Ready to get in the holiday spirit? There are a lot of fun holiday events and activities to get you in the mood for hot chocolate, candy canes, and cozy fires. Here are some of the top holiday happenings this year in Nashville.
Top Holiday Activities
Christmas Lights at Opryland
November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Over 3 million lights turn the Opryland Hotel and Resort into a magical destination. You can visit Opryland for free any day between November 10th and January 1st just to see the interior and exterior lights, or you can pay to do other fun activities.
A Country Christmas at Opryland has tons of activities including:
- Carriage Rides
- ICE!® featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas Story
- Snow Tubing
- Ice Skating
- Santa’s Snow Throw
- Gingerbread Decorating Corner
- and more!
Drive-Thru Dancing Lights of Christmas
November 17, 2017 – December 31, 2017
The 8th annual Dancing Lights of Christmas will be at a new location in 2017 — The James E. Ward Agricultural Center. The light show will run from November 17th to December 31st. This has quickly become a Nashville tradition where attendees pile in a car and drive through an incredible dancing light show, which synchronizes with a special FM radio channel. The cost is $25 per car. The show opens nightly at 5:00pm, even on holidays.
New Location: 945 E Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, TN 37087 (map)
Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood
November 24, 2017 – December 31, 2017
Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood is back again for the third year with over a million twinkling lights across the property. Holiday LIGHTS will open on Friday, November 24th and close on Sunday, December 31st. This holiday series will be open nightly (except Mondays) from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. There will also be real reindeer, s’mores pits, holiday carolers, Santa, gingerbread workshops, and cash bars with wine, beer, and hot chocolate. The Mansion will be decorated as always so be sure to check it out while you’re there. Admission ranges from $9 to $22 for members and $14 to $27 for non-members.
A Christmas Story at TPAC
November 24, 2017 – December 22, 2017
A Christmas Story, a favorite story for many during the holidays, is at TPAC’s Andrew Johnson Theater from November 24th through December 22nd. See this classic movie performed live. This is a fun family outing before Christmas. Tickets range in price starting at $25.
Christmas at the Mansion
November 24, 2017 – December 23, 2017
The Mansion at Fontanel will be open to the public for the first time during the holidays. Tours will take place Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from Friday, November 24th through Saturday, December 23rd. The tours run from 6:00pm to 10:30pm. Guests can expect a cash bar, light food, Dickens carolers, over 40 Christmas trees, and stationed tour guides. Tickets are $35 plus tax.
Sparkle: A Country Christmas Carol
November 25, 2017 – December 23, 2017
Experience Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol like never before at The Fontanel from Saturday, November 25th through Saturday, December 23rd during Sparkle: A Country Christmas Carol. Stroll down the trail of spectacular illuminated lanterns, and enjoy the six-story Christmas trees and music at the end of the journey. Sparkle takes place Thursday through Sunday. Advance tickets are required and range in price.
December 2, 2017 – December 23, 2017
The Nashville Ballet will be performing Nashville’s Nutcracker for the tenth consecutive year from December 2nd through December 23rd at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Dancers will perform sixteen magical shows for audiences. You’ll see beloved characters like the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King, and the Nutcracker. To celebrate a decade of Nashville’s Nutcracker, all-new magical elements will be added, including letting it snow in the audience.
photo credit: Heather Thorne
Nashville Christmas at Fiddle Dee Farms
December 2, 2017 – December 23, 2017
Fiddle Dee Farms in Greenbrier is hosting a new holiday tradition, Nashville Christmas at Fiddle Dee Farms, from December 2nd through December 23rd. Activities and attractions include everything from magical light displays to an elves workshop to a mistletoe kissing booth. Guests can expect to see Santa Claus, enjoy live music, listen to strolling carolers, and visit with the farm animals. Tickets are $13.67 plus tax, and free for children 2 and under.
Tim Rushlow & His Big Band
November 10, 2017 – December 21, 2017
Join Tim Rushlow & His Big Band (a 22-piece big band) for “Swingin’ at the Palace” and “Home for the Holidays” at the Nashville Palace on select weekends during November and December. Guests can expect a high-end atmosphere and recognizable tunes by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, and Bing Crosby. Tickets start at $61.
Top Holiday Parties & Events
- Christmas Tree Lighting – Friday, December 1
- Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 2
- Porter Flea Holiday Market – Saturday, December 9
- Music City Winterfest – Saturday, December 9
- Nashville Santa Rampage – Saturday, December 9
- Dickens of a Christmas – Saturday, December 9 & Sunday, December 10
- Drew & Ellie Holcomb’s Neighborly Christmas – Sunday, December 10
- Tuba Christmas Nashville – Tuesday, December 12
December Running Events
- Rudolph’s Red Nose Run – Saturday, December 2
- 12 South Winter WarmUp – Saturday, December 2
- Jingle Bell Run/Walk – Saturday, December 2
If you are visiting or have guests coming to Nashville for the holidays, make sure to see the Where to Stay in Nashville Guide featuring the best hotels and vacation rentals!