NOVEMBER - NEW YEAR'S DAY
Throughout Music City
Every year, bounteous holiday events set throughout Music City offer joyful celebrations and beautiful decorations for people of all ages. Share your time with loved ones in Music City and spread the spirit of the season.
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Take a glimpse at just some of the magical holiday events happening around Music City this season.
November 8, 9
Get into the holiday spirit and spend an evening by the fireside with Mr. Dickens’ A Christmas Carol! Performed by his great-great-grandson, Mr. Gerald Dickens, guests will get to enjoy a dramatic performance of Dickens’ most famous work in a historic log cabin setting.
Explore one of Nashville's historic estates, Belle Meade Plantation, by candlelight during their Open House. Also, you can taste wine, enjoy holiday shopping, and listen to carolers during this festive event. Best of all, this is a free event!
November 10-January 1, 2018
This year's must see annual holiday event at Gaylord Opryland features the all new Cirque Dreams Holidaze Stage Spectacular, ICE! ft. A Charlie Brown Christmas, Diamond Rio Holidays & Hits Dinner Show, holiday lights, and more.
November 10-January 1, 2018
The magic of A Charlie Brown Christmas is carved in to 2 million pounds of colorful ice sculptures! This year's ICE! includes four ice slides and more.
November 10-January 1, 2018
Race your friends and family down Nashville's only five-lane tubing hill covered in 1.5 million pounds of real snow.
November 15-December 25 (on select dates)
Experience a genuine celebration with some great country musicians during the Christmas on the Cumberland Evening Cruise, OR enjoy a festive holiday cruise during the day on the Tennessee Christmas Holiday Midday Cruise.
November 17-December 31
For the 8th year in a row, The Dancing Lights of Christmas returns! This year in a new location in Lebanon and over 1.5 million lights, it truly is a Holiday sight to see.
November 17-December 25
Enjoy the Grammy-winning country supergroup perform the soundtrack to a beautiful holiday meal.
November 18-December 27
An acclaimed stage extravaganza with over 300 costumes, 20 acts, and 30 performers from more than a dozen countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity-defying feats you have to see to believe.
November 24-December 31
Celebrate the season with holiday-themed programs for the whole family from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Hatch Show Print!
November 24-December 30
Enjoy Christmas decorations, a cash bar, light food, holiday carolers, 40+ Christmas trees, and stationed tour guides throughout the Fontanel Mansion.
November 24-December 23 (on select dates)
Enjoy a live Charlie Brown Performance while dining on a four-course dinner at the beautiful Natchez Hills Winery at Fontanel.
A Drag Queen Christmas stars contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race on VH-1 performing live on stage and rocking the catwalk. It's an evening of holiday songs and outstanding drag performances with your favorite queens.
November 24-December 22
Now in its ninth year, check out Nashville’s holiday tradition "A Christmas Story" based off the classic motion picture film. It is a must see for families during the holidays.
November 24-December 31
Celebrate the season at Cheekwood with holiday concerts, cookie decorating, gingerbread workshops, art activities, and LIVE reindeer every day! Also, each year the mansion and gardens are lit up with a million lights offering an amazing holiday sight in Music City!
November 24-December 31
Gray Line of Tennessee offers two holiday tours this year. Twinkling Tennessee Christmas takes you for a ride through Nashville and Franklin to see some of Tennessee's most beautifully decorated homes and neighborhoods. The tour also includes a visit to the Lotz House, decorated in mid-1800s fashion. The Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood takes you to see the amazing lights across the beautiful grounds of Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. Save time and purchase tickets for the Twinkling Tennessee Christmas or Holiday Lights at Cheekwood tour now.
A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music taking place at TPAC.
November 25-December 23 (on select dates)
Fontanel uses Chinese lanterns to bring the story of Scrooge to life this holiday season. You can expect thousands of sparkling lights, country tunes, six story LED Christmas trees, and more!
Kick off the holiday season as Fantasia makes her Schermerhorn debut performing selections from her brand-new album Christmas After Midnight.
November 25-December 9
Ride with Santa on Tennessee Central Railway Museum's Santa Express excursion train to Watertown.
November 29, 30; December 6, 7, 13, 14, & 18-21
An annual holiday tradition and seasonal favorite of many, Amy Grant & Vince Gill will perform their beloved Christmas show during a ten-night stand at the Ryman.
November 30-December 2
It’s a holiday celebration like you’ve never experienced before, with acrobats, contortionists, aerial flyers, and more performing along with seasonal favorites and classics.
Join Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre for this special show about Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas, Tuna. Some characters have appeared in Greater Tuna, and some are joining in for the first time for the holiday fun!
