Not a shopper? Hate crowds? We’ve put together a list of Black Friday activities to do with the family that doesn’t involve shopping but some great family fun around the city.
1.Country Music Hall of Fame
Today, the Country Music Hall of Fame will hold its tree lighting along with its first installment of the Christmas concerts with Crystal Gayle. After the tree lighting, Gayle will sign copies of her CDs available for purchase in the Museum Store following the performance.
While visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame, be sure to see the Brad Paisley exhibit that recently opened. You can even get a photo with Santa just before the tree lighting. Learn more about the Country Music Hall of Fame here.
2.Opryland Hotel & Resort
Located just outside of Nashville, Opryland Hotel transforms into a winter wonderland during the Holiday season. Tour the hotel for free and see the over 2 million twinkling lights across the property. Other activities to enjoy while visiting the property include the ICE exhibit featuring Rudolph the Red Nosed-Reindeer, new Dr. Seuss Musical ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas,’ Arctic Plunge Snow Tubing and Ice Skating, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Christmas Show. Visit their website for more information.
3.Dancing Lights of Christmas at Jellystone Park
Noted as Middle Tennessee’s largest drive-thru light and music show, Jellystone Park is open nightly from 5pm-10pm with a cost of $25 per car and $50 for commercial vehicles. Visit Jellystone Park’s Facebook page for more information. Jellystone Park is located at 2572 Music Valley Drive, Nashville.
Looking to burn some energy? SOAR is the perfect place to get outside with the family and test your skills on the ropes course. SOAR Adventure has over 110 climbing elements ranging from the youngest in the family to the most advanced climber. Located at 3794 Carothers Parkway, Franklin, SOAR Adventure will be open from 10am -10pm on Black Friday. Use the code BLACKFRIDAY for a 25% off discount. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
5.Tennessee State Parks
State Parks have launched a campaign called #OPTOUTSIDE to encourage families to get outside on Black Friday. They are hoping to replace shopping with hiking with free guided tours at all 56 state parks. All Tennessee State Parks will be open on Black Friday and are asking residents to participate in their campaign using #OPTOUTSIDE for their photos they post on social media.
6.Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
Last season, the Nashville Predators gave thousands of people, young and old, the chance to experience outdoor ice skating for the first time.
The outdoor skating rink is back, Smashville Outdoor Rink presented by Nissan, located at Walk of Fame Park, just across Fifth Avenue from Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville, is open to the public for the winter season, providing an outdoor experience like no other in the region.
Opening on Saturday, Nov. 19, the rink will stay open until Feb. 20, with everything from public skating sessions, 3-on-3 hockey, Learn to Skate classes and more, made possible with the help of Metro Parks and Recreation and the Predators.
The rink will be open every day from Nov. 18 through Feb. 20 – with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day – from 4-10 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday and 12-10 p.m. on weekends, with extended holiday hours throughout the season. Public skate sessions will be priced at $15 for adults and $10 for children, including skate rental.
Full schedules and registration links will be posted at FordIceCenter.com over the coming weeks.
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