Gaylord Opryland’s lighting ceremony set for Friday

Gaylord Opryland's lighting ceremony set for Friday (Image 1)

Gaylord Opryland Resort will kick off its 30th annual “A Country Christmas” with a lighting ceremony Friday night.

The music-filled event begins at 5:45 p.m. and will feature country singer Ty Herndon and the Donelson Christian Academy Show Choir, among other performers.

“It has become a family tradition for many people in Nashville and the southeast,” said Marketing Director Rob Regg said in a release.

Each year, Opryland hangs 20,000 strands of lights, stretching for 189 miles from end to end and totaling two million bulbs in all.

“We have five or six horticulture employees that have been working since July to get the two million Christmas lights up,” Regg stated.  “It is definitely a long, long work to be done here, but it is well worth it when the lights are turned on.”

Two million plus pounds of ice were again used for the resort's signature ICE! attraction which is themed “Frosty the Snowman” this year.

“A Country Christmas” continues through New Year's Day. Around one million visitors visit each year.

For more information, visit or call 1-888-999-6779.

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