Music City doesn’t stop when the thermometer drops, it just takes the fun indoors. Stay warm when the temperatures are low with this Winter Bucket List in Nashville.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year when Nashville’s creative spirit can be found throughout the city, and the craft cocktails are no exception. Spread Christmas ‘cheers’ and enjoy a seasonal cocktail in the crisp open air with outside dining surrounded by heaters or relax inside.
Electric Jane | Fox Bar & Cocktail Club | L.A. Jackson | One More | PROOF
'Tis the season for spreading cheer and singing holiday songs for all to hear! Nashville has the perfect mix of genres with cuts of country, bluegrass, rock, pop, Americana, gospel, classical, and blues, all blending in perfect harmony. The music and entertainment scene is as diverse as the songwriters and musicians who make up the community. Find your holiday sound with must-see upcoming concerts happening in Nashville.
Grand Ole Opry | Ryman Auditorium | Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Every winter season Nashville turns on the twinkling lights and pulls out the Holiday music to put on a show you won’t soon forget. Celebrate with traditions like Nashville's Nutcracker, Elf the Musical, and more. Experience the unforgettable magic of performing arts in Music City.
Nashville Children’s Theater | OZ Arts Nashville | Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Spend the last night of the year at Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash! with hours of live music, fireworks, and the signature midnight Music Note Drop. Last year, Brooks & Dunn, Zac Brown Band, and Kelsea Ballerini headlined the FREE main stage event at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.
A little retail therapy might be exactly what you need to keep warm during these winter months. Nashville shops offer something for everyone: records by local musicians, vintage items, jewelry, and more. Find a local treasure and take a piece of Nashville home with you.
Emerson Grace | Fifth + Broadway | Imogene + Willie | L&L Market Place | Judith Bright | Music City Shop
The best winter days in Music City start with a freshly made cup of hot chocolate! With an abundance of local coffee shops AND a delicious selection of pastries and breakfast options available, you won’t have any trouble finding this holiday favorite. Explore the charming, cozy, and hip coffee shops located all throughout Nashville’s captivating neighborhoods.
8th & Roast | Barista Parlor | D’Andrews | Frothy Monkey | Stompin’ Grounds
Wine and winter tend to pair well together. Warm up with a glass of red wine or get festive with your favorite bubbly. Whether you prefer red, white, sparkling, or rosé, enjoy a glass from a Nashville winery at the end of a chilly day (or any day, really).
Arrington Vineyards & Winery | Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery | City Winery | Sixty Vines
There's nothing like a shot of Tennessee whiskey to warm you up during the winter. Single-barrel bourbon, rye, gin, and white whiskey are just a few of the local spirits you can sip on a distillery tour. Nashville also appeals to the ice-cold draft beer and craft cider drinker. From smaller micro-breweries to larger taprooms complete with full food menus, Nashville has a variety of local beers, breweries, and cideries that are sure to satisfy any beer enthusiast.
6th & Peabody | Jack Daniel Distillery | Nelson's Green Brier Distillery | Tennessee Brew Works
Can you handle the heat of some down-home cooking that has served Nashville locals and visitors alike for decades? A city of creators, Nashville is known for the creation of hot chicken – fried chicken doused in fiery spices and served on a bed of white bread with a pickle. You have not been to Music City until you have tried this Nashville original with heat levels ranging from mild to XXX Hot.
Come inside from the cold and into a Nashville music museum. Priceless artifacts including countless recordings and photographs, numerous stage costumes, musical instruments, and more can be found throughout music museums in Music City. Peek into the past lives of musicians from all genres that have helped shape Nashville into Music City.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum | Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum | National Museum of African American Music
Nashville is home to multiple professional sports teams and sporting events, and loyal fans travel from near and far to experience the thrill of the games. We completely understand a fan’s need to cheer on their team so whether you are watching from the sidelines or joining the crowd in a sports bar, you can find an action-packed place in Nashville to tune into your favorite game.
Music City Bowl | Nashville Predators | SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament | Tennessee Titans