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om! ... Mom! ... MOM!” my son wails. I have no idea how long he’s been trying to get my attention. I’m at the kitchen table on my laptop, and I finally look up. My face is half “there,” my mouth dangling open. You know the face. The one that says, “I’m here, but only half here.” The one that threatens to return to whatever it was doing before ... a sort of half-suspended behavior kids are used to in their parents these days. His face is beyond annoyed. If you have ever thought that you’d like your children to grow up fully realized, engaged, alert and successful, then you MUST realize YOU have to tame yourself and start being fully present for them. There should be no child on the sidelines wailing, “Mom! Mom! Mom!” while you’re busy with your head down. The great joke of life is that technology was supposed to streamline our living and give us more time for things that matter— like each other. The cruel irony is that it has given us less. We are all so deeply sucked in to our screens that even the American Academy of Pediatrics moved to OK screen time for little tots under 2 when they used to no-no it. This make me sad. It means we are caving. This is how you know we’re in too deep: the edgy, restless mood kids acquire when they’ve been playing video games too long. Or recognizing that the electronic babysitter has switched: Instead of parking your child in front of a screen so you can do something else, it’s YOU parked in front of a screen ... and who cares what the kid’s doing? But I LOVE my smartphone, I LOVE my laptop, I LOVE my DVR and watching movies and screen after screen after screen available everywhere I go. Except in a nice restaurant. I

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think it’s a brave restaurateur who says “no” to TV screens in an upscale dining room. When you’re dropping big bucks for a fancy dinner do you really want to be watching football? Don’t you really wish you were gazing into each other’s eyes, rapt in each other’s brilliant and sparkling conversation? I do. I hope that for my kids. So my son’s trying to get my attention, and I half-heartedly respond ... then get back to my laptop. Later that night I see my husband do pretty much the same thing I did to my son — a half-there response, a distracted face. WHAT ARE WE DOING? This can’t be good. And yet kids have no say when it comes to adults being rude to them. They follow our leads. And my son would never shout at me, “Hey, I am talking to you! You are being so rude to me!” So parents have reached a tipping point. We are either going to improve our imbalanced selves or just let our kids follow us straight into full-blown tech addiction with no hope of return. Kids will become starved for attention, but they will know that there’s no use saying so. I dare us to stop. I dare us to mindfully put down our technology when we we are with our children. I dare us to live more attentively. I dare myself and I dare you. I double dog dare us. The children are growing up quickly and you only have a limited number of years to influence them toward being their best. So this Christmas, dial it back. Give your kids YOU without your phone. If they’re around, put the phone away. Play board games, read outloud together, fight that agitated tech withdrawal and get into being with your family at home. You only get so much time with your kids under your roof and the clock’s ticking. Now go have a Merry Christmas!

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“I don’t have any problem with, ‘Do I tell the truth or do I not?’ when it comes to kids and Santa Claus. I refuse to ever stop believing. What do you tell YOUR child?” “If you don’t believe, you won’t receive!” Lean Nichole Gregory

“Santa is forever in our home and hearts. Our children are grown, and we have two grandbabies. We will always celebrate the spirit of Santa.” Christina Connor

“My teenagers don’t ‘believe,’ but they dare not say anything to ruin it for the 5- and 2-year-old. Plus, when you stop believing, you get underwear! Santa is all about the MAGIC. We still let them know they get presents because it’s Jesus’ birthday!” Kara Kirk

“Santa is real! And this is my son’s first Christmas, so Santa is going all out!” Ariel Murphy

“My kids asked me, ‘Is Santa real?” I replied with a question: ‘Do you think Santa is real?’ And I leave it at that. I never want to push a bunch of lies on them. I don’t want to kill the spirit, either. So this works out pretty well for us. By the way, the answer is always YES! Brandi Jo Pickard

“We choose not to do Santa ... we never wanted our kids to be confused behind the religious meaning of Christmas at our house and a fictional character. When asked why others believe in Santa, we explain to our kids that their family celebrates different traditions. We aren’t anti-Santa, though. We watch Santa movies, we have some Santa decorations ... but in our house, there is not a jolly man who brings gifts and fills stockings. My kids have always known it’s from their parents and other family members.” Katie Rose

“We tell the truth. We still watch Christmas movies and enjoy the story of Santa, but they know it’s a story and that Daddy is our Santa.” Jamie Rideout

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YES, VIRGINIA “Is Santa Claus real?” To help shed light on the question, here is a reprint of the letter little Virginia O’Hanlan wrote to the editor of the New York Sun on September 21, 1897, and the response she received from newsman Francis Pharcellus Church. DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.” Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

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Virginia, Your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus? You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

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Just feed me My “push” present was a double quarterpound single with extra cheese, a biggie fry and a Frosty. Best push present ever after not eating for 38 hours! Mary Mousourakis

Thanks, Mom! My mom has gotten me something small each time, like nursing wear, a robe, PJs and warm socks for the hospital. She also made a basket full of my favorite snacks! Alex Tidwell

Baby’s enough Sure did: she had 10 fingers, 10 toes & arrived perfectly healthy. Laura Palmer

A necklace! I got one with my first. It was a mother/ child necklace from my husband after years of waiting for our lives to be blessed with a child. It wasn’t supposed to be super expensive, but a very sentimental token of love and a milestone reached. Of course, our rainbow son was the best gift ever. I didn’t

get one for our pot-of-gold daughter. I still feel so blessed and grateful to have these precious children in our lives. Sarah Kent

Nice idea I think a push present is a wonderful idea. I don’t think it’s a necessity, but it is nice. With my oldest, I got some flowers. With numbers two and three, my husband arranged for helpers to come over during the week and our church had members bring dinners for a week. Jessica Couts Tucker

A Coach purse! I didn’t with my boys, but my husband did buy me a gift for our third child (who was a huge surprise). He bought me a beautiful Coach purse and gave it to me at the hospital as they were preparing my C-section. It was a very sweet thing for him to do because he knew I had been wanting a Coach purse ... and even more that he bought it and spent that kind of money. Robin Wilson Buford

Sweet mercy No. Sweet mercy. Just stop. Amy Woehler Baker

A little pick-me-up Push presents were around long before the Kardashians. For my first child, I got a pair of Ugg boots from my mom. With my son, I got some makeup, and with my third child, I got a makeup palette I’d wanted for six months. I think it’s a sweet gesture to give a new mommy a little pick-me-up! After all, having a baby (whether or not you push your child out) is hard work! Olivia Green

Carbs, carbs, carbs! When I was allowed to eat real food after my C-section, my push present was carbs! After battling gestational diabetes, I treated myself to a cheeseburger, fries, Coke and a big piece of chocolate cake.

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Traditions! Give your kids memories to take along with them once THEY’RE adults and in charge of Christmas themselves. Traditions sew together the BEST of holidays. Here are favorites from YOU!

BEFORE CHRISTMAS “Every year, a couple weeks before Christmas, we all get together and bake family recipe Christmas cookies. It’s usually an all-day thing. We listen to Christmas music, we make dozens and dozens of cookies to eat for Christmas, to give to Santa and to family and friends! It’s one of my absolute favorite traditions because we get to do something fun and spend quality time together!” Danielle Roseanna Hobbs “We do a lot of things, but our silliest, most fun thing we do is have a Grinchmas party, complete with costumes!” Lisa Ashburn “We get the kids all ready for bed in jammies and then at the last minute surprise them with hot cocoa and cookies and drive around looking at Christmas lights. Such great memories!” Sarah Holton “Each person in our family picks out a new ornament representing something that happened that year. We have one tree in our house with only these ornaments and homemade ones the kids have made throughout the years.” Nikki English Hanna “Each child always gets excited about picking out an ornament for their special tree that goes in each of their rooms. We also always make a new ornament together.” Dara Nebel

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“We like to hand-paint nutcrackers each year, adding to our own personal collection and also give some to family and friends.” Carolyn Lamm


“Having Santa come during dinner on Christmas Eve to deliver new pajamas.” Sarah LaPointe Stai “Christmas Eve scavenger hunt to find Christmas Eve pajamas!” Sheila Treutel Clements “We make reindeer food on Christmas Eve. It’s oats and glitter. We shake it in the front yard so the reindeer can find their way! The kids love it!” Ashley Rash “Letting the dog sleep with us on Christmas Eve. She is a Great Dane. She usually isn’t allowed.” Bethany Batson

CHRISTMAS TRAINS!

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“We have a family contest for the ugliest ornament. The winner gets bragging rights! It is really fun when pulling out ornaments to put on the tree and remembering the stories behind them!” Tammy Durham Ford “We take the kids all over town to do random acts of kindness with our family. We always have the best time.” Crystal Roach “My family and I always make a gingerbread house together and we do the 12 days of Christmas where everyone gets a gift, whether it be a book we read together, a game we play together, a movie we watch together, etc.” Layla Marie Closet

CHRISTMAS EVE “On Christmas Eve, we open a new book that was wrapped and read cool stories while sipping hot cocoa. Then after our sweet little guy goes to sleep, we get to be Santa’s helper.” Varsha Gocool “On Christmas Eve, we sit around the tree and sing Christmas carols until we can’t remember any more!” Katy Cofer Woodall

CHRISTMAS MORNING “We take the same picture of the kids each year on Christmas morning in their PJs sitting in the same order on the bench in front of the window. ” Amy Gill “The kids go through stockings before breakfast, and after a big pancake breakfast, they open presents under the tree.” Connie Hubbard Rich “We all get up in our jammies, open presents and have breakfast — I usually make a breakfast casserole a couple of days before so we’re set.” Jenny Harris

“We started Elf on the Shelf last year (my son is 4), and this has quickly become one of his (and my) favorite parts of the holidays!” Sarah Elizabeth “Sitting with all the lights off except for the Christmas tree listening to Christmas carols while drinking hot cocoa.” Kelly Whiteman Pepper

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So many merry and bright, warm and loving new holiday books! For your own collection, or for gift giving, these brand-new books for Baby and bigger tots are favorites in the 2016 holiday crop. Because we can’t help dreaming of a white Christmas, we also included a few new “snowy” titles here.

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BY JULIE BOOKMAN Ages 0-2

Bears in the Snow By Shirley Parenteau Illustrated by David Walker Candlewick Press, $15.99 Sometimes the best storybooks are the simplest. Here, little round bears in pastel shades romp in the snow with Big Brown Bear. The story zooms right in on a sledding outing, for which cooperation is very important. Walker’s illustrations in acrylic are adorable, starting with the oh-so-sweet faces of the small bears Floppy, Fuzzy, Calico and Yellow.

Ages 3 & older

My Snow Globe By Megan E. Bryant Pictures by Melissa Iwai Cartwheel/Scholastic $7.99 Sturdy as can be, this peek-through storybook dotted with shimmery snowflakes is shaped like a snow globe. The cover’s clear acetate window invites toddlers to gaze inside for a taste of the festive diecut pages to come. Ooh, there’s a raccoon, there’s an owl – and I spy two love birds in a Christmas tree! Bryant’s bouncy text will please one and all.

The Hat By Jan Brett Putnam, $15.99 One of the favorites from the incomparable Jan Brett becomes an extralarge board book two decades after its first appearance. The rollicking story gets rolling when Hedgie the hedgehog sticks his head into Lisa’s wool sock, which becomes stuck to his quills, so he can’t pull his head out. Parents appreciate the gentle, delightful lesson about not messing with something that’s not yours.

Snow Friends By M. Christina Butler and Tina Macnaughton Sky Pony Press, $9.99 Little Bear, Otter and Rabbit are so enchanted to find their world “covered in a thick white blanket” that they happily work together to make the best-ever snowman. Macnaughton’s artwork contains many small delights.

An Otis Christmas By Loren Long (Philomel, $8.99) In this Christmas adventure, Otis saves the day by bravely chug-chugging his way – “snow up to his chin” – through thick, white woods to fetch the doctor. Long’s detailed storytelling and expressive illustrations translate nicely, giving this rendering more breadth and dramatic power than most board books.

The ABCs of Christmas By Jill Howarth Running Press Kids, $7.95 “G” is for “geese with gumdrops stacked up tall,” alongside the “H” page that reminds all that “home is where we deck the halls.” Wordplay is simple but catchy, the glitterdashed pages perky as can be. On the “B” page, Bunny rides a bike with wheels that look like red-andwhite swirly peppermint candies.

The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present By Harriet Muncaster Putnam, $16.99 Poor li’l Clementine! She is so tiny that she takes baths in a teacup and fits in the palm of her average-size mother’s hand. The presents Santa brings are always much too large for her to play with. Finally, someone thinks of the most perfect present in the world. Verdict: Give us many more stories featuring the industrious little Clementine, a modern-day Thumbelina.

Little Babymouse and the Christmas Cupcakes By Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm Random House, $17.99

A boisterous story about Babymouse trying to make cupcakes for Santa while Baby Brother screams “WAAAAAAHHHH” in the background. Can just one cupcake survive? (please turn the page)

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Ages 4-8

the version of the story that the great Balanchine set upon the New York City Ballet. The palette of deep colors lends to the magic and mystery of a fantasy dreamland. Docampo’s paintings seem alive with the grace, fluidity and poetry of ballet itself.

All ages

HOLIDAY STORYTIMES There are lots of opportunities for your kids to enjoy a seasonal story this month at your local library and other spots around town. Here are a few of our picks (events are free unless otherwise noted):

BRENTWOOD LIBRARY Madeline’s Christmas By Ludwig Bemelmans Viking, $9.99

The “twelve little girls in two straight lines” have won hearts across the world since 1939. This Christmas story is set on Christmas Eve. All the little girls are sick with colds in bed – except Madeline, who answers the door to greet a merchant willing to sell 12 magic carpets. Bemelmans’ lyrical poetry is as lively and enchanting as his classic artwork.

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The Lost Gift: A Christmas Story By Kallie George & Stephanie Graegin Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 Just as Squirrel, Rabbit, Deer and Bird wave to Santa as he soars above them on Christmas Eve, one present falls from Santa’s sleigh. It bears a tag to “the New Baby at the Farm.” The four animals build a sleigh so they deliver the gift themselves, and the journey isn’t easy. The baby’s happiness turns out to be a warm reward for the foursome, but Santa also rewards them. How did Santa know what they did? “Santa always knows.” Graegin’s digitally colored pencil-and-ink washes ideally suit the precise and perfect text. This could become a holiday classic.

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The Night Before Christmas: Heirloom Edition By C. Clement Moore Illustrated by Charles Santore Cider Mill Press, $24.95 Actor Jeff Bridges lends his rich voice to the yuletide classic. Santore’s richly atmospheric paintings includes a stunning four-panel pullout scene that’s about four feet long. For 2016, it’s been reissued to include Bridge’s telling of the tale, as well as a second CD with more than 20 traditional Christmas carols. The pouch contains a treat for the kids: a countdown-to-Christmas poster. Looking for a special something for a family on your list? This is it.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Peek-Through Picture Book Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup Doubleday, $14.99 German author-illustrator Teckentrup has produced more than 70 children’s books. This time, she invites children to glimpse 12 days of gifts, page by page, through beautifully designed peek-through holes. So you don’t see the “seven swans a-swimming,” for example, until you get to the “seventh day of Christmas” page. A dazzling achievement.

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Got last-minute Santa stuff to do for the kids? These local shops carry an assortment of specialty items for your ho-ho-holiday shopping fun. DAVIDSON COUNTY Arcade Kids 2106-B Acklen Ave., Nashville 615-928-7660 arcadenashville.com A large collection of wooden toys. Brilliant Sky Toys & Books 2002 Richard Jones Road Nashville | 615-800-7754 brilliantskytoys.com Toys and books, dress up, games, playsets and more. The Crazy Kukla Boutique 1900 Eastland Ave. Nashville thecrazykuklaboutique.com A selection of handmade toys. Jollifrogs 8074 Hwy. 100, Nashville 629-888-4171 | jollifrogs.com Stuffed animals, interactive toys and a wide range of Elf Magic. Parent-Teacher Store 4004 Hillsboro Road, Nashville 615-292-3533 parentteacherstoreusa.com Educational toys, puzzles and special needs items. Phillips Toy Mart 5207 Harding Pike, Nashville 615-352-5363 phillipstoymart.com Collectible dolls, train sets, Playmobil, Ravensburger puzzles, fun stocking stuffers and more.

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The Crazy Kukla Boutique 17 S. Public Square Murfreesboro | 615-203-3794 thecrazykuklaboutique.com A selection of handmade toys. Parent-Teacher Store 131 John R. Rice Blvd. Murfreesboro | 615-895-6131 parentteacherstoreusa.com Educational games, toys, puzzles and gifts for children with special needs. Roll the Dice 211 Robert Rose Drive Ste. A, Murfreesboro 615-818-4219 boardgamesmurfreesboro.com Board games, role playing games, card games and more.

