It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Get your calendar ready because we are about to break down our favorite upcoming holiday events, sights, and must do’s in Nashville.
Drum roll, please!
Events organized by start dates.
ICE!® featuring Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! ($19-21, Now until Jan. 1) - Watch how the Grinch tries to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville through interactive ice sculptures and displays.
Ice Tubing at Gaylord Opryland ($18, Now until Jan. 1) - Get ready for heart-pounding thrills as you race friends and family on this 15-foot-high, four-lane ice tubing hill. It’s all the fun of sledding with the added speed of ice and comfort of a specially designed inner tube!
Christmas Lights at Gaylord Opryland (FREE, Now until Jan.1) - Get in the spirit of the season as you discover more than three million dazzling Christmas lights around every bend of the resort.
Ice Skating at Gaylord Opryland ($18, Now until Jan. 1) - Indoor ice rink with more than 7,000 square feet of real ice.
Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas ($100-130, Now until Dec. 25) - Grammy Award-winning Country superstar Trace Adkins will entertain fans with Christmas standards, Celtic classics, and a few of his favorite things.
Drive-Thru Dancing Lights of Christmas ($25 per vehicle, Now until Dec. 31) - Wilson County and the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, home of the Wilson County Fair, will host the Dancing Lights of Christmas this holiday season. With over one and a half million lights dancing to the music on the radio, each visit will be a new experience. It's a great evening for the entire family!
Amy Grant and Vince Gill Christmas at the Ryman ($35-135, Nov. 28 - Dec. 23) - Amy Grant and Vince Gill will return to the Mother Church during the 2018 Christmas season for an unprecedented twelve-night stand of their beloved Christmas at the Ryman. The Nashville Ryman shows are the only place the superstar couple will perform the Christmas show together, making it a destination for fans from far and wide.
Christmas Tree Lighting (FREE) - Nashville Christmas Tree Lighting on the Public Square. This year's ceremony will be a family-friendly winter celebration featuring performances by the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the Lake Providence Missionary Baptist Church Choir, the Nashville Classical Pop Choir, and the Isaiah T. Creswell Middle School of the Arts Choir. Food will be available for purchase from local trucks.
Vintage Market Days® of Nashville ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ ($5-15, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2) - Holiday shopping experience at the Fairgrounds, featuring the best vendors from the Middle Tennessee area, as well as artisans and makers from nearly 20 other states!
Martinis and Mistletoe at Cheekwood ($75) - A music-filled night of dining and dancing to the 24/7 Band and Nashville’s most popular eateries offering their special delights. For a break in the dancing stroll the Cheekwood Holiday Lights and enjoy the festive gardens as part of your evening activities.
Christmas Parade (FREE) - The downtown Nashville Christmas Parade has been a staple of Middle Tennessee’s holiday festivities since November 28, 1927. Perfect for kids!
12 South Winter WarmUp ($0-55) - This is a closed-course road race through the scenic & historic 12South Neighborhood. 1K (kids), 6K & 12K
Nashville’s Ballet Nutcracker ($40-93, Dec. 1-23) - Nashville’s Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition guaranteed to delight the young and young-at-heart.
Reindeer Games: A Christmas Pop-Up Bar (FREE entry, Dec. 1-29) - Holiday pop-up at Headquarters Beercade where the bar will be decked out in holiday decorations. Enjoy creative holiday Christmas drinks.
Porter Flea Holiday Market ($0-25, Dec. 7-8) - Featuring modern handmade goods from the area’s most talented designers, Porter Flea is Nashville’s definitive pop-up event for independent artists, designers, and artisans.
Music City Winterfest ($0-5, Dec. 8-9) - A holiday festival in Centennial Park for the whole family. Grad breakfast with Santa or drinks with friends at the Onesie Brunch. Shop the holiday market for unique gifts from Nashville craft artisans, enjoy live music, treat yourself to food trucks, and so much more!
Music City Santa Dash ($40) - What’s a better way to kick off your Nashville Santa Rampage weekend than with the Music City Santa Dash presented by Rhythm Running. It’s sure to be a 5K Jolly Jog!
Santa Rampage (FREE) - Dress like Santa and participate in a bar crawl among 1,000+ other Santas.
Dickens of Christmas (FREE, Dec.8-9) - The 34th annual free street festival will recreate the time of Charles Dickens using historic downtown Franklin’s Victorian architecture as the backdrop. Some 200 musicians, dancers, and characters will fill the streets, including several from Charles Dickens’s stories.