Kid-Friendly Holiday Activities and Events in Nashville

December 16, 2023 | Advertising Disclosure | Our Partners may be mentioned in this article.

The holidays in Nashville are absolutely magical, especially for children. Over the years, more and more kid-friendly activities and events have been added to the Nashville line-up. See below for a list of the very best things to do with kids in Nashville this holiday season.




Kid-Friendly Holiday Activities


November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024

Photo Credit: Nashville Zoo / Zoolumination

Zoolumination will return to the Nashville Zoo nightly (5:00pm to 9:00pm) from November 17, 2023, to January 7, 2024, and on Thursdays through Sundays (5:00pm to 9:00pm) from January 11, 2024, to February 4, 2024. This event features over 1,000 large-than-life, custom-made silk lanterns. In addition to mythical creatures and fantastical beasts, there will be a festive North Pole Village full of holiday lights and fun where Santa will visit nightly from November 24th to December 24th.

Buying tickets in advance is required. Single-night tickets (Monday through Thursday) are $23 for adults and teens and $19 for kids (ages 2-12 years old), members save $2 off single-night tickets. Single-night tickets (Friday through Sunday) are $26 for adults and teens and $22 for kids (ages 2-12 years old), members save $2 off single-night tickets. Platinum Passes (unlimited visits) are $39 for adults and teens and $29 for kids (ages 2-12 years old). Children under age 2 are FREE.


Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood

November 18, 2023 – January 7, 2024

Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood is open seven nights a week from November 18, 2023, to January 7, 2024 (except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day). Enjoy over one million twinkling lights while you walk the 55-acre grounds of Cheekwood. From s’mores stations to holiday drinks for grown-ups, this is a wonderful holiday outing for the whole family. Holiday LIGHTS is a timed-ticketed event from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. The exhibit admission ranges from free to $31 depending on membership status, time, and date.


Christmas at Gaylord Opryland

November 10, 2023 – January 1, 2024

Over three million lights turn the Opryland Hotel and Resort into a magical destination. You can visit Opryland for free any day between November 10, 2023, to January 1, 2024, 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 Christmas at Gaylord Opryland include: 

  • Ice! Featuring The Polar Express™️ Presented By Pepsi (begins November 10, 2023)
  • Darryl Worley & Friends: Home for the Holidays Dinner Show
  • Outdoor fun including ice tubing, ice skating, and ice bumper cars
  • Millions of lights
  • Carriage rides
  • Photos with Santa
  • Gingerbread Decorating Corner
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop
  • Delta Riverboat Christmas Cruises
  • Snowball Build & Blast
  • Merry Snoopy Christmas Scavenger Hunt
  • Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends™


Dancing Lights of Christmas (Drive-Thru)

November 10, 2023 – December 31, 2023

Photo Credit: Dancing Lights of Christmas

The annual Dancing Lights of Christmas will take place at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. The light show will run from November 10, 2023, to December 31, 2023. Pile in the car and drive through an incredible dancing light show! Tickets are $30 per family vehicle with prices increasing for limousines and party buses. Also, admission to Santa’s Village will be included in the light show admission—expect the opportunity to visit Santa and see animals at the petting zoo. The show opens nightly at 5:00pm (the attraction will be closed on Wednesday, November 29, 2023).

Address: 1033 Sparta Pike, Lebanon, TN 37087 (use entrance across from Dollar General)


Franktown Festival of Lights

November 17, 2023 – December 31, 2023

Photo Credit: Emily Smeykal

Franktown Festival of Lights is a nightly light display running from November 17, 2023, to December 31, 2023, at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center in Franklin. Relax in your vehicle and wind through over 200 light displays and listen to synchronized Christmas tunes on your radio. Walkin’ Wednesdays will return this year with tickets reserved for people who would like to walk through the light display from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. The display is open from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Ticket prices vary from $34.69-$106.79.


Kid-Friendly Holiday Pop-ups

The Rink Above Broadway at Grand Hyatt Nashville

November 18, 2023, through December 31, 2023

The Rink Above Broadway opens Saturday, November 18, 2023, and runs through Sunday, December 31, 2023, at Grand Hyatt Nashville. Escape to the 5th-floor rooftop to experience this magical winter wonderland with ice skating—the Glice eco-friendly synthetic ice rink offers affordable fun for the entire family! There will also be fun events including kids’ cookie decorating and breakfast with Santa on select dates. Reservations aren’t required but are recommended for skating. Complimentary valet parking is available for two hours and skates are provided. The cost is $10 per person Monday through Thursday and $15 per person Friday through Sunday. Food and beverages are also available for purchase.


Saint Nicky’s

November 25, 2023, through December 23, 2023

Saint Nicky’s, a holiday-themed dining experience, is taking place from Saturday, November 25, 2023, to Saturday, December 23, 2023, at Nicky’s Coal Fired in The Nations. Guests can expect holiday cocktails, lights, garlands, Christmas trees, ornaments, and a new holiday bar experience, Tropical Tidings!


9 Âľ, Holiday Pop-Up at The Union Station Nashville Yards

November 1, 2023, through December 29, 2023

Get into the holiday spirit with the family-friendly 9 ¾, Holiday Pop-Up at The Union Station Nashville Yards. This experience will take place daily (in the hotel lobby) from Wednesday, November 1, 2023, through Friday, December 29, 2023, from 1:00pm to 10:00pm on weekdays and from 1:00pm to 11:00pm on weekends. Expect enchanting wizard decor such as house banners, floating lanterns and candles, a hidden golden snitch, flying owls, and a luggage cart photo opportunity. There will also be themed cocktails and bar bites. Admission is free and open to all ages.

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