• Kristen Moore

Nashville Christmas Guide 2021

Updated: Nov 23

It's Christmas time in Tennessee! There are so many fun celebrations around Nashville this season. I will be updating the list throughout the season. Make sure to tag @NashvilleLittles on Instagram throughout the holidays!


Check out these gift guides:

Toddler Top 10

Infant Top 10

Montessori Ideas

Sensory Play

Favorite Books

Christmas Books

Fine Motor Ideas


So. Much. Christmas. at Gaylord Orpryland

November 19-Jan 2, Nightly

Gaylord Opryland's Christmas celebration is our family's favorite event of the year! They have SO much to offer this year for every age! First, walking the hotel is a must. It is decorated beautifully and is sure to impress the whole family. They have also added a pop-up Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf experience. In addition there is ice skating, ice bumper cars, ice tubing, Rudolph's Holly Jolly Breakfast, gingerbread decorating, kid train rides and more! Check their website to see all the experiences you can can have this year- bundle to save! If you are considering a staycation, this time of year is gorgeous!


North Pole Express Santa Excursion Train

November 2-December 18

Take a ride to the North Pole on a train from the Tennessee Central Railway Museum. You can visit with Santa and his elves on this two hour round trip! There are refreshments and souvenirs on board!


Bass Pro Shop Santa

November 7-December 24

Bass Pro Shop is a fun and free way to visit Santa. There are also activities for the little to participate in after or before. Remember that you must reserve your time slot online.


Dancing Lights of Christmas

November 12-January 2

For the 12th consecutive season, Dancing Lights of Christmas returns to the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. Hop in your car and enjoy Tennessee's largest synchronized light and music show with 2.5 miles of lights and music! Saturday's are the busiest day of the week, but they are open 7 days if you want a shorter wait. Tickets are $30 per car.


The Mall at Green Hills Santa's Arrival Kickoff Party

November 13

Join The Mall at Green Hills and Nashville Soccer Club as we welcome Santa to Nashville! There will be games, crafts, snacks, live music, and jolly good fun for the whole family. A special appearance will even be made by Santa himself!


Cookie Decorating at American Girl Store

November 18

Celebrate the season with a sweet treat! Get creative by decorating fall holiday cookies with festive frosting and sprinkles. Then take them home in a to-go box that she can embellish with stickers.


Winterfest at the Fountains

November 19-January 3

What represents winter magic more than ice skating? The Fountains at Gateway is being transformed into a vibrant winter wonderland ice skating rink. Visit the shops, eat and skate for a night of family fun!


Holiday Market at Two Rivers Mansion

November 19-20

Join Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas and the Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce for our annual Holiday Market at the Mansion. Located at the Historic Two Rivers Mansion, come shop with over 40+ vendors, enjoy food trucks, live music, kid's craft area, and pictures with Santa.


Cheekwood Holiday Lights

November 20-January 9 (Nightly 5-10 PM)

Cheekwood's Holiday Lights is a family favorite tradition. Take in the beauty of the holiday season with their one mile walk of lights glowing throughout the garden. You can also view live Reindeer and visit their new Children's Wonderland that will be decorated with 17 towering colorful light displays. The classic smores station, poinsettia tree and train display will be available as well.


Franklin Maker's Market

November 20

Enjoy an afternoon of free, family-friendly holiday festivities at the Franklin Makers Market Holiday Market! Kick off the holiday season in our winter wonderland complete with over 50 craft and artisans vendors, tasty treats, kids activities, a photo booth, a cocktail bar and more!


Snow Sister Visits at Cool Springs Galleria

November 23

Character visits near the Santa set. Come meet Elsa for free!


Franktown Lights

November 25- December 26

Open every night of the week, enjoy a mile of beautiful holiday lights set to classic Christmas music! Admission is from 5-9 nightly and prices range depending on car size.


Chad's Winter Wonderland

November 25-December 31

One of the nation’s largest displays of Christmas lights with nearly 2 million lights in a variety of displays.


