Opryland Christmas




Christmas at Opryland Hotel - Nashville
December 15 - 17, 2009

                                                         Nancy G.

You can't help but be totally awestruck at Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville! Add their Christmas decorations and you will be mesmerized.  

We arrived on a cold Tuesday afternoon, making it perfect to set the mood for Christmas.

Our first stop was to see ICE!, where the theme this year was a Charlie Brown Christmas.  The temperature inside the exhibit is 3 to 4 degrees, so we all received a parka to wear.

Look at the amazing bright colors in the ice sculptures. 

That evening, we attended the spectacular Rockettes show at the Grand Old Opryhouse, where, of course, we were not allowed to take pictures. If you have never seen this show, add it to your list for 2010.  It is fabulous!

In the morning we departed for a lengthy city tour of Nashville with our local guide, with our first stop being Belle Meade Plantation.  The picture below is the horse stables.  Again, no indoor pictures allowed.  Lunch was in downtown Nashville, which we totally enjoyed.


It was back to the hotel to see the Louise Mandrell show, with a guided tour of the hotel on the way.  The first picture is our local guide.

Next is the magnificent tree in the Atrium area of the hotel.

Dinner was served prior to the show.  Hopefully I got a shot of each of our 52 passengers. 

Then it was on with the show!

As an added bonus that night, Pam Tillis and Barbara Mandrell were in the audience and came up on stage.

From left to right:  Pam Tillis, Barbara Mandrell, Louise Mandrell and Christy Sutherland, Barbara's daughter-in-law.

In the morning, we were on our own until noon to visit the Hall of Trees and Treasures if Christmas.  All proceeds from the Hall of Trees go to various charities.

It was then time to board our motor coach for home, but had to stop at the nativity scene on the front lawn of Opryland Hotel for a last photo opportunity.

Thank you to our lovely traveling companions from RoadRunner Tours out of Indianapolis.  It was wonderful to see some familiar faces from our East Coast Michigan trip in 2008!