226. Holiday Events in Nashville


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! Photo Karyn Photography (2).jpg

DANCING LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS AT JELLYSTONE PARK™

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.

HOLIDAY CRUISES ON THE GENERAL JACKSON

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.

A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

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.

ICE! FEATURING THE NUTCRACKER

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.

ARCTIC PLUNGE SNOW TUBING & GLACIER GLIDE ICE SKATING

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.

LARRY GATLIN & THE GATLIN BROTHERS CHRISTMAS DINNER SHOW

November 20-December 26
Enjoy the Grammy-winning family trio perform the soundtrack to a beautiful holiday meal.

CHRISTMAS AT BELMONT

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.

DECK THE HALL

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!

HOLIDAY AT CHEEKWOOD

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.

A CHRISTMAS STORY PRESENTED BY NASHVILLE REPERTORY THEATRE

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.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS WITH SANTA

November 28-December 12
Ride with Santa on Tennessee Central Railway Museum’s Santa Express excursion train to Watertown.

LET THERE BE LIGHT: A GRAND HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOUR

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.

THE 12 DAYS OF SCIENCE

November 28-December 31 (select days)
Discover and play at the Adventure Science Center with a lineup of seasonal programs for the entire family.

GRAY LINE HOLIDAY TOURS

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.

HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS AT ANDREW JACKSON’S HERMITAGE

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.

STUDIO TENN’S IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

December 3-20
Do not miss Studio Tenn’s rendition of the classic Christmas story “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

THE 62ND ANNUAL NASHVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE

December 5
The 62nd Annual Nashville Christmas Parade will start at 10am as Grand Marshal Jana Kramer leads the way through downtown Music City.

NASHVILLE BALLET PRESENTS NASHVILLE’S NUTCRACKER

December 5-23
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.

HOME ALONE IN HD WITH THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY

December 5
Watch the beloved holiday classic featuring composer John Williams’ score performed live by the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS CARRIAGE TOURS

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.

31ST ANNUAL DONELSON HERMITAGE CHRISTMAS PARADE

December 5
Take part in a holiday tradition during the 31st Annual Donelson Hermitage Christmas Parade.

PORTER FLEA HOLIDAY MARKET

December 5
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).

SANTA’S SUGAR PLUM MARKET

December 10-13
The Music City Center will transform into a holiday shopping wonderland as participating vendors from around the world will showcases their finest products.

SANTA RAMPAGE

December 12
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!

HANDEL’S MESSIAH

December 17-20
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.

FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL

December 30
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!

JACK DANIEL’S BASH ON BROADWAY: NEW YEAR’S EVE IN MUSIC CITY

December 31
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.

226. Holiday Events in Nashville

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