Parent-Teacher Store 780 RiverGate Pkwy. Goodlettsville 615-859-3007 parentteacherstoreusa.com Educational toys, puzzles and gifts for special needs children.

Brilliant Sky Toys & Books 1705 Mallory Lane Brentwood 615-309-0557 franklintoystores.com Toys and books, dress up, games and sets, and more.

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Learning Express 420 Cool Springs Blvd. Franklin 615-771-3434 learningexpress.com/store/ franklin Ride-on toys, boys’ and girls’ specialty items, games, Calico Critter, Lego, a preteen section and more. Nolensville Toy Shop 9895 Old Clovercroft Road Nolensville 615-819-2949 nolensvilletoyshop.com Toys and gifts for the entire family. Parent-Teacher Store 1113 Murfreesboro Road Ste. 203, Franklin 615-599-3477 parentteacherstoreusa.com Educational toys, puzzles and gifts for children with special needs.

The Learning Circle 2992-A S. Church St. Murfreesboro | 615-904-1082 thelearningcircleonline.com Educational games as well as special needs toys, dolls and more.

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mbrace the full blast of the season during Gaylord Opryland Resort’s “A Country Christmas” celebration through Sunday, Jan 1. The always-fanciful ICE! exhibit features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 2 million pounds of colorful, frozen sculptures, plus there are the fun ice slides to zip down! Other attractions include Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (on stage at the Grand Ole Opry House), outdoor snow tubing and ice skating, the Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt, horse-drawn carriage rides to view the lights, the Parade of Trees, Breakfast with the Grinch, gingerbread decorating, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Christmas Dinner Show, visits with Santa and more! Gaylord Opryland Resort is located at 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville. Get the complete schedule and tickets for individual attractions at 615-889-1000 or christmasatgaylordopryland.com.

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LOCAL CHRISTMAS PARADE ROUND-UP

Dec. 3 - 25 • Page 55 Catch six different classic Christmas movies like Miracle on 34th Street (pictured) for only $5 a pop!

Various dates & locations • Page 45 Santa waves to fans during the Franklin Christmas parade. Find a parade in near you to celebrate the holiday season.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS! & SANTA SUNDAYS

Cheekwood Thru Jan. 1 • Page 62 View 1 million colorful lights across the grounds nightly, meet live reindeer and more. On select Sundays, Santa reads holiday stories to children of all ages.

NASHVILLE’S NUTCRACKER

Dec. 3 - 23 TPAC’s Jackson Hall Nashville Page 51 There are 251 local children performing in this year’s production — the largest youth cast in Nashville Ballet’s history.

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CHRISTMAS AT THE RYMAN

Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Dec. 1 - 21 • Page 43 Amy Grant and hubby Vince Gill make merry during their 2016 series of Christmas concerts at the mother church of country music featuring old faves and new tunes from Grant’s new holiday album, Tennessee Christmas.


DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS

Dec. 10 - 11 Downtown Franklin • Page 61 It’s the 33rd anniversary of this free family event where Victorian characters from Charles Dickens’ classics roam the streets with live entertainment, food and a giant Christmas carols sing-along.

A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

Thru Jan. 1 Gaylord Opryland Resort • Page 39 This annual holiday extravaganza boasts tons of activities like horsedrawn carriage rides for viewing the 2 million lights, gingerbread house making, the ICE! exhibit featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, visits with Santa, the Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt and much, much more!

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Dec. 10 - 11 Southeastern Baptist Church, Murfreesboro • Page 61 Step back in time to the era of Jesus’ birth for a community-led living history re-enactment complete with lots of townspeople, live animals, food, market vendors and more.

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Saturday, Dec. 4. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville • Page 51 This Nashville Symphony concert for kids includes holiday songs, a reading of The Night Before Christmas and pre-show activities like a visit with Santa Claus!

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Saturday, Dec. 31 Various locations • Page 75 The big balloon drop at Discovery Center’s Countdown to Noon (pictured) is a kid-favorite. Find more events to ring in the new year!

Dec. 15 - 22 Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) Page 67 NCT brings back its popular fairytale adaptation dramatized by the late Scot Copeland. The show features magical special effects and humor to entertain kids of all ages.

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Thu 1 A Christmas Carol: The Broadway Musical

Ebeneezer Scrooge and his ghostly encounters come to life in this musical stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ famous holiday story. All ages. Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St., Lebanon; Thru Dec. 10: Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 6 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 children; 615-784-4014 or capitoltheatretn.com.

A Christmas Story

Nashville Repertory Theatre presents the stage adaptation of the holiday movie classic about 9-yearold Ralphie Parker who’s only Christmas wish is a Red Ryder BB gun. All ages. TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Thru Dec. 21: Wed - Thu 6:30 p.m.. Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $47.50 - $52.50; 615-7824040 or nashvillerep.org.

A Very Merry Pops

Broadway stars Lisa Vroman and Doug LaBrecque join the Nashville Symphony for a night of show tunes and holiday songs. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $22 $149; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

An Angel Band Christmas

Andrew Greer hosts a night of holiday music with special guests Cindy Morgan, Ashley Cleveland, Matthew Perryman Jones and Josh Blakesley. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7:30 p.m.; $35 - $75; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Busy Bees

Ages 3 - 5 can learn to follow directions, participate in a group environment, improve coordination and practice good sportsmanship. Patterson Park Community

Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.; $3; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The Star Bright Players’ all-youth cast presents the whimsical musical about an eccentric inventor and his kids as they embark on a journey with a magical car. Nonperishable food donations accepted for One Generation Away. All ages. Freedom Middle School, 750 New Hwy. 96 W., Franklin; Thru Dec. 4: Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $8; 615-790-5719 or wcparksandrec.com.

Christmas at the Ryman

Nashville’s favorite music couple, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, return to the mother church of country music for a night of holiday music, including tunes from Grant’s new album, Tennessee Christmas. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35 - $125; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

FREE Christmas Marketplace

Shop for unique, hand-crafted, locally made items along with baked goods, silent auction items and more. All ages. The Covenant School, 33 Burton Hills Blvd., Nashville; Thu 3 - 8 p.m., Fri 8 a.m. 7 p.m.; 615-467-2313 or thecovenantschool.com.

Cider Carols

Mingle and jingle during a silent auction while sampling sweets and treats from area bakeries, sipping cider, wine and cocoa, and participating in a sing-along with Christmas carols. Proceeds benefit Hope Clinic for Women. All ages. Rocketown, 601 Fourth Ave. S., Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $20 ($5 for unlimited wine wristbands); 615-6272791 or hopeclinicforwomen. org/cidercarols.

Nashville Repertory Theatre presents its holiday tradition, A Christmas Story, with a new cast this year, continuing through Wednesday, Dec. 21 at TPAC. FREE Easy Bake Oven Holiday Treats

Easy bake your way into the holidays; ingredients and supplies provided. All ages. Southeast Branch Library, 5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Nashville; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 615-862-5871 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

that includes live music by children’s choirs from local schools, surprise musical guests, photos with Santa, movie clips projected onto the buildings and the lighting of the tree in the center of the square. All ages. Franklin Public Square/Main Street, Franklin; 6:30 p.m.; franklintn. gov.

Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville; 6 - 7:30 p.m. (615-963-4732) and Frist Presbyterian Church, 210 N. Spring St., Murfreesboro; 6:30 - 8 p.m.(615-3468680) or alivehospice.org/ holidayseminars.

FREE Fairview LEGO Club

Franklin Wiggles and Giggles

Create drawings and design your own card for the holiday season. Ages 5 - 14. Little Art House, 1317 16th Ave. S., Nashville; 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.; $25; 615-933-9644 or littlearthousenashville.com.

Come to the library for an afternoon of LEGO building (blocks provided). All ages. Fairview Library, 2240 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 4 5:30 p.m.; 615-799-0235 or wcpltn.org/fairview_ public_library.

FITMommy Yoga

This class for new moms and growing babies ages 6 weeks to crawling promotes fitness, baby bonding and community. It includes baby massage techniques, exercises to reclaim the core and more. Bring a receiving blanket. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $4; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Franklin Christmas Tree Lighting

Kick-off your holiday season with this multi-media event

Enjoy organized games and play time. Ages 3 - 6. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; $2; wcparksandrec.com.

Glad Tidings

This original production by Martha Wilkinson and Bobby Wyckoff features a collection of holiday sketches and songs. All ages. Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thru Dec. 30: Thu - Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m.; $50 adults, $30 ages 18 and younger; 615-646-9977 or dinnertheatre.com.

FREE Grief During the Holidays (Registration Required)

Alive Hospice hosts this program for families that focuses on coping with grief during the holiday season. All ages. Alive

Handmade Holiday Winter Cards (Registration Required)

FREE Holiday Movie: Unaccompanied Minors

A group of unaccompanied minors bond while snowed in at the Midwestern Hoover International Airport during the holidays in this PG movie. Ages 8 and older. Bordeaux Library, 4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville; 6 p.m.; 615-862-5856 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

Homeschool P.E.

Participate in various physical education activities. Ages 6 13. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 12 - 12:50 p.m. or 1 - 1:50 p.m.; $3; 615-893-7439. (please turn the page)

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things to do FREE Kids First (Registration Required) This evening will honor Anita and Mark Pirtle for their dedication to education and the community. Funds raised through donations during the evening benefit the Discovery Center’s enrichment programs for kids. Ages 21 and older. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Nature Nuts

Explore the mysteries of the Murfree Spring wetland through this guided activity. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Nuncrackers

Preds & Pins (Registration Required) 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, refreshments, silent auction and more. Hermitage Strike & Spare, 3436 Lebanon Pike, Nashville; 6:30 - 8 p.m.; $175 ($150 season ticket holders); 615-770-2331 or nashvillepredators.com/ bowling.

FREE Teen Anime Club

Watch anime, make crafts and enjoy snacks. Ages 13 and older. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

In this Nunsense Christmas musical, the sisters are taping a TV special in their convent basement studio for Cable Access. Dinner theater show. All ages. The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thru Dec. 18: Fri Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $32 adults, $22 ages 12 and younger; 615-883-8375 or thelarrykeetontheatre.org.

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FREE Parnassus Storytime

The newest Tuna installment reunites the eccentric characters from the third smallest town in Texas as they take a rambling romp in Sin City. Ages 12 and older. Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thru Dec. 31: Thu - Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m.; $60 adults, $40 ages 13 - 18, $30 ages 12 and younger; 615-646-9977 or dinnertheatre.com.

Enjoy an afternoon snack and a story. All ages. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 3:30 p.m.; 615-953-2243 or parnassusbooks.net.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Dance Class

Learn choreographed routines. Ages 7 and older. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25/year); 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

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Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical about achieving his big break in theater. Ages 10 and older. St. Theatre Company, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville; Thru Dec. 4: Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.; $20 adults, $16 students ; 615-554-7414 or St.theatrecompany.org.

Tuna Does Vegas

Youth Volleyball Class Beginners to advanced players can develop and refine skills like bumping, setting and spiking. Ages 8 - 15. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3; 615-907-2251 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Fri 2 A Christmas Carol

Enjoy a theatrical production of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale. All ages. Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; Thru Dec. 18: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students; 615-847-0934 or lakewoodtheatreco.com.

A Christmas Carol: The Broadway Musical

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

A Christmas Story

FREE Budding Naturalists: Winding Down for Winter (Registration Required) Explore the many ways animals prepare for the cold months ahead. Ages 3 - 5. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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FREE Christmas Marketplace

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Glad Tidings

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A Christmas Story the Musical

FREE Goodlettsville Christmas Tree Lighting

A stage adaptation of the classic holiday movie about a 9-year-old boy’s dream for a BB gun, a “major award” and a tongue-terrorizing tripledog dare. All ages. Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Thru Dec. 18: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $13 students, $11 children; 615904-2787 or boroarts.org.

A Very Merry Pops See Thursday, Dec. 1.

FREE Babies in the Gallery (Registration Required)

Designed especially for babies, view artwork at Baby’s level. The Carl Van Vechten Gallery at Fisk University, 1000 17th Ave. N., Nashville; 11:30 a.m.; 615-329-8544 or fisk. edu/services-resources/fiskuniversity-galleries/the-carl-vanvechten-gallery.

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

A morning of stories and sing-along fun. All ages. Brilliant Sky, 2002 Richard Jones Road, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 615-800-7754 or nashvilletoystore.com.

Live music and entertainment, visits with Santa, cookies and cocoa and the lighting of the city’s tree. All ages. City Hall, 105 S. Main St., Goodlettsville; 6 - 8 p.m.; 615-851-2231 or goodlettsvilleparks.com.

Hermitage Holiday Tour

This after-hours tour explores how the Jackson family experienced the holidays. Learn why the Jacksons like why they never had a Christmas tree but hung stockings on the General’s sofa, and discover the significance of guns and firecrackers during the holidays. All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30; 615-889-2941 or thehermitage.com.

FREE Holiday Festival

Enjoy holiday decorations, hot cocoa, holiday treats, carolers and fireside photos with Santa. All ages. Hermitage Hotel, 231 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; 615-244-3121 or thehermitagehotel.com.

FREE Holiday Village

A day of holiday fun, including craft artisan shopping, ornament making, cookie decorating, a hot cocoa bar, Christmas carolers, tree lighting and photos with Santa ($25; 12 - 2 p.m. & 4 - 8 p.m.). All ages. Homestead Manor, 4683 Columbia Pike, Thompson’s Station; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; 615-538-6113 or homesteadmanor.com.

Home for the Holidays

Tim Rushlow & His Big Band perform Christmas classics in the style of Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $30 - $46; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

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

FREE Lego Mania (Registration Required) Kids ca unleash creativity by building different themes from the non-fiction collection. Ages 8 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; 615-371-0090 or brentwoodtn.gov/library.

MLT Holiday Double-Header

Enjoy back-to-back stage productions of A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. All ages. Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro; Thru Dec. 18: Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sat 2 p.m.; $20 adults, $7 students; 615893-9825 or boroarts.org.


CHRISTMAS PARADES

things to do The Santa Garfield balloon from the 2015 Nashville Christmas Parade.

COLUMBIA Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. “Babes in Toyland”

HENDERSONVILLE Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. “Dashing Through the Snow”

DONELSON/HERMITAGE Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. “A Legacy Christmas”

LA VERGNE Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. “Parade of Lights”

Downtown Columbia at Public Square. 931-388-3647 or columbiamainstreet.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. 615-883-7896 or d-hchamber.com

FAIRVIEW Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. “The 12 Days of Christmas”

Starts at SFEG (formerly France) on Highway 100 and ends at Fairview Ballpark. 615-799-9290 or fairviewchamber.org

FRANKLIN Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. “There’s No Place Like Home for Christmas”

Starts at Drakes Creek Park and ends at the Post Office. 615-517-5714 or holidayfesttn.org

Begins at Veterans Memorial Park and ends at City Hall for the Christmas tree lighting. 615-793-3224 or lavergnetn.gov

LEBANON Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. “A Toyland Christmas”

The parade is in downtown Lebanon through the square and Main Street. This year’s Grand Marshals are Titans Cheerleaders and the Toys for Tots U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. 615-444-5503 or lebanonwilsonchamber.com

LEIPER’S FORK Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. “Fun, Quirky, Country”

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. KiwanisChristmasParadeFranklintn.org

Southall Road through the village on Old Hillsboro Road. 615-364-9152 or visitleipersfork.com

GALLATIN Saturday, Dec. 10 at 12 p.m. “Gallatin’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade”

Starts at West Wilson Middle School, then northbound on North Mt. Juliet Road ending on Charlie Daniels Parkway. World War II veterans serve as Grand Marshals. 615- 758-6522 or cityofmtjuliet.org

Starts on Steam Plant Road and ends at Gallatin High School. 615-452-4000 or gallatintn.org

GOODLETTSVILLE Saturday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

Starts at Memorial Drive and ends on RiverGate Parkway. 615-851-2234 or goodlettsvilleparks. com

MT. JULIET Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. “A Pokemon Christmas”

MURFREESBORO Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. “The Star of Christmas”

NASHVILLE Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9 a.m. “The Musical Mile”

Starts at Eighth Avenue traveling eastbound on Broadway to Second Avenue North, crossing over the Cumberland River ending at the base of the Woodland Street bridge. Kelly Clarkson is this year’s Grand Marshal. 615-872-2452 or nashvillechristmasparade.com

PORTLAND Saturday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree!”

Begins on Victor Reiter Parkway off North Broadway and travels down West Market Street. portlandtn.com

SMYRNA Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. “A Classic American Christmas” Starts on Lowry Street and travels toward Sam Ridley Parkway. 615-267-5003 or townofsmyrna.org

SPRING HILL Saturday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.

