Not sure if you know, but after Thanksgiving Weekend it’s official holiday season. Of course, Music City has plenty to get families and friends into the swing of things. See below for some great events and attractions to see this holiday season!
November 6-January 3, 2016
The sixth annual Dancing Lights of Christmas At Jellystone Park™ is bigger and better with hundreds of thousands of LED Christmas lights dancing to some Rockin’ Christmas tunes.
November 19-December 25
Experience a genuine celebration with some great country musicians during the Nashville Christmas cruise, OR enjoy a delicious holiday dinner while a cast of talented Nashville singers perform holiday classics during the Heart of Christmas Dinner Show.
November 20-January 2, 2016
Witness the must see annual holiday event featuring the Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, ICE!, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Christmas Dinner Show, holiday lights, and more all at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.
November 20-January 2, 2016
The magic of The Nutcracker is carved in to 2 million pounds of colorful ice sculptures! This year’s ICE! also includes four ice slides and the Frostbite Factory where you can see artisans carve amazing ice sculptures right before your eyes.
November 20-January 2, 2016
Race your friends and family down Nashville’s only six-lane tubing hill covered in 1.5 million pounds of real snow at Arctic Plunge Snow Tubing.
November 20-December 26
Enjoy the Grammy-winning family trio perform the soundtrack to a beautiful holiday meal.
November 22-December 14 (select dates)
Enjoy Milk and Cookies with Santa, multiple Christmas meals at the Mansion, and a Camerata Christmas Concert that includes the beloved Corelli “Christmas Concerto” and bluegrass style carols with one of Nashville’s most beloved historic homes, the Belmont Mansion.
November 27-December 23
Celebrate the season with holiday-themed programs for the whole family from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Hatch Show Print, including some special holiday concerts from Ricky Skaggs and The Whites, Brenda Lee, Lonestar, and The Oak Ridge Boys!
November 27-January 17
Celebrate the season at Cheekwood with holiday concerts, cookie decorating, gingerbread workshops, art activities, and LIVE reindeer everyday! Also, for the first time ever the mansion and gardens will be lit up with 750,000 lights during Holiday LIGHTS!
Holiday LIGHTS Vacation Packages incl. admission to Cheekwood LIGHTS exhibit, a minimum one-night hotel stay in Nashville, vouchers for a free cupcake from Cupcake Collection and a Music City Holiday Gift Bag! Book a Holiday LIGHTS Vacation Package.
November 28-December 20
Check out Nashville’s newest holiday tradition “A Christmas Story” based off the classic motion picture film. It is a must see for families during the holidays and all takes place at TPAC.
November 28-December 12
Ride with Santa on Tennessee Central Railway Museum’s Santa Express excursion train to Watertown.
November 28-January 1, 2016
Choose between two magical tours from Grand Avenue to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy a ride through The Dancing Lights at Jellystone Park during the North Pole route, or see festive homes in Brentwood and Franklin with a stop at the Lotz House on the South Pole route.
November 28-December 31 (select days)
Discover and play at the Adventure Science Center with a lineup of seasonal programs for the entire family.
Holly Jolly Trolley December 1-24, Twinkling Tennessee Christmas December 7-23, 26, 27, & 28
Gray Line of Tennessee offers two holiday tours this year. Twinkling Tennessee Christmas takes you for a ride through Nashville and Franklin to see some of Tennessee’s most beautifully decorated homes and neighborhoods. The tour also includes a visit to the Lotz House, decorated in mid-1800s fashion. The Holly Jolly Trolley takes a trip to one of the most decorated and honored synchronized light shows in the country, with a stop at Santa’s Village.
December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18
Families and friends will love to experience the intimate Holiday Evening Tours at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Each tour reveals how the Jacksons experienced the holidays plus a more personal look inside the home of the nation’s 7th President.
Do not miss Studio Tenn’s rendition of the classic Christmas story “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
The 62nd Annual Nashville Christmas Parade will start at 10am as Grand Marshal Jana Kramer leads the way through downtown Music City.
See your beloved characters like the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King, the Nutcracker, the Dancing Bear and historic characters from Nashville’s past during Nashville’s Nutcracker at TPAC.
Watch the beloved holiday classic featuring composer John Williams’ score performed live by the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
December 5 & 6
Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through Hillsboro Village and West End neighborhood as you pass by Nashville homes decorated for the holidays.
Take part in a holiday tradition during the 31st Annual Donelson Hermitage Christmas Parade.
The Porter Flea Holiday Market is a free holiday shopping opportunity with over 95 vendors selling apparel, accessories, home goods, furniture, jewelry, and more taking place at the Silver Point Studios (10 Quality Way).
The Music City Center will transform into a holiday shopping wonderland as participating vendors from around the world will showcases their finest products.
Join hundreds of people dressed in holiday decor as the descend upon Nashville’s Downtown area. It starts at the bars located on 2nd Avenue North and everyone is welcome to come!
A Nashville holiday tradition! Celebrate the season with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as they perform one of the most inspiring works of music ever written in the gorgeous acoustical splendor of Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
See the SEC take on the ACC/Big Ten at Nissan Stadium in what has become Nashville’s holiday tradition. It’s more than just a game. There is the MusicFest, Battle of the Bands, and more to enjoy on December 29 leading up to kick off!
Ring in the New Year and rock out the old with Kings of Leon, Wild Cub, Chris Stapleton, Sugar & the Hi-Lows, The Whigs, and Kelsea Ballerini at Nashville’s biggest street party as we count down to the midnight “Music Note Drop®” and fireworks. It’s free and open to the public.