Celebrate the Magic of the Holiday Season at Gaylord Opryland


We are now into the holiday season, and a must do is a visit to Gaylord Opryland in Nashville. Christmas at Gaylord Opryland is a magical experience for the whole family, and this year ICE! is back after a 2 year hiatus.

Here are the Top 10 Reasons to visit Gaylord Opryland for Christmas:


It’s a cool 9 degrees Fahrenheit inside, but our signature blue parkas are warm and toasty. Step into a winter wonderland carved by expert artisans out of two million pounds of colorful ice in this Gaylord Hotels original experience.

Misfit Toys
ICE! Gaylord
ICE! Opryland
Rudolph at ICE!

ICE! is an amazing experience for the whole family. It truly is like walking into an ice museum and viewing frozen art. This is a must-see if you visit over the holidays. 

ICE! at Gaylord

Ice Tubing

Experience our 15-foot-high, four-lane ice tubing hill. It’s all the fun of sledding with the added speed of ice! Race friends and family to see who can reach the bottom first, or ride with a friend on a double tube. This is an absolute blast for kids and those who are young at heart!
Ice Tubing

Ice Skating

Enjoy the perfect day or evening under the stars by going on a yuletide glide at our 9,000-square-foot outdoor skating rink made with real ice. Lessons available.

This was the first time my kids had skating, and it was a great way to introduce them. The rink has many push bears to assist learning skaters. They also do multiple shows, and you can even schedule ice skating lessons with the performers!

Skating at GaylordGaylord Ice SkatingParade of Trees

Visit the Parade of Trees throughout our Garden Conservatory and Cascades atriums and learn how you can win once in a lifetime experience from country music’s biggest stars! Trees decorated by Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Maddie & Tae, Reba McEntire, Sam Hunt, and Tyler Hubbard will be on display all season long. Hosted by Universal Music Group Nashville to benefit First Responders Children’s Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network.

The parade of trees were one of our favorite activities. We loved wandering through to see see them all and also reading about the fun prizes you can win.

Parade of TreesParade of Trees (2)Bumper Cars

Enjoy classic bumper car rides in the great outdoors. Get ready to slide and glide during this action-packed experience.

These bumper cars were so fun! They were fun to drive and the bumping was some of the smoothest bumping I’ve experienced in bumper cars. 

Bumper Cars GaylordGingerbread Decorating Corner

Don’t wait — make a date to decorate! Let your Christmas creativity run wild when you adorn your gingerbread house or cookies. After you’ve decorated to your heart’s content, make your way to visit the Gingerbread Bakery.

Gingerbread CornerThis area was hopping! So many fun houses being built, and you can even order some hot chocolate while decorating. Don’t miss a photo opportunity with the Gingerbread man!

Gaylord Opryland Christmas Gingerbread Man
Gingerbread Man

Photos with Santa

Mailing a letter to the North Pole is great, but nothing can beat a personal visit with Santa Claus to let him know what you want for Christmas and make sure you’re on his nice list. Capture the moment with a keepsake photo. Presented by DEI.

Don’t miss out on seeing the big guy! This a perfect opportunity to snag those Santa photos! (Santa area below so many fun photo opportunities in addition to seeing Santa.)

Santa AreaReindeer Games™ Scavenger Hunt Featuring Rudolph and The Misfit Toys

The Misfit Toys are all lost, and they need you to find them! With Rudolph’s help, follow the clues to find the Misfit Toys and send them on their way to their new homes in this resort-wide scavenger hunt.

This is always a favorite activity for the kids. We love adventuring through the resort looking for clues and collecting a prize in the end. 

Gaylord Scavenger HuntSnowball Build and Blast

Grab a bucket of real snowballs and take aim at interactive targets created by Santa’s Elves.

What kid doesn’t like having a snowball fight? Kids or adults get a container of snow and get to throw at the Santa’s Elves.

Snow Build and BlastNightly Tree Lighting and Caroling

Join us nightly on the Magnolia Lawn to sing Christmas carols and watch the spectacular tree lighting. One night only: Join us for our annual A Country Christmas Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, November 10, 2022, at 5:30 p.m.

Tree at Gaylord

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Eighteen years ago, I moved to Knoxville after graduating college and fell in love with the city that has now truly become my home. Shortly after moving here, I married my college sweetheart, and when not working we set out to travel as much as we could. After working as a financial manager for six years, I welcomed my first son in 2010 and began a journey as a stay-at-home mom. Two years later we added another baby boy to make us a family of four. In June 2016, we welcomed our third son. I founded Knoxville Moms in November 2013 which began my career as a work-from-home mom, and it grew to the expansion of Chattanooga Moms in March 2016. We welcomed our first girl in November 2017 making us a family of six and adding a little pink in our house. In June 2021, I became the co-owner of the Atlanta Mom website, and in March 2022 I became the owner of the Nashville Moms parenting website. When I’m not chasing the kids or stepping on Legos, you can find me enjoying a cup of coffee, reading a good book, and dreaming about my toes in the sand. I enjoy meeting new people and enjoy providing local resources for families in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Atlanta, and Nashville.


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