EVENTS

Fridays & Saturdays, Tuesdays through December 11 – Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry shows are performed every Friday and Saturday in December, plus Tuesdays through December 11. Since 1925, country’s best have mesmerized audiences at the Opry, the show that made country music famous. While performances from both legendary entertainers and the latest country music acts are the norm, when you go to the Opry, you’ll also enjoy bluegrass bands, comedy, and more. The show moves downtown to its most famous former home, the historic Ryman Auditorium, for the winter months. See the new stars, superstars, and legends of country music on the stage where many of them got their start and some are experiencing the thrill for the very first time. Artists scheduled to appear this month include Emmylou Harris, Keb’ Mo,’ Little Big Town, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Chris Janson, Old Crow Medicine Show, and more! For Opry tickets and information visit opry.com or call (615) 871-OPRY.

December 1 – Rudolph’s Red Nose Run

Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way. Wear your merry best for Rudolph’s costume contest! Runners, walkers, and joggers of all ages and abilities are invited to Music City’s most festive 5K. Join fellow elves, grinches, and sugar plum fairies at this family-friendly event. rudolphrednoserun.racesonline.com

December 1 – Nashville Christmas Parade

Downtown, Broadway and North First Avenue. The Musical Mile parade will begin at 8:30 am with appearances and performances from an array of talent including Craig Wayne Boyd, legendary songwriter Bill Anderson, LeAnn Rimes, Diana DeGarmo and many more. Arrive early and stay late! Come prepared with warm clothes, warm drinks, a cozy blanket and folding chair. nashvillechristmasparade.com

December 1 – Holidays at The Hermitage

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane. Join us for an evening of old holiday traditions and spooky tales, musicians and s’mores by the bonfire, and seasonal gift shopping! Doors open at 4 p.m. and close at 9 p.m., and guests are welcome to enjoy some holiday shopping and an evening mansion tour before or after your designated Ghost Story performance. Mansion tours take approximately 40 minutes, so please give yourself plenty of time to enjoy it. thehermitage.com

December 1, 3, 11, 13, 15, 27, 29 – Nashville Predators Home Games

Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway. Enjoy NHL hockey in Smashville on Dec. 1 vs. Chicago Blackhawks; Dec. 3 vs. Buffalo Sabres; Dec. 11 vs. Ottawa Senators; Dec. 13 vs. Vancouver Canucks; Dec. 15 vs. New Jersey Devils; Dec. 27 vs. Dallas Stars; Dec. 29 vs. New York Rangers. All games at 7 pm. Check the website for Preds Official Watch Party locations, which include giveaways and raffles for prizes. predators.nhl.com

December 1-24, 26-30 – Holiday Lights at Cheekwood

Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Drive. Delight in the joy of the holiday season with one million lights illuminating the gardens. Holiday Lights is a timed-ticketed event with two evening time slots. Arrivals begin at 5 pm and run until 7 pm with late evening arrivals beginning at 7 pm running until 9 pm. See real reindeer, Santa, holiday carolers, and relax at the s’mores pits. Seasonal drinks and food truck goodness will be available for purchase. cheekwood.org

December 1-January 1, 2019 – A Country Christmas

Gaylord Opryland Hotel, 2800 Opryland Drive. It’s the magic of the season with more than two million twinkling lights and outdoor Nativity display, stunningly decorated trees, and much more. Walk through our holiday attraction, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, 2 million pounds of colorful interactive ice sculptures hand-carved by 40 artisans from China. Nov. 16–Dec. 25: Grammy Award-winner Trace Adkins will entertain with Christmas standards and Celtic classics for a holiday dinner show to remember. Nov. 16–Dec. 28: Cirque Dreams Holidaze will light up the Grand Ole Opry House to delight audiences with new and astonishing acts, colossal costumes, grand music and an encore of memorable signature favorites. Nov. 17–Jan. 1: Ice Skating under the stars on our 7,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink.

December 2, 6, 22, 23, 30 – Titans Football

Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way. It’s football fever in Nashville! Come cheer on the Tennessee Titans Dec. 2 vs. New York Jets at 3:05 pm; Dec. 6 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars at 7:20 pm; Dec. 22 vs. Washington Redskins at 3:30 pm; Dec. 30 vs. Indianapolis Colts at 12 noon. titansonline.com

December 6 – Christmas Open House

Tennessee Agricultural Museum, 440 Hogan Road. Ham biscuits, holiday music, homemade cookies, and crafts for purchase are highlights of this annual holiday open house. Free admission, 10 am–2 pm.

