A visit to Nashville during the holidays doesn’t have to be all business. Music City gets festive during this time of year. Why not take an evening to explore the Nashville neighborhoods and get a dose of the Christmas spirit? You’ll find everything from sophisticated and elegant to flashy and fun. Set the GPS in your rental car and let’s take a little trip.
Eastland Avenue in East Nashville boasts some of the grandest historic homes on the east side of the river, and the residents go all out for the holiday season. Take a drive down this street and several of the surrounding blocks to see enormous trees glowing from front windows, lighted wreaths and garland, and flickering candles.
As you leave downtown Nashville through the Gulch, you’ll find yourself on 12 Avenue South. This takes you to another of Nashville’s treasured historic spots, filled with lovingly refurbished Tudor and Victorian homes. The decorations here are vibrant and full of joy, as is the main street cutting through the neighborhood. You’ll leave filled with holiday spirit.
Exploring the Opryland Area
The Opryland Hotel is one of the most famous Christmas destinations in the world. One look, and you’ll understand why. Though the outdoor areas of the hotel are festive enough, you’ll probably want to take a stroll through the inside. The multiple lobbies and conservatories are filled with fun characters, light shows, a boat ride, and plenty of shopping opportunities.
Just down the road, you’ll also find the Dancing Lights of Christmas, a driving tour through Jellystone Park. The campgrounds go all out every year—some say they get even better—to bring joy to all who visit. There’s a fee per vehicle, so consider bringing along a guest or two.
See Small-Town America
Though Nashville is gaining a reputation as one of the fastest-growing cities in America, there is still plenty of small-town charm to be found nearby. Franklin, to the south of the city, is absolutely breathtaking during the holiday season. Get in the spirit by parking and visiting the boutiques, restaurants, and coffee shops, all decked out in greenery and lights.
To the east of Nashville, another small town gets into the holiday spirit every year. The town square of Lebanon is filled with antiques shops and locally owned stores filled with gifts for everyone on your list. And if you’re not in the shopping spirit, you still have plenty of lights and decorations to take in while sipping some hot cocoa.
You’re all set for a thrilling, fun-filled business trip to Nashville during the holidays. Bet you never thought your work could be so fun!