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A Country Christmas at Gaylord Returns For The Holidays

Experience a winter wonderland of enchanting holiday décor, events and activities.

Gaylord Opryland Resort is excited to unveil its full lineup of Christmas programming to be featured November 12, 2021, through January 2, 2022, as part of its 38th annual A Country Christmas event.

Known for its iconic magical holiday events and activities for winter resort guests and locals to experience, A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland is guaranteed to bring joyful holiday cheer with an abundance of imaginative environments, interactive experiences, holiday-themed activities and live entertainment designed for guests of all ages. Visitors will be further immersed in the resort’s Christmas showcase featuring over three million twinkling holiday lights in addition to fountain and light shows, towering Christmas trees and holiday décor.

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New! Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™

Representing this season’s marquee programming, Gaylord Opryland needs guests of all ages to help save Christmas! Guests will join Buddy the Elf and answer the call from Santa to help muster enough Christmas cheer to power the Kringle 3000 and help Santa’s sleigh fly. Guests will journey into Buddy’s world to help save the holiday in a multisensory experience full of fun, interactive challenges perfect for all ages: Team up with Mr. Narwhal and friends in the candy cane forest, stay ahead of the toy quota in the North Pole, prepare for Santa’s arrival at the iconic department store, and take part in an epic virtual snowball fight in Central Park. These are just a few of more than 12 interactive elements to discover in this unique experience.

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The Oak Ridge Boys

To add to the enormous amount of holiday excitement, Gaylord Opryland is welcoming back Grammy Award-winning, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry members, The Oak Ridge Boys, for a 31- show residency. Keeping the musical tradition alive, the “Christmas in Tennessee” dinner show will feature a delicious holiday meal prepared by the resort’s culinary team followed by the Oaks and their band performing Christmas classics, new favorites, and timeless hits that have shaped their legendary career.

*NOTE: the new Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™ experience will open on November 19, 2021, and The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas in Tennessee Dinner Show will open on November 24, 2021. Most other A Country Christmas events and activities will open on November 12, 2021. Visit the website for specific operation schedules.

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Winter Activities at Pinetop

Adventurous activities await at Pinetop, an outdoor Appalachian-esque village. Guests can enjoy live musical performancesice tubingice skating and skating lessonsice bumper cars, festive beverages, and a live Rockin’ Christmas On Ice Skating Show showcasing champion skaters performing big jumps, fast spins, and mesmerizing throws and lifts.

Other Christmas Programming

More outdoor holiday fun includes private horse-drawn carriage rides, a nightly tree lighting and caroling on the Magnolia Lawn, and a nativity display featuring special lighting effects and an audio rendition of the beloved biblical story.

Visitors can look forward to a myriad of indoor festivities at the resort including Photos with Santa by DEIGingerbread Decorating CornerBuild-A-Bear Workshop®Kids TrainSanta’s Spinners, and Luminaries of Love which supports the Children’s Miracle Network for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Other interactive holiday experiences include Christmassy selfie spotsself-guided garden tourssynchronized Delta Fountain showsDelta Riverboat Rides, and singalongs with Dickens carolers.

To further get in the spirit, Rudolph’s Holly JollyTM Breakfast will offer memory-making photo opportunities as well as delightful dishes prepared by the resort’s culinary team. The resort’s holiday-themed Reindeer GamesTM Scavenger Hunt featuring Rudolph and The Misfit Toys sends guests on a quest to solve the puzzles and find the clues to complete the quest and win a prize.

Even during the holiday season, guests can visit Gaylord Opryland’s aquatic adventure, SoundWaves, which fuses music and water to create a modern-day oasis featuring lazy and rapid rivers, a family megaraft ride, four thrilling tube and body slides, a multi-level play structure and toddler water play area, a FlowRider® Double and an adults-only pool and bar. Additionally, the water attraction features an arcade with virtual reality games, a rock-climbing wall, game tables and more. The only guaranteed way to visit SoundWaves is by booking an exclusive holiday package including an option for wristbands or the SoundWaves Experience Package. Seasonal specials and Tennessee resident package rates are available. Learn more at

Tickets and Packages

Overnight packages including events or individual tickets for A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland are on sale now and can be purchased at

About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.