The Best Cities to Visit During the Holiday Season
There are plenty of wonderful ways to celebrate the holidays. Spending time with family and friends is a treat in itself. However, finding fun and engaging seasonal activities can only make these experiences more memorable. Here are the best cities around the southeast to visit during the holiday season.
Cheekwood is a 55 acre botanical garden and art museum. The estate was originally built in 1929 and currently stands as both a beautiful display of greenery and a historic structure. The garden hosts evolving displays year-round. In the spring, it offers 150,000 blooming bulbs. And in the winter, it hosts the Holiday Lights celebration with over one mile of lights. The holiday display is breathtaking and a must-see when in the area. Be sure to make a stop after securing your Nashville vacation package. It is a good idea to purchase tickets beforehand because it frequently sells out.
Nashville is widely-known for the exceptional talent of musicians that live and play there. There is no better example of a Nashville-only experience than Amy Grant & Vince Gillâ€™s annual Christmas celebration at the Ryman Theater. The country power couple will play 12 concerts this year, including their first offering of matinee shows. Join them in the historic Ryman Theater for a celebration of the holiday season.
The Gaylord Opryland Resort is rolling out its 36th annual Country Christmas celebration. The resort is so much more than a hotel. Itâ€™s an experience. The lights alone are worth a visit, but Country Christmas has a lot more to offer than just that. Thereâ€™s an interactive ice sculpture display themed around the holiday classic, â€śA Christmas Story.â€ť Thereâ€™s a â€śRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeerâ€ť musical. And country-legend Trace Adkins will lead a Christmas celebration almost every night of the week.
Are you looking for a quick getaway this holiday season? Visit Sweet Magnolia Tours to see their Nashville vacation packages.
Ruby Falls is a year-round attraction in Chattanooga. Itâ€™s a cave system that holds the nationâ€™s largest underground waterfall. As you can imagine, this is a sight to see even when the holidays arenâ€™t around. But a secret cavern passage opens in December that takes visitors to the North Pole to visit Santa Clause. This family-friendly attraction offers an ice cave, snow flurries, sparkling geodes, as well as stops at the Sugar Plum Fairy Village, Penguin Palace, Polar Creek, and more.
Rock City is actually located in Georgia, but itâ€™s a short six mile drive from Chattanooga. It is a 4,100-foot walking trail up and around Lookout Mountain. It features caves, rock formations, and beautiful gardens. The Garden of Lights is a huge holiday celebration that runs from November through the first few days of January. With four different themed â€śrealms,â€ť the Enchanted Garden of Lights offers many different experiences in a singular trip. Itâ€™s the perfect place to enjoy a gingerbread cookie and some hot cocoa.
The Chattanooga Zoo is more than a place to encounter exotic and beautiful animals. While it is certainly a place for that, they also rehabilitate wildlife and focus on the conservation and preservation of animals. Holiday Lights sees the Chattanooga Zoo turn into a winter wonderland. See the zoo covered in lights, watch the animals open their presents, or get your picture taken with Santa. Thereâ€™s a lot to do at the zoo throughout the holidays.
Savannahâ€™s Christmas on the River is a weekend full of holiday cheer. River Street is a beautiful stretch in downtown Savannah with great views of the river. This already-beautiful area will be decorated with stunning lights and other holiday regalia. Take in a production of â€śHow the Dancing Grinch Stole Christmas.â€ť Camp out for the gorgeous Lighted Christmas Parade. Or simply sit back and enjoy some live music while enjoying the company of your friends and family.
The Savannah Philharmonic is a wonderful treat any time of the year. The quality of musicianship is simply stunning. This year, the first half of the Holiday Spectacular will cover O. Henryâ€™s â€śThe Gift of the Magi.â€ť It tells the story of a husband and wife as they try to navigate the difficult task of buying each other Christmas presents with very little money. The second half of the performance will feature a Motown holiday tribute.
There are few things kids love more than trains. And what better combination is there than trains and Santa Claus? The Georgia State Railroad Museum hosts a holiday treat for the whole family. Activities include face-painting, crafts, seasonal treats from local vendors, a ride on a steam-powered locomotive, and of course visiting with Santa.
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