Starts at Home Depot traveling on Main Street to Beechcroft Road into Evans Park 931-487-0027 or springhilltn.org

WHITE HOUSE Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Starts at White House City Park ending on West Drive. 615-672-4350, ext. 2114, or cityofwhitehouse.com

Starts at East Main Street and Middle Tennessee Boulevard and ends at West Main at Walnut. 615-893-5373 or wgnsradio.com

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things to do FREE Murfreesboro Books-A-Million Preschool Storytime

Staff from Linebaugh Library present a story and puppet show. Ages 3 - 5. Books-AMillion, 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615995-7112 or booksamillion. com.

FREE Murfreesboro’s Tree Lighting Ceremony

Rutherford County Courthouse, 20 N. Public

Sq., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 615-895-1887 or downtownmurfreesboro.com.

FREE Nashville Christmas Tree Lighting

Join Mayor Megan Barry for an evening of family fun including food, live music by local choirs, hot beverages and the lighting of Nashville’s Christmas tree. All ages. Public Square Park, 10 Public Sq., Nashville; 6 - 7 p.m.; nashville.gov.

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Nuncrackers

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Nuncrackers

In this Nunsense holiday show, the sisters are taping a holiday special in the convent basement studio for Cable Access. All ages. Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood; Thru Dec. 17: Thu - Sat 8 p.m. Sun 2:30 p.m.; $20 adults, $16 students; 615-221-1174 or townecentretheatre.com.

Santa at The Streets of Indian Lake

Enjoy a visit with Santa with professional photos by Statum Photography. Hours are Sat 11 a.m. - 1 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 from 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

Hours are Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 3 - 4 p.m.).

OPRY MILLS 433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville 615-514-1000 • oprymills.com Thru Dec. 24

Thru Dec. 16: 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. 17 - 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

Enjoy a holiday feast with libations and live music during this black tie-optional affair. Adults. Oaklands Mansion, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; $75; 615-893-0022 or oaklandsmuseum.org.

Opry at the Ryman

Enjoy the Grand Ole Opry back on the stage of the mother church of country music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $64 - $77; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

Plaid Tidings

ead to your local mall with the kids to meet St. Nick and have a holiday portrait made. Photo package prices vary by location.

THE AVENUE MURFREESBORO 2615 Medical Center Pkwy. Murfreesboro 615-893-4207 theavenuemurfreesboro.com Dec. 10 - 11

Oaklands Christmas Gala

2 - 3 p.m.); Dec. 24: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (break 1 - 2 p.m.)

RIVERGATE MALL 1000 RiverGate Pkwy. Goodlettsville 615-859-3458 rivergate-mall.com Thru Dec. 24

Hours are Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (check website for break times).

STONES RIVER MALL 1720 Old Fort Pkwy. Murfreesboro 615-896-4486 stonesrivermall.com Thru Dec. 24

Thru Dec. 15: Mon - Sat 12 - 8 p.m. (break 3 - 4 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break 2:30 - 3 p.m.). Dec. 16 - 23: daily 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks 12 - 1 p.m. & 4 - 5 p.m.). Dec. 24: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (break 1 - 2 p.m.).

STREETS OF INDIAN LAKE 300 Indian Lake Blvd. Hendersonville 615-822-7627 streetsofindianlake.com Thru Dec. 22

Through Dec. 18: Fri - Sat 1 - 4 p.m. & 5 - 7 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; Dec. 20 - 22: 2 - 4 p.m. & 5 - 7 p.m.

The Forever Plaid boys are back with a night of music featuring Christmas standards in a theatrical setting. All ages. Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville; Thru Dec. 11: Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $18 adults, $15 students; 615826-6037 or hpactn.com.

Rec It

Supervised games in the gym. Ages 7 - 12. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $2; 615-302-0971 or wcparksandrec.com.

FREE Santa in the Courthouse

Kids can visit St. Nick and share wish lists while posing for photos (bring your own camera). All ages. Rutherford County Courthouse, 1 S. Public Sq., Murfreesboro; today 6 - 8 p.m., Dec. 3, 10 & 17 from 12 - 4 p.m.; 615-895-1887 or downtownmurfreesboro.com.

Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag

In this children’s show, see how Santa saves Christmas once again. All ages. Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 11 a.m.; $10; 615-6469977 or dinnertheatre.com.

FREE Scavenger Hunt Hike (Registration Required)

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

Science a la Cart

Participate in science experiments. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Scrooge the Musical

Charles Dickens’ holiday story comes to life on stage. All ages. Pull-Tight Theatre, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin; Thru Dec. 17: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $18 adults, $12 students; 615-791-5007 or pull-tight.com.

FREE Storytime & Playground Fun

Kids can enjoy a morning of stories and playtime on the playground. All ages. St. Paul Community Church, 5035 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.; 615-269-4521 or stpaulcommunitychurch.org.

FREE The Art Show at B.A.

More than 60 local and regional artists show and sell their work ranging from paintings to jewelry and other unique items. Santa will visit kids on Saturday. All ages. Brentwood Academy, 219 Granny White Pike, Brentwood; Fri 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; 615-3730611 or brentwoodacademy. com.

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things to do The Mini-Nutcracker

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas celebration including pictures with Santa, a hayride, live music, craft vendors, hot apple cider and more. All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 615-8900355 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Centennial Youth Ballet presents this abbreviated, narrated version of the classic tale of a young girl’s Christmas dream. All ages. Frances Bond Davis Theatre at Harpeth Hall, 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville; Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m., Sun 1 p.m.; $12 adults, $8 ages 12 and younger (Sunday tickets are $15 and include a reception); 615-862-8439 or nashville. gov.

FREE Christmas Open House

The Twelve Dates of Christmas

Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project presents this onewoman comedy about a year-long stumble back into the dating world where “romance” ranges from weird and creepy to absurd and comical. Ages 12 and older. Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville; Thru Dec. 11: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.; $25; twtp.org.

Tick, Tick … BOOM! See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Toddler Time with Thomas (Registration Required)

Enjoy playtime while learning to follow directions. Ages 5 and younger. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3; 615-895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Tuna Does Vegas See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Sat 3 33rd Annual Oaklands Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes

Oaklands Mansion presents this annual tour featuring 17 beautiful and historic homes and distinctive churches. All ages. Oaklands Mansion, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 4 - 8 p.m.; $15 adults, $5 students, free ages 5 and younger; 615-893-0022 or oaklandsmuseum.org.

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A local baby checks out the Bearded Wonder during Christmas at Cannonsburgh in Murfreesboro. This year’s event is on Saturday, Dec. 3. A Christmas Carol See Friday, Dec. 2.

A Christmas Carol: The Broadway Musical

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

A Christmas Story See Thursday, Dec. 1.

A Christmas Story the Musical

See Friday, Dec. 2

A Very Merry Pops See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Backpacking 101 (Registration Required) Learn backpacking basics while hiking the old logging roads and mail routes to camp where wildlife abounds. Bring your own gear and hiking boots. Ages 13 and older. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 9 a.m.; $10; 615-862-8580 or nashville.gov/parks.

FREE Banjo by the Fire (Registration Required) Learn about the banjo and its history while listening to a variety of old tunes while warming up by the bonfire. All ages. Beaman Park Nature

Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 1 p.m.; 615-862-8580 or nashville. gov/parks.

FREE Blair Suzuki Strings Holiday Concert

Enjoy an afternoon of holiday music featuring the talents of nearly 50 violin and cello students ages 5 - 13. In addition to traditional carols, they’ll perform classical works by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-2443340 or fristcenter.org.

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy breakfast, face painting, a balloon artist and photos with St. Nick. Proceeds benefit Gallatin Shalom Zone. All ages. St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 449 N. Water Ave., Gallatin; 8 11 a.m.; $5 ($20 for five tickets); 615-442-7575 or gallatinshalomzone.org.

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy a traditional breakfast and get photos while mingling with Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves, the Grinch

and other characters. Plus, there are craft activities and live entertainment. Proceeds benefit Bows & Ballcaps, an organization serving children fighting cancer. All ages. Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club, 550 Johnny Cash Pkwy., Hendersonville; 8:30 & 11 a.m.; $5.50 - $19.50; holidayfesttn.org.

Breakfast with Santa (Registration Required)

Enjoy a Chick-fil-A breakfast with St. Nick, Mrs. Claus and the cows. All ages. Miller Coliseum, 304 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 8 - 10 a.m.; $10; hollydaymarketplace. weebly.com.

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories and related activities. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 615377-9979 or bn.com.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

FREE Christmas at Cannonsburgh

Enjoy holiday decorations and carolers while sampling appetizers, cheeses, dips and sauces from the gift shop. Kids can visit Santa. All ages. Sumner Crest Winery, 5306 E. Old Hwy. 52, Portland; 1 - 5 p.m.; 615-325-4086 or sumnercrestwinery.com.

City Farmhouse Holiday Pop-up Fair

More than 80 vendors have a variety of items for your holiday shopping experience including vintage/antiques, artisan goods, jewelry and more. The fair also includes cooking demonstrations and a holiday floral styling class. All ages. The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Sat 12 - 4 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $12 (early bird shopping on Sat from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. is $25); 615-7908101 or cityfarmhousefranklin. blogspot.com.

Coolest Holiday Cards & Wrapping Paper (Registration Required)

Make your own hand-stamped and pigmented wrapping papers and homemade cards based on natural objects surrounding the sanctuary. Adults. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 12:30 - 5 p.m.; $45; 615-370-4672 or owlshill.org.


things to do Elf in Training (Registration Required)

Learn how elves stay fit to help make your Christmas much brighter. Ages 3 - 6. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.; $3; 615-8955040 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

FREE Fairview Christmas Tree Lighting

Bring your family to enjoy the lighting of Fairview’s Christmas tree. All ages. City Hall, 7100 City Center Cir., Fairview; 4:30 p.m.; 615799-2484 or fairview-tn.org.

Family Program: Everybody Jam Session

Multi-instrumentalist Jeff Burke teaches basic chords for mandolin, banjo and guitar along with playing in different keys, hearing chord changes, singing harmonies and more. Bring an instrument or use one of the museum’s while learning holiday songs. Ages 10 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; free with gate admission

($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Family Science Lab: Researchers

Ages 10 - 13 with an adult can explore all-things space related, including how to prepare to go into space, the workings of a space suit, rocket science and space physics. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $7.50 plus gate admission ($14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12); adventuresci. org/familyscience.

FREE First Saturday Art Crawl

Twenty-five art galleries in the downtown area host receptions and art openings. All ages. Hatch Show Print, 224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m.; nashvilledowntown.com/ play/first-saturday-art-crawl.

Frosty Fun Run

Choose a two- or 4.5mile course and walk/run to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and PARKS Christmas for the

Children. All ages. Stones River Country Club Golf Course, 1830 N.W. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 7 a.m.; $25 with a new toy, $35 without a toy, $100 family of four in advance ($40 per runner on race day); fleetfeetmurfreesboro.com.

Historic Home. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; free with gate ($16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12); 615-833-1534 or nashvillezoo.org.

Gingerbread Workshop (Registration Required)

Enjoy a holiday brunch (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; a la carte prices) with items like Holiday Ham Benedict and Peppermint Mousse Parfait, then head to Rachel’s Boutique in the hotel for a holiday trunk show featuring jewelry and craft goods by local designers. All ages. Hermitage Hotel, 231 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 10 a.m.; 615-244-3121 or thehermitagehotel.com.

Crumb de la Crumb bakery provides the gingerbread houses your family can enjoy putting together and decorating. It’ll go home with you boxed safely to enjoy throughout the season. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; today and Dec. 10 & 17 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.. Dec. 7 from 5 - 9 p.m.; $52 members, $65 non-members for up to five people; 615356-8000 or cheekwood. org.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Historic Home Yuletide Tours

Step back in time for a traditional Victorian Christmas at the zoo’s Grassmere

FREE Holiday Festival

FREE Holiday Gift Tag Craft and Wrapping Party

Craft seasonal gift tags and join friends to wrap gifts — bring your own paper or use the library’s. All ages. Goodlettsville Branch Library, 205 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 1 p.m.; 615-862-5862 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

FREE Holiday Movie Matinee

Enjoy a screening of Home Alone (rated PG) along with popcorn and drinks. Ages 8 and older. Madison Branch Library, 610 Gallatin Pike S., Nashville; 1:30 p.m.; 615-862-5868 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

FREE Holiday Open House

Celebrate holidays around the world while learning tips for staying healthy through the season, taking pictures with Santa, decorating a giant gingerbread house and more. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 615-8902300 or explorethedc.org.

Enjoy Christmas carolers during Historic Home Yuletide Tours at the Nashville Zoo’s Grassmere home Dec. 3 - 4, 10 - 11 & 17 - 18.

FREE Holiday Storytime

Kids can hang with Santa Claus as he shares holiday

stories. All ages. Williamson County Visitor Center, 400 Main St., Franklin; 11 a.m.; 615-591-8514 or visitfranklin.com/see-and-do/ holidays-in-franklin.

Hollyday Marketplace

The Junior League of Murfreesboro presents this holiday shopping experience featuring more than 100 vendors with a variety of gifts, art, home decor items and more. All ages. Miller Coliseum, 304 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10; hollydaymarketplace.weebly. com.

Home for the Holidays

Tim Rushlow & His Big Band perform Christmas classics in the style of Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $30 - $46; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

ILIZA: The Confirmed Kills Tour

A night of stand-up comedy. Ages 16 and older. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $32.50 - $42.50; 615-7824040 or tpac.org.

Jingle Bell Run/ Walk

Wear a festive holiday costume for this 5K run or 1K walk (leashed dogs welcome) benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. All ages. Downtown Franklin; 7:30 a.m.; $10 - $35; kintera. org/faf/home/default. asp?ievent=1160657.

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

The world’s funniest kindergartner is back with a new stage adventure that explores a “finders keepers, losers weepers” theme. All ages. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $20 adults, $15 children; 615252-4675 or nashvillect.org. (please turn the page)

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Pied Piper Series: Holiday Spectacular & Sing-Along

Kids of all ages can enjoy free hands-on arts and crafts during the Holiday Open House at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring on Saturday, Dec. 3. Kids’ Cooking Class: The Best Breakfast (Registration Required) Kids will learn to make breakfast favorites like omelettes, pancakes, bacon, sausage, French toast, buttermilk biscuits and freshly squeezed orange juice. Ages 6 - 15. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $50; 615-956-6077 or thecuriouskitchen.net.

FREE Kidsville

During this Shakespeare Folio program, learn, explore and perform iconic parts of Shakespeare’s Hamlet then make acting scripts. Ages 12 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/ about/kidsville.

FREE LEGO Junior Makers

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

FREE Lowe’s Build and Grow Kids Clinic (Registration Required)

Make Christmas ornaments. Ages 5 - 12. Lowe’s, visit website for all locations; 10 a.m.; lowesbuildandgrow. com.

FREE Miracle on Main St. Festival

Santa’s Marketplace features crafts, holiday vendors, food and gifts for purchase. Kids can get free photos with Santa after the parade. All ages. Billy S. Hobbs Municipal Center, 105 College St., White House; 12 - 6 p.m.; 615-672-3937 or whitehousechamber.org.

MLT Holiday Double-Header

See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Morning with Santa & Magic Show (Registration Required)

Meet Santa, play a variety of games and enjoy a magic show by Scott Humston (9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.). All ages. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-371-0090 or brentwoodtn.gov/library.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories and activities. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 615895-8580 or bn.com.

FREE Nashville Chamber Singers

Enjoy an evening of holiday music. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 7

p.m.; 615-298-9517 or music.fpcnashville.org.

Nashville’s Nutcracker

Nashville Ballet presents its holiday tradition taking you into a magical world of the Sugar Plum Fairy, dancing bears and other whimsical characters among sets with strokes of Tennessee history. All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Dec. 3, 4, 11, 21 & 23 at 2 p.m.; Dec. 10, 17, 18 & 22 at 2 & 7 p.m.; Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.; $28 - $89; 615-7824040 or nashvilleballet.com.

North Pole Express Santa Excursion Train

Ride with St. Nick on the Santa Express to Lebanon and back while mingling with him and the elves. It’s an out and back trip with no deboarding. All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 9 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; $21 - $75; 615-241-0436 or tcry.org.

Nuncrackers

See Thursday, Dec. 1. See Friday, Dec. 2.

