The Ultimate Nashville Holiday Fun List

Welcome to The Ultimate Nashville Holiday Fun List!

When we started making this list many years ago, it very often listed up to 200 events for the holiday season. Then 2020 happened. Covid 19 cancellations shrunk the list last year to around 50 events. This year we have found over 100 events to get you started planning for your holiday family fun! We’ll keep adding fun as we find it. Check our Calendar all season long.

Curl up on the couch with a mug of peppermint hot chocolate and decide which of these events should be part of your family’s Christmas fun!

The Ultimate Nashville Holiday Fun List

  1. Meet the Grinch at The Christmas Place in Mt Juliet every Sunday until Christmas.
  2. Get some personalized ornaments made at Christmas Village November 12-14.
  3. Load up the minivan and head to The Dancing Lights of Christmas in Wilson County November 12 – January 2.
  4. Santa is making an appearance at Home for the Holidays in Mt Juliet on November 13.
  5. Have a Holly Jolly Feast with Rudolph at Gaylord Opryland November 13 – December 31.
  6. Learn to Make an Origami Christmas Tree at the Spring Hill Public Library on November 13.
  7. Get you photo made with Santa in Gallatin on November 13.
  8. Santa will light the tree at Delight the Lights @ The Avenue Murfreesboro on November 13.
  9. Sign up for some Festive Cookie Decorating @ American Girl on November 18.
  10. Don’t be a Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins! Catch Elf at The Capitol Theatre on November 18.
  11. Help Santa and Buddy at Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™ at Gaylord Opryland November 19 – January 2.
  12. Make some crafts, visit with Santa and more at the Holiday Market at Two Rivers Mansion November 19 & 20.
  13. A whole new season of fun starts November 19 at Winterfest at Fountains at Gateway.
  14. Purchase a fresh wreath or tree and enjoy some hot cocoa at Christmas Tree Adventures in Hendersonville November 20 – December 5.
  15. Get tickets before they sell out (HURRY!) for TCRY’s North Pole Express Excursion Train. Rides scheduled November 20, 27 and December 4, 11 & 18.
  16. Get a free photo with Santa at Christmas on the Square in Springfield on November 20. Stay after for the Springfield Christmas Parade at 6PM.
  17. Experience Holiday Lights at Cheekwood November 20 – January 9
  18. Pick up an ornament to paint at home during your trip to Wildwood Christmas Tree Farm. Season opens on November 20.
  19. Celebrate Hanukkah! at the Williamson County Library on November 20.
  20. Pick out your Christmas Tree at Country Cove Farm starting November 20.
  21. Santa arrives at Rivergate Mall with some fun and a drive in movie on November 20.
  22. Get your pup’s pic with Santa at Cool Springs Galleria or Rivergate Mall November 22 & 29 and December 6 & 13.
  23. Get a free photo with Cinderella and The Snow Queen at Cool Springs Galleria on November 23.
  24. Get tickets to see The Oak Ridge Boys “Christmas in Tennessee” Dinner Show at Gaylord Opryland November 24 – December 25.
  25. Book a Tennessee Christmas Midday Cruise or a Music City Christmas Evening Cruise on the General Jackson November 24 – December 25.
  26. The Franktown Festival of Lights returns this year from November 25 – December 26.
  27. Don’t miss The Elves and the Shoemaker @ Nashville Children’s Theatre November 26 – December 11.
  28. See the Johnny Cash marionette and more at String City : Nashville’s Tradition of Music & Puppetry at CMHOF November 26 & 27.
  29. Visit Whoville when How the Grinch Stole Christmas plays at The Franklin Theatre on November 26.
  30. November 26 is Turkey Day at The Discovery Center.
  31. “You’ll shoot your eye out!” A Christmas Story plays at The Franklin Theatre on November 26.
  32. Plan a holiday date night to see Scrooge in Rouge @ Hendersonville Performing Arts Company November 26 – December 12.
  33. Drive through lights and music at Holiday Wonders at Bowie Park November 26 – January 9.
  34. Have Breakfast with Santa in Hendersonville on November 27.
  35. Enjoy Christmas Through the Ages: An Early Tennessee Christmas at Cragfont on November 27 &  December 11.
  36. Elf jingles in to The Franklin Theatre on November 27.
  37. Celebrate the season with the Griswolds. Christmas Vacation plays at The Franklin Theatre on November 7, December 19 & 21.
  38. Meet Rapunzel & the Island Princess @ Cool Springs Galleria on November 30.
  39. Get tickets in advance for Jennifer Nettles with the Nashville Symphony – Broadway Under the Mistletoe on November 30.
  40. See a Holiday Movie every Wednesday in December at the Inglewood Library.
  41. Trans-Siberian Orchestra-Christmas Eve & Other Stories comes to Bridgestone Arena on December 1.
  42. A Christmas Story returns to the Tennessee Rep December 2 -11.
  43. Sip some spiced cider at the Christmas Open House at the Tennessee Ag Museum on December 2.
  44. Drive through the Christmas Lights at Cannonsburgh Village December 3-19.
  45. Attend the Goodlettsville Tree Lighting on December 3.
  46. Take a drive to Clarksville for the Festival of the Nativities December 3-5.
  47. Experience The Muppet Christmas Carol In Concert with the Nashville Symphony December 3, 4 & 5.
  48. See Santa Claus at the Christmas Tree Lighting on the Square in Franklin on December 3.
  49. Get tickets to see Elf The Musical at BoroArts December 3-19.
  50. Rhythmic Circus brings the Holiday Shuffle to The Franklin Theatre December 3 & 4.
