Nashville Annual December Event Guide

An Annual Event Guide to December Events in Nashville

A list of Annual December Events in Nashville that includes some of the best & most well-liked annual events that take place in and around Nashville in the month of December.

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    From the third week of November until the week after Christmas, Gaylord Opryland Hotel is host to many holiday events including the viewing their spectacular holiday lights, Ice, Breakfast with Charlie Brown, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Treasures for the Holidays to taking a General Jackson Holiday Cruise. It is four weeks of non-stop activities.

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    Take a look at all of the sparkling, twinkling displays that take place annually in Nashville, all in celebration of the Christmas Holiday's. They are enough to keep you coming back for more and year after year.

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    Every year in Middle Tennessee, the old antebellum homes are opened up to the public during the holiday season in grandiose style. One can find these wonderful old homes decorated with plenty authentic holiday items from today & yesteryear.

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    Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland

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    Every weekend beginning mid-November through the 3rd week of  December  at Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland, shoppers can introduce their children to time-honored traditions of making crafts and holiday ornaments. Kids will have fun making moose ornaments, reindeer cone ornaments, Santa bobbers, reindeer hats, candy cane reindeer and Christmas cookies.

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    Belmont Candlelight Tour is a new event that opens the doors of the Historic Belmont Mansion for a tour by the soft, wintry glow of candlelight.

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    The Blair School presents tons of great concerts during the holiday Season and most are free and open to the public so make sure to check their events calendar early on to see what entertainment they have in store for Nashville this year.

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    Brain Matters is an interactive exhibit that has in depth information about the brain, how it works and information about diseases and disorders. This exhibit consists of three stations that allow you to spend as much time as you like delving into the mystery of the human brain. Located in 100 Oaks Mall (upstairs), this free Vanderbilt exhibit is open during regular mall hours.
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    The Buchanan Log House host monthly lectures on the 3rd Sunday of each month. These historical lectures feature a different speaker each month and highlight the people and times that define the local Donelson-Hermitage area. Free and open the public.

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    Staff and students of Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center every year from the first week of November to mid-December host an annual Holiday Season Art Exhibition and Sale.

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    Christmas 4 Kids is held in Hendersonville at the Walmart each year in mid-December and is followed up by a benefit concert normally held at the Ryman Auditorium. The public can tour the buses of some of their favorite country music stars. The Christmas 4 Kids proceeds benefit local needy children during the holiday season.

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    Christmas at Belmont

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    Christmas at Belmont is prestigious annual concert event, normally televised, held at Belmont University that celebrates the holiday season.

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    The Maury County APTA Presents Christmas in Columbia - A 19th Century Historic Home Tour with tours on to more than a dozen Antebellum and Victorian Homes.

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    Every year in early December, the quaint little town of Dickson hosts a Christmas celebration in downtown. This is event normally includes a tree lighting ceremony and live music as well as local merchants opening their doors in welcoming in the holiday season.

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    Christmas on the Cumberland transforms the McGregor Park RiverWalk into a winter wonderland. This magical stroll opens today and runs through New Year's Day.

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    Guests visiting the Zoo during the holiday season can step back in time and experience a traditional Victorian Christmas at the Zoo’s Grassmere Historic Home. Tours are normally held weekends in December.

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    CyberSphere at the Renaissance Center offers very impressive year-round brilliant laser light and planetarium shows with an infinite array of colors, scans the dome with incredible speed, creating some of the most unusual and colorful imagery in the world. Cost is normally under $10.
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    The Dickens of a Christmas event on Franklin's Historic Main Street brings the joy and charm of an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas recreated from the pages of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and other Dickens' tales. More than 200 volunteers participate in this weekend event as characters from Dickens' stories or street performers.

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    Traditional country music fans have the opportunity to enjoy a very talented line-up at the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, which broadcasts LIVE from the landmark Texas Troubadour Theatre (2416 Music Valley Drive, Nashville) every Saturday night beginning at midnight. Admission to these shows is FREE and many artists typically stick around after the show to sign autographs in the lobby.

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    For under $10.00 a carload, you can drive through a winter wonderland of lights and Christmas scenery at the Wilson County Fair Grounds. Normally open each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in December.

