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Cookies for Santa? Readers share the kind of treats they leave out for Jolly Old Saint Nick. “Red and green sugar cookies with a FULL glass of milk for Santa and exactly nine carrots (one for each reindeer). Yes, my son is autistic, and it has to be precise.” Allison L. Talley

“We either have fresh-baked chocolate chip or nobake chocolate oatmeal cookies with a big glass of cold milk. And, of course, some carrots for the reindeer who work so hard all night!” Beth Carroll

reindeer food on the grass (oatmeal and sprinkles so they can see it).” Michael Casey Roberts

“We bake cookies and let the kids decorate them for Santa, and we leave a cup of milk to wash it down. Never really feed the reindeer.” Tamara Mitchell

“Homemade cookies (they vary every year, but always include yule logs) and egg nog for Santa plus a carrot for Rudolph.”

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Oops! You’re Caught Wrapping a Santa Present! OUR POST: Your child catches you wrapping a gift he asked Santa Claus to bring. What do you say when he asks if Santa is real?

YOUR POSTS: “Santa brings one gift. One big gift — like a Barbie house. Everything else (all the other wrapped gifts) are from Mom or Dad. Santa never wraps his gifts. He always sets them up, ready to play.” Alexis Carver “My 8-year-old was super skeptical last year, so I just told him that Santa wasn’t real but that we give gifts in the spirit of Santa. I still put ‘From Santa’ on some of their gifts, as my mom does ours.” Lindsay Piper

needs all the help we can give him. We told her that Mommy and Daddy buy the presents and send them to Santa; he only brings them back and puts them under the tree if she has been good all year. We are completely covered ... for now, anyway!” Jennifer Collado “My dad has always been a Santa’s helper (he dresses up as Santa for parties and family). My kids know it’s him, and they love it. And when they ask us if Santa is real, we answer by saying we believe in him. I believe in the magic and fun Santa brings. I think when they realize he isn’t a real being, it will still be fun and they will see him how I do.” Louise Turner “We haven’t been asked by our 10-year-old. She has classmates that don’t believe and they

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tell her it’s the parents, but she believes. She believes as much as you hope a child will. It will break my heart to break hers when she asks.” Kendra Smith Taylor “My kids randomly asked if Santa was real back in May. I said, ‘Yeah, he’s magical.’ They said other kids on the bus said Santa wasn’t real. So, I asked them if they wanted the truth. They said yes, but I told them they couldn’t get upset. So I told them the truth, and five seconds later they said, “But you just said Santa was magical!” I started to laugh and told them that was before they wanted the truth. Their questions afterward just made me laugh. ‘Who has been eating the cookies the whole time? Whose lap have we been sitting on?’ It definitely makes Christmas easier now that they know.” Mary Michael Sauceda

“It depends on what you believe. We get to play Santa when doing charity work. His loving spirit is everywhere and in our hearts. My daughter believes he’s a physical being who flies, but she knows that everyone has Santa in them.” Kelly Phillips

Dear Editor, Your magazine has been a life saver for my family and I. I have three young children, so we lean on your magazine to find exciting things to do together. Dontal Johnson, M.D. Dear Editor, Moving to a new city with young kids can be daunting. I have relied on this magazine to orient me and get connected to all the many events that are available. I’m so grateful for this resource. Allison Jolls

Be More Helpful About Breastfeeding Dear Editor, Why do you intentionally stir the pot with a post that’s guaranteed to bring out the crunchy nipple “free-ers” who lock horns with the pearl clutchers? Perhaps a better use of your social media would be to post resources to help new and soon-to-be moms learn about breastfeeding and the extensive support network that’s available to them, even though it doesn’t always feel like it? Just a thought. Tiffany Padgett Dear Tiffany, We post a wide variety of topics on FB in order to get parents talking. We also provide resources galore for breastfeeding in our print and online media and share that on FB, too. Thanks for writing & keeping us on our toes! — the Editors

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MIND &BODY By Kiera Ashford

Precious Gift F or years, one of the first things to happen right after an infant’s birth was the clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord. But at the beginning of 2017, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) became the first medical organization to recommend delaying the precious act. Why? Because an additional 30 - 60 seconds longer can allow more blood (iron) to get to the newborn, critical for brain development. It’s an excellent thing.

Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping “Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the ACOG agree that delayed umbilical cord clamping in babies is beneficial,” says Dontal Johnson, M.D., C.P.T., assistant professor of pediatrics at Meharry Medical College. Johnson says the benefits include increasing the hemoglobin levels at birth (the molecule that helps babies transport oxygen around their body) and improvement of iron stores during the first several months of life, which is important to hemoglobin. Johnson says if an infant doesn’t have enough hemoglobin, his red blood cells can shrink and lead to anemia.

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DELAYED CORD BLOOD CLAMPING PROVES BENEFICIAL TO OUR TINIEST NEWCOMERS FOLLOWING DELIVERY

Delayed cord clamping is beneficial for premature infants, too. “In preterm babies, delayed umbilical cord clamping is associated with improved transitional circulation, better establishment of red blood cell volume, decreased need for blood transfusions, decreased incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and decreased incidence of intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH),” says Johnson. “Preterm babies are at a higher risk of both NEC and IVH. As a pediatrician, both of these conditions cause your ‘Spidey senses’ to go a little wild, so procedures that decrease them from happening are very much welcome.”

How Long Can You Delay It? Baby’s here, and your doctor’s going to delay clamping the cord. But for how long? “Medical governing bodies differ on the specific length of time before clamping the umbilical cord,” says Johnson, “but waiting 30 - 60 seconds is generally recommended by the World Health organization, Neonatal Resuscitation Program, AAP and ACOG.” Don’t be alarmed if the delay is only a few seconds, because every second counts.

When You Can’t Delay Your pregnancy went smoothly, but anything can change during delivery. When a baby is born, the doctor immediately assesses him. If you’ve decided to delay cord clamping, he will take that into consideration as he checks Baby. “Many factors go into assessing a newly delivered baby,” says Johnson, “but two things stand out that may make your doctor think twice about performing delayed cord clamping: a baby who has decreased tone (aka limp baby) or a baby who is in respiratory distress (not crying, not showing signs of breathing or blue baby). These conditions usually prompt immediate neonatal resuscitation evaluation.” That’s when the risks outweigh delayed cord clamping, and the doctor will overule your decision for Baby’s best outcome. If you’re expecting a baby and interested in delayed cord clamping, be sure to discuss it with your doctor. Kiera Ashford is associate editor of this publication and mother of three kids, ages 11, 7 and 1.


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Prioritize Don’t do things because you HAVE to, do what’s important to you and your family. Skip things that feel like a burden and include your family in planning: What are the top three things you all WANT to do during the holiday break?

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What values are you trying to instill in your family? Do you want to teach generosity? Do you want your kids to grow in spirituality this Christmas? Decide what matters most to you about the season and pursue it — that way when it’s past you won’t be left disappointed.

Say “No” If you’re the type to always say “yes” to others and everything — leaving you running ragged — learn these graceful ways of bowing out: “Right now’s not the best time for me ...” or “Let me think about that and get back to you” or “It’s just a ‘no’ for today.”

Little Breaks In the middle of the hustle and bustle, be good to yourself. Stop and get a Starbucks. Plan on getting that pedicure you want. Pick up a lil’ something for yourself and enjoy the holiday process.


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en-year-old Adilynn Rosanbalm of Columbia will soon see the final result of her creative imagination. She’s the winner of the Cirque Dreams Costume Contest presented by Nashville Parent, Cirque Dreams Holidaze and Gaylord Opryland’s “A Country Christmas.” The Cirque Dreams workshop in Florida created Adilynn’s “Jingle Bellerina” design, and you’ll be able to see the real-life costume on stage during Cirque Dreams Holidaze on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Grand Ole Opry House! What’s more, you’ll get to see Adilynn on stage, too, as she makes an appearance alongside her winning creation! Tickets for Cirque Dreams Holidaze are $24.99 $89.99; the show runs through Wednesday, Dec. 27. Nashville Parent readers get an exclusive 40-percent discount on tickets through Wednesday, Dec. 27 (excluding Saturday and Sunday shows). Use promo code PARENTSRULE. Call 615-889-1000 or visit christmasatgaylordopryland.com.

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Forever Homes Needed

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Wayne nuzzles his dog Ruby. (Photos from the artist’s Facebook page).

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t’s easy turning 18 for most kids. They graduate high school, move on to college (thanks, Mom and Dad) and launch into the real world on their own (with comfortable stops at home for Thanksgiving and Christmas and plenty of communication and support throughout the year). But what if you’re a foster kid? It’s, uh, not quite the same. In fact, it’s downright hard. Embarrassing. People have preconceived ideas about you. That you’re too rough. That you’ve got “issues.” That you’re a “problem.” And where do you go from there? Enter Jimmy Wayne. Today a successful country artist, he was first a foster kid who was abandoned by his mother at a bus station at age 13. In his life, he endured numerous homes, homelessness and witnessed a violent murder. Wayne was 16 when he was taken in by Bea and Russell Costner who paved the way to college for him. But Wayne knew other kids weren’t so lucky. If they weren’t supported by loving foster parents like he finally was, they would likely join the 30,000 other foster kids who aged out of state care only to enter homelessness at age 18. He knew he had to do something. In 2010, Wayne walked from Nashville to Phoenix to help raise awareness about aging out of foster care too young. His “Project Meet Me Halfway” campaign resulted in his 2012 participation to change Tennessee legislation through the Transitioning Youth Act which raised the “age out” from 18 to 21 in Tennessee and California. Next came Wayne’s 2015 New York Times’ best-seller, Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found His Way (Thomas Nelson; $16.99). In the book, Wayne passionately covers the rocky road that lead to adulthood,writing, singing and speaking about his troubled growing-up years. He remains dedicated to wanting to change outcomes for foster kids everywhere.

Enter Ruby the Foster Dog Wayne’s newly released book, Ruby the Foster Dog (Broadstreet Kids; $14.99) is a chapter book for kids. Appropriate for all ages, it recounts Wayne’s story through the eyes of his real-life dog, Ruby, whom he adopted during his walk across America. Telling his story through Ruby helps readers be more accept-

Jimmy Wayne’s new book can help kids of all ages understand — and support — foster children everywhere.

ing and aware of a foster child’s — or dog’s — plight. “A lot of kids are in a bad situation, just like ‘foster dogs’ so to speak, which are in shelters even though they haven’t committed a crime,” Wayne told People magazine. “Foster-care children and the dogs actually have the same story: They’re in a home, or a shelter, and they need help. They need love, to be adopted and to be given a forever home,” he adds. In Ruby, Wayne (Mr. James in the book) teaches Ruby about integrity, honesty, loyalty, faith, forgiveness and trust. But Ruby mostly learns that love can rescue someone and forever change a life. Across the country today, more than 100,000 children are waiting to be adopted by a “forever family.” Wayne’s ultimate goal is to build transitional homes for teens who age out of foster care without a place to live. For those of us who know the comfort and joy of growing up with loving parents, Wayne’s story is a gentle yet powerful reminder that there are many less fortunate than ourselves. Perhaps this month we need that reminding more than ever. Learn more about Wayne’s Project Meet Me Halfway at projectmmh.org and jimmywayne.com. Learn how to adopt a foster child at the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services at tn.gov/dcs/article/ become-a-foster-parent. — Susan Day

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Holiday

• Use a Natural Cake Mix

One of the ways I make things fun and keep it simple is to jump-start recipes using a natural cake mix. Those sugar cookies can be made from scratch or from my yellow mix. We can also make red velvet cupcakes from that same mix, and we add a simple homemade peppermint buttercream frosting to swirl on top. I developed my own line of natural cake mixes years ago because I wasn’t crazy about cake mixes that contained artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. It’s homemade, but it’s easy, too. Once those cookies are decorated, you can box and gift them for all ages. I have found that everyone loves decorated sugar cookies. They are personal, heartfelt and one of a kind.

• Sweet Treats You Can Freeze

by Anne Byrn Best-selling author of The Cake Mix Doctor series!

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hen my children were young, they loved to decorate holiday cookies. Let me put that another way — they loved to decorate the kitchen with sprinkles and sugars and batter and everything colorful and festive. So I quickly learned to drape the kitchen floor with old sheets, nest the jars of the sugar sprinkles in cake pans on the counter, put aprons on everyone and then let the decorating begin! It was sheer chaos, but also sheer joy. To this day, decorating sugar cookies is one of my girls’ favorite childhood memories. They are now 24 and 28, and last year while home for Christmas, they sat at our kitchen table — with aprons on — and the years seemed to roll back. I made the dough and cut it into shapes like I always did, and all they had to do was add their artistic touches. And eat a few baked cookies, too! The trick to making holiday baking fun is to think ahead so it appears like seamless fun. With a little forethought, planning recipes, shopping ahead and blocking the calendar for no other distractions, you can relax and let the magic happen, at any age.

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People like to receive baked goods like bars and brownies that they can either eat or pop in the freezer for surprise guests in the weeks to come. One of my favorite freezable bars is a Marbled Cream Cheese Brownie (page 28) that begins with a good brownie mix. Double-batch the recipe in a 13by 9-inch pan, and you have another holiday baking time-saving strategy: Bake twice as much of a recipe so you only have one clean-up. And you can always bake ahead and freeze the goodies ’til you need them.

• Get Fancy With It Should your holidays call for a fabulous dessert, a cake worthy of the occasion, then you should take a look at my Chocolate Praline Cake recipe. Essentially it’s just a chocolate cake batter (made from a good mix) that you pour on top of an easy caramel-nut mixture, bake and unmold. Those layers are stacked right on top of each other, praline-side up, and then you pile freshly whipped cream on top. It is scrumptious! And for all of you who suffer from fear of frosting, the idea of not frosting is a real relief. Buy a pint of heavy cream and place it in your electric mixer bowl and whip on high speed, adding a tablespoon of powdered sugar, until you have stiff peaks. Chill the cream until needed and pile on top of a cake in lieu of frosting. It is very retro, minimal and yet oh-so-satisfying. And I have never met anyone who didn’t love to fork into chocolate cake and whipped cream. Holiday baking can be fun. Find your strategies and shortcuts, and to keep your sanity through the whole wonderful process, enjoy! Anne Byrn is a busy mom with three children in their 20s and is a New York Time’s best-selling author of The Cake Mix Doctor series. She developed a line of natural baking mixes after she was dissatisfied with the cake mix on the supermarket shelf. Her Cake Mix Doctor products are sold in Nashville-area Publix and Kroger stores. For more baking tips and recipes, go to cakemixdoctor.com.


Baking

MERRY BAKING!

Make time in the kitchen more satisfying for you and the kids.

Red Velvet Cupcakes CUPCAKES

1 package (18.25 ounces) Cake Mix Doctor Simply Yellow mix 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa 1 cup whole milk 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 large eggs 1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring, if desired

PEPPERMINT FROSTING

Easy Sugar Cookies

8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, at room temperature 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted 2 to 3 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract Crushed peppermint candies, if desired, for topping cupcakes

1 package Cake Mix Doctor Simply Yellow mix 12 tablespoons butter, at room temperature 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Place a rack in the center of the oven; preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place paper liners in two cupcake pans. Set aside. 2. For the cupcakes, place the cake mix, cocoa, milk, oil, eggs and red food coloring in a large mixing bowl and blend on low speed with an electric mixer until just combined. Increase the mixer speed to medium and blend until smooth, one minute. Scoop the batter into the liners, filling them threequarters of the way full. Place the pans in the oven.

FOR DECORATING: 1 large egg white Granulated sugar or colored sugars for decorating 1. Place the mix, butter, egg and vanilla in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Increase to medium and beat until the batter is smooth and stiff, about a minute. Place the bowl in the fridge to chill. 2. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees. Spoon one-inch rounds of dough onto ungreased baking sheets. Dip the bottom of a small flat glass into flour and press the glass firmly onto the rounds of dough until they are about 1/3-inch thick. Or, roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface and cut into desired shapes. 3. Brush the dough with a little egg white, and sprinkle on granulated or color sugars. Place the pans in the oven. Bake until the cookies are golden brown, 10 - 12 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven, cool cookies on a wire rack. Store in tin. Makes about 4 dozen cookies Bake: 10 to 12 minutes

3. Bake the cupcakes 16 - 20 minutes. Remove to a rack to cool. 4. For the frosting, place the butter in a large mixing bowl and blend with an electric mixer on low until creamy. Add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, the milk and extracts, and blend until smooth. Add the remaining 1 cup sugar and blend on mediumhigh until the frosting is creamy and fluffy.

Got Kids? • Keep sprinkles, etc. in jars and in a caddy to cut down on little-finger messes! • Drape the kitchen floor with old sheets. • Put aprons on everyone. • Play Christmas carols.

5. When the cupcakes are cool, spread frosting over each one. Garnish with crushed peppermint.

Makes about 20 cupcakes Bake: 16 to 20 minutes

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Holiday Baking! Chocolate Praline Cake

by Anne Byrn, bestselling author of the Cake Mix Doctor Series

PRALINE LAYER:

Parchment paper Vegetable oil spray 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter ¼ cup heavy (whipping) cream 1 cup light brown sugar ¾ cup chopped pecans

CAKE:

1 package (18.25 ounces) Cake Mix Doctor Classic Chocolate mix 2/3 cup sour cream 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1/3 cup water 2 large eggs

TOPPING:

1 cup heavy (whipping) cream 1 tablespoon powdered sugar 1 tablespoon grated chocolate or miniature chocolate chips, if desired 1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut two rounds of parchment paper to fit in the bottom of two 8-inch round layer pans. Spray the bottom of the pans with vegetable oil, place the parchment rounds in the pans, then spray the parchment with oil. 2. For the praline, place the butter, cream and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the butter has melted, three minutes. Divide the mixture between the two pans. Sprinkle the pecans over the top, dividing them between the two pans.

