4 Nashville Destinations to Discover Over the Holidays

Make the most of your trip to the Music City at any of these seasonally sensational locations.

Known for its rich musical history, exhilarating entertainment and renowned barbecue restaurants, Nashville brings plenty to the table at any time of year. But if you’re spending the holidays in the area, this city can offer some truly unique ways to celebrate the season. From immersive holiday experiences to local winery events, this list features some of our favorite Nashville destinations to visit this December.

Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood

Spend an enchanted evening at Nashville’s Cheekwood Estate & Gardens during the annual Holiday LIGHTS event. Featuring a one-mile walk through a breathtaking display of more than a million individual lights, this visually stunning experience is a must-see for locals and visitors alike. Book a room nearby at our Cambria Hotel Nashville Downtown and be close to everything this event has to offer, including a holiday marketplace, seasonal libations, s’mores station and more.

General Jackson Showboat - Nashville Christmas Cruise

Embark on an unforgettable holiday experience aboard the General Jackson Showboat for a Nashville Christmas Cruise. In addition to live musical entertainment that celebrates both Christmas classics and festive favorites from Tennessee country music legends, this event includes Broadway-inspired dance numbers, captivating costumes, delicious dining and more. And by booking a room at our Comfort Inn Nashville – Opryland Area location, you can stay within minutes of this can’t-miss event in a room crafted for a most enjoyable stay.


Complete with more than 1,000 custom-made silk lanterns depicting larger-than-life mythical creatures and fantastical beasts, this colorful and captivating experience is a must-see for all ages. Check out live acrobatic performances, enjoy festive treats, sip some cocoa and explore the North Pole Village. Decorated with dazzling lights and holiday trees, the village adds another layer of fun to the event and even includes nightly visits from Santa himself, making this the perfect place to bring the family this month.

Dickens of a Christmas

Located in downtown Franklin, TN, about 30 minutes outside of Nashville, this truly immersive holiday experience is described as a Charles Dickens novel come to life. The event comes complete with singers, dancers and street performers inspired by the author’s iconic works. Guests can also enjoy live music, food and beverage vendors, local arts and crafts and family-friendly activities—all nestled amid Franklin’s historic architecture. Book a room with us at the Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport for an exceptional stay close to it all.

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