It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There are many ways to celebrate the season in Middle Tennessee with tree lightings, holiday lights, parades, pub crawls and more. Begin planning your holiday fun with these 18 events:
December 7, Downtown Nashville
The Nashville Christmas Parade will include celebrity performances, elaborate floats, helium balloons, mass performing groups featuring singers, dancers and choirs; and marching bands from multiple states. The parade route travels along the scenic “Musical Mile” and is flanked by tens of thousands of enthusiastic spectators anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus.
December 7 – 8, Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood
The Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood Association (HWEN) has announced their eighth annual Holiday Lights Carriage Tours on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 in the heart of this historic neighborhood. The event will feature horse-drawn carriages clip-clopping through the district known for gracious vintage homes and stunning displays of holiday lights. New this year, take a ride with friends and family on the Old Town Jolly Trolley on Saturday, December 7th!
December 12 – 13, Schermerhorn Symphony Center
This hilarious and heartwarming holiday tradition is perfect for the whole family. Experience John Williams’ delightful score performed live while the movie is shown on the big screen.
December 14, Buffalo’s Nashville
Wear your silliest sweaters and toast bad fashion and the fun of the holidays.This pub crawl features a fun-filled afternoon of day drinking, contests, games, drink specials at 8 bars, as well as favors and our own special touches.
December 14 – 15, Downtown Franklin
The festival will recreate the time of Charles Dickens using historic downtown Franklin’s Victorian architecture as the backdrop. Some 200 musicians, dancers and characters will fill the streets, including several from Charles Dickens’s stories. Expect to see and interact with the nefarious Fagin from Oliver Twist; Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim Cratchit with his parents from A Christmas Carol; and of course, a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas with treats for children.
December 12 – 22, TPAC James K. Polk Theater
From the producers of last years hit Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH is the perfect family show all ages will wish to see this holiday season! The age old fairy tale of Aladdin is given a modern twist with pop music, from “Treasure” by Bruno Mars to Ray Charles “You Don’t Know Me”, magic and comedy.
November 27 – January 1, Hidden Bar at Noelle
Discover the Christmas Wonderland your inner child has been dreaming of. Join Noelle for Christmas cocktails, whimsical decor, and holiday cheer.
December 15 – 22, 3rd & Lindsley
The Ornaments will once again present Vince Guaraldi’s classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Led by by pianist Jen Gunderman, accompanied by bassist James Haggerty and drummer Martin Lynds, The Ornaments play the classic Guaraldi record live from beginning to end.
November 29 – December 22, TPAC’s Andrew Johnson Theater
A true celebration of theatre and the holiday season, Patrick Barlow’s A Christmas Carol is a magnificent twist on this timeless story of redemption.You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll leave Nashville Rep full of holiday cheer!
December 11 – 23, Ryman Auditorium
Amy Grant and Vince Gill will return to the Mother Church the 2019 Christmas season for an unprecedented twelve-night stand performing their beloved Christmas at the Ryman. The Nashville Ryman shows are the only place the superstar couple will perform the Christmas show together making it a destination for fans from far and wide.
December 7 – 23, TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall
Nashville’s Nutcracker heralds the return of the holiday season in Music City as young Clara takes audiences on a journey through a spectacular dreamland with her magical Uncle Drosselmeyer. Weaving the awe-inspiring wonder of the classic tale with the city’s glittering past, Nashville’s Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition guaranteed to delight the young and young-at-heart.
December 24, Ryman Auditorium
Directed and choreographed by Stanislav Vlasov, former soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet, and well known as a “Grand Dance Artist,” the inaugural six-week tour starred principal ballerina Lillia Sabitova. It also features the innovative rolling backgrounds first created by a St Petersburg Conservatory of Music producer, and which were the inspiration for Eisenstein’s cinematic technique.
November 22 – December 29, Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage
The holidays are a special time at the home of the 7th President. We invite you to join us for a full month of exciting and time-honored traditions including Mansion Tours, Holiday Carriage Rides, Fireside chats w/Father Christmas, Holiday Storytime, Candlelight Tours and more.
November 14 – December 29, Nashville Children’s Theatre
A world premiere holiday musical event for the whole family commissioned for Nashville audiences by award winning writing team Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich (Netflix’s Julie’s Green Room, Ever After, Junie B. Jones). There’s something mysterioso about Sophie Kringle’s glamorous great aunt. She serves Christmas cookies at teatime, even in July! Her penthouse at the Bing Cherry Hotel glitters with Christmas lights all year long. There’s also that secretive “business trip” every year around the holidays. Determined to get to the bottom of Auntie Claus’ eccentric ways, Sophie embarks on an adventure that leads straight to the heart of the holidays.
November 22 – December 31, First Tennessee Park
As the newest must-see holiday attraction in the Southeast, GLOW Holiday Nashville features one of the country’s tallest Christmas trees, millions of lights adorning larger-than-life sculptures, epic ice skating and tubing experiences, a life-size Santa’s Workshop and many more immersive activities designed to create memories for all ages.
November 23 – January 5, Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
Delight in the joy of the holiday season during Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood. Nashville’s favorite tradition returns with ONE MILLION LIGHTS illuminating our gardens for the prettiest winter stroll of the season.
November 8 – January 1, Gaylord Opryland Resort
Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas is back this winter! Come enjoy this Nashville holiday tradition with the whole family! Enjoy exclusive holiday events to get you in the spirit of the season – including Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Carriage Rides, ICE! featuring A CHRISTMAS STORY™, Snow Tubing, The Gift of Christmas w/Trace Adkins & Friends, Ice Skating and much more!
November 15 – February 2, Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Come see the Zoo in a whole new light and enjoy the country’s largest Chinese lantern festival. Over 500 custom-made silk lanterns will be spread across 60 acres, creating elaborate displays with some of your favorite Zoo animals, holiday-themed scenes and even a 200-foot-long dragon.