Gaylord Opryland’s Country Christmas will go on after flood

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Gaylord Opryland officials say their annual Christmas celebration will go on as planned this year, even though the historic flood has left the doors to their hotel and resort closed since May.

Gaylord Opryland employees will begin decorating Wednesday for the 27th Annual “A Country Christmas” event.

The world-famous event at the Donelson hotel and resort is known for attracting two million visitors each year.

Gaylord employees spend about four months stringing two million twinkling lights.

The Country Christmas event usaully kicks off the third week in November and continues through the week of Christmas.

In years past, the celebration included the ICE! show, Louise Mandrell Christmas Dinner Party, Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular and a General Jackson holiday cruise.

More details about this year's events are expected Wednesday morning.

New events to the line-up will be announced, as well as this year's theme to the famed ICE! event.

Restoration on the Gaylord Opryland Resort is well underway, and officials hope to reopen by November 15.

The General Jackson showboat is already cruising the Cumberland River again, celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The Grand Ole Opry House plans to celebrate its grand opening the first week of October.

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