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Opryland for the Holidays

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Gaylord Opryland is the flagship property of Gaylord Hotels. Recognized around the world for its flawless service, luxurious accommodations and critically heralded entertainment, Gaylord Opryland offers planners 600,000 square feet of flexible meeting, convention, exhibit and pre-function space.

Located in Nashville, Tennessee and hailed by Travel & Leisure magazine as one of the “friendliest cities in the United States,” guests can head downtown to kick up their heels at the Wildhorse Saloon, cruise the Cumberland River aboard the General Jackson Showboat, or stay within the nine-acre complex to enjoy our lush indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls. Guests also can attend a performance of the world-famous Grand Ole Opry right next door to the hotel, or spend a day on our Scottish-style links at Gaylord Springs Golf Links.

From a luxurious spa and salon and a state-of-the-art fitness facility to unique dining experiences and pristine swimming pools, Gaylord Opryland provides a wide array of amenities to meet all guest needs.

• Activities Desk

• Relâche Spa, Salon & Fitness Center

• In-room iron, ironing board, blow dryer, in-room safe, two phones with dataport and voicemail

• On-site shops and restaurants

• Indoor and outdoor swimming pools

Special Holiday Events

Nashville, Tennessee Shows, Events and Activities

The Christmassy DreamWorks Experience

Now – January 3, 2012

Animate your holiday vacation when you book the DreamWorks Experience at Gaylord Hotels, starring the beloved characters from such films as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar.

Amy Grant & Vince Gill’s Twelve Days of Christmas Concert Package

December 19 – 22, 2011SOLD OUT!

Amy Grant and Vince Gill bring their “Twelve Days of Christmas” tour to the Ryman stage on December 20 and 21, which will feature traditional holiday songs as well as some of Amy and Vince’s biggest hits! Package includes two night room accommodations, a Gold Circle or Price Tier 2 ticket, plus a ticket to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes.

Jo Dee Messina’s Christmas in the Music Room

December 20, 2011

Spend an intimate evening with Jo Dee Messina in her “music room,” celebrating the season with songs, stories and audience participation. Packages include 1-night room accommodations, Christmas Dinner and this special concert immediately thereafter. Basic and VIP packages available.

A Night at the Opry Package — Most Popular Package!

Experience the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, the show that made country music famous!

Celebration! New Year’s Eve 2011 – A Southern Gospel Festival

December 31, 2011 – January 2, 2012

Ring in the New Year with Legacy Five and friends! New Year’s Eve Celebration! 2011 will be a relaxing time of fellowship for the whole family. It is a weekend of the very best in Southern gospel music, comedy and inspirational speaking.

Celebrate Christmas on the Water

General Jackson Showboat Offers Two Shows This Holiday Season

This Christmas, those looking for a unique way to celebrate the holidays won’t have to look any further than the General Jackson Showboat. The iconic paddlewheel riverboat will offer two cruises that showcase the magic and joy of the “most wonderful time of the year.”

New this holiday season is the midday show, Steve Hall & The Shotgun Red Christmas¸ a country comedy show that is full of heartwarming and delightful moments from the duo who have been capturing attention for the past 25 years. This hilarious pair first rose to fame on Hee Haw before becoming a staple on Nashville Now and the Grand Ole Opry.

Guests to the Steve Hall & The Shotgun Red Christmas cruise will enjoy a menu prepared exclusively for the holiday season, including a roasted pork loin with cranberry chutney, sweet potato mash with streusel topping, broiled Roma tomatoes, steamed green beans and an apple, cranberry and raisin strudel drizzled with crème Anglaise and topped with powdered sugar. The Steve Hall & The Shotgun Red Christmas runs through Dec. 25.

And for the evening, A Country Christmas on the Cumberland honors the season with favorite Christmas classics and contemporary songs of the holidays. A cast of six multi-talented singers will perform within the glittering two-story Victorian Theater, while guests are treated to a menu of braised short ribs, buttered jumbo prawns, a twice baked potato, steamed asparagus and the apple, cranberry, raisin strudel. A Country Christmas on the Cumberland is available now through Dec. 23.

Both Steve Hall & The Shotgun Red Christmas and A Country Christmas on the Cumberland are a part of Gaylord Opryland Resort’s A Country Christmas presented by Coca-Cola. In its 28th season, this year’s lineup includes the 10th anniversary edition of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world-famous Rockettes, ICE! featuring DreamWorks Animation’s Merry Madagascar, Louise Mandrell’s Christmas Dinner Party, the all-new Holly Jolly Town Square, Treasures for the Holidays craft show, two million twinkling lights and more. Vacation packages, including both shows on the General Jackson, are available at www.ChristmasAtGaylordOpryland.com or by calling 1-888-999-OPRY (6779).

