TPAC announces holiday celebration of performing arts with Winter Holiday Fest Nov. 25 to Dec. 31
Festival includes Holiday Marketplace at War Memorial Auditorium with local vendors, musical performances, and family activities on Dec. 3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) announces its first-ever Winter Holiday Fest, a celebration of the performing arts throughout the holiday season between November 25 and December 31 and including a broad variety of live performances in TPAC venues from the Nashville Ballet, Nashville Repertory Theatre, and more.
In addition, holiday shoppers can enjoy a Winter Holiday Fest Marketplace from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the War Memorial Auditorium. In conjunction with the Nashville Downtown Partnership’s First Saturday Arts Crawl, the marketplace will provide an opportunity to shop local artisan vendors specializing in hand-crafted decorative items, glass and pottery, handmade candles, collectables, fabric art, jewelry, and more in a holiday environment featuring live musical performances, specialty food and beverages, arts and crafts, and free photo opportunities with characters and props from “Nashville’s Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Story.”
TPAC continues to be the home for holiday entertainment and will present a variety of programming during the Winter Holiday Fest, including:
“The Hip Hop Nutcracker” (Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. in TPAC’s Polk Theater) – A holiday mash-up for the entire family, “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” is a contemporary re-imagining of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music performed by a supercharged cast of all-star dancers, a DJ, and violinist.
Nashville Repertory Theatre’s “A Christmas Story” (Nov. 25 – Dec. 21 in TPAC’s Johnson Theater) – This is Nashville Rep’s eighth consecutive year performing “A Christmas Story” for Nashville. There’s a leg lamp, a pink bunny suit, and “Deck the Halls” sung in a Chinese restaurant. ‘Nuf said. Last season’s new cast looks forward to seeing you again.
Nashville Ballet’s “Nashville’s Nutcracker” (Dec. 3-23 in TPAC’s Jackson Hall) – Nashville’s holiday season doesn’t officially begin until young Clara takes her magical Uncle Drosselmeyer’s hand and journeys into an unforgettable dreamland in this spectacularly grand production. “Nashville’s Nutcracker ” weaves together the city’s vibrant history with one of the most beloved tales of all time for a Nashville holiday tradition unlike any other. Whether it’s your first time or your ninth attending “Nashville’s Nutcracker, ” there’s always a little more magic waiting to be discovered.
Mike Birbiglia: Thank God For Jokes (Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in TPAC’s Polk Theater) – In his all-new comedy, Mike Birbiglia tiptoes hilariously through the minefield that is modern-day joke-telling. Join Mike as he learns that the same jokes that elicit laughter have the power to produce tears, rage, and a whole lot of getting yelled at. Ultimately it's a show that asks, “How far should we go for the laugh?”
Matt Wertz: Snow Globe Live (Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in TPAC’s Polk Theater) – Join Matt Wertz for a special one-night-only event of Snow Globe Live. An evening of Christmas cheer and a promise of special guests will make this night one to remember during the Christmas season.
Nashville in Harmony: Holiday Road (Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in TPAC’s Polk Theater ) – Lights! Camera! Chorus! Nashville in Harmony, in partnership with knapptimecreative, teams up with members of the local film community to present Holiday Road: Seasonal Sounds from the Silver Screen, a stunning, mixed-genre event of music and movies. Watch original cinematic shorts premiere on screen while the 120 voices of “Music City’s favorite chorus” perform the music of Karl Jenkins, Ola Gjeilo, and Eric Whitacre, transformed into film scores.
Home Free: A Country Christmas Tour (Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. in TPAC’s Polk Theater ) – Home Free is bringing new music, new production, more country and holiday favorites with A Country Christmas Tour. The five-man band has become known for their show-stopping performances that mix their signature no-instrument, all-vocal music with their quick-witted humor. A Country Christmas Tour includes music from an upcoming Christmas re-release, plus country hits like Maren Morris’ “My Church,” Pop hits like Shakira’s “Try Everything,” and fan favorites like the calypso-infused arrangement of Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire.”
Mistletoe Madness (Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in War Memorial Auditorium) – Celebrate the holiday season with your favorite Curb Records artists – Rodney Atkins, Jerrod Niemann, Love and Theft, and Dylan Scott – as they perform their hits one night only at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium.
A Drag Queen Christmas (Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. in TPAC’s Polk Theater) – Get ready for A Drag Queen Christmas starring your favorite contestants from “RuPaul's Drag Race.” The evening is hosted by Bob the Drag Queen, and includes holiday performances by Kim Chi, Acid Betty, Trixie Mattel, Pearl, Roxxxy Andrews, Milk and Chi Chi DeVayne.
Some shows may contain mature content. TPAC.org is the official online source for buying tickets to TPAC events. For more information, visit TPAC.org/WinterHolidayFest or call 615-782-4040.
Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.