Christmas in Nashville

Festive music is blaring this Christmas season in the US country music capital, Nashville. Cowboys strumming guitars fade into the limelight during this time of the year to give way to the numerous Christmas parades, decorations, and events that will surely leave you clapping your hands and stomping your feet.

As early as mid-November, the Christmas spirit fills the Nashville air with the kick-off of Christmas Village, the city’s oldest and most prestigious consumer show. Over 260 merchants from around the US offer holidaymakers a wide range of products—from jewellery, clothing, and toys, to pottery and collectibles. This popular Christmas event began in 1961 to raise money for Nashville’s charities, and has donated over $6.3 million over the years.

Gaylord Opryland Hotel plays host once again to the renowned annual “A Country Christmas” presentation. Now on its 25th year, Opryland Country Christmas features shows that will delight both children and adults. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is performed on ice, matched with eye-catching backdrops of Who-ville and Grinch’s frozen mountaintop den. Marvel at enchanting costumes, lights, and scenery in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which feature favourites such as “12 Days of Christmas,” “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” and “Living Nativity.”

Loads of fun Christmas activities include Breakfast with the Grinch at Ristorante Volare's patio and photo ops with Santa at the Winter Wonderland Area. Other holiday treats include Hall of Trees featuring a mesmerising display of decorated Christmas trees, Gingerbread Corner where little elves beautify a small gingerbread house, lighting of two million dazzling Christmas lights, and the Brightest Star Fountain Show, an enthralling water show synchronized with popular Christmas songs.

Catch the Christmas parades which march almost everywhere in Nashville during the holiday season. Indulge in food, entertainment, and crafts at Hendersonville Lighted Boat Parade, or see a colourful array of floats designed by schools and businesses in the Franklin Christmas Parade. Not to be missed also are the popular Nashville Gas’ 56th Annual Christmas Parade and Fairview Christmas Parade.

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