EVENTS

 

Fridays, Saturdays, Tuesdays through December 12 – Opry at the Ryman

The show moves downtown to its most famous former home, the historic Ryman Auditorium, for the winter months. Opry at the Ryman shows are performed every Friday and Saturday in December, plus Tuesdays through December 12. 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 Alison Krauss, Old Crow Medicine Show, Marty Stuart, Chris Young, LOCASH, and more! For Opry tickets and information visit opry.com or call (615) 871-OPRY.

December 1-3 – Carter House Candlelight Tour

Franklin. Various locations include the historic Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Plantation, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cummins House, and Clouston Hall. Costumed reenactors representing historic Franklin figures offer a view into 19th-century traditional holiday life. The tour, from 6–8 pm, demonstrates the rich heritage of Franklin and highlights creative ways to celebrate, decorate and enjoy the blessings of the season.

December 1-3, 5-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26-31 – 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 for the prettiest winter stroll of the season. Advance tickets recommended. Real reindeer, holiday carolers, and s’mores pits abound. Santa will be there on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings! cheekwood.org

December 1-January 1 – A Country Christmas

Gaylord Opryland Hotel, 2800 Opryland Drive. The magic of the Christmas season comes to life with more than two million twinkling lights. Get in the spirit of the season as you discover the unique and festive décor around every bend. The outdoor Nativity display features special lighting effects and an audio rendition of the biblical story of the birth of Christ. Take a free self-guided tour of stunningly decorated Christmas trees throughout the resort. Numerous country artists and other celebrities will have specially decorated trees featured. Walk through our signature holiday attraction, ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas, 2 million pounds of colorful interactive ice sculptures and four ice slides. 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. Through Dec. 25: Grand Ole Opry members Diamond Rio perform holiday hits to a beautiful meal. Through Dec. 27: Cirque Dreams Holidaze will light up the Grand Ole Opry House, featuring over 300 costumes, 20+ of the world’s best acts, original music and seasonal favorites. Through Jan. 1: Glacier Glide Ice Skating under the stars on our 6,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink.

December 2 – Rudolph’s Red Nose Run

Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way. Wear your merry best for Rudolph’s costume contest! Music City’s most festive 5K invites elves, grinches, and sugar plum fairies to light the way for Santa’s arrival at the Nashville Christmas Parade. This family-friendly event is perfect for runners, walkers, and joggers of all ages and abilities. rudolphrednoserun.com

December 2 – Nashville Christmas Parade

Downtown, Broadway and North First Avenue. The Musical Mile parade will begin at 8:30 am with NHL veteran Mike Fisher serving as Grand Marshal. Arrive early and stay late! Come prepared with warm clothes, warm drinks, a cozy blanket and folding chair. nashvillechristmasparade.com

December 2, 4, 8, 19, 21, 30 – Nashville Predators Games

Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway. Enjoy NHL hockey in Smashville on December 2 vs. Anaheim Ducks; December 4 vs. Boston Bruins; December 8 vs. Vegas Golden Knights; December 19 vs. Winnipeg Jets; December 21 vs. Carolina Hurricanes; December 30 vs. Minnesota Wild. All games start at 7 pm. predators.nhl.com

December 5 – Titans Football

Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way. Come cheer on the Tennessee Titans December 3 vs. Houston Texans; December 24 vs. Los Angeles Rams; December 31 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars. titansonline.com

December 8, 9 – 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

December 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! Free. musiccitywinterfest.com

December 9 – Planetarium 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! Three laser shows each evening feature a different soundtrack. See a single show or make it a full evening and buy tickets for all three shows! ElectroPop at 8:30 pm; Jukebox Heroes at 9:30 pm; Led Zeppelin at 10:30 pm. adventuresci.org

December 9-10 – 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. A magical addition to this year’s festival is an ice skating rink located in the square. Hours: 10 am–5 pm on Saturday and 11 am–4 pm on Sunday. historicfranklin.com

December 15 – Nashville Bike Party

Parthenon Field, Centennial Park. These slow-rides sponsored by Team Green venture through town, stopping at landmarks and restaurants or breweries. Meet at 6:45 pm, Ride out at 7 pm. Check Bcycle App for Nashville B-cycle rentals onsite.

December 15-17 – Nashville Flea Market

Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Avenue, (615) 862-5016. 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. Dealers and vendors from 30 states offer their wares to the buying public. Admission is free; parking $5. Friday 8 am–5 pm; Saturday 7 am–6 pm; Sunday 7 am–?4 pm. nashvilleexpocenter.org

December 28 – Music City Bowl Hot Chicken Eating World Championship & Battle of the Bands

First Avenue and Broadway. Free Event! Come out and watch both amateur and professional eaters compete to be the Hot Chicken Eating World Champion, starting at 4 pm. At 5 pm, join other fans for a special performance by a selected guest followed by the marching bands from the Music City Bowl participating schools! musiccitybowl.com

December 29 – Music City Bowl

Nissan Stadium , 1 Titans Way. The game begins at 3:30 pm with a variety of activities prior to kick off. Head over to First Avenue and Broadway for the Pep Rallies and Tailgate Party starting at 12 noon, and a free pregame concert 1–2:30 pm. 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, Maren Morris, Cheap Trick, Carly Pearce, Jonny P, 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