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Welcome to The Ultimate Nashville Holiday Fun List! There are so many choices for family fun this holiday season. Make your plans and then relax and enjoy the season.

Every year, we publish this list. And every year, we apologize for pushing holiday stuff so early. But not this year!

I absolutely love Thanksgiving. It’s probably my favorite holiday. I spend weeks planning my menu and looking for recipes.

But, while I’m doing all that Thanksgiving planning, I am also reserving tickets for concerts and plays to see in December. I am buying and wrapping gifts for my overly large family. I am programming my DVR for all my favorite Holiday movies and programs. I can multitask! And I bet you mamas, papas and grandparents can too.

The world seems a bit darker to me lately. And if I can brighten it by blasting Christmas Carols in my minivan, well that’s exactly what I’m gonna do.


If you cannot tolerate Christmas material before Thanksgiving, go check our November events post and come back to this one on Black Friday. If, on the other hand, you were ready to talk about Christmas at Midnight on November 1st? Join me, my people, and let’s plan some Holiday FUN!!!


Events in RED are free! Check back often, we will be adding events daily through the season.

The Ultimate Nashville Holiday Fun List

  1. Get in the spirit early at A Tuna Christmas at Encore Theatre Company November 2-11.
  2. Tickets are already selling out for the North Pole Express Santa Excursion Train Get yours quick!
  3. While Gaylord Opryland Christmas takes over the Opry House, go see The Grand Ole Opry at The Ryman in November & December.
  4. Welcome Santa to the Opry Mills Mall on November 3.
  5. Get free adult admission (kids are always free!) at The Frist with a food donation on Mondays between November 5 – December 31.
  1. Disney’s The Little Mermaid splashes in to the Nashville Children’s Theatre for performances November 8 – December 23.
  2. Tour Belle Meade Plantation for free at the Candlelight Open House on November 8.
  3. Experience living history at Blue & Gray Days November 8-10.
  4. Disney’s The Little Mermaid splashes in to the Nashville Children’s Theatre November 8 – December 23.
  5. Wear your PJs to welcome Santa to CoolSprings Galleria on November 9.
  1. Put on the iconic blue parka and visit Ice! featuring Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas November 9 – January 1.
  2. Get a babysitter and grab your girlfriends! Christmas Village is November 9- 11.
  3. Have some cocoa with Santa as he arrives at Stones River Mall on November 10.
  4. Make Merry at The Berry Hill Street Festival on November 10.
  5. Santa arrives at Bass Pro Shop on November 10.
  1. Have some fun at the Nashvember Festival on November 10.
  2. Make a Nickelodeon inspired craft at the JCPenney Kids Zone on November 10 at Cool Springs Galleria.
  3. Sign the kids up to make a Jolly Santa Craft at Michaels Kids Club on November 10.
  4. Join Santa in the Frozen Parade at Rivergate Mall on  November 10.
  5. Lots of great concerts scheduled for the holiday season at The Franklin Theatre. Get your tickets early!
  1. Welcome Santa to The Mall at Green Hills on November 10.
  2. Take the whole family to Above All Extreme Airsports in Brentwood on Monday nights for a special deal.
  3. Paws & Claus takes place at Stones River Mall every Monday night November 12 – December 17.
  4. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas dances in to TPAC November 13-18.
  5. It’s Pet Photo Night at Rivergate Mall every Tuesday from November 13 – December 18.
  1. Treat the family to dinner and a show as Elf: The Musical plays at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre November 15-December 22.
  2. Visit The Dancing Lights of Christmas in Wilson County  November 16 – December 31.
  3. Brilliant Sky Toys and Books presents Holiday Storytime with Belle on November 16.
  4. Take a Christmas Cruise on the General Jackson November 16 – December 25.
