Tender Tennessee Christmas

15 12 2009

If you’re still looking for a destination to spend your (hopefully, white) Christmas, I’ve got a few suggestions to share with you over the next few days.

Trinity Music City (formerly Twitty City)

For the first of these, I suggest a state in the heart of the South – Tennessee. I spent a good few years of my childhood in Nashville, spending long days at Opryland Theme Park, and Twitty City in Hendersonville (now owned by Trinity, but I hear it’s still twinkly with lights). While these landmarks are gone today, Nashville is still a magical place to spend the holidays.

The Opryland Hotel

We always went for a Christmas meal and a stroll around the Opryland Hotel atrium. They decorate lavishly, and it’s just like a magical gingerbread house with what seems like a million lights. I even hear that since my days, they have a Rockettes Christmas Spectacular show there, so if you get a chance to wander into this beautiful hotel, take advantage.

If you’re looking for another traditional place to stay, check out the Hermitage. The have special rates and packages for Christmas, and the hotel is beautiful.

One of my favorite memories is a visit to the Nashville Parthenon. Modeled after the original Parthenon in Greece, the monument and statue are full-size. It’s also filled with art, but it’s closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day, so make sure you plan your schedule around a visit.

I remember my parents always took a ride on the Southern showboat the General Jackson. Named after (who else?) Andrew Jackson, the famous Tennessean, there are always country or gospel shows aboard, and during the holiday season there is a Christmas in Music City show, featuring Christmas songs new and old.

If you’re after a little shopping, the Opryland mall is your place. It’s huge, and filled with many outlet stores to get the best prices.

And the classic Nashville experience — the Grand Ole Opry House. You can’t miss this monument to country music. Each week, they host the a radio show, and they’ve got some great shows lined up for this holiday season. But if you can’t make it to a show, be sure to take a tour of this Music City landmark.

Where are you spending your holidays?




One response

6 01 2010
Shame on you, South! « Sweet Iced Tea

[…] Sis had to spend Christmas in Memphis with her in-laws, so we agreed to meet her in Nashville to pick her up, send the boys on their way (and of course, do a little shopping at Opry Mills). […]

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