Finding activities for the whole family can be a struggle — but if you’re spending the holidays in Nashville, it’s easier than ever! [Dec 2021]
Riverboat Christmas Cruise
Save your steps and take a riverboat ride through the12 Days of A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland. Kiddos will be delighted by the lights while the older generations can sit and enjoy the quarter-mile-long tour winding through the resort’s Delta Atrium.
When: Sunday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.*; Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.*; *December 31: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; January 2, 2022: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tickets: $16.48/person; children 3-under are free
Pro tip: If you park at Opry Mills and walk a little you'll save a few bucks for hot cocoa.
Learn to Line Dance at the Country Music Hall of Fame
Move those muscles and make fun memories with all the aunts, uncles, and cousins you can corral. The Country Music Hall of Fame hosts a fun and easy dance lesson for the whole family. Warm up to a rock & roll-influenced song by Hall of Famer Brenda Lee, then learn the line dance to Blanco Brown’s 2019 hip-hop-meets-country song “The Git Up.”
When: Sunday, Dec 19. 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Tickets: Free admission as part of the 2021 Ford Community Day
Cheekwood Holiday LIGHTS
Packed with over a million lights, the mile long display at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens is especially dazzling this month. Grab a seasonal drink for sipping and let the kids run wild around the decked out train station and 55-acre grounds. New this year, a holiday market place that could comein handy for those last-minute stocking stuffers.
When: Now – January 9, 2022 (closed Christmas Day and Night, and New Year’s Day). 5 - 10 p.m. (timed entry at 30-minute intervals)
Taste of Goo Goo Chocolate Class
A chocolate lovers paradise is waiting for you at the Goo Goo Chocolate Co. on 3rd Avenue, complete with chocolate fountains, milkshakes, and the hands-on Taste of Goo Goo class. Fill a candy shell with your favorite ingredients, learn chocolatier skills, and do a little decorating on your very own custom candy bar during the one hour session.
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.; Mondays at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. (closed Christmas Eve 12/24 and Christmas Day 12/25)
Laser Holidays at Adventure Science Center
It’s a tender Tennessee Christmas like you’ve never seen before. The planetarium at Adventure Science Center puts on a 36-minute laser light spectacular set to classic Christmas tunes to get you and the whole crew into the holiday spirit.
When: Times vary by day, 12:45, 2:30, 6:15 p.m.
Tickets: $11; exhibit admission tickets or membership required with a planetarium ticket. Exceptions are the 5:15 & 6:15 p.m. shows on Fridays & Saturdays.