Christmas In July: Opryland’s Holiday Lights

by Lynnette

Christmas, Holidays, Hotels, Nashville Fun Stuff, Opryland Hotel

decorating_for_christmasNashville in July… it sure is hot outside.

Believe it or not, some people are preparing for Christmas around here already! No, not us… (See why here and here.)

They’re already gearing up for Christmas at the Opryland Hotel right now. That’s right, they’ve started stringing the 2 million lights that decorate the Opryland Hotel and its property — inside and out.

Who knew that it takes 4 months to hang all those lights???

The Opryland Hotel Christmas lights are so spectacular that tourists from millions of miles away come to Music City USA just to view them.

So, enjoy your summer, folks. But just remember, Christmas is right around the corner!

For the record, the Opryland Holiday Lights aren’t officially turned “on” for the public until November 1st.

Check out this video for a look inside the Opryland Hotel:


Opryland’s Ice Sculptures

For one of the coolest displays of ice sculptures around, don’t miss the Opryland’sChristmas festivities. I’ve never been, but I’ve seen & read about it on the news, and some friends of ours went last year and had a glowing review!

Each year, they feature a magnificent ice sculpture display, in addition to many other unique activities.

Opryland ice sculptures.

I’ve seen an ice sculpture or two in my time, but we’re not talking those fancy table-top displays like you see at the Midnight Buffet on cruise ships. Opryland’s ice sculptures might even better than the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice sculptures!

Opryland’s features a frozen world of larger-than-life ice sculptures all carved from 1.5 million pounds of ice, musical events, and more.

Here’s what Opryland ICE is like, from a mom’s point of view.


And this video gives you a good idea of what the ice sculptures are like at Opryland in Nashville:


Saranac Lake’s Winter Carnival

lynnette_whiteface_mountain I used to live in Saranac Lake (near Lake Placid, New York) when I worked as Director of Alumni Relations at Paul Smith’s College.

One of the most fun things to do there each year was to attend Winter Carnival festivities downtown Saranac Lake and nearby Lake Placid.

Here are pictures of the ice sculptures and more from the Winter Carnival events in Saranac Lake, New York.