Opry at the Ryman See Friday, Dec. 2

FREE Parnassus Saturday Storytime

Enjoy songs, giggles and stories. All ages. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro

This Nashville Symphony concert for kids includes favorite holiday songs plus a reading of The Night Before Christmas. Arrive one hour early for free fun including an instrument petting zoo, crafts, stories and photos with Santa. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 11 a.m.; $25 - $35; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Plaid Tidings

See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Portland Christmas Festival

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

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the New Jersey Devils. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 1 p.m.; $30 - $165; 615-7707800 or nashvillepredators. com.

Rudolph’s Red Nose Run

Music City’s most festive 5K invites elves, grinches and sugar plum fairies to light the way for Santa’s arrival at the Nashville Christmas Parade. Proceeds benefit NeedLink Nashville. All ages. East Bank Landing next to Cumberland Park, 592 S. First St., Nashville; 8 a.m.; $25 $40; rudolphrednoserun.com.

Santa Snaps (Registration Required)

Smith Studio Photography takes professional photos of kids with Santa and Mrs. Claus for digital download and print. All ages. Miller Coliseum, 304 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $15; hollydaymarketplace.weebly. com.

Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Santa’s Workshop (Registration Required)

Kids can enjoy cookies and holiday craft activities. All ages. Miller Coliseum, 304 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $10; hollydaymarketplace. weebly.com.

FREE Santa, S’mores & More!

Kids can visit Santa for photo opps, toast s’mores and sip hot chocolate. All ages. Riverbend Nurseries, 2008 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 615-4682008 or riverbendnurseries. com.

Scrooge the Musical See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Shakespeare Allowed

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

FREE Sowing the Seeds (Registration Required) Go on a seed hunt looking for hickory nuts, walnuts, acorns and wildflowers seeds. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 615-3526299 or nashville.gov/parks.

FREE Santa in the Courthouse

See Friday, Dec. 2.

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things to do FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

Story readings and activities. Ages 3 - 5 . Books-A-Million, 1040 Crossings Blvd., Spring Hill; 10:30 a.m.; 931-4860113 or booksamillion.com.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related activities. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 11 a.m.; 615-264-0183 or bn.com.

FREE Teen Crafting Afternoon

Create Christmas crafts, including jewelry. Ages 12 - 18. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; 615893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

FREE The Art Show at B.A. See Friday, Dec. 2.

The Mini-Nutcracker See Friday, Dec. 2.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Tick, Tick … BOOM! See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Troop 13 Country Breakfast & Silent Auction

Boy Scout Troop 13 hosts an all-you-can-eat breakfast including eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, pancakes, biscuits, grits, sausage gravy, coffee, OJ and milk. All ages. Christ Community Church, 1215 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 7 - 11 a.m.; $5; committechair.troop13@gmail. com or franklintroop13.com.

Tuna Does Vegas See Thursday, Dec. 1.

FREE Visit with Santa

Bring your own camera or have a professional photographer snap a pic of your child with Santa. All ages. Robert Coleman

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Community Center, 303 Portland Blvd., Portland; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; cityofportlandtn.gov.

FREE Winter StoryWalk Reveal

Bundle up and discover winter’s featured book on the Little Acorn Trail. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 615352-6299 or nashville.gov/ parks.

Winter Wonders

Explore the wonders of holiday-themed science along with STEM toys like Geomags, Snap Circuits, Ruminate and others. Plus, kids can create toys that whirl and twirl. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12; 615862-5160 or adventuresci. org/winterwonders.

FREE Yulefest

Celebrate the season 1780s style with old-time festivities, refreshments and live music. All ages. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 5 - 8 p.m.; 615-851-2231 or goodlettsvilleparks.com.

Let your kids experience the magic of the Sugar Plum Fairy and other delightful characters during Nashville’s Nutcracker. This Nashville Ballet production runs for 14 performances, Dec. 3 - 23, at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Galleria Blvd., Franklin; today 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Dec. 16 & 22 from 3:30 - 11 p.m.; $85 per person; 877-247-5223 or americangirl.com/retail/ nashville.php.

Brian Setzer Orchestra

A Christmas Carol

A night of rockabilly/swing music, including holiday tunes, with special guest Mark W. Winchester. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49.50 - $65; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

A Christmas Story

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Sun 4 See Friday, Dec. 2.

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

A Christmas Story the Musical

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

City Farmhouse Holiday Pop-up Fair

See Friday, Dec. 2.

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

American Girl at Nutcracker (Registration Required)

Creative Zone: Ornamental Instruments & Country Cookies

You and your girl can celebrate the season with an experience that starts with a meal at American Girl, then a be drive to TPAC for Nashville Ballet’s Nashville’s Nutcracker. Ages 7 and older. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800

Celebrate the holiday season by decorating instrumentshaped cookies or a nonedible cookie ornament during this drop-in program. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. South, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1

p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Historic Home Yuletide Tours

See Saturday, Dec. 2.

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

See Saturday, Dec. 2.

FREE Make Letterpress Art

Get creative by making prints and exploring old-school letterpress art making. All ages. Hatch Show Print, 224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 12, 1 & 2 p.m.; 615-401-2000 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

MLT Holiday Double-Header

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Movies at the Schermerhorn: Home Alone

The Nashville Symphony performs John Williams’ score foriewers to enjoy while watching the holiday comedy

in HD on a giant screen above the stage. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 1 & 7 p.m.; $22 - $69; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Nashville’s Nutcracker

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Nuncrackers

See Thursday, Dec. 1. See Thursday, Dec. 2.

Plaid Tidings

See Friday, Dec 2.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Philadelphia Flyers. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 5 p.m.; $30 - $165; 615-7707800 or nashvillepredators. com.

Santa Sunday

Part of Holiday LIGHTS, children can visit Santa who leads a special storytime reading holiday favorites (milk and cookies available for purchase). All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 5:30


things to do - 8:30 p.m.; members: $15 adults, $10 ages 3 - 17; nonmembers: $20 adults, $15 ages 3 - 17; 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE The Art Show at B.A.

See Friday, Dec. 2.

The Mini-Nutcracker See Friday, Dec. 2.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Tick, Tick … BOOM!

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Tuna Does Vegas See Thursday, Dec. 1.

FREE Voices of Christmas Concert

Lipscomb’s School of Music ushers in the holiday season with a recital of sacred Christmas solos presented by students from the vocal studio program along with the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. All ages. Lipscomb University’s Ward Hall, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-9665929 or lipscomb.edu.

FREE Williamson County Community Band Holiday Concert

The all-volunteer, intergenerational group of nearly 50 musicians ranging in ages from 11 - 90 present their inaugural holiday concert. All ages. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 3 p.m.; 615-3710090 or brentwoodtn.gov/ library.

FREE Wonderful Life Foundation 13th Annual Event

Watch a screening of It’s a Wonderful Life followed by a festive party with live music, silent auction, food, drinks and merriment. Onehundred percent of the donations will benefit the Wonderful Life Foundation supporting families of children being treated for serious illnesses. All ages. War

Memorial Auditorium, 301 6th Ave. North, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-736-2892 or wonderfullifefoundation.org.

Mon 5 12 Nights of Christmas Tour

R. Kelly presents a night of R&B flavored holiday music. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39.50 $159.50; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

FREE Adoption 101 (Registration Required) Learn about the process for domestic, interstate and international adoptions. Adults. Heaven Sent Children, 2604 Merchants Walk, Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m.; 615-898-0803 or heavensentchildren.com.

An Evening with David Crosby & Friends The founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash brings his band to perform a night of hits and songs from his new album, Lighthouse. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $40 - $80; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Christmas at the Cathedral

Sacred holiday music by The Cathedral Choir along with more than 130 Catholic high school choir members. All ages. Cathedral of the Incarnation, 2015 West End Ave., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; cathedralnashville.org.

December 25 Days of Discovery

Celebrate the holidays with hands-on activities. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Early Explorers

Visit the preschool area for breakfast, see a planetarium show, then enjoy a storytime activity. Ages 3 - 5. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 5 and younger; discounted admission applies to arrivals prior to 9:45 a.m., regular rates apply thereafter.; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

Franklin Mommy & Me Yoga

Parents and little ones can bond while doing gentle yoga stretches and poses. Ages 2 - 5. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 10:45 11:30 a.m.; $8 adults, $4 children; 615-790-5719 or wcparksandrec.com.

Judo/Karate (Registration Required) This combo class gives kids a program of physical fitness and self-confidence. It meets Mondays, Dec. 5 - 19. Ages 8 and older. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; $30; 615-302-0971 or wcparksandrec.com.

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An evening of pop and jazz instrumental music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $45 - $85; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

FREE Mighty Sprouts Preschool Martial Arts Class (Registration Required)

Based around martial arts movements, this class helps develop basic motor skills, strength, flexibility, focus, selfcontrol and more. Ages 3 - 6. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 10 10:35 a.m.; 615-224-3851 or harvestmartialarts.com.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Dec. 2.

Nolensville Wiggles and Giggles

Enjoy organized games and play time. Ages 3 - 6. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; $2; 615786-0200 ext. 2410 or wcparksandrec.com.

FREE Read with Lily (Registration Required) Sign up to read to Lily the READing Paws dog. Grades preschool - elementary. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4:15 p.m.; 615-371-0090 or brentwood-tn.org/library.

Snack Attack!

Prepare tasty snacks in the kitchen. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

SPARK!

Preschoolers and parents can hear stories and enjoy related activities. Ages 3 - 5. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $1 plus $8 gate admission; 615890-2300 or explorethedc. org.

FREE The North Pole Experience

Make ornaments and other holiday crafts, explore the Winter Wonderland, enjoy live music, sip hot chocolate, visit Santa’s Workshop, hear a reading of A Christmas Story and watch the town tree light up. All ages. Nolensville Town Hall, 7218 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 6 - 8 p.m.; nolensvilletn.gov.

FREE Tree Lighting Ceremony & The Polar Express Readings (Registration Required) Brentwood’s tree will light up at 5:30, and kids can listen to readings of The Polar Express at 5 & 6 p.m. All ages. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood.; 615-371-0090 or brentwoodtn.gov/library.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) Learn tumbling basics. Ages 3 - 5. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $3; 615-895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Tue 6 FREE A Tuba Christmas

The Tennessee Tuba Players present a unique night of holiday music. All ages. First Baptist Church, 205 E. Main St., Gallatin; 7 p.m.; 615452-5715 or fbcgallatin.org.

A Very Merry Christmas with Dave Barnes

A Nashville holiday tradition, singer/songwriter Dave Barnes and special guests perform holiday favorites. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $34 - $79; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Battle of the Boulevard

The fierce rivalry of the Belmont Bruins and the Lipscomb Bisons is front and center during this annual basketball game. All ages. Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; $16 reserved, $13 general admission; 615-966-4737 or lipscomb.edu.

Busy Bees

See Thursday, Dec. 1. (please turn the page)

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things to do FREE Christmas at the Cathedral See Monday, Dec. 5.

Commodores Basketball

Commodores when they challenge High Point. All ages. Memorial Gym, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $15; 615-322-4653 or vucommodores.com.

Cheer for the Vanderbilt

Crafternoon

Participate in a supervised art activity. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Create Your Own Snowman

Make your own snowman craft. Grades K - 6. Pruitt Branch Library, 117 Charles E Davis Blvd., Nashville; 4:30 p.m.; 615-862-5985 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Fairview Mommy & Me Yoga

SPOTLIGHT:

Holiday Movies at the Franklin Theatre All ages

M

ake your family’s holiday season merrier by taking a break from all the hubbub to enjoy a Christmas classic on the big screen. The Franklin Theatre makes it worthwhile: movies are $5 per person, and no previews are shown (movies begin promptly at their listed showtimes). Look forward to these fun flicks this month: A Christmas Story (pictured) Dec. 3, 10, 17, 18 & 25 Miracle on 34th Street Dec. 4, 7 & 24 The Bishop’s Wife Dec. 6 & 12 The Muppet Christmas Carol Dec. 10 & 17 White Christmas Dec. 10, 12, 17, 18 & 25 It’s a Wonderful Life Dec. 10, 14, 17 & 25

Visit the website for specific show times. The Franklin Theatre is located at 419 Main St. Call 615-538-2076 or visit franklintheatre.com.

Parents and their little ones can have fun bonding while doing gentle yoga stretches and poses. Ages 2 - 5. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.; $8; 615-799-9331 or wcparksandrec.com.

FREE Family Gaming Night

Enjoy an evening of fun games for the whole family. All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 615893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

FITMommy

This total body class is open to prenatal moms, postpartum moms and moms with older kids; babies and toddlers welcome. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.; $4; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Gingerbread House Workshop (Registration Required)

Kids can have fun decorating gingerbread houses with icing and assorted candy (candies may contain nuts). Ages 3 - 12. Smyrna Event Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. .E, Smyrna; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; $10 large house, $8 medium

house; 615-459-9773 or townofsmyrna.org.

Handmade Paper Ornaments (Registration Required)

Use paper to make ornaments for your tree or other holiday home decor. Ages 6 - 9. Little Art House, 1317 16th Ave. S., Nashville; 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.; $25; 615-933-9644 or littlearthousenashville.com.

FREE Hendersonville Chamber Singers Christmas Concert

An evening of music and Christmas traditions. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 172 W. Main St., Hendersonville; 7 p.m.; holidayfesttn.org.

Homeschool P.E.

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Knee-High Naturalist: All About Owls (Registration Required) Preschoolers will learn about the resident owls and meet them up close. 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; 615370-4672 or owlshill.org.

FREE Madison Christmas Tree Lighting

Bring your family out for the tree lighting in Madison. All ages. Madison Branch Library, 610 Gallatin Pike S., Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; 615-862-5400 or madisonrivergatechamber. com.

Opry at the Ryman See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Polar Express Day @ the Library

Celebrate the season with a reading of the popular holiday picture book followed by a screening of the feature film. Kids can wear PJs and bring pillows and blankets. All ages. Bellevue Library, 720 Baugh Road, Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; 615-862-5854 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

Prancer

A screening of the 1989 holiday movie starring Sam Elliott and Cloris Leachman (rated G). All ages. Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St., Lebanon; 6:30 p.m.; $5; 615-784-4014 or capitoltheatretn.com.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Colorado Avalanche. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $165; 615-7707800 or nashvillepredators. com.

FREE Snack with Santa (Registration Required) Meet by the fireplace in the interpretive center for a story and snack with Santa. Ages 4 and younger. Timberland Park on Natchez Trace, Franklin; 10 a.m.; wcparksandrec. com.

SPARK!

See Monday, Dec. 5.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Spring Hill Wiggles and Giggles

Enjoy organized games and play time. Ages 3 - 6. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; $2; wcparksandrec. com.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Tuesdays for Tots

Stop by the studio in the Learning Center to craft an original artwork. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 -17); 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

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things to do FREE Youth Set Design

This hands-on class focuses on designing sets for theater productions. Ages 10 - 17. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5:30 6:30 p.m.; free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25/year); 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Youth Yoga

Learn yoga poses and techniques. Ages 7 - 12. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.; $4; 615786-0200, ext. 2418, or wcparksandrec.com.

Wed 7 A Christmas Story See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Animal Antics

Meet one of the center’s resident animals. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Archery Homeschool Day (Registration Required)

This class includes archery instruction with all equipment provided and a game at the end. Parents can participate, too. Ages 7 and older. Music City Archery, 5011 Walkup Road, Pegram; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.; $15; 615-566-5187 or musiccityarchery.com.

Christmas at Our House

Award-winning singer/ songrwriter Christy Sutherland and Matthew Dudney, storytelling son of Barbara Mandrell, present a holiday music dinner show. All ages. Fontanel, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 4 p.m.; $89.99 adults, $49.99 ages 6 - 11, free ages 5 and younger; fontanel.com.

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December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

FREE Earth Lab

Discover and learn about animals in winter during this self-guided experience. Ages 4 - 9. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 12 - 5 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Christmas at the Ryman

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Fairview Wiggles and Giggles

Enjoy organized games and play time. Ages 3 - 6. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; $2; wcparksandrec.com.

Family Science Lab: Explorers

Learn about wintry weather, how animals stay warm in extremely cold temperatures, the northern lights and more. Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $5 per child in addition to gate admission ($14.95 adults, $10.95 kids); 615-8625160 or adventuresci.org/ familyscience.

Gingerbread Workshop (Registration Required)

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Handmade Wrapping Paper & More! (Registration Required)

Learn about patterns while designing your own tea cloths, paper gifts and tags, and take home your own wrapping materials. Ages 4 - 6 (3:30 - 4:30 p.m.); ages 7 - 9 (4:30 - 5:30 p.m.) Little Art House, 1317 16th Ave. S., Nashville; $25; 615-933-9644 or littlearthousenashville.com.