  5. Santa arrives at The Streets of Indian Lake on Sparkle Night November 16.
  1. See the most unique Holiday show in Nashville at Cirque Dreams Holidaze November 16 – December 28.
  2. Skate for free at Ford Ice Center on November 16.
  3. Take a hayride and pick out your Christmas Tree at Country Cove Farm November 17 – December 16.
  4. Enjoy Elf Jr at The Center for the Arts on November 16 & 17.
  5. Christmas on the Square returns to Springfield on November 17.
  1. Feast with The Grinch at Gaylord Opryland November 17 – December 30.
  2. Make an ornament for your fresh cut Christmas Tree at Wildwood Christmas Tree Farm in Woodbury November 17 – December 15.
  3. Deck the Hulls at a boat parade in Hendersonville on November 18.
  4. Head to the Avenue in Murfreesboro for Delight the Lights Holiday Celebration on November 18.
  5. Decorate a gingerbread house and ride in Santa’s Spinners at Opryland Hotel November 18 – January 1.
  1. Enjoy a family game of Cosmic Bowling every Saturday or Sunday at Holder Family Fun Center in Hendersonville.
  2. Join the town of Smyrna for their Annual Tree Lighting on November 20.
  3. Take the kids to Brushfire Pottery to make a gift for grandma.
  4. Tons of free fun is scheduled at Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops all season long.
  5. 7 opportunities to see Clark try to save Christmas Vacation at The Franklin Theatre November 21 – December 1.
  1. Purchase a fresh wreath or tree and enjoy some hot cocoa at Christmas Tree Adventures in Hendersonville November 21 – December 2.
  2. Ford Ice Center hosts Thanksgiving Skate on November 22.
  3. The Polar Express steams into The Franklin Theatre November 22, December 1, 8, 22 & 24.
  4. Experience Holiday Lights at Cheekwood November 23 – December 30.
  5. Take a trip to Narnia at Hendersonville Performing Arts Company November 23 – December 9.
  1. I bet the weather will still be perfect this season to ride the go karts at Go USA Fun Park in Murfreesboro.
  2. November 21st is the deadline to enter your group in the Christmas Caroling Contest with WHIN Radio.
  3. Catch a screening of Elf on the big screen at The Franklin Theatre November 21, 22 and December 1, 15 & 23.
  4. Have some Holiday Sweets, Treats and Craft with American Girl on November 23 & 25.
  5. See Ralphie one more time during the final season of A Christmas Story at TPAC November 23 – December 22.
  1. Make a card and have some treats with Santa at American Girl on November 24, December 8 & 22.
  2. Head to Lanes, Trains & Automobiles on Wednesdays for their Wristband Specials from 3PM-9PM.
  3. Make a gingerbread picture frame/ornament at Home Depot Free Kids Workshop on November 24.
  4. Take a carriage ride at the Hendersonville Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 25.
  5. Commemorate the Battle of Spring Hill with a Candlelight Tour of Rippavilla Plantation on November 25.
  1. Experience Victorian Christmas at evening tours at the Belmont Mansion on November 28 & 29.
  2. Titan Up with Santa at Rivergate Mall on November 29.
  3. The mayor will light up the Christmas tree in Gallatin on November 29.
  4. Experience The Joy of Christmas with Martina McBride & The Nashville Symphony November 29,30 & December 1.
  5. Kick of the Holidays season with the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival in Franklin on November 30.
  1. Watch Santa go on trial in Miracle on 34th Street at The Center for the Arts November 30 – December 16.
  2. Visit Santa at the Goodlettsville Tree Lighting on November 30.
  3. Attend the first annual Festival of Nativities on November 30 & December 1 in Brentwood.
  4. The Pull Tight Theatre presents A Christmas Carol : A Live Radio Play November 30 – December 15 in Franklin.
  5. Come to The Palace Theater on November 30 & December 1 for a screening of The Polar Express.
  1. My favorite local theatre group, Audience of One, presents Mary Poppins at The Capitol Theatre November 30 – December 8.
