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Best Winter Fun in Music City

Unlike many areas around the country where tourism slows to a halt during the winter months, Nashville's pulse keeps beating. From killer concerts, stunning art exhibits and holiday-themed events - there's always something to do. In fact, travelers can find the best deals during the winter months so pack your bags and plan your trip to Nashville today!


Gaylord Opryland's Country Christmas

2015 Country Christmas Lineup
November 20, 2015 - January 2, 2016 - Country Christmas at Opryland is a family tradition and gets better each year.. Celebrate the holidays like a true local! From The Nutcracker and the Grinch, to two million pounds of ice, two million lights as well as snow tubing and ice skating, Opryland's Country Christmas has it all!
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Take a trip to Whoville as the Grinch tries to steal Christmas from the holiday-loving Whos. The Broadway musical features songs "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas" from the original movie. It's a holiday production for adults and kids alike. Don't miss out!

ICE! FEATURING THE NUTCRACKER - Gaylord Opryland Events Center
The magic of The Nutcracker is carved in to 2 million pounds of colorful ice sculptures! This year's ICE! also includes four ice slides and the Frostbite Factory where you can see artisans carve amazing ice sculptures right before your eyes.

The Grammy-winning family trio perform the soundtrack to a beautiful holiday meal.

ARCTIC PLUNGE SNOW TUBING - Gaylord Opryland Events Center Lawn
Race your friends and family down Nashville's only six-lane tubing hill covered in 1.5 million pounds of real snow at Arctic Plunge Snow Tubing.

GLACIER GLIDE ICE SKATING - Gaylord Opryland Events Center Lawn
Ice skate under the stars on Gaylord Opryland's 6,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink.

SANTA'S SNOWBALL TOSS - Gaylord Opryland Events Center Lawn
Launch pre-made snowballs at moving presents and mischievous elves in Santa's workshop.

Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum identifies and preserves the evolving history and traditions of country music and educates its audiences. Functioning as a local history museum and as an international arts organization, the CMF, located at 222 Fifth Avenue South in Nashville, Tennessee, United States, serves visiting and non-visiting audiences including fans, students, scholars, members of the music industry, and the general public.

In 1961, the CMA announced the creation of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The first three inductees, Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose and Hank Williams, were announced at a CMA banquet in November. Bronze plaques, with the facial likeness and a thumbnail biography of each new member, were cast in bas relief. They were unveiled on the Grand Ole Opry by Ernest Tubb. These plaques, and those for subsequent Hall of Fame inductees, were displayed in the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville until 1967.

In 1963, the CMA announced that a Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was to be built on Music Row in Nashville. In that same year, Tennessee chartered the Country Music Foundation (CMF) as a nonprofit, educational organization to operate the museum.

The original Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened on Music Row (Music Square East and Division Street) on April 1, 1967. Operations of the museum came to include educational programs, the CMF Press and CMF Records, the Country Music Foundation Library (1968), and the historic sites RCA Studio B (1977) and Hatch Show Print (1986). The Music Row location of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was closed December 31, 2000. The building was later razed and a private parking lot for employees of music licensing firm BMI now occupies the site. Before they went on to become major stars in the country music recording industry, Kathy Mattea and Trisha Yearwood worked as tour guides at the Music Row museum.

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Attend the Nashville Bash on Broadway - New Year's Eve

Nashville is a city that is much more commonly associated with country music than a big new Years Eve party but that doesn't stop the locals throwing themselves into the occasion, with visitors from across Tennessee and the rest of the country and indeed the world come to town to join the party, which does of course commonly include a country and western theme!

There are a number of music venues in Nashville, probably more per head of population than pretty much anywhere else in the US, and these tend to be the focus of the NYE celebrations, but there is still plenty other stuff going on if you prefer more traditional options of fireworks, food and drink - Nashville does all of those in impressive enough style as well!

As such as musically orientated city, Nashville has a number of popular live music venues, and these all compete to host the top acts over the new year and holiday period. The big headline performer for several years now (long enough to pretty much become a local new year tradition!) has been Bassnectar performing at the city's Bridgestone Arena, but we can now confirm that he will not be in Nashville for new year 2016, as he is instead playing live in Birmingham, Alabama.

Other top venues include the Ryman Auditorium, the famous Grand Ole Opry House, the Franklin Theater and the War Memorial Auditorium - we'll bring you the listings for all these venues as soon as they're announced.

Away from the music halls, the big event in Nashville is the New Years Eve Bash on Broadway, which takes place on Lower Broadway right in the centre of town. This event is currently sponsored by Jack Daniels and organisers this year are planning for a crowd of up to 150,000!

Highlights include live musical performances, a free street party and a midnight countdown with a musical theme (we've had a guitar and a music note replacing the traditional ball drop in previous years) plus of course the mandatory fireworks display. The headline performers this years will be Nashville favourites Kings Of Leon, supported by Chris Stapleton, Sugar and the Hi-Lows, the Whigs, Wild Cub and Kelsea Ballerini

Last years the headline acts from the Bash on Broadway were also carried by live stream to Times Square in New York where they were a key part of the iconic Dick Clark's New Year Rockin Eve party. We'll be looking out to see if the same happens again for this new year and let you know as soon as we have confirmation

The bars and nightclubs of Nashville all like to get in on the act too - major venues include the Ibiza nightclub, Ultra Violet and The Greenhouse.

For those with more cultural leanings then we can heartily recommend A Nashville Symphony New Year's Eve at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center located downtown. The event this year features A New Years Eve Pops, with cabaret singer Sylvia McNair and pianist and vocalist Kevin Cole, conducted by Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero.

In terms of dining options if you want to get a decent feed before you head to your party of choice, of even just to spend the evening more quietly with friends and family then Nashville has an excellent range of options too. Southern style cuisine is obviously a speciality but international tastes are catered for too - most popular eateries include Fleming's Steakhouse, Watermark restaurant and Giovanni's Ristorante.