Nashville Holiday Events Guide from Nashville Moms Blog! :: 2018


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Nashville! Is it just us or did the city collectively get in the holiday spirit earlier than usual?  Enjoy our yearly roundup of holiday events happening in the Nashville area.  This is our biggest Christmas guide yet! You may notice one familiar event that’s missing. Sunnyside Lights in Brentwood has decided to majorly downsize this year as the event was drawing too much traffic to the neighborhood. They will still have some lights, but not the spectacle that it’s been in years past. If you decide to pass through anyway, please enjoy the remaining lights from your car, and do not get out to walk around.

*PLEASE NOTE* that many of these events require tickets. Please check before heading out! 

November 16th – December 31st, Open nightly at 5pm
$25 per vehicle (non commercial)
$25 per church van/bus
$50 for commercial vehicles
Tour groups are per person.
They accept all major credit cards.

Lights on Old Charlotte: (Franklin)
Thanksgiving Day to Christmas Day. 4:30pm-10pm daily.
Enjoy 60,000 computerized lights! Donations accepted to benefit Graceworks Ministries, an organization that helps neighbors in need.

Chad’s Winter Wonderland
Thanksgiving night through New Year’s Eve, 6pm – 10pm daily (weather permitting)
Open our regular hours Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
$15/vehicle ($20/Limos & Passenger Vans)
9’ Clearance
No debit or credit cards

Cheekwood Holiday Lights
November 23rd – December 30th :: Closed Christmas Day
Open daily from 5pm – 10pm
Make sure to get your tickets here

Opryland Lights
November 9th – January 1st

Nashville Christmas Lights Tour

Holiday Lights Tour – First Impression Limos

Christmas Experience – Alpha Limos

Holiday Lights Tour – Allstar Limos

Holley Trolley Light Tour

Hello Trolley Light Tour

November 9th – January 1st

ICE!® featuring Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
November 9th – January 1st
Make sure to get your tickets here

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
November 16th – December 28th
The Grand Ole Opry House
Buy tickets here

November 9th – January 1st

Ice skating
Dates vary

Gingerbread Decorating Corner
Dates Vary 

A Trace Adkins Christmas
November 16th – December 25th

Christmas Carriage Rides
Through January 1st

Delta Riverboat Christmas Cruise
Dates vary

Santa Spinners (Spinning Tea Cups)
Dates vary

Kid’s Christmas Train 
Dates vary

Museum Members Holiday Reception
November 23rd

Singing in Harmony for Beginners: Holiday Style
December 1st

Family Program: Country Sunshine Ornaments
December 8th

Cookie Decorating and Ornament Making
December 9th

Beginner Fiddle Workshop: Holiday Classics
December 15th

Songwriting 101: Holiday Style
December 22nd

Cheekwood Holiday Lights
November 23rd – December 30th :: Closed Christmas Day
Open daily from 5pm – 10pm
Make sure to get your tickets here

Martinis and Mistletoe
November 30th

Gingerbread House Decorating
Multiple Dates

Members Only Breakfast With Santa
Multiple Dates

Paint a Ceramic Ornament
Multiple Dates


A Christmas Story 
November 23rd – December 22nd

The Hip Hop Nutcracker
November 24th

The Nutcracker
December 1st – 23rd

The Nashville Symphony

Martina McBride: The Joy of Christmas
November 29th – December 1st

The Grinch Christmas Sing-A-Long
December 1st

Dave Barnes Presents A Very Merry Christmas
December 2nd

Home Alone In Concert With the Nashville Symphony
December 5th and 6th

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Big Band Holidays
December 7th

Guerrero Conducts Handel’s Messiah
December 13th – 16th

Drew and Ellie Holcomb’s Neighborly Christmas
December 17th and December 22nd

Michael W. Smith: Christmas with the Nashville Symphony
December 18th

An Elvis Christmas with the Nashville Symphony
December 19th and 20th

Keith & Kristyn Getty – Sing! An Irish Christmas
December 21st

Oak Ridge Boys Christmas
December 23rd

The Ryman Auditorium 

Michael McDonald
November 21st

Amy Grant and Vince Gill
Multiple dates

The Brian Setzer Orchestra
December 2nd

Andrew Peterson: Behold The Lamb of God 
Multiple dates

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
December 24th

Chaffin’s Barn

Elf, The Musical
November 15th – December 22nd

The Franklin Theater

The Franklin Theater has a great assortment of Christmas movies during the holiday season! The following is a list of films they will be featuring. Please check their website for dates and times!

Christmas Vacation
The Polar Express
Miracle on 34th Street
The Bishop’s Wife
It’s A Wonderful Life

Capitol Theater

November 20th

Christmas Vacation
December 4th

The Muppet Christmas Carol
December 11th

The Polar Express
December 18th

Belcourt Theater

It’s A Wonderful Life
December 21st – 25th

Love, Light, and Latkes at the Jewish Community Center
December 9th

Christmas Cruise on the General Jackson
Through December 25th

The Nashville Christmas Parade
December 1st

Music City Winterfest
December 8th and 9th

Fannie Battle Caroling for Kids
December 1-24
“Since 1916, volunteers have caroled throughout the Nashville community for the benefit of Fannie Battle Day Home for Children. Today, that tradition continues through both caroling door-to-door as well as a variety of other creative endeavors.”

North Pole Express Santa Excursion
Multiple dates


A Camerata Christmas
December 10th

Christmas Cabaret
December 20th

Christmas Dinner
December 7th

Noel, Notes, and Nibbles
December 8th

Christmas at Belmont
December 1st and 2nd

The Fontanel

A Tuna Christmas
November 30th – December 16th

Christmas At The Mansion
Fridays and Saturday; November 30th – December 16th

Downtown Franklin

Dickens Of A Christmas Festival
December 8th & 9th

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When I moved to Nashville when I was 11, I never knew how deep my roots would run here! I attended Belmont University (Go Bruins!) where I met my husband David. We were married in 2008, and 4 months later, he was off to Iraq for a year. A couple of years after he returned home, we had our first daughter, Madeline, who is a lively redhead that keeps us on our toes! Any and all rumors you've ever heard about the nature of redheads are in fact true. Our second little girl, Violet, was born in July of this year and is the sweetest little addition. Before having children, I worked as a pediatric nurse for 7 years, and last year worked at two Williamson County high schools as a Health Science teacher. I will once again be staying home with the birth of our second daughter. I am new to the world of blogging, but look forward to the experience of getting to share stories, tips and advice with other local moms!


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