Other than food and family, what is the one part of Christmas that everyone looks forward to each year? No, not Santa, but close. We are talking about decoration! Did you know that Christmas trees started out with candles as their source of light? Talk about your fire hazards. When considering how dangerous that decorative situation had the potential to be, I want you to take a moment to contemplate the bucket of water kept alongside each Christmas tree. Of all the gorgeous garnish included with the holidays, I couldn’t imagine trying to keep up with adding a big water container that would look good and be functional. This was a time before fire extinguishers and renters insurance so cheers to everyone who didn’t burn the house down by an improperly cooked turkey, but by a lone candle dropped with the draft.

Lucky for us here in 2020 (gotta find the silver linings in life while we can, am I right?) we are not held back by flame, thanks to Thomas Edison and his need to play with electricity throughout history. Here at Nashville Bar Bike, our goal is to make sure that everyone gets their fill of the Christmas spirit and what better way to do that than with lights and family activities? When we do Christmas here in Tennessee, we go all out with décor, activities and plenty to keep even the biggest Scrooge in your group feeling the cheer.

With Christmas right around the corner and plenty to see in Nashville, you and your family will want to get started with this list ASAP. Keep reading to find out about celebrations happening throughout December right here in Nashville and don’t forget to like/subscribe to the Nashville Bar Bike Facebook and Instagram feeds to stay updated on everything we are doing. There’s always something new to look forward to and we can’t wait to share it with you! Cheers to a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year no matter where you’re celebrating this time around.

Holiday Lights At Cheekwood

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With one mile of holiday cheer spanning over the notorious 55 acre botanical garden, there is no shortage of beauty to enjoy at Cheekwood Estates and Garden in Nashville. Just a short jump (about eight miles) from the downtown area, you can enjoy this display from Nov. 20- Jan. 10. A favorite to locals and tourists alike, this lights display has been adding on to its collection for years. Check their website for information about ticket costs by member/non member status, Military, First Responders and Medical Professionals with valid ID are eligible for a 50% discount on tickets. Late night tickets are even cheaper!

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Gaylord Opryland Hotel

★ 4.6
No matter what you associate with the holiday season, you’re bound to find some variation of the picture perfect Christmas land at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel Country Christmas. Boasting over 3 million lights and 17 hours worth of ventures, covered in ice, tinsel and cheer, the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center has no plans to slow down this year. With a mask requirement enforced and social distancing encouraged, you can start celebrating Christmas now through January 3 of next year. Live music, games, movies and more is waiting for you and your loved ones! Check their website for a full list of activities BEFORE you go, trust me. There’s so much fun to be had at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel Country Christmas.

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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

★ 4.6
Whether you’ve been more times than you can count, or just happen to be in the area, a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is worth the holiday glance. All throughout the year, this grand museum hosts some of the finest music based media available in the country. But once a year, visitors get the immense pleasure of truly seeing Christmas and musicianship collide. From ornament making to instrument demonstrations to songwriter sessions and back, there’s a reason this decorative event keeps on coming back every year. Keep an eye out for Santa while you’re at it!

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Heated Igloos at Bobby Hotel’s rooftop

★ 4.5
Winter time is full of cheer and beauty that we all look forward to each year, but sometimes you still want to have the outdoor experience usually associated with spring and summer. With the heated igloos at Bobby Hotel’s rooftop, your party finally won’t have to sacrifice ambiance for the sake of comfort. Available for parties of up to five, this winter is going to be spent in style if you take some time to visit Bobby Hotel. Look no further than 4th Avenue, a short walk from the Ryman Auditorium and be sure to book your tickets online, the igloos fill up fast. You’re not going to find a warmer way to sit outside in the middle of winter while in Nashville.

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Reindeer Games at Headquarters Beercade

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Proudly boasting the “most wonderful end to the most horrible year” would be Headquarters Beercade, who is hosting their very own style of Reindeer Games for all of the grown ups that never actually grew up. Adults 21 and over are invited to come out and play games, 3D displays, themed food/drink and a life size sleigh for Santa. Starting Nov. 20 at Beercade on 2nd Avenue S and continuing through December, bring in that holiday spirit with some “holiday spirits” if you know what I mean. Bring in the new year with a bit of much needed cheer.

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Winter Waldenland

★ 4.3
Something that makes Tennessee particularly special around this time of year has to be the awesome sense of community that just radiates throughout every neighborhood and local hangout. Walden is a neighborhood bar that sits in east Nashville who goes all out when planning for a visit from Santa Clause. This year, their feature cocktails will be themed to match A Christmas Story, who knows how they will fit all of that nostalgia into one drink.

