December at the Nashville Symphony

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place. Ticket packages may be purchased from the Patron Services hotline at (615) 687-6401. Concerts this month: Dec. 1-2: Holidays with Cirque de la Symphonie & the Nashville Symphony featuring holiday classics Ave Maria, Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, music from The Nutcracker, Carol of the Bells amd more; Dec. 5-6: Christmas with Jennifer Nettles & the Nashville Symphony; Dec. 7: CeCe Winans: Holidays & Hits with the Nashville Symphony; Dec. 8 and 19: A Johnnyswim Christmas; Dec. 10: Drew & Ellie Holcomb’s Neighborly Christmas (without orchestra); Dec. 14-17: Handel’s Messiah; Dec. 18: A Very Merry Christmas with Dave Barnes & Special Guests (without orchestra); Dec. 21-22: Home Alone in HD with the Nashville Symphony; Dec. 23: Family Holiday Spectacular & Sing-Along; Dec. 23: SING! An Irish Christmas (without orchestra. For tickets, call the box office at (615) 687-6400 between 10 am and 6 pm Monday through Friday or 10 am and 2 pm Saturday.

December at the Ryman Auditorium

116 Fifth Avenue North. This stellar venue is a six-time winner of Pollstar’s Concert Theatre of the Year award and 2012, 2010 and 2008 Academy of Country Music’s Venue of the Year. This month’s outstanding lineup: Dec. 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30: Opry at the Ryman; Dec. 3: The Brian Setzer Orchestra: 14th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour; Dec. 4: ALS Association presents Love and Theft, Florida Georgia Line and More; Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21: Amy Grant & Vince Gill: Christmas at the Ryman; Dec. 10: LeAnn Rimes: Today is Christmas Tour; Dec. 11: Andrew Peterson & Special Guests; Dec. 17: NEEDTOBREATHE: Acoustic; Dec. 24: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker; Dec. 28: Robert Earl Keen’s Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee; Dec. 30: Old Crow Medicine Show Performing Blonde on Blonde; Dec. 31: Old Crow Medicine Show: New Year’s Eve at the Ryman. Buy tickets at Ryman box office,,, ticketmaster outlets or call (615) 458-8700.

Sunday Evenings – Bluegrass Jam

Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South. Free admission on Sunday evening at Nashville’s premiere listening room for bluegrass and roots music. “Cold beer, hot pickin’ and friends you won’t meet until you get here.” Showtime 8 pm.

Thursday Evenings – Speakeasy Swing at Rudys

Rudy’s Jazz Room, 809 Gleaves Street. Nashville’s only jazz club features 1930s-1940s live music with vintage swing dancing, a New Orleans inspired menu and tipsy cocktails.

Thursdays and Fridays – Music at the Frist

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway. Enjoy free music in the Cafe or Grand Lobby, Thursdays and Fridays at 6 pm.

December 1 – Downtown Franklin Friday Art Crawl

Charming shops and galleries, live music and refreshments make Franklin a great place to be 6–9 pm. A $5 unlimited trolley ticket runs all night to take guests from spot to spot.

December 1-2 – Dahlia’s Wrap-o-rama, Holiday Variety Show!

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. Theatre Craft presents a quirk-y, non-traditional take on the season with songs, improv comedy, and a roster of special guests.

December 1, 2, 7-10, 14-16 – Christmas Belles

112 2nd Avenue South, Franklin. The Futrelle sisters return to our stage in this delightful holiday farce revolving around the Christmas program at the Tabernacle of the Lamb Church. Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins, Twink has recently been jilted and has accidentally burned down half the town, and Honey Raye has her hands full with an outrageous cast of characters she must herd to put on the show. Your favorite characters from Fayro, Texas come together to make the holiday hilarious.

Dec 1-3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-22 – A Christmas Story

Andrew Johnson Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Nashville Repertory Theatre presents this all-American holiday classic, based on humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s. Ah, the holidays! Spending time with family, enjoying home cooked meals and singing carols. But in Ralphie Parker’s family, your mouth gets washed with soap, the neighbor’s dogs devour your oven-fresh turkey and those carols are replaced with choruses of “You’ll shoot your eye out.” Because nothing says Christmas like a leg lamp, pink bunny pajamas and sticking your tongue to the frozen flag pole!

December 1-3, 7-10, 14-17 – Winter Wonderettes

The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike. Expect high-quality thrilling performances and scrumptious dining. Dinner seating is one hour prior to start of show.
December 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-23 – It’s A Wonderful Life: The Musical
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Highway 100. Nashville’s original barn and most unique dining and entertainment experience offers a premium buffet and professional theater. The story of George Bailey and his wonderful life in Bedford Falls remains a timeless fable of dreams, disillusionment, and the power of love. Performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights; Thursday and Sunday matinees.

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 – Wishing Chair Productions Story Time

Nashville Public Library Children’s Theatre, 615 Church Street. Limited free parking for 1-1/2 hours in the library’s parking garage. Each show is 30 minutes, showtimes 10:30 and 11:30 am. On Dec. 1, 2, see “Sailors and Maidens,” a pleasing brand of puppet storytelling and variety show recommended for ages 5-12, but all are welcome. Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 – brings “A Child’s Calendar,” John Updike’s collection of poems for children, transformed into a delightful musical puppet show that takes us through the seasons month by month. Recommended for ages 2-8, but all are welcome.

