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Gaylord Opryland’s ‘Holly Jolly Town Square’ a Nostalgic Trip Down Memory Lane [VIDEO]

The Cinema at Gaylord Opryland Resort's "Holly Jolly Town Square." (Photo by Dave Spencer)

Gaylord Opryland’s “A Country Christmas” has become one of my favorite holiday traditions. And this year Gaylord has added a new attraction called “Holly Jolly Town Square.”


“Holly Jolly Town Square” has been constructed as a replica of an old town square complete with a gazebo, park benches, and various shops with authentic store fronts. The post office feels straight out of the 1950s. There’s a library where Mrs. Claus reads stories to the kids. There’s an old-fashioned candy store and then there’s this incredible bakery. The “Holly Jolly Town Square” Bakery specializes in cupcakes from a small Nashville business called The Cupcake Collection.

The "Holly Jolly Town Square" Bakery. (Photo by Dave Spencer)

I was talking to cupcake merchant Dillon and he informed me that his parents got this business started in their home three years ago. They also make and sell their cupcakes out of a food truck that was converted from a school bus purchased from a member of the Tennessee Titans. How cool is that? I start out writing a simple story about a Christmas attraction and end up learning about cupcakes made in a former school bus that used to belong to a player in the NFL. You never know.


And then there’s the “Holly Jolly Town Square” Cinema. This is right across the way from our broadcast gazebo. So cool. You can go in, sit down, and enjoy a variety of entertainment on the big screen. Everything from the original animated version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to classic black & white toy commercials from the 50s and 60s. One of the those commercials is for an old toy car wash that I USED TO HAVE. Good Lord, I’m old. No, seriously, I was looking over at the cinema and there it was. I cleaned many Matchboxes and Hot Wheels with that car wash. Another commercial is for an old mechanical toy bassett hound. I vaguely remember seeing those in the stores when I was a little kid. But, here’s the kicker. That bassett hound’s name is “Gaylord, the Walking Dog.” And now you know why THAT commercial is part of “Holly Jolly Town Square,” one of the newest holiday attractions at Gaylord Opryland Resort’s “A Country Christmas.”

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