Homeschool Creativity Class

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

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required)

This parent/tot class focuses on playing with others, gross motor skills and having fun. Ages 1 - 3. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; $3; 615893-7439 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

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

Knee-High Naturalist: All About Owls (Registration Required) See Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes

A night of stand-up comedy from a modern-day joke teller presenting a show that asks, “How far should we go for the laugh?” Ages 16 and older. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35.50; 615782-4040 or tpac.org.

FREE Night Hike (Registration Required) Hike the Henry Hollow Loop Trail to experience the magic and mystery of the woods at night. All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.; 615-8628580 or nashville.gov/parks.

Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Tales and Trails (Registration Required) Listen to a story followed by a hike on the trails. Ages 4 - 7 with a parent. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10:30 a.m.; $3; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

The Spirit of Christmas Christian music star Michael W. Smith and Jordan Smith (Season 9 winner of The Voice) join the Nashville Symphony for a night of Christmas music. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39 - $99; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Wild Things (Registration Required) This nature-themed program includes songs, crafts, hikes and other activities. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9:30 a.m.; $3; 615-2173017 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Thu 8 A Christmas Carol: The Broadway Musical

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

A Christmas Story See Thursday, Dec. 1.

A Studio Tenn Christmas

A seasonal concert paying homage to vintage TV holiday specials. All ages. Jamison Theater, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 7 p.m.; $25 - $90; 615-541-8200 or studiotenn. com.

FREE Babies Music Together Holiday Class (Registration Required) Parents and their infants can enjoy a time of bonding

musically through singing developmentally appropriate songs and rhythmic movement. Ages 6 weeks - 7 months. In Harmony Music at Renee’s Groove Room, 3668A Central Pike, Nashville; 11 a.m.; inharmonymusicmidtn. com.

Bell Ringers Concert

Music City Bronze presents an enchanting evening of holiday sounds. All ages. Palace Theater, 146 N. Water Ave., Gallatin; 7 p.m.; $10; holidayfesttn.org.

Busy Bees

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Christmas with Jennifer Nettles

Country singer Jennifer Nettles makes her debut with the Nashville Symphony for a night of holiday hits. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $54 - $129; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Coffee & Conversation

School counselor Tammy Parish presents a one-hour seminar titled, “Social Thinking: What Does it Mean?” Parents of schoolage children. Akiva School, 809 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville; 8 a.m.; 615-3561880 or akivanashville.net.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Christmas at the Ryman

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Exile Christmas CD Release Concert

Celebrating 50 years of music, this country rock band performs music from its first Christmas album. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $33 - $45; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.


things to do

The Dancing Lights of Christmas at Jellystone Park.

FairyTaled: Princess Dance Lesson (Registration Required)

Everyone’s favorite snow princess leads the way with stories, dance lessons and Frozen holiday ornament making. All ages. Franklin School of the Performing Arts, 415 Duke Drive, Franklin; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $20; 615-624-3790 or fairytaled. com.

FITMommy Yoga

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Franklin Wiggles and Giggles

EDITOR’S PICKS SPOTLIGHT: Holiday Light Displays

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See Thursday, Dec.

Gaither Vocal Band Christmas Tour

he magic of the holiday season’s much brighter at these tried-and-true outings you can enjoy with your family this year.

CHAD’S WINTER WONDERLAND 791 Old Laguardo Road Lebanon 615-449-0099 chadswinterwonderland.com Thru Dec. 31 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. Sun - Thu 6 - 10 p.m., Fri - Sat 6 - 11 p.m.; $15 per vehicle; limos and passenger buses/vans are $20.

THE DANCING LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS Jellystone Park 2572 Music Valley Drive Nashville 615-889-4225 thedancinglightsofchristmas. com Thru Jan. 1 Hundreds of thousands of LED lights dance to holiday tunes you hear on your car radio. New displays this year! Make a pit stop at Santa’s Village for (additional small fees) like train rides, the bungee jump, inflatables, a petting zoo and a new mobile zip line (Fri - Sat only). Jellystone Park, 2572 Music Valley Drive, Nashville; daily 5 - 10 p.m.; $25 per non-commercial vehicle.

FRANKLIN’S HOLLY TROLLEY SOLD OUT!

HOLIDAY LIGHTS CARRIAGE TOURS 2800 Blair Blvd., Nashville hwen.org Dec. 3 - 4 The Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood Association presents this horse-drawn carriage tour. You will see vintage homes with light displays. Enjoy hot cider, refreshments and music, too. Tours start every 30 minutes from 5 - 8:30 p.m. Sat, 4:30 - 8 p.m. Sun. Tickets are $23 per person. Advance ticket purchase required.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS! AT CHEEKWOOD 1200 Forrest Park Drive Nashville 615-356-8000 cheekwood.org Thru Dec. 31 One million lights adorn the grounds and gardens, creating an illuminated wonderland. Other activities include carolers, live reindeer, Santa visits and s’mores. Tue - Sun 5 - 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 ages 3 - 17 (members get a $5 discount).

NASHVILLE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TOUR 2416 Music Valley Drive Nashville 800-987-9852 vacationsmadeeasy.com Dec. 1 - 31

depart at 6:30 p.m. (no tours Christmas Eve or Christmas Day). $34 ages 12 and older, $24 ages 6 - 11, free ages 2 and younger.

OPRYLAND’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 2800 Opryland Drive Nashville 615-889-1000 christmastatgaylordopryland. com Thru Jan. 1 More than 2 million lights illuminate the grounds and inside of the Opryland Hotel during “A Country Christmas.” New additions feature custom Music City designs. Admission is free. Sun - Thu 4 11 p.m., Fri - Sat 4 p.m. - midnight.

TWINKLING TENNESSEE LIGHTS TOUR 615-833-5555 graylinetn.com Dec. 1 - 23, 26 - 30

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. Daily 6:30 - 9 p.m. Tickets are $39.

A night of holiday music with special guests The Isaacs, The Martins, Buddy Greene, Charlotte Ritchie and others. All ages. Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $27.50 - $75; gaither.com.

Gingerbread House Competition

Put your creative talents to use by building and decorating a gingerbread house during this 10th annual competition that includes youth, amateur and professional categories. Houses will be presented during the St. Nicholas Ball (Dec. 10) and auctioned off to benefit Make-A-Wish. All ages. Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club, 550 Johnny Cash Pkwy., Hendersonville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $5 - $25; holidayfesttn.org.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Hermitage Holiday Tour

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Homeschool P.E.

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

A bus tour takes you through neighborhoods to see twinkling lights. Tours (please turn the page)

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things to do FREE Kids Christmas Craft Party

Enjoy an afternoon of holiday fun with food, crafts and other activities. Ages 5 - 12. Richland Park Library, 4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville; 4:30 p.m.; 615-862-5870 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

FREE KidZone: Party with Santa!

Celebrate with St. Nick and Mrs. Claus while listening to holiday stories and making crafts. All ages. Madison Branch Library, 610 Gallatin Pike S., Nashville; 4:30 5:30 p.m.; 615-862-5868 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

FREE Music Together Holiday Class (Registration Required) Discover this parent-child program that includes music, movement and instrument play. Ages 9 months - 5 years. In Harmony Music at Renee’s Groove Room, 3668A Central Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m.; inharmonymusicmidtn. com.

Nature Nuts

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Nuncrackers

See Thursday, Dec. 1. See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Parnassus Storytime

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Dance Class See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Raiders Basketball

Cheer for the MTSU Blue Raiders when they challenge the Vanderbilt Commodores. All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; $13; goblueraiders. com.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Xtreme

“The Greatest Show on Earth” features exotic animals, acrobats and other performers. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m.; Fri 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m.; Sun 1 & 5 p.m.; $20 - $100; 615-770-2000 or ringling.com/event/110546.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Tuna Does Vegas See Thursday, Dec. 1.

FREE Unwrapping Christmas Past

Curator of History Rob DeHart explores Christmases past by showing unique holiday items dating back to the 19th century. Learn how past cultures expressed themselves during the most wonderful time of the year. Cookies provided. All ages. Tennessee State Museum, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 12:15 p.m.; 615741-2692 or tnmuseum.org.

Youth Volleyball Class See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Fri 9 A Christmas Carol See Friday, Dec. 2.

SPOTLIGHT:

Santa’s Wonderland Thru Dec. 24

F

ree fun for kids of all ages continues this month at Bass Pro Shop at Opry Mills during its ninth annual Santa’s Wonderland. Kids can get complimentary photos with St. Nick and enjoy other activities including crafts, the soft-range archery and shooting gallery, a laser arcade and more. Check out the assortment of model trains, remote-control trucks and foam toys. Stop by the activity table to make Christmas decorations and write a letter to Santa. Hours for the special activities vary daily; store hours are Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. For a complete list of Santa’s Wonderland activities, visit the website. Call 615-514-5200 or visit basspro.com/santa.

A Christmas Carol: The Broadway Musical

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

A Christmas Story

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

A Christmas Story the Musical

See Friday, Dec. 2.

A Studio Tenn Christmas

See Thursday, Dec. 8.

A Welby Street Christmas

Serene and Pearl host this old-

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fashioned Christmas concert with Jimmy Wayne, Sherrie Austin, Jeff Bates and others. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $40 - $100; 615-5382076 or franklintheatre.com.

FREE Basics of SelfDefense & Safety for Moms (Registration Required)

This class introduces women to practical self-defense and awareness techniques. Ages 18 and older. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 6:30 - 8 p.m.; 615-224-3851 or harvestmartialarts.com.

FREE Bells Bend Night Hike (Registration Required)

Explore and listen for animals of the night during an evening hike. All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 5 6:30 p.m.; 615-862-4187 or nashville.gov/parks.

Big Band Holidays

Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and special guest Catherine Russell present a swingin’ jazz-infused night of holiday tunes. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $56 $105; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Christmas Boat Parade

See a parade of boats decked out in holiday lights and decor. All ages. Creekwood Marina, 259 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville; 6:30 - 9 p.m.; holidayfesttn.org.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.


things to do Plaid Tidings

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Rec It

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Xtreme See Thursday, Dec. 8.

Santa in the Courthouse with Shacklett’s

T.J. Haynes (left) as Clarence and Brad Brown as George in Springhouse Theatre’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life, Dec. 9 - 18, in Smyrna. Elf Jr. the Musical

See Buddy the Elf like you’ve never seen him before — live on stage! All ages. The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 students; 615-563-2787 or artscenterofcc.com.

FREE Evergreen Beaman (Registration Required) Take a hike to learn about the park’s evergreen plants and winter trees. All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; 615-862-8580 or nashville.gov/parks.

Gingerbread House Competition

See Thursday, Dec. 8.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Hermitage Holiday Tour

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Holiday LockIn (Registration Required)

Enjoy an overnight outing that includes games, swimming, sports and other fun. Ages 8 - 15. Sports*Com,

2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; $20; 615-895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Holiday String Swing

Wishing Chair Productions and Moon Shine Rhythm Club present a swingin’ holiday program for children. Ages 3 and older. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.; 615-862-5800 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

It’s a Wonderful Life

Make a visit to Bedford Falls for a classic telling of the full-stage version of this holiday story. Ages 4 and older. Springhouse Theatre Company, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; Thru Dec. 18: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 students (ages 3 and younger not admitted); 615-852-8499 or springhousetheatre.com.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required) See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Lego Mania (Registration Required) See Friday, Dec. 2.

Matt Wertz

Celebrate the songs of the season as Matt Wertz presents Snow Globe Live with special guests. All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $20 - $30; 615782-4040 or tpac.org.

MLT Holiday Double-Header

See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Music Together Holiday Class (Registration Required) See Thursday, Dec. 8.

Nuncrackers

See Thursday, Dec. 1. See Friday, Dec. 2.

Opry at the Ryman See Friday, Dec. 2.

Overnight and EQ Winter Camp: An Epic Winter Adventure (Registration Required)

Build giant gingerbread houses, decorate cookies, create ornaments and compete in the Third Annual Downhill Reindeer Races. Check-in 6 p.m. Friday, check-out 4 p.m. Sunday. Ages 7 - 13. YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, 3088 Smith Springs Road, Nashville; $150 - $175; 615-3602267 or campwidji.org.

Kids can visit St. Nick and share wish lists while posing for a professional picture by Shacklett’s Photography. All ages. Rutherford County Courthouse, 1 South Public Sq., Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m.; price varies by photo package; 615-895-1887 or downtownmurfreesboro.com.

Santa Splash and Dash

Kids can enjoy dinner, make an ornament craft and swim in the indoor pool. Ages 7 13. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 - 9 p.m.; $5 in advance, $7 day of; 615893-7439 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Science a la Cart See Friday, Dec. 2.

Scrooge the Musical See Friday, Dec. 2.

Sorry! Wrong Chimney!

This stage comedy centers around a man moonlighting as a department store Santa, his suspicious wife, a notorious Santa burglar and a confused policeman. Ages 12 and older. Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mount Juliet; Thru Dec. 18: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15; 615598-8950 or encore-theatrecompany.org.

Storytime with Santa (Registration Required)

Wear your PJs and meet St. Nick for stories, cookies, milk and photos. Ages 10 and younger. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 7 p.m.; $6 ages 2 - 10, free ages 1 and younger; 615-799-9331 or wcparksandrec.com.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Theater Bug Winter Concert

Join 50 of Nashville’s talented youth and teens ages 6 - 18 for a winter music mix of classics, pop and musical theater. All ages. The Theater Bug at New Life Baptist Church, 4809 Gallatin Pike, Nashville; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 6 p.m.; $5 online, $7 at the door; ticketsnashville.com.

Toddler Time with Thomas (Registration Required) See Friday, Dec. 2.

Tuna Does Vegas See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Sat 10 23rd Annual Christmas Toy Train Show

More than 200 tables feature operating layouts, and a few train sets will be given away to kids via a drawing. All ages. Tennessee State Fairgrounds Creative Arts Building, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 615-646-2232 or dixiedivisiontca.com.

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things to do FREE 33rd Annual Dickens of a Christmas

This Victorian-themed Christmas street festival features 200 dancers, street musicians and characters in costume from Charles Dickens’ stories interacting with the public; more than 70 artists and crafts people with handmade goods; nonstop live entertainment; food; carriage and pony rides (for a small fee); children’s arts and crafts; a beard contest; and a town Christmas carol sing-along to end the day. All ages. Downtown Public Square, Franklin; Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; historicfranklin.com.

A Christmas Carol See Friday, Dec. 2.

A Christmas Carol: The Broadway Musical

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

A Christmas Story See Thursday, Dec. 1.

A Christmas Story the Musical

See Friday, Dec. 2.

A Legendary Holiday at Historic RCA Studio B

FREE Bethlehem Marketplace

Live animals, a busy marketplace with real food samples, townspeople and more during this walk-through Bethlehem experience at the time of Christ’s birth. All ages. Southeast Baptist Church, 708 Minerva Drive, Murfreesboro; 12 - 5 p.m.; 615-896-0940 or sebaptist.org.

Breakfast with Santa (Registration Required)

Feast on a breakfast buffet, win prizes through raffles, pose for photos with Santa and more. Rainforest Cafe, 353 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 8 - 10 a.m.; $16.38 adults, $10.91 children; 615-514-3000 or ranforestcafe.com.

Breakfast with Santa and the Minions (Registration Required)

Enjoy a breakfast feast, then visit with Santa and his Despicable friends. Ages 10 and younger. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 8 a.m.; $10 children, free for parents; 615-790-5719 or wcparksandrec.com.

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime

See Saturday, Dec. 2.

Character Breakfast (Registration Required)

Enjoy a pancake breakfast with special character appearances by princesses, superheroes and Santa. All ages. Long Hollow Baptist Church, 3031 Long Hollow Pike, Hendersonville; 8 a.m. 12:15 p.m.; $25; 615-8244006 or eventbrite.com.

Christmas in the City

A pancake breakfast, silent auction, crafts, costume competition, games and door prizes. The theme is “Whoville,” and the best-dressed Grinch and “Who” will take home a prize. All ages. One Stone Nashville, 1101 Stainback Ave., Nashville; 8:30 11 a.m.; $5 individuals, $20 families; 615-7084337 or facebook.com/ onestonechristmasinthecity.

FREE Cloth Diapering 101

Learn the basics of cloth diapering, including available products. All ages. USA Baby & Kids, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 10:30 a.m.; 615-595-5565 or usababyandkids.com.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Elf Jr. the Musical See Friday, Dec. 9.

Family Program: Design Your Album Cover

In this hands-on workshop, kids can create original album art inspired by artifacts and LP covers from the museum’s collection and by objects on display in the galleries. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 - 2 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Family Science Lab: Explorers See Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Shop for holiday gifts and goodies as more than 20 artists show and sell their original art and crafts along with baked goods and holiday poinsettias. Children’s activities include cookie decorating. All ages. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-383-5760 or firstuunashville.org.

