When it comes to deciding where to stay in Nashville, there is only one correct answer: The Gaylord Opryland Resort.

For those who have been following me for a while, you’ll know I fell hook, line, and sinker for the hotel during my first visit and made a promise to come back and experience its Christmas extravaganza.

Well, I finally made it.

This November, I got to experience Christmas at Gaylord Opryland, and let me tell you – it lives up to its festive reputation.

The property transforms into a winter wonderland with something for everyone, and it’s a gift that keeps on giving.

Here’s my recap of my stay and everything you need to add to your Gaylord Opryland Christmas bucket list!

Ice! Featuring The Polar Express

A whole exhibit made out of ice? It’s festive season perfection!

Pull on your complimentary parka and explore the hotel’s signature holiday attraction. 

It’s kept at a cool 9 degrees Celsius and features scenes from the Christmas movie staple The Polar Express.

Don’t miss: The ice slide!

Leave behind: Your shorts (you’ll want to bundle up for this one).

Mrs. Claus’s Christmas Traditions

Traveling to Nashville with your family?

Schedule in a visit with Mrs. Claus.

Join the jolliest hostess and an elf in a fun, interactive show for a 30-minute celebration of all your favorite Christmas traditions. Sing along to classic holiday songs, snack on Santa’s go-to treat (Christmas cookies), and watch a retelling of “Twas The Night Before Christmas.”

Visit The Pinetop Village

Right outside of the Events Center, you’ll find everything to keep you and the kids busy for hours.

I’m talking bumper car rides, snow tubing, ice skating, live performances, warm festive beverages, and delicious snacks.

What not to miss?

Make sure to catch the Merry & Bright Skating Spectacular Ice-Skatin Shows just after sunset.

It’s worth the hype!

All Aboard The Delta Riverboat Cruise

The Delta Riverboat Cruise is always a good idea, no matter when you visit Gaylord Opryland.

But at Christmas? It’s spectacular!

Plan your visit for the evening to see all the lights and explore 12 days of a country Christmas. The cruise is about a quarter mile long and winds through the decked-out Delta Atrium.

Go Gingerbread House Decorating 

The gingerbread house decorating was one of my favorite holiday activities at the resort.

I think I spent a solid hour or two here (probably because I kept eating my sugary decorations instead of adorning my house).

When you’ve had your fill, you can either part ways with your Gingerbread House or take it with you. If you choose the latter, pack accordingly to transport it safely back home.

P.S. Before heading back to your room or visiting another attraction, make a pit stop at the Gingerbread Bakery.

Breakfast with Charlie Brown and Friends

For a one-of-a-kind experience your kids will rave about for years, make a reservation with Charlie Brown and Friends.

The breakfast buffet comes with all your favorites and includes taking photos with the Peanuts gang.

Want more Charlie Brown adventures?

Sign your family up for the Merry Snoopy Christmas Scavenger Hunt. Help Snoopy find the missing festive decorations for his doghouse by solving the clues and searching high and low across the resort.

If you complete the quest, you’ll win a seasonal souvenir!

See The Christmas Tree Lights

Every night before sunset, head down to the Magnolia lawn entrance.

Here, you’ll find an incredible display of more than 3 million holiday lights! 

Amp up the festive mood with a horse and carriage ride through the display, and stay for a while to watch the carolers crone your favorite Christmas songs.

Hot Tip: Make sure you get here early to grab a good spot for the nightly tree-lighting ceremony.

Have Dinner at Frosty’s Pub 

Treat yourself to a fun and festive feast at Frosty’s Pub. It’s a pop-up restaurant with casual food in a holiday-themed environment.

I’d recommend coming here for a mid-day pick-up or an early dinner if you’re in the mood for good food without any frills.

Rounding Off Your Festive Trip to Nashville

Before checking out and heading back home, here are two final additions to your Gaylord Opryland Christmas itinerary.

  1. A massage at Relache Spa: I go here whenever I am in town, and it’s always worth every dollar. While family trips are fun, they can be stressful. Drop the kids off at a festive event and unwind for an hour here.
  2. General Jackson’s Christmas Evening Cruise: The caliber of talent here is incredible! So it’s no surprise it’s one of the top-rated things to do in Nashville. Don’t miss out!

There you have it, a few of my favorite Christmas experiences you have to try for yourself when staying at The Gaylord Opryland!

Want to see more of my itinerary? Watch my Instagram Highlights and start planning your trip!