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 + Mission: Save Christmas featuring ELF™ 

November 12, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Over three million lights turn the Opryland Hotel and Resort into a magical destination. You can visit Opryland for free any day between November 12, 2021, to January 2, 2022, 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: 

  • Mission: Save Christmas featuring ELF™ (starts November 19th)
  • The Oak Ridge Boys “Christmas in Tennessee” Dinner Show
  • Outdoor fun at Pinetop Village, including ice tubing, ice skating, ice bumper cars, reindeer encounters, and live performances
  • Millions of lights
  • Carriage rides
  • Photos with Santa
  • Gingerbread Decorating Corner
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop
  • Delta Riverboat Christmas Cruises
  • Kid’s Train Ride
  • Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Breakfast
  • Luminaries of Love

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Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood

November 20, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood is open seven nights a week from November 20, 2021, to January 9, 2022 (except Christmas Day). Enjoy over one million twinkling lights while you walk the 55-acre grounds of Cheekwood. New this year is the Peppermint Path! From the reindeer village to 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 $9 to $26 depending on membership status, time, and date.

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Drive-Thru Dancing Lights of Christmas

November 12, 2021 – January 2, 2022

The 12th annual Dancing Lights of Christmas will be at the Wilson County Fairgrounds this year. The light show will run from November 12, 2021, to January 2, 2022. 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)

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Franktown Festival of Lights

November 25, 2021 – December 26, 2021

Franktown Festival of Lights is a nightly light display running from November 25, 2021, to December 26, 2021, 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 through your radio. New this year will be Walkin’ Wednesdays where tickets are 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 $25-$100 depending on the size of your vehicle.

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HOLIDAY POP-UP BARS

Home Alone at Hidden Bar

Opening Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Home Alone at Hidden Bar officially opens on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. The Home Alone-inspired space will be transformed into the infamous McCallister residence featuring decor and design highlighting iconic moments. Guests can also expect cocktails and snacks inspired by the film.

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City Tap House’s Winter Wonderland

Opening Friday, December 3, 2021

Venture to City Tap House’s rooftop to enjoy heated igloos, live music, cocktails, and bites every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4:00pm to 10:00pm starting December 4, 2021. Be sure to stop by the free kickoff party on Friday, December 3, 2021 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm to get a sneak peek! The igloos are first-come, first-served, so reservations are highly encouraged. Email info.nashville@citytap.com to reserve an igloo.

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Snow Birds at Rare Bird

Opening Saturday, November 20, 2021

Snow Birds opens Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Rare Bird atop Noelle Nashville. This chic wonderland experience will feature cozy fires, classic movies, blankets, and sparkling wines with the Nashville skyline as the backdrop. Snow Birds will be open every Friday and Saturday. 

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Reindeer Games: A Christmas Pop-Up Bar

Opening Friday, November 19, 2021

The 4th annual Reindeer Games, an immersive holiday pop-up bar, is taking over Headquarters Beercade in SoBro again this November and December starting on November 19, 2021. 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. Guests under 21 are permitted only on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm and Saturday from 11:00am to 2:00pm (unless rented for a private function).

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Camp Bobby: A Winter Pop-Up Experience

Opening Sunday, November 7, 2021

Camp Bobby, a 1970s-inspired campsite with ice skating, personal campfires, igloos, and a groovy lounge, opens on Sunday, November 7, 2021, on Bobby Hotel’s rooftop. The “frozen pond” is new in 2021, where guests can ice skate 10 stories above downtown Nashville. Additional details are below.

  • Frozen Pond Skating: $10 per person per hour; available every hour from open to close
  • Dining and Cocktails in the Camper Lounge: walk-in only
  • Campfire Igloos (1-6 guests): reservations only (includes complimentary skate admission)
    Monday through Thursday: $200 food and beverage minimum for 90 minutes+ $25 reservation fee + 18% gratuity
    Friday through Sunday: $300 food and beverage minimum for 90 minutes + $25 reservation fee + 18% gratuity
  • Rooftop Hours:
    Sunday: Noon to 9:30pm
    Monday through Thursday: 4:00pm to 9:30pm
    Friday and Saturday: noon to 11:30pm

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Misfit Bar

Opening Thursday, November 18, 2021

Misfit Bar opens Thursday, November 18, 2021, at Fairlane Hotel’s penthouse. The holiday-themed pop-up is open daily featuring snacks, cocktails, fire pits, and more. Click here to see the menu. 

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Candy Cane Jane’s

November 11, 2021 – December 24, 2021

Candy Cane Jane’s, a 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 starting at 5:00pm. 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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Winter Solstice

December 2, 2021 to February 27, 2022

Experience Winter Solstice at the Grand Hyatt Nashville’s fifth floor rooftop pool deck from December 2, 2021 to February 27, 2022. Guests can expect to sip festive cocktails in a cozy ski lodge environment. Complimentary two-hour valet is available. Winter Solstice is open Thursday through Sunday from 2:00pm to 10:00pm.

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Saint Nicky’s

Opening Friday, November 26, 2021

Saint Nicky’s, a holiday-themed dining experience, is taking place from Friday, November 26, 2021 to Saturday, January 1, 2022 at Nicky’s Coal Fired in The Nations. Guests can expect holiday cocktails, lights, garland, Christmas trees, ornaments, and a picturesque winter wonderland.

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The Nightmare Before…

Opening Friday, November 26, 2021

Dream Nashville is transforming their Parlour Bar into a holiday pop-up called “The Nightmare Before…”, honoring the classic film, which opens Friday, November 26, 2021.

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Miracle Bar at Pearl Diver

Opening Monday, November 22, 2021

Miracle Cocktail Bar is popping up at Pearl Diver starting November 22, 2021. Follow along on Instagram for the latest details!

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Although not officially announced, here is a list of bars that usually have holiday pop-ups:

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