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Decorating for Christmas begins at Opryland Hotel

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It's only July, but it's already beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort.

Crews started hanging the lights on the trees Wednesday morning. It will take four months to get the 2 million lights ready to go.

It's all part of Opryland's 29th annual Country Christmas celebration.

The hotel will transform with gingerbread house decorating, carriage rides and larger than life nativity scenes, along with special guests.

Area students got hugs Wednesday from some of the many characters that will be part of the new ICE exhibit called Shrek the Halls.

Country singer Lorrie Morgan is part of the show this year.

Morgan promises a different show each night, with family and celebrity friends dropping by.

"It's called the Enchanting Christmas, so it's going to be a lot of magical moments," she said. "I watched Opryland be built. I was here during the park days and worked at Opryland Park. So this is home for me, it really is. Opryland is a staple in my life."

The annual family tradition lights up with the holiday sights and sounds Nov. 16 through the end of the year.

For more information, visit: http://www.christmasatgaylordopryland.com.

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