London's Lights

November 25-December 31

London’s Lights is a nonprofit organization that provides a beautiful Christmas Light display and facilitates toy donations to under resourced families and children’s hospitals. It was birthed out of the tragic loss of our daughter London Jade Henn.


Elves and the Shoemakers at Children's Theatre

November 26-December 18

How did a down on her luck shoemaker become the Queen of Clog Couture? You’ll have to experience Frieda Schuhwerk’s hilarious and heartwarming rags to riches “story within a story” for yourself. Follow a new trainee at Frieda’s Fantabulous Footwear as they learn about The Boss and the company’s mysterious, and potentially magical, secret.


Holiday Wonders at Bowie Park

November 26-January 9

Mark your calendars, gather a carload of friends and family and prepare to be amazed at the first ever drive-thru holiday light show at Bowie Park. Holiday Wonders at Bowie Park kicks off on Friday, November 26th and will run from 6 to 10 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday of the Holiday Season.


Marshmallow Hike

November 27, December 23, 28, 31

Are you looking for something to do with the family during the holidays or an excuse to get out of the house by yourself? How does a nice hike in the winter woods followed by hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows sound? Come by Owl’s Hill for our annual Marshmallow and Hot Chocolate Hikes.


A Christmas Place

November 28-Decmber 24

Meet the Grinch every Sunday, visit Santa throughout the week and enjoy the Christmas scenery!


Loveless Café Photos with Santa

December 1

Hot chocolate and photos in the Harpeth Room with Santa from 4-8. More information to come soon!


Christmas Open House at Tennessee Agricultural Museum

December 2

A free family friendly event!


North Pole Express at Saddle Woods Farms

December 2

We are so excited to welcome back The North Pole Express event this Christmas. To make it even sweeter, we are joining together with The Special Kids organization and will be donating all proceeds to them. We will have crafts of all kinds, music, food, train rides, photos with Snta and TONS more!


Lighting the Square in Downtown Franklin

December 3

Come see Santa and light the square!


Murfreesboro Tree Lighting

December 3

Bring a toy for the toy drive, see Santa and more!


Kiwanis Club Annual Christmas Parade

December 4

The Kiwanis Club of Historic Downtown Franklin, will host their annual Christmas parade in Historic Downtown Franklin on December 4, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:30 and will feature over 100 entries, including floats, bands, community groups, and businesses, all celebrating the Christmas season and heralding the arrival of Santa Claus.


John P. Holt Brentwood Library Morning with Santa

December 4

Update your wish list and bring your kiddies because Santa Clause is coming to The Brentwood Library for the 30th edition of Morning with Santa! Kids will be able to meet Santa, enjoy games, and more. 9AM-12 PM


Clarksville Christmas Parade

December 4

Come check out the annual Christmas parade. Starts at 5 PM!


Old Fashioned Christmas in Bell Buckle

December 4, 11, 18

Enjoy sleigh rides with Santa, carolers, a s’mores pit and the look and feel of an Old Fashioned Christmas


Columbia Main Street Parade & Tree Lighting

December 4

The City of Columbia, in partnership with the Columbia Main Street Corporation, invites you to attend the annual Columbia Main Street Parade and Tree Lighting at 6:00 PM.


Personalized Holiday Art at Brilliant Sky Toy Store

December 4

We are so excited to be welcoming back the immensely talented local artist Lindsay Parriott for a unique event! Lindsay creates beautiful hand lettered and personalized Christmas tree art while you wait!


Annual Christmas Parade in College Grove

December 5

Join us again this year for the Annual College Grove Christmas Parade. Come celebrate with us and welcome in the holiday season.


Hendersonville Christmas Parade

December 5

Smile and wave as your whole family enjoy a parade of marching bands, horse-drawn floats, and of course, your favorite Christmas characters brought together with love by local families, businesses, and community organizations.


Brentwood Christmas Tree Lighting

December 6

Join us for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library, Monday, December 6 at 5:30 pm. The evening will be filled with special music and holiday treats.


The Blue Barn & Garden Winter Festival

December 10-12

Inflatables, fashion, food, music, food trucks and more! Pancakes and pictures with Santa too!


Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt

December 10

The grounds of Eastern Flank Battlefield Park are sprinkled with candy canes ready to be eaten...grab your flashlight and help us hunt for the holiday treats! Kids will decorate treat bags for their candy canes before the hunt. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Participants must bring a flashlight, and all other supplies will be provided.


Gingerbread Decorating at American Girl

December 10

Take part in one of the season’s tastiest traditions in an event your family will love—decorate a gingerbread house! This festive activity will include everything your girl needs to make a one-of-a-kind holiday centerpiece with gingerbread pieces, frosting, and lots of candy decorations.


Let Your Light Shine! Christmas Parade in Downtown Dickson

December 11

Join us for the Downtown Dickson Christmas parade! This year's theme is "Let Your Light Shine!"


La Vergne Parade of Lights

December 11

Lineup for the Parade of Lights is at 4:00 p.m. at La Vergne City Hall. The parade begins at City Hall and ends at Veterans Memorial Park, where the tree lighting ceremony and a fireworks show will take place. The festival will include ice skating, Christmas Carols, pictures with Santa, snacks, craft vendors & more.


Christmas in the Park

December 11

Join your friends and neighbors under the pavilion at Pegram Park for a roaring fire, hot cocoa, chili, music, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. 4:30-8:00 PM


Leiper's Fork Christmas Parade

December 11

Go checkout the wackiest Christmas parade around! 3-5 PM


Mt. Juliet Christmas Parade

December 11

Saturday from 1-4 PM. Come out and see the Christmas fun!


Santa at Fountains of Gateway

December 11

9-12 AM! Register to reserve your spot.


Murfreesboro Christmas Parade

December 12

This fun parade returns this year! Check out the route and come see the Christmas fun.


Dickens of a Christmas

December 11-12

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s 36th Annual Dickens of a Christmas is Middle Tennessee’s largest outdoor Christmas festival, returning this year from Saturday, December 11, 2021 – Sunday, December 12, 2021.


Breakfast with Santa at the Aquarium Restaurant

December 11 & 19

Bring your family, friends and your letter for Santa. He may be swimming around in the tank during your visit!


Santa Cares with We Rock the Spectrum Gym

December 12

Cool Springs Galleria is teaming up with We Rock The Spectrum Gym, Cherry Hill Programs and Autism Speaks to host Santa Cares, a sensory-friendly event for children and family members with all spectrums of special needs to enjoy the time-honored tradition of the Santa Photo Experience in a calming environment prior to public hours. We want this to be an opportunity for families to visit and capture keepsake photo memories with Santa, so sensory triggers such as music, bright lights, and mall traffic will be muted.


Meet Olaf & Anna at Cool Springs Mall

December 14

Come meet the characters near the Santa set for free!


The Nutcracker

December 15-24

The greatest gift to give or get, the holiday season simply isn’t complete without the magic of Nashville’s Nutcracker―LIVE at TPAC this December! Experience the unforgettable magic of Music City’s favorite holiday tradition and rediscover your favorite characters like Clara, Drosselmeyer, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Madam Bonbon, and more!


A Charlie Brown Christmas- Live on Stage!

December 16-22

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage is a fresh take on the timeless classic that gives the audience a completely new way of experiencing the storyline as portrayed by real actors who maintain the integrity and spirit of each ‘Peanuts’ character.


Winter Solstice Celebration at Warner Parks

December 17

Our annual Winter Solstice Celebration is back! Join us for wreathmaking, warming campfires, music, a luminary trail, and a host of activities celebrating the beginning of winter.


Reindeer Blitz in Downtown Dickson

December 18

Families can bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate and help load with Santa, visit with his elves, and see his reindeer!


Private Shop & Meet Santa at American Girl

December 18

Share a holiday experience that includes a jolly “ho-ho-ho!” Santa is coming to the store, and he can’t wait to meet you and your girl—so grab your girl’s wish list and get a jump on your holiday shopping at this private shopping event. Children will enjoy a festive penguin craft followed by holiday cookie decorating. Your girl will be able to take her cookie creations home in a to-go box that she can embellish with stickers.

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