Ho ho ho! It's the most wonderful time of the year again -- and Nashville never disappoints. There are numerous activities to help get you in the holiday spirit! Whether you call Nashville home or you're traveling to our city for the holiday season, make your plans now. We've compiled a list of a handful of the most popular (and least known) holiday events in Nashville. These certainly are not the end of the holiday activities in Nashville, but are definitely on our favorites list.

Get cozy in an igloo

Through March

Downtown Nashville

Located on the rooftop of The Bobby Hotel, the Nordic Village with private igloos is back for year two. Igloos hold up to eight people plus two rustic cedar cabins that host groups up to three couples. You'll need reservations -- so, book a block of time and cozy up in a warm igloo with great drinks and great views. -- $200+

Photo via Bobby Hotel

Celebrate a country Christmas

Through January 1

Opryland Resort

The Gaylord Opryland Resort always shows up in its best dress for the holiday season. The gigantic hotel's decorations and flowers are lit up with millions of shiny lights. It's free to walk the main areas of the hotel. There are plenty of other activities you can take part in like indoor snow tubing, their annual ICE! Spectacular featuring scenes from A Christmas Story, and more. -- Free to $21.99+

Music City Holiday Cruise on the Cumberland

Through December 23

Downtown Nashville / Opry Mills

Each night, the General Jackson Showboat makes a nightly cruise down the Cumberland during the festive season with a holiday dinner buffet and a full stage show. It might be chilly and breezy on the water, but it's warm and cozy inside the boat as you cruise to the skyline and back to Opry Mills. -- $66+

Zoolumination at the Nashville Zoo

Through December 30

South Nashville / Nashville Zoo

Experience the Nashville Zoo like you never have before. It's the country's largest Chinese lantern festival with over 500 custom-made silk lanterns spread across 60 acres featuring (of course) your favorite zoo animals, holiday-themed scenes, a 200-foot-long dragon, and more.  -- $19 to $29

Photo via Nashville Zoo

Winter wonderland at Hidden Bar

Through December 31

Downtown Nashville

Hidden Bar is located in the basement of the Noelle Hotel. It's not quite a speakeasy, but you definitely will have to hunt for it. (The bar is through that door?) Once you find the hallway to Hidden Bar, you'll find a winter wonderland of holiday excess and specialty winter cocktails. -- Free

Festive Franklin cocktails

Friday, December 6


When it comes to our cocktails, we don't settle. This cocktail festival won't disappoint. You can expect holiday drinks created by mixologists plus food, music, and entertainment. -- $34

Nashville Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 7

Lower Broadway

Set up along the side of Lower Broadway to get a good view of the floats, bands, and performance groups marching by. It's always a blast and it benefits the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. -- Free

LOL at Nashville's Nutcracker

December 7 through December 23


Don't miss the Nashville's Nutcracker. It's entertaining, with talented dancers, great music, and local jokes and puns to keep it fun. -- $53+

Photo via Nashville Ballet


December 7 through December 23


What good is a baseball field during the winter? Turn it into a holiday spectacle, duh! There is a thrilling tube run, an outdoor ice skating rink, Nashville's tallest Christmas tree, and a two-story version of Santa's Workshop. It's anything and everything holiday you could wish for in one! -- $15.99+

Carol (the verb, not your coworker) at the Schermerhorn

Saturday, December 7


This family-friendly singalong starts at 10am with an hour of kids' activities before the show at 11am! It's backed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, so it's kind of a big deal. -- $49+

Stroll Cheekwood with your honey

Through December 29

Belle Meade

The botanical gardens at Cheekwood are beautiful year-round. Imagine that but times ten. The grounds are decked out in colorful light displays. You can even buy 3D glasses to transform some of the displays into twinkly illusions. (They def are already 3D in real life, but it's whatever.) They offer varying packages with drink tickets, hot cocoa, s'mores kits, and fire pits. -- $25+

Drive through lights in Franklin

Through January 5


Pay by the carload & drive through the one-mile long path at The Franktown Festival of Lights. You can even tune your car stereo to classic holiday songs synced to the lights. -- $25+