Best Christmas Events in Nashville (2021)

Posted: Monday, Nov 15 2021

Your excuse to get out of the house this holiday season is finally here! There are so many different fun activities awaiting you in bustling Nashville, Tennessee. Given the shift from fall to winter is fast approaching, the time has come to create your ultimate list of Christmas events!

Known as Music City, Nashville offers top-quality seasonal events to keep this distinction intact. From a bright row of twinkling lights to your favorite holiday show, Nashville is the place to be during the Christmas season!

If you’re in the mood for some holiday cheer, take a look at the five most popular holiday events!


Christmas Events in Nashville

Gaylord Opryland Resort

Whether you have kids or you just want to spend the day getting in tune with your childish roots, this winter wonderland is the perfect option for you!

The Gaylord is jam-packed with different events, activities, and challenges that will instantly get you into the Christmas spirit.

You can enjoy the two-story ice slide, play bumper cars, go ice skating, decorate gingerbread houses, attend dinner shows, and even participate in an interactive Buddy the Elf challenge.

Take advantage of this breathtaking resort while it’s open from November 12, 2021, to January 2, 2022.


Holiday Lights at Cheekwood

Cheekwood Gardens during the Christmas season truly brings life to the phrase “walking in a winter wonderland.” Guests are completely immersed in the Christmas spirit walking underneath what seems to be a never-ending path full of twinkling lights.

Kids will enjoy walking through this mile-long garden since Cheekwood provides numerous opportunities to meet Santa’s little helpers along the way. Holiday Lights at Cheekwood runs from November 20, 2021, to January 9, 2022, so you have plenty of time to go more than just once!

While you’re walking and enjoying the holiday lights, don’t forget to stop and see the big man himself. You and your kids can take pictures with Santa before he sets off to bring presents to children around the world!


Winter Wonderland at City Tap House

Girl at bar in Nashville

Guests at City Tap House’s rooftop bar can enjoy heated igloos, specialty cocktails, and live music! Winter won’t feel so cold up there! The event is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm starting December 4.

Igloos are also first-come, first-serve so reservations are highly encouraged.


Public Square Park Christmas Tree Lighting

Christmas tree in Nashville

Nothing sets the Christmas mood like a Christmas Tree lighting. Fortunately, Nashville knows how to do it right! You and your loved ones won’t be disappointed when going to Downtown Nashville to witness the lighting of this massive Christmas tree.

Of course, a tree lighting wouldn’t be complete without the presence of Santa Claus himself! While you’re hanging around downtown with your family, you also have the opportunity to walk around and enjoy food from local vendors.


Home Alone at Hidden Bar

Champagne glasses Christmas tree

The Home Alone movies are Christmas staples. You can experience them come to life with Home Alone at Hidden Bar when it comes to Nashville on November 24! This incredible space brings back all the 90s nostalgia and you can put yourself right in Kevin McCallister’s innovative shoes. Within the Hidden Bar, you’ll have a chance to reminisce with family and friends a sip on your favorite holiday cocktails.


Which Event Is On Your Christmas List?

The options are truly endless when it comes to fun activities in middle Tennessee!

You don’t want to miss the opportunity to get your family out of the house to explore what new and exciting Christmas events Nashville has to offer. This list above is truly just a sampling of all the options available for you to make this Christmas season one to remember.

In addition to these memorable experiences, play The Escape Game Nashville as part of your holiday celebrations!

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