Marbled Cream Cheese Brownie BROWNIE LAYER:

2. Stir together brownie mix, melted butter and eggs in a large bowl until well combined, about 50 strokes with a wooden spoon. Pour the batter into the pan and smooth the top. Set aside.

CREAM CHEESE LAYER:

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla

3. Place the cream cheese, butter, sugar, flour, egg and vanilla in a medium bowl, and blend with an electric mixer on low until smooth, one minute. Dollop this cream cheese batter by the spoonful over the brownie batter, and swirl with a fork to combine the two batters in a marbled pattern. Place the pan in the oven.

1. Place a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour an 8-inch square baking pan.

4. Bake the brownies until they are just firm to the touch about 38 - 42 minutes. Let cool 30 minutes before slicing.

1 package (15 ounces) Cake Mix Doctor Bebe’s Brownie mix 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted 2 large eggs

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Makes 12 to 16 brownies Bake: 38 to 42 minutes

Place the pans in the fridge while you make the cake batter. 3. For the cake, place the cake mix, sour cream, oil, water and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase the mixer speed to medium and blend for 1½ minutes, or until the batter is smooth. Divide the batter between the two pans, pouring it over the pecans. Place the pans in the oven side by side. 4. Bake the cakes until they spring back when lightly pressed with your finger, 35 40 minutes. Run a dinner knife around the edge of each layer and invert onto a rack to cool praline-side up. Remove the parchment rounds. 5. Meanwhile, prepare the whipped cream. Place the cream in a chilled large mixing bowl and beat on high speed until cream has thickened, one minute. Stop the machine and add the sugar. Beat the cream and sugar on high speed until stiff peaks form, one to two minutes more. 6. To assemble the cake, place one cooled layer on a cake stand, praline-side up. Spread with half of the whipped cream. Place the second layer on top of the first and dollop the remaining whipped cream in the center of the cake. Garnish with grated chocolate or mini chips. Drape with plastic wrap and chill until serving time. Makes 12 to 16 servings Bake: 35 to 40 minutes


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THINGS TO DO

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34 Parades

Celebrate the season in your area. Pictured here: The Santa float at Nashville’s Christmas parade.

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Concerts

Our top picks for holiday music around town, including the Nashville Symphony’s Pied Piper Series Holiday Spectacular & Sing-Along. Prior to the concert, kids can enjoy hands-on fun with real musical instruments.


50 Lights

68 Santa

Illuminate your family’s holiday season by taking in a light display tour around town.

Catch Claus at numerous spots in the mid-state. Pictured here: A local boy with Santa at Cannonsburgh in the ‘Boro.

64 Stories

Hear holiday tales like The Polar Express (pictured here at Brentwood Library).

56 Shows

Enjoy a holiday-themed theatrical show, including Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Opry House.

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Movies

From classics like It’s a Wonderful Life to modern favorites like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, find selections on the silver screen.

60 Crafts

Christmas projects, gingerbread workshops (Cheekwood pictured here) and other holiday treats.

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Nutcrackers

The magic and mystery of the Nutcracker comes to life on local stages.

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Bring Peanuts joy into your family’s holiday with these unique happenings.

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Events without color dots are ones happening in multiple counties or are outside of our typical area.

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S FREE Christmas on Main

See page 56.

615-851-2253 goodlettsvilleparks.com All ages. City Hall, 105 S. Main St., Goodlettsville; 6 p.m. Visit Santa, hear live music, enjoy cocoa and cookies, and watch the lighting of the city tree.

N A Christmas Story

R Critter Encounter

N A Charlie Brown Christmas Dinner Theater (Register)

See page 44.

R A Christmas Carol See page 56.

See page 56.

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org All ages. Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 4:30 - 5 p.m.; $5 adults, $4 children. Meet the center’s animals for hands-on fun.

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N Family Art Mak-

W A Taffeta Christmas

See page 56.

N A Tuna Christmas Gallery (Register)

615-329-8544 galleries@fisk.edu Ages 0 - 12 months. The Carl Van Vechten Gallery at Fisk University, 1000 17th Ave. N., Nashville; 11:15 a.m. Enjoy fine art with your infant at the Van Vechten Gallery at Fisk.

N FREE Bells Bend

Night Hike (Register)

615-862-4187 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Explore and listen for the animals of the night.

N FREE Building Lives Warehouse Christmas Sale

ing: Handmade Holiday Wrapping Paper

See page 60.

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Franklin Tree Lighting

franklintn. gov All ages. Downtown Public Square on Main St., Franklin; 5:30 - 8 p.m. Live music, photos with Santa, giveaways and special guests.

wearebuildinglives.org All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Shop for a variety of gift items. Proceeds benefit veterans in need.

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W Christmas Belles

Holiday LIGHTS

See pages 56.

Afternoon Tea (Register)

R Holiday Wood-

working for Wildlife (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 13+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; $25. Create a cedar birdhouse then paint it.

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Cirque de la Symphonie

See page 40.

S It’s a

Wonderful Life

See page 56.

N It’s a Wonderful Life the Musical

See page 56.

R KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Register)

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 1 - 3. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; $3. This parent/tot class focuses on playing with others, gross motor skills and having fun.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 11:05 - 11:45 a.m.; $3. Run, jump and play while learning skills like balance, coordination, listening and taking turns.

N Kids’ Night Out (Register)

campwidji.orgevents/december-kids-night-out Ages 7 - 12. Camp Widjiwagan, 3088 Smith Springs Road, Nashville; 6 p.m.; $50 ($30 siblings). This sleepover includes climbing activities, nighttime zip lining, games, a dance party, dinner and breakfast.

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Karen Sternberg as the White Witch in Studio Tenn’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. It runs Dec. 1 - 23. Turn to page 56 for details.

R Mind-Blowing Matinee

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; Tue - Fri 3:30 p.m.; $8. Explore all-things scientific by learning through discovery. Topics include liquid nitrogen, visible light and reptiles.

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Martinis (Register)

hollydaymarketplace.weebly. com Ages 21+. Tennessee Miller Coliseum, 6 - 9 p.m.; $40. This Hollyday Marketplace preview party features music, martinis, shopping, giveaways and more.

N FREE Nashville Christmas Tree Lighting

nashville.gov All ages. Public Square Park. 1 Public Square, Nashville; 6 p.m. Live music, food, family fun and the flip of the switch.

R Oaklands

Christmas Gala

615-893-0022 oaklandsmansion.org Adults. Oaklands Mansion, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; $100. This black-tie-optional affair includes a wine reception, dinner and dancing to music by The Cosmic Collectives.

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615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 & 9:30 p.m.; $38 - $95. A night of country music featuring legends and contemporary artists.

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Parades A’Plenty

Floats, marching bands and Santa hit the streets!

Frosty the Snowman makes his way up Broadway during the Nashville Christmas parade. This year’s festivity is on Saturday, Dec. 2.

COLUMBIA

Monday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. Theme: “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” 931-388-3647 columbiamainstreet.com Travels along West Seventh Street to Courthouse Square in Downtown Columbia.

DONELSON/HERMITAGE

Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Theme: “A Tender Tennessee Christmas” 615-883-7896 d-hchamber.com Starts at the intersection of Elm Hill Pike and Donelson Pike continuing North on Donelson and ending at the entrance to the Music City Star.

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FAIRVIEW

GALLATIN

FRANKLIN

GOODLETTSVILLE

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. Theme: “A Vintage Christmas” 615-799-9290 fairviewchamber.org Starts at Fairview Ballpark and ends at SFE on Highway 100. Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Theme: “Rockin’ Christmas” eventbrite.com Starts at Boyd Mill Avenue at Jim Warren Park and travels down New Highway 96 West to Third Avenue South then down Main Street ending at 11th Avenue North.

Saturday, Dec. 9 at 12 p.m. Theme: “Christmas in Toyland” 615-452-4000 gallatintn.org Starts on Steam Plant Road and ends at Gallatin High School. Saturday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. Theme: “Candy Cane Lane” 615-851-2234 goodlettsvilleparks.com Starts at Memorial Drive and ends at Goodlettsville Plaza on RiverGate Parkway.


Rudolph eases on down the road during the Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade.

HENDERSONVILLE

Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2:30 p.m. Theme: “A Star-Spangled Christmas Parade” 615-517-5714 holidafesttn.org Starts at Drakes Creek Park and ends at the Post Office. This year’s Grand Marshal is Diamond Rio’s Dana Williams.

LA VERGNE

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. Theme: “Parade of Lights” 615-793-3224 lavergnetn.gov Begins at Veterans Memorial Park and ends at City Hall for the Christmas tree lighting and fireworks.

LEBANON

Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. Theme: “Christmas Movies Come to Life” 615-444-5503 lebanonwilsonchamber.com The parade is in downtown Lebanon through the square and Main Street.

LEIPER’S FORK

Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Theme: “Wacky & Wonderful” 615-364-9152 visitleipersfork.com Southall Road through the village on Old Hillsboro Road.

Santa waves to his friends on his float from the Franklin Christmas Parade.

MT. JULIET

Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. Theme: “Christmas in a Galaxy Far, Far Away” 615-758-6522 mtjuliet-tn.gov/426/christmas-parade Starts at West Wilson Middle School, then northbound on North Mt. Juliet Road ending on Charlie Daniels Parkway.

MURFREESBORO

Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Theme: “Peace on Earth” 615-893-5373 wgnsradio.com Starts at East Main Street and Middle Tennessee Boulevard and ends on West Main at Walnut.

NASHVILLE

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 9 a.m. No Theme nashvillechristmasparade.com Starts on North First Avenue and Brandon Street traveling South to Broadway, then West on Broadway to North Eighth Avenue. This year’s Grand Marshal is Mike Fisher.

PORTLAND

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. Theme: “Christmas at the Movies” portlandcofc.com/christmas-festival-parade Begins on Victor Reiter Parkway off North Broadway and travels down West Market Street. Prior to the parade, a festival takes place form 3 - 5:30 p.m.

that includes cookie decorating, crafts, music, visiting with Santa and more.

SMYRNA

Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. Theme: “Christmas Around the World” 865-320-3892 townofsmyrna.org Starts on Lowry Street and travels toward Sam Ridley Parkway.

SPRING HILL

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. Theme: “Hometown Christmas” 931-487-0027 springhilltn.org Starts at Home Depot traveling on Main Street to Beechcroft Road into Evans Park.

WHITE HOUSE

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. Theme: “A Rock N’ Roll Christmas” 615-672-4350, ext. 2114 cityofwhitehouse.com Starts at White House City Park ending on West Drive.

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THINGS TO DO N Renee Fleming

615-350-7200 ozartsnashville.org All ages. OZ Arts, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $200. Renowned vocalist/opera star Renee Fleming performs German, French and Italian classics along with contemporary American works.

N The Great

R FREE Christmas

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $49.50 - $105. A night of R&B featuring Xscape, Monica and Tamar Braxton.

615-890-0355 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pictures with Santa, hot cider, hayrides and more.

Xscape Tour

N FREE Scavenger

N The Little

615-862-8580 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 9:30 - 11 a.m. Hike the trails searching for nature sights and sounds.

615-847-0934 lakewoodtheatreco.com All ages. Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; Thru Dec. 17: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students. A family-friendly tale of how hope and love triumphs over any adversity.

Hunt Hike (Register)

R Smoke on the Mountain

615-852-8499 springhousetheatre.com Ages 4+. Springhouse Theatre Company, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 4 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 children. A musical revue set in 1938 featuring 24 bluegrass/gospel songs played and sung by the Sanders Family.

N FREE Souper

Supper (Register)

615-352-6299 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 5 - 7 p.m. Bring a vegetable to add to the broth and let the soup simmer while you hike. Then, gather ’round the campfire for supper.

N Sparkle: A Country Christmas Carol (Register)

See page 50.

W The Boy Friend

academyparktn.wcparksandrec.com All ages. Williamson County Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin; Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m.; $8. The Star Bright Players present this light spoof of 1920s musicals.

Princess

at Cannonsburgh

25 Days of Discovery Dec. 2 - 30

Enjoy daily holiday-themed activities throughout the month at the Discovery Center (502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro).

R Toddler Time

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 5 & younger. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3. Follow directions, working together and learn body part recognition.

N Winter

Wonderettes

See page 56.

N Winter Woods Christmas Concert

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $39 - $99. Kevin Max presents a night of holiday music.

SAT 2

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org/25days

W FREE Bike Bowie

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org All ages. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Grab a mountain bike and hit the trails for a scavenger hunt.

N FREE Bird-Friendly Coffee Club

615-352-6299 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Learn about bird-friendly varieties of coffee while sampling a cup of joe.

N FREE Blair Suzuki Strings Holiday Concert

See page 40.

S Breakfast

with Santa at Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club

N Belmont Bruins

See page 68.

belmontbruins.com All ages. Curb Event Center, 2000 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 1 p.m.; $10.15 adults, $3.74 kids. Versus Green Bay.

N FREE Building Lives

Basketball

Warehouse Christmas Sale

See Friday, Dec. 1.

W Christ-

mas Belles

See page 56.

S

FREE Christmas Open House

615-325-4086 sumnercrestwinery. com All ages. Sumner Crest Winery, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Enjoy holiday decorations and carolers while sampling appetizers, cheeses, dips and sauces from the gift shops. Kids can visit with Santa.

N Comic City Convention

615-573-4537 comiccitytn.com All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5. Browse and buy a variety of comic books and toys from multiple vendors.

N Creative Play Drop-In Class

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Ages 10 months - 3 years. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 9 - 9:45 a.m.; $5. Parents and tots can enjoy creative play with art activities.

W FREE Fairview Christmas Tree Lighting

615-799-2484 fairviewchamber.org All ages. City Hall, 7100 City Center Circle, Fairview; 5:30 p.m. Bring your family to enjoying the lighting of Fairview’s Christmas tree.

N Family Gingerbread Workshop (Register)

See page 60.

N Family Program:

Perk Up Your Pictures

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 5+. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10:30 11:30 a.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Learn tips to make your photos look their best before exploring the galleries to take your own pictures.

N FREE First

Saturday Art Crawl

nashvilledowntown.com/ play/first-saturday-art-crawl All ages. 6 - 9 p.m. Twentyfive art galleries in the downtown area host receptions and art openings.

R Frosty Fun Run

615-494-3141 fleetfeetmurfreesboro.com/ events/frosty-fun-run-2-or45-miler All ages. Stones River Country Club, 1830 N.W. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 7 a.m.; $35 in advance, $40 race day plus an unwrapped toy. A race to raise money and collect Christmas gifts for local foster children and those less fortunate this holiday season. Santa will be there for photos, and participants get waffles and hot chocolate after the run.

N FREE FUUN

Holiday Craft Fair

615-383-5760 thefuun.org/holiday-fair All ages. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shop for holiday gifts, crafts, baked goods and more.

R FREE Getting Real Teen Cooking Club (Register)

See page 60.

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THINGS TO DO N Girls on

snacks, holiday music, gifts and treats.

gotrmiddletn.org/5k All ages. Shelby Park, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 8 a.m.; $40 adults, $30 youth, $15 fun run. Participate in the 5K or kids’ one-mile fun run to raise money for Girls on the Run of Middle Tennessee.

R Hollyday

the Run 5K

N Historic Home Yuletide Tours

615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; free with gate ($16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12). Visit the Grassmere home decorated for a Victorian holiday and learn about Christmas traditions from decades past.

N Holiday Lights Carriage Tours

See page 50.

R FREE Holiday Open House

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Celebrate holidays from around the world, take pictures with Santa, decorate the giant gingerbread house and more.

S FREE Holiday Open House

615-824-0502 historicrockcastle.com All ages. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville; 3 - 6 p.m. Tour the holiday-festooned Smith home, listen to carolers and enjoy cookies and wassail.

N FREE Holiday

Open House at Green Door Gourmet

615-942-7169 greendoorgourmet.com All ages. Green Door Gourmet, 7007 River Road Pike, Nashville; Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Local vendors will sample and sell their products, plus you can enjoy hot apple cider,

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Marketplace

hollydaymarketplace.weebly. com All ages. Tennessee Miller Coliseum, 304 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. 4 p.m.; $7 in advance, $10 at the door. The Junior League of Murfreesboro hosts this shopping experience featuring more than 100 vendors.

FREE Home Depot Kids’ Workshop (Register) See page 60.

W Jingle Bell Run/Walk

arthritis.org/get-involved/ hingle-bell-run All ages. Downtown Franklin, 317 Main St., Franklin; 8 a.m.; $20 - $40. Wear a festive holiday costume for this 5K run or one-mile walk (leashed dogs welcome) benefiting the Arthritis Foundation.

N FREE Kidsville

kidsvilleonline.org Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 11 a.m. Learn how the Parthenon and our body shapes are similar, then make an exercise plan to take home.

R FREE LEGO

Children enjoy the hayride during Christmas at Cannonsburgh in Murfreesboro. This year’s outing is on Saturday, Dec. 2.

N Meet Me at the Zoo: Princesses

615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12. Dress as your favorite fairy tale character for photo ops with popular princess characters.

See page 40.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

W FREE Morning with See page 68.

N Nashville’s

N Mr. Popper’s

See page 53.

Santa (Register)

Penguins

615-893-4131 linebaugh.org Ages 4 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. Kids can get creative and have fun building LEGO masterpieces.

