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 event, 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 four shows, December 15-18. 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, R. Kelly, Third Eye Blind, Robert Earl Keen, The Oak Ridge Boys, and many more take the stage around Nashville. See the full lineup of holiday concerts taking place this holiday season.
See the lights
Nashville’s is lit up with millions upon millions of holiday lights during the season. Many of our attractions are not only decorated, but provide plenty of fun for the whole family.
A Country Christmas is Gaylord Opryland's annual holiday event featuring 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. Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art hosts Holiday LIGHTS with a million lights strung throughout the grounds, live reindeer, cookie decorating, and other festive things. Can't go wrong with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum who celebrates Deck the Hall providing holiday-themed programming for all. Venture to Andrew Jackson's Hermitage: Home of the People's President 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.
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is home to two not-to-be-missed specials, “A Christmas Story” presented by the Nashville Repertory Theatre, November 26-December 21, and 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 3-23. On December 4, the War Memorial Auditorium will host The Wonderful Life Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to ease the financial burdens encountered by families of children with cancer, who will present a special viewing of It's a Wonderful Life.
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 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 a SEC team against an ACC/Big Ten team at Nissan Stadium in Downtown Nashville on December 30th. Stay tuned to see who will be playing this year!
THE place to be to sing in the new year is the Music City Midnight: New Year's Eve in Nashville. This free show will feature performances by Keith Urban, Styx, A Thousand Horses, Moon Taxi, Charlie Worsham, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers all counting down to the midnight “Music Note Drop®” and fireworks.
Other New Year’s Eve concerts include Old Crow Medicine Show at the Ryman Auditorium, and John Prine and Jason Isbell with special guests Kacey Musgraves at Grand Ole Opry House.
Feel free to browse the other events going on in Nashville during New Year's Eve.
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