Hello holidays! From festivals to shows and everything in between, the Nashville area is full of exciting holiday events to get us into the spirit of the season.
THROUGH DEC. 25
THE OAK RIDGE BOYS CHRISTMAS IN TENNESSEE DINNER SHOW: show times are 5 p.m., 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. depending on day at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. The 31-dinner show residency is part of Gaylord’s A Country Christmas. $40-$100, gaylordopryland.com
THROUGH DEC. 26
FRANKTOWN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: 5-9 p.m. at Williamson County Ag Expo Center. Drive-thru light show raises money for Franktown Open Hearts. $25-$100 per vehicle, franktownlights.com
THROUGH JAN. 2
MISSION: SAVE CHRISTMAS FEATURING ELF: Event features a dozen interactive experiences in a multi-sensory, immersive attraction. Gaylord Opryland, $23-$33, christmasatgaylordopryland.marriott.com
CHRISTMAS ON THE CUMBERLAND: 5-10 p.m. One million lights on display over seven-tenths of a mile along McGregor Park Riverwalk in Clarksville. Cityofclarksville.com
DANCING LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS: 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Drive-thru light display at Wilson County Fairgrounds/ James E. Ward Agricultural Center. $30 per vehicle at thedancinglightsofchristmas.com.
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THROUGH JAN. 3
WINTERFEST: Outdoor ice skating at Fountains at Gateway, 1500 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro. Get dates/hours at fountainswinterfest.com. Admission $12-$15.
THROUGH JAN. 9
HOLIDAY LIGHTS: 5-10 p.m. at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens. Sights include a mile of lights throughout the gardens, sounds of season along with activities. Admission $20-$25. cheekwood.org.
BRETT ELDREDGE: 8 p.m. at Ryman Auditorium. Concert is part of Eldredge’s Glow Live holiday tour. $35-$75. ryman.com.
BOUTIQUE BAZAAR'S 8TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MARKET: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Bagsby Ranch, 1628 Long Hollow Pike in Gallatin. Event includes handmade local items, boutiques and food trucks.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BARN BASH: 7 p.m. Phelps Farm, 2659 Culleoka Highway, Culleoka, Tenn. David Phelps performs Christmas classics. Go to davidphelps.com.
HANDMADE NASHVILLE HOLIDAY MARKET: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Red Caboose Park in Bellevue.
CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE AGES: AN EARLY TENNESSEE CHRISTMAS: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Cragfont in Castalian Springs. Early 19th century Christmas demonstrated through Winchester family letters and diaries. Event includes tour, wreath-making workshop at 1 p.m. and hot cider. facebook.com/historiccragfont.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 8:30 a.m. at Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club in Hendersonville. Event is fundraiser for Bows & Ballcaps, which supports kids going through cancer. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy.
HANDEL'S MESSIAH: 7 p.m. at First Methodist Church of Murfreesboro, 265 W. Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro. $10-$15 at https://mtchoralsociety.org/product/handels-messiah-2/.
JENNIFER NETTLES WITH THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY: 7:30 p.m. at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Broadway under the Mistletoe show features holiday favorites and Broadway hits. $66-$143, nashvillesymphony.org.
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA: 7:30 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena. Christmas Eve and other Stories concert. $45-$85. ticketmaster.com.
A CHRISTMAS STORY: Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Nashville Repertory Theatre holiday tradition. $46.50-$51.50, tpac.org
HOLIDAY COCKTAIL BASH: 6-9 p.m. at Five Point in East Nashville. Event features holiday cocktails, treats, DJ holiday music, artisan vendors and food trucks. $35 in advance, $45 at door at eastnashholidaybash.com.
VOL STATE WINTER PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE: 7:30 p.m. in Caudill Hall on Gallatin Vol State campus, 1480 Nashville Pike. Performers include Vol State Jazz, Commercial Vocal Ensemble, Bluegrass Ablaze, songwriting and theater students.
CHRISTMAS DINNERS at Oaklands Mansion museum, 900 N. Maney Ave. in Murfreesboro. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at www.oaklandsmansion.org/.
THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL IN CONCERT WITH THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Complete film will be screen with musical score performed live to the film. $40-$90, nashvillesymphony.org.
MISTLETOE MERCHANTS: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday at Farm Bureau Expo Center in Lebanon. More than 125 merchants will showcase gourmet foods, unique gifts, trendy fashion, holiday home décor and more.$10-$20 tickets at midsouthmediagroup.com/mistletoe-merchants-of-nashville-tn.
CANNONBURGH VILLAGE: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Drive-thru Christmas Lights event at 312 S. Front St. in Murfreesboro will come to life with a Christmas light display on the first three weekends in December. Donations will be accepted. For more information call 615-890-0355.
'ELF: THE MUSICAL': Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday each weekend and 2 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19 at Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St. in Murfreesboro. Tickets are $18, $16 for military and seniors and $14 for students. Call 615-904-2787 or visit www.boroarts.org/.
YULEFEST: 5-8 p.m. at Goodlettsville Visitors Center and Historic Mansker’s Station, free. Experience holidays in the 18th century with musicians, storytellers and demonstrators.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT AND VENDOR EXTRAVAGANZA: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Park St. in Westmoreland. Christmas Parade follows.