FREE Geocaching 101 (Registration Required) Learn this treasure hunting game where you use GPS coordinates to find hidden caches in the park. All ages. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 12:30 - 2 p.m.; 615-862-4187 or nashville. gov/parks.

Gingerbread Workshop (Registration Required)

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Historic Home Yuletide Tours

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

FREE Holiday Party with Mrs. Claus and Santa

Enjoy a tour of the historic recording studio on Music Row along with a special holiday concert by guitarist Meagan Taylor (great-niece of Chet Atkins) and pianist Jason Coleman (grandson of Floyd Cramer) with special guest appearances by former Studio B session player Charlie McCoy and Country Music Hall of Famer Brenda Lee. Tour departs from the Hall of Fame. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 3 - 5 p.m.; $25; 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Mrs. Claus entertains with balloon animals, face painting, games and silliness, while Santa hears wish lists and poses for photos. Cookies and punch available. All ages. Bordeaux Library, 4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; 615-862-5856.

Holiday Road: Seasonal Sounds from the Silver Screen

A Studio Tenn Christmas

See Thursday, Dec. 8.

FREE FUUN Holiday Craft Fair & Poinsettia Sale

Experience characters from the Victorian era of Charles Dickens during the 33rd Annual Dickens of a Christmas, Dec. 10 - 11, in downtown Franklin.

Nashville In Harmony presents a night of holiday entertainmen. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $49.50; 615-7824040 or tpac.org. (please turn the page)

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things to do FREE Holiday Storytime

Kids can join the Sugarplum Fairy along with Elf on the Shelf for storytime fun. All ages. Williamson County Visitor Center, 400 Main St., Franklin; 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; 615-591-8514 or visitfranklin.com/see-and-do/ holidays-in-franklin.

FREE Holiday String Swing

See Friday, Dec. 9.

Hotcakes & Holly Pancake Breakfast

The Rotary Club of Murfreesboro hosts its 14th

annual pancake breakfast with live entertainment. New this year is a Breakfast with Santa package (seatings at 7:30, 8:30 & 9:30 a.m.) for kids that includes St. Nick & Mrs. Claus with a reading of The Night Before Christmas (kids receive a copy of the book) and craft activity. All ages. Middle Tennessee Christian School, 100 MTCS Road, Murfreesboro; 7 a.m. - 10 a.m.; $8 for regular breakfast, $20 for Santa breakfast; 615-904-2787 or murfreesbororotary.com.

It’s a Wonderful Life See Friday, Dec. 9.

FREE Kidsville

Local printing press shop Sawtooth Printing demonstrates how the Shakespeare Folio printing process would have been done, then make your own printing. Ages 12 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/ about/kidsville.

FREE Matinee Saturday: The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppets tell their version of the classic Dickens’ tale

in this G-rated movie. All ages. Bellevue Library, 720 Baugh Road, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-862-5854 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

MLT Holiday Double-Header

See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Nashville’s Nutcracker

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

North Pole Express Santa Excursion Train

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Nuncrackers

See Thursday, Dec. 1. See Friday, Dec. 2.

Opry at the Ryman See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Pancake Breakfast and Marketplace

SPOTLIGHT:

Live Reindeer at Cheekwood’s Holiday LIGHTS! Thru Jan. 1

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heekwood’s second annual Holiday LIGHTS! extravaganza continues this month featuring 1 million lights glowing Tue - Sun from 5 - 10 p.m. During the evening festivities and during regular daytime hours, bring the kids up to the Frist Learning Center Courtyard to meet two of Santa’s trusted reindeer, Holly and Jolly. The new Storytime with Santa takes place Sundays, Dec. 4, 11 & 18 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (stories happen every 20 minutes). Portraits with Santa take place Sat - Sun during the day from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (photo package prices vary). Stop by one of the s’mores pits for a sweet treat and enjoy the sounds of the season as holiday carolers entertain you. Daytime admission to Cheekwood is $16 adults, $9 ages 3 17. Holiday LIGHTS! admission in advance online is $20 adults, $15 ages 3 - 17 (members get $5 off, and all tickets purchased at the gate are $5 more). Call 615-356-8000.

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Rutherford County 4-H hosts this day of fun that includes a pancake breakfast from 8 - 11 a.m. that includes a free picture with Santa. The Marketplace features vendors with home decor, woodwork, spices, candles, jewelry and more. Lane Agri-Park Community Center, 315 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; free admission (breakfast is $8 adults, $5 ages 10 and younger); rutherford.tennessee.edu.

FREE Parnassus Saturday Storytime See Saturday, Dec. 3.

FREE Photos with Santa at The Hall

Kids can hop on Santa’s lap to pose for a photo with a commemorative holder by Hatch Show Print. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Plaid Tidings

See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Porter Flea’s Holiday Market

More than 100 jury-picked vendors offer hundreds of unique gifts for your holiday shopping. All ages. Skyways Studios, 3201 Dickerson Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; porterflea.com.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Xtreme

See Thursday, Dec. 8.

FREE Santa in the Courthouse

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag

See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Scout Badge: Webelos Geologist (Registration Required)

Fill many of the requirements of the Webelos Geologist badge at this hands-on, active workshop. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 1:30 - 3 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

Scrooge the Musical See Friday, Dec. 2.

Second Saturday

Explore the local skies during “Skies Over Nashville”, immerse yourself in a full-dome feature (“The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale”) and rock out to two laser shows (“Jukebox Heroes” and “The Other Side of Pink Floyd”). All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 7 - 11 p.m.; $4 members, $8 non-members per show; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/saturday.

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STORYTIMES DAVIDSON

All Davidson County libraries can be accessed online at nashvillepubliclibrary.org. Bellevue Public Library 720 Baugh Road, Nashville 615-862-5854

• Family Fun Time: Mon 6:30 p.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Mother Goose Moments: Mon 10:15 a.m.; Ages 0 - 2 • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:15 & 11:15 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Bordeaux Public Library 4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville 615-862-5856

• Preschool Storytime: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Twilight Storytime: Tue 6 p.m.; All ages

Donelson Public Library 2315 Lebanon Road, Donelson 615-862-5859

• Preschool Storytime: Mon 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 6

East Branch Library 206 Gallatin Road, Nashville 615-862-5860

• Preschool Storytime: Mon 10:15 a.m.; Ages 2 - 4

Edmondson Branch Library 5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville 615-880-3957

• Big Kids’ Clubhouse Storytime: Thu 4:30 p.m.; Ages 5 - 9 • Stories with Ms. Tori: Wed 10 & 11 a.m.; Ages 0 - 5

Goodlettsville Library 106 Brick Church Pike Goodlettsville • 615-880-3957

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Toddler Time: Mon 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 months - 3 years

Green Hills Branch Library 3701 Benham Ave., Nashville 615-862-5863

• Little Learners: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3-5 • Nightlight Storytime: 2nd & last Mon 6 p.m.; Ages 3 - 7 • Toddler Tales: Mon 10:30 a.m.; Ages 1-2

Hermitage Branch Library 3700 James Kay Lane, Hermitage 615-880-3951

• Baby & Me: Tue 1 p.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10 & 11 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Starlight Storytime: 2nd & 4th Mon 6:30 p.m.; Ages 4 - 10

Inglewood Branch Library 4312 Gallatin Road, Nashville 615-862-5866

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 2 - 5 • Wonder Baby: Mon 10 & 11 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months

Madison Branch Library 610 Gallatin Road S., Madison 615-862-5868

• Baby Storytime: Mon & Fri 10:30 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Nashville Public Library 615 Church St., Nashville 615-862-5800

• Preschool Storytime: Tue & Wed at 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.; Ages 2 - 5

North Branch Library 1001 Monroe St., Nashville 615-862-5858

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Old Hickory Branch Library 1010 Jones St., Old Hickory 615-862-5869 • Storytime with Miss Candice: Mon 10:30 a.m.; All ages

Richland Park Branch Library 4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville 615-862-5870 • Baby & Me: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Mon 10:30 a.m.; Ages 2 - 6

S.E. Branch Library 5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy. Antioch • 615-862-5871

• Babies & Books: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 0 - 3 • Little Book Worms: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 2 - 5 • Saturday Storytime: Sat 10:30 a.m.; All ages

Thompson Lane Branch Library 380 Thompson Lane, Nashville 615-862-5873

• Family Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 months - 5 years

RUTHERFORD La Vergne Public Library 5063 Murfreesboro Road La Vergne • 615-793-7303 lavergnetn.org

• Homeschool Storytime: Mon 10 a.m.; Grades K - 3 • Jammies & Stories: Thu 6:30 p.m.; All ages

at Your Local Library

• Little Treasures: Thu 10 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Once Upon a Storytime: Tue & Wed 10 a.m.; Ages 2 & older

Linebaugh Public Library 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro 615-893-4131 • linebaugh.org

• Itty Bitty Storytime: Thu 10 a.m.; Ages 0 - 23 months • Storytime @ Linebaugh: Tue & Wed 10 a.m.; All ages

Smyrna Public Library 400 Enon Springs Road W. Smyrna 615-459-4884 • linebaugh.org

• Baby & Me Storytime: Fri 10 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Wiggle Giggle & Read: Tue - Thu 10 a.m. (plus Wed 3:30 p.m.); All ages

SUMNER

Gallatin Public Library 123 E. Main St., Gallatin 615-452-1722 • gallatinlibrary.org • Music with Ms. Shannon: Tue 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Storytime: Thu 5 p.m. & Fri 10:30 a.m.; All ages • Wiggler’s Class: Wed 9:45 a.m.; Ages 0 - 2-and-a-half

Hendersonville Public Library 140 Saundersville Road Hendersonville • 615-824-0656 youseemore.com/hendersonville • Baby & Me: Wed 10:15 & 11 a.m., 2 p.m.; Ages 3 & younger • Lapsit: Thu 11 a.m. & 2:15 p.m.; Ages 0 - 2 • Preschool Storytime: Mon 10:15 & 11 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Portland Public Library 301 Portland Blvd., Portland 615-325-2279 youseemore.com/portland

• Lapsit: Fri 10:30 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Westmoreland Public Library 2305 Epperson Springs Road Westmoreland 615-644-2026 youseemore.com/westmoreland • Preschool Storytime: Tue 11 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

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Bethesda Public Library 4905 Bethesda Road, Thompson’s Station • 615-790-1887 wcpltn.org • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 4 • Toddler Time: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 - 35 months

Brentwood Public Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood 615-371-0090 • brentwood-tn. org/library

• Storytime: Tue - Wed 10 & 11 a.m., Sat 10:30 a.m.; Ages preschool elementary

College Grove Community Library 8607 Horton Hwy., College Grove 615-368-3222 • wcpltn.org • Preschool Storytime: Thu 10 a.m.; Ages 2 - 5

Fairview Public Library 2240 Fairview Blvd., Fairview 615-799-0235 • wcpltn.org

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Leiper’s Fork Public Library 5333 Old Hwy. 96, Franklin 615-794-7019 • wcpltn.org

• Preschool Storytime: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Toddler Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 - 35 months

Nolensville Public Library 915 Oldham Drive, Nolensville 615-776-5490 • wcpltn.org

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 6 • Toddler Storytime: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 months - 3 years

Spring Hill Public Library 144 Kedron Pkwy., Spring Hill 931-486-2932 springhilllibrary.org

• Baby Time: Tue & Fri 9:15 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Mon - Thu 10 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Williamson County Public Library 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin 615-555-1244 • wcpltn.org

• Preschool Storytime: Wed - Thu 10 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Toddler Time: Tue 10 & 11:15 a.m.; Ages 18 months - 3 years • Snuggle Bug Baby Lapsit: Fri 10 a.m.; Ages 0 - 18 months

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things to do FREE Smyrna Christmas Celebration

An evening of carriage rides ($3), photos with Santa ($5), s’mores, cocoa and the lighting of the city’s tree. All ages. Downtown Depot, 100 Front St., Smyrna; 5 - 8 p.m.; 615-459-9773 or townofsmyrna.org.

Sorry! Wrong Chimney!

See Friday, Dec. 9.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

St. Nicholas Ball

A festive night including a holiday dinner, live entertainment by the 12th South Band, a silent auction (including gingerbread houses) and more. Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish. Adults. Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club, 550 Johnny Cash Pkwy., Hendersonville; 6 p.m.; $75 ($100 couples); holidayfesttn.org.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Dec. 3.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Theater Bug Winter Concert

See Friday, Dec. 9.

Tuna Does Vegas See Thursday, Dec. 1.

FREE Whittling for Kids (Registration Required) Learn the lost art of whittling while carving soap during this hands-on workshop. Ages 8 - 12. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.; 615-862-4187 or nashville.gov/parks.

Winter Wonders

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

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FREE Youth Magic Group

Explore the world of magic and learn an illusion or two. Ages 8 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 9:30 a.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh. org.

Sun 11 FREE 33rd Annual Dickens of a Christmas

See Saturday, Dec. 10.

A Christmas Carol

Experience a community-led reenactment of the time of Christ’s birth during Bethlehem Marketplace at Southeast Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Dec. 10 - 11.

See Friday, Dec. 2.

A Christmas Story See Thursday, Dec. 1.

A Christmas Story the Musical

See Friday, Dec. 2.

A Legendary Holiday at Historic RCA Studio B

See Saturday, Dec. 10.

A Studio Tenn Christmas

See Thursday, Dec. 8.

Behold the Lamb of God

Andrew Peterson and special guests present a night of Christian holiday music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 7 p.m.; $39.50 - $45.50; 615-889-3060 or ryman. com.

FREE Bethlehem Marketplace

See Saturday, Dec. 10.

FREE Blair Children’s Choruses

Enjoy holiday music featuring the Blair Children’s Concert Choir, Young Men’s Chorus, Chorale, Blair Choristers, Nashville Boychoir and Training Choir. All ages. Blair School of Music Ingram Hall, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-3227508 or blair.vanderbilt.edu.

FREE Chamber of Knowledge: Teen Meeting (Registration Required)

Enter the Harry Potter world for a discussion of environmental projects that help save the planet. Ages 12 - 18. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 2 - 4 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

FREE Christmas Concert

The FPC Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra with the Psalmody Youth Choir performs a holiday concert with a carol sing-along. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 4 p.m.; 615-298-9517 or music.fpcnashville.org.

Creative Zone: Ornamental Instruments & Country Cookies

See Sunday, Dec. 4.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Elf Jr. the Musical See Friday, Dec. 9.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Historic Home Yuletide Tours

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Holiday Tea with American Girl (Registration Required)

Bring your favorite American Girl doll and enjoy an afternoon with an assortment of teatime treats along with a sparkly snowflake craft. Ages 7 and older. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 3:30 p.m.; $21.50; 877247-5223 or americangirl. com/retail/nashville.php.

Home Free: A Country Christmas Tour

This five-man band presents holiday music with their no-instrument, all-vocal performance. All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $29.50 - $150; 615-7824040 or tpac.org.

It’s a Wonderful Life See Friday, Dec. 9.

FREE Joy to the Boro

This Christmas concert features the Worship Choir, Reach Youth Choir and Kids’ Choir. Family Worship Center, 3045 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; familywc.com.

MLT Holiday Double-Header

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Nashville’s Nutcracker

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Nuncrackers

See Thursday, Dec. 1. See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Photos with Santa at The Hall

See Saturday, Dec. 10.

Plaid Tidings

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Xtreme See Thursday, Dec. 8.

Santa Sunday

See Sunday, Dec. 4.

Scrooge the Musical See Friday, Dec. 2.

Sorry! Wrong Chimney!

See Friday, Dec. 9.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Theater Bug Winter Concert

See Friday, Dec. 9.


things to do Titans Football

Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the Denver Broncos. All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $45 - $285; 615-565-4200 or titansonline.com.

Tuna Does Vegas See Thursday, Dec. 1.

FREE Walk Thru Bethlehem

Four hundred characters and live animals recreate the village of Bethlehem at the time of Christ’s birth. All ages. Woodmont Christian Church, 3601 Hillsboro Road, Brentwood; 1 - 7 p.m.; 615-297-8563 or woodmontchristian.org.

Mon 12 Behold the Lamb of God

See Sunday, Dec. 11.

Christmas 4 Kids Tour Bus Show

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. All ages. Walmart, 204 Anderson Lane N., Hendersonville; 5 - 9 p.m.; $5 adults, $2 ages 2 - 12, $20 family max; christmas4kids.org.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Early Explorers

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Franklin Mommy & Me Yoga See Monday, Dec. 5.

