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. Become a season ticket holder and receive added benefits! Concerts this month: Dec. 1: The Grinch Christmas & Sing-Along – Perfect for the whole family, this concert will celebrate the season with a musical retelling of Dr. Seuss’ beloved story, along with other holiday favorites, including a sing-along bonanza! Dec. 1: Martina McBride: The Joy of Christmas with the Nashville Symphony; Dec. 2: Dave Barnes Presents a Very Merry Christmas with Special Guests (without orchestra). Dec. 5: Home Alone in Concert with the Nashville Symphony – Experience John Williams’ delightful score performed live while this hilarious and heartwarming holiday movie is shown on the big screen. Dec. 7: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Big Band Holidays – Marsalis returns with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to perform swingin’ renditions of your favorite holiday tunes. (without orchestra); Dec. 9: Celtic Thunder X, Ireland’s most sensational singing group (without orchestra). Dec. 10: Jerry Lee Lewis (without orchestra). Dec. 13-16: Guerrero Conducts Handel’s Messiah with the Nashville Symphony and Chorus, performing one of the most inspiring works of music ever written. Dec. 17, 22: Americana duo from Nashville Drew and Ellie Holcomb’s Neighborly Christmas (without orchestra). Dec. 18: Michael W. Smith: Christmas with the Nashville Symphony. Dec. 19: An Elvis Christmas with the Nashville Symphony – Back by popular demand, veteran singer and multi-instrumentalist Terry Mike Jeffrey and his band perform an evening of The King’s most beloved holiday tunes and hits. Dec. 21: Keith & Kristyn Getty – Sing! An Irish Christmas. Dec. 23: Oak Ridge Boys Christmas (without orchestra).

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, 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29: Opry at The Ryman; Dec. 2: The Brian Setzer Orchestra with Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones; Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23: Amy Grant & Vince Gill Christmas at the Ryman with Rodney Crowell; Dec. 9, 10: Andrew Peterson: Behold the Lamb of God; Dec. 18: Amy Grant & Vince Gill Christmas at the Ryman; Dec. 24: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker; Dec. 27: Robert Earl Keen’s Cosmic Cowboy Christmas Tour with Pat McLaughlin; Dec. 30, 31: Old Crow Medicine Show with special guest The War & Treaty. Buy tickets at Ryman box office,,, ticketmaster outlets or call (615) 458-8700.

Sunday Afternoons – Jazz Sundays

Tennessee Brew Works, 809 Ewing Avenue. Enjoy live jazz every Sunday from 2–6 pm.

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.

Tuesday Evenings – Acoustic Pickin’ Party

Centennial Black Box Theater, 211 27th Avenue North. Bring an acoustic instrument and join the circle, 7–9 pm. All styles of music, including originals. Great for developing chops, and learning new tunes. Bring a couple tunes you’d like to play and an open mind. Ages 12–up.

Wednesday Evenings and Saturday Afternoons – The Music of Nashville: A Magical Journey

Texas Troubadour Theatre, 2416 Music Valley Drive. Take a historical 60 year ride through some of Nashville’s biggest hits, and the stories behind them! 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.

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.

Thursday and Friday Evenings – Music at the Frist

Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway. Enjoy free music in the Cafe or Grand Lobby, 6 pm.

Friday and Saturday Evenings – Ray Stevens Show

CabaRay Showroom, 5724 River Road. Ray Stevens and his fabulous A-Team band will take you down memory lane with songs and stories from Ray’s legendary career. Showtime 7:30 pm, dinner seating at 6 pm. Come early to experience the rockin’ Piano Bar with live music from 5 pm until showtime and post show until closing. ?(615) 327-4630,

Saturday Evenings – 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 1 – Fan Me With A Brick

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. Tennessee Playwrights Studio presents staged ?readings of this original play, based on actual events. When Victoria sets out to learn more of her family’s history, she opens a portal to a past full of loss, pain and indomitable perseverance. Her mother reluctantly joins her, and the two women uncover old wounds that linger unhealed in the present.

December 1, 2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-22 – 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, 5-9, 12-15, 20-22 – Elf: The Musical

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Highway 100. Based on the beloved holiday film, this fish-out-of-water musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Nashville’s original barn and most unique dining and entertainment experience offers a premium buffet and professional theater.

December 1, 2, 6-9, 13-16 – A Christmas Carol, the Musical

The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike. The theater presents thrilling performances for family audiences and scrumptious dining at an affordable price.

December 1, 2, 6-9, 13-15 – A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play

112 2nd Avenue South, Franklin. For many of us, Christmas isn’t Christmas without the opportunity to see some form of this beloved story, but how to keep it fresh? For the first time we present this live 1940s radio broadcast version of the Dickens classic, in which a small group of actors brings the story to life complete with vintage commercials, live sound effects, and musical underscoring to lead Scrooge through his journey of discovering the true meaning of Christmas and of life.

December 1, 2, 7-9, 14-16, 19-23 – Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton Street. In a kingdom beneath the sea, King Triton’s youngest daughter Ariel yearns to have her questions answered about the human world. When she saves the handsome Prince Eric from drowning, Ariel begins to discover her own voice with the help of her friends – even after the tricky sea witch silences her. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved fairy tales, this classic will be given its own dose of NCT magic.