  2. The Franklin Christmas tree lights up on November 30. Santa will be there!
  3. Watch the Metro Christmas Tree Lighting on November 30.
  4. Honor the fallen from The Battle of Franklin at the 154th Anniversary Illumination on November 30.
  5. Decorate cookies and visit with Santa at the 2018 Portland Christmas Parade and Festival on December 1.
  1. Have Breakfast with Santa at The Bluegrass Country Club on December 1.
  2. Register early for Lunch with Santa in Hendersonville on December 1.
  3. Create a model sleigh with reindeer at Home Depot Free Kids Workshops on December 1.
  4. Celebrate Christmas at Cannonsburgh on December 1.
  5. Sing Along with The Grinch and The Nashville Symphony on December 1.
  1. The Williamson County Community Band presents their Holiday Concert on December 1.
  2. Watch balloons, marching bands and celebrities at the Nashville Christmas Parade on December 1.
  3. Breakfast with Santa and Friends will be held at the Hermitage O’Charley’s on December 1.
  4. Take a carriage ride at Yulefest on December 1.
  5. The original Miracle on 34th Street plays at The Franklin Theatre on December 1,3,9,16,21 & 22.
  1. Holidays at The Hermitage takes place at the home of our 7th President on December 1.
  2. Christmas with the Christ Church Choir and Orchestra kicks off the season on December 1 & 2.
  3. Celebrate 11 years of a Nashville Holiday tradition at Nashville’s Nutcracker December 1 – 23.
  4. Sign up quick before they fill up! Gingerbread Workshops at Cheekwood December 1 & 15.
  5. Be a hometown tourist!  Book a Nashville Christmas Lights Tour December 1 – 31.
  1. The Parade of Lights rolls through LaVergne on December 1.
  2. Celebrate “The Magic of Christmas” at the Goodlettsville Christmas Parade on December 1.
  3. Make plans to visit the Adventure Science Center for Winter Wonders every Saturday in December.
  4. Visit Santa every Saturday in December at Cheekwood.
  5. Find some decorating inspiration at the 35th Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes in Murfreesboro on December 1.
  1. See Rudolph Run at the Hendersonville Christmas Parade on December 2.
  2. Reserve your spot for Caring Santa at Opry Mills on December 2.
  3. Learn the candy cane twist hairstyle at Holiday Doll Hair Spectacular on December 2, 9 & 16.
  4. The Smyrna Christmas Parade marches down Lowry St on December 2.
  5. Have a Very Merry Christmas with Dave Barnes on December 2.
  1. Enjoy Storytime with Mrs Claus at Mansker’s Station December 3-7. (Reservations required)
  2. Have cookies, cocoa and crafts at Mansker’s Station December 3-7. (Reservations required)
  3. See the Griswold’s celebrate the holidays at Christmas Vacation Movie Night on December 4 at The Capitol Theatre.
  4. Register early for a Gingerbread House Workshop in Smyrna on December 4.
  5. A Tuba Christmas returns to Gallatin for a concert on December 4.
  1. See Kevin get left Home Alone in concert with the Nashville Symphony December 5 & 6.
  2. Every Thursday is Family Night at Sky High Nashville.  2 hours of jump time plus dinner for a special price.
  3. Visit the Preds Santa at Rivergate Mall on December 6.
  4. Do some Holiday Cookie Decorating at American Girl on December 6, 13 & 20.
  5. Avengers Assemble at Marvel Universe Live December 6-9.
  1. Take a selfie with Santa at Viking Pizza in Spring Hill on December 7.
  2. Get tickets early for a special children’s play at Chaffin’s Barn December 7-22.
  3. Get some shopping done while the kids play at MPact Sports on December 7.
  4. Jazz up your holiday with Wynton Marsalis on December 7.
  5. The Murfreesboro Tree Lighting will include Santa, music and more on December 7.
  1. Take a Holiday Historical Tour at Two Rivers Mansion December 7-16.
  2. Experience the Sanders Family Christmas at Springhouse Theatre December 7-16.
  3. See the tale as old as time as Disney’s Beauty and The Beast is performed by Studio Tenn December 7-30.
  4. Learn to build a campfire at Fireside Chat in Warner Park on December 8.
