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Annual ‘A Country Christmas’ Celebration Includes New Marquee “I Love Christmas Movies” Experience,
Live Music with The Oak Ridge Boys, and More Than 17 Hours of Holiday Activities

NASHVILLE, TN (NOVEMBER 13, 2020) – The holiday season is officially here, as today Gaylord Opryland Resort kicked off its 37th annual A Country Christmas presented by Pepsi®.

Gaylord Opryland has become legendary for providing magical holiday events and activities for winter visitors to experience for more than three decades, and this year will be no different. “Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas promises an abundance of activities suitable for all ages – from returning favorite events to exciting, interactive new experiences,” said John Adams, VP of Gaylord Opryland & Attractions and Managing Director for Gaylord Hotels.

Signature resort experiences

Anchoring the A Country Christmas fun is I Love Christmas Movies, an exclusive multi-sensory pop-up exhibition in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products allowing guests to experience beloved holiday movies, including THE POLAR EXPRESS™, A CHRISTMAS STORY™, ELF™, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION, and THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS, in a completely new way. All designed with social distancing measures at the forefront, as guests young and young at heart navigate the multi-sensory exhibits, they will enjoy over 13 fully immersive scenes complete with replicas of film props, audio clips and more, making participants feel as if they have stepped into part of the actual story.

GRAMMY® Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys, will celebrate the holiday season at home this year with a 29 night residency at Gaylord Opryland from November 20 – December 25, 2020. The Oaks Ridge Boys “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 many of the timeless hits that shaped their legendary career. “After decades of taking our big Christmas tour on the road, we are bringing it HOME in 2020,” said The Oak Ridge Boys’ Joe Bonsall. “We’re counting our blessings for this opportunity and invite you to make the journey to Nashville to experience our annual musical tribute to all things Christmas at the fabulous Gaylord Opryland Resort.”

So. Much. Christmas.

With acres of airy indoor atriums decorated with millions of twinkling holiday lights, towering Christmas trees and thousands of shimmering ornaments, coupled with abundant outdoor fun, visitors can look forward to a myriad of festive experiences this year at the expansive Nashville resort.

Indoors, guests may pose at an array of Christmassy selfie spots, write Letters to Santa, watch your favorite holiday movie at the Opryland Theater, take self-guided garden tours, interact with favorite characters from the Peanuts gang at Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends, and search high and low to help Snoopy deck his house out for a Dog House Decorating competition in a fun Merry Snoopy Christmas Scavenger Hunt. Returning this year are fan favorites such as Build-A-Bear Workshop®, the synchronized Delta Fountain shows, Delta Riverboat rides, sing alongs with Dickens carolers and Gingerbread Decorating Corner. At the new Gingerbread Bakery, guests can satisfy their sweet tooth with a holiday treat freshly baked by the resort’s pastry chef.

At Photos with Santa by DEI, you’ll have the chance to meet the big guy himself, tell him what’s on your Christmas list and take a picture in a festive setting redesigned to capture the memorable moment in a socially-distanced way.

New this year, Luminaries of Love will be available to support Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital®.  Choose a special dedication on your luminary for display along the Delta River or take home your Luminary of Love to enjoy throughout the season.

More holiday fun can be enjoyed outdoors with private horse-drawn carriage rides, Reindeer Encounters, and anativity display featuring special lighting effects and an audio rendition of the beloved biblical story. New this year isa nightly tree lighting countdown and caroling on the Magnolia lawn, where horticulture and engineering teams have worked tirelessly since late summer to hang more than 4 million impressive lights.
At Pinetop, an outdoor Appalachian-esque village, enjoy live performances, tubing, ice skating and lessons, ice bumper cars, festive beverages plus an all-new, live Rockin’ Christmas On Ice Skating Show featuring champion skaters, big jumps, fast spins and awe-inspiring throws and lifts.

And, no visit to Gaylord Opryland would be complete without experiencing SoundWaves, the resort’s upscale water attraction which unites extraordinary environments, exclusive amenities and relaxing water features with energetic rides, immersive music and an extraordinary oasis for people of all ages to enjoy.

Tickets and Packages

Overnight packages and tickets for A Country Christmas events including I Love Christmas Movies can be purchased at and Advance online reservations are required for all ticketed events.

For the best value, guests are encouraged to enhance their experience by reserving the 3-night Ultimate A Country Christmas package including room accommodations with a selection of event tickets such as I Love Christmas Movies, The Oak Ridge Boys “Christmas in Tennessee” Dinner Show, General Jackson Showboat, ice tubing, ice skating, ice bumper cars, scavenger hunt booklets and gingerbread house kits.  A separate Christmas I Love Christmas Movies Package includes tickets to I Love Christmas Movies with an overnight hotel stay and an option to add the SoundWaves experience.

As the safety of its guests and STARS (employees) is of paramount importance, Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas program has been developed in accordance with Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” program and with enhanced protocols and social distancing measures. Face coverings must be worn by all guests ages two and older in all indoor/outdoor public areas and at Christmas attractions; face coverings may be removed while seated in a restaurant or swimming in a pool.  Programming will also operate in consideration with the latest local, state and federal legislation.

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Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, located at 2800 Opryland Drive in Nashville, Tenn., is the flagship property of Gaylord Hotels, part of the Marriott portfolio of brands. The 2,888-room hotel offers “everything in one place”— SoundWaves upscale indoor/outdoor water attraction, diverse dining options, a full-service spa, top-notch entertainment, on-site shopping, an award-winning golf course and more. For more information, visit

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