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.
"Snow in December is a rarity in Nashville, but that doesn’t make the holiday season any less magical." Read Travel + Leisure's article: How to Have a Perfect Country Christmas in Nashville.
Below is all the events which happened in 2016. Check them out to get a snapshot and start planning your 2017 trip!
Take a glimpse at just some of the magical holiday events happening around Music City this season.
November 4-January 1, 2017
The annual Dancing Lights of Christmas At Jellystone Park™ gets bigger and better each year with hundreds of thousands of LED Christmas lights dancing to some rockin' Christmas tunes.
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.
November 11-December 24
Children will be able to become part of Santa's flight crew and help him deliver presents across the world at the Mall at Green Hills this holiday season. Also, make sure to join them, on November 12, for a special parade to welcome Santa.
November 11-January 1, 2017
This year's must see annual holiday event at Gaylord Opryland features the Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, ICE! ft. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Christmas Dinner Show, holiday lights, and more.
November 11-January 1, 2017
The magic of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is carved in to 2 million pounds of colorful ice sculptures! This year's ICE! includes four ice slides and more.
November 11-January 1, 2017
Race your friends and family down Nashville's only five-lane tubing hill covered in 1.5 million pounds of real snow at Arctic Plunge Snow Tubing.
November 11-December 25
Enjoy the Grammy-winning family trio perform the soundtrack to a beautiful holiday meal.
November 17-December 25 (on select dates)
Experience a genuine celebration with some great country musicians during the Nashville Christmas cruise, OR enjoy a delicious holiday dinner while a cast of talented Nashville singers perform holiday classics during the Heart of Christmas Dinner Show.
November 17-December 30
Join Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre for some great fun while listening to holiday classic tunes like "Let It Snow," "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and more.
November 18-December 25
Take a trip to Whoville as the Grinch tries to steal Christmas from the holiday-loving Whos. The Broadway musical features songs "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas" from the original movie. It's a holiday production for adults and kids alike. Don't miss out!
November 25-December 23
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 25-January 1, 2017
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 a million lights offering an amazing holiday sight in Music City!
November 25-December 21
Check out Nashville’s newest holiday tradition "A Christmas Story" based off the classic motion picture film. It is a must see for families during the holidays and all takes place at TPAC.
Begins November 25
Choose between two magical tours from Grand Avenue to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy a ride through The Dancing Lights at Jellystone Park during the North Pole route, or see festive homes in Brentwood and Franklin on the South Pole route.
November 26-December 10
Ride with Santa on Tennessee Central Railway Museum's Santa Express excursion train to Watertown.
November 26-December 30
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 Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Save time and purchase tickets for the Twinkling Tennessee Christmas or Holiday Lights at Cheekwood tour now.
November 26-December 31
Each weekend from November 26th to December 31st, take part in festive fun with a hint of science at the Adventure Science Center. There will be things like Igloo Architects, Holiday Movie Magic, Penguin Relay Race, and more. And from December 19th to the 23rd, there will be activities each day. Check it out!
Watch the cast of Cirque Musica perform high-flying stunts while listening to holiday tunes at Bridgestone Arena.
November 30-December 3 (select dates)
Belmont Mansion is hosting a special Patron's Party & Auction with hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and silent auction on November 30. Then, a Christmas dinner on December 2, and a Christmas luncheon on December 3.
Isha Institute of Inner-sciences is open throughout the holiday (9-5 pm daily) offering anyone the opportunity to start the new year empowered with tools of well-being. Free yoga classes are offered daily, including Christmas and New Year's Day, along with festive vegetarian dinners. Receive $25 discount for Inner Engineering Online, click here for more details and enter coupon JOYDEC.
December 1-16 (on select dates)
Families and friends will love to experience the intimate Holiday Evening Tours at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. Each tour reveals how the Jacksons experienced the holidays, plus a more personal look inside the home of the nation's 7th President.
The 63rd Annual Nashville Christmas Parade will start at 9am as Grand Marshal Kelly Clarkson leads the way through downtown Music City. Make sure to check out the Metro Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony the night before on December 2.
Hangout with Paddle UP as they dress in Santa attire and paddle their way down the river. All the fun begins at the East Bank Landing.
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.
In conjunction with the First Saturday Art Crawl, the Marketplace will provide an opportunity to shop local artisan vendors 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 Ballet’s “Nashville’s Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Story” from the Nashville Repertory Theatre.
December 3-18 (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 live entertainment will be played on the porch and front lawn.
December 3 & 4
Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through Hillsboro Village and West End neighborhood as you pass by Nashville homes decorated for the holidays.
December 3-23 (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. Also, you can save money and do more for less with our special Nashville's Nutcracker Hotel Package.
Watch the beloved holiday classic featuring composer John Williams' score performed live by the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Take part in a holiday tradition during the 32nd Annual Donelson Hermitage Christmas Parade.
Get in the holiday spirit with singer/songwriter Christy Sutherland and Matthew Dudney, Barbara Mandrell's son, for jolly tunes, stories of Christmas, and more.
Curator of history, Rob DeHart will take guests on a special tour through Christmas past at the Tennessee State Museum. The tour will showcase unique items that date back to the 19th century and explain the culture of the past. OH! And their will be Christmas cookies.
December 8-18 (on select dates)
Do not miss Studio Tenn’s Christmas concert which puts a special spin on your favorite holiday songs.
December 9 & 10
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 Skyway Studios.
Nashville Farmers' Market is hosting Breakfast with Santa offering you the opportunity to visit with the big man and enjoy a nice meal in Music City.
During this special event, witness original cinematic shorts while 120 voices of Nashville in Harmony perform the music of Karl Jenkins, Ola Gjeilo, and Eric Whitacre.
Join hundreds of people dressed in holiday decor as they descend upon Nashville's Downtown area. It starts at the bars located on 2nd Avenue North and everyone is welcome!
Celebrate the season with Tennessee Brew Works as they host a special holiday celebration and taproom anniversary. They will have their usual cast of craft beers plus a special beer release.
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 on West End.
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.
Contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race will perform live on stage at TPAC this holiday season. The hosts include Bob The Drag Queen, Kim Chi, Acid Better, Milk, and more.
Put on your tacky Christmas sweater and get ready the Barely a 4K: Toy Drive Edition presented by Yazoo Brewery. Free beer will be handed out to participates during the event. Each runner and spectator is asked to bring $25-35 of unwrapped toys for the 61st Ave United Methodist Church Last Minute Toy Store.
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! This year's lineup includes Keith Urban, Styx, A Thousand Horses, Moon Taxi, Charlie Worsham, and the Fisk Jubliee Singers.
Check out the incredible and legendary live music venues that are celebrating New Year's Eve in Music City.