RUDOLPH’S RED NOSE RUN: 9 a.m., Nissan Stadium, rudolphrednoserun.raceroster.com
FRANKLIN CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2-3:30 p.m., downtown Franklin. For information, go to facebook.com/KiwanisClubofFranklinTN/.
CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Louise Martin Park in Greenbrier. Featuring retail vendors, food trucks, Christmas games, the Polar Express train ride for kids, life-size snow globe, pictures with Santa and more.
PARADE & CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET CELEBRATION: starting at 1 p.m. at Billy S. Hobbs Municipal Center, 105 College St. in White House.
THE ST. NICHOLAS BALL: at Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club in Hendersonville. Part of HolidayFest in Hendersonville. Event raises money for local charities. Sponsorship and ticket information is available at www.HOLIDAYFESTTN.org or call Lynda Evjen 615-517-5714.
ASHLAND CITY CHRISTMAS PARADE: starting at 5 p.m. This year’s theme is “A Disney Christmas.” Entry deadline is Dec. 2. Visit https://bit.ly/2XqF39a for entry form and parade rules.
MISTLETOE TRAIL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: 6:30 p.m. at Riverbluff Park in Ashland City. The movie “Elf” will be screened at 7 p.m. Dinner foods and snacks will be available for purchase.
A DOWN HOME COUNTRY CHRISTMAS PARADE: Lineup begins at 9 a.m. and parade starts at 10 a.m. at 24 Church in Pleasant View. To sign up, call City Hall at 615-746-0600.
CHEATHAM COUNTY TOY DRIVE: Bring new and unwrapped toys to the Cheatham County courthouse parking lot between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Drive supports Christmas Anonymous and The Ark.
HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW: 8 a.m. to noon at The Livery Stables Events Hall, 1104 Main St. in Pleasant View. To reserve your space contact Theliverystableseventhall@gmail.com or call 615-746-8992
MERRY MARKET CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. at Hancock Family Farm, 7114 Hwy 49 E. in Springfield.
CANDLELIGHT HOLIDAY SERVICES: 3:30 p.m. at Springfield Memorial Gardens, 4005 Memorial Blvd. Luminaries will be lit at each grave before singing and brief devotional.
HANDEL’S MESSIAH: 3 p.m., St. Henry’s Catholic Church, 6401 Harding Pike, free, donations benefit Room in the Inn
HENDERSONVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING: starts at 1 p.m., Drakes Creek Park
LORRIE MORGAN, THE GATLIN BROTHERS, RIDERS IN THE SKY, MANDY BARNETT, CHARLIE MCCOY: 7 p.m. at Grand Ole Opry. Part of concert series Opry Country Christmas. $45-$175, opry.com.
BRIDAL HOUSE CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: 1-4 p.m. at The Bridal House, 2315 Hwy. 25 W. in Cottontown. Docent-led tours go through historic Bridal House accompanied by dulcimer music.
SMYRNA CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m. Parade travels north toward Sam Ridley Parkway on Lowry Street. During the parade, town staff will collect nonperishable food items to be donated to Nourish Food Bank.
ANDREW PETERSON: 7 p.m. both nights at Ryman Auditorium. Singer-songwriter Peterson presents “Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ,” $52.50, ryman.com.
HOME FREE: 7:30 p.m. at Ryman Auditorium. Warmest Winter Holiday Tour concert. $39-$59, ryman.com.
SCROOGE THE MUSICAL: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Springfield Baptist Church, 400 N. Main St. in Springfield. Event is senior adult event.
A VERY SHE & HIM CHRISTMAS: 7:30 p.m. at Ryman Auditorium. Zooey Deschanel (she) and M. Ward (him) perform songs from their holiday album. $39-$89, ryman.com.
SANTA HUSTLE 5K: 5 p.m. at Springfield Fairgrounds, 4635 Hwy 41 in Springfield. Participants are first to see Winter Wonderland lights at Travis Price Park.
TENNESSEE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: 7 p.m. at Belle Aire Baptist Church, 1307 N. Rutherford Blvd. in Murfreesboro. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at http://tnphil.org/tickets/. For more information, call 615-893-1862.
HOLIDAY HISTORIC TOURS: 6-8 p.m. Friday, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Two Rivers Mansion, 3130 McGavock Pike. Cost is $15 at Eventbrite.com/e/holiday-historic-tours-tickets.
CANNONBURGH VILLAGE: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Drive-thru Christmas Lights event at 312 S. Front St. in Murfreesboro, will come to life with a Christmas light display on the first three weekends in December. Donations will be accepted. For more information call 615-890-0355.
WINTER WONDERLAND: 5:30-9 p.m., J. Travis Price Park, 4155 Wilks Road in Springfield, See thousands of Christmas lights and more than a dozen holiday scenes, free.
SANTA SIPS: 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Nashville Zoo. Samples of beverages, live holiday dance music and appearances by the Grinch and Santa Claus. $40-$80 at nashvillezoo.org.