FREE Holiday Storytime

Celebrate the holidays with seasonal stories and songs, then make your own ornament to take home. All ages. Richland Park Branch Library, 4711 Charlotte

Ave., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 615-862-5870 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

Fairview Mommy & Me Yoga

FREE Mighty Sprouts Preschool Martial Arts Class (Registration Required)

FITMommy

See Monday, Dec. 5.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Nolensville Wiggles and Giggles See Monday, Dec. 5.

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See Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Handmade Paper Ornaments (Registration Required)

Use paper to make ornaments for your tree or other holiday home decor. Ages 6 - 9. Little Art House, 1317 16th Ave. S., Nashville; 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.; $25; 615-933-9644 or littlearthousenashville.com.

Homeschool P.E.

Snack Attack!

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

SPARK!

FREE Mr. Steve’s Grape Jam

See Monday, Dec. 5.

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) See Monday, Dec. 5.

Tue 13 An Intimate Evening with Steve Wariner

A night of country music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $39.50 - $49.50; 615-5382076 or franklintheatre.com.

Busy Bees

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

FREE Christmas Noon Concert Series & Lunch

Pianist Russell Davis and Cellist Paul Nelson present traditional sounds of the season with a modern twist; a light lunch follows. All ages. First Baptist Church, 205 East Main St., Gallatin; 12 p.m.; 615-452-5715 or fbcgallatin. org.

Crafternoon

See Tuesday, Dec. 6.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Kids can enjoy a concert with special guests and prizes. All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-3521010 or citywinery.com.

Opry at the Ryman See Friday, Dec. 2.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the St. Louis Blues. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $165; 615-770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

SPARK!

See Monday, Dec. 5.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Clooney back on the big screen. All ages. Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St., Lebanon; 6:30 p.m.; $5; 615-784-4014 or capitoltheatretn.com.

Youth Yoga

See Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Wed 14 A Christmas Story

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas

A night of country-flavored holiday music. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $55 - $100; 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Animal Antics

See Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Archery Homeschool Day (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Bruins Basketball

Cheer for the Belmont Bruins when they challenge Middle Tennessee. All ages. Curb Event Center, 2002 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $12 adults, $6 ages 3 - 17; 615460-8500 or belmontbruins. com.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Christmas at the Ryman

Making Holiday Garlands (Registration Required)

Make holiday garlands ranging from classic popcorn to paper ornaments. Ages 4 - 6 (3:30 - 4:30 p.m.); ages 7 - 9 (4:30 - 5:30 p.m.) Little Art House, 1317 16th Ave. S., Nashville; 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $25; 615-933-9644 or littlearthousenashville.com.

Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Shawn Colvin

A night of folk/Americana music with special guest Lauren Shera. All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $40 $48; 615-324-1010 or citywinery.com.

Tales and Trails (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Wild Things (Registration Required) See Wednesday 7.

Thu 15 A Christmas Story

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

A Season of High Hopes

A night of music by Lee Greenwood, Tim Nichols, Billy Dean and Bradley Walker benefiting High Hopes in Franklin. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $50; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Spring Hill Wiggles and Giggles

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime

See Wednesday, Dec. 7.

See Thursday, Dec. 8.

Homeschool Creativity Class

Busy Bees

Tuesdays for Tots

See Wednesday, Dec. 7.

See Tuesday, Dec. 6.

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

See Tuesday, Dec. 6.

White Christmas

See the 1954 holiday classic starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary

Fairview Wiggles and Giggles

A Studio Tenn Christmas

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required) See Friday, Dec. 2.

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things to do Cinderella

American Girl at Nutcracker (Registration Required)

This original production of a classic fairytale features humor, magic and special effects. All ages. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; Thu - Sat 6:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 17 - 22; $20 adults, $15 youth; 615-252-4675 or nashvillect.org.

See Sunday, Dec. 4.

An Evening with George Winston

A night of instrumental piano music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $45 $55; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

Christmas at the Ryman

See Friday, Dec. 2.

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Cinderella

See Thursday, Dec. 15.

FREE FairyTaled Princess Storytime

December 25 Days of Discovery

Kids can wear their favorite princess dress when everyone’s favorite snow queen tells an enchanting story. All ages. Brilliant Sky, 1705 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 10 a.m.; 615624-3790 or fairytaled.com.

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Drop & Shop (Registration Required)

FITMommy Yoga

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Franklin Wiggles and Giggles See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Handel’s Messiah

The Nashville Symphony & Chorus present their holiday tradition performing one of the most inspirational works of music ever written featuring the resounding “Hallelujah Chorus.” All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri Sat 8 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $30 - $109; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Hermitage Holiday Tour

See Friday, Dec. 3.

Homeschool P.E. See Thursday,1.

Nature Nuts

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Nashville Chidlren’s Theatre reprises its production of Cinderella Dec. 15 - 22. Nuncrackers

See Thursday, Dec. 1. See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Parnassus Storytime

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

FREE Pizza & Pages

Enjoy a slice of pizza and an activity tied to books. Ages 13 - 18. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Minnesota Wild. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $165; 615-770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

The Sounds of Christmas

The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of holiday classics, culminating in the “Hallelujah Chorus.” All ages. First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7:30 p.m.; $10 - $40; 615-898-1862 or murfreesborosymphony. com.

Tuna Does Vegas See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Winter Wonderettes: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Actors Point Theatre presents this holiday theatrical comedy features ‘60s versions of classic tunes like “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Winter Wonderland” and more. All

ages. God Why Church, 100 Godwhy Court, Hendersonville; Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 1:30 - 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $13 $18; 615-431-9620 or actorspointtheatre.com.

Youth Volleyball Class See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Fri 16 A Christmas Carol See Friday, Dec. 2.

A Christmas Story

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

A Christmas Story the Musical

Drop the kids off for supervised fun and pizza while you tackle your Christmas shopping. Ages 5 and older. BounceU Nashville, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $25; 615-255-1422 or bounceu.com/nashville.

Fairview Skate Night

Bring your own skates for an evening of skating fun in the gym. All ages. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $6; 615799-9331 or wcparksandrec. com.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Handel’s Messiah

See Thursday, Dec. 15.

Hermitage Holiday Tour

See Friday, Dec. 2.

See Friday, Dec. 2.

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things to do FREE Holiday Open House (Registration Required)

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

FREE Holiday String Swing

See Friday, Dec. 9.

It’s a Wonderful Life See Friday, Dec. 9.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required) See Friday, Dec. 2.

Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens Jr.

Perform Murfreesboro presents this theatrical production taking Jack and Annie back in time to Victorian London where they meet Charles Dickens, who’s dealing with a severe case of writer’s block. All ages. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $6 ages 4 - 17; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Miracle on Broadway Holiday Concert

Kelly Clarkson hosts this night of Christmas music with special guests Reba, Ronnie Dunn, Kelsea Ballerini, RaeLynn, Chip Esten and The SteelDrivers. Proceeds benefit four local charities: Abe’s Garden, Nashville Public Library Fund, Second Harvest Food Bank and the W.O. Smith Community Music School. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.75 - $49.75; 615-7702000 or bridgestonearena. com.

Mistletoe Madness

A night of country-flavored

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holiday music with Rodney Atkins, Jerrod Niemann and others. All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $18 - $99; 615782-4040 or tpac.org.

MLT Holiday Double-Header

See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Nashville Flea Market

Find treasures among 2,000 booths with this month’s market theme, “Down to the Wire” (last-minute holiday shopping). All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-8625016 or thefairgrounds.com.

Nashville’s Nutcracker

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Nuncrackers

See Thursday, Dec. 1. See Friday, Dec. 2.

Opry at the Ryman

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Parents’ Night Out for Ninjas (Registration Required)

Play games, learn martial arts, watch a movie and eat pizza. Ages 5 - 12. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 6 - 9:30 p.m.; $20 students, $25 nonstudents; 615-224-3851 or harvestmartialarts.com.

Rec It

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Santa in the Courthouse with Shacklett’s

See Friday, Dec. 9.

Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Science a la Cart See Friday, Dec. 2.

Scrooge the Musical See Friday, Dec. 2.

Sorry! Wrong Chimney!

See Friday, Dec. 9.

Toddler Time with Thomas (Registration Required) See Friday, Dec. 2.

Tuna Does Vegas See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Winter Wonderettes: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

See Thursday, Dec. 15.

FREE Bird Club

Embark on a bird-watching walk. Bring binoculars if you have them. Ages 6 and older. Nickajack Wetlands, Red Mile Road, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Breakfast with Santa (Registration Required)

See Saturday, Dec. 10.

Breakfast with Santa (Registration Required)

Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; 7:30 p.m.; $20; 615-5632787 or artscenterofcc.com.

Cinderella

See Thursday, Dec. 15.

Commodores Basketball

Cheer for the Vanderbilt Commodores when they challenge Chattanooga. All ages. Memorial Gym, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $15; 615-3224653 or vucommodores.com.

Cookies with Santa (Registration Required)

A Christmas Story the Musical

Enjoy 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. All ages. Aquarium Restaurant, 516 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 8:30 a.m.; $15.99; 615-514-3474 or aquariumrestaurant.com.

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime

See Monday, Dec. 5.

A Studio Tenn Christmas

Children’s Hockey Holiday Party (Registration Required)

Decorate cookie trees for your holiday table. All ages. Inglewood Library, 4312 Gallatin Pike, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-862-5866 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

Sat 17 A Christmas Carol See Friday, Dec. 2.

A Christmas Story See Thursday, Dec. 1.

See Friday, Dec. 2.

See Thursday, Dec. 8.

A Swingin’ Little Christmas

Country artist Suzy Bogguss performs a night of holiday music. All ages. Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St., Lebanon; 7 p.m.; $35; 615784-4014 or capitoltheatretn. com.

Beginner Fiddle Workshop: Holiday Style

Ages 7 and older can take this hands-on workshop featuring the history of the fiddle and how to play it. Participants will learn beginning techniques and a few simple holiday tunes. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 - 1:30 & 1:45 - 2:15 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Join the Nashville Predators Energy Team and Kids’ Club for hockey-themed holiday fun that includes photo opps with Santa Gnash, seasonal treats, indoor hockey and other games, crafts and more. Ages 4 - 12. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 3 - 5 p.m.; $5 (one parent admitted per child); 615-770-7800, cflynn@nashvillepredators.com or nashvillepredators.com.

Christmas with Forever Abbey Road

Enjoy solo Christmas songs by the Fab Four like John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas” and Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time,” along with group his. Baked goods and refreshments included. All ages. The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John

Enjoy cookies and bouncing with Santa. All ages. BounceU Nashville, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $7.95; 615-2551422 or bounceu.com/ nashville.

December 25 Days of Discovery

FREE Decorating Cookie Trees (Registration Required)

FREE Family Movie Day

Spend the morning at the library enjoying a familyfriendly movie. All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

Gingerbread Workshop (Registration Required)

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Handel’s Messiah

See Thursday, Dec. 15.


things to do FREE Santa Storytime

Kris Kringle and Mrs. Claus shares a Christmas story, then kids can share their wish lists and get a surprise. All ages. Inglewood Library, 4312 Gallatin Pike, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 615-862-5866 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

Historic Home Yuletide Tours

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

FREE Holiday Movie Matinee: The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppets tell their version of Dickens’ classic tale in this G-rated movie. All ages. Madison Branch Library, 610 Gallatin Pike S., Nashville; 1:30 p.m.; 615-862-5868 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

FREE Holiday Storytime

Elsa and Olaf visit kids and share stories of the season. All ages. Williamson County Visitor Center, 400 Main St., Franklin; 11 a.m.; 615-5918514 or visitfranklin.com/seeand-do/holidays-in-franklin.

FREE Holiday String Swing

See Friday, Dec. 9.

It’s a Wonderful Life

See Friday, Dec. 9.

FREE Kidsville

Intersection Music Ensemble trumpet player Dan Kasteen interacts with kids exploring how new music expands our minds, then make a recycled materials trumpet. Ages 12 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/ about/kidsville.

Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens Jr.

See Friday, Dec. 16.

MLT Holiday Double-Header

See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Movie Madness: Holiday Celebration with Mickey & Pals

Enjoy snacks and a Disney holiday movie starring Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck, Chip and Dale, and other favorites. All ages. Old Hickory Branch Library, 1010 Jones St., Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-862-5869 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Dec. 3.

FREE Nashville Flea Market

See Friday, Dec. 16.

Nashville’s Nutcracker

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

FREE NTOS Christmas Bird Count (Registration Required)

Join the Nashville chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society for the annual counting of winter birds. Ages 13 and older. Bells Bend

Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 8 a.m.; 615-862-4187 or nashville.gov/parks.

Nuncrackers

See Thursday, Dec. 1. See Friday, Dec. 2.

Opry at the Ryman See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Parnassus Saturday Storytime

Sorry! Wrong Chimney!

See Friday, Dec. 9.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Sundaes with Santa

Make pinecone bird feeders (allergy substitution available). All ages. Riverbend Nurseries, 2008 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 10 a.m.; $5; 615-468-2008 or riverbendnurseries.com.

FREE Santa in the Courthouse See Friday, Dec. 2.

A Christmas Story the Musical A Rockin’ Holiday Ice Show

A Studio Tenn Christmas

See Thursday, Dec. 8.

Battle on Broadway

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Cheer for your favorite team when the Tennessee Volunteers and Gonzaga Bulldogs challenge each other on the basketball court. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 3 p.m.; $18.20 $154.50; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Winter Wonderettes: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Breakfast with Santa (Registration Required)

Tuna Does Vegas

Riverbend Kids Club

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

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

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the New York Rangers. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $165; 615-7707800 or nashvillepredators. com.

A Christmas Story

Scrooge the Musical

See Saturday, Dec. 10.

FREE Photos with Santa at The Hall

See Friday, Dec. 2.

See Friday, Dec. 2.

St. Nick visits while kids enjoy chocolate fudge sundaes. All ages. Milky Way Farm, 520 Milky Way Road, Pulaski; 12 - 4 p.m.; $10; 931-808-2281 or milkywayfarm.org.

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

A Christmas Carol

Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Enjoy a free screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol during the Holiday Movie Matinee at the Madison Branch Library on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Sun 18

See Thursday, Dec. 15.

Winter Wonders

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

FREE Winter Wonders (Registration Required) How do trees survive frozen temperatures? Where do butterflies go when cold weather arrives? Get answers to these and other questions while learning facts about winter. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 1:30 - 3 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

See Saturday, Dec. 17.

FREE Christmas Praise

The First Baptist Orchestra, Celebration Choir, Renew Worship Praise Team and Children’s Choirs present an evening of music proclaiming the joy of Christmas and birth of Christ. All ages. First Baptist Church, 205 E. Main St., Gallatin; 6 p.m.; 615-4525715 or fbcgallatin.org.

Cinderella

See Thursday, Dec. 15.

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things to do Creative Zone: Ornamental Instruments & Country Cookies

See Sunday, Dec. 4.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Handel’s Messiah

See Thursday, Dec. 15.

Historic Home Yuletide Tours

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Holiday Tea with American Girl (Registration Required)

See Sunday, Dec. 11.

It’s a Wonderful Life

See Friday, Dec. 9.

Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens Jr.

Rufus & Martha Wainwright’s Nashville Noel Nights

A night of holiday music with special guest Emmylou Harris and others. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $44.50 - $64.50; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

Santa Sunday

See Sunday, Dec. 4.

Sorry! Wrong Chimney!

See Friday, Dec. 9.

Tuna Does Vegas See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Winter Wonderettes: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

See Thursday, Dec. 15.

Mon 19 Cinderella

See Friday, Dec. 16.

See Thursday, Dec. 15.

FREE Minecraft Club (Registration Required)

Cookies with Santa (Registration Required)

The library’s newest teen club, bring your laptop and get ready to build. Ages 13 and older. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

MLT Holiday Double-Header

See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Nashville Flea Market

See Friday, Dec. 16.

Nashville’s Nutcracker

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Nuncrackers

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

FREE Photos with Santa at The Hall

See Saturday, Dec. 10.

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Enjoy cookies and bouncing with Santa. All ages. BounceU Nashville, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 3 p.m.; $7.95; 615-255-1422 or bounceu.com/nashville.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Franklin Mommy & Me Yoga See Monday, Dec. 5.

FREE Holiday Craft Night

Choose from a variety of ideas and materials to make your own decorations for the winter holidays. All ages. Madison Branch Library, 610 Gallatin Pike S., Nashville; 5 - 6:30 p.m.; 615-862-5868 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

Holiday School (Registration Required)

Learn how to ice skate in oneor two-week sessions: Dec. 19 - 22 and Dec 26 - 29. Ages 3 and older. Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.; $85 for one week, $150 for both (skate rental included); 615-928-7977 or nashvilleiceskate.com.