December 1-21 (on select dates)
Experience an authentic supper club experience this holiday season as Tim Rushlow & His Big Band perform Christmas favorites. The Nashville Palace will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with Christmas trees, streams of garland, and glamorous holiday décor.
The 64th Annual Nashville Christmas Parade will start at 8:30am and will be the BIGGEST parade yet! Mike Fisher, NHL veteran and former Captain of the Nashville Predators, will be the Grand Marshal.
Runners will love to participate in Rudolph's Red Nose Run which lights the way for Santa's arrival at the Nashville Christmas Parade. 100% of the benefits go to NeedLink Nashville.
December 2 & 3
Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through Hillsboro Village and West End neighborhood as you pass by Nashville homes decorated for the holidays.
December 2-17 (on select dates)
The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is providing Victorian Christmas tours all season long. The Grassmere Historic Home located on the grounds will be decorated and guests will learn about Christmas traditions that began during the Victorian era, and are still honored today.
December 2-23 (on select dates)
See your beloved characters like the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King, the Nutcracker, the Dancing Bear, and historic characters from Nashville’s past during Nashville's Nutcracker at TPAC. This is the 10th year for the dazzling Nashville Nutracker.
Take in the sights and sounds of Music City on Santa's new sleigh, a jeep! The 90-minute tour will take you throughout Downtown Nashville including Lower Broadway and into some of Nashville's unique neighborhoods like West End.
December 5 & 6
Jennifer Nettles returns for this popular holiday event. Join her for a night of hits and holiday favorites, performed with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
One of gospel music's best-selling artists of all time, CeCe Winans joins the Nashville Symphony for an intimate evening of hits and holiday favorites.
Head to Tennessee Performing Arts Center to see the Christmas classic and family favorite, A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Enjoy brunch at the Belmont Mansion, decorated and festive for the holiday season.
December 8 & 9
The Porter Flea Holiday Market is a free holiday shopping opportunity with vendors selling apparel, accessories, home goods, furniture, jewelry, and more taking place at the Nashville Fairgrounds.
December 8, 19
The dynamic husband-and-wife duo of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano make their first-ever appearance at the Schermerhorn with two evening performances, showcasing holiday favorites and their original blend of folk, soul, blues, and pop.
December 8-23 (on select dates)
Enjoy dinner and a show at one of Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre's performances of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas.
Shop from the finest gifts from Nashville craft artisans, listen to local music, enjoy food trucks, s'more stations, and a beer garden all at the Music City Winterfest in Centennial Park.
Drew and Ellie Holcomb and their band The Neighbors bring their annual Christmas celebration back to the Schermerhorn for a night of Christmas standards, original holiday tunes, and Holcomb favorites.
Enjoy a night of songs from artist LeAnn Rimes at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
A Nashville holiday tradition! Celebrate the season with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as they perform one of the most inspiring works of music ever written in the gorgeous acoustical splendor of Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
GRAMMY®-nominated songwriter Dave Barnes and a host of special guests perform holiday favorites at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. A Music City holiday tradition!
Enjoy a Christmas Cabaret with Ginger Newman and Russell Davis at the decorated Belmont Mansion. It is guaranteed to be a night of fun and delight!
December 21, 22
Watch the beloved holiday classic featuring composer John Williams' score performed live by the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
December 22, 23
Enjoy an evening of live music at City Winery with performances by some of Nashville's favorite artists.
Get in the holiday spirit with this very special family concert featuring all of your favorite holiday songs! Plus, enjoy a viewing of the Academy Award®-nominated short film The Snowman, based on the beloved children’s book by Raymond Briggs.
Join Ireland’s own Keith and Kristyn Getty, writers of modern hymns and carols, for their sixth annual tour of An Irish Christmas. Joined by their band of virtuoso instrumentalists, the evening takes place at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
This performance combines the highest caliber ballet with historic Russian theatrical traditions including 10 foot tall puppets, 9 colorful and hand-painted backdrops created with a 3-D effect, and hundreds of costumes!
Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from Chip’s groundbreaking Fresh Aire series.
Guests can expect the stage to come alive with visions of sugar plums, elves, and with the spirit of country music’s greatest artists, both past and present, along with all of Robert Earl Keen's biggest hits.
Each year the SEC takes on the ACC or Big Ten at Nissan Stadium in what has become Nashville's holiday tradition. It's more than just a game. There is the MusicFest, Battle of the Bands, and more to enjoy on December 29 leading up to kick off!
Ring in the New Year and rock out the old during Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville!
Check out the incredible and legendary live music venues that are celebrating New Year's Eve in Music City.