N Little Art House

N FREE Music

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Ages 4 - 10. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $10. Young artists can imagine new concepts, explore various mediums and crate original works.

inharmonymusicmidtn.com/ tryout-class Ages 5 & younger. Hermitage Branch Library, 3700 James Kay Lane, Nashville; 10:30 a.m. A music-and-movement program for parents and little ones.

Drop-In Class

Flute Choir Holiday Concert

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the Anaheim Ducks.

615-252-4675 nashvillect.org All ages. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $20 adults, $15 youth. NCT’s magical musical based on a whimsical children’s novel.

Junior Makers

N FREE Nashville

Together Class

Nutcracker

N North Pole Express Santa Excursion Train

See page 68.

R Oaklands Christ-

mas Candlelight Tour of Homes

615-893-0022 oaklandsmansion.org All ages. Oaklands Mansion, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 4 - 8 p.m.; $20 adults, $10 students, free ages 6 & younger. This tour of homes features historical structures and private homes festively adorned for the holidays.

R Chuck E. Cheese’s Pajama Party & Breakfast with Santa (Register)

See page 68.

S FREE Portland

Christmas Festival

615-325-9032 portlandcofc.com All ages. Downtown Portland, 106 Main St., Portland; 3 5:30 p.m. Activities include a visit with Santa, cookie decorating, holiday crafts, vendors and more. The city’s parade follows along with the tree lighting ceremony.

N PRINT IT: Fidget

Spinners Lab (Register)

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/i2makerlabs Ages 10 - 14 from 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; ages 15 - 18 from 1:15 - 3:15 p.m. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; $12 members, $15 nonmembers plus gate admission ($14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12). Explore the basics of 3D printing technologies and their real-world applications.

N Opry at the Ryman

See Friday, Dec. 1.

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Christmas Concerts

The sounds of the season are alive and well at these top music picks!

Local kids step into the spotlight during The Theater Bug’s Sixth Annual Winter Concert, Dec. 8 - 10.

BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD

CECE WINANS: HOLIDAYS AND HITS

CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS

Andrew Peterson hosts a night of sacred Christmas music. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 7 p.m. $43.50 - $48.50.

Christmas music with one of gospel’s biggest artists and the Nashville Symphony. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $59 - $134.

Tribute artist Tom Duggin performs holiday tunes in the style of Elvis Presley. The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury. Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15.

Sunday, Dec. 10 615-889-3060 | ryman.com

BLAIR CHILDREN’S CHORUSES

Sunday, Dec. 10 615-322-7508 | blair.vanderbilt.edu

Enjoy holiday music featuring the Blair Children’s Concert Choir, Young Men’s Chorus, Chorale, Blair Choristers, Nashville Boychoir and Training Choir. Blair School of Music Ingram Hall, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville. 2 p.m. Free.

Thursday, Dec. 7 615-687-6400 | nashvilleysymphony.org

CHRISTMAS AT THE CATHEDRAL

CHRISTMAS WITH JENNIFER NETTLES

Sacred holiday music by The Cathedral Choir along with more than 130 Catholic high school choir members inside the stunning facility. Cathedral of the Incarnation, 2015 West End Ave., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. Free.

The country singer, accompanied by Nashville Symphony, sings songs from her holiday album To Celebrate Christmas. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $59 - $134.

Dec. 4 - 5 cathedralnashville.org

BLAIR SUZUKI STRINGS HOLIDAY CONCERT

CHRISTMAS AT THE RYMAN

Fifty violin and cello students, ages 5 - 13, perform holiday carols and classical songs. Frist Center, 919 Broadway, Nashville. 2 p.m. Free.

Amy Grant & Vince Gill bring their holiday family concert back to the motherchurch of country music. Ryman Auditiorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $35 - $125.

Saturday, Dec. 2 615-244-3340 | fristcenter.org

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Dec. 16 - 17 615-563-2787 | artscenterofcc.com

Dec. 6 - 7, 13 - 14, 18 - 21 615-889-3060 | ryman.com

Dec. 5 - 6 615-687-6400 | nashvillesymphony.org

A CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Thursday, Dec. 14 615-898-1862 murfreesborosymphony.com

The Murfreesboro Symphony and Chorus present a night of cherished Christmas carols and other songs of the season. Frist United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro. 7 p.m. $15 $40.


CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY: BELIEVE

Wednesday, Dec. 20 615-770-2000 | bridgestonearena.com

This all-new concert experience features a live orchestra playing holiday songs combined with the high-flying adventures of aerialists and acrobats performing dazzling feats. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $25 - $85.

GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST

Sunday, Dec. 10 615-298-9517 | music.fpcnashville.org

The FPC Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra present an afternoon of classic music with a Christmas carol sing-along ending with the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah.” First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville. 4 p.m. Free admission.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Dec. 14 - 17 615-687-6400 | nashvillesymphony.org

The Nashville Symphony and Symphony Chorus perform their inspiring holiday tradition. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. $25 - $109.

HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR & SING-ALONG Saturday, Dec. 23 615-687-6400 | nashvillesymphony.org

This Nashville Symphony Pied Piper concert for kids features favorite tunes for little ones with a viewing of The Snowman on the big screen. Arrive an hour early for pre-concert activities like a musical instrument petting zoo, crafts and more. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. 11 a.m. $25 - $35.

KRIS ALLEN: SOMETHIN’ ABOUT CHRISTMAS

Tuesday, Dec. 19 615-324-1010 | citywinery.com The winner of American Idol Season 8 sings holiday tunes. City Winery, 609 Lafayette, Nashville. 8 p.m. $18 - $25.

LEANN RIMES

Sunday, Dec. 10 615-889-3060 ryman.com

The country/pop starlet’s Today is Christmas tour. Ryman Auditiorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $35 $125.

LEVI KREIS: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Monday, Dec. 11 615-324-1010 citywinery.com

The Tony Award-winning artist sings favorite Christmas carols and holiday classics. City Winery, 609 Lafayette, Nashville. 8 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

The Nashville Children’s Choir performs on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Belmont University. Photo credit: J. Michael Krouskop.

MANDY BARNETT’S WINTER WONDERLAND

NASHVILLE CHILDREN’S CHOIR

Ms. Barnett sings classic Christmas tunes from the golden era. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 8 p.m. $43 - $53.

Enjoy an afternoon of holiday music. Belmont University’s McAfee Concert Hall, 2100 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. 2 p.m. Free.

Saturday, Dec. 9 615-538-2076 | franklintheatre.com

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS Thursday, Dec. 28 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

One of America’s favorite holiday musical traditions for more than 30 years. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $40 - $70.

MUSICIANS CORNER CHRISTMAS Dec. 22 - 23 615-324-1010 citywinery.com

Levi Hummon, Leigh Nash, Andrew Peterson and others perform holiday songs. City Winery, 609 Lafayette, Nashville. 8 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Queen of Christmas music Amy Grant and hubby Vince Gill present their family holiday concert, Christmas at the Ryman, eight nights this month.

Saturday, Dec. 9 615-460-4608 | belmont.edu/music

NASHVILLE FLUTE CHOIR HOLIDAY CONCERT

Saturday, Dec. 2 615-244-3340 | fristcenter.org

Enjoy holiday tunes by Music City’s flute ensemble. Frist Center, 919 Broadway, Nashville. 1 p.m. Free.

STREET CORNER SYMPHONY, GABE DIXON & FRIENDS CHRISTMAS SHOW Saturday, Dec. 2 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

A night of holiday music by Nashville-based artists. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $23 - $35.

A STUDIO TENN CHRISTMAS

Wednesday, Dec. 13 615-541-8200 | studiotenn.com

This holiday concert pays homage to the holiday specials of bygone eras. Jamison Hall at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. 7 p.m. $30 - $85.

THEATER BUG’S SIXTH ANNUAL WINTER CONCERT

Dec. 8 - 10 615-818-7358 | thetheaterbug.org

Fifty-five local children and teens perform a night of seasonal music. The Theater Bug, 4809 Gallatin Pike, Nashville. Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 6 p.m. $5 in advance, $7 at the door.

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THINGS TO DO N FREE Recapping

the Total Solar Eclipse (Register)

615-862-8580 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Look at photos from Nashville and beyond and discuss the science and numbers behind this summer’s celestial event.

N Rudolph’s

Red Nose Run

rudolphrednoserun.com All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 7:30 a.m.; $25 - $40. Music City’s most festive 5K invites elves, grinches and sugarplum fairies

to light the way for Santa’s arrival at the Nashville Christmas parade. Proceeds benefit NeedLink Nashville.

N FREE Shakespeare Allowed

nashvilleshakes.org All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 12 - 3 p.m. Participate in (or just listen to) a complete reading of Antony & Cleopatra.

Special Needs Jump

gotjumpstreet.com/tennessee All ages. JumpStreet located in Franklin, Goodlettsville and Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; $8 ages 4 and older, $4 ages 3 and younger.

Children with special needs can enjoy a private hour of jumping on trampolines and playing on the equipment (9 - 10 a.m.) with the second hour (10 - 11 a.m.) open to the public.

N

Street Corner Symphony, Gabe Dixon & Friends Christmas Show

615-782-4040 | tpac.org All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $23 - $35. A night of holiday music.

N Vanderbilt Girls

Lacrosse Winter Clinic (Register)

bit.ly/2zmbfw0 Ages 10 - 18. Vanderbilt Soccer Complex, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $135. Girls at any level can focus on skills, position play and team concepts.

N Winter

Wonder Weekend

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12. Explore holidaythemed science with hands-on activities, from tinkering with toys to exploring winter sports.

N Wonderful Life Foundation 14th Annual Event

615-736-2892 wonderfullifefoundation.org All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 5 p.m.; $50 adults, free ages 10 & younger. Watch a screening of It’s a Wonderful Life followed by a festive party with live music, a silent auction, food, drinks and merriment. Proceeds benefit the Wonderful Life Foundation supporting families of children who are treated for serious illnesses.

Gaylord Opryland’s “A Country Christmas” Thru Jan. 1, 2018

Holiday family fun galore awaits you and yours at Gaylord Opryland Resort’s “A Country Christmas” celebration. There are numerous attractions and activities like outdoor ice skating and snow tubing, the ultra-cool ICE! exhibit featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas, Breakfast with Charlie Brown and Friends, Cookies with Mrs. Claus, gingerbread decorating, carriage rides, millions of lights, Diamond Rio’s Holiday & Hits Dinner Show and a lot more. On Tuesday, Dec. 5, you can see the winner of the Cirque Dreams Costume Contest —10-year-old Adilynn Rosanbalm of Columbia — on stage during that night’s performance of Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Grand Ole Opry House. You’ll also get to see her winning design in the show. Cirque Dreams Holidaze runs through Wednesday, Dec. 27 (use promo code PARENTSRULE to get 40 percent off tickets, excluding Sat - Sun shows). For more info, including the full schedule of activities, visit christmasatgaylordopryland.com.

N FREE Wrens in Winter (Register)

615-352-6299 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 - 11:30 a.m. Discover how tiny birds survive the cold temperatures and learn how to find them in the winter woods.

meditation and yin yoga to strengthen poses.

S FREE Yulefest

615-851-2253 goodlettsvilleparks.com All ages. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 5 - 8 p.m. Musicians, storytellers, demonstrations, carriage rides, holiday decorations and more.

SUN 3 N A Country

Christmas at Ford Theater

See page 74.

N Creative Zone:

Country Cookies and Hats

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Decorate cookies and create a festive paper hat to suit your style.

N FREE Full Moon Hike (Register)

615-862-8580 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 6 - 8 p.m. Learn about the moon’s effects during a hike.

N Girls Lacrosse

Tournament (Register)

bit.ly/2zmbfw0 Ages 10 - 18. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. $75. A girls’ 5v5 competition.

W FREE Yoga with

N Historic Home

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org Ages 13+. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 - 10 a.m.; donations welcome. Bring a mat, water and block to learn basic

See Saturday, Dec. 2.

Maarika Mann

Yuletide Tours

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS DINNER THEATER Dec. 1 - 23 | All ages 615-724-1600 | fontanel.com

Natchez Hills Winery at Fontanel, 4125 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville. Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 1:30 & 7 p.m. $59.99 ages 7+, free ages 6 & younger. Dine while the Peanuts gang take the stage to uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE Friday, Dec. 8 | All ages 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 7 p.m. $35 - $50. A three-piece ensemble plays Vince Guaraldi’s unforgettable music during this fresh take on a timeless classic. Following this live version of the animated classic, stick around and join the Peanuts characters in a caroling sing-along.

ACT TOO’S A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Sunday, Dec. 17 | All ages 615-528-2076 | franklintheatre.com

Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 1 & 5:30 p.m. $13 - $25. Act Too Players present the Peanuts tale as the opening act during a double-header holiday outing that also includes Elf the Musical Jr.

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Add Peanuts joy to your family’s holiday festivities.

BREAKFAST WITH CHARLIE BROWN & FRIENDS Nov. 18 - Dec. 30 | All ages 615-889-1000 | christmasatgaylordopryland.com

Gaylord Opryland Resort’s Water’s Edge, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville. 8 - 11:30 a.m. on select days. $39.99 adults, $27.99 ages 4 - 11. Treat your kids to this special breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed goodies like Charlie Brown’s Build-Your-Own French Toast Station with Snoopy’s Maple Syrup; Pig Pen’s Dirty Hashbrowns; Lucy’s Flapjacks; and Woodstock’s Granola. While you dine, Charlie Brown and Lucy van Pelt make table-side visits that make for a great photo op.

ICE! FEATURING A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Thru Jan. 1, 2018 | All ages 615-889-1000 | christmasatgaylordopryland.com

Gaylord Opryland Resort, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville. Hours vary daily. $25.99 - $28.99 adults, $18.99 - $20.99 ages 4 - 11. Make your way through this frozen Peanuts wonderland where the holiday tale is told through 2 million pounds of ice hand carved by 40 artisans from China. Bundle up; it’s a chilly nine degrees inside. The attraction provides parkas, but you’ll want to make sure little hands and heads have gloves and hats. Zipping down the two-story tall ice slides is a must, and take in the beauty of the full nativity at the end made from crystal-clear ice.

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THINGS TO DO N FREE Holiday Open N Sarah Darling’s House at Green Door Gourmet

615-942-7169 greendoorgourmet.com All ages. Green Door Gourmet, 7007 River Road Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Local vendors will sample and sell their products, plus you can enjoy hot apple cider, snacks, holiday music, gifts and treats.

W Holiday Tea with American Girl (Register)

877-247-5223 | americangirl.com/retail/nashville.php Ages 8+. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $21.50. After teatime treats, make a headband for your doll, create holiday cards and more.

N FREE Make Letterpress Art

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Hatch Show Print, 224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 12, 1 &, 2 p.m. Kids can explore old-school printmaking techniques today at Hatch Show Print.

N Merry Texas Christmas Y’all

615-324-1010 citywinery.com All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $50. Holiday music by Asleep at the Wheel with Leigh Nash.

N Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Winter Wonderland

615-324-1010 citywinery.com All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $10 in advance, $12 at the door. A night of holiday music with guests Michael Logen and Jenn Bostic.

Ice Skating is Awaiting!

Cares (Register)

615-771-2128 coolspringsgalleria.com All ages. CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9 - 11 a.m. Children with sensory issues or other special needs can visit Santa Claus in a calm environment. Photo packages available for purchase.

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W FREE Hike

Don your wooly hats and mittens and hit the ice at an indoor or outdoor rink this holiday season.

Sundaes with Santa See page 68.

N The Brian

Get our round-up of ice-skating fun online at

nashvilleparent.com/ 2017-ice-skating

Setzer Orchestra

615-889-3060 ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49.50 $69.50. A night of rockabilly Christmas music with special guest The Church Sisters.

W FREE The

Sunday Market

thesundaymarketfranklin.com All ages. The Factory at Franklin Outdoor Shed, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shop locally made items, listen to live music and learn about the non-profit of the month.

N Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball

615-322-4653 vucommodores.com All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 1:30 p.m.; $15. Versus Kansas State.

See Saturday, Dec. 2.

W FREE Santa

planetarium show; discounted admission applies to arrivals prior to 9:45 a.m., regular rates apply thereafter. Visit the preschool area for breakfast, see a planetarium show, then enjoy a storytime activity.

N FREE Adoption 101 (Register)

615-898-0803 heavensentchildren.com Adults. Heaven Sent Children, 2604 Merchants Walk, Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m. Explore the adoption process for domestic, interstate and international adoption.

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org All ages. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 11 a.m. Hit the trails with a naturalist at Fairview’s Bowie Park.

R After-School Art

615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks First grade & higher. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 5 p.m.; $3. Study an artist then create a project based on the lesson.

W FREE Brentwood Christmas Tree Lighting

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/library All ages. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the lighting of the city’s tree.

N FREE Christmas at the Cathedral

See page 40.

N FREE Curb

615-322-7651 blair.vanderbilt.edu All ages. Ingram Hall, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville; 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a night of music by young musicians.

N Early Explorers

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org Ages 3 - 5. Adventure Science Center, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10.95 ages 6+, $4.95 ages 5 and younger; $2

W FREE The North Pole Experience

615-776-3640 nolensvilletn.gov All ages. Nolensville Town Hall, 7218 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 6 - 8 p.m. Make ornaments and other holiday crafts, explore the Winter Wonderland, enjoy live music, sip cocoa, visit Santa’s Workshop, hear holiday story readings and watch the town light up.

W FREE The Polar Express Reading (Register)

N

See page 64.

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus Boston Bruins.

R Tumbleweeds

Nashville Predators Hockey

Youth Symphony

MON 4

with a Naturalist

Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $2 plus $8 gate admission. Themed activities for little ones.

