It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The holiday season is upon us and over the next month will be jam-packed with events to get us in the Christmas spirit. From dazzling lights, to traditional performances, parades, festivals, and more. Get your family out and about, and maybe even try something new this year- it could be the start of a new tradition!
Top Kids Christmas Events in Nashville 2014
Bring your family to watch the timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, at Hendersonville Performing Arts Center. The stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous holiday story will be a hit for all ages.
Nov 28- Dec 16, Thurdays-Sundays at 7:30pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm
Hendersonville Performing Arts Center
HolidayFest is an annual festival that brings together the entire community – its people, businesses, government, arts, and service organizations – to celebrate the spirit of the season and to benefit local charities. Some of the highlights include:
- Mrs Santa Pancakes & Presents at Barefoot Charlie's Restaurant (Nov 29th 8am-10:30am)
- Annual Tree Lighting at Memorial Park (Nov 30th 3pm-8pm)
- US Pes Hendersonville Christmas Parade (Dec 7th 2:30pm-4pm)
- Gingerbread Competition at Bluegrass Country Club (Nov 8th-11th)
- It's A Wonderful Life by Actors Point Theatre (Nov 11th-20th)
Nov 29- Dec 16, Various Events
Various Locations in Hendersonville
Kids of all ages can enjoy a train ride with Santa and his elves on the North Pole Excursion Train. Don't forget to bring letters to mail to the North Pole at the Santa Post Office during the layover in Watertown!
Saturdays November 29th, December 6th & 13th
Tennessee Central Railway Museum
Tis the season for holiday spirit at Cheekwood! From Santa portraits and live reindeer, gingerbread house workshops and festive music, to elaborately decorated trees and creative art activities - the end of the year is a fun and festive time at Cheekwood (see link for full line up of activities).
Nov 29- Dec 21, 9am- 5pm with special activities on the weekends 9:30am-2pm
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art
A old family favourite that is back to find it's way into the hearts of the next generation. Nashville Rep presents A Christmas Story, based on the movie about a 9-year-old boy's quest for a Red Ryder B.B. gun for Christmas. All ages.
Nov 29- Dec 21, various dates and showtimes
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Watch the illumination of the city's Christmas tree to mark the start of the Holiday season! A fun evening for all ages.
Monday Dec 1; 5:30pm
Kick off the Christmas season with your Madison community at the lighting of Madison’s ‘official’ Christmas tree! Santa Claus will be visiting this year so bring your smiles and your cameras!
Thursday Dec 4; 5:30-6pm
Join in for a full evening of excitement! At 6:30pm, the Mayor's Tree Lighting festivities begin at Public Square in front of the courthouse. Immediately following is an amazing display of Fireworks! The Christmas Parade starts at 7pm, an annual family favourite with lit up floats, marching bands, santa himself, and more!
Friday Dec 5; 6:30-8:30pm
Parade Route: Begins at the top of Woodland Street Bridge at Union, down Second Ave. and turn on Broadway to Ninth Ave. The disbandment area will be between Ninth and 12th avenues.
The Mini-Nutcracker has become one of Nashville's most popular traditions for families with young children. Designed to introduce young children to ballet as a performance art, The Mini-Nutcracker is an abbreviated, narrated version of the Nutcracker Suite Ballet. The young dancers in the Centennial Youth Ballet perform the ballet's shortened scenes and variations with poise, technical precision, and polish. With lavish sets and beautiful costumes, the performance offers spectacular entertainment at an affordable price.
Fri Dec 5 - Sun Dec 7
Harpeth Hall Auditorium