What Are the Best Things to Do in Nashville, TN During Winter?

While other cities hunker down in the colder months, Nashville gears up for an exciting holiday season full of fun activities! Winter temperatures in Nashville are chilly, but not cold enough to prevent an amazing and festive trip. During this magical time of year, Music City, USA, comes alive with plenty of high-energy concerts, holiday festivals, and unique sights. Below, we’ve compiled five of the best things to do in Nashville, TN during winter! Before you visit Nashville for some fun this winter season, make sure you request access to our free Nashville Travel Guide! It’s full of useful insight into the best seasonal events, restaurants, and bars in the middle of the Tennessee region. 

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7 of the Best Things to Do in Nashville, TN During Winter 

1. Ride an Old Town Trolley

Trolley rides are a great way to see the city if it’s cold out. Ride an Old Town Trolley to several popular Music City destinations, cup of hot cocoa in hand. What could be better? The route covers the city in 15 stops and drops travelers off within steps of must-see attractions. You might even have a conductor who shares behind-the-scenes trivia about the Country Music Capital of the world! Think you have what it takes? 

2. Explore 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! Every winter in Nashville, their Deck the Hall program incorporates plenty of holiday 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 special concerts. Before you leave, make sure to stop by Hatch Show Print for a little holiday gift shopping! 

3. Be Merry at Gaylord Opryland 

Another fun activity you must experience while in Nashville is A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland, just next to the iconic Grand Ole Opry. This winter wonderland is jam-packed with spirited events, including Christmas movies, ice tubing, gingerbread house making, and reindeer encounters. Make it a tradition and bring the family for years to come. 

4. Experience the Dancing Lights of Christmas

One of the best things to do in Nashville during Christmas is to see the Dancing Lights of Christmas. It’s a holiday event you won’t soon forget! The experience immerses visitors in a brightly lit winter wonderland. Synchronized to holiday tunes (accessible through your car radio), thousands of Christmas lights dance as visitors drive through the display! Admission is $25 per car and it’s well worth the cost. Gather the whole family and enjoy this magical display from the warmth of your vehicle. The event starts at 5 p.m. each night in early November. 

5. See Belle Meade Plantation

Winter in Music City, USA, is best viewed from a historic property like Belle Meade Plantation. One of the most popular plantations in Nashville, this site consists of the Harding family’s original mansion, picturesque gardens, equestrian stables, and even a winery. A Belle Meade Plantation tour parades guests through the plantation’s stunning mansion and grounds. Every tour is led by a costumed guide and includes access to the property’s several other historic buildings. There’s no better way to spend a mild winter’s day! 

6. Ring in the New Year

Finally, wrap up a year well spent at Jack Daniel’s 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 event is a culmination of the best things to do in Nashville, TNduring winter! 

7. nashville vacation rental living room, winterGet Cozy in the Heart of Nashville This Winter! 

Tennessee in winter is truly a sight to be seen. You’ll be close to all of the best cool-weather activities when you stay in a Playlist Properties vacation rental! Our cozy and chic rental properties are thoughtfully appointed with premium amenities like fully stocked kitchens and rooftop views. Why stay in a hotel when you can enjoy the privacy and luxurious details of a local Nashville treasure? 

Our downtown Nashville vacation rentals are steps away from the best restaurants, music venues, and shops Music City, USA, has to offer! Brick walls, vaulted ceilings, and an authentic urban experience await you at one of our beautiful lofts in the heart of Nashville. Whether you’re visiting with friends or cozying up with that special someone, you’ll discover your perfect winter vacation here! 

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