Gaylord Opryland sparkles with Christmas cheer for the 25th “Country Christmas” year~

The annual lighting ceremony at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is a tradition for many families across the country. People came in droves, yet again this year, to experience the silver studded event on the lawn of the Magnolia entrance Thursday.

Headline News Morning Express Anchor Robin Meade and Country Music artist Louise Mandrell had the prestigious honor of flipping the switch for the 2 million lights as A Country Christmas’ marked it’s 25th year. For more than 20 years, country music legend Porter Wagoner performed that honor along with other celebrity guests.

The famous legged dance troupe the Rockettes, Santa, The Grinch, TSU’s Marching Band, Elvis and senior VP & GM Pete Weien were among the special guests that also made an appearance at the ceremony. Nic Roulette with his Rockabilly Christmas band entertained the crowd with their rockin’ holiday tunes during the event.

I had the honor of talking with Robin after the lights were switched. The news anchor says she has visited Nashville quite a bit. Her last time was to host the Sony boat show with country star Kenny Chesney. The two met back in Atlanta, when Robin jumped on stage and joined the singer for “When the Sun Goes Down.”

Robin says she loves country music and was able to attend the CMA’s while in town. After the awards show, she went to the CMA official after party at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and then made her way to John Rich‘s bar, The Spot.

If you missed the ceremony, there is still plenty of time to check out the lights and you can see some of the performers (sorry guys Robin is now back in Atlanta). Stay tuned- I’ll have more details in my next post!

Also pictured- Talk of the Town‘s Meryll Rose (pictured) and her husband who also stopped by to meet Robin Meade.

Pictures that aren’t tagged with “Steph in the City” were taken by Aaron Crisler / The Judy Nelon Group.

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