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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:
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 The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas in Tennessee Dinner Show, Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™, Ice Tubing, Skating & Bumper Cars, Soundwaves and much more!
NOVEMBER 12 – JANUARY 2
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 20 – JANUARY 9
HIDDEN BAR AT NOELLE
Step beyond the storage closet doors and be transformed to the infamous McCallister residence circa 1990. The beloved holiday movie comes to life in the Hidden Bar complete with signature moments from the iconic family home, along with Home Alone-inspired cocktail and snack menus inspired by the film.
NOVEMBER 24 – JANUARY 30
THE MARKETPLACE IN EAST NASHVILLE
Come shop local, handmade, and small business this holiday season with the Annual East Nashville Holiday Market! They also feature two of Nashville’s finest food trucks daily at the East Nashville Holiday Market. There will be live music, and admission and parking are always free. Shop local and help to support your small business owners. The market is located right on the cusp of Downtown and East Nashville, directly next to Music City Karting.
NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 19
TPAC’S ANDREW JOHNSON THEATER
Light your leg lamps and grab your pink bunny pajamas because A Christmas Story makes its triumphant return to the Rep stage this year. Named “Best Family Holiday Tradition” by the Nashville Scene, A Christmas Story excites the holiday spirit with sparkling wit, a heart of gold and some much-needed nostalgia.
DECEMBER 2 – 19
JAMISON HALL THEATER AT THE FACTORY IN FRANKLIN
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life before your eyes as a live 1940s radio broadcast at WAKM in Franklin TN.
DECEMBER 9 – 24
NASHVILLE ZOO AT GRASSMERE
Santa is coming to the Zoo at this new adults-only, holiday-themed event! Grab a date or some pals, and enjoy samples from favorite beverage purveyors while dancing along to live performances of your favorite holiday tunes.
Wear your silliest sweaters and toast bad fashion and holiday cheer! This pub crawl features a fun-filled afternoon of day drinking, contests, games, drink specials at 7 bars, as well as favors and our own special touches.
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 11 – 12
One of Music City’s most treasured traditions will return in 2021 with Amy Grant and Vince Gill’s beloved “Christmas at the Ryman’ residency. In years past, the husband and wife duo have filled the show with Christmas favorites such as “Let It Snow,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Tennessee Christmas,” “O Holy Night” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Traditionally, the show closes with one of the most emotional moments of the night with a rendition of “‘Til the Season Comes ‘Round Again.”
DECEMBER 13 – 22
TPAC’S ANDREW JACKSON HALL
Experience the unforgettable magic of Music City’s favorite holiday tradition and rediscover your favorite characters like Clara, Drosselmeyer, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Madam Bonbon, and more! With stunning choreography by Paul Vasterling, dreamy costumes, and glittering sets, Nashville’s Nutcracker is a can’t-miss holiday event.
DECEMBER 15 – 24
TPAC’S JAMES K. POLK THEATER
Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage is a present the whole family can enjoy! Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story of the spirit of Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage features the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi, as well as a concert of beloved holiday carols performed by the Peanuts characters. There’s no better way to discover the magic of the season!
DECEMBER 16 – 22
SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER
Celebrate the most magical time of year with your Nashville Symphony, special guest Emmy and SAG nominated actor and musician Tituss Burgess (star of Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), and Principal Pops Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez for a night of holiday fun amid the splendor of the Schermerhorn. This one-of-a-kind symphonic spectacular also will feature dancers, Broadway singers, and Jolly Old Saint Nick himself.
DECEMBER 16 – 19
CMA THEATER AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
For the past seven years, his Mike Farris Sings! The Soul of Christmas concert has sold out a two-night run in Nashville. This year, Farris makes a big shift by moving this popular event and his 13-piece band to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s CMA Theater for one night only. Farris is also a Dove and Americana award winner whose music encompasses a wide spectrum of genres including soul, rock, blues and gospel.
THE WASH AT EASTSIDE BOWL
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.
DECEMBER 17 – 20
Christmas has arrived… early! This winter, GRAMMY award winning duo for KING & COUNTRY will be embarking on A Drummer Boy Christmas Tour. Brothers Joel and Luke will be taking their must-see holiday spectacle across the United States over 14 dates, bringing songs from A Drummer Boy Christmas to arenas for the first time!
SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER
A Music City holiday tradition! Singer-songwriter Dave Barnes and guests perform classics like “Christmas Tonight” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” along with holiday favorites including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and more.
SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER
Drew and Ellie Holcomb and their band The Neighbors return to the Schermerhorn for a celebration of holidays, family, friends, and music. Enjoy an evening of Christmas standards and original holiday tunes with Holcomb favorites like “Fire & Dynamite,” “American Beauty,” and more.