For tickets and information on Steve Hall & The Shotgun Red Christmas and A Country Christmas on the Cumberland, please call (615) 458-3900 or visit www.GeneralJackson.com.

*Menu subject to change.

About the General Jackson Showboat

Named after President Andrew Jackson, the General Jackson Showboat has a rich history in its 26-year existence. The showboat was built by Jeffersonville, Ind.-based Jeffboat, was launched April 20, 1985 and was christened on July 2, 1985. At 77 feet tall and with a capacity of 1,200 passengers and 182 crew members, the General Jackson Showboat is the largest showboat of its kind in the world. In addition to its midday and evening cruises, the General Jackson Showboat is available for private cruises, parties and special event cruises. The General Jackson is owned by Gaylord Entertainment, a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville. For more information, visit www.generaljackson.com.

A Country Christmas

Experience America’s favorite Christmas tradition like never before!

Gaylord Opryland’s 28th annual A Country Christmas brings back your favorite holiday events like Louise Mandrell’s Christmas Dinner Party and the 10th anniversary in Nashville of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes.

And now you can animate your holiday getaway with The DreamWorks Experience! Vacation with the beloved characters from such films as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar through interactive experiences including ICE! featuring Merry Madagascar, ShrekFeast character meals, character meet and greets, Gingy’s Gingerbread Decorating, Holiday Shrektacular – a street party with characters, music and dancing, and a DreamWorks Themed Scavenger Hunt.

It’s a holiday getaway sure to fulfill all your Christmas dreams!

Happenings at A Country Christmas

Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes

Audiences will experience the magic of Christmas like never before as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the world-famous Rockettes, celebrates its 10th season in Nashville. America’s favorite holiday show is re-defining spectacular with dazzling brand new Rockette numbers and beloved favorites like the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and the Living Nativity.

ICE! featuring Merry Madagascar

New in 2011 is ICE! featuring DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar! Our ICE! artisans will be bringing DreamWorks Animation’s Merry Madagascar to Nashville in the form of two million pounds of larger-than-life colorful ice sculptures and incredible 20-foot-tall ice slides! Relive the story of how Alex the Lion and his friends saved Christmas after Santa and his reindeer crash onto the island of Madagascar.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Returns to Nashville with a Re-Imagined 2011 Production ‘Christmas Dreams’

10th Anniversary at Grand Ole Opry House Brings New Rockette Performances, Dazzling New Costumes and New Sets

MSG Entertainment (MSGE) announces the 2011 Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the world-famous Rockettes, as Nashville audiences will experience a re-imagined production, Christmas Dreams. America’s #1 holiday show, celebrating its 10th anniversary as part of Gaylord Opryland Resort’s annual A Country Christmas, will transport audiences of all ages to a world of irresistible holiday cheer with dazzling new Rockette performances, new costumes and an unforgettable new Rockette finale, “Christmas Dreams,” that makes Christmas more magical than ever before. The Christmas Spectacular will run at the Grand Ole Opry House until December 24, 2011, and tickets are on-sale now.

“The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is the #1 live holiday production and has been a cherished part of holiday family traditions for generations,” said Don Simpson, executive vice president, productions, Madison Square Garden Entertainment. “We are thrilled to present this unparalleled production, Christmas Dreams, as we celebrate our 10th anniversary season in Nashville. Audiences will experience dynamic and compelling new content while still honoring the traditions steeped in the Christmas Spectacular that have entertained our fans for 79 years.”

The stage will come alive with brand new scenes including “Sleigh Ride,” where the Rockettes will become Santa’s reindeer, helping both Santa and the audience begin their journey through the magic of the Christmas Spectacular and “Christmas Dreams,” which will showcase the Rockettes precision technique that has made them icons since 1925. A fan favorite introduced in last year’s production, “Holiday Spirit,” will transport audiences on a thrilling journey straight to Santa’s whimsical workshop in the North Pole without ever having to leave their seats.

The Rockettes will bring audiences to their feet with the show-stopping numbers “The 12 Days of Christmas,” a high energy tap routine and “Christmas in New York,” a high-kicking Rockette number that will immerse audiences in the buzzing scenes and sounds of New York City. Beloved numbers such as “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” “The Living Nativity” and “The Hallelujah Chorus” still remain a vital part of the show’s core.

In 2010, the Christmas Spectacular was enjoyed by nearly two million people nationwide. Inclusive of productions both in New York at Radio City Music Hall and around North America, the show has played to more than 70 million people over the past 79 years. The Christmas Spectacular continues to create memories that audiences have come to treasure and this year will mark an all new Spectacular “Christmas Dreams” experience in Nashville.

