A Very Merry Music City Playlist
Celebrate the season Music City style with a full month of holiday shows and decorations, unique shopping, football, a New Year’s Eve bash and more music than you could possibly get around to hearing in a month….but we strongly encourage you to give it your best shot! We’ve put together our Music City ‘play’ list for this holiday season along with a music ‘playlist’ of some of your favorite holiday tunes sung by some of your favorite Nashville artists.
Family, friends, and loved ones will enjoy seeing the bounteous holiday events, joyful celebrations, and beautiful decorations during Holiday Harmony in Music City.
Rockin’ Around Music City
Christmas and Nashville have something in common. They wouldn’t be the same without music. Holiday songs fill the radio, fill our heads and fill the stages of Music City.
A true Nashville tradition, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform Handel’s Messiah for three shows only, December 18-20. Hearing this inspiring work of music from a seat in the gorgeous Schermerhorn Symphony Center is a favorite part of many people’s holiday season.
There’s not a night in December when you can’t go out and catch a show in this town, a major perk of Nashville artists wanting to stick close to home during the holidays. You can sing along to the old classics as well as some originals as artists including Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Dave Barnes, Jim Brickman, Trace Adkins, Tony Bennett, Kelly Clarkson, The Brian Seltzer Orchestra and many more take the stage around Nashville. See the full lineup of holiday concerts taking place this holiday season.
The Ghost of Christmas Past
Nashville’s rich history is beautifully displayed this time of year with many of the city’s beloved historical plantations and homes decorated for the holiday season with period decor fitting to their era.
Belle Meade Mansion celebrates “100 Years of Christmas” by interpreting the evolution of Christmas celebrations from the building of the Belle Meade Mansion in 1853 to the year the Mansion opened to the public as a museum in 1953. Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art adds even more beauty and decor to its beautiful estate with elaborately decorated trees as well as family fun with live reindeer, Santa portraits, gingerbread house workshops, and festive music during Holiday at Cheekwood. Nashville’s oldest historic home, the Historic Travellers Rest Plantation presents “All Through The House,” a candlelit holiday tour on December 19th. Venture to Andrew Jackson's Hermitage for an intimate Holiday Evening Tour that reveals how the Jacksons experienced the holidays plus a more personal look inside the historic home.
Grab Some Eggnog and Enjoy the Show
Rumor has it when Santa needs a break from the workshop, he comes to Music City and takes in some of the holiday shows that fill the December calendar. From the Rockettes high-kicking it at the Opry House to those sugar plum fairies dancing in our heads, Nashville hits all the holiday high notes.
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is home to three not-to-be-missed specials, “A Christmas Story” presented by the Nashville Repertory Theatre November 28-December 21, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” December 16-21, and finally the Nashville Ballet presents Nashville’s Nutcracker in which beloved characters like the Mouse King and the Nutcracker and historic characters from Nashville’s past unite on stage December 6-23.
This is the last year to see the classic Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes in Music City. Performing nightly at the Opry House as part of Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas celebration from November 21-December 24, you’d better get tickets while they last! Gaylord's Opryland's A Country Christmas is a holiday celebration and Nashville tradition taking place from November 14-January 5. Each year the resort is decked out with 2 million lights inviting everyone to come see the lovely decor. Families will love to explore ICE! featuring 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Your favorite scenes from a Christmas classic displayed with more than 2 million pounds of hand carved ice sculptures. Each night, country music group Restless Heart will be performing a special Christmas Dinner Show. Then, there's the Artic Plunge Snow Tubing, Glacier Glide Ice Skating, the Christmassy Dreamworks Experience, and so much more. A Country Christmas has it all.
Hunting down the perfect gift for those you love can feel like a daunting task, but with so many unique shops in Nashville you’re bound to find that ‘this-is-just-what-I-wanted’ gift for everyone on your list (including yourself!).
Some of Nashville’s most popular neighborhood shopping districts include 12South with places like White’s Mercantile and Cadeau Nashville where you can pick up some eclectic home furnishings, Hillsboro Village with popular spots like Pangaea, A Thousand Faces, and Posh, and East Nashville with a collection of independent boutiques at the Idea Hatchery and The Shoppes at Fatherland.
Green Hills is a premier shopping destination that includes designer and department stores at The Mall at Green Hills including Nordstrom, Tory Burch and Kate Spade. Just down the road, Hill Center Green Hills has more than 20 specialty shops including H. Audrey, Billy Reid, and Anthropologie.
Want to send a “From Nashville with Love” gift without leaving your house? Do some online shopping at uniquely-Nashville shops such as Batch Nashville, DCXV Industries, Loveless Cafe, and Thistle Farms.
Check out a full list of Nashville shopping options.
Auld Lang Syne, My Dear
Kick the New Year celebrations off with the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl which pairs an SEC team against an ACC team at LP Field in Downtown Nashville on December 30th.
THE place to be to sing in the new year is the Jack Daniel’s Bash on Broadway: New Year’s Eve in Music City. This free show will feature performances by Lady Antebellum, Gavin DeGraw, Kristen Capolino and The Apache Relay all counting down to the midnight “Music Note Drop®” and fireworks.
Feel free to browse the other events going on in Nashville during New Year's Eve.