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    Every month, local art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings with most all offering free wine and other refreshments. As an added bonus, they also provide free shuttles between the galleries!
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    Presented by Downtown Clarksville Association, each ArtWalk event is normally held on the first Thursday of the month and highlights local artists at the many boutiques, restaurants & of course the Roxy in Downtown Clarksville Folks can enjoy local art on display in various venues.
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    On the first Friday of every month in and around downtown Franklin you can tour the downtown Franklin art scene with their Franklin Tour of the Arts. This evening tour is normally free and, as an added bonus, you can always get unlimited pick-up and drop-off service on their trolly service for a minimum charge too.
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    Normally held on the first Saturday of each month, The Frist Center offers a monthly Architecture Tour for those interested in learning more about this Nashville landmark building–the former Downtown Nashville post office and a prominent Nashville architectural treasure from the Art Deco period.
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    The Frist Center for the Visual Arts are host to Senior Mondays - a series of events for those who admit their "senior" status. On these days, gallery admission is 50% off of regular admission for seniors. Special gallery talks, activities, and other discounts are also normally scheduled for/on Senior Mondays too. Senior Mondays are normally held on the third Monday of the month.

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    The Grand Ole Opry, one of the worlds longest running radio shows, normally offers several live shows a week including shows every Friday & Saturday Night as well as a Tuesday Night show. Every year, in late fall, the show leave the Grand Ole Opry House (photos) and returns to the Ryman Auditorium Stage (photos) for a few months, normally from November - January.

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    Everyone has the opportunity to participate in making wreaths and decorations in the style of the early 1800's at this Overton Home. Visitors can join in the more holiday celebrations at Travellers Rest during the entire month of December.

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    Every year, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau complies a listing of some of Nashville's best holiday entertainment and events.

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    Every Saturday until Christmas you can visit the Holiday Market at the Nashville Farmers Market it's offering cool-weather farm products and hand-made local crafts, locally made honey, meat, eggs, breads, and tons more.

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    Jump in the car, take a drive into the country and pull off for a refreshing stop at Larry’s Country Diner. Join the folks at the “diner” set for some spontaneous music, guests and a full order of fun. Reservations to Larry’s Country Diner are free although they always tend to go extremely fast.
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    Explore what's happening this month at one of the many Nashville Metro Parks. Metro parks offers a variety of programs and events throughout Davidson County - there's something for everyone!
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    Enjoy some of Nashville's most accomplished and celebrated artists as they perform at the Frist Center on Thursday and Friday evenings. Musicians performing classical, jazz, Latin, Americana, bluegrass and environmental electronic music, as well as some of the area's accomplished singer/songwriters, contribute their talents to the Frist Center each week.
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    The Music City Bowl, held in late December, is a NCAA sanctioned event that features the two top football conferences in the country, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the Big TEN Conference. Every year, hundreds of amateur athletes participate in the Bowl and all of the special activities that Music City, USA provides during their Bowl Week experience.

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    Featuring some of Music City’s most talented up-and-coming artists, Music City On Stage! is packed with a wide range of hits and styles, showcasing why Nashville really is Music City! Held at the Studio Gallery at Fontanel each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9p.m. Tickets include entry to the show, a home-cooked meal and a voucher (good for one year) to tour Fontanel Mansion. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

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    Music City Roots is a weekly show built on the Americana music scene and the legacy of WSM's historic roots in live radio. It airs every Wednesday night from live from the Loveless Barn and features three to four artists in 30-minute segments, followed by a free-form "Loveless Jam."

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    MusicFest is the ultimate party atmosphere downtown the night before the Music City Bowl game. Thousands of fans will converge on world-famous 2nd Avenue for the outdoor party featuring SEC & ACC pep bands and cheerleaders. Admission is Free! Open to the general public.
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    For over 50 years, the Rudolph's Red Nose Christmas Parade has taken place in downtown Nashville. The parade is normally held the first weekend of December.

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    Held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, the Nashville Flea Market is known as one of the best Flea Markets in Tennessee and offers a relaxing day of wandering and discovery for the entire family.Nashville Flea Market is open on the fourth weekend of every month except for December when it's usually held a week earlier.

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    The Nashville Predators Hockey Season usually kicks off its regular schedule in October and it normally runs into early April.

