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Old 11-22-2010, 06:52 AM
 
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We will be in town over Thanksgiving for an exploratory visit. If we were to head to Opryland around 5pm on Saturday to check out the lights, how many hours will we spend on Briley Parkway trying to get in?
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Probably at least one hour. The other problem will be parking once you get on the hotel property.
The crowds may be less this year since the mall is closed and people only have Bass Pro as a shopping option. Still, you can never underestimate how many people will be trying to entertain out-of-town relatives by attempting to drive by and see the lights.
That time of day is prime time for this activity. If you can, try to arrive during daylight hours and walk around inside for a while until they turn on the lights inside. Don't wait until it's already dark to head over.
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Hendersonville, TN
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Great advice, Wmsn. We went out there last year and it was a madhouse. Never again on Thanksgiving weekend!
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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"Madhouse" is the perfect word. A friend of mine found out that her husband had originally planned to propose to her out there years ago on the Saturday night after Thanksgiving. He thought it would be the perfect romantic spot. He never did ask her that night because he never could find a quiet spot on the hotel property where they weren't in a crowd to pull her aside and ask!
He had to hold the ring until Christmas Eve.
I just reread my post and realize I meant to type "until they turn the lights on OUTSIDE," of course.
I think it can be done if you are not on a time deadline and you arrive between lunch and dinner. Play Christmas music in the car and people watch!
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Old 11-22-2010, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Hendersonville, TN
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I proposed to my wife on the boat in the Delta.

The worst part for us was waiting on Briley Pkwy for so long. It is very very dangerous. The right lanes were completely stopped, so you basically had to keep going on past the hotel to go in the backway at Opry Mills. Even then I had to be aggressive to get over (which I really hate doing) and a guy rolled down his window and cursed me. Nothing like that kind of stress to get put into the Christmas spirit.

Actually, this year it might be much easier to get off at the Opry Mills exit (if it is open, I assume it is since the Grand Ole Opry House and General Jackson are open) and to go that way. Since the mall is closed there should be less traffic than normal (not to say there won't be stop and go traffic). That might be a better way to go and it would avoid the logjam you get on Music Valley Drive.
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Madison, AL
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Just a heads up, I don't think parking at Opry Mills is free anymore...I read somewhere they are charging $16 (same as the hotel) for access to the hotel, unless you dine in one of the restaurants and purchase an entree. Not sure of the validity of this, but I wouldn't put it past them.

EDIT: Looks like parking aside from Bass Pro isn't open at all at Opry Mills.

http://www.tripadvisor.in/ShowTopic-...Tennessee.html
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:42 PM
 
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Just a heads up, I don't think parking at Opry Mills is free anymore...I read somewhere they are charging $16 (same as the hotel) for access to the hotel, unless you dine in one of the restaurants and purchase an entree. Not sure of the validity of this, but I wouldn't put it past them.

EDIT: Looks like parking aside from Bass Pro isn't open at all at Opry Mills.

Opryland Christmas Lights - Nashville Message Board - TripAdvisor
We were there recently. Parking is FREE at Opry Mills Mall. Parking at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel is $20/night for self-park or $26/night for valet parking.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Madison, TN
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This was a 2 year old thread dating back to when the mall was closed due to the flood damage. Now that the mall's open, parking there is an option, but there will be mall traffic to deal with heading in and out.
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