FREE Mighty Sprouts Preschool Martial Arts Class (Registration Required) See Monday, Dec. 5.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Nolensville Wiggles and Giggles See Monday, Dec. 3.

FREE Read with Lily (Registration Required) See Monday, Dec. 5.

Rufus & Martha Wainwright’s Nashville Noel Nights

See Sunday, Dec. 18.

Snack Attack!

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) See Monday, Dec. 5.

Winter Break Camp (Registration Required)

Participate in themed art projects like Dr. Seuss, Origami, The Gift of Giving: Crafting Presents and more. Grades K - 2 (8 - 11 a.m.), grades 3 - 4 (1 - 4 p.m.) Little Art House, 1317 16th Ave. S., Nashville; 8 a.m.; $40; 615-933-9644 or littlearthousenashville.com.

Winter Break Camp: Star Wars (Registration Required) Hands-on activities and lessons inspired by the

Star Wars saga. Early and late care available (7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) for an extra $5. Grades K - 4. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $35 per day members, $40 non-members; 615-8902300 or explorethedc.org.

Winter Wonders

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Tue 20 A Christmas Story See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Busy Bees

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

FREE Christmas Noon Concert Series & Lunch

The Coral Bay Steel Drum Band presents Christmas songs with a tropical twist; a light lunch follows. All ages. First Baptist Church, 205 E. Main St., Gallatin; 12 p.m.; 615-452-5715 or fbcgallatin. org.

Cinderella

See Thursday, Dec. 15.

Classics & Christmas Tour

Tommy Emmanuel presents an evening of acoustic music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $49.50 - $62.50; 615-5382076 or franklintheatre.com.

Crafternoon

See Tuesday, Dec. 6.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Christmas at the Ryman

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Fairview Mommy & Me Yoga See Tuesday, Dec. 6.

FITMommy

See Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Homeschool P.E.

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Kids’ Cooking Class: Festive Gifts From the Kitchen (Registration Required)

Kids can create edible gifts to give to their parents or other loved ones. Ages 6 - 12. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 8 a.m.; $50; 615-956-6077 or thecuriouskitchen.net.

Opry at the Ryman See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Spring Hill Wiggles and Giggles See Saturday, Dec. 3.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

The Polar Express

See the animated movie starring Tom Hanks about a boy’s train trip to the North Pole back on the big screen (rated G). All ages. Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St., Lebanon; 6:30 p.m.; $5; 615-784-4014 or capitoltheatretn.com.

Tuesdays for Tots See Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Winter Break Camp (Registration Required)

See Monday, Dec. 19.

Winter Break Camp: Star Wars (Registration Required)

See Monday, Dec. 19.

Winter Wonders

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Youth Yoga

See Tuesday, Dec. 6.


things to do Winter Wonders

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Thu 22 American Girl at Nutcracker (Registration Required) See Sunday, Dec. 4.

Bruins Basketball

Cheer for the Belmont Bruins when they challenge Cleveland State. All ages. Curb Event Center, 2002 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $12 adults, $6 ages 3 - 17; 615-460-8500 or belmontbruins.com.

Busy Bees

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Christmas with the Celts

See the beloved animated holiday movie, The Polar Express, on the big screen at Lebanon’s Capitol Theatre for $5 on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Wed 21 A Christmas Story See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Animal Antics

See Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Archery Homeschool Day (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Brian McKnight

One of R&B’s most influential artists presents an evening of his hits along with holiday favorites. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $40 - $100; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Cinderella

See Thursday, Dec. 15.

Classics & Christmas Tour

See Tuesday, Dec. 20.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Christmas at the Ryman

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Fairview Wiggles and Giggles

See Wednesday, Dec. 7.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required) See Friday, Dec. 2.

Kids’ Cooking Class: Gourmet Gingerbread House (Registration Required)

Create your own unique gingerbread house and decorate it with icing, sprinkles, candies and other goodies. Ages 6 12. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 8 a.m.; $50; 615-956-6077 or thecuriouskitchen.net.

FREE Movie Madness: The Polar Express

Enjoy a screening of this holiday movie about a boy’s adventure of friendship, bravery and the spirit of Christmas. All ages. Madison Branch Library, 610 Gallatin Pike S., Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-862-5868 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

Nashville’s Nutcracker

Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; $13; goblueraiders.com.

See Thursday, Dec. 15.

Wild Things (Registration Required)

Celebrate the holidays through special hands-on activities. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

See Wednesday, Dec. 7.

See Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Winter Break Camp (Registration Required)

See Monday, Dec. 19.

Owl Prowl (Registration Required)

Winter Break Camp: Star Wars (Registration Required)

Raiders Basketball

Cheer for the MTSU Blue Raiders when they challenge Georgia State. All ages. Murphy Center, 2650

Cinderella

Tales and Trails (Registration Required)

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Enjoy a meal in the pavilion then head to the woods for a lesson in naked eye astronomy and calling in wild owls. Ages 9 and older. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 6 - 9 p.m.; $20; owlshill.org.

A night of holiday tunes featuring traditional Irish music fused with American pop. All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $20 - $35; 615-3241010 or citywinery.com.

See Monday, Dec. 19.

FREE Winter Stories and Songs (Registration Required)

Gather around the fire to sing winter songs and tell winter stories. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

December 25 Days of Discovery

FREE Doctor Who Club

Enjoy all-things Doctor Who while making a craft and enjoying snacks. Ages 13 and older. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

Christmas at the Ryman

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

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things to do Franklin Wiggles and Giggles See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Homeschool P.E.

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Irish Christmas

Ireland’s Keith & Kristyn Getty present a celebration of Christmas carols with a Celtic flavor. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49 - $89; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

JJ Heller

A night of holiday music with special guests Jenny & Tyler. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7:30 p.m.; $25 - $40; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Nashville’s Nutcracker

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Nature Nuts

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

FREE Parnassus Storytime

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Los Angeles Kings. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $165; nashvillepredators. com.

Tuna Does Vegas

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Winter Break Camp (Registration Required)

Fri 23 Breakfast with Santa (Registration Required)

See Monday, Dec. 19.

See Saturday, Dec. 10.

Winter Break Camp: Star Wars (Registration Required)

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

See Monday, Dec. 19.

Winter Wonders

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Youth Volleyball Class See Thursday, Dec. 1.

See Friday, Dec. 2.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required) See Friday, Dec. 2.

Nashville’s Nutcracker

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Opry at the Ryman

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Rec It

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Science a la Cart See Friday, Dec. 2.

Shoppin’ Drop-In (Registration Required)

While you’re out finishing your Christmas shopping, your kids can have fun creating a s’mores village

masterpiece, competing in flying reindeer races on the zip line, sledding down mine shafts and more. Ages 5 - 12. YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, 3088 Smith Springs Road, Nashville; 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $25 for less than four hours, $50 for four or more hours; 615-360-2267 or campwidji.org.

The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show

Enjoy a night of holiday music and country classics by one of country music’s legendary groups. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $29 $89; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

The Polar Express

See the animated movie starring Tom Hanks about a boy’s train trip to the North Pole back on the big screen (rated G). All ages. Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St., Lebanon; 6:30 p.m.; $5; 615-784-4014 or capitoltheatretn.com.

Toddler Time with Thomas (Registration Required) See Friday, Dec. 2.

Tuna Does Vegas See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Winter Break Camp: Star Wars (Registration Required)

Belmont University, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-460-4608 or belmont.edu/music.

FREE Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols

The FPC Sanctuary Choir presents this musical service to celebrate the birth of Christ. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 8 & 11 p.m.; 615298-9517 or fpcnashville. org.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Opry at the Ryman

See Friday, Dec. 2.

FREE Parnassus Saturday Storytime

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Tuna Does Vegas

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Winter Wonders

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Sun 25

Merry Christmas!

See Monday, Dec. 19.

Mon 26

Winter Wonders

Artful Tales: Storytime in the Galleries

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Sat 24 FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

FREE Christmas Eve Carillon Concert

Bring the kids for a unique musical experience as Belmont’s carillon rings out holiday tunes. All ages.

Ages 3 and older can hear a story connected to the current art exhibits, then head to the Martin ArtQuest Gallery for hands-on creativity at the art stations. Ages 3 and older. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; $12 adults, free ages 18 and younger; 615244-3340 or fristcenter.org.

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things to do FREE Battle of Stones River 154th Anniversary

Join rangers and volunteers for a variety of walks, talks, tours and living history demonstrations that tell the story of the Battle of Stones River. All ages. Stones River National Battlefield, 1563 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615893-9501 or nps.gov/stri.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Dec. 3

Snack Attack!

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) See Monday, Dec. 5.

Winter Wonders

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Tue 27 FREE Battle of Stones River 154th Anniversary See Monday, Dec. 26.

to a robot. Class meets today and tomorrow. Ages 9 and older. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 1 - 4 p.m.; $90; wcparksandrec.com.

Lego WeDo Robotics Safari Class (Registration Required) Build with Legos during this two-day hands-on class. Kids will build and program with Lego items you might find on safari and learn about sensors and simple machines. Class meets today and tomorrow. Ages 6 - 9. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $90; wcparksandrec.com.

Opry at the Ryman

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Minnesota Wild. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $165; 615-770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Tuesdays for Tots

Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Crafternoon

Video Game Design (Registration Required)

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

See Tuesday, Dec. 6.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Gillian Welch

A night of Americana/ bluegrass/country music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $30 - $35; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

Lego Robotics City Camp (Registration Required)

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This class provides an interactive look at the world of video game design and development. Students will learn the basics and produce several interactive games. Class meets Tue - Fri. Ages 10 - 17. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $170; 615-790-5719 or wcparksandrec.com.

Winter Wonders

See Saturday, Dec. 3

Youth Yoga

See Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Wed 28 Thu 29 Animal Antics

See Wednesday, Dec. 7.

FREE Battle of Stones River 154th Anniversary See Monday, Dec. 26.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Marshmallow Hike (Registration Required) Spend the afternoon hiking in the woods followed by hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road South, Brentwood; 1 - 3 p.m.; $7; 615-370-4672 or owlshill.org.

Robert Earl Keen’s Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee

A night of holiday music and fun with special guest The Doyle & Debbie Show. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $25 - $35; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

Tales and Trails (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Wild Things (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Winter Wonders

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

WWE Live

Experience a night of wrestling entertainment, including a steel cage match, featuring Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, Dolph Ziggler and more. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $18.20 - $109.50; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

FREE Battle of Stones River 154th Anniversary

Join rangers and volunteers for a variety of walks, talks, tours and living history demonstrations that tell the story of the Battle of Stones River. All ages. Stones River National Battlefield, 1563 North Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615893-9501 or nps.gov/stri.

Busy Bees

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Marshmallow Hike (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Dec. 28.

Nature Nuts

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

FREE Parnassus Storytime

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Predators Hockey

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime See Friday, Dec. 2.

December 25 Days of Discovery

See Monday, Dec. 5.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required) See Friday, Dec. 2.

Marshmallow Hike (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Dec. 28.

Music City Bowl

The ACC takes on the SEC during this annual football game. All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 2:30 p.m.; $22 $117; musiccitybowl.com.

Opry at the Ryman See Friday, Dec. 2.

Phil Vassar

A night of country music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; Fri 8 p.m., at 9:30 p.m.; $46 - $79; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Chicago Blackhawks. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $165; 615-7707800 or nashvillepredators. com.

Science a la Cart

Tuna Does Vegas

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Winter Wonders

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Youth Volleyball Class See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Fri 30 FREE Battle of Stones River 154th Anniversary See Monday, Dec. 26.

See Friday, Dec. 2.

Toddler Time with Thomas (Registration Required) Friday, Dec. 2.

Tuna Does Vegas

Widespread Panic

A night of rock music. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $65 - $375; 615-7702000 or bridgestonearena. com.

Winter Wonders

See Saturday, Dec. 3.


things to do

Sat 31 FREE Battle of Stones River 154th Anniversary See Monday, Dec. 26.

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Creative Zone: Ornamental Instruments & Country Cookies

See Sunday, Dec. 4.

Frostbite Run The giant music note drop and fireworks in downtown Nashville last year. This year’s event takes place at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. The festivities will be simulcast on a giant screen downtown with additional fireworks across the river.

SPOTLIGHT:

New Year’s Eve Celebrations!

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

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Dec. 3.

FREE Parnassus Saturday Storytime See Saturday, Dec. 3.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Tuna Does Vegas See Thursday, Dec. 1.

Widespread Panic

See Friday, Dec. 30.

Winter Wonders

See Saturday, Dec. 3.

Saturday, Dec. 31

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id farewell to 2016 and celebrate the dawn of a new year with one of these family-friendly celebrations:

City Winery’s New Year’s Eve Party

Ring in the new year with live music by Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives. All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 7 & 11 p.m.; $50 - $70; 615324-1010 or citywinery.com.

Countdown to Noon

Ring in 2017 with fun activities like karaoke, a Wii dance party, Creation Station art, a resolution wall and the annual balloon drop at noon. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $8; 615890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Happy Noon Year

Kids can ring in the new year with a day filled with party blowers, resolutions and a streamer celebration. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12; 615-8625160 or adventuresci.org.

FREE Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville

Ring in 2017 at a new location this year with the music note drop and fireworks display happening against the backdrop of the State Capitol. Live music by Keith Urban, Styx, Moon Taxi, A Thousand Horses, Charlie Worsham and Fisk Jubilee Singers. For families with young children, the giant music note will raise at 6:15 p.m. All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 4 p.m. midnight.; visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve.

FREE Noon Year’s Eve Soiree

Wear your party clothes and count down to noon in style after making noisemakers. All ages. Green Hills Library, 3701 Benham Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 615-862-5863 or nashvillepubliclibrary.org.

Opry House New Year’s Eve

Ring in 2017 with a night of music featuring John Prine, Jason Isbell and Kacey Musgraves. All ages. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $75 - $250; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

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ACADEMICS

week. Music program includes private lessons in piano, violin, fiddle and voice. Adult fitness program featuring Zumba six days per week. Adult tap and ballet classes. Ask about our birthday parties!

Brain Balance of Franklin 790 Jordan Road, Ste. 110, Franklin brainbalancecenters.com

615-244-6627

Our program addresses the whole child by integrating sensory motor training and stimulation and cognitive activities with nutritional and dietary guidelines.

Sylvan Learning Center 810 Medical Center Pkwy., Ste. C, Murfreesboro locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/murfreesboro-tn/resources

615-893-3542

Murfreesboro Sylvan EDGE: exciting programs that give kids fun, hands-on experiences with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Our camps are a cool way to build critical thinking skills, while having a blast. Robotics, coding, engineering, math EDGE, and more. Options to fit your busy schedule.

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

615-322-8261

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.

ARTS 615-721-BAND

Grand Opening, Oct. 15! A brand-new, full-service music store. Offering music lessons, instrument repair and rentals, music retail and Mommy-and-Me music classes. You’ll find everything you need to get started and keep playing! Located in the Staples shopping center in Bellevue.

Bellevue Dance Center 7097-J Old Harding Pike, Nashville bellevuedancecenter.com

615-776-4202

Offering tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop and contemporary for ages 3 and up. Now enrolling for the 2016-2017 dance year. Offering birthday parties too!

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville cheekwood.org

615-353-9827

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.

Dance in Bloom 7982 Coley Davis Road, Nashville danceinbloom.com • info@danceinbloom.com

615-662-4819

Located just of I-40W in Bellevue, Dance in Bloom offers classes for ages 2 and up in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, acro, cheer, improv and comp. Classes are up-beat and fun! Ask about our birthday parties!

Elite Dance and Fitness 7177 Nolensville Road, Ste. B1, Nolensville elitedanceandfitness.com

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

615-678-4739

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.

Franklin School of Performing Arts 415 Duke Drive, Ste. 270, Franklin franklinschoolofperformingarts.com

615-628-8444

FSPA has been a staple in the dance community for 25 years! Located in Cool Springs, we offer classical and conservative dance education for ages 3 - 18 in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. Visit our website for more info.

Mobile Music Academy mobilemusicacademy.com • info@mobilemusicacademy.com

615-301-8589

Mobile Music Academy offers private music instruction from fun, qualified teachers in your own home. We teach piano, guitar, bass, voice, strings, brass, and most other instruments. We offer competitive rates and flexible scheduling with special daytime rates available. We teach all ages, styles, and abilities. Serving the Middle TN Area. Vote #1 for music instruction!

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Expression City Arts and Fitness

615-776-4202

Easily accessible from Williamson, Rutherford and Davidson counties. Tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theatre and acrobatics for ages 2 yrs. - adult. We also offer an after-school program with transportation to and from local elementary schools and a Talented Tots pre-K program three days per

5000 Thoroughbred Lane, Brentwood Satellite locations