R FREE Paws & Claus

615-896-4486 stonesrivermall.com All ages. Stones River Mall, 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m.; Bring a pet food donation and receive a free print. Leashed dogs and cats can get their holiday photo op with St. Nick.

N Shine for Susie

ALS Benefit Concert

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $55 - $125. Love and Theft, Florida Georgia Line and others perform.

R Snack Attack!

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $8. Prepare tasty snacks in the kitchen.

(Register)

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 3 - 5. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $3. Learn the basic techniques of tumbling along with improving balance, coordination and overall fitness.

TUE 5 N FREE Bellevue Adventure Club

615-862-5854 nashvillepubliclibrary.org Grades K - 4. Bellevue Library, 720 Baugh Road, Nashville; 4 p.m. Crafts, activities, games and more.

R Busy Bees

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.; $3. Group activities that stimulate your tot’s coordination.

R SPARK!

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org Ages 3 - 5. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E.

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THINGS TO DO N Casting Crowns +

weapons, sparring and board breaking.

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $40 - $100. A night of contemporary Christian music.

WED 6

W Kids’ Art with

W Archery Home-

N FREE Christmas

ralist: Turtle Trekking (Register)

For King & Country

at the Cathedral

See page 40.

N Christmas Caravan Tour

615-324-1010 citywinery.com All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $30 - $45. The Squirrel Nut Zippers present a night of holiday music.

N Christmas with Jennifer Nettles

See page 40.

R FREE Family Gaming Night

615-893-4131 linebaugh.org All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W.Vine St., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m. Play board games, Wii games and more at Linebaugh Library.

R Gingerbread

House Decorating Workshop (Register)

See page 60.

R Homeschool

Christmas Morning (Register)

emily.morris@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org Ages 4 - 18. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5. Wear Christmas pajamas and experience holiday traditions from around the world.

Kreative Kat: Santa’s Sleigh (Register)

See page 60.

W Knee-High Natu-

615-370-4672 | owlshill.org Ages 3 - 5. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 adult/child pair, $7 each additional person. Discover different kinds of turtles that live in Tennessee.

Arts Class (Register)

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N Christmas at the Ryman

See page 40.

W FREE Mighty

R Discover Art: G is

615-224-3851 harvestmartialarts.com Ages 3 - 6. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. Learn elementary martial arts moves while developing basic motor movements, focus and more.

615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 3 - 5. McFadden Community Center, 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3. Learn about the letter G, giraffes, and how to draw and cut out shapes to create art.

N Opry at

R FREE Earth Lab

Sprouts Martial Arts Class (Register)

the Ryman

See Friday, Dec. 1.

W FREE Puppet Powwow

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org Ages 18 months - 12 years. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 10:30 a.m. A naturebased puppet show at Bowie Nature Center in Fairview.

R SPARK!

See Monday, Dec. 4.

R FREE Storytime with Santa & Mrs. Claus

See page 64.

Water Polo W FREE Junior Martial R 615-895-5040 615-224-3851 harvestmartialarts.com Ages 6 - 13. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 4:45 p.m. Learn selfdefense, fitness, mindfulness and more while practicing traditional techniques, forms,

school Day (Register)

615-566-5187 musiccityarchery.com Ages 7+. Music City Archery, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.; $16. This class includes archery instruction with equipment provided and a game at the end. Parents can participate, too.

murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 13+. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 7 - 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth. Participate in an aquatic sport in the deep end of the indoor pool.

for Giraffe (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 4 - 9. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 12 - 5 p.m. Explore animals in winter.

N Evening Gingerbread Workshop (Register)

615-356-8000 cheekwood.org Adults. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 5 - 8 p.m.; $52 members, $65 non-members (limit 5 people per house). Create a yummy masterpiece from Crumb de la Crumb Bakery while sipping seasonal drinks and enjoying treats from Christie Cookie.

W FREE Getting Dads Off the Sidelines: Support for Challenging Behaviors

615-507-3242 curreyingram.org/ communityeducation Adults. Currey Ingram Academy, 6544 Murray Lane,

Brentwood; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. This program aims to equip dads with effective intervention strategies for children with disruptive behavior disorders. .

R Homeschool

Christmas Morning (Register)

emily.morris@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org Ages 4 - 18. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5. Wear Christmas pajamas and experience holiday traditions from around the world.

R Homeschool Creativity Class

615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. McFadden Community Center, 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 2 - 3 p.m.; $3. Learn about art in a hands-on learning environment and create art in a variety of mediums.

R KidFIT: Movers and

N Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball

615-322-4653 vucommodores.com All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $15. Versus MTSU.

R Wild Things (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9:30 a.m.; $3. This naturethemed program includes songs, crafts, hikes and other activities.

N Wrapped Up in Your Arms for Christmas

615-324-1010 citywinery.com All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28 - $40. Exile presents a night of country-rock holiday tunes.

Shakers (Register)

See Friday, Dec. 1.

R KidFIT: Twist and

THU 7

See Friday, Dec. 1.

W FREE AIM Kickbox-

Shout (Register)

W Knee-High Natu-

ralist: Turtle Trekking (Register)

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

W Music City Roots

musiccityroots.com All ages. Liberty Hall at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 7 p.m.; $10 - $15. Jim Lauderdale hosts this evening of live music featuring bands of different genres.

W Storytime with Santa (Register)

See page 64.

ing & Fitness Class (Register)

615-224-3851 harvestmartialarts.com Ages 16+. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 5:15 p.m. Punch and kick bags, learn body wight movements, isometrics and calisthenics.

R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

N CeCe Winans: Holidays & Hits

See page 40.

R Elf the Musical Jr. See page 56.


THINGS TO DO N

FREE Music Together Class

N Family Art Mak-

ing: Handmade Specialty Ornaments

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Ages 4 - 15. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 4 - 7 p.m.; $5 per ornament. Have fun making various types of ornaments for your tree or for gifts.

N FREE Holiday Open House

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com All ages. Hermitage Museum Store, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 4 - 7 p.m. Door prizes, hors d’ouevres, music, wine, hot chocolate and more.

W FREE It Looks Like Play (Register)

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.org/library Ages 9 months - 4 years. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11 a.m. Tactile experiences for little hands and minds include mixing, pouring, tearing, squishing and more.

N Janet Jackson

615-7702000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $29.50 - $125. A night of pop music.

W FREE Junior Martial Arts Class (Register)

615-224-3851 harvestmartialarts.com Ages 6 - 13. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 4:45 p.m. Learn selfdefense, fitness, mindfulness and more while practicing traditional techniques, forms, sparring and board breaking.

inharmonymusicmidtn.com/ tryout-class Ages 5 & younger. Renee’s Groove Room, 3668-A Central Pike, Nashville; 11 a.m. A music-and-movement program for parents and wee ones.

R Knit Your Own Scarf (Register)

alex.lempin@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 6 - 8 p.m.; $2. Learn the basics of knitting while making a scarf.

W FREE Mighty

Sprouts Martial Arts Class (Register)

615-224-3851 harvestmartialarts.com Ages 3 - 6. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. Learn elementary martial arts moves while developing basic motor movements, focus and more.

N Nashville

House Concert

615-782-4040 | tpac.org All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25. Storme Warren and Joe Denim host a night of music with special guests.

N Preds & Pins (Register)

S FREE Volunteer Santa

See page 68.

R Water Polo

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

R Youth Volleyball

615-907-2251 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 9 - 17. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3. Beginners to advanced players can develop and refine their skills like bumping, setting and spiking.

FRI 8

615-770-2331 | nashvillepredators.com/bowling All ages. Hermitage Strike & Spare, 3436 Lebanon Pike, Hermitage; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $175 ($150 STH). Join the Nashville Predators and Gnash to help strike out cancer during this bowling tournament benefiting the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund. The night includes two hours of bowling, a food buffet, silent auction and more.

N A Johnnyswim

N Ronnie Spector’s

R Critter Encounter

Best Christmas Party Ever

615-324-1010 citywinery.com All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $38 - $55. Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes present a night of rock/doo-wop-flavored holiday music.

W FREE Teen Anime Club

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.org/library Ages 13+. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m. Watch anime, make crafts and enjoy snacks.

Join Gnash and the Nashville Predators for a night of bowling for a cause during Preds & Pins on Thursday, Dec. 7 at Hermitage Strike & Spare.

N FREE Grand Outings: Stone Soup (Register)

615-352-6299 nashville.gov/parks Ages 2 - 6 with a grandparent. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Create a yummy soup while enjoying nature.

R Holiday

Lock-In (Register)

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 8 - 15. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; $20. This overnight outing includes games, swimming, sports and other activities.

Christmas

R Holiday Wood-

R Coney Island

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 13+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; $25. Create a cedar birdfeeder, then paint it with a variety of designs.

See page 56.

W Jon McLaughlin

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $34 - $94. A night of holiday favorites with a folk/soul/ blues/pop sound.

Christmas

See Friday, Dec. 1.

R FREE Customer Appreciation Day

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Enjoy music and refreshments.

W Flashlight Candy

Cane Hunt (Register)

615-794-2103 franklintn.gov/parks Ages 2 - 12. Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, 1345 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; $5. Kids can decorate treat bags before hitting the grounds with their flashlights to search for candy canes ready to be eaten. Cocoa and cookies served.

working for Wildlife (Register)

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $33 - $45. An evening of holiday music.

N Ken Ludwig’s

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

See page 56.

R KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Register)

See Friday, Dec. 1.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Friday, Dec. 1.

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Light Up Your Season!

The magic of the holidays is a lot brighter at one of these festive outings.

The newest light display this season is Sparkle: A Country Christmas Carol at Fontanel. The walk-through experience takes you through the world of Charles Dickens.

CHAD’S WINTER WONDERLAND Thru Dec. 31 615-449-0099 chadswinterwonderland.com

More than 2 million lights on eight acres illuminate the drive-through trail, plus more than 350 pieces of scenery including Frosty’s House and Santa’s Barn. There are new LED displays this year and a mailbox where kids can send their letters to Santa. 791 Old Laguardo Road, Lebanon. Daily 6 - 10 p.m. $15 per vehicle; limos and passenger buses/vans are $20. Cash only.

CHRISTMAS AT THE MANSION Thru Dec. 30 615-724-1600 | fontanel.com

Head inside mansion to view more than 40 illuminated trees decorated by country stars like Big & Rich, Kenny Chesney, Alabama, Jewel and others. Carolers entertain while you mosey, and there are kids’ activities, too. Fontanel Mansion, 4125 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville. Thu - Sat 6 - 10:30 p.m. $25 ages 11 +, free ages 10 & younger.

THE DANCING LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS Thru Dec. 31 thedancinglightsofchristmas.com

It’s moved from the Opryland area out to Lebanon this year, but you can still marvel at hundreds of thousands of LED lights dancing to holiday tunes you hear on your car radio. James E. Ward Ag Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon. Daily 5 - 10 p.m. $25 per non-commercial vehicle.

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HOLIDAY LIGHTS CARRIAGE TOURS

OPRYLAND’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour to view lights in the Hillsboro-West End neighborhood. Tour begins at the First Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2800 Blair Blvd., Nashville. Sat 5 - 8:30 p.m., Sun 4:30 - 8 p.m. $23.50 ages 3+ for the regular ride. The Regal Ride is $175 for six people in a private carriage.

More than 3 million lights illuminate the grounds and inside of the Opryland Hotel during “A Country Christmas.” The hotel is located at 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville. The lights are on Sun - Thu 4 - 11 p.m., Fri - Sat 4 p.m. - midnight. Free.

Dec. 2 - 3 hwen.org

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD Thru Dec. 31 615-356-8000 | cheekwood.org

One million colorful lights illuminate the grounds, plus there are live reindeer, holiday carolers, s’mores pits and more. Kids can visit Santa on Tue, Wed & Thu nights. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Tue - Sun 5 - 10 p.m. $22 adults, $17 youth for online purchases (tickets are $5 more at the gate).

NASHVILLE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TOUR Dec. 1 - 31 800-987-9852 | vacationsmadeeasy.com

A bus takes you through neighborhoods to see twinkling lights. Tours depart from 2416 Music Valley Drive, Nashville, at 6:30 p.m. daily (no tours Christmas Eve or Christmas Day). $36.55 ages 12 & older, $33.33 ages 6 - 11, free ages 5 & younger.

Thru Jan. 1 615-889-1000 christmasatgaylordopryland.com

SPARKLE: A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS CAROL

Thru Dec. 23 615-724-1600 | fontanel.com

Illuminated lanterns guide you through the world of Ebenezer Scrooge. Stroll through Dickens’ village before trotting back through thousands of sparkling lights, country tunes and six-story LED Christmas trees. Fontanel, 4125 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; Fri Sun 5 - 9 p.m. $16 adults, $12 kids.

TWINKLING TENNESSEE LIGHTS TOUR Dec. 1 - 31 615-833-5555 | graylinetn.com

This outing includes a guided tour of the Lotz House in Franklin, complete with hot cider and cookies. Enjoy a ride through the town square along with a trip to one of the most decorated neighborhoods sparkling with millions of lights. Thu - Sun 6:30 - 9 p.m. (no tours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve). $34 adults, $24 children. (Find our Nutcracker round-up on page 53 ... Daily events continue on page 54)


Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, photo by Matthew Murphy

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Nuts About Nutcracker!

A classic holiday tale set to Tchaikovsky’s music makes for a fun family outing.

Madame Bonbonniere and her Bon Bons from Nashville Ballet’s Nashville’s Nutcracker. This year’s production features 301 youth cast members, and it’s going to snow in the audience for the first time in the production’s 10 year history! Photo credit: Karyn Photography.

AMERICAN GIRL AT THE NUTCRACKER Sunday, Dec. 17 | Ages 6+ 877-247-5223 americangirl.com/retail/nashville.php

American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $93. Start the day with brunch in the Bistro before heading to TPAC to catch the matinee of Nashville Ballet’s Nashville’s Nutcracker. Transportation to the theater is provided. Register in advance.

BOLSHOI BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER Sunday, Dec. 17 | All ages fathomevents.com

Captured live on Dec. 21, 2014, The Nutcracker enchant’s the Bolshoi’s stage for two hours of enchantment and magic. See it on the big screen at Regal Green Hills (3815 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville) and Regal Opry Mills (570 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville). Show time at both theaters is 12:55 p.m. Tickets are $19.67.

GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER

NASHVILLE’S NUTCRACKER

Moscow Ballet at the Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 2 p.m. $30 - $70. Experience a unique interpretation of the Nutcracker story featuring 80 classically trained ballet dancers.

Nashville Ballet at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Dec. 2, 3 & 10 at 2 p.m.; Dec. 9, 16, 21 - 23 at 2 & 7 p.m.; Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 17 at 1 & 6:30 p.m. $35 - $92. It’s the 10th anniversary of this Nutcracker rendition steeped in local history, and it includes 301 kids in the youth cast this year. Also new in this year’s production: a Dancing Bear Cavalry, new magic from Drosselmeyer, and it’s going to snow for the first time in the audience during the show!

Sunday, Dec. 24 | All ages 615-889-3060 | ryman.com

THE MINI-NUTCRACKER

Dec. 1 - 3 | All ages 615-862-8439 | https://themininutcracker. brownpapertickets.com

Centennial Youth Ballet at Harpeth Hall’s Davis Auditorium, 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville. Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m., Sun 1 p.m. $12 adults, $8 ages 12 & younger. A young girl’s Christmas dream comes to life.

Dec. 2 - 23 | All ages 615-782-4040 | nashvilleballet.com

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THINGS TO DO N FREE Music Together Class

inharmonymusicmidtn.com/ tryout-class Ages 5 & younger. Renee’s Groove Room, 3668-A Central Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m. A music-and-movement program for parents and wee ones.

Blvd., Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. View celestial objects through telescopes.

N Theater Bug’s Sixth Annual Winter Concert

See page 40.

R Toddler Time See Friday, Dec. 1.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the Vegas Golden Knights.

N Opry at the Ryman

See Friday, Dec. 1.

S FREE Pajama

Night with Santa

See page 68.

N FREE Star

Party (Register)

615-862-4187 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory

SAT 9 N 24th Annual

Christmas Toy Train Show

615-646-2232 dixiedivisiontca.com/ category/events-music-city All ages. The Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $7 adults, free ages 12 & younger. Model train layouts in several gauges will be in operation for viewing, plus more than 220 tables from various manufacturers and dealers. Five new train sets will be given away to local kids through a drawing.

N FREE Banjo

by the Fire (Register)

615-862-8580 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 1 - 2 p.m. Learn about the banjo and its history while sitting around a bonfire.

R FREE Bethlehem Marketplace

615-896-0940 sebaptist.org All ages. S.E. Baptist Church, 708 Minerva Drive, Murfreesboro; 12 - 5 p.m. A walkthrough drama re-enacting how the village of Bethlehem might have appeared the morning after the birth of Jesus.

W FREE Bike Bowie See Saturday, Dec. 2.

W Breakfast with Santa (Register)

See page 68.

N Creative Play Drop-In Class

See Saturday, Dec. 9.

W FREE Dickens of a Christmas

williamsonheritage.org Public Square, Franklin; Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Middle Tennessee’s largest outdoor Christmas festival

recreates the time of Charles Dickens. Experience 200 musicians, dancers and characters, including many from Dickens’ stories like Fagin, Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim Cratchit, a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas and more. New this year is ice skating on Saturday (from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.).

N Family Art Mak-

ing: Handmade Holiday Garlands

See page 60.

N FREE Geocaching 101 (Register)

615-862-4187 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 2 - 3 p.m. Learn to play the GPS treasurehunting game.

W FREE Hike

Day (Register)

615-370-4672 | owlshill.org All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 1 - 3 p.m. A guided hike through the trails and grounds.

