Bulleit Bourbon, chai tea, lemon). It’s open daily.

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Misfit Bar

Opening December 4, 2020

Misfit Bar opens Friday, December 4, 2020, at Fairlane Hotel’s penthouse. The holiday-themed pop-up is open daily from 5:00pm to curfew featuring snacks, cocktails, fire pits, and live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night starting at 7:00pm. Email ashleigh@oliverhospitality.com for a private Misfit Bar experience. Click here to see the menu. 

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Island X-Mas

Opening December 2, 2020

Island X-Mas is open all December long at Chopper Tiki in East Nashville. Expect frothy eggnog, hot drinks, festive robots, tiki drinks, fun decor, and holiday movies every Sunday at 6:00pm. Hours are 4:00pm to 10:00pm Wednesday through Sunday, plus Sunday brunch from noon to 4:00pm.

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Winter Waldenland

November 8, 2020 – January 1, 2021

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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Candy Cane Jane’s

Opening November 10, 2020

Candy Cane Jane’s, a brand new Christmas-themed cocktail bar, is located at the rooftop of Jane’s Hideaway in Downtown Nashville. The holiday pop-up bar is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00pm to curfew throughout the holidays. Guests can expect Christmas trees, lights, and holiday-themed cocktails. Enter at 209 Printer’s Alley and take the elevator to the 6th floor. Availability is first come first serve! Must be 21 or over to enter.

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