EVENTS

Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays – Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry shows are performed every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday in December. 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 Rascal Flatts, Ashley McBryde, Margo Price, Bobby Bones, Ashley Monroe, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, and more! For Opry tickets and information visit opry.com or call (615) 871-OPRY.

December 1-23, 26-30 – Zoolumination: Chinese Festival of Lights

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, 3777 Nolensville Road. Come see the Zoo in a whole new light and enjoy the country’s largest Chinese lantern festival. Over 500 custom-made silk lanterns will be spread across 60 acres, creating elaborate displays with some of your favorite Zoo animals, holiday-themed scenes and even a 200-foot-long dragon. 5–9 pm nightly. nashvillezoo.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, an outdoor Nativity display, stunningly decorated Christmas trees, and much more. Walk through our signature holiday attraction featuring the beloved classic holiday movie, A Christmas Story, two million pounds of colorful interactive hand-carved ice sculptures. Nov. 27–Dec. 25: Grammy Award-winning Country superstar Trace Adkins will entertain fans with Christmas standards and Celtic classics for a holiday dinner show to remember. Nov. 16–Dec. 27: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical will light up the Grand Ole Opry House to delight audiences. Nov. 15–Jan. 1: Ice Skating on our 9,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink, and Tubing on our 15-foot-high, four-lane ice tubing hill.

Tuesdays Through Sundays – TN State Museum Highlights Tours

TN State Museum, 1000 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. Our free Museum Highlights tour is a great way to see some never-before-seen artifacts and hear some of the great stories of Tennessee history. 2–2:45 pm (except for holidays). tnmuseum.org

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 available. 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 1-31 – GLOW Nashville

First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way. The newest must-see holiday attraction features one of the country’s tallest Christmas trees, millions of lights adorning larger-than-life sculptures, epic ice skating, tubing, a winterfest market, a life-size Santa’s Workshop and immersive 36 nights of unparalleled holiday magic and hundreds of larger-than-life custom holiday sculptures. So many photo-worthy moments designed to create memories for all ages. glowholiday.com

December 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 – East Nashville Holiday Market

400 Davidson Street. Join McNeilly Center for Children as we celebrate more than 100 years serving the families of our community! The evening will feature libations, music and the spectacular art of Omari Booker. mcneillycenter.org

December 2 – World’s Largest Ugly Sweater Party

Hidden Bar at Noelle, 200 4th Avenue North. Miracle Pop-Up Christmas bars across the country will be hosting ugly Christmas sweater parties to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. So don your ugliest sweater and join Hidden Bar for kitschy decor, Christmas cocktails, and holiday cheer! noelle-nashville.com

December 2 – Monday Night Raw

Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway. WWE is the world’s premier and most explosive wrestling organization and it’s coming to Nashville! Featuring Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, AJ Styles and many more! wwe.com

December 3 – Open House at Dyer Observatory

1000 Oman Drive. Astronomers offer free tours of the observatory including the Seyfert telescope. The format is “open house” so you may arrive and depart any time. For guided tours, make advance reservations online. Suggested for ages 8 and up. dyer.vanderbilt.edu

December 3, 7, 10, 14, 23, 27 – Nashville Predators

Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway. Enjoy NHL hockey in Smashville on Dec. 3 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning; Dec. 7 vs. New Jersey Devils; Dec. 10 vs. San Jose Sharks; Dec. 14 vs. Dallas Stars at 5:30 pm; Dec. 23 vs. Arizona Coyotes; Dec. 27 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins.?All games at 7 pm unless otherwise noted. predators.nhl.com

December 5 – Christmas Open House

Tennessee Agricultural Museum, 440 Hogan Road. Live music, cookies, apple cider, vendors, ham biscuits, holiday music, homemade cookies, and crafts for purchase are highlights of this annual holiday open house. Free admission, 10 am–2 pm. tn.gov/agmuseum

December 5 – Gulch Night Market

11th Avenue South and Laurel Street. Enjoy Nashville’s Gulch area with local artisans, food and drink vendors, entertainment, and a live DJ. Free admission, and dogs are welcome. 3–9 pm. gulchnightmarket.com

