“Can’t keep Gaylord Opryland from celebrating Christmas,” says Amy Atkinson, vice president of leisure marketing and public relations. “We’re so excited to be back.”
After being closed for over five months to undergo renovations following the unprecedented flood in May, Gaylord Opryland reopened Monday, ready for guests and the upcoming holiday season.
The festivities kick off with the traditional lighting of the tree and the other lights ( a total of two million to be exact) on Thursday, November 18. Following on November 19, it’s the start of the 27th annual A Country Christmas
that includes two new events this year.
“We’re going to have a lot of fun this Christmas while bring meaning to the holidays as well,” comments Atkinson.
Guests can enjoy such favorites as ICE!
featuring the movie Santa Claus is Coming to Town
(Nov. 19 – Jan. 2). This interactive ice world displays Using around two million pounds of ice, this interactive ice world displays hand-carved scenes (courtesy of artisans from Harbin, China) from the movie.
Louise Mandrell’s ‘The Gift
’ Christmas Dinner & Show (Nov. 26 – Dec. 25) returns to Gaylord Opryland’s Delta Ballroom. The show, with its Christmas music, comedy and more is guaranteed to keep the audience captivated.
Of course it isn’t the holiday at Gaylord Opryland without the Rockettes
kicking their way through the renovated Grand Ole Opry, November 19- December 24. If anything, it’s worth watching the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Show for the every famous and popular “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.”
But that’s not all
of the holiday fun happening at and around the property; don’t forget about Rockabilly Christmas (Nov. 19- Dec. 24), Winter Wonderland (dates vary through Nov. 19 – Dec. 24), and Christmas Aboard the General Jackson Showboat (Nov. 18-25).
As for the two new events this year, SNOW!
(Nov. 19 – Jan. 2) proves that everyone can enjoy a fluffy white holiday season in the South. Taking place outside, guests can meandering their way through a snow maze, try their skill at at the snowball throwing range, see reindeer and much more.
Every Saturday and Sunday, from November 21 – December 26, families can enjoy breakfast in the Garden Conservatory Atrium with Kris Kringle and Topper (both from Santa Claus is Coming to Town.)
Thinking about visiting Gaylord Opryland for the holidays? Don’t forget to check out their packages.
photo credit: both photos are courtesy of Gaylord Opryland