December 7, 8 – Porter Flea

The Nashville Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Avenue. This free indoor Holiday Flea is a modern handmade market that provides open access to more than 100 talented, jury-selected vendors. Thousands of one-of-a-kind gifts, some the city’s finest food trucks and the Porter Pantry, an artisan food market stocked with packaged goods from local millers, makers and bakers. Hours: Friday Preview Market 6–9 pm, Saturday 10 am–5 pm. porterflea.com

Dec\ember 7, 14, 18 – The Huckabee Show

30 Music Village Boulevard, Hendersonville. Be part of a live studio audience and enjoy news, music, entertainment and fun with former Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee and his special guests! Tickets are free. For ages 16+. Seating at 6:30 pm. Walk-ins welcome! Register online or call 833-HUCKABEE for more info. huckabeetix.tv

December 8 – Carols, Cookies & Crafts Open House

TN State Museum, 301 Sixth Avenue North. ‘Tis the season to be jolly! Join the Museum staff for some holiday cheer, 10 am–2 pm. Enjoy carols throughout the day in our Grand Hall, create holiday cards and gifts and decorate your own holiday cookie. All activities are available until supplies run out.  tnmuseum.org

December 8 – Battle of Nashville 154th Anniversary: Living History

Fort Negley Park, 1100 Fort Negley Boulevard.Don’t miss our annual Battle of Nashville 154th Anniversary living history event, 10 am–1 pm.

December 8, 9 – Music City Winterfest

Centennial Park. Experience a winter wonderland filled with 100+ craft vendors, train and carriage rides, Santa’s Village, kids activities, local choirs and bands, food trucks, beer gardens, snowball fights, and more! Make your own s’mores, let your pet off the leash in our pop-up pup park, enter the Winter Beard Competition, play in the kid’s zone, and take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves! Admission: $5 ages 18+; free for 17 and under. musiccitywinterfest.com

December 8-9 – Dickens of a Christmas Festival

Historic Downtown Franklin. Travel back 150 years to the time of Charles Dickens at this free street festival. Some 200 musicians, dancers and characters will fill the streets, including several from Charles Dickens’s stories. Expect to see and interact with the nefarious Fagin from Oliver Twist; Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim Cratchit with his parents from A Christmas Carol; and of course, a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas with treats for children. Dress in Victorian costume encouraged. Come decked out in holiday style to capture your perfect family photo. Hours: Saturday 10 am–5 pm, Sunday 11 am–4 pm. historicfranklin.com

December 8, 21-23 – Planetarium Holiday Laser Shows

Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Boulevard. Enjoy watching a wide array of music brought to life with incredible fulldome digital imagery, brilliant lasers and millions of stars! Take holiday lights to an epic new level with a festive laser show that unites modern and classic holiday hits with stunning laser lights. It’s electrifying for all ages.adventuresci.org

December 14-16 – Nashville Flea Market

Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Avenue, Indoors and outdoors! You’ll find a huge variety of gifts, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, arts and crafts, tools, housewares, handmade clothing, and hundreds of thousands of other items each month, at one of the top ten flea markets in the country. Free admission; parking $5. nashvilleexpocenter.org

December 21 – Winter Solstice Celebration

Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Highway 100. Celebrate the changing seasons during our Solstice festival for all ages, 3–6 pm. Participants can create a wreath to take home, enjoy cocoa next to the fire, listen to stories and songs of winter, and walk the forest luminary trail as darkness welcomes the Winter. Lead by Nature Center staff and volunteers.

December 21 – Nashville Farmers’ Market Night Market

900 Rosa Parks Boulevard. Shop and dine with local artisans, restaurants and shops, locally raised meats, freshly baked desserts, seasonal cocktails, craft beer, local wine, and more! All are welcome for live music and family-friendly activities. Free admission, 5–9 pm. nashvillefarmersmarket.org

December 28 – Music City Bowl

Nissan Stadium , 1 Titans Way. The annual game begins at 12:30 pm with a variety of activities prior to kick off. musiccitybowl.com

December 31 – Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Ring in the new year and rock out the old with thousands of your closest friends at one of the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve parties. This free event boasts a star-packed lineup that includes Keith Urban, Peter Frampton, Judah & the Lion, Caitlyn Smith, Devon Gilfillian, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. The traditional Music Note Drop and accompanying fireworks display will ring in the New Year against the backdrop of the iconic State Capitol building and unique view of the Nashville skyline. visitmusiccity.com