N Historic Home Yuletide Tours

See Saturday, Dec. 2.

W FREE Holiday

Storytime with The Sugarplum Fairy

See page 64.

N FREE Kidsville Five kids will win a brand new model train set at the 24th Annual Christmas Toy Train Show on Saturday, Dec. 9 at The Fairgrounds in Nashville.

kidsvilleonline.org Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. Hear the Greek myth of Pandora, then make a present with a special gift inside.

N Little Art House Drop-In Class

See Saturday, Dec. 2.

W Mandy Barnett’s Winter Wonderland

See page 40.

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N Meet Me at the Zoo: Star Wars

615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12. Dress as your favorite Star Wars character while posing for pics with a variety of characters from the movies.

R MTSU Blue

Raiders Basketball

615-898-5261 goblueraiders.com All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5 p.m.; $13. Versus Ole Miss.

N FREE Music

City Winterfest

musiccitywinterfest.com All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shop the holiday market for unique gifts from local artisans, enjoy music, food, s’mores stations, a pop-up dog park and more fun.

N FREE Nashville Chamber Singers Christmas Concert

615-298-9517 music.fpcnashville.org All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 7 p.m. A night of holiday music.

N FREE Nashville Children’s Choir

See page 40.

N North Pole Express Santa Excursion Train

615-241-0436 | tcry.org All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 9 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; $21 - $75. A 64-mile round-trip train ride with Santa and his elves.

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Holidays on Stages!

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER Dec. 9 & 16 | All ages 615-563-2787 artscenterofcc.com

The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury. Dec. 9 at 2 p.m., Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. $10. A holiday comedy about the worst kids in the entire history of the world taking over the church Christmas pageant.

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Celebrate the season at a theater near you.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS DINNER THEATER

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS BELLES Dec. 1 - 16 | All ages

Natchez Hills Winery at Fontanel, 4125 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville. Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 1:30 & 7 p.m. $59.99 ages 7+, free ages 6 & younger. Dine while the Peanuts gang take the stage to uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 7 p.m. $35 - $50. A stage adaptation of Charles M. Schulz’ beloved animated holiday story in which the Peanuts characters uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

Pull-Tight Theater, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $18 adults, $12 students. The Futrelle Sisters return for the holiday farce revolving around the Christmas program at the Tabernacle of the Lamb Church.

Dec. 1 - 23 | All ages 615-724-1600 | fontanel.com

Friday, Dec. 8 | All ages 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

615-791-5007 | pull-tight.com


A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Dec. 1 - 17 | All ages 615-904-2787 | boroarts.org

Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students, $11 children. Experience Charles Dickens’ famous holiday tale on stage.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Dec. 14 - 17 | All Ages actorspointtheatre.com

Actors Point Theatre at God Why Church, 100 God Why Court, Hendersonville. Thu & Sat 7:30 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $13 - $18 (make it a dinner show on Fri - Sat night for $27 - $34). In this unique twist of the classic tale, the story is set in a migrant farm worker’s community at the edge of town in a junk yard.

A CHRISTMAS STORY

Thru Dec. 22 | All ages 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

Nashville Rep at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Wed - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $57.50 - $72.50. A stage version of the holiday movie classic about a boy’s wish for a Red Ryder B.B. gun.

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE

Thru Dec. 27 | All ages 615-889-1000 christmasatgaylordopryland.com Cirque Dreams at the Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville. Various showtimes. $24.99 - $89.99. Cirque performers dressed as ornaments come to life and perform dazzling feats to holiday music in this Vegas-style extravaganza.

Nashville Rep’s holiday tradition, A Christmas Story, runs through Friday, Dec. 22 at TPAC’s Polk Theater. Photo credit: Michael Scott Evans.

CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS Dec. 8 - 9, 14 - 17 | All ages 615-893-9825 | mltarts.com

Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro. Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $10 adults, $7 students. A holiday comedy about a young Jewish girl in the mid-1930s who is cast as Jesus in her school Christmas play.

ELF THE MUSICAL JR. Dec. 7 - 10 | All ages

615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Perform Murfreesboro at The Washington Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd.,

Murfreesboro. Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $7.50 adults, $6 ages 4 - 17. The stage version about Buddy, a young orphan turned would-be elf.

ELF THE MUSICAL JR. & A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Sunday, Dec. 17 | All ages 615-538-2076 acttooplayers.com

The Act Too Players at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 1 & 5:30 p.m. $13 - $25. A holiday double-header.

A GOOD OLD-FASHIONED REDNECK COUNTRY CHRISTMAS Dec. 8 - 17 | All ages 615-598-8950 encore-theatre-company.org

Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 & younger. What if the three wise men were really three rednecks who, while avoiding their families, stumbled across the greatest story ever told?

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Thru Dec. 10 | All ages 615-826-6037 | hpactn.com

Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville. Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $18 adults, $15 students. The saga of George Bailey and his guardian angel, Clarence.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE THE MUSICAL

Thru Dec. 23 | All ages 615-646-9977 chaffinsbarntheatre.com

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu - Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. $60 adults, $30 students, $18 ages 5 - 11. A timeless fable of dreams, disillusionment and the power of love.

KEN LUDWIG’S ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Dec. 8 - 9, 12 - 13, 15 - 16, 22 - 23 | All ages 615-646-9977 chaffinsbarntheatre.com

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 11 a.m. $10. This children’s Christmas show tells the

story of a mouse, an elf and a spunky girl who won’t take no for an answer after Santa missed a house last year. Bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee, tea and soft drinks provided. Grab a photo op with Santa after the show.

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE Dec. 1 - 23 | All ages 615-541-8200 studiotenn.com

Studio Tenn at the Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $30 - $85. Enter a winter wonderland behind the wardrobe where animals talk, trees walk and the White Witch rules the landscape. Backstage tours to see the costumes and other fun stuff are available at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17 for $15.

A TAFFETA CHRISTMAS Dec. 1 - 16 | All ages 615-221-1174 townecentretheatre.com

Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood. Thu - Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $20 adults, $16 students. A classic hometown Christmas musical throwback to the 1950s.

A TUNA CHRISTMAS

Dec. 1 - 23 | All ages 615-646-9977 chaffinsbarntheatre.com

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu - Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. $60 adults, $30 students, $18 ages 5 - 11. It’s Christmas in Texas’ third smallest town as two actors play all of the town’s characters.

WINTER WONDERETTES Thru Dec. 17 | Ages 10+ 615-883-8375 thelarrykeetontheatre.org

The Larry Keeton Dinner Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville. Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $18 - $30 adults, $15 - $20 ages 12 & younger. This musical comedy features ‘60s versions of holiday classics.

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BRENTWOOD BAPTIST PRESENTS

HOLIDAY ZIPLINE TOURS Every weekend in December thru Christmas.

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CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2017 BRENTWOOD Brentwood Baptist Church December 9 & 10 | 3:00 & 6:00 PM

Nashville’s Pediatric Dentist

SPRING HILL The Church at Station Hill December 9 & 10 | 3:00 & 6:00 PM

Serving Children, Teens & those with Special Needs

FRANKLIN The Church at West Franklin December 3 | 3:30 & 6:00 PM

• Cleanings & Check-ups • Fillings, Crowns & Sealants • Full Orthodontic Care • Hospital Dentistry at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

WOODBINE The Church at Woodbine December 3 | 3:00 PM

ALL AGES | FREE ADMISSION! Join us for one of our Christmas concerts and worship on Sundays.

8120 Sawyer Brown Road, Suite 103 Nashville, TN 37221

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THINGS TO DO W FREE Yoga with Maarika Mann

See Saturday, Dec. 2.

SUN 10 R FREE Bethlehem Marketplace

See Saturday, Dec. 9.

N FREE Blair

Children’s Choruses

See page 40.

N Creative Zone: Country Cookies and Hats

See Sunday, Dec. 3.

W FREE Dickens of a Christmas

See Saturday, Dec. 9.

Pose for a fun family photo op on Franklin’s Public Square during the annual Dickens of A Christmas Celebration, Dec. 9 - 10.

N Opry at

a film and other activities with an ice theme.

N Up and

See Friday, Dec. 1.

N Second Saturday

615-782-4040 | tpac.org Ages 16+. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $35. Payne Lindsey reveals never-before-seen footage and audio from his two-year investigation into the disappearance of Tara Grinstead.

the Ryman

R FREE Pancake Breakfast and Marketplace

rutherford.tennessee.edu All ages. Lane Agri-Park, 315 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (the breakfast is until 11 a.m.); free admission to the marketplace (breakfast is $8 adults, $5 ages 10 & younger). Rutherford County 4-H hosts this day of fun that includes a pancake breakfast where you can also get a photo with Santa (for a $5 fee). The Marketplace features vendors with home decor, woodwork, spices, candles, jewelry and more.

R Parents’ Night Out: Ice, Ice, Baby (Register)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org Ages 4 - 12. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.; $20 ($15 siblings). Supper, museum exploration, hands-on educational games,

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/saturday All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 6:30 - 11 p.m.; $9 adults, $8 ages 2 - 12 per show. A tour of the night skies followed by the full-dome feature, Space Rock Symphony, and laser shows with music from Lady Gaga, Foreigner and Led Zeppelin.

R FREE Star Wars Celebration

615-893-4131 linebaugh.org All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. In honor of The Last Jedi release, watch The Force Awakens, then pop into the photo booth with the 101st and Rebel Legions, make a light saber craft and participate in a costume contest.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever See page 56.

Vanished Live

W Winter Wild

Edibles (Register)

615-370-4672 | owlshill.org Adults. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $50. Learn the skills of wild foraging and how to prepare the harvest.

N Winter

Wonder Weekend

See Saturday, Dec. 2.

N FREE Winter’s on

its Way Hike (Register)

615-352-6299 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 - 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a hike searching for clues portending winter.

N Drew & Ellie

Holcomb’s Neighborly Christmas

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29 - $79. The Holcomb’s and their band, The Neighbors, present a night of Christmas standards and original holiday tunes.

N FREE Glory to

God in the Highest

See page 40.

N Historic Home Yuletide Tours

See Saturday, Dec. 9.

N Leann Rimes See page 40.

Road, Brentwood; 1 - 7 p.m. Four hundred characters and live animals recreate the village of Bethlehem at the time of Christ’s birth.

MON 11 R After-School Art See Monday, Dec. 4.

N Behold the Lamb of God

See page 40.

S Christmas 4 Kids Tour Bus Show

christmas4kids.org All ages. Walmart, 204 Anderson Lane N., Hendersonville; 5 - 9 p.m.; $5 adults, $2 ages 2 - 12, $20 family max. Walk through the tour buses of country stars and get autographs from more than 20 artists during this benefit for Christmas 4 Kids, which provides shopping spree money for local kids in need.

N Early Explorers See Monday, Dec. 4.

N Levi Kreis: Home for the Holidays

See page 40.

W FREE Nature Strollers

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org Ages 18 months - 5 years. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 11 a.m. A fun morning for tots in Fairview.

R FREE Paws & Claus

615-782-4040 | tpac.org Ages 16+. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $62.75 - $153. A night of stand-up comedy.

615-896-4486 stonesrivermall.com All ages. Stones River Mall, 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m.; Bring a pet food donation and receive a free print.. Leashed dogs and cats can get their holiday photo op with St. Nick.

N FREE Walk

R Snack Attack!

N FREE Sebastian Maniscalco

Thru Bethlehem

615-297-8563 woodmontchristian.org All ages. Woodmont Christian Church, 3601 Hillsboro

See Monday, Dec. 4.

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Creative Christmasing CRAFTS ALL ACCESS NIGHT

Discovery Center 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro 615-890-2300 | explorethedc.org Friday, Dec. 15 Special needs families can make holiday ornaments. 5:30 - 8 p.m. Free. Register in advance.

CHRISTMAS AT KIDS TIME

Richland Park Library 4711 Charlotte Pike, Nashville 615-862-5870 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org Thursday, Dec. 14 Ages 6 - 17 can make 3D snowflakes and create holiday cards. 4:30 p.m. Free.

CREATION STATION

Discovery Center 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro 615-890-2300 | explorethedc.org Dec. 1 - 15 & Dec. 16 - 30 All ages can participate in two-week art projects: Holiday Light Chalk Art (Dec. 1 - 15) and Symmetry in Snowflakes (Dec. 16 - 30). Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. $8.

FAMILY ART MAKING: HANDMADE HOLIDAY GARLANDS

Little Art House 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville 615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Saturday, Dec. 9 Ages 4 - 15 can make garlands ranging from classic pine cones to origami stars, pom poms and Star Wars themes. 3:30 - 4:30 and 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. $10.

FAMILY ART MAKING: HANDMADE HOLIDAY WRAPPING PAPER

Little Art House 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville 615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Friday, Dec. 1 Ages 4 - 15 can make personalized wrapping paper by using a variety of patterns. One set includes three 30 x 36-inch pieces. 4 - 5 p.m. or 5 - 6 p.m. $10 per set.

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HANDMADE SPECIALTY ORNAMENTS

Little Art House 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville 615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Thursday, Dec. 7 Ages 4 - 15 can have fun creating a variety of holiday ornaments for their tree or as gifts. 4 - 7 p.m. $5 per ornament.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Discovery Center 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro 615-890-2300 | explorethedc.org Saturday, Dec. 2 Decorate a giant gingerbread house. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free.

HOME DEPOT KIDS’ WORKSHOP

Home Depot Locations in Middle Tennessee homedepot.com Saturday, Dec. 2 Ages 5 - 12 can build a wooden gingerbread house and decorate it with paint and stickers. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Free. Register in advance.

KIDS’ ART WITH KREATIVE KAT: SANTA’S SLEIGH

Nolensville Recreation Complex 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville 615-790-5719 | wcparksandrec.com Tuesday, Dec. 5 Ages 6 - 10 can paint Santa’s main mode of transportation using watercolors. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. $20. Register in advance.

LET IT SNOW

Edgehill Public Library 1409 12th Ave. S., Nashville 615-862-5861 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org Tuesday, Dec. 12 Ages 8 - 16 can create a snow-themed craft. 4 p.m. Free.

MUSIC CITY WINTERFEST

Centennial Park 2500 West End Ave., Nashville musiccitywinterfest.com Saturday, Dec. 9 Your family can enjoy s’mores stations during this holiday celebration. Free.

NORTH POLE EXPERIENCE

Nolensville Town Hall 7218 Nolensville Road, Nolensville 615-776-3640 | nolensvilletn.gov Monday, Dec. 4 Kids can make ornaments and other holiday crafts. 6 - 8 p.m. Free.

ORNAMENT PAINTING

Edgehill Public Library 1409 12th Ave. S., Nashville 615-862-5861 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org Wednesday, Dec. 20 Ages 8 - 16 can get creative and paint a keepsake ornament. 2 p.m. Free.

PORTLAND CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

Downtown Portland 615-325-9032 | portlandcofc.com Saturday, Dec. 2 Create holiday crafts during the city’s holiday festivities. 3 - 5:30 p.m. Free.

SANTA AROUND THE WORLD

Stones River Mall 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro 615-896-4486 | stonesrivermall.com Saturday, Dec. 16 Create holiday crafts from five different countries, including Cuba, Italy, India, South Korea and Poland along with food sampling from each country. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free.

SANTA SPLASH AND DASH

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro 615-893-7439 | murfreesborotn.gov/parks Friday, Dec. 22 Ages 7 - 13 can make holiday ornament crafts during this indoor pool party. 6 - 9 p.m. $5 in advance, $7 day of.

SMYRNA STROKES: RUDOLPH

Outdoor Adventure Center 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna townofsmyrna.org emily.morris@townofsmyrna.org Saturday, Dec. 16 All ages can paint one of the most popular reindeer. 6 - 8 p.m. $10. Register in advance.

WINTER BREAK CAMP

Little Art House 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville 615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Dec. 18 - 22 & 27 - 29 Kids in grades K - 2 can use a variety of mediums like collage, watercolor, tempura paint and oil pastel to create works of art inspired by classics like The Snowman and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. $55 per day. Register in advance.


A local boy poses with his gingerbread house creation at Cheekwood. This year’s Family Gingerbread Workshops take place Dec. 2 & 16.

WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

Bowie Nature Park 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview 615-799-5544, ext. 0 | bowiepark.org Thursday, Dec. 21 Celebrate the shortest day of the year and the beginning of winter by dropping in to make seasonal crafts. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free.

KIDS’ CLASS: GINGERBREAD HOUSES!

The Curious Kitchen 1602 W. N.field Blvd., Murfreesboro 615-956-6077 | thecuriouskitchen.net Saturday, Dec. 23 Ages 12 & younger can decorate gingerbread houses with icing, sprinkles, candies, cookies and more. Snacks, drinks and holiday treats provided. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. $60. Register in advance.

GINGERBREAD BUILD A GINGERBREAD HOUSE

Edgehill Public Library 1409 12th Ave. S., Nashville 615-862-5861 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org Tuesday, Dec. 12 Ages 8 - 16 can help build a large gingerbread house to display in the library. 2 p.m. Free.

FAMILY GINGERBREAD WORKSHOP

Cheekwood 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 615-356-8000 | cheekwood.org Dec. 2 & 16 All ages can create a delicious masterpiece from Crumb de la Crumb Bakery. 9 - 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $52 members, $65 non-members (limit five people per house). Register in advance.

GINGERBREAD DECORATING CORNER

Gaylord Opryland Resort 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville 615-889-1000 | christmasatgaylordopryland.com Dec. 1 - 31 All ages can choose a traditional gingerbread house ($29.99), family cookie kit ($19.99) or ugly sweater cookie kit ($19.99). Hours vary daily.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING WORKSHOP

Outdoor Adventure Center 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna 615-459-9773 | townofsmyrna.org Tuesday, Dec. 5 Ages 3 - 12 can use a variety of candies to decorate a medium ($8) or large ($10) gingerbread house. Register in advance.