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21-23 – Nashville’s Nutcracker

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Nashville’s Nutcracker heralds the return of the holiday season in Music City as young Clara takes audiences on a journey through a spectacular dreamland with her magical Uncle Drosselmeyer. Weaving the awe-inspiring wonder of the classic tale with the city’s glittering past, Nashville’s Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition guaranteed to delight the young and young-at-heart. Concept, story treatment and choreography by Paul Vasterling, live music performed by the Nashville Symphony.

December 4 – Musicians Corner Christmas

City Winery Nashville, 609 Lafayette Street. Get into the holiday spirit with Musicians Corner as several Nashville artists perform holiday classics. Doors open at 6 pm for 8 pm show.

December 4 – Making Spirits Bright

Vanderbilt Langford Auditorium, 2209 Garland Avenue. Join Nashville in Harmony for this holiday season with an evening filled with fun, family, and music. NiH 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 4, 11 – 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 – Nashville House Concerts

War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Avenue North. This unique Nashville experience is hosted by Sirius XM radio personality Storme Warren, and features a diverse blend of talent from chart-topping artists, music legends, rising stars, accomplished songwriters, and more. Every show promises musical performances, imaginative interviews, and unpredictable fun.

December 6-8 – The Wolves

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. Presented by Actors Bridge, a professional theater company dedicated to telling the stories that need to be told in Nashville. Advance tickets $25, $30 at door, students w/ valid ID $15. Free parking.,

December 6-9 – The 7th Annual Winter Concert

Presented by The Theater Bug at 4809 Gallatin Pike, New Life Baptist Church. Holiday entertainment for the whole family! Come join 50+ of Nashville’s talented young performers for a night of music, dance and fun in their 7th annual Winter Concert. This is a perfect way to celebrate the winter season for all ages.

December 7-9, 13-16, 20-23, 26-30 – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Jamison Theater in The Factory at Franklin. You’ve seen it as an animated classic, you’ve loved it as a live-action film, and this season you’ll be wholly enchanted by Studio Tenn’s trademark eye-popping spin on Disney’s “tale as old as time.” Bring the whole family to Franklin for the holiday’s most magical outing, and delight in the adventures of Belle and the Beast as they discover the true meaning of beauty.

December 13 – Paul Vasterling’s 20th Anniversary Gala Performance

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Honor Nashville Ballet’s extraordinary past, exceptional present and groundbreaking future. Join Nashville Ballet for the ultimate evening of celebration commemorating Paul Vasterling’s 20th anniversary as Artistic Director. Curating a collection of classical and contemporary works never before seen at Nashville Ballet with a few familiar favorites, Vasterling sets the tone for the company’s next 20 years of athleticism, artistry, imagination and innovation – all culminating in a truly grand finale featuring a procession of Nashville Ballet artists from School of Nashville Ballet students to the professional company. 6:30–7:30 pm.

December 14, 15 – ink by Camille A. Brown & Dancers

OZ Arts, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. ink celebrates the rituals, gestural vocabulary, and traditions that remain ingrained within the lineage of the African Diaspora and reclaims African-Americans narratives by showcasing their authenticity. Using the rhythms and sounds of traditional African and handmade instruments as its center, the work travels through time with elements of Blues, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Swing.

December 17-20 – The Ornaments present A Charlie Brown Christmas

3rd and Lindsley Bar and Grill, 818 Third Avenue South. Led by by pianist Jen Gunderman, accompanied by bassist James Haggerty and drummer Martin Lynds, The Ornaments play the classic Guaraldi record live from beginning to end, and host a rotating cast of guest soloists who may bring along a trombone, pedal steel, harmonica, tin whistle, electric guitar, fiddle, saxophone, flute, musical saw and/or accordion. Tickets $12.

December 20 – Poet’s Corner with Christina Stoddard

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

December 21 – 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. Shows are considered PG-13 and are a mix of short form and long form.

December 29 – Lee Roy Parnell & Friends

Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street, Franklin. Texas roots musician Lee Roy Parnell is an ace guitarist, distinctive singer and hit songwriter. His music runs the gamut of diversity, combining the influences of blue-eyed soul, Delta blues, roadhouse rock, Southern boogie, Texas swing, and gospel.

Art Crawls

Spend your evening at an art crawl! Area galleries offer rare opportunities to view diverse exhibitions featuring many genres of artwork. Some venues present live music, and many serve complimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres. These monthly gatherings are an opportunity to meet the artists, buy and support their work.

December 1 – Downtown Nashville Saturday Art Crawl

Fifth Avenue of the Arts, Historic Arcade, Eighth Avenue, Broadway. The festive atmosphere and participating venues welcome you to galleries open 6–9 pm, with trolleys making a continuous loop 6–10 pm.

December 1 – 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 7 – Downtown Franklin Friday Art Crawl

Charming shops and galleries, live music and refreshments make Franklin a great place to be 6–9 pm.

December 8 – 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 22 – 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.