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Put a sparkly spur in your stockin’ this Christmas! We’re puttin’ away the snow and bustin’ out southern hospitality for a twinklin’ Tennessee Christmas you’ll not soon forget! Merry Christmas from America’s country music capital, Nashville!

O Holy Night(s)! Is there anywhere better in the world to stay than the Opryland Gaylord Resort at Christmas? Nine acres of green gardens and at this time of year, 2 million pounds of ice and lights are shipped in to celebrate the Christmas season. Enjoy ICE!, an indoor winter wonderland featuring colourful hand-carved ice sculptures and slides standing more than two stories tall. We’ll head over to the Grand Ole Opry Theatre for a holiday performance before Christmas dinner back at the Gaylord, where we’ll whip up a gift exchange that makes us all feel festive (followed by a surprise!).

A tour of Music City on Boxing Day followed by lunch at Bellemeade Plantation really puts the star on the Tennessee tree. History, horses, and hospitality come alive with the help of guides in period costume. Join us on this honkytonk holiday. Christmas in Nashville, y’all!

Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 5 nights accommodation, 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and HST does not apply.

Included Highlights

  • Guided tour of Nashville
  • Gaylord Opryland Resort: Holiday performance with The Oak Ridge Boys
  • Tickets to ICE! Winter Wonderland
  • Grand Ole Opry Theatre Performance TBA
  • Christmas dinner
  • Bellemeade Plantation lunch and visit

Gravitate toward your next great adventure at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Situated in the heart of Nashville. This luxury hotel allows you to hit all the high notes of Music City both in the area and under the hotel roof. Enjoy 9 acres of lush indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls as well as a wide variety of restaurants and bars.

ICE! is an indoor winter wonderland featuring: A walk-through holiday attraction kept at a chilly 9°F. 2 million pounds of colorful ice sculptures.  Sculptures that are hand-carved by 40 artisans from Harbin, China. Four two-story tall ice slides. Full Nativity scene in stunning, crystal clear ice

Three types of ice are used in the making of ICE!

Clear, “Crystal” Ice: The most difficult to make. It is created using highly filtered de-ionized water. It takes three days to freeze the 45 gallons of water used to create each 400-pound ice block. By freezing it slowly, the molecules are able to line up perfectly, similar to a diamond or crystal.

White Ice: looks like compacted snow. It is frozen quickly, giving it a cloudy look, much like the ice made in a home freezer. By freezing quickly, the molecules do not have time to perfectly align.

Colored Ice: Dyed one of nine brilliant colors, colored ice is used for highlighting and accenting many of the ice sculptures. These giant blocks are made with simple food coloring that is added during the freezing process and the water must be stirred constantly to ensure a consistent color throughout the block.

The troupe of ice-loving artisans hails from the city of Harbin, located in Northeast China, where relentless winter winds blow across from neighboring Siberia. Temperatures in Harbin fall dramatically to an average of only two degrees, sometimes plummeting to -36 degrees! Harbin stays below freezing for almost half the year. Ice sculpting has been a tradition of the village dating back thousands of years.

Source: Gaylord Opryland Resort

Come to Belle Meade Plantation to experience everything that is beautiful about the South. Guests are warmly invited to delve into the rich history of this lovely home and estate by taking part in a diverse list of both enjoyable and educational activities. This site is dedicated to the preservation of Tennessee’s Victorian architecture, history, and equestrian legacy.

The story of Belle Meade comes alive, as your period-dressed guides lead guests through the mansion and tell the exceptional and intimate stories of the various people that created Belle Meade Plantation. Throughout the 45-minute guided tour of the Greek-Revival Mansion, a century of the plantation’s history is told through the stories of the Harding-Jackson Family. From the complimentary wine tastings to the newly refurbished ice cream and fudge shop, Belle Meade provides many activities for the entire family.


When you walk through the doors of the historic Ryman Auditorium, one thing becomes clear right away: this isn’t just another nightly music venue, and it’s so much more than a daytime tourist stop. This place is hallowed ground. This is the exact spot where bluegrass was born—where Johnny Cash met June Carter, where souls were saved and a slice of history was nearly lost. It was right here that country music found an audience beyond its own back porch, and countless careers took off as deals were signed on napkins and paper scraps backstage. This is a building where anything is possible: a soul can find redemption, a crumbling building can find salvation, and an unknown kid with a guitar can find his or her name in lights.

The Grand Ole Opry is a country music stage concert founded on November 28, 1925, by George D. Hay as a one-hour radio “barn dance” on WSM. Currently owned and operated by Opry Entertainment, it is the longest running radio broadcast in US history. Dedicated to honoring country music and its history, the Opry showcases a mix of famous singers and contemporary chart-toppers performing country, bluegrass, Americana, folk, and gospel music as well as comedic performances and skits. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world and millions of radio and internet.

• Lima, OH: Hampton Inn (1 night)
• Nashville, TN: Gaylord Opryland Resort (3 nights)
• Lima, OH: Hampton Inn (1 night)


Lima, OH

Board our luxury motorcoach and relax as we make our way to Lima, Ohio. After crossing the boarder in Sarnia, we’ll check into our hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner as a group this evening.

Stay: Hampton Inn, Lima, OH
Nights: 1
Meals: D


Nashville, TN

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, followed by a Christmas Eve coach ride to Nashville, Tennesee. After we check into the spectacular Gaylord Opryland Resort for the next three nights, enjoy dinner followed by a guided tour of the resort where you’ll discover just how much there is to see and do during your stay here! Tonight you’ll enjoy a theatric performance (TBA) on the stage at the Grand Ole Opry House. 

Stay: Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, TN
Nights: 3
Meals: B, D


Opryland Resort Dinner & Show (Christmas Day)

Merry Christmas from America’s country music capital, Nashville! After breakfast at the hotel, those wishing to go to church will have transportation to do so. Tonight you are in for a real treat, entertainment for tonight’s dinner is The Oak Ridge Boys, making it a Christmas to remember!


Meals: B, L, D


Nashville Sightseeing, Bellemeade Plantation (Boxing Day)

Wake up this morning and after breakfast we’ll enjoy a guided tour of Nashville followed by lunch at Bellemeade Plantation. History, horses, and hospitality come alive with the help of guides in period costume. Bellemeade preserves Tennessee’s architecture and equestrian legacy through the stories of the Harding-Jackson Family. Since we have tickets to ICE, we’ll head back to the Gaylord to see the magnificent ice sculptures carved from 2 million pounds of ice, followed by dinner at the resort.

Meals: B, L, D


 Lima, OH

Today we put away our country Christmas hat and leave Nashville for Lima, Ohio. After a stop for dinner, we’ll settle into our hotel for the evening.

Stay: Hampton Inn, Lima, OH
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D


Travel Home

After breakfast at the hotel this morning, you’ll board the coach for your return journey home.

Meals: B


Travellers will occasionally have to walk on uneven surfaces or get on and off boats or trains. Tours on the itinerary may include periods of up to an hour of walking at a gentle pace. There may also be a few one-night stays, but often the majority of your trip is spent in just a handful of hotels. Most of our North American sightseeing tours fall into this category.

  • Gaylord Opryland Resort
  • Gaylord Opryland Resort
  • Lower Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee
  • ICE! Winter Wonderland at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.

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