How to Spend the Holidays in Nashville

July 21, 2021

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Music City is a magical place, in my humble opinion. Wonderful food, fun experiences, and good music is found throughout the streets of Nashville. Spending the holidays in good ‘ole Nash is something everyone should experience. If you’re planning on a holiday trip to Nashville, here’s where you should eat and what you should do.

Where to eat:


Let me just start by saying I really love tacos, and some of the best tacos I’ve ever had in my life were at Bartaco. Located in the 12 South neighborhood Bartaco offers a stylish, casual place to enjoy some fabulous Mexican cuisine. Everything at Bartaco from the ambiance to the service to the food was incredible and I can’t wait to go back. This is 100 percent a place I think everyone should go during their visit to Music City.

Pinewood Social:

If you’re looking for a fun atmosphere with great food, Pinewood Social is the place to go. We stopped in on our first night and it was a wonderful start to the trip. Pinewood Social offers a moody ambiance to enjoy a drink, grab a bite to eat, and bowl for a while. It’s a great place for happy hour and an activity if you don’t want to go to multiple places.

nashville women at dinner

Proper Bagel

Before we planned our trip I saw Shawn Johnson post a photo at Proper Bagel and so I had to go. I’m a Jersey girl so my bagel standards are pretty high; let me just tell you, Proper Bagel did not disappoint. Two years later and I still dream of that special cream cheese; they have a bunch of different flavors to try. It is fantastic.

Frothy Monkey

Another spot in 12 South, Frothy Monkey was recommended to me by a friend I visited Music City with and after stopping in for a quick cup of coffee I can see why. With multiple locations throughout Nashville, it’s clear the team behind Frothy Monkey knows what they’re doing. In addition to their fabulous coffee, they also have an expansive food and wine menu. I’m looking forward to trying out more when I return to Nashville.

Things to do:

12th South

I love this neighborhood. Full of great places to eat, shopping, and of course Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James store, 12 South is a must-see in my opinion. Next to Reese’s store is the iconic I Believe in Nashville mural. Reese’s store also has a cute striped mural painted so there are lots of photo opportunities to snap the perfect Instagram pic.

i believe in nashville sign

The Gulch

Another great place for shopping and food, the Gulch is a popular spot in Music City. Popular spots include Milk and Honey, Kittenish, and the infamous angel wing mural. The Gulch is also where Taylor Swift did a temporary mural when Lover was released.

wing mural in nashville


Glow is such a magical experience to check out during the holidays. Set up at First Tennessee Park, Glow features ice skating, tubing, light sculptures, Santa’s Workshop, and more. It’s fun for people of all ages.

If you’re looking for something fun to do during the holidays this year, I highly recommend a trip to Music City. It’s been one of my favorite trips to date!

holidays in nashville

New Year’s Eve in Nashville

This was probably my favorite thing we did during our holiday excursion in Nashville. Music City knows how to ring in the new year. This particular year, Keith Urban was the main act. We also saw Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Struts, and even Stevie Nicks made an appearance. It was epic!

music city midnight nashville

Gaylord Opryland Hotel

The hotel goes all out during the holidays with festive decorations including trees and wreaths and beautiful light displays. We just dropped in for a quick bite one evening but it was a beautiful sight to see.

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How to Spend the Holidays in Nashville
How to Spend the Holidays in Nashville
How to Spend the Holidays in Nashville

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