While the full list of festivities kicks off November 10—and will run through January 1– the creative team has already started to string up some of the three million lights that will transform the resort’s nine acres of indoor gardens into a Christmas wonderland. To help ring in the holidays at the Opryland, according to WSMV, the resort will bring in 15,000 poinsettias, 15 miles of green garland, 10 miles of hand-tied red ribbons, and 1.5 million pounds of real snow to create a tubing hill outside. Of course, the centerpiece of the show will be the 48-foot tall Christmas tree that towers over the festivities.
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This year’s theme revolves around the beloved Charles Schulz story, ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’. To bring the Peanuts Christmas tale to life, the Opryland resort’s annual ICE! show will feature hand-carved ice sculptures of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, and perhaps a sad little Christmas tree, which will require over two million pounds of ice to create. For an even warmer welcome from the Peanuts gang, sign up for the interactive breakfast where families can mingle with Snoopy and Linus and maybe even offer to hold the football for good old Charlie Brown. For more Christmas cheer, the Build-A-Bear Workshop is setting up shop for the season at the Opryland with an exclusive polar bear plush toy and a scavenger hunt through the space.
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To help welcome the season, the Grand Ole Opry House will put on a festive Broadway show, called Cirque Dreams Holidaze, featuring never-before-seen performances, filled with original music and holiday classics. Opryland’s yuletide cheer will also include a Holidays & Hits dinner show hosted by Grammy winning artist Diamond Rio, an Opryland Express kids train, a gingerbread decorating center, a spinning tea cup rider, and a 6,000-square foot indoor ice skate perfect, which is the perfect way to earn a hot chocolate.
Over one million guests are expected to wander into the winter wonderland, but Santa and Mrs. Claus wouldn’t miss their annual trip to Opryland and neither should you.