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Smart travelers know that Nashville is one of the hottest places to be in the colder months! During this exciting time of year, the city comes alive with fun events, great music, and holiday cheer. Whether you’d rather warm up at a high-energy concert, shop ‘til you drop, or cozy up with loved ones around a fire, Music City offers a winter activity that’s sure to satisfy. Here are the top five Nashville, TN attractions in December!
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Here Are the Top 8 Nashville, TN Attractions in December
Christmas at Gaylord Opryland
One of the most exciting Christmas events in Nashville is Christmas at Gaylord Opryland. This spectacular holiday event includes acres of twinkling lights, fun family-friendly activities, and extravagant Christmas shows. You might even try some cool, winter sports like tubing and ice skating!
Belle Meade Plantation
If you’ve never been to Belle Meade Plantation, you’re in for a real treat when you visit the stunning mansion during the holiday season. In addition to admiring the intricate holiday décor, you’ll also learn about the families that lived in the house and about their holiday traditions. Then, make an ornament to take back home as a souvenir!
General Jackson Showboat Cruise
If you love Christmas carols, (who doesn’t) you’ll love to hop aboard the General Jackson Showboat Cruise. This evening cruise offers a holiday show featuring performances of all of your favorite Christmas classics. Put on your best holiday attire and head out to see this phenomenal Broadway show!
The Dancing Lights of Christmas
The Dancing Lights of Christmas at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center is a holiday event you and your family won’t soon forget! One of the best things to do in Nashville every Christmas, the experience immerses visitors in their very own brightly lit winter wonderland. Synchronized to holiday tunes (accessible through car radios), thousands of Christmas lights dance as visitors drive through! Admission is $25 per car and well worth it. Gather the family, bring some hot cocoa, and enjoy this magical display from the warmth of your vehicle! The socially distanced Christmas event starts at 5 p.m. each night in early November.
The Country Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Hall of Fame is open year-round as an interactive museum, but becomes one of the best Nashville, TN attractions in December! During the holiday season, their Deck the Hall event lineup incorporates plenty of Christmas-themed cheer. In addition to touring the regular exhibits, check out the original Christmas lights Elvis installed in RCA Studio B, decorate cookies, and partake in some special concerts. Before you leave, make sure to stop by Hatch Show Print for a little holiday gift shopping!
Monell’s Victorian Christmas Dinner
What’s a trip to Nashville without at least one amazing dinner? The Monell’s Victorian Christmas Dinner is a Nashville tradition 20 years in the making. Diners enjoy seasonal favorites like Tennessee bread soup, beef with Béarnaise sauce, and stuffed jalapeños. The best part? As you eat, carolers wander the dining room singing classics and taking requests. We recommend booking this activity early; it sells out quickly!
Cheekwood Holiday Lights
Every evening in December (except on Christmas Day) between five and 10 p.m., the Cheekwood Holiday Lights dazzle onlookers. At this festive event, thousands of twinkling bulbs are strung throughout the mansion and botanical garden. Rumor has it that Santa himself and his live reindeer even make an appearance, so be sure to bring the whole family!
Nashville New Year’s Eve: Music City Midnight
Finally, wrap up the year at Music City Midnight, formerly known as the Bash on Broadway. This enormous New Year’s Eve block party always satisfies with celebrity performances, food and drink vendors, and an impressive display of fireworks at midnight. This New Year’s Eve, head over to Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park for plenty of festive fun and, of course, the signature Music Note Drop!
After Some Festive Fun, Warm Up in a Playlist Properties Vacation Rental!
The December weather in Nashville may be chilly, but our Playlist Properties rentals are cozy and warm! Grab your friends and family and stay in one of our beautiful properties in Downtown Nashville, East Nashville, 12 South, West End, or The Gulch this holiday season. Our stunning homes are clean, thoughtfully appointed, and well-decorated. Plus, most are just steps away from the best restaurants, venues, and shops Music City has to offer!
Ready for an unforgettable December? Check our availability today and start looking forward to the best holiday getaway you’ll ever experience! Make sure to book direct so you can save money! Booking through third party websites can lead to hidden costs and fees. Book directly through our website for the clear picture. We can’t wait to host you.