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Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

2800 Opryland Drive · Nashville, Tennessee 37214 USA

Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas

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Don’t miss everything there is to see and do at Gaylord Opryland Resort. There no better way to celebrate the Christmas season in Nashville!

For tickets & information: 1-615-889-1000


Note: All content contained in this site was valid for this past 2016 holiday season.

Breakfast with The Grinch!  

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and meet the star of his very own Broadway show...THE GRINCH himself! This one-of-a-kind interactive dining experience includes a buffet of Who-ville inspired breakfast items, table-side visits with The Grinch and special touches Dr. Seuss fans are sure to adore.

Location: Water’s Edge in Delta Atrium
Dates: Available Saturdays and Sundays only November 19 – December 25, 2016; also on November 25 and every day December 19 - December 23.
Time:  8:00am – 11:30am

  • Adult (12 and up) $29.99*
  • Child (4-11 yrs.) $19.99*
  • Free (Age 3 and under with paying adult)
    *Subject to sales tax and service fee 

Add a Ticket to Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Don’t miss what The New York Times calls “AN EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCE! 100 times better than any bedside story.” Live on stage at the Grand Ole Opry House November 18 – December 25. 
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Opryland Express Kids Train

Hop aboard and enjoy a ride on the Opryland Express! This fun ride just got a bit more exciting with a longer track and new festive scenery along the way.

November 12 – December 31, 2016
Ryman B Holiday Hall

  • Adult and Child - $3.99*
  • Free (Age 3 and under with paying adult)

*Subject to sales tax.


10am – 8pm: Daily (except November 12 is open noon - 8pm)

Photos with Santa

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, don’t miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with Santa in a one-of-a-kind Nashville location – complete with a guitar-shaped chair and album backdrop.

November 11 – December 24, 2016 
Location: Under Delta Island Bridge

  • Fridays: 11am. – 8pm
  • Saturdays: 10am – 8pm
  • Sundays through Thursdays: Noon – 7pm
  • Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24: 11am – 8pm

Packages starting at $29.99*. Purchase price may vary depending on package and/or photos selected. 

*Subject to sales tax.

The Elf on the Shelf ® Scavenger Hunt

The Elf on the Shelf® scout elves are back! Find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles, then redeem your completed clue booklet for a special prize.

November 11, 2016 – January 1, 2017 
Times: 10am – 8pm: Daily 
Price: $11.99* per person (all ages); ages 3 and under are FREE with paying adult. 
Location: Scavenger Hunt begins at Cascades Concierge Desk and goes throughout the resort. 

*Subject to sales tax.

The Elf on the Shelf® and ©2016 CCA and B, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Gingerbread Decorating Corner

This fun, sticky, interactive decorating tradition just got a whole lot sweeter! Choose a traditional gingerbread house or a cookie kit with reindeer and a sleigh. Both activities are packed full of family fun!

November 12 – December 31, 2016
Ryman B Holiday Hall
Times: 10am – 8pm Daily (except November 12 is open noon - 8pm)

  • $24.99*/Gingerbread House Kit
  • $29.99*/Sleigh and Reindeer Gingerbread Kit

*Subject to sales tax.

Cookies with Mrs. Claus

Join Mrs. Claus for cookies as she reads the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa’s favorite lady. Milk provided by Purity Dairies. Cookies provided by Christie Cookies.


  • Full price ticket ($19.99) - child will receive an autographed book, beverage and cookie. Price includes admission for one adult.
  • Additional adult ($5.00) - receives beverage and cookies.
  • Children 3 and under (FREE) with paid Child ticket - allowed to enjoy the reading and take photo, but does not include autographed book.

Guest should notify staff of any food/milk allergies at time of booking or in advance of entry.

Santa's Spinners

These are no ordinary tea cups! Pour yourself into one of these cups and go round and round on this whirling ride.

November 12, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Location: Ryman B Holiday Hall
Times:  10am – 8pm Daily (except November 12 is open noon – 8pm)

Pricing for Adults and Children

  • $3.99* plus tax per person, includes a one-time ride only
  • Riders must be 6 years old and up. Maximum height limit: 4 feet 11 inches; maximum weight limit per tea cup: 400 lbs.

Build-A-Bear Workshop®

It’s the most fun you’ll ever make! Choose from all kinds of furry friends, add lots of stuffing and make a wish on a heart. Let your imagination soar and create your story at our exclusive Build-A-Bear Workshop at Gaylord Opryland!

November 12 – December 31, 2016
Location: Ryman B Holiday Hall
Time: 10am – 8pm: Daily (except November 12 is open noon - 8pm)
Price: Price of purchases may vary depending on item selected.

© & ® Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.  Used with permission.  All rights reserved.

Christmas Lights

Get in the spirit of the season as you discover more than 2 million dazzling Christmas lights around every bend of our Opryland hotel! Don’t miss the magic of the new lights and festive décor Santa’s Elves have added for 2016.

November 11, 2016 – January 1, 2017 
Location: Throughout the resort 
Time: 4:00pm – Midnight: Daily 
Price: Free

Outdoor Nativity

Our Outdoor Nativity Display features special lighting effects and an audio rendition of the biblical story of the birth of Christ.

November 11, 2016 – January 1, 2017 
Location: Magnolia Lawn
Time: 4pm – Midnight: Daily 
Price: Free

Carriage Rides

Experience a horse-drawn carriage ride and enjoy the decorations and lights, sure to delight young and old alike! Carriage ride is approximately 12 minutes in length.

November 11, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Location: Pickup at Magnolia Lobby
Time: Departures every 20 minutes during daily hours of operation: on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour and 40 minutes after the hour 

  • Sunday – Thursday: 5pm. – 10pm
  • Fridays & Saturdays & Nov. 21-23 and Dec. 19-20, 25: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.


  • $9.99* plus tax for adults (4 years and older)
  • $49.99* plus tax for a private carriage ride (up to 4 people)

Children 3 years and under may ride for free with paying adult and must sit on a guardian's lap.

*Subject to sales tax.

Parade of Trees

Take a free self-guided tour of stunningly decorated Christmas trees throughout the resort. Numerous country artists and other celebrities will have specially decorated trees featured. Each tree’s decorations and prizes are available to the highest online bidder as a way to benefit favorite charities.

November 11, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Location: Throughout the hotel
Price: Free

Treasures for the Holidays

This festive craft and gift show features more than 40 unique merchants from across the country. Find a huge selection of seasonal gift items including jewelry, accessories, clothing, art, home décor, housewares, gourmet food, collectibles and more.

November 18 – December 20, 2016
9am - 6pm
Ryman Exhibit Hall
Price: Free

Christmas Fountain Shows

Take in a breathtaking synchronization of light, water and music with our two holiday fountain shows. The Brightest Star Fountain Show tells the story of the first Christmas while the NEW Sounds of the Season Fountain Show features holiday classics.

November 11, 2016 – January 1, 2017 
Location: Delta Atrium 

  • Sounds of the Season Fountain Show: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Brightest Star Fountain Show: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Price: Free

Fire Pits

Warm up beside one of our toasty fire pits while you wait for a Carriage Ride or after chilling out at ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

November 11, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Location: Fire pits can be found outside of the Magnolia Lobby and in front of the Gaylord Opryland Events Center
Time: Starting at 5pm
Price: Free

General Jackson Showboat

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind Christmas cruise down the Cumberland River aboard the beautiful General Jackson Showboat—one of the largest showboats in the country. Fun-filled performances, chef-prepared meals and beautiful views await you on the evening show.

For information and show times, visit or call 615-458-3900.

Dates and times are subject to change.

Holiday Dining Events

Bring the whole family together for the holidays. We will do all the work for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
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