What would a Nashville Christmas look like without Opryland Hotel? Luckily, this won’t be the year we find out. Nearly six months after the devastating flood closed it down, Nashville’s largest hotel (and the largest non-casino hotel in the United States) is reopening its doors.
Opryland is clearly the cornerstone of Nashville’s tourism industry. The damage to the hotel meant approximately one-third of Nashville’s upscale hotel rooms were out of commission for most of the year, roughly $50 million per month in tourism dollars was lost, and 20 to 25 percent of our city’s hotel taxes went uncollected. Luckily, however, the hotel reopening comes just in time for its annual lighting ceremony with over two million lights for “A Country Christmas” and the busy holiday season.
Today marks the first time the public will be able to experience the completely renovated rooms and suites, updated lobby and bar, three brand-new restaurants, wine bar, and coffee shop that are part of the $270 million dollar renovation, but the real fun starts this weekend. The three-day Grand Reopening activities include shows from The Radio City Rockettes, a new ICE! exhibit called “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” several free concerts, fireworks, a golf scramble, and a very special surprise for select hotel guests: private audience shows performed by the likes of Sheryl Crow and Keith Urban!
With this many events and several different vacation packages offered, thousands of people will travel to Nashville for this Christmas tradition, ensuring the Opryland Hotel will reopen with a bang!
Opryland Hotel’s “A Country Christmas” Lighting Ceremony is set for November 18th at 6 pm.
For more information on events, packages, and new features at Opryland, visit http://www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-opryland/