In lieu of an 8th birthday party for Kate, we packed up the family roadster and headed to Nashville to indulge in Shrek, ICE!, and all things Opryland at Christmastime.
We started offering the girls the option to go somewhere or do something instead of having a birthday party, a couple years ago. They’ve each chosen that option for themselves once or twice. In fact, we went to Opryland for a different mix of Christmassy experiences 2 years ago for Kate’s 6th birthday. Both of my kids love to travel and have special experiences, and it’s a delightful change from the otherwise-constant Pump It Up! parties and crap goodie bags. (Plus, there are no school-imposed rules about how you need to have your birthday or who you need to invite.)
When I received the first email from Opryland about their Christmas packages, I was sold. If you have ever inquired about a night’s stay at Opryland, you’d know from first glance at their Christmas packages that they were an excellent deal.
We chose the Christmassy Dreamworks Experience, which included a night’s stay, ICE! tickets, character meet-n-greets with Alex the Lion, Po the Panda, and Shrek, Shrekfeast character breakfast, a Dreamworks-themed scavenger hunt around the (massive) resort, and a character wake-up call.
Here are a few photos from our trip.
Our good friends joined us for the same Dreamworks Christmas package, which made the weekend that much better. We ate, laughed, walked, laughed, drank hot chocolate, walked, rode the river tour, walked, took in all the Christmas decorations, then walked some more!
It was such a good price for such an all-encompassing experience that I can see us visiting again next year.