December 6 – Holiday Spirits Cocktail Festival

The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. Stroll through The Factory at Franklin sipping festive cocktails, listening to music and waving to the big man in red himself! Tickets include: 12 sample sized cocktails, photos with Santa, Yuletide music and activities. holidayspiritstn.com

December 6 – The Love, Laugh, & Hip Hop Holiday Fest

Nashville Municipal Auditorium, 417 4th Avenue North. This downtown Nashville festival will feature performances by Jacquees, Yfn Lucci, Dreezy, Melanie Comarcho, and Marvin Dixon. nashvilleauditorium.com

December 6, 13, 17, 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 6-8 – Vintage Market Days

The Fairgrounds Nashville, 625 Smith Avenue. Join us for exquisite Holiday shopping, as over 100 premiere vendors from over 20 states showcase their unique vintage, meticulously crafted handmade goods, and deliciously prepared food and drink! vintagemarketdays.com

December 7 – 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 7 – Nashville Christmas Parade

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

December 7 – Battle of Nashville 155th Anniversary: Living History

Fort Negley Park, 1100 Fort Negley Boulevard.Don’t miss our annual Battle of Nashville 155th Anniversary living history event, 10 am–3 pm.

December 7 – Public Star Party

Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 900 Davidson Street. Join the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society 6:30–8:30 pm as they set up telescopes for everyone to enjoy the view of the winter night sky! In case of cloudy weather, a free program on the night sky will be presented inside the Nature Center.
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December 7 – Lightning 100’s Festivus

Marathon Music Works, 1402 Clinton Street. The year’s event features performances by Anderson East, Black Pumas and Los Coast. While enjoying the performances you can show your muscles at the Feats Of Strength, show off your moves on stage at the Elaine Dance Off, air out your emotions on Grievance Twitter Wall, and pose with your pals in your Festivus best at the Festivus Pole Photo Booth! marathonmusicworks.com

December 7,8 – 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 7-8 – Repticon

The Fairgrounds Nashville, 625 Smith Avenue. A great two-day reptile show and sale. See live animals from around the world, purchase pets and pet products direct from the experts at amazing prices you won’t find anywhere else, and learn more about reptiles and exotic animals at live seminars and demonstrations. A reptile and exotic animal expo that you can’t afford to miss! repticon.com

December 13-14 – Porter Flea

The Fairgrounds Nashville, 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 14-15 – Dickens of a Christmas Festival

Historic Downtown Franklin’s Victorian architecture is the perfect backdrop to recreate the time of Charles Dickens. 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 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. Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–4 pm. downtownfranklintn.com

December 15, 22 – Titans Football

Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way. It’s football fever in Nashville! Come cheer on the Tennessee Titans Dec. 15 vs. Houston Texans, and Dec. 22 vs. New Orleans Saints. Both games will kickoff at 12 noon. titansonline.com

December 19-22 – Jurassic World Live Tour

Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway. With unrivaled arena production quality, the adventure continues as you join forces with a team of scientists to unravel a corrupt plan and save Jeanie, an all-new dinosaur, from a terrible fate. Along the way, experience some of Jurassic World’s most iconic dinosaurs including Blue the Raptor, Triceratops, Pteranodons and the mighty T. rex! The production features more than 24 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs, with scale, speed and ferocity, operated by animatronics and performers. bridgestonearena.com

December 20 – Winter Solstice Celebration

Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Highway 100. Celebrate the changing seasons during our Solstice festival for all ages, 3:30–6:30 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. nashville.gov

December 20 – 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 20-22 – Nashville Flea Market

The Fairgrounds Nashville, 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. Free admission; parking $5. thefairgrounds.com

December 27, 28 – Marshmallow Hikes

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road. Come alone or bring friends and family for a nice hike in the winter woods followed by hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. owlshill.org

December 30 – 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. This free event boasts a star-packed lineup that includes Keith Urban, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, The Struts, Amanda Shires, Bren Joy, Kalie Shorr, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, and DJ Dave Audé. 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