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The Listening Room Cafe Holiday Concert Series

★ 4.6
Each Tuesday throughout December on 4th Ave S, The Listening Room Cafe will be home to a Holiday themed live musical act. Along with song choices tailored to the season for both featured acts, you’ll find a fun menu full of cocktails to match the atmosphere. Check out their website to find out who’s playing each week and how to book tickets, this event will be continuous through the month of December.

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Allstar Limousine Holiday Light Tour

★ 4.8
Starting on Thanksgiving evening this season and continuing through Jan. 3, you’ve never experienced a tour like this. Hop in the back of a limo and enjoy the ride, within twenty minutes of starting the tour, you’ll start seeing lights and will even have the opportunity to stop for photos. Themed music, drinks and decorations line the chariot that will pick up your party, with an option to choose an Escalade if the limo is more than what you’d be interested in.

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Belle Meade Plantation, A Century Of Christmas

★ 4.6
Rich with history and preserved to the finest detail regularly, there is no tour more extravagant than one at Belle Meade Plantation. Around this time of year, this location is widely known for a showing of Christmas decorations from between the years of 1853-1953. Experience no less than the best of antique styles while learning more about Victorian holiday traditions. Make an ornament to take home while hearing stories about those who lived on the property in years past. After being around since the 1840’s there is plenty of character to go along with facts when visiting this plantation on Harding Pike in Nashville.

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Santa’s Trees

★ 4.6
Find your perfect tree at the spot that has been taking care of business in Tennessee for almost 40 years now. Santa’s Christmas Trees has multiple locations and offers more than just trees. Wooden reindeer, hand made garland and wreaths are just a couple of the options readily available. What would Christmas be without a trip to pick out the absolute perfect piece for your living room? You can even order your products online to be picked up safely in a socially distant setting. Delivery is available as well. Be sure to browse their website before coming in, there’s plenty to check out!

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Christmas Light Adventure on the Redneck Comedy Bus

★ 4.6
Take a tour that is truly eclectic like no other available in the city of Nashville. Laughter runs rampant through the two hour historic tour that covers Nashville or the Smokey Mountains. Pull out your favorite tacky Christmas sweater and get ready to sing along to carols, redneck style on the Redneck Comedy Bus. Not just a holiday treat, this tour runs year round with a variety of tours to pick from. Just check out their website for more information on reserving tickets.

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Livestream The Nutcracker

If going out to spread the holiday cheer does not seem like something you and yours want to experience this year, that makes perfect sense. We are living in weird times here in 2020. For those who would rather stay in for Christmas, we have the perfect option! Gather around the tube with all of your favorite folk and enjoy a free, televised performance of “The Nutcracker” put on by the incredibly talented Nashville Ballet at 7 p.m. on December 18th. Just tune in to NewsChannel 5 with a cup of cocoa (extra marshmallows, please) and embrace the classics.

Livestream The Nashville Christmas Parade

If going out to spread the holiday cheer does not seem like something you and yours want to experience this year, that makes perfect sense. We are living in weird times here in 2020. For those who would rather stay in for Christmas, we have the perfect option! Gather around the tube with all of your favorite folk and enjoy a free, televised performance of “The Nutcracker” put on by the incredibly talented Nashville Ballet at 7 p.m. on December 18th. Just tune in to NewsChannel 5 with a cup of cocoa (extra marshmallows, please) and embrace the classics.

Alternatives

Coming soon to Hallmark in late November, a new flick titled “A Nashville Christmas Carol” for those who won’t be making the trip to visit for the holiday season this year. If you’re the type of person who loves Christmas movies and starts playing “Let It Snow” the second Halloween ends, you’ll love nothing more than to sit and enjoy a movie about the holiday season in Nashville. We are quite proud of the beautiful city of Nashville here at the Bar Bike and are always looking for more reasons to say “Hey, I live there” when watching the television. Gather all of your closest friends and snuggle close to the tree with some hometown pride from those of us here in Tennessee with “A Nashville Christmas Carol” on the Hallmark Channel, from November 21st.

Conclusion

If Christmas spirit is your thing, or even if it isn’t, we invite you to celebrate in a way that thinks outside the average box. From rooftop igloos to total winter wonderland setups, there is something to be said for the amount of work that goes into holiday themes here in Nashville, Tennessee. From all of us at Nashville Bar Bike, we just wish the absolute best for everyone trying to figure out how to celebrate Christmas in 2020. All locations mentioned in the above article have stated that masks and social distancing standards will be enforced, so always call ahead and see about pre-ordering tickets before making plans. Whether it be a visit to a new city, or just a couple blocks from where you consider “home” to be, there is a little bit of everything going on all over the place. Don’t forget to give us a like/follow on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with everything happening in Nashville, Tennessee. As everything begins to safely reopen, we just want to assist in making your plans to visit go smoothly through the whole process. If you found your way through Tennessee with assistance from our posts, take a photo and tag us on the ‘gram! We love to hear from our guests and can’t wait to see you all on the Bar Bike!