By Jason Frye
A favorite in any season, Nashville, Tennessee’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel absolutely sparkles during the holiday season when more than 3 million lights and a whole sleigh-load of decorations turn the lawn and atrium gardens into a twinkling wonderland.
From mid-November to January, Gaylord Opryland Hotel transforms as A Country Christmas brings holiday cheer to every corner of the hotel. The same exceptional restaurants and guest experiences put on their holiday finest, making for a stay that will delight the kid in us and the kids with us. Kids — and adults — can visit Santa’s Office and send their letter straight to the North Pole, sit for a photo with the Man in Red himself, and even feed and pet reindeer. Add in the gingerbread house-decorating stations, the ice skating, the tubing, an outdoor nativity scene, the nightly lighting of the tree (a 48’ magnolia with plenty of room for presents beneath) and the accompanying carols, and you’ve made a perfect family holiday.
Gaylord Opryland’s 2,888 rooms are ideal for visiting any time of year. The Relâche Spa offers treatments to relax, rejuvenate, and reinvigorate guests; and more than a dozen restaurants dish up cuisine from across the South and around the world. And if you’re up for a day of fun, SoundWaves, the on-site indoor/outdoor waterpark, delivers the upscale experience you expect from Gaylord in a package that pleases the youngest and oldest visitors alike.
With the Grand Ole Opry right next door and the historic Ryman Auditorium and the lights and music along Broadway just a few minutes away, Gaylord Opryland is the way to see and experience Nashville.
In addition to its AAA Three Diamond rating, Gaylord Opryland Hotel earned the AAA Best of Housekeeping Award in 2021, a distinction awarded to only 25 percent of AAA Diamond-designated hotels for cleanliness, and one that reassures your safety in travel.
(Photo: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center)