Day by Day Itinerary
On the 1st Day of Christmas – Nashville & Gaylord Country Christmas- Oak Ridge Boys – Arrive in Nashville for a Country Christmas celebration at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel for a two night stay. This evening enjoy the Opryland Hotel’s Christmas Dinner & Show featuring the Oak Ridge Boys. Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of the Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. (D)
On the 2nd of Christmas – Nashville & Gaylord Country Christmas – This morning visit ICE!, an incredible holiday attraction hand-carved from nearly two million pounds of ice. This icy exhibit is blends amazing frozen creations with thrilling ice slides, all enhanced by dramatic lighting and special effects. Experience your favorite scenes in magnificent hand-carved sculptures made from more than 2 million pounds of ice.
Dinner is on own, giving you the chance to try one of Opryland’s great restaurants. Enjoy another Christmas Show this evening (TBD). Following the performance, Guests can enjoy The Grand Snowfall as the Gaylord turns the atrium into the world’s largest snow globe. (B)
On the 3rd day of Christmas – Louisville & The Historic Brown Hotel – After breakfast, depart for Louisville and you will be accommodated at the historic Brown Hotel for two nights of luxury. A Louisville legend, the Brown Hotel has been loved by generations of guests for its Georgian-Revival elegance and timeless Southern charm that infuses every experience with gentility and refinement. The hotels Holiday decorations will set a festive Christmas mood.
Your group has dinner tonight at the Derby Dinner Playhouse, one of America’s finest dinner theaters. Show is still TBD, but it will be a show highlighting the spirit of Christmas. (B,D)
On the 4th Day of Christmas – Louisville & The Historic Brown Hotel – This morning after breakfast, your group will Join in all the Reindeer Games at the Kentucky Derby Museum. It’s a festive laugh-filled festive morning of Reindeer Racing. Everyone receives $5000 worth of $ $ Horsey Bucks $$ and a Reindeer Racing Program. You will notice immediately that all the Thoroughbred horses have been given Reindeer Names. The emcee will provide you with handicapping tips so you can pick a winner. Then armed with insider advice, a racing program and a fist full of Holiday Money you make your bets just before the bell sounds. It’s contagious excitement, you’ll be cheering and laughing with your travelers as they yell “On Donner, On Blitzen . . . ho ho ho.” The top three money winners (Win – Place – Show) receive silly prizes. Oh and everyone who wants, receives their own set of reindeer antlers to wear and keep for luck!
Note: Serious race people will find the Derby Museum is also filled with a marvelous collection of everything that deals with the pageantry of the annual Kentucky Derby race. Also included: a walking tour of Churchill Downs.
Then after a break for lunch on own, you head to the Louisville Slugger Museum. Take a guided tour through the factory where Louisville Slugger bats are crafted with the same pride that started in 1884. Whether it’s a personalized bat or one destined for the big leagues, we make sure it’s just right. You’ll learn every step in the process. After the tour, you’ll receive a FREE miniature Louisville Slugger bat!
Next, it’s off to the Frazier History Museum and visit their Christmas Exhibit. In 2019, the exhibit featured Irving Berlin’s classic holiday film White Christmas as it celebrates its 65th anniversary this year. It is one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved musical films of the Christmas season. Loosely based on Irving Berlin’s 1942 film Holiday Inn, White Christmas follows the romantic journey of two song-and-dance teams, one of which involves two World War II veterans, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, and the other, two sisters, Betty and Judy Haynes. The two groups travel together to the Columbia Inn, a Vermont ski lodge, and over the course of their stay team up to perform a Christmas show to help the lodge owner — Wallace and Davis’s former commander, General Waverly — save his lodge from bankruptcy.
You then spend late afternoon and evening at The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. It is an artisonal distillery located in downtown Louisville on Whiskey Row and celebrates the legacy of Evan Williams, Kentucky’s first distiller. This is an immersive experience that brings to life the history and tradition of Kentucky’s native spirit.
Your group has a guided history tour and more. While here you will enjoy a tasting of three bourbons, and learn how to make a Mint Julep before sitting down to a nice dinner in The Speakeasy. Mint Juleps are the quintessential Kentucky Derby Drink and it is important to the “educational mission” of this Holiday Evening in a Bourbon Distillery that you learn how to make one.
Following dinner is a historic music presentation by the costumed characters of “My Old Kentucky Home” Outdoor Drama. You will be serenaded by a few of Stephen Foster’s famous songs mixed with classic Christmas Carols you’ve know forever. (B,D)
On the 5th Day of Christmas – Departure – After breakfast, depart for home. (B)