  51. Music, live reindeer, a Christmas movie, Santa and so much more are planned for the Murfreesboro Tree Lighting event on December 3.
  52. Spend a Morning with Santa at the Brentwood Library on December 4.
  53. Experience Christmas Through the Ages: A Victorian Christmas at Wynnewood December 4 & 18.
  54. Grab some popcorn and see Arthur Christmas @ The Franklin Theatre on December 4.
  55. Have some French toast sticks with Santa in LaVergne on December 4.
  56. Make Mini Canvas Holiday Ornaments @ Inglewood Library on December 4.
  57. Sip some wassail as you enjoy the Christmas Open House & Candlelight Tour at Sam Davis Home on December 4.
  58. Make some Personalized Holiday Art @ Brilliant Sky Toys and Books on December 4.
  59. The first annual Donelson Winter Fest will be held on December 4.
  60. Don’t miss the Fairview Tinsel Trail December 4 – January 2.
  61. Happy Holidays! ¡Felices Fiestas! with Rachel Rodriguez @ Goodlettsville Library on December 4.
  62. Don’t miss the life sized snow globe at Christmas in the Park in Greenbrier on December 4.
  63. Get tickets early for the Nutcracker Tea Party @ Historic Sam Davis Home on December 4.
  64. Santa is coming to Donut Country on December 4.
  65. Welcome Santa Claus at the Franklin Christmas Parade or the Watertown Christmas Parade or the Goodlettsville Christmas Parade or the White House Christmas Parade or the Ashland City Christmas Parade on December 4.
  66. Take a Holiday Tour of Rock Castle at their Christmas Open House on December 4.
  67. Yulefest returns to Historic Mansker’s Station on December 4.
  68. Have Breakfast with Santa in Mt Juliet on December 4.
  69. Take your smart friends to Christmas Trivia and Movie at The Capitol Theatre on December 4.
  70. Santa Cares – A morning with Santa for children with special needs will be held at Rivergate Mall on December 5.
  71. Ready for more parades? The Hendersonville Christmas Parade, the Smyrna Christmas Parade, and the Lebanon Christmas Parade are scheduled for December 5.
  72. Have some holiday treats at the Brentwood Christmas Tree Lighting on December 6.
  73. Watch the Mayor turn on the lights at the Gallatin Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 6.
  74. I’m looking forward to this one! Christmas in Connecticut @ The Franklin Theatre on December 7.
  75. Experience the most unique holiday concert. Attend Tuba Christmas in Gallatin on December 7 or Nashville on December 14.
  76. Meet Spider Hero & American Hero @ Cool Springs Galleria on December 7.
  77. Audience of One Presents: Matilda The Musical at The Capitol Theatre December 9 – 19.
  78. Studio Tenn presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play December 9 – 19.
  79. Attend a Holiday Pool Party at the Santa Splash and Dash in Murfreesboro on December 10.
  80. Have a magical experience with Santa at The Blue Barn December 10-12.
  81. Register in advance for the Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt on December 10.
  82. Enjoy Christmas lights and more at Winter Wonderland at J. Travis Price Park in Springfield December 10 – 23.
  83. Do some Gingerbread House Decorating @ American Girl on December 10.
  84. Have Breakfast with Santa at The Aquarium December 11 & 19.
  85. Have some yummy sugarplums at Dickens of a Christmas in Franklin December 11& 12.
  86. Ready for EVEN MORE PARADES?!?! The Gallatin Christmas Parade, the Mt Juliet Christmas Parade, the Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade , the Spring Hill Christmas Parade and the LaVergne Christmas Parade are on December 11. The Murfreesboro Christmas Parade is Sunday December 12.
  87. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol– A Solo Performance by Mark Cabus comes to The Franklin Theatre on December 11.
  88. Spend Christmas with the King: A Holiday Tribute to Elvis on December 13.
  89. Meet Ice Princess & Silly Snowman @ Cool Springs Galleria on December 14.
  90. The Polar Express steams into The Capitol Theatre on December 14.
  91. A holiday tradition returns this year! Nashville’s Nutcracker is at TPAC December 15 – 22.
  92. Good Grief! See A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage December 16 – 22.
  93. Experience Music City Christmas with the Nashville Symphony December 16 – 19.
  94. Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Warner Parks on December 17 or December 18.
  95. Make plans to see Gatlin Brothers Country & Christmas December 17 & 18.
  96. See The Hilarious Ho Ho Holiday Show at Spring Hill Library on December 18.
  97. The Polar Express plays at The Franklin Theatre December 18, 22 & 23.
  98. Plan a trip to Clarksville for Miss Lucille’s Brunch with Santa on December 19.
  99. Celebrate the school holiday by taking the kids to the Pfunky Griddle. The most fun you can have at breakfast!
  100. Have some hot chocolate at the Winter Solstice Craft Party in Murfreesboro on December 21.
  101. Start a tradition! See White Christmas at The Franklin Theatre December 21, 22 & 23.
  102. Watch the angel get his wings! It’s a Wonderful Life plays at The Franklin Theatre December 21, 22, 23, 26 & 29.
  103. Celebrate Midnight at Noon! in Smyrna on December 31.

*All events subject to change. Check with specific venue before you head out!*

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Rachel is a Middle Tennessee native, born and raised in the Nashville area and having lived in Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, and Mount Juliet. She is mom to 3, step mom to 4 and Grandma to one (so far!)

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