December 1, 8, 15, 22, 31 – The Music of Nashville: A Magical Journey

Texas Troubadour Theatre, 2416 Music Valley Drive. Join the incredible cast and band in a historical 60 year ride through some of Nashville’s biggest hits, and the stories behind them! From Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, George & Tammy, Conway & Loretta, Kenny & Dolly, through Wynonna, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift, this show brings exciting entertainment unlike any other. Performed by hot up-and-coming artists who are backed by a fantastic first-call Nashville band, they will bring you to your feet! Tickets available online, day of show or call (615) 969-6349.

December 2 – Downtown Nashville Saturday Art Crawl

Fifth Avenue of the Arts, Historic Arcade, Eighth Avenue, Broadway. The festive atmosphere and participating venues located along Fifth Avenue of the Arts to the Historic Arcade to Eighth Avenue to Broadway welcome you to experience downtown Nashville as a center for art. Galleries open 6–9 pm, with trollies making a continuous loop 6–10 pm.

December 2 – Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston

Minutes from downtown, Wedgewood/Houston is rich with art and music culture. Check out groundbreaking art from the artist run spaces on Chestnut Street to the commercial galleries on Hagan Street along with popups, beginning at 6 pm.

December 2, 3 – Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton. With money tight and no houses to paint till next spring, Mr. Popper is stuck at home daydreaming of Arctic adventures, while Mrs. Popper must scrimp and save just to put beans on the table. But with the unexpected arrival of a spirited penguin named Captain Cook, the Poppers have a snowdrift in the living room and a dozen delightful penguins living in the house. It’s a flipper-flapping musical tale that will make you believe in the power of ingenuity and determination.

December 2, 3, 9, 10, 15-17, 21-23 – Nashville’s Nutcracker

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Celebrating 10 years of awe-inspiring magic and dazzling holiday cheer, Nashville’s Nutcracker will ring in the season with additional characters and all-new magical elements. A truly local production through and through with clever nods to the city’s sparkly past, Nashville’s Nutcracker epitomizes the holiday season in Music City. Concept, story treatment and choreography by Nashville Ballet artistic director and CEO Paul Vasterling.

December 2, 9, 16 – Kidsville Story Time Inside The Parthenon

2500 West End Avenue. Every Saturday from 11–11:45 am, ages 12 and younger will explore a different theme and create a related piece of art. Dec. 2: Hear that the Parthenon and our body shapes have a lot of similarities; make your own exercise plan. Dec. 9: Come hear the Greek myth of Pandora who struggled to be patient and not open a present; make a present with a special gift inside. Dec. 16: Musicians from Nashville’s contemporary classical music ensemble Intersection will interact with kids and explore how new music can expand our minds and ears; make a craft inspired by the music.

December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Bye Bye Liver: The Nashville Drinking Play

Blue Bar and Rack Room, 1911 Broadway. This fast-paced sketch comedy takes a satirical look at the drinking culture every Saturday night. Audience members participate in Would You Rather, Name That Tune, and more.

December 5, 12, 20 – The Doyle and Debbie Show

Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South. This hilarious love letter to the country music community and its stars is hysterical, and the music is finely-crafted. The two stars, Bruce Arntson and Jenny Littleton, have the acting and singing chops to carry it all off beautifully. Tickets: $20, 7 pm.

December 6, 13 – Music City Roots

The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road. Jim Lauderdale hosts Wednesday’s weekly live acclaimed roots and Americana music variety radio show, showcasing Nashville’s rich music scene.

December 8, 9 – Ear Candy: Musical Treats for the Holidays

Hope Park, 8001 US-70S. Nashville in Harmony is Tennessee’s first and only musical arts organization specifically created for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, and their allies. With a mission to “use music to build community and create social change,” NiH brings people together within both the LGBT community and the community at large.

December 9 – East Side Art Stumble

East Nashville. Galleries, businesses, and studios stretch across the neighborhoods of East Nashville and Inglewood. Saturday event from 6-9, rain or shine.

December 14, 16, 17, 19-21 – Cinderella

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton. Back by popular demand! This sparkling holiday confection brims with humor, romance, and spectacular theatrical effects. All the iconic elements one would hope to see are here; hilarious stepsisters, wise fairy godmother, amazing transformations, delicate pumpkin coach, beautiful ball gown, a handsome Prince, the striking clock, a desperate flight and, of course, a delicate glass slipper left behind in the snow – all lovingly designed, carefully crafted, and beautifully played.

December 15 – Music City Improv

Third Coast Comedy Club, Marathon Village, 1310 Clinton Avenue. This high octane show from Nashville’s longest running improv troupe features live and video sketch comedy.

December 28 – Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas!

December 21 – Poet’s Corner featuring Allison Boyd

Scarritt Bennett Center. Join fellow poetry enthusiasts for a monthly reading by a featured local poet. Free and open to the public.

December 22, 23 – Musicians Corner Christmas

City Winery Nashville, 609 Lafayette Street. Two evenings of Christmas cheer and several wonderful Nashville artists will perform holiday classics.

December 23 – Jefferson Street Art Crawl

The crawl happens up and down Jefferson, starting at the Garden Brunch Cafe near Rosa Parks and ending at One Drop Ink Tattoo at Jefferson and 28th. The monthly event engages community and highlights art along this historic art corridor as well as the North Nashville Community.