Saturday, December 7 - Monday, December 23
There’s always an appreciative audience at this run of the classic Tchaikovsky holiday ballet, mainly because the kids in the cast pack the crowd with relatives. Even if you don’t have a dog in the hunt, Nashville’s Nutcracker is always entertaining, with talented dancers, great music, and a few local jokes and visual puns thrown in to keep things interesting. Don’t be surprised to see the Sugar Plum Fairy riding in a pedal tavern.
Cost: $53 and up
Saturday, December 7
Last year’s parade was a little contentious with Kid Rock kicked out of the Grand Marshal's seat the day before the floats rolled. Hopefully everyone can get along a little better this year for one of the most beloved traditional kick-offs of the holiday season in Music City. Set up somewhere along the side of Lower Broad to get a good view of the floats, bands, and performance groups marching by.
Saturday, December 7
Unlike a lot of holiday events, this family-friendly singalong starts at 10am with an hour of kids’ activities before the show begins at 11. Kids of all ages are invited to follow Buddy the Elf’s advice: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” The backing band is the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, so they’re pretty talented.
Cost: $49 and up
Select nights December 11 - 23
Either member of the husband and wife powerhouse team of country stars Vince Gill and Amy Grant could probably run for mayor of Nashville and win since they’re both so beloved. Every year, they crave out part of December on their busy touring calendars to entertain their fellow Nashvillians with a multi-night residency at the Ryman. This year’s special guest is Rodney Crowell, so it should be really special!
Cost: $75 and up
Thursday, December 12 - Sunday, December 15
If you thought the Nashville Shakespeare Festival only puts on summer performances in local parks, surprise! They’re also putting on a winter show featuring all your favorite Christmas stories crammed into one 90-minute narrative. Stay alert, because the three actors in this production switch characters constantly to bring to life some of your favorite personalities like Scrooge, Frosty the Snowman, and Yukon Cornelius.
Saturday, December 14
Unless you already own a Santa suit and like hanging with hundreds of faux St. Nicks crawling around the bars of Lower Broad, you might consider this calendar entry to be more of a warning than a suggestion. Or join them. It's your life.