From holiday lights to parades, the ballet to live musical performances, you’ll find plenty of events happening in the Nashville area to celebrate the 2017 holiday season.
Nov 17-Dec 31
It’s all about the twinkle of lights to kick off the holiday season this year. The fun includes the Dancing Lights of Christmas, on display at the James E Ward Agricultural Center. The annual light show synchronizes with music on the radio, open nightly through the end of the year in nearby Lebanon.
Nov 24-Dec 23
Take a peaceful stroll through the Mansion at Fontanel, when Christmas at the Mansion debuts with dozens of Christmas trees this holiday season. The event also provides the opportunity to enjoy the mansion itself, along with a festive beverage, all while listening to the sounds of Dickens Christmas carolers.
Nov 24-Dec 31
The tradition also returns to Cheekwood, with its own Holiday Lights celebration occurring most nights through New Year’s Eve. The experience is filled with one million lights, a couple of Santa’s reindeer, carolers and the chance to meet Old Saint Nick.
The annual Nashville Christmas Parade kicks off the morning of December 2, filled with an array of marching bands, celebrities and some giant balloons. Proceeds from ticket sales of performance zone seating goes to support a local children’s hospital.
The same morning ushers in Rudolph’s Red Nose Run, a 5k run in Music City. The family-friendly event is ideal for those of all ages, with proceeds from this event going to help NeedLink Nashville.
Take a historic ride around the Hillsboro-West End neighborhood in early December as part of Holiday Lights Carriage Tours. The annual event includes carriage tours departing every half hour on both nights of the event.
For the 10th year running, the Nashville Ballet is gearing up for performances of Nashville’s Nutcracker. The annual event takes place at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. This year there are 16 shows planned, and audience members are in for a few treats, including snow falling from the ceiling of the concert hall.
Come out for a day of free entertainment, activities and shopping at the Music City Winterfest, December 9. The event is happing at Centennial Park, with plans for more than 100 booths, featuring goods from local artisans, plus food, beer and live music.
You don’t need an entire orchestra to ring in the holiday season. In some cases, several tubas will do the trick quite nicely. The annual Tuba Christmas Nashville brings together only tubas and euphoniums for free concerts at the Nashville First Baptist Church in mid December.
Finally, usher in the holiday season with the Nashville Symphony at its Holiday Spectacular & Sing-Along. Happening at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the family concert is sure to delight those of all ages with a number of popular holiday songs.