101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Nashville - 2019 | Kids Out and About Nashville

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Nashville - 2019

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Santa Sightings

November 1 - December 24  Visit Santa at Opry Mills
December 14, 21  Breakfast With Santa at Rainforest Cafe
December 14, 15, 21, 22  Breakfast With Santa at the Aquarium Restaurant
December 7  Holiday Open House at the Discovery Museum: Free admission!
December 14  Leipers Fork Christmas Parade
Saturdays thru December 21 and December 24 Santa's Wonderland With Free Photos at Bass Pro Shops 
December 7, 14, 21  Breakfast With Santa at the Nashville Farmer's Market 
December 21  Santa at Fireflies
November 23  Sparkle Night
December 7  Breakfast With Santa at the Belmont Mansion
November 25  Smyrna Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 7  La Vergne Parade of Lights (free photos with Santa!)
December 6  Dinner With Santa at Chick-Fil-A Smyrna
December 7  Have A Holly Jolly Christmas Breakfast at Stars & Strikes
Daily, November 9 - December 24  Santa Photos at River Gate Mall
Daily, November 9 -December 24  Click With Ol St. Nick at Stones River Town Center
December 5, 12, 19  Storytime With Santa at Governor's Square Mall
December 7  Breakfast With Santa and Mrs Claus at Governor's Square Mall
November 30  Stuff the Truck For Toys For Tots at Learning Express Toys
Various Dates in December  Santa Comes To Learning Express
December 7  Christmas Downtown
November 7 - December 24  Santa's Flight Academy
December 20  Jingle Bounce: Cookies With Santa at BounceU



Old-Time Christmas

December 14  Franklin's Dickens Of A Christmas
December 7, 14, 21  Bell Buckle Old Fashioned Christmas
December 7, 8  Covington's Dickens Christmas On the Square
November 29 - January 5  Christmas Tours at the Belmont Mansion
December 7 Christmas Open House and Candelight Tour at Historic Sam Davis House


Light Displays

November 23 - January 5  Holiday Lights at Cheekwood 
November 22 - December 31  GLOW Nashville
December 1 - 15  Ultimate Party Festival of Lights
December 14  Deck the Hulls Boat Parade 
Every night in December  Gill's Bright Lights
Daily, November 8 - January 1  The Lights At Opryland
November 16 - January 4 Dancing Lights of Christmas at Jellystone
December 7, 8 Hillsboro-West End Holiday Lights Carriage Tours and Jolly Trolly Rides



Holiday Theatre

December 24  Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
December 4  Trans-Siberian Orchestra
November 29 - December 22  Patrick Barlow's A Christmas Carol
December 7 - 23  Nashville Nutcracker
December 13-15  Amahl and the Night Visitors
November 29 - December 21  A Tuna Christmas at Chaffin's Barn
December 5 - 21  Sanders Family Christmas
Friday/Saturdays December 6 - 21  Jingle All the Way at Chaffin's Barn
November 16 - December 27 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical


Holiday Concerts

December 9  A Christmas Camerata at Belmont Mansion
December 15  Handel's Messiah with the Nashville Community Choir Free Concert
December 2  The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas ROCKS
Various Dates in December  Christmas at the Ryman: Amy Grant and Vince Gill
December 4  Trans-Siberian Orchestra
December 28  Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
December 5, 6, 7  Kellie Pickler in Music City Christmas
December 7  Holiday Spectacular and Sing-Along
December 8  A Very Merry Christmas With Dave Barnes and Friends
December 9  Drew and Ellie Holcomb's Neighborly Christmas
December 10  Michael W Smith Christmas With the Nashville Symphony
December 12, 13  Home Alone In Concert With the Nashville Symphony
December 15 Music City Carol Sing
December 19 - 22 Handel's Messiah With the Nashville Symphony
December 23 Sing: An Irish Christmas


Christmas Tree Experience

Daily, from Nov 23 - Dec 14 Wildwood Christmas Tree Farm
Opens Nov 22; phone orders available Nov 11 Santa's Christmas Trees
Weekends, Thanksgiving - Christmas Blackjack Farm Christmas Trees
Weekends starting November 23 Country Cove Christmas Tree Farm
Nov 27 and weekends through Dec 8 Christmas Tree Adventures
Black Friday until sold out Lazy Spread Tree Farm
First 3 weekends after Thanksgiving Rhonda & Chris' Tree Farm
Black Friday - December 21 Erin's Tree Farm


Ice Skating

Ford Ice Center
Centennial Sportsplex
Brentwood Skate Center 
Rivergate Skate Center



December 15  Shine Bright: Hanukkah Fest at the Gordon JCC
December 1  Hanukkah Prep Craft Party
December 12  Murfreesboro Hanukkah Party


Shopping & Craft Fairs

December 20  Holiday Night Market at the Nashville Farmers Market
December 1  12 South Farmers Market Holiday Pop-Up 
December 7  Hollyday Market
December 7  Shabby Lane's Holiday Spendor
November 23  Stewarts Creek HS Holiday Market
November 15, 16  Made South Holiday Market
November 15, 16  Christmas Village
Weekends in December  East Nashville Holiday Market
December 6 - 8  Vintage Market Days
December 14  Porter Flea Holiday Market 


New Year's Eve

December 31  Happy Noon Year at the Adventure Science Center
December 31  New Year's Eve in Nashville
December 31  Midnight at Noon at SOAC
December 31  Countdown To Noon at the Discovery Center
December 30, 31  New Years Balloon Countdown at BounceU



Dec 7  Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays at Dave and Busters in Opry Mills
Nov 30 and Saturdays in December Regal Holiday Classic Movies at Opry Mills
December 14 Fairview Storybook Christmas Parade
December 7 Nashville Christmas Parade
December 14  Spring Hill Christmas Parade 
December 8  Hendersonville Christmas Parade
December 7  Goodlettsville Christmas Parade
November 23  Disney Frozen 2: Join the Journey at Walmart
December 20  Decorate A Gingerbread House at Gateway Island
December 2  Breakfast With Santa at Readyville Mill
Entries accepted until Nov 30; Contest Dec 7  Christmas Caroling Contest at River Gate Mall 
December 7, 15, 24,   Cookie Decorating With Mrs Claus at American Girl
December 7, 11, 13  Sounds of the Season at Stones River Town Center
December 7, 8, 15  Crafts and Cocoa With Mrs Claus
December 3  Gingerbread House Workshop at SOAC
December 13  "Nightmare Before Christmas" Party at SOAC
Viewing party: Dec 5; Public viewing through Dec 24  Festival of Trees
December 8  Walk Through Bethlehem
December 6 - 8  Festival of Nativities  
December 13, 14  Journey To Bethlehem Live Drive-Thru Nativity
Throughout December  25 Days of Discovery at the Discovery Center


If we're missing an activity that should be on our list, please email Debra Ross, publisher of KidsOutAndAbout.com and BeyondTheNest.com at ross@kidsoutandabout.com. Please make sure to include a link to the event when you email. Thank you!