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The Gaylord Opryland Resort Reopens Today and is Ready For a Country Christmas

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  Site Where: 2800 Opryland Drive [map], Nashville, TN, United States, 37214
November 15, 2010 at 11:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

The holidays are starting early in Nashville, where the Gaylord Opryland Resort reopens today, six months after massive flooding closed the hotel for extensive restoration work.

We love a good comeback story, and in this case it's even sweeter, since the Opryland is one of the biggest fans of Christmas we've ever seen in hotel land, and they're reopening just in time to launch their big Country Christmas holiday tradition.

This is the resort's 27th annual A Country Christmas event, which includes an ice-sculpture world, and tons of Christmas shows including the Radio City Rockettes, ICE!, Louise Mandrell’s ‘The Gift’ Christmas Dinner & Show; and shows aboard the General Jackson Showboat. Then there's our favorite part (green advocates, look away): the way they make the entire property and grounds glow with more than 2 million lights.

While the hotel took a serious blow, with floodwaters damaging about 70 percent of common areas, it's bouncing back better than ever, with three new restaurants and a wine bar, a refurbished lobby with new tech, redesigned guest rooms, and improved energy efficiency systems (there--that makes up for all those lights!)

The Opryland is celebrating the reopening this weekend, with a three-day party that kicks off with the holiday lighting ceremony and will also include performances from Keith Urban and Sheryl Crow.

Rooms start at $209 a night this weekend, and there are also A Country Christmas Vacation Packages available that include tickets to shows.

[Photo: Gaylord Opryland website ]

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