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These Nashville holiday pop-ups make the season more festive

It’s holiday pop-up season. We’ve rounded up festive places to drink and be merry in Music City.

A rooftop space filled with a firepit, artificial trees, igloos, and a retro bus

Reserve an igloo 10 stories above downtown Nashville. | Photo by Digital Love

‘Tis the season for festive fun with holiday pop-ups for everyone. Nashville is transforming into a winter wonderland, from hidden bars and rooftops to restaurants and hotel lobbies.

Rudy’s Rooftop Retreat, Virgin Hotels Nashville | Open through end of December

  • No need to stay indoors. Experience the hotel’s new heated outdoor pool, along with campsite-inspired dinners, warm cocktails, and festive cookies.

The Rink Above Broadway, Grand Hyatt | Open through Sunday, Dec. 31

  • Take the elevator to the fifth floor for ice skating, seasonal drinks and eats + special events like cookie decorating classes and breakfast with Santa. Try this: Schnitzel and house-made pretzels.

Après Ski, PROOF at W NAshville | Open until January

  • The terrace has been transformed into a winter village with a groovy twist — cozy up by the bar or reserve a translucent cabin for up to eight guests.

9 ¾, Union Station Nashville Yards | Open through Sunday, Dec. 31

  • The hotel’s whimsical lobby-level bar has everything you would expect in the wizarding world: owls, flying keys, and spell-binding cocktails.
A festive pink cocktail surrounded by fake snow and ornaments

As an ode to Dolly Parton, the pop-up bar is decked out in bold colors and bright candy canes. | Photo via A. Marshall Hospitality

Hard Candy Christmas, Americana Taphouse | Open through Sunday, Dec. 31

  • You’ll be surrounded by nutcrackers, candy canes, lollipops, and gumdrops as you sip on seasonal beverages and enjoy s’mores served tableside.

Buddy’s Bar, Pancake Pantry | Open through Saturday, Jan. 6

  • There’s room for everyone on the nice list at Pancake Pantry’s “Elf"-themed pop-up. Guests can order breakfast dishes like Spaghetti & Syrup (pancakes served “spaghetti style”) and 14 special drinks.

JW Starlight, JW Marriott Nashville | Open through Sunday, Jan. 7

  • All aboard the hotel’s immersive holiday train ride. The 60-minute expedition uses spatial audio, lighting displays, 3D animation software, and 4K HD panels to create a window into picturesque winter scenes.
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Ralphie’s Christmas is open until Monday, Jan. 8 at Noelle’s Hidden Bar. | Photo by NASHtoday

Ralphie’s Christmas, Hidden Bar at Noelle | Open through Monday, Jan. 8

  • We triple-dog-dare-ya to visit this bar inspired by “A Christmas Story.” No reservations are required, so stop by anytime for themed drinks like “Pink Nightmare” and “Drink Your Ovaltine.”

Camp Bobby, Bobby Hotel | Open through Sunday, Feb. 18

  • Step into this 1970s-inspired rooftop campsite with fire pits (first come, first served), igloos, and a holiday lounge tucked inside a 1956 retrofitted Greyhound bus.

Frosted Fairlane, Fairlane Hotel | Open through TBD

  • The penthouse bar boasts frosty drinks, holiday hors d’oeuvres, and wintry backdrops around every turn.

Chalet 27, L27 Rooftop Lounge at Westin Nashville | Open through Monday, Feb. 20

  • Relax and unwind 27 floors above downtown at the hotel’s annual après-ski-inspired pop-up. Try this: Beer & Gruyere Fondue served with pretzel bites, bratwurst, and grilled sourdough.
A bar space with artificial trees and snow in front of a overlooking downtown Nashville

Picture yourself in this cozy space on a cold night in Music City. | Photo by Digital Love

Miracle Bar, Pearl Diver | Open through TBD

  • It’s a Miracle on Gallatin Avenue. Similar to years past, expect themed cocktails and over-the-top decorations at the East Nashville cocktail bar.

Santa Baby: A Mrs. Claus Pop-Up, Layer Cake | Friday, November 24-Friday, Jan. 5

  • Cherry Lounge, Layer Cake’s swanky underground bar, is putting the spotlight on Mrs. Claus this season with holiday-themed cocktails and lots of photo ops.

Saint Nicky’s, Nicky’s Coal Fired | Saturday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Dec. 23

  • Sip on a collection of new winter cocktails, including the Snowflake Spritz, Gingerbread Old Fashioned, and Frozen Eggnog. Bonus: The heated patio doubles as “Tropical Tidings,” a cozy first come, first served cocktail cabana.

Candy Cane Jane’s, Jane’s Hideaway | Tuesday, Nov. 28-Monday, Jan. 1

  • The East Nashville bar and restaurant is spreading cheer with holiday lights and decor, festive cocktails, and a new music lineup.

Disco Chalet, Thistle & Rye at Conrad Nashville | Friday, Dec. 1-mid-February

  • Groove your way into this winter disco wonderland with outdoor curling, disco beats, and cozy cocktails. Pro tip: Reserve your one-hour curling experience ahead of time.
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