SARAH BRIGHTMAN: 8 p.m. at Ryman Auditorium. A Christmas Symphony includes orchestra and choir. $59-199, ryman.com.
LEIPER’S FORK CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m., downtown Leiper’s Fork, Old Hillsboro Road in Williamson County
GALLATIN CHRISTMAS PARADE: noon-2 p.m., downtown Gallatin
HENDERSONVILLE CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE: 5-7:30 p.m. in Drakes Creek at Mallard Point Park. Boats showcase holiday lights during “Deck the Hulls” parade. More info at holidayfesttn.org.
PEGRAM’S CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK: 3-7 p.m. in Pegram. Event includes vendors, food trucks, kids zone, movies, music and Santa.
FRONT STREET CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES: 5-9 p.m. in downtown Smyrna. Events includes hot drinks and s'mores, carriage rides and free photos with Santa.
LA VERGNE PARADE OF LIGHTS: 5 p.m. at La Vergne City Hall, 5093 Murfreesboro Road, and ends at Veterans Memorial Park, 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive. After the parade, a tree lighting will take place at the park, followed by a fireworks show. Festival will include ice skating, Christmas carols, pictures with Santa, craft vendors and food.
ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS PARADE: 4:30 p.m. in White Bluff. Event will honor front-line workers. To join the parade, call 615-797-3131.
CHRISTMAS PARADE: 6:30 p.m. in downtown Dickson. Theme is “Let your light shine!” Downtown business owners voted to change the parade to a nighttime event this year.
DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, downtown Franklin, https://williamsonheritage.org/event/dickens2021-2/. Event recreates the Charles Dickens era with musicians, dancers and Dickens characters in the streets.
A KINGSTON SPRINGS CHRISTMAS: 5-8 p.m. at Burns Park in Kingston Springs. Event features a lighted tractor competition and gingerbread outdoor decor competition.
A BARBERSHOP HARMONY – CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: 7 p.m. at Ryman Auditorium, $30-$65, ryman.com.
BELMONT CAMERATA: 7:30 p.m. McAfee Concert Hall at Belmont University. Belmont’s resident faculty chamber ensemble perform Camerata Christmas. Free. Concert will also be livestreamed; visit belmont.edu/cmpa/music/events/.
AMY GRANT & VINCE GILL: 7:30 p.m., plus 3 p.m. Dec. 18-19 and Dec. 21-22, at Ryman Auditorium. Tradition continues with 12 "Christmas at the Ryman" shows. $40-$140, ryman.com.
TUBA CHRISTMAS: 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, 108 Seventh Ave. S., Nashville, free. Tuba and euphonium players are invited to participate in these concerts/events that are presented throughout the world.
NASHVILLE’S NUTCRACKER: Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Nashville Ballet presents Music City’s holiday tradition. $35-$93, tpac.org
MICHAEL W. SMITH AND DARCI LYNNE: 7 p.m. at Opry House. A Very Special Christmas. $29-$79, ryman.com.
MUSIC CITY CHRISTMAS WITH THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY: 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Symphony, dancers, Broadway singers will be featured. $67-$125, nashvillesymphony.org.
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE: Tennessee Performing Arts Center, $25-$55, tpac.org
WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: 4-7 p.m., Warner Nature Park Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, register by email by Dec. 2 at firstname.lastname@example.org
MIKE FARRIS: 7:30 p.m. at CMA Theater in Nashville. The Soul of Christmas concert. $55-$85, cmatheater.com.
CANNONBURGH VILLAGE: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Drive-thru Christmas Lights event at 312 S. Front St. in Murfreesboro. Donations will be accepted. For more information call 615-890-0355.
FOR KING AND COUNTRY: 7:30 p.m., Grand Ole Opry. A Drummer Boy Christmas. Sold out.
JOSH TURNER: 7:30 p.m. at Ryman Auditorium. Concert is final on 16-city Holiday & The Hits Tour. $35-$55, ryman.com.
NATALIE GRANT AND DANNY GOKEY: 7:30 p.m. at Ryman Auditorium. Celebrate Christmas Tour. $35-$75, ryman.com.
CHRISTMAS EVE CARILLON CONCERT – RICHARD SHADINGER: 1 p.m., Bell Tower Belmont University. Traditional Christmas music will be played on the tower’s 42-bell carillon.
ROBERT EARL KEEN: 7:30 p.m. at Ryman Auditorium. The Road to Christmas concert. $39-$49, ryman.com.
OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW: 7:30 p.m. both nights, Ryman Auditorium, $59-$99, ryman.com.
NASHVILLE'S BIG BASH: Thousands converge in downtown Nashville for hours of live music, fireworks, and the midnight Music Note Drop. Headliners include Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band, Sam Hunt, Fisk Jubilee Singers. visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve.
NEW YEAR'S EVE CRUISE: 8 p.m. on General Jackson Showboat. $160 at generaljackson.com
NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH STUDIO TENN: 7 p.m. at Franklin Theatre and Harpeth Hotel. Event has dancing, entertainment, hosted premium bar, hors d’oeuvres and champagne toast at midnight. Tickets at studiotenn.com.
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