Nashville Christmas Shows and Events

Christmas Shows

Every Holiday Season Nashville turns on the twinkling lights and pulls out the Christmas music to put on a show you won't soon forget. When the stars come out in our town you can expect to see both rising stars and some of the biggest names. Enjoy!

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The all-volunteer crew at the Tennessee Central Railway Museum hosts round-trip train rides from Nashville to locations east including Lebanon, Wat

Tennessee Central Railway Museum
220 Willow St
37210 Nashville , TN
Phone: (615) 244-9001

The mission of Rippavilla Plantation, Incorporated is to preserve, restore and interpret the buildings and grounds of the Cheairs family utilizing

Rippavilla Plantation
5700 Main St
37174 Spring Hill , TN
Phone: (931) 486-9037
Fax: (931) 486-3175
The beloved holiday tradition of Nashville’s Nutcracker returns to the stage with even more dancers and magical characters.
3630 Redmon Street
37209 Nashville , TN
Phone: (615) 297 2966
The holiday season is a particularly wonderful time to visit Belmont Mansion.
Belmont Mansion
1700 Acklen Avenue
37212 Nashville , TN
Phone: 615-460-5459

A Christmas Story, Nashville's Newest Holiday Tradition!

Johnson Theatre at TPAC
505 Deaderick Street
37219 Nashville , TN
Phone: (615) 782-4040

Shop for handmade items from over 140 vendors. See the "Best of the Best" at the car show, also indoors.

Williamson County Parks & Recreation
1120 Hillsboro Road
37064 Franklin , TN
Phone: (615) 790-5719

Travel back into the Victorian era, every second weekend in December.

These homes in Brentwood on Sunnyside Drive really put on a show every holiday season.

Sunnyside Drive
Sunnyside Drive
37027 Brentwood , TN

We have an actual drive-thru Santa house - featuring Santa himself, giving away candy canes and taking Christmas wish lists.

Chad's Winter Wonderland
791 Old Laguardo Rd
37087 Lebanon , TN
Phone: (615) 449-0099

Nightly until Jan. 1, 2017

Christmas Wonderland
2572 Music Valley Dr.
37214 Nashville , TN
Phone: (615) 889-4225

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Tennessee Central Railway Museum

 

The all-volunteer crew at the Tennessee Central Railway Museum hosts round-trip train rides from Nashville to locations east including Lebanon, Watertown, Cookeville, and Monterey.

Rides start at the museum, which includes a library, model trains, and railway artifacts. You can check out the museum before taking a variety of excursions trips always include unique adventures from train robberies, music, civil war reenactments, and on-board murder mysteries to Watertown's famous mile long yard sale and seasonal visits from Santa and the Easter Bunny.

The Museum Hobby Shop is the place for all your modeling needs. They carry inventory of N and HO scale equipment from Atlas, Athearn, Kadee, Walthers, and many others. And, if we don't have what you need, we can order it for you. Museum members are eligible for a discount on most items. The Hobby Shop hours are Tuesday Noon - 4 PM, Thursday Noon to 6 PM and Saturday's 9 AM - 3 PM.

The Museum office is staffed Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tennessee Central Railway Museum
Tennessee Central Railway Museum
Tennessee Central Railway Museum
 
 

Rippavilla Plantation

 

The mission of Rippavilla Plantation, Incorporated is to preserve, restore and interpret the buildings and grounds of the Cheairs family utilizing the highest standards of scholarship, craftsmanship and preservation in order to create a site that will serve as an educational institution of the utmost integrity and credibility.

Today, the house has been restored to its 1860s appearance with many original period family antique pieces on display throughout the house. Be sure to visit the museum room where you will find several family heirlooms as well as some genuine Civil War artifacts.
Weddings
Rippavilla's historic home and grounds are available for weddings and receptions.
Imagine how special your wedding will be when you exchange your vows in this stately 19th century, Greek revival Antebellum mansion.

Rippavilla Plantation
Rippavilla Plantation Wedding Location
 
 

Nashville Ballet presents Nutcracker

 
The beloved holiday tradition of Nashville’s Nutcracker returns to the stage with even more dancers and magical characters. Set in Nashville, with local historic characters, Nashville’s Nutcracker takes young Clara on an enchanted adventure with her Nutcracker. Her visit to the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897 is only the beginning of her magical journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. “With enchanted toys, whimsical fairies and the glorious music of Tchaikovsky, it’s easy to lose yourself in the magic of Nashville’s Nutcracker. But thanks to the unique concept and vision of artistic director Paul Vasterling, Nashville Ballet ensures that we never lose sight of home,” said The Tennessean’s review of last year’s performance.
Nashville Ballet presents Nutcracker
 
 
Business Location: 
3630 Redmon Street
37209 Nashville , TN
Phone: (615) 297 2966

Christmas at the Belmont Mansion

 
The holiday season is a particularly wonderful time to visit Belmont Mansion. Each year, Belmont is magnificently decorated in complete yuletide splendor.This is the perfect time to get a little Christmas cheer.
Christmas at the Belmont Mansion
 
 
Business Location: 
Belmont Mansion
1700 Acklen Avenue
37212 Nashville , TN
Phone: 615-460-5459

A Christmas Story at the Tennessee Repertory Theatre

 

A Christmas Story, Nashville's Newest Holiday Tradition! Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his unflappable campaign to get Santa (or anyone else) to give him a "legendary official Red Rider carbine-action 200 shot range-model air rifle." Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself at Goldblatt's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out." This irresistible piece of Americana is guaranteed to warm the heart and tickle the funny bone.

