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Celebrate the Holiday Season in Nashville, TN

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The holidays shine in Nashville. From the twinkling lights on Broadway to the holiday tunes that fill the air, Music City, U.S.A. makes for a great pre-holiday escape. Here are six ways to celebrate the season in Nashville, Tennessee.

6 Fun Things to do in Nashville for the Holidays

1. Tap your toes to the beat of your favorite holiday songs

Country music icons Amy Grant & Vince Gill’s annual holiday tradition, Christmas at the Ryman, is the hot ticket of the season. Expect all your favorite holiday classics with a country twist on stage at the “Mother Church of Country Music.”

The music will definitely fill the air. The Ryman has the second best acoustics in the world (after the Salt Lake Tabernacle in Utah) and has welcomed all the legends, from Loretta Lynn to Johnny Cash. There’s no better time of year to visit the historic Ryman.

2. Set off on a Cumberland River holiday cruise

Step aboard the General Jackson Showboat for a holiday cruise to remember. Twelve multi-talented musicians, singers and dancers will hit the paddleboat’s Victorian stage to present holiday classics like Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bells and Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song as you indulge in a southern-inspired dinner. You’ll enjoy a new perspective on Nashville as you cruise down the Cumberland River.

3. Tour Tennessee’s twinkling lights

Gray Line of Tennessee offers two holiday coach tours. Twinkling Tennessee Christmas takes you for a ride through Nashville and nearby Franklin to see some of Tennessee’s most spirited neighborhoods, including the Lotz House, which is decorated in mid-1800s majesty.

The Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood takes you to see the amazing lights across the beautiful grounds of Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. You’ll even see real reindeer, roast s’mores, and listen to holiday carolers!

6 Christmas Things to do in Nashville TN with Kids - Reindeer at Cheekwood Estate & Garden

Seeing the reindeer at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is one of the fun things to do in Nashville, TN for the holiday.

4. Shop for holiday gifts at the Country Music Hall of Fame

A visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame is a Nashville must-do. As the world’s largest museum and research center dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music, it’s the place to connect with all of your favorite country music icons. The huge gift shop makes for a fine holiday shopping destination, too. You’ll find clothing, jewelry, home goods, accessories and more, all created by some of Nashville’s best designers and makers.

Here are a few others that occurred in early December that you can plan for next year:

5. Prep for holiday treats with a calorie-burning, holiday 5K

Put on your running shoes and get into the (healthy!) spirit of the season with a fun, family friendly 5K. Rudolph’s Red Nose Run is a beloved Nashville annual tradition. Whether you’re an experienced runner or just looking to enjoy a casual stroll, you’re bound to burn some calories and warm your heart knowing that you’re helping families and seniors stay warm this winter: 100% of proceeds benefit NeedLink Nashville.

6. Welcome Santa at a holiday parade

Santa rides into town on his sleigh every year and Nashville welcomes him with a spectacular holiday parade. Musical entertainment and fanciful floats take center stage on busy Broadway. Expect to see plenty of celebs marching in this iconic parade, but the real treat is catching the Man in Red as he rides in on his sleigh, direct from the North Pole.

If you’re looking to stay in the center of all the action, check into Hilton Nashville Downtown. Located steps from the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Johnny Cash Museum, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and all the fun on Honky Tonk row, this hotel delivers comfort, class and convenience.

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Photos courtesy of Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

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