TREAT TIME COOKIE DECORATING & BRUNCH WITH MRS. CLAUS

American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin 877-247-5223 americangirl.com/retail/nashville.php Friday, Dec. 22 All ages can join Santa’s wife to decorate festive holiday cookies before brunch in the Bistro. 10 - 11:15 a.m. $15.

COOKIE DECORATING PARTY

Bellevue Library 720 Baugh Road, Nashville 615-862-5854 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org Sunday, Dec. 10 Ages 3 - 12 can transform store-bought cookies into festive creations. 3 - 4 p.m. Free. Call to register.

COOKIE DECORATING PARTY

Edgehill Public Library 1409 12th Ave. S., Nashville 615-862-5861 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org Tuesday, Dec. 19 Ages 7 - 18 can decorate holiday cookies. 2 p.m. Free. Call to register.

COOKIES WITH MRS. CLAUS

Gaylord Opryland Resort 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville 615-889-1000 | christmasatgaylordopryland.com Thru Jan. 1 Santa’s leading lady is serving up cookies and milk along with a story. Hours vary daily. $17.99 per child, includes an autographed book.

CREATIVE ZONE: COUNTRY COOKIES AND HATS

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville 615-416-2001 | countrymusichalloffame.org Dec. 3, 10, 17 & 31 All ages can decorate cookies to celebrate the holiday season and create a paper hat to represent their style. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties).

GETTING REAL TEEN COOKING CLUB

Linebaugh Public Library 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro 615-893-4131 | linebaugh.org Saturday, Dec. 2 Ages 12 - 18 can learn to prepare holiday treats and goodies. 2 p.m. Free. Register in advance.

HOLIDAY AFTERNOON TEA

Cheekwood 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 615-356-8000 | cheekwood.org Thursdays and Fridays in December All ages can sip artisan teas while nibbling sandwiches, scones and desserts. 2 p.m. $65 adults, $55 ages 3 - 17. Register in advance.

HOLIDAY COOKIE DECORATING

Inglewood Library 4312 Gallatin Road, Nashville 615-862-5866 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org Saturday, Dec. 23 Ages 6 - 12 can decorate sugar cookies. 10:30 a.m. Free. Call to register.

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THINGS TO DO R SPARK!

See Monday, Dec. 4.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

See Monday, Dec. 4.

TUE 12 W A Season

of High Hopes

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7:30 p.m.; $50. Rodeo & Juliet, a children’s choir and other performers take the stage to raise money for High Hopes.

N FREE Bellevue Adventure Club

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

N Carols by Candlelight

615-891-1781 marathonmusicworks.com All ages. Marathon Music Works, 1402 Clinton St., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $15 $75. Holiday music by Little

River Band, Sixwire, Stranger Friends and Andrea Zonn. Proceeds benefit Monroe Harding.

N Christmas with the Celts

615-324-1010 citywinery.com All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $20 - $35. Holiday classics with lively Irish flair.

W FREE Effective

Spelling Instruction

615-507-3242 curreyingram.org/ community/education Adults. Currey Ingram Academy, 6544 Murray Lane, Brentwood; 8 - 9:30 a.m. Learn effective methods to help your child gain spelling success.

R Homeschool PE:

W FREE Junior Martial W Archery HomeArts Class (Register)

See Wednesday, Dec. 6.

W FREE Mighty

N Belmont

Sprouts Martial Arts Class (Register)

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

N FREE Night Hike (Register)

615-862-8580 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 5 - 7 p.m. Hike the Henry Hollow Loop trail while discovering the mysteries of the night woods.

R SPARK!

See Monday, Dec. 4.

R Water Polo

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Winter Olympics

alex.lempin@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org Grades K - 12. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 10 a.m.; $2. Play winter-themed relay games.

school Day (Register)

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

WED 13 W A Studio Tenn Christmas

See page 40.

Bruins Basketball

belmontbruins.com All ages. Curb Event Center, 2000 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; $10.15 adults, $3.74 kids. Versus Milwaukee.

kick bags, learn body wight movements, isometrics and calisthenics.

N Alita Allen:

Grateful Christmas

615-784-4014 capitoltheatretn.com All ages. Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St., Lebanon; 7 p.m.; $12. A night of original music and Christmas songs.

R FREE Earth Lab

R Busy Bees

R Homeschool

N Cinderella

See Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Creativity Class

See Wednesday, Dec. 6.

N Jason Bonham’s

Led Zeppelin Experience

615-782-4040 | tpac.org All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $25 - $45. A live homage to a classic rock band.

R KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Register)

See Friday, Dec. 1.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Friday, Dec. 1.

W Music City Roots See Wednesday, Dec. 6.

W FREE Snack with Santa (Register)

See page 68.

R Wild Things (Register)

See Wednesday, Dec. 6.

See Tuesday, Dec. 5. 615-252-4675 nashvillect.org All ages. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; Thru Dec. 21: Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 16 17 & 19 - 21 at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; $20 adults, $15 youth. This unique stage adaptation of a beloved fairy tale features humor, romance and theatrical special effects.

N FREE Grief During

the Holidays (Register)

615-963-4732 | alivehospice.org/holidayseminars All ages. Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville; 6 - 7:30 p.m. Learn how to cope with grief and loss during the holiday season.

N Handel’s Messiah See page 40.

W FREE It Looks Like Play (Register)

See Thursday, Dec. 7.

W FREE Junior Martial Arts Class (Register)

See Thursday, Dec. 7.

THU 14 R A Christmas Spectacular

W FREE Mighty

Sprouts Martial Arts Class (Register)

See Thursday, Dec. 7.

See page 40.

W FREE AIM Kickboxing & Fitness Class (Register)

See a living nativity and other period re-enactors and live animals during Walk Thru Bethlehem at Woodmont Christian Church on Sunday, Dec. 10.

615-224-3851 harvestmartialarts.com Ages 16+. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 5:15 p.m. Punch and

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Holiday Storytimes

‘Tis the season for terrific tales!

The annual reading of The Polar Express at Brentwood Library takes place Monday, Dec. 4.

CELEBRATE KWANZAA

Watkins Park Library 612 17th Ave. N., Nashville 615-862-5872 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org Thursday, Dec. 28 Ages 9 - 11 can learn about the African-American celebration through stories, songs and activities. 1:30 p.m. Free.

COME MEET SANTA

Goodlettsville Library 205 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville 615-862-5862 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org Thursday, Dec. 14 Santa and Mrs. Claus read stories and share refreshments with good boys and girls. 6:30 p.m. Free.

FAMILY FUN & LITERACY

Donelson Library 2315 Lebanon Road, Donelson 615-862-5859 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org Saturday, Dec. 16 Ages 5 - 10 can hear a reading of How the Grinch

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Stole Christmas followed by Grinch activities. 10:30 a.m. Free.

HOLIDAY STORYTIME WITH ELSA & OLAF Williamson County Visitor Center 400 Main St., Ste. 130, Franklin 615-591-8514 | visitfranklin.com/events Saturday, Dec. 16 Characters from Frozen read their favorite holiday stories and pose for photos. 1 p.m. Free.

HOLIDAY STORYTIME WITH SANTA

Williamson County Visitor Center 400 Main St., Ste. 130, Franklin 615-591-8514 | visitfranklin.com/events Saturday, Dec. 2 St. Nick reads his favorite holiday stories and poses for photos. 12 p.m. Free.

HOLIDAY STORYTIME WITH THE SUGARPLUM FAIRY

Williamson County Visitor Center 400 Main St., Ste. 130, Franklin 615-591-8514 | visitfranklin.com/events Saturday, Dec. 9 The Sugarplum Fairy reads The Nutcracker and poses for pics. 1 p.m. Free.

MR. & MRS. CLAUS VISIT THE LIBRARY

Inglewood Library 4312 Gallatin Road, Nashville 615-862-5866 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org Saturday, Dec. 9 Ages 10 & younger can hear stories and share their wish lists with the jolly elf. 10:30 a.m. Free.


THE POLAR EXPRESS AT BRENTWOOD LIBRARY

Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood 615-371-0090 | brentwoodtn.gov/library Monday, Dec. 4 Gather ‘round the fireplace for a reading of the beloved holiday tale either before or after the city’s tree lighting. 5 & 6 p.m. Admission tickets are free, but you must pick them up in advance at the Children’s Service Desk on a first-come, first-served basis. Free. Register in advance.

POLAR EXPRESS DAY

Bellevue Library 720 Baugh Road, Nashville 615-862-5854 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org Tuesday, Dec. 12 A reading of Chris Van Allsburgh’s book followed by a screening of the film. Wear your PJs! 5:30 - 7:45 p.m. Free.

STORYTIME WITH SANTA

Fairview Recreation Complex 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview 615-799-9331, ext. 2315 | wcparksandrec.com Friday, Dec. 15 Santa reads stories and poses for photos. Kids 10 and younger can wear their PJs and enjoy snacks. 7 - 8:30 p.m. $6. Register in advance.

STORYTIME WITH SANTA

Nolensville Recreation Complex 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville 615-786-0200 | wcparksandrec.com Tuesday, Dec. 6 Santa reads stories and poses for pics. Kids ages 11 and younger can also make reindeer treats. 9 - 11 a.m. $6. Register in advance.

STORYTIME WITH SANTA & MRS. CLAUS

Linebaugh Library 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro 615-893-4131 | linebaugh.org Tuesday, Dec. 5 Stories, crafts, snacks and visiting with St. Nick. 10 a.m. Free.

WINTER CELEBRATIONS STORYTIME

Watkins Park Library 612 17th Ave. N., Nashville 615-862-5872 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org Tuesday, Dec. 19 Stories, songs and activities related to the winter season. 1:30 p.m. Free.

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THINGS TO DO W Mac Davis

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $49 - $68. A night of country-pop music.

N FREE Nashville Flea Market

615-862-5016 nashvilleflea.com All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; Fri 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shop for treasures. This month’s theme is “Last Chance.”

N Opry at the Ryman

See Friday, Dec. 1.

N That’s Inappropri-

ate Live with Meredith

Nashville Children’s Theatre brings Cinderella back to its stage, Dec. 14 - 21.

R Preschool Pro-

R Water Polo

R Critter Encounter

mike.kraft@townofsmyrna.org townofsmyrna.org Ages 3 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 10 a.m.; $2. Enjoy monkey-themed games and crafts.

R Youth Volleyball

R Family Night:

gram: International Monkey Day (Register)

N Science of Beer:

Around the World in 80 Brews (Register)

615-862-5160 | adventuresci.org/scienceofbeer Ages 21+. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 7 - 10 p.m.; $50 members, $60 nonmembers. Explore the science of the brewing process, flavor profiles, cooking with beer and more.

W This Christmas

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $32.50 - $42.50. Melinda Doolittle presents a night of holiday music.

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

See Thursday, Dec. 7.

FRI 15 R FREE All Access Night (Register)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 5:30 - 8 p.m. Special needs families can enjoy the exhibits, make holiday ornaments, enjoy cookies and milk, and more.

N FREE Botany 101 (Register)

615-862-4187 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 9:30 10:30 a.m. An introduction to identifying plants, their parts and functions.

See Friday, Dec. 1.

615-782-4040 | tpac.org Ages 16+. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $25 - $30. A night of stand-up comedy with topics ranging from marriage to parenting.

R Toddler Time See Friday, Dec. 1.

Christmas Cookies (Register)

N FREE Winter Songs

N FREE Holiday Open

615-352-6299 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 1:30. - 2:30 p.m. Celebrate the beginning of winter break through stories and songs of the coming season.

alex.lempin@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. East, Smyrna; 6 - 8 p.m.; $2. Enjoy Christmas cookies, games and activities celebrating the winter season.

and Stories (Register)

House (Register)

615-862-8580 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 5 - 7:30 p.m. Explore the center, enjoy live music and stroll the trail.

R KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Register)

See Friday, Dec. 1.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Friday, Dec. 1.

SAT 16 W FREE 3D Printing Class (Register)

N A Legendary Holiday at Historic RCA Studio B (Register)

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 3. - 5 p.m. & 4:15 - 6:15 p.m.; $25. Tour the studio and enjoy a holiday concert by guitarist Meagan Taylor, great-niece of Chet Atkins, and Jason Coleman, grandson of Floyd Cramer, along with a guest appearance by Mandy Barnett.

N Belmont

Bruins Basketball

belmontbruins.com All ages. Curb Event Center, 2000 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $10.15 adults, $3.74 kids. Versus Pepperdine.

W FREE Bike Bowie See Saturday, Dec. 2.

R FREE Bird Club

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 6+. Nickajack Wetlands, Red Mile Road, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. Bring binoculars and search for resident birds of Tennessee.

N Breakfast with

Santa at Aquarium Restaurant (Register)

See page 68.

N Breakfast with

Santa at Rainforest Cafe (Register)

See page 68.

Christmas with Elvis See page 40.

N Cinderella

See Thursday, Dec. 14.

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/library Ages 13 - 18. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m. Use Tinkercad software to create a 3D project. (Turn the page for Santa sightings ... Daily events continue on page 70)

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Santa Sightings SPECIAL EVENTS CHRISTMAS AT CANNONSBURGH

Cannonsburgh Village 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro 616-890-0355 | murfreesborotn.gov/parks Saturday, Dec. 2 Get pics with St. Nick. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free admission, but there is a photo fee.

CHRISTMAS ON MAIN AT CITY HALL

105 S. Main St., Goodlettsville 615-851-2253 | goodlettsvilleparks.com Friday, Dec. 1 Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus during the city’s annual tree-lighting ceremony that includes live entertainment, cocoa and cookies. 6 p.m. Free.

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

Sumner Crest Winery 5306 E. Old Hwy. 52, Portland 615-325-4086 | sumnercrestwinery.com Saturday, Dec. 2 Kids can visit with Santa while carolers sing and you sample food. 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Free.

A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

Gaylord Opryland Resort 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville 616-889-1000 | christmasatgaylordopryland.com Thru Dec. 24 Hop on St. Nick’s lap under the Delta Island Bridge. Hours are Sun - Thu 12 - 7 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; hours Dec. 17 - 22 & 24 are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Photo packages start at $30.

DECK THE HALL

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville 615-416-2001 | countrymusichalloffame.org Dec. 2 - 3, 9 - 10, 16 - 17 Kids can share their lists and pose for pictures. They will also receive a commemorative photo holder. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free.

FRANKLIN TREE LIGHTING

Downtown Square, Main St., Franklin franklintn.gov Friday, Dec. 1 Get free pics, including pet photos, with Santa during Franklin’s tree-lighting celebration. 5:30 - 8 p.m.

GRANDPARENTS NIGHT

Stones River Mall 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro 615-896-4486 | stonesrivermall.com Sunday, Dec. 3 Children and their grandparents can get a profes-

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Hang with the jolly elf this ho-ho-holiday season!

sional photo with Santa. 4 - 6 p.m. Reserve a spot at the website.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD

1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 615-356-8000 | cheekwood.org Tue, Wed & Thu in December Kids can visit with Santa on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. $22 adults, $17 ages 3 - 17 in advance ($5 more at the gate).

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Discovery Center 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro 616-890-2300 | explorethedc.org Saturday, Dec. 2 Visit St. Nick and pose for pictures. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free.

HOLIDAY PARTY WITH MRS. CLAUS & SANTA

Bordeaux Library 4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville 615-862-5856 | nashvillepubliclibrary.org Saturday, Dec. 9 Mrs. Claus makes balloon animals, paints faces and facilitates games. Santa is on hand to hear wish lists and pose for pics. 2 p.m. Free.

KEN LUDWIG’S ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

See “Holidays on Stages,” page 56.

Kids can pose for pics with St. Nick after the show at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre.

MEET ME AT THE ZOO

Nashville Zoo 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville 615-833-1534 | nashvillezoo.org Saturday, Dec. 16 Santa’s checking his list twice, taking gift requests and posing for photos with good little boys and girls ... and even the naughty ones! 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12.

MORNING WITH SANTA

PAJAMA NIGHT WITH SANTA

RiverGate Mall 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville 615-859-3458 | rivergate-mall.com Friday, Dec. 8 Kids can don their jammies for a special photo night with Santa Claus. 5 - 8 p.m. Free to visit; photo packages vary.

PORTLAND CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

Downtown Portland 615-325-9032 | portlandcofc.com Saturday, Dec. 2 Visit Santa during the city’s holiday festivities. 3 - 5:30 p.m. Free.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY 4-H PANCAKE BREAKFAST & MARKETPLACE

Lane Agri-Park 315 John R. Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro 615-898-7710 | bdavenp4@utk.edu Saturday, Dec. 9 Kids can get their picture made with Santa during this eating and shopping event. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission to the marketplace. Breakfast is $8 adults, $5 ages 10 & younger. Santa photos are a suggested $5 donation.

SANTA CARES

CoolSprings Galleria 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin 615-771-2128 | coolspringsgalleria.com Sunday, Dec. 3 Children with sensory issues or other special needs can visit with Santa Claus in a calm environment. Photo packages available for purchase. 9 - 11 a.m. Free. Register at the website.

SNACK WITH SANTA

Timberland Park Mile Marker 437.2, Franklin 615-790-5719 | wcparksandrec.com Wednesday, Dec. 13 Ages 18 months - 4 years can hear stories and do crafts with St. Nick. 10 - 11 a.m. Free. Register.

Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood 615-377-0090 | brentwoodtn.org/library Saturday, Dec. 2 Meet Santa, enjoy a magic show, play games and more. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Free admission, but you must pick up event tickets in advance.

SUNDAES WITH SANTA

NORTH POLE EXPRESS TRAIN

VOLUNTEER SANTA

Tennessee Central Railway Museum 220 Willow St., Nashville 515-241-0436 | tcry.org Saturdays, Dec. 2 & 9 A 64-mile round-trip train ride with Santa and his elves. 9 and 1:30 p.m. $21 - $75.

Milky Way Farm 520 Milky Way Road, Pulaski 931-808-2281 | milkywayfarm.org Sundays, Dec. 3 & 17 St. Nick visits while kids enjoy chocolate fudge sundaes. 12 - 4 p.m. $12.

RiverGate Mall 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville 615-859-3458 | rivergate-mall.com Thursday, Dec. 7 UT fans can wear their team colors for photos with Santa who’ll also be decked out in a “Big Orange” suit. 6 - 9 p.m. Free to visit; photo prices vary.


BREAKFASTS AQUARIUM RESTAURANT

516 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville 615-514-3474 | aquariumrestaurants.com Dec. 16, 17 & 23 A breakfast buffet with Santa and Sharkey that includes a waffle station, pancakes, omelettes and more. Pose for photos with St. Nick before watching him swim with the fish. 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. $14.99 adults, $9.99 ages 3 - 10.

BLUEGRASS YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB

550 Johnny Cash Pkwy., Hendersonville holidayfesttn.org Saturday, Dec. 2 A breakfast buffet, photos with Santa, craft activities, live entertainment with Mrs. Claus and the elves, goodie bags and more. Bring a new, unwrapped toy (infant to teens) to donate to a child who will spend Christmas in Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. 8:30 & 11 a.m. $19.50 adults, $15.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 2 & younger.

CHEEKWOOD

1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 615-356-8000 | cheekwood.org Saturday, Dec. 23 Enjoy eggs, sausage, fruit and waffles, then decorate cookies and visit with St. Nick. 8:30 - 10 a.m. $35 adults, $22 ages 3 - 17. Register in advance.

CHUCK E. CHEESE’S AT STONES RIVER MALL

1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro 615-896-4486 | stonesrivermall.com Saturday, Dec. 2 Wear PJs for this pancake breakfast with St. Nick that also includes free game play, a collectible teddy bear and a goody bag. 9 a.m. $5. Register in advance.

RAINFOREST CAFE

353 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville 615-569-7984 | rainforestcafe.com Dec. 16, 17 & 23 A new, bigger breakfast buffet this year, plus a raffle with prizes, goodie bags, visiting with Santa and other activities. 8 - 10 a.m. $18.84 adults, $13.23 ages 4 - 10, free ages 3 & younger.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY ENRICHMENT CENTER

110 Everbright Ave., Franklin 615-790-5719 | wcparksandrec.com Saturday, Dec. 9 Enjoy a continental breakfast before hopping on Santa’s lap to share wish lists and pose for photos. 8 - 10:30 a.m. $12 ($6 siblings), free for parents. Register in advance with event code 10866.

SANTA AT BASS PRO SHOP

323 Opry Mills Drive Nashville 615-514-5200 basspro.com/santa Thru Dec. 24 Hop on Santa’s lap for a free 4 x 6 photo — schedule your child’s visit with St. Nick by picking up a Bass Pro reservation in the store. Hours are Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

LOCAL MALL SANTAS THE AVENUE MURFREESBORO

2615 Medical Center Pkwy. Murfreesboro 615-893-4207 theavenuemurfreesboro.com Dec. 8 - 10 Fri 3 - 5 p.m., Sat 12 - 2 p.m., Sun 2 - 4 p.m.

COOLSPRINGS GALLERIA

1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin 615-771-2128 coolspringsgalleria.com Thru Dec. 24 Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks 1 - 2 p.m. & 5 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break 3 - 3:30 p.m.).

THE MALL AT GREEN HILLS

2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville 615-298-5478 | shopgreenhills.com Thru Dec. 24 (Santa’s Flight Academy) Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks 1 - 2 p.m. & 5 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break 2 - 3 p.m.).

OPRY MILLS

433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville 615-514-1000 | oprymills.com Thru Dec. 24 Thru Dec. 14: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks 1 - 2 p.m. & 5:15 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break 2 - 3 p.m.); Dec. 15 - 23: Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks 1 - 2 p.m. & 5:15 - 6 p.m.), Sun 10 a.m. -

6 p.m. (break 2 - 3 p.m.); Dec. 24: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (break 1 - 2 p.m.).

RIVERGATE MALL

1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville 615859-3458 | rivergate-mall.com Thru Dec. 24 Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks 1 - 2 & 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break 3 - 3:30 p.m.). Pet photo nights are Dec. 5, 12 & 19 from 6 - 9 p.m.

STONES RIVER MALL

1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro 615-896-4486 | stonesrivermall.com Thru Dec. 23 Thru Dec. 14: Mon - Sat 12 - 8 p.m. (break 3 - 4 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break 2:30 - 3 p.m.). Dec. 15 - 23: Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks 12 - 1 & 4 - 5 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break 2:30 - 3 p.m.). Christmas Eve: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (break 1 - 2 p.m.).

STREETS OF INDIAN LAKE

300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville streetsofindianlake.com Thru Dec. 23 Fri - Sat 1 - 4 p.m. & 5 - 7 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m. (plus Tue - Sat the week prior to Christmas).

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THINGS TO DO N CODE IT: Spiro-

W FREE Hot

615-862-5160 | adventuresci.org/i2makerlabs Ages 10 - 14 from 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; ages 15 18 from 1:15 - 3:15 p.m. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; $5 members, $7 non-members plus gate ($14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12). Explore a programming language to create a custom engraved spirograph with a high-tech laser cutter.

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org All ages. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 11 a.m. Grab a cup of cocoa then go for a stroll.

graph Engraving Lab (Register)

N FREE Evergreen Beaman (Register)

615-862-8580 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 9:30 - 11 a.m. Learn about evergreen plants.

N Family Gingerbread Workshop (Register)

See page 60.

R FREE Family Movie

615-893-4131 linebaugh.org All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. Catch a screening of a family-friendly flick.

N Garth Brooks

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $74.98. A night of country music with special guest (and wife) Trisha Yearwood.

N Historic Home Yuletide Tours

See Saturday, Dec. 2.

W FREE Holiday

Storytime with Elsa & Olaf

See page 64.

Cocoa & a Hike (Register)

N Intro to Jamming: Holiday Style

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 10+. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 - 2 p.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Learn basic chords to holiday favorites on the mandolin, banjo, ukulele and guitar.

N FREE Kidsville

kidsvilleonline.org Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. Learn how new music expands ears and minds, then make a craft.

W Mac Davis

See Friday, Dec. 15.

N Meet Me at the Zoo: Santa Claus

615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12. Santa’s checking his list, taking gift requests and posing for photos.

N FREE Nashville Flea Market

See Friday, Dec. 15.

N FREE NTOS

Christmas Bird Count (Register)

615-862-4187 nashville.gov/parks Ages 13+. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 8 a.m. Join the Nashville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society for the annual counting of winter birds.

N Opry at the Ryman

See Friday, Dec. 1.

R Parents’ Night Out (Register)

alex.lempin@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 5 - 10 p.m.; $5. Make a dent in your shopping while the kids have fun with games, activities and pizza.

W Riverbend Kids’ Club

615-468-2008 riverbendnurseries.com All ages. Riverbend Nurseries, 2008 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 10 - 11 a.m.; $5. Make a pinecone bird feeder.

R FREE Santa

Around the World

See page 60.

R Smyrna Strokes: Rudolph (Register)

See page 60.

N Song and Story-

time: Family Traditions

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 3 - 5. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Through stories and song, kids can celebrate family, traditions and music with children’s songwriter Emily Arrow.

N FREE Where Do

You Go When it Starts to Snow? (Register)

615-352-6299 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 1 - 2:30 p.m. Hike through the quiet of the coming season in Warner Parks.

R Wildlife

Painting (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 13+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $15. participate in an artist-led paint-a-long with a wildlife/nature theme.

S Winter Concert Series (Register)

615-824-0502 historicrockcastle.com All ages. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville; 6 p.m.; $30. Local songwriters Amanda June and Cole Vosbury perform a night of acoustic music.

N Winter

Wonder Weekend

See Saturday, Dec. 2.

W FREE Yoga with Maarika Mann

See Saturday, Dec. 2.

SUN 17 N A Legendary Holiday at Historic RCA Studio B (Register)

See Saturday, Dec. 16.

W American Girl at

The Nutcracker (Register)

877-247-5223 | americangirl.com/retail/nashville.php Ages 6+. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; $93. Enjoy brunch in the Bistro before riding to TPAC to see Nashville Ballet’s Nashville’s Nutcracker matinee.

N Cinderella

See Thursday, Dec. 14.

N Creative Zone:

Country Cookies and Hats

See Sunday, Dec. 3.

W FREE EBPC

Christmas Concert: The Gift of Music

615-370-4227 eastbrentwoodpc.com All ages. East Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 9000 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 p.m. Enjoy different styles of Christmas music, from jazz to contemporary plus singalongs.

W Elf the Musical Jr. & A Charlie Brown Christmas

See page 56.

N Historic Home Yuletide Tours

See Saturday, Dec. 2.

N Holiday Around the World Ice Show

615-928-7977 nashvilleiceskate.com All ages. Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 ages 4 - 12. This show highlights all levels of figure skating, including national and sectional competitors along with guest performers.

N FREE Nashville Flea Market

See Friday, Dec. 15.

N Shopkins Live! Shop it Up!

615-782-4040 | tpac.org All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 1 p.m.; $25 - $100. The Shoppies make their theatrical debut in this original live show featuring musical performances.

Sundaes with Santa See page 68.

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THINGS TO DO

MON 18

N K - 2 Winter Break Camp (Register)

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $34 - $79. A night of holiday music with special guests.

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Grades K - 2. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $55. Enjoy art-making fun inspired by Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the winter tale The Snowman. Mediums include collage, watercolor, tempura paint and oil pastel.

N Early Explorers

N A Very Merry

Christmas with Dave Barnes

See Monday, Dec. 4.

N Holiday School for Ice Skating Lessons (Register)

615-928-7977 nashvilleiceskate.com Ages 3+. Centennial Sportsplex, 222 2Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; two sessions run Dec. 18 - 21 and Dec. 26 - 29 from 1:15 - 2:15 each day; $85 for one week, $155 for both. Learn to ice skate.

Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $30. A Christmas cabaret with Ginger Newman and Russell Davis.

R Snack Attack! See Monday, Dec. 4.

TUE 19 N A Johnnyswim Christmas

Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5. Meet live snakes while learning about them.

W FREE Junior Martial

See Monday, Dec. 4.

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $34 - $94. A night of holiday favorites with a folk/soul/ blues/pop sound.

N Makers’ Winter

N Winter Break Mini

N FREE Bellevue

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Grades 3 - 5. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 1 - 3 p.m.; $35. Learn how to create different crafts and artworks including keychains, picture frames, boxes and more.

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Ages 3 - 5. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 3:30 - 5 p.m.; $30. Create an art project, read books and enjoy other activities.

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

615-224-3851 harvestmartialarts.com Ages 6 - 13. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 4:45 p.m. Learn selfdefense, fitness, mindfulness and more while practicing traditional techniques, forms, weapons, sparring and board breaking.

R Busy Bees

N K - 2 Winter Break

Break Camp (Register)

R SPARK!

See Monday, Dec. 4.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

Camp (Register)

N Mistletoe,

Mischief & Miracles

belmontmansion.com All ages. Belmont Mansion, 1700 Belmont Blvd.,

Adventure Club

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

N Cinderella

Arts Class (Register)

Camp (Register)

See Monday, Dec. 18.

See Thursday, Dec. 14.

N Kris Allen: Some-

R Homeschool

See page 40.

Program: Sneaky Snakes (Register)

miranda.pewitt@townofsmyrna.org | townofsmyrna.org Grades K - 12. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam

thin’ About Christmas

N Makers’ Winter

Break Camp (Register)

See Monday, Dec. 18.

W FREE Mighty

Sprouts Martial Arts Class (Register)

615-224-3851 harvestmartialarts.com Ages 3 - 6. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. Learn elementary martial arts moves and more.

N Mistletoe,

Mischief & Miracles

See Monday, Dec. 18.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the Winnipeg Jets.

W FREE Nature

Rangers (Register)

Shopkins Live! Shop it Up! comes to War Memorial Auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 17.

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615-799-5544 bowiepark.org Ages 13 - 18. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Do hands-on field research using lab techniques and data collection to examine the park’s environments.


THINGS TO DO R Winter Break Day

R KidFIT: Movers and

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org Grades K - 4. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $35 members, $40 non-members. Explore the exhibits, enjoy free play, participate in structured lessons and more.

See Friday, Dec. 1.

Camp (Register)

R SPARK!

See Monday, Dec. 4.

R Water Polo

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

N Winter Break Mini Camp (Register)

See Monday, Dec. 18.

WED 20

W Music City Roots See Wednesday, Dec. 6.

N Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball

615-322-4653 vucommodores.com All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $15. Versus Houston Baptist.

W Archery Home-

R Wild Things

See Wednesday, Dec. 6.

See Wednesday, Dec. 6.

N Cinderella

N Winter Break Mini

school Day (Register)

See Thursday, Dec. 14.

(Register)

Camp (Register)

See Monday, Dec. 18.

N Cirque Musica Holiday: Believe

See page 40.

R FREE Earth Lab

See Wednesday, Dec. 6.

N Evening Gingerbread Workshop (Register)

615-356-8000 cheekwood.org Adults. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 5 - 8 p.m.; $52 members, $65 non-members (limit 5 people per house). Create a yummy masterpiece from Crumb de la Crumb Bakery while sipping seasonal drinks and enjoying treats from Christie Cookie.

THU 21 (Register)

615-224-3851 harvestmartialarts.com Ages 16+. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 5:15 p.m. Punch and kick bags, learn body wight movements, isometrics and calisthenics.

R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

N Cinderella

See Thursday, Dec. 14.

N K - 2 Winter Break See Monday, Dec. 18.

See Thursday, Dec. 7.

Play (Register)

Jason Eskridge: R KidFIT: Movers and N Christmas with Friends Shakers (Register)

See Friday, Dec. 1

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Friday, Dec. 1.

N Makers’ Winter

Break Camp (Register)

See Monday, Dec. 18.

Camp (Register)

See Monday, Dec. 18.

N Makers’ Winter

Break Camp (Register)

See Monday, Dec. 18.

W FREE Mighty

Sprouts Martial Arts Class (Register)

615-224-3851 harvestmartialarts.com Ages 3 - 6. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. Learn elementary martial arts moves while developing basic motor movements, focus and more.

N Mistletoe,

Mischief & Miracles

See Monday, Dec. 18.

W FREE AIM Kickbox- N Movies at the ing & Fitness Class

W FREE It Looks Like

Camp (Register)

N K - 2 Winter Break

615-324-1010 citywinery.com All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $12 in advance, $15 at the door. A night of holiday music.

Schermerhorn: Home Alone

See page 74.

W Owl Prowl (Register)

615-370-4672 | owlshill.org Ages 9+. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 6 - 8:30 p.m.; $20. A winter solstice night hike and lesson in naked eye astronomy.

W FREE Pizza & Pages

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.org/library Ages 13 - 18. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m. Enjoy a slice of pizza and an activity tied to books.

W T. Graham Brown

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $30 - $45. A night of Christmas music.

N Winter Break Mini Camp (Register)

See Monday, Dec. 18.

N FREE Winter Hill

Forest Hike (Register)

615-352-6299 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Welcome the official beginning of the winter season with a hike through the undisturbed forest.

W FREE Winter

Solstice Celebration

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org All ages. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Celebrate the shortest day of the year and the beginning of winter with cocoa, activities, crafts and more.

R Youth Volleyball

Shakers (Register)

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Friday, Dec. 1.

N Makers’ Winter

Break Camp (Register)

See Friday, dec. 18.

N Mistletoe,

Mischief & Miracles

See Monday, Dec. 18.

N Musicians

Corner Christmas

See page 40.

N Opry at the Ryman

See Friday, Dec. 1.

R Santa Splash and Dash

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 7 - 13. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 9 p.m.; $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Make an ornament craft, enjoy dinner and splash in the indoor pool.

R Toddler Time See Friday, Dec. 1.

N Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball

FRI 22

615-322-4653 vucommodores.com All ages. Memorial Gym, 210 25th Ave. S., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $15. Versus Alcorn State.

W Cookie Decorating

R Winter Break Day

See Thursday, Dec. 21.

and Brunch with Mrs. Claus (Register)

877-247-5223 | americangirl.com/retail/nashville.php All ages. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 10 - 11:15 a.m.; $15. Decorate festive holiday cookies with Santa’s wife then enjoy brunch in the Bistro.

Camp (Register)

See Thursday, Dec. 21.

N Winter Break Mini Camp (Register)

See Monday, Dec. 18.

SAT 23

W FREE Junior Martial R Water Polo

FREE Bike Bowie N K - 2 Winter Break W See Saturday, Dec. 2.

See Thursday, Dec. 7.

See Monday, Dec. 18.

Arts Class (Register)

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Camp (Register)

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Holidays on the Big Screen

Make memories with movie magic!

See the classic holiday movie It’s a Wonderful Life this month on a silver screen near you.

THE BELCOURT

2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville 615-383-9140 | belcourt.org Matinees are $8.50 adults, $8 children; evening movies are $10 adults, $8 children • Home Alone: Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. • It’s a Wonderful Life: Dec. 20 - 24 at 1, 4 & 7 p.m.; Dec. 25 at 7 p.m.