A Christmas Story  at Tennessee Repertory Theatre
 
 
Business Location: 
Johnson Theatre at TPAC
505 Deaderick Street
37219 Nashville , TN
Phone: (615) 782-4040

Holiday Arts & Crafts Show & Kar Klassic

 

Shop for handmade items from over 140 vendors. See the "Best of the Best" at the car show, also indoors. Visit Santa November 12 & 13 2016.

Holiday Arts & Crafts Show & Kar Klassic
 
 
Business Location: 
Williamson County Parks & Recreation
1120 Hillsboro Road
37064 Franklin , TN
Phone: (615) 790-5719

Dickens of a Christmas

 

Travel back into the Victorian era, every second weekend in December. This year, Dickens of a Christmas continues its tradition in Historic Downtown Franklin, Saturday and Sunday, December 10-11th, 2016. The free, holiday-themed street festival, is expected to attract some 50,000 visitors over the weekend. Each year, Main Street recalls the spirit of Christmases past when the Heritage Foundation throws its annual Dickens of a Christmas celebration!

Franklin’s Main Street–and its beautiful Victorian architecture–will be decked out for the holiday season. Some 200 characters, dancers and entertainers in the street, including several from Charles Dickens’s stories interacting with the public. Expect to see the nefarious Fagin from Oliver Twist; Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim Cratchit with his parents from A Christmas Carol; and of course, a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas with treats for children.

Activities include:

  • Horse-drawn carriage rides around the Public Square for a small per person fee.
  • A holiday bazaar arts & crafts area encircles Franklin’s charming Public Square.
  • Dancers and street musicians on Main Street throughout the event. Violinists, hand bell choirs, harpists, carolers and even a water harmonica player all add to the entertaining street scene.
  • Costumed characters from Dickens’ stories interacting with visitors on the street. Scrooge bellows his “Bah! Humbug” while the Cratchit Family parades the streets with Tiny Tim. Ghosts of Christmas Past and Future make regular appearances. Urchins under the direction of the nefarious Fagin from Dicken’s Oliver pester English Bobbies (who are actually Franklin Police Officers on duty in costume). Father and Mother Christmas delight children.
  • Victorian treats abound, from authentic fish ‘n’ chips to turkey legs, roasted nuts, kettle corn, roasted corn, roasted pork, sausages and sugar plums.
  • A Town Sing starting at the Public Square at the town Christmas tree at 4:30 p.m. Sunday with candles ($1 donation requested) and song sheets.

Getting there: From Interstate 65, take Exit 65 and head west toward Franklin for three miles on Highway 96 / Murfreesboro Road / Third Avenue South, which runs into the Public Square at the heart of the festival. Turn right or left at Church Street as you approach the Square to access either of the two free parking garages on Fourth Avenue South or Second Avenue South. Additional on-street free parking is available.

Dickens of a Christmas
 
 

Sunnyside Drive Christmas Light Display

 

These homes in Brentwood on Sunnyside Drive really put on a show every holiday season. Thousands of Christmas lights, figurines and even Santa handing out candy canes. Everything is free, they do accept donations for the Shrine Children’s Hospitals where they have collected $37,000 in 7 years! We suggest you park and walk to street to really bring a the holidays to life for you and your family!

Its that time of year again…time to get ready for our 34th Annual Christmas Light Spectacular! As always, the light show will begin on Thanksgiving Day and end on New Years. Santa has already confirmed that he will be present every evening during Christmas week (Friday, December 17th thru Friday, December 23rd).

 
 
Business Location: 
Sunnyside Drive
Sunnyside Drive
37027 Brentwood , TN

Chad's Winter Wonderland

 

We have an actual drive-thru Santa house - featuring Santa himself, giving away candy canes and taking Christmas wish lists. With 350+ pieces of Christmas scenery - the Christmas Train, and even a Dancing Snowman! There's something new for everyone to see. MORE live animals, a drive thru Nativity Scene, and new LED displays. Don't forget to bring your letter to Santa; we have a special mailbox just for him.

Drive-thru our light tunnel with over 90 arches and synchronized lights!

Chad's Winter Wonderland
 
 
Business Location: 
Chad's Winter Wonderland
791 Old Laguardo Rd
37087 Lebanon , TN
Phone: (615) 449-0099

Christmas Wonderland

 

Nightly until Jan. 1, 2017
For the 7th year in a row the folks at Jellystone Park™ host one of the most amazing drive thru light shows you will ever see. The Big 98 WSIX is proud to bring to you a new animated 35 foot Christmas tree added to the hundreds of thousands of LED Christmas lights dancing to some rocking Christmas tunes coming through your very own car radio. The show this year will feature new animated displays throughout the park, as well as Fox 17's Santa's Village.

Christmas Wonderland
 
 
Business Location: 
Christmas Wonderland
2572 Music Valley Dr.
37214 Nashville , TN
Phone: (615) 889-4225

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