Ticket Information

Radio City Christmas Spectacular tickets and A Country Christmas vacation packages are available online at www.ChristmasAtGaylordOpryland.com or by calling 1-888-999-OPRY (6779). Ticket prices range from $25-$79.

Louise Mandrell’s Christmas Dinner Party

Louise Mandrell is living proof that when you combine God-given talent with hard work, you get an entertainer who exemplifies the word “multi-talented.” In an industry where success in just one area typically defies the odds, Louise has managed to stake her claim on a wide swath of showbiz territory. Throughout a career that has spanned nearly four decades, she has made her mark in the entertainment world by pouring her heart and energy into each and every endeavor, whether she’s performing live onstage, recording in the studio, working in front of the cameras, writing or giving her time back to her community.

Born July 13, 1954 in Corpus Christi, Texas, Thelma Louise Mandrell might have had a tough time not pursuing a career in music. Her parents, Irby and Mary, owned a music store, and Louise, along with sisters Barbara and Irlene, developed an affinity for musical instruments at a young age. While Barbara and her parents were touring the world with the Mandrell Family Band, Louise wasted no time and began her mastery of multiple instruments such as the drums, accordion, fiddle and bass guitar, just to name a few.

All those hours of practicing paid off when the family band came off the road and Louise was recruited to sing and play bass for Barbara’s new band, the Do-Rites. Fresh from the glow of the Opry stage’s lights, Louise took another giant step forward when she began working with the legendary Merle Haggard, backing him up as a vocalist both on stage and in the studio.

Inevitably, Louise got her own turn as a featured recording artist, signing with Epic Records in 1978. Over the next several years, she released a string of chart-climbing singles, including the hit country version of the Peaches & Herb song “Reunited,” which was recorded as a duet with her then-husband R.C. Bannon.

In 1981, a whole new segment of America fell in love with Louise when she and Irlene joined the cast of Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters. The weekly variety program showcased not just Louise’s singing abilities but her instrumental and comedic skills as well. Week in and week out, Louise worked with many of the entertainment industry’s biggest names, including Dolly Parton, Minnie Pearl, Bob Hope, Tony Orlando, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, Kenny Rogers and The Oak Ridge Boys. Louise became the proverbial “overnight sensation” as millions of viewers discovered that there were plenty of talented Mandrell genes to go around.

All the while, Louise was still finding time to tour and record. In 1981, she signed with the RCA Records, and her discography continued to expand into the decade with seven more albums. In the mid-’80s, the singles “I’m Not Through Loving You Yet,” “Maybe My Baby,” Save Me” and “Too Hot To Sleep” all landed in the Top 10, cementing Louise’s reputation as a recording artist.

During this time Louise made many TV appearances as well, including Crazy Like A Fox, Mike Hammer, Another World, The Country Music Association’s Award Show and the Academy of Country Music Awards. She also appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The New Hollywood Squares, Family Feud and countless appearances on Hee Haw.

Louise continued to tour and perform into the 1990s. But in 1997, she decided to shift gears in order to spend more time with her family. However, rather than turning her back completely on the music world, Louise struck the perfect balance of family and career by opening her own signature theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The new venture gave Louise the opportunity to perform for thousands of fans nightly without putting her family through the rigors of life on the road.

The Louise Mandrell Theater immediately became one of the top attractions in the popular Great Smoky Mountains tourist destination where Louise was responsible for staging the most attended show in Pigeon Forge throughout its eight-year run. The production boasted lavish Broadway-style sets, elaborate costumes and dazzling special effects. During each two-hour performance, Louise wowed audiences with her boundless energy, whether she was belting out her favorite songs, spinning her way through a dizzying dance routine or playing 13 different musical instruments.

As a resident of Pigeon Forge, Louise made a lot of new friends offstage, too. She spent countless hours of her own time lending her name, talents and resources to a wide range of charitable causes, including the United Way and the American Cancer Society. Louise also has been a longtime champion of Boy Scouts of America, and for seven years, her Louise Mandrell Celebrity Shoot television specials raised more than $1 million for the program.

In 2005, Louise made another family-focused decision, closing her successful theater and moving her home base back to Nashville in order to spend more time with her husband, John Haywood.

These days Louise still maintains close ties to the entertainment business, involving herself in recording projects, charity events and speaking engagements that allow her to stay close to home. She is respected as an artist and as a member of the community, which make her a perfect fit as the featured entertainer for the upcoming “The Gift” Christmas Dinner & Show at the Gaylord Opryland Resort this holiday season. Once again, Louise will take the stage and captivate audiences with her musical abilities as she has for so many years.

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