‘Tis the season to be jolly.
As trees are getting decorated, the candles on the menorahs are being lit and cocoa is mixed, Nashville enters the holiday season.
For those looking for holiday activities in Nashville, the city has much to offer including chilly attractions, various performances, historic carriage rides, vibrant Christmas lights, Hanukkah celebrations and more.
Christmas at Gaylord Opryland is an opportunity for students to kick off the season and slip on their holiday stockings.
On top of the resort’s ICE! experience, visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy ice skating, a three-course dinner made by the resort's chefs, snow tubing, breakfast with Charlie Brown and the Delta Riverboat Christmas cruise. There will also be a space for decorating gingerbread houses, meeting Santa and even taking a carriage ride.
These festivities opened on Nov. 10 and will last until Jan. 1.
Concerts at Belmont University’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts include: "This is Jesus: A Christmas Worship Concert with Tauren Wells, Katy Nichole and Jordan Smith,” “Hope for the Holidays: An Evening with Louis York and Friends,” Zach Williams’ “I Don’t Want Christmas to End, The Illusionists - Magic of the Holidays” and “Michael W. Smith Christmas Live in Nashville.”
Tickets are available on the Fisher Center’s website.
Sleighing down the road, Franklin’s Dickens of a Christmas festival is designed to reflect the victorian times of Charles Dickens and is filled with dancers and characters in costumes.
There will be wood carving, yarn spinning and food trucks of all kinds.
Once the festivities wrap up in Franklin, Lebanon is hosting The Dancing Lights of Christmas for $30 per car, from Nov. 10 to Dec. 31.
And if you’re a Bruin on a budget, The Dancing Lights of Christmas can also be experienced by just going for a drive through Nashville neighborhoods and looking at all the lights.
Harking the heralds and jingling those bells, the Parthenon’s Candlelight Holiday Special features “The Nutcracker” and is taking place on Dec. 3 and 17. Ticket prices range from $30 to $66.50.
For those looking to celebrate Hanukkah, Butcher & Bee hosts a Hanukkah celebration feast each year in East Nashville on Dec. 8 and 9.
Serving up bottomless latkes and a four-course meal, all are welcome to this Hanukkah celebration. The meal costs $75 up front.
You can also head on over to east Nashville for Hanukkah Out East. Prepare to feast and dance on Dec. 7. This event is hosted at Inglewood Lounge, and admission is free.
If you’re looking for something more low key, “Hanukkah: Bringing Light into Darkness” will be at the Church of the City in Murfreesboro on Dec. 7 or Dec. 8 and 6:30 p.m.
With speakers Kristi McLelland and Michayla White, “Hanukkah: Bringing Light into Darkness” is an opportunity for people to learn why Hanukkah is meaningful to people. Admission is free to all.
No matter what you are celebrating this year, the Nashville area has many options to help you celebrate this holiday season.
This article was written by Abby Thomas