CAPITOL THEATRE

110 W. Main St., Lebanon 615-784-4014 | capitoltheatre.com 6:30 p.m. showtimes; $5 tickets • It’s a Wonderful Life: Tuesday, Dec. 12 • The Polar Express: Tuesday, Dec. 19

FORD THEATER AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville 615-416-2001 | countrymusichalloffame.org Sunday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. Free with gate ($24.95 adults, free ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties) See the 1978 holiday special, A Country Christmas, hosted by Minnie Pearl. It features musical performances and skits by Lynn Anderson, Roy Clark, Dale Evans, Loretta Lynn, the Oak Ridge Boys and more.

FRANKLIN THEATRE

419 Main St., Franklin 615-538-2076 | franklintheatre.com All movies are $5 • How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Dec. 2, 9 & 16 at 10 a.m.; Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. • It’s a Wonderful Life: Dec. 4, 18, 20 & 24 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 25 at 3:30 p.m. • White Christmas: Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 20 at 3:30 p.m.; Dec. 22 at 4 & 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 24 at 3:30 p.m.; Dec. 25 at 7 p.m. • A Christmas Story: Dec. 22 at 1 p.m.; Dec. 23 at 10 a.m.; Dec. 24 - 25 at 12:30 p.m.

Even More WONDERFUL! On Sunday, Dec. 3, the Franklin Theatre hosts a special screening of It’s a Wonderful Life at 7 p.m. In attendance will be Mary Owen, daughter of the movie’s lead actress, Donna Reed. Ms. Owen will share stories about the film, its characters and letters from World War II soldiers followed by a Q & A. Tickets are $13. Call 615-538-2076 or visit franklintheatre.com.

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REGAL OPRY MILLS

570 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville fathomevents.com Sunday, Dec. 17 at 12:55 p.m. $19.67 See the Bolshoi Ballet’s The Nutcracker as it was captured live on stage Dec. 21, 2014.

SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER

1 Symphony Place, Nashville 615-687-6400 | nashvillesymphony.org Dec. 21 - 22 at 7 p.m. $49 - $94 The Nashville Symphony’s Movies at the Schermerhorn holiday tradition is Home Alone. See the movie in HD on the big screen while the Symphony performs John Williams’ score.

WAR MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM

301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville 615-736-2892 | wonderfullifefoundation.org Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. $50 adults, free ages 10 & younger A screening of It’s a Wonderful Life kicks off the Wonderful Life Foundation’s annual fundraiser to support children who are being treated for serious illnesses. (Turn to page 76)

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THINGS TO DO N Breakfast with

Santa at Cheekwood (Register)

See page 68.

R Kids’ Class: Gingerbread Houses! (Register)

See page 60.

N Opry at the Ryman

See Friday, Dec. 1.

N Pied Piper Series:

Holiday Spectacular & Sing-Along

See page 40.

N SING!

An Irish Christmas

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39 - $109. Keith and Kristyn Getty perform holiday tunes with Irish flair.

N Songwriting 101: Holiday Style

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 7+. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Write a holiday song as a group during this introductory workshop covering the fundamentals of songwriting, including imagery, rhyme scheme and more.

N FREE FPC Christmas Lessons & Carols

615-298-9517 music.fpcnashville.org All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 8 p.m., 11 p.m. The Sanctuary Choir presents a candlelight services featuring Christmas carols.

N Great Russian Nutcracker

See page 53.

N Tennessee

Titans Football

615-565-4200 titansonline.com All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $50 - $500. Versus the Los Angeles Rams.

MON 25 Merry Christmas!

TUE 26 N FREE Bellevue Adventure Club

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

W Marshmallow Hikes (Register)

W FREE Yoga with

615-370-4672 | owlshill.org All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $7. Hike the winter woods followed by hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows.

See Saturday, Dec. 2.

R SPARK!

N Winter

Wonder Weekend

See Saturday, Dec. 2.

Maarika Mann

See Monday, Dec. 4.

SUN 24 N FREE Christmas Eve Carillon Concert

See page 40.

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R Water Polo

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

WED 27 N Animation & Illustration Winter Break Camp (Register)

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Grades 1 - 4. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 1 - 3 p.m.; $40. Create turn around sheets and develop characters while experimenting with stop motion video.

W Archery Home-

school Day (Register)

See Wednesday, Dec. 6.

R FREE Earth Lab See Wednesday, Dec. 6.

NK-2

Winter Break Camp (Register)

See Monday, Dec. 18.

R KidFIT:

Movers and Shakers (Register)

See Friday, Dec. 1.


THINGS TO DO R KidFIT: Twist and

N Winter Break Mini

See Friday, Dec. 1.

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Ages 3 - 5. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 3:30 - 5 p.m.; $30. Create an art project and more.

Shout (Register)

W Marshmallow Hikes (Register)

See Tuesday, De. 26.

W Music City Roots See Wednesday, Dec. 6

Camp (Register)

THU 28

See Wednesday, Dec. 6.

N Animation & Illus-

R Winter Break

Day Camp (Register)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org Grades K - 4. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $35 members, $40 non-members. Explore the exhibits, enjoy free play, participate in structured lessons and more.

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

R Winter Break Day Camp (Register)

See Wednesday, Dec. 27.

N Winter Break Mini Camp (Register)

W Wild Things (Register)

R Water Polo

tration Winter Break Camp (Register)

See Wednesday, Dec. 27.

R Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Dec. 5.

W FREE DC/Marvel

Comics Club (Register)

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/library Ages 13+. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m. Snacks, activities and social time regardless of what side of the comic world you reside.

W FREE It Looks Like Play (Register)

See Thursday, Dec. 7.

N K - 2 Winter Break Camp (Register)

See Monday, Dec. 18.

N Mannheim

Steamroller Christmas

See page 40.

W Marshmallow Hikes (Register)

See Tuesday, Dec. 26.

N Robert Earl

Keen’s Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee 615-889-3060 ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35 - $40. A holiday country jamboree.

See Wednesday, Dec. 27.

R Youth Volleyball See Thursday, Dec. 7.

FRI 29 N Animation & Illustration Winter Break Camp (Register)

See Wednesday, Dec. 27.

N K - 2 Winter Break Camp (Register)

See Monday, Dec. 18.

R KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Register)

See Friday, Dec. 1.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Friday, Dec. 1.

N Music City Bowl

musiccitybowl.com All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 3:30 p.m.; $22 - $117. The ACC takes on the SEC during this annual football game.

N Opry at the Ryman

See Friday, Dec. 1.

R Countdown to Noon

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8. Ring in 2018 with the biggest pajama party in the ‘Boro. Enjoy karaoke, a Wii dance party, a resolution wall, art projects and the annual balloon drop at noon.

N Family Program: Basic Bookmarking

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 5+. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10:30 11:30 a.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Peruse written material in the galleries, then make your own artist book and decorate the cover.

S Frostbite Run

ymcamidtn.org/events/ frostbite All ages. Sumner County Family YMCA, 102 Bluegrass Commons Blvd., Hendersonville; 9 a.m.; $30 in advance/$35 race day for the 5K/10K, $5 fun run. Celebrate the end of the year with a 5K, 10K or kids’ fun run while taking in the lakeside rolling hills.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

R Winter Break Day

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the Carolina Hurricanes.

See Wednesday, Dec. 27.

N Old Crow

R Toddler Time See Friday, Dec. 1.

Camp (Register)

N Winter Break Mini Camp (Register)

See Wednesday, Dec. 27.

SAT 30

Medicine Show

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 10 p.m.; $39.50 - $79.50. The band performs its Blonde on Blonde album in its entirety.

W FREE Bike Bowie See Saturday, Dec. 2.

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THINGS TO DO

Your family can ring in 2018 on Sunday, Dec. 31 at Adventure Science Center’s Happy NOON Year festivity.

N Opry at

W FREE Yoga with

N Happy

See Friday, Dec. 1.

See Saturday, Dec. 2.

See Sunday, Dec. 3.

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12. Party crafts, resolutions and a streamer celebration to kick off the new year.

N FREE Hamlet

N FREE Jack Daniel’s

the Ryman

W Poco

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $50.50 - $70.50. A night of country rock music.

N Winter

Wonder Weekend

See Saturday, Dec. 2.

N Yoga

Under the Stars

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/yoga Adults. Sudekum Planetarium, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 - 10:15 a.m.; $17 members, $22 non-members. Experience yoga with stunning NASA visuals.

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nashvilleshakes.org All ages. Belmont’s Troutt Theater, 2112 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 12 - 3 p.m. Enjoy hot drinks and cookies along with a sneak preview of Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s 30th anniversary season, featuring Hamlet running Jan. 4 - Feb. 3.

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Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville

visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 4 p.m. - midnight. Keith Urban headlines with other musical acts including Maren Morris, Cheap Trick, Carly Pearce,

Jonny P and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. The music note raises at 6:15 p.m. for families with kids to little to stay out late.

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615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 9 p.m.; $54.50 - $164.50. A night of country/pop/folk music.

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615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 9 p.m.; $59.50 - $99.50. Old Crowe Medicine Show performs hits old and new.

R New Year’s Eve Bash (Register)

townofsmyrna.org Ages 6 - 12. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 6 p.m. - 12:30 a.m..; $10. Games and activities and watching the ball drop from Times Square.

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615-565-4200 titansonline.com All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $50 - $500. Versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.


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ACADEMICS

Expression City Arts and Fitness

The Tutoring Center 5021 Hughes Crossing, Ste. 160, Franklin franklintn@tutoringcenter.com

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The Tutoring Center works with students grades K - 12 in math, reading, and writing. We work with students on their academic skills and concentration through our patented “Rotational Approach to Learning”. As a company we have a 95% success rate for students advancing an entire grade level in 6 months. Call today for information about our free diagnostic assessment and test consultation.

1724-A Gen. George Patton Drive, Brentwood expressioncity.com • allison@expressioncity.com

The mission of Expression City is to offer creative expression, arts education and community service. Interdisciplinary programs feature cross-training in circus, music, dance, art, acting, improv and artistic professional development. Expression City Arts and Fitness provides a home for students and professionals to grow as artists and as individuals who use their talents to positively impact their community.

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Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth On the Vanderbilt Campus pty.vanderbilt.edu

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We believe that providing acceleration as well as challenging, inquiry-based educational opportunities, best serve the intellectual needs of gifted children; that being able to work alongside true academic peers provides a sense of community and belonging that helps to meed the social and emotional needs of gifted children; and that crafting authentic creative learning experiences best allows gifted students to develop their full capacities as thinkers, as problem-solvers and as compassionate people.

615-419-1089

Saddle up and ride! Our equestrian camp provides extensive time with horses. Campers learn life skills through caring for and communicating with horses. We teach safe and correct riding skills. Beginner to advanced, English or Western. Half-day camps for ages 4 - 8, full-day for ages 6 and older. After-care is available. Weekly camps in June and July. CHA approved facility and U.S. Pony Club Center.

Grassland Dance Academy 615.790-7660

Grassland Dance Academy offers a variety of dance classes for all ages and all styles. Dance gives children a creative outlet to enjoy music, learn coordination and rhythm, work on fitness, and most of all, have fun! Ask us about our birthday parties.

School of Nashville Ballet 615-297-2966 ext. 20

School of Nashville Ballet offers the highest quality of training for children and adults of all ages. Artistic director Paul Vasterling leads an outstanding faculty comprised of highly respected professional teachers from around the world, providing a complete dance experience that is challenging and fun for all students, whether they simply love to dance or aspire to a professional career. Students may have the opportunity to perform in Nashville Ballet productions.

ARTS – MUSIC A & G Music Serving Middle Tennessee

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In-home or studio music lessons for kids of all ages. We have the best teachers and most certified local instructors offering instruction for all levels.

KST Studio of Voice Junior Academy Murfreesboro 615-267-3629 www.facebook.com/KSTJrAcademy

Young singers meet for a weekly class, having fun exploring their creativity while learning about music and a healthy approach to singing. Classes run January through April. Give us a call today to sign up.

Make learning fun at Cheekwood! Cheekwood offers a variety of classes in art, horticulture, pottery and more. Classes offered year-round for all ages. If you would like a complete listing of youth and adult classes, call 353-9827. Only at Cheekwood.

4129 Whites Creek Pike, Whites Creek 1300 Narrows of the Harpeth Road, Kingston Springs adventureworks.com

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In 1987 we started creating adventures that would connect and inspire teams. We’ve expanded to include adventures for everyone. Join us as we strive to do good, work smart, live well, and laugh often through all of our adventures!

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Let martial arts take your kids to new heights! Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate offers programs in traditional karate from age 3 - adult. Call now to find out how to get one month free with uniform.

David Deaton Karate Brentwood 615-377-1100 Hendersonville 615-824-9111 Lebanon 615-547-1754 Mt. Juliet 615-754-6878 daviddeaton.com

Voted the #1 martial arts school in Williamson, Sumner and Wilson counties for 10 years in a row. With more than four decades of experience, students are taught how to handle emergency situations, to be healthy through exercise and to practice self-discipline with a confident, respectful attitude. Classes are for ages 4 - adult.

E.T.C. Gymnastics 1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro 1932 Almaville Road, Smyrna etcgymnastics.com • coachken@etcgymnastics.com

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E.T.C. Gymnastics is dedicated to bringing a new standard of excellence in gymnastics through Him. We offer classes in gymnastics for boys and girls ages 2 years and older. We also offer cheerleading and tumbling, as well as competitive teams. Call and ask about our free trial class. We also do parties, field trips and parents’ nights out.

Harpeth Youth Soccer Association (HYSA) nashvillefcyouth.com

Based in Bellevue, we welcome players from all over Davidson, Williamson, Cheatham, and Rutherford counties.

Harvest Martial Arts

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3630 Redmon St., Nashville 500 Wilson Pike Circle, Ste. 119, Brentwood nashvilleballet.com

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1111 Battlewood St. , Franklin gdadance.com

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art

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Music City Archery 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Ste. 205, Franklin musiccityarchery.com

615-566-5187

Whether it’s enjoying time with friends or improving your archery skills, we offer something for everyone at our indoor range and USA Archery club. Register on our website for fall classes! We offer group lessons for all ages and skill levels. These lessons include one hour of instruction by our USA Archery certified coaches with all equipment provided.

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We build strong, healthy bodies through tumbling, relays, music and gymnastics. High-energy, structured classes improve balance, agility and build self-confidence. Our immaculate facilities and low studentteacher ratios help children 3 mos. - 13 yrs. develop excellent fitness habits in a non-competitive way.

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summer camps at currey ingram academy Full-day camp experience with “make-your-ownmorning” elective choices and fun weekly themes.

615-896-7309

A non-profit, community-based sports league existing to provide quality sports programming for families in a fun, Christian environment. Now registering for spring soccer, summer t-ball, summer coach pitch, summer flag football and others. Visit our website for more information.

Yong In Martial Arts 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood 1031 Riverside Drive, Ste. K, Franklin taekwondobrentwood.com

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We are dedicated to teaching the swift and accurate motions in self-defense using martial arts styles and forms. These include Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, Karate and Martial Arts Sparring. We were rated the number one martial arts academy in Nashville because we have the most skilled and professional instructors. Over 35 years of experience. Call today or come by our studio.

Camps offered to students in rising grades K-6 through June and July.

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The Science Guys’ mission is to prove to kids that science is fun, cool, and easy! They inspire a lifelong enthusiasm for learning and science as well as teach kids creative problem-solving skills, teamwork, and perseverance in a kid friendly environment. Our science camps are offered at multiple locations with a variety of themes. Check our website and learn more about their camps, birthday parties, in-school field trips, after-school programs, and more.

Play It Smart This Summer.

TRADITIONAL CAMPS Camp Beech Creek at Currey Ingram Academy 6544 Murray Lane, Brentwood curreyingramcamps.org

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Beech Creek Camp at Currey Ingram Academy offers full-day fun experiences on an 83 acre campus in Brentwood featuring nature trails, creek, sports fields, and creative indoor spaces. Children ages rising K - grade 6 will enjoy “make-your-own-morning” elective choices and weekly themes.

A day program for academically advanced elementary and middle school students.

A residential learning experience for advanced middle and high school students.

Horton Haven Christian Camp 3711 Reed Harris Road, Chapel Hill hortonhaven.org

931-364-7656

Just one hour south of Nashville offering overnight and day camps. Overnight campers experience archery, air rifles, climbing, horseback riding, canoeing, crafts, mountain biking, swimming, and more. Teens can try our 45 ft. high, 600 ft. long zip line. One-week sessions, ages 8 - 11, 12 - 14, and 15 - 18. Day campers enjoy games, crafts, bible lessons, swimming, and more.

Riverview Camp for Girls 757 CR 614, Mentone, AL riverviewcamp.com • info@riverviewcamp.com Offering weekly sessions in June and July.

Voted best sleep-away camp more than six times in the Best of Parenting reader’s poll. Only two hours away from Nashville. One- and two-week sessions available for girls 6 - 16. Members of Christian Camping International and accredited by AEE and ACA. Traditional camp activities offered and facilities include a heated pool, tennis courts, climbing tower, horseback riding, bathrooms and showers in all cabins and more. Campers select six activities to take daily. 5:1 camper-to-counselor ratio.

Session options and duration vary by grade.

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Located in the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, Camp Ocoee has been providing children with wilderness adventures since 1923. One-week sessions for boys and girls ages 7 - 15. 4:1 camper to staff ratio. Strong Christian environment. Activities include paintball, whitewater rafting, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, camp-outs, and many more.


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