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    Natchez Hills Vineyard and Nashville Unleashed pair their passions for wine, music, and cuisine in unprecedented fashion, offering music enthusiasts a truly unique and mesmerizing concert experience by centering it all around an up-close-and-personal weekly acoustical performance and dinner concert, known as Nashville Unleashed. It's the perfect date night!
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    Metro Nashville Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Division collects donated toys for its annual Christmas Basket Program every year in early December at theNashville Zoo. As a bonus the Zoo normally offers complimentary Nashville Zoo admission ticket for every new toy donated.
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    New Year Eve

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    Nashville is known around the world as Music City U.S.A. and there is always, every day, plenty of live music to be heard. So you can bet that when New Year's Eve rolls around that you will find a ton of musicians lined-up to perform within the boundaries of Nashville - every year!
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    North Pole Express Excursion Train rides into the Tennessee Central Railway Museum bringing Santa along too. Check their website for schedule and additional excursion dates. Expect tickets to go fast!

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    The show that made country music famous returns to its most famous former home, the historic Ryman Auditorium with a special wintertime run every November. The annual series typically runs November through the end of January.

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    Poet’s Corner at Scarritt-Bennett Center offers a monthly poetry reading on the fourth Thursday of each month . The environment is informal, and conversation between the poet and audience is encouraged. Normally held at The Front Porch at Scarritt-Bennett from 7-8 p.m, the event is Free and open to the public. Reservations are requested but not required.
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    This all day event, hosted by Key Alliance, is set in a centralized location where the homeless can come to receive medical care, food, clothing, haircuts, employment help, legal advice, housing, pet care, and much more.  Volunteers are always needed and this event is usually scheduled for early to mid-December

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    Cheekwood Mansion showcases the sights and sounds of the season as their many gardens and Museum of Art become a holiday fantasy with their lavishly decorated grounds, trees, and rooms. Open for the entire month of December.

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    The Second Saturday Book Sale is monthly book sale that offers plenty of great deals on books each month. This monthly event is held at the Donelson Public Library Branch, located at 2315 Lebanon Road, on the 2nd Saturday of each month - normally from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
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    Several times every month, Nashville Shakespeare Festival gathers to read one of the works of William Shakespeare. Normally, the readings are held at the Nashville Public Library on the first Saturday of the month (sometimes even the 2nd too) and readings at the Brentwood Library are generally held on the third Saturday.

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    Join in on the free fun at Fort Negley on the last Saturday of each month at 2 pm for feature presentations on the big screen. It’s free and open to the public!
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    Songs for the Cure hosts several benefits throughout the year and offers folks not only a way to help others but also a chance to listen to some amazing music by some of Nashville’s best songwriters and musicians.
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    Celebrate Tennessee's State Parks! Discover miles of scenic waterways and acres of pristine land. Activities range from hikes, outdoor events, and family-friendly fun to weekend getaways and more.

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    Titans Season usually kicks off its pre-season games in August with its regular schedule running from September into January.

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    Vespers & All that Jazz offers community worship services for all ages every Sunday evening in Scarritt-Bennett Center’s Wightman Chapel. Inspired by jazz as a process of making music and using the music as a way to experience the interruptive spirit of God, Vespers & All That Jazz encourages compassion, peace, justice and wonder. The services are informal and last approximately 45 minutes.

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    The historic Belle Meade mansion is decorated for the holidays every year and normally portrays an old-fashioned holiday. Opens the first week of November and ends on the last day of December.

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    The Watkins Visiting Artists Series is an annual year-long program which welcomes nationally and internationally recognized fine artists, designers, filmmakers, educators and critics to the campus and the community. The series explores the artisits and their work through by hosting lectures and art exhibits.
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    Yule Fest and Living History Camp at Mansker’s Station is normally held at Moss Wright Park in Goodlettsville in the first week of December. Re-enactors celebrate the customs of a Colonial Christmas. The reconstruction fort’s cabins are dressed for Christmas with fresh evergreens, ribbons, fruit and candles. Go from cabin to cabin, or throughout the encampment, for refreshments, stories and demonstrations.



If I've overlooked your favorite Annual December Event in Nashville or if you need me to update, add to, or change one of our current listings, please contact me anytime - Thanks Jan