Holly jolly good times
For parent who worry about Shrek-overload, fear not. The hotel’s “A Country Christmas” has lots of other holiday fun in store – along with more twinkling lights than you can shake a candy cane at an explosion of holiday decorations trimming the hotel, outside and within. This includes an outdoor Nativity display, carriage rides, photos with Santa and Holly Jolly Town Square, a Christmas-themed midway straight out of 1950s Any Town USA, with rides for little ones, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and cupcakes frosted with a two-inch swirl of icing.
On one side of the Square is the Hall of Trees, with dozens of trees blinged out for various charities. Visitors can check out all the trees in person – including one paying homage to the Beatles and another one themed to “Rise of the Guardians” – and then bid on them online to win everything from the ornaments to the presents beneath their branches. On the other side, 40-plus artisan/merchants provide lots of inspiration for the space beneath your own tree with jewelry, gourmet goodies, collectibles and more.
Not to be missed is Lorrie Morgan’s Enchanted Christmas Dinner and Show. Savor an amuse-bouche of dips and fruit followed by butternut squash soup with flaky crust topping and entree before this country music singing sensation and long-standing member of the Grand Ole Opry takes the stage. Gorgeous in her holiday finery, Morgan belts out a down-home Christmas with songs from her “Merry Christmas in London” album augmented by her platinum-selling country hits.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is also part of “A Country Christmas.” Taking place at the nearby Grand Ole Opry, it has the Rockettes kicking up a synchronized storm with numbers that include the legendary “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.” And this year, Christmas spirit gets a high-tech boost with a 3D journey to New York City during the show.
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If You Go
Gaylord Opryland’s “A Country Christmas” is offered now through December 25, 2012. Two- and three-night packages include accommodations; front-of-line access tickets to ICE!; ticket to Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes; tickets to Lorrie Morgan’s Enchanted Christmas Dinner & Show; tickets for breakfast or luncheon cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat; tickets to Christmas Holly Jolly Town Square including shops, demonstrations, story time with Mrs. Claus and more; admission to Treasures of the Holidays, a craft and gift show with 40-plus unique vendors through Dec. 16; admission to Hall of Trees; and more. The three-night package also includes tickets to Grand Ole Opry and complimentary admission to the “Kids Only” shopping area.
The Christmassy DreamWorks Experience, through January 1, 2013, features two- and three-night packages that include accommodations, front-of-line access tickets to ICE!, ShrekFeast Interactive Character Meal, VIP seating for the Holiday Shrektacular, DreamWorks Character Holiday Meet & Greets, scavenger hunt, souvenir family photo, character wake-up call and a welcome amenity upon check-in.
Visit www.GaylordHotels.com/gaylord-opryland/a-country-christmas/packages/index.html#dw for specific packages and package inclusions.
In addition to the Gaylord Opryland, the Gaylord Palms, Gaylord Texas and Washington D.C.-based National Gaylord, will also offer the ICE! indoor wonderland featuring DreamWorks’ characters from “Shrek the Halls” and “Madagascar” and special holiday packages. Visit www.GaylordHotels.com to see individual hotels’ specific offerings.