NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Gaylord Opryland Resort is kicking off its 40th annual “A Country Christmas” event Thursday evening with its public lighting ceremony.

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The ceremony, emceed by WSM radio’s Billy Cody and Kelly Sutton, will feature an appearance by Nashville Mayor Freddie O’Connell, along with a variety of holiday-themed entertainment, including performances by Darryl Worley, The Isaacs, and more.

The event will end with the resort turning on 5 million festive lights to begin the Christmas season.

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Besides the beautiful decorations on the grounds, the hotel is adorned with holiday decorations.

The free light and fountain shows in the Delta Atrium are a popular visit during the holiday season, featuring synchronization of light, water, and holiday music.

This year’s dinner show is “Darryl Worley and Friends: Home for the Holidays Dinner Show.”

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The popular attraction “ICE” will feature favorite scenes from the movie “The Polar Express,” brought to life in magnificent sculptures hand-carved from more than 2 million pounds of ice.

For more information on “A Country Christmas” and to purchase tickets, click here.