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2017 Nashville Christmas Guide

Santa, Holiday Lights, Parades, and More!

2017 Nashville Christmas Guide

Happy Holidays and welcome to our 2017 Nashville Christmas Guide! Make the most of all the family fun activities, events and things to do for Christmas and the holidays in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Get out your calendar, buy your tickets, make your plans and then RELAX and enjoy the season.  Go ahead and bookmark this now because we are adding new events every day. And don’t forget to check out our calendar for even more events and activities!

Thank you to our guide sponsor The Mall at Green Hills.  Santa’s Flight Academy opens on November 9th so kids can start helping ready for his journey. Santa’s grand arrival is 9 AM on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Come welcome the jolly ole Elf to Nashville with free hot chocolate, cookies, face painting, a balloon artist and more! Santa will be available for visits and pictures until he has to fly back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Learn more about the holiday fun coming to the Mall at Green Hills this season. 

Ultimate Nashville Christmas Holiday Fun List

Ultimate Nashville Holiday Fun List

More than 240 ideas to get your holiday season started!

Holiday Deals and Discounts in Nashville

Christmas Deals and Discounts

The holidays can be expensive! Find discounts, promo codes and coupons to save money on holiday fun.

2017 Nashville Christmas Guide - Free Holiday Fun

Free Holiday Fun

This giant list of holiday fun events, attractions, performances and more is all FREE!

All About Santa

There are LOTS of opportunities to see the Jolly Old Elf all over Middle Tennessee! Have your picture taken with him, eat breakfast with him, be in a parade with him and more!
Pictures with Santa

Pictures with Santa

Find a place to have your family’s picture taken with Santa.

Nashville Christmas Fun - Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa

Make reservations to eat pancakes with Santa at one of the area Breakfasts with Santa. Be sure to get tickets in advance, these events usually sell out!
Nashville Christmas Fun with Santa

Visit with Santa at an Event

Santa will be attending pajama parties, be featured in parades, and helping light Christmas trees everywhere! Make plans to spend some time with the Jolly Old Elf and Mrs. Claus.

Lights and Parades

Nashville and the surrounding areas will be lit up for the holidays! See drive thru light displays, drive around town and see all the amazing decorated homes and be sure to go to a Christmas parade – or 5 – near you.
2017 Nashville Christmas Guide - Christmas Lights

See Christmas Lights

Nashville goes all out with holiday light displays. Bundle up the kids and drive through Nashville for some Christmas cheer!

2017 Nashville Christmas Guide - Christmas Parades

Christmas and Holiday Parades

Watch Santa arrive in a parade near you! There are Christmas parades happening in Cheatham, Davidson, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Wilson and Williamson Counties in November and December.

2017 Nashville Christmas Guide - Holiday Lights at Cheekwood

Holiday Lights at Cheekwood

See Cheekwood Gardens all decked out for the holidays, dressed up in lights. You can also see Santa and REAL LIVE reindeer.

2017 Christmas Guide - Christmas Light Tours

Christmas Light Tours

Let someone else do the driving so you can enjoy the sights. Get tickets to a tour of Christmas Lights.

2017 Nashville Christmas Guide - Dancing Lights of Christmas

The Dancing Lights of Christmas

The Dancing Lights of Christmas was at Jellystone Park in years past. This year, you can find this holiday tradition at it’s new home in Wilson County.

Holiday Events

The holidays are a great time to see a play, musical stage production or concert. Visit one of the many area historic homes and learn how Christmas was celebrated over 100 years ago. There are also Christmas festivals plus special holiday events at your favorite Nashville attractions to get you in the holiday spirit!

 

Holiday Concerts, Plays, and Musicals

2017 Nashville Christmas Guide - holiday concerts

Holiday Concerts

Listen to your favorite Christmas carols and holiday music performed live. From the Nashville Symphony to your local High School, there are lots of options including several free performances.

2017 Nashville Christmas Guide - live Christmas theatre productions

Live Christmas Theatre Productions

Get tickets today and treat your family to a live show. From Broadway style musical productions to small community plays, you are sure to find something your family will enjoy.

2017 Nashville Christmas Guide - Nashville's Nutcracker

Nashville's Nutcracker

It’s the tenth anniversary of the Nashville Nutcracker, performed by the Nashville Ballet. This special production is set in Nashville at the turn of the century and filled with all the music and dances you love!

Christmas Festivals and Special Events

2017 Nashville Christmas Guide - Christmas Festivals and Holiday Special Events

Christmas Festivals and Holiday Events

Street Festivals, Tree Lighting Ceremonies, Train rides with Santa and more. Read through your options early and get tickets if needed (especially for the train rides). Some of these events sell out fast!

2017 Nashville Christmas Guide - Holidays at Historic Homes in Nashville and Middle Tennessee

Holidays at Historic Homes

Nashville is full of historic homes and plantations and they go all out for the holidays. Visit one or all of them and take a tour to experience how the holidays were celebrated in the nineteenth century.

Holiday Movies and TV Specials

2017 Nashville Christmas Guide - Christmas Movies showing in local theaters

Classic Movies Showing in Local Theaters

Many local theaters are showing some of your favorite perennial holiday and Christmas classics on the big screen this season.

2017 Nashville Christmas Guide - Holiday and Christmas TV Movies and Specials

Holiday TV Movies and Specials

Get in the holiday spirit with some great Christmas movies and TV specials. Starting in November there are lots of new shows and movies along with traditional favorites.

2017 Nashville Christmas Guide - Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas

Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas

Find the date and time when your favorite holiday shows will be on, set the DVR or pencil it in on your calendar and then enjoy the season!

Celebrate the Holidays Nashville Style

2017 Nashville Christmas Guide - Santa's Flight Academy at The Mall at Green Hills

Join Santa's Flight Academy

Santa’s Flight Academy is a free immersive experience at The Mall at Green Hills for children of all ages to become a member of Santa’s flight crew to help Santa ready his sleigh to deliver presents to children all over the world.

2017 Nashville Christmas Guide - A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland

A Country Christmas at the Gaylord Opryland

Christmas in Nashville isn’t complete without a visit to the Gaylord Opryland hotel to see the lights, experience ICE!, and see a holiday show.

2017 Nashville Christmas Guide - Deck the Hall at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Deck the Hall

Celebrate the holidays with the Country Music Hall of Fame and “Deck the Hall” with concerts, activities and celebrations.

Tree Farms and Tree Lots

Load up your family in the car and pick out a fresh Christmas tree! You can go to a farm or a local tree lot. Both have lots of fun with activities, hot cocoa and more.
Nashville Christmas Guide - Christmas Tree Farms

Christmas Tree Farms

Take your family out and cut your own Christmas tree! Some of these farms have other family fun activities and refreshments available too!
Nashville Christmas Guide - Christmas Tree Lots

Christmas Tree Lots

Here’s a list of places to buy your live tree right in your local area. No ‘over the river and through the woods’ required!

Things to Do in November

For those of you that are not ready for Santa, there are lots of things going on in November that do not include the Jolly Old Elf.

2017 Nashville Christmas Guide - November family fun

November Family Fun

Find things to do in November!

2017 Nashville Christmas Guide - Veterans Day events and deals

Veteran's Day Events

Thank you to everyone who has served our country! Attend a parade to show your gratitude. If you served, be sure to check out the list of deals and discounts we found from businesses and attractions to show their appreciation.