The holidays in Nashville are absolutely magical, especially for children. Over the years, more and more kid-friendly activities 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
Christmas at Gaylord Opryland
November 11, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Over three million lights turn the Opryland Hotel and Resort into a magical destination. You can visit Opryland for free any day between November 11, 2022, to January 1, 2023, 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 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ™ (starts November 11th)
- The Oak Ridge Boys “Christmas in Tennessee” Dinner Show
- Outdoor fun including ice tubing, ice skating, ice bumper cars, and live performances
- Millions of lights
- Carriage rides
- Photos with Santa
- Gingerbread Decorating Corner
- Delta Riverboat Christmas Cruises
- Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Breakfast
Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood
November 19, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood is open seven nights a week from November 19, 2022, to January 8, 2023 (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 $28 depending on membership status, time, and date.
Zoolumination will return to the Nashville Zoo nightly (5pm to 9pm) from November 18, 2022, to January 8, 2023 and from Thursday through Sunday (5pm to 9pm) January 12, 2023, to February 4, 2023. This event featuresover 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 25th to December 24th.
Buying tickets in advance is required. Single-night tickets are $19 for adults and teens and $15 for kids (ages 2-12 years old), members save $2 off single-night tickets. Platinum Passes (unlimited visits) are $29 for adults and teens and $21 for kids (ages 2-12 years old). Parking is $8 for non-members and free for members.
Enchant at First Horizon Park
November 25, 2022 – December 30, 2022
Enchant will be at First Horizon Park from November 25, 2022, to December 30, 2022 featuring a story-themed holiday lights maze, and ice skating forest, a village of artisans and boutiques, Santa’s Landing with photo opportunities, an elves play place, and live entertainment. Entry is $34 per adult and $20 per child with ice skating being an additional $18 per person. On select Wednesdays, kids received free admission with purchase of an adult ticket. Check their calendar for this special offer.
Drive-Thru Dancing Lights of Christmas
November 11, 2022 – January 1, 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 11, 2022, to January 1, 2023. 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. Tickets are $30 per family vehicle with prices increasing for limousines and party buses. The show opens nightly at 5:00pm, even on holidays.
Address: 1033 Sparta Pike, Lebanon, TN 37087 (use entrance across from Dollar General)
Franktown Festival of Lights
November 18, 2022 – December 31, 2022
Franktown Festival of Lights is a nightly light display running from November 18, 2022, to December 31, 2022, 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 lights display from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. The display is open from 5:00pm to 9:00pm nightly. Tickets are $30-$100 depending on the size of your vehicle.
Select dates from December 9, 2022 to December 24, 2022
The Nashville Nutcracker has become a holiday tradition for families in and around Nashville. There will be performances on select days December 9-24, 2022 at TPAC’s Polk Theater, showtimes are either at 1:00pm, 2:00pm or 7:00pm. Ticket prices vary from $35 to $95 per person.