  5. Reserve your spot now for Holiday Lights Carriage Tour in Hillsboro December 8 & 9.
  1. The 34th Annual Christmas Parade marches through Donelson-Hermitage on December 8.
  2. Celebrate the season at Music City Winterfest in Centennial Park on December 8 & 9.
  3. Have Breakfast with Santa at Winterfest on December 8.
  4. Come watch my kid play the drums in the Mt Juliet Christmas Parade on December 8.
  5. Have a holiday brunch at Belmont Mansion on December 8.
  1. Meet Santa at the Bowen House on December 8.
  2. Experience the Gallatin Christmas Parade on December 8.
  3. Paint a Ceramic Ornament at Cheekwood December 8 & 22.
  4. Celebrate A Front Street Christmas in Smyrna on December 8.
  5. Visit Santa in the Courthouse in Murfreesboro December 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22.
  1. Sign the kids up for a Holiday Cookie Decorating class at JoAnn Stores on December 9 or 12.
  2. Make your own Christmas Card at the SOAC on December 9.
  3. Bring your pets for a photo with Santa at Opry Mills on December 9.
  4. Have an ugly cry at It’s a Wonderful Life at The Franklin Theatre on December 9, 11, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 & 25.
  5. Make ornaments and decorate cookies at CMHOF on December 9.
  1. Enjoy a Camerata Christmas at Belmont Mansion on December 10.
  2. Follow Ralphie’s quest for the Red Ryder BB Gun at The Franklin Theatre December 10, 16, 20, 22 & 25.
  3. Introduce the kids to The Muppets Christmas Carol at The Capitol Theatre on December 11.
  4. Tuba Christmas Nashville will be held on December 11.
  5. See Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirate’s Christmas at TPAC December 13 – 23
  1. Hear Handel’s Messiah with the Nashville Symphony December 13 – 16.
  2. Register WAY in advance for the Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt on December 14.
  3. Have S’mores with Santa in Smyrna on December 14.
  4. Attend the Christmas Open House at Belmont Mansion on December 14.
  5. Dust off your best moves for Friday Night Skate at the Fairview Recreation Center on December 14.
  1. Learn about Christmas on the Frontier at Belle Meade Plantation on December 15.
  2. Join Cha Cha & Santa for Breakfast at The Rainforest Cafe on December 15.
  3. John Berry performs Christmas Songs and Stories at the Palace Theater on December 15.
  4. Honor our fallen heroes at Wreaths Across America in Gallatin on December 15.
  5. Get unlimited rides in the Fun Zone at Hermitage Strike & Spare for a special price on Monday and Wednesday.
  1. Have Breakfast with Santa at The Aquarium Restaurant December 15, 16, 22, 23 & 24.
  2. Drew & Ellie Holcomb bring their Neighborly Christmas to the Schermerhorn December 17 & 22.
  3. The Polar Express chugs in to The Capitol Theatre on December 18.
  4. Michael W. Smith joins The Nashville Symphony for a Christmas Concert on December 18.
  5. Celebrate An Elvis Christmas with The Nashville Symphony December 19 & 20.
  1. Walk the luminary trail at the Winter Solstice Celebration at Warner Park on December 21.
  2. Celebrate the school holiday by taking the kids to the Pfunky Griddle.The most fun you can have at breakfast!
  3. Sing! An Irish Christmas on December 21.
  4. Create a winter gift at Fireside Chat at Warner Park on December 22.
  5. Learn to write a holiday song at the CMHOF on December 22.
  1. Plan a girls trip to see Nashville Nutcracker with American Girl on December 23.
  2. Enjoy the Oak Ridge Boys Christmas at the Schermerhorn on December 23.
  3. The Moscow Ballet brings the Great Russian Nutcracker to the Ryman Auditorium on December 24.
  4. Hear the bells at the Christmas Eve Carillon Concert at Belmont on December 24.
  5. Make a New Year’s Ever Lucky Black Eyed Pea Maraca at CMHOF on December 29.
  6. Plan an adults only night out while the kids celebrate at the New Year’s Eve Bash at the SOAC on December 31.


About Rachel Kline

Rachel Kline
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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