Holiday Events in Nashville!

There is something about the holidays that just beckons you back to a simpler time of family, candy canes, Christmas trees and lights. Lots of lights! No matter what or how you celebrate, it is hard not to soften up a bit and have a bit of a twinkle in your eye as you gaze upon Christmas, holiday, and Hanukah lights. (Whatever you call them, they are mystical!)

 

Nashville knows how to celebrate, so it is no surprise that it knows how to put on a holiday show. Here is a list of where to see lights in and around Nashville.

 

About a half hour out of Nashville, you will find the Festival of Lights in Lebanon, TN, hosted by the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. The Festival of Lights is a driving tour that takes you through a dazzling display of lights and animation. Drive through a magical wonderland through Fiddlers Grove each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in December.

 

How about 750,000 lights to brighten your holidays this season? Cheekwood Arts and Gardens is hosting a Holiday Lights exhibit in the Mansion and into the beautiful gardens. Enjoy Holiday Carolers, live reindeer, twinkling lights and s’more pits. Eat at the Pineapple Room Restaurant, purchase cookies at the sweets shop or stop in for hot toddies on your stroll. Hours are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through January 3, but they are closed on Christmas Day. Buy your tickets online here.

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If 750,000 lights aren’t enough to get you in the holiday spirit, what about 2 million? Yes, you read right: Opryland Hotel and Resort turns into a magical wonderland each year with over 2.3 million lights inside and out, holiday decorations and fun activities for kids of all ages.  A Country Christmas will run from November 20 through January 2, 2016, and it’s free to visit.

 

While you are there, you can partake in Carriage Rides, ICE® with over 2 million blocks of ice, ice skating, Arctic Plunge Snow Tubing and so much more. The viewing of the lights are free other activities cost admissions or other fees.

 

Drive by or visit the State Capitol on 600 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN to see the 80-foot Christmas tree.

 

Enjoy the holiday and the magic of the lights of the season.

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of cranberries. Maybe it’s that jellied cranberry from a can, or maybe your family has a famous cranberry and orange relish recipe that shows up on the table, or maybe it’s a cranberry martini. No matter what, cranberries in some form or another show up each year on your Thanksgiving table., so why not add cranberries as part of your Thanksgiving decorating? Here are some great ideas.

Create a centerpiece using a glass vase (or Mason jar), some store-bought flowers and fresh cranberries. Set the arrangement in the center of your table or serving area.

Use martini glasses, fresh cranberries and floating candles to make a decorative arrangement. Arrange the martini glasses on your table.                                           

Create decorative floating candles using tall, inexpensive glass vases. Fill with orange slices and cranberries, then add a small floating candle. Not only is this decoration attractive, when the water gets warm, the scent of oranges and cranberries fill the air.

 

Kumquats, cranberries and walnut or chestnuts placed in a large glass vase with a votive candle (put the candle in a small glass votive holder for safety reasons) make a cheerful center piece for your dining or buffet table.

 

 

 

Ultimate Guide to Halloween in Nashville

It’s almost here, that most magical time of the year – not that holiday, HALLOWEEN! And this year it falls on a weekend, so that means Halloween in Nashville will be more fun than ever.

Here is a list of Halloween parties, mazes and haunts …

Nashville’s Hottest Halloween Parties

This coming Saturday check out Spellbound on M Street at the Rosewall. From 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. you will be mesmerized by aerialists, dancers and the area’s hottest DJs keeping the party going long after the bewitching hour. There will be drink specials, multiple bars, dancing and a costume contest, so grab your friends (groups of five or more get a discount) and have a blast.

Get more information or purchase tickets online. 

You’ll find four floors of haunted madness at Acme’s Halloween Haunted House Party! This Saturday check out Nashville’s biggest Halloween party from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be dancing, music, drink specials, a photo booth and more.

Each floor has its own haunted happenings:

  • 1st Floor – Funky Monster mash
  • 2nd Floor – Haunted Social Lounge
  • 3rd Floor – Sister Sprouse & Suprise Guests
  • Rooftop – Rise from the Dead with Acme Radio.

Presale tickets are sold out, but get there early for tickets at the door.

Combine Halloween fun with FREE and you have Rippy’s on Broadway’s 4th Annual Halloween party this Saturday starting at 10 p.m.

This is Nashville’s Hottest Dance Party with DJ Cru, killer Fireball drink specials, no cover and a cash prize costume contest. Don’t miss this annual Halloween tradition, located at 429 Broad Street in downtown Nashville.

Take a Ghost Tour in Nashville this Halloween

Ghost Tours in Nashville

Halloween conjures up visions/thoughts of ghosts and goblins and all things frightening, so why not have a little ghoulish fun this year by taking one of Nashville’s Haunted Ghost Tours?

Nashville has its share of ghosts from famous musicians to mysterious visitors, to politicians and civil war soldiers, we have them all. But where can you find them?

The State Capital Building is located at the highest summit in Nashville, and rumor has it that spirits of the past still linger in its halls and in the tower of the building. Who are these spirits from the past and why do they still call Nashville home?

Furniture in the Capital Building has been known to be rearranged, arguments heard when no one was talking and a woman looks over the city out the tower window. These mischievous behavior and voices could belong to William Strickland and Samuel Morgan, the architect and overseer during construction of the Capital Building. During the construction they didn’t see eye-to-eye and it appears the argument continues more than a hundred years after their deaths.

With that woman, people claim that she’s Rachel Jackson, the wife of President Andrew Jackson, who died of a heart attack shortly after his victory. While she died before the building was built, many suspect that she walks the halls and haunts the tower trying to restore her reputation after being accused and shamed for being an adulterer.

(Seems she may have married Andrew Jackson before her divorce from her previous husband, too. Oops!)

Over at Ryman Auditorium (the former home of the Grand Ole Opry) three ghosts have decided NOT to leave the stage. Ryman himself makes his disdain for “raunchy” performances held at the auditorium named in his honor by appearing regularly at the auditorium. Gray Man (a man dressed in gray sitting in the balcony during performances) both haunts those who rehearse in the auditorium, and country music legend Hank Williams Sr. has been known to walk the halls of the auditorium and the alley near Tootsie’s, one of his favorite watering holes next door.

With so many tragic stories of music legends in the making in Nashville and such a prominent role in the Civil War, it is no wonder Nashville and the surrounding area have their share of ghosts.

Want to take a tour? Choose between Haunted Downtown, Haunted Pub Tour or a Haunted Hearse Tour with Nashville Ghost Tours.

Nashville is such a great place to live. it is no wonder so many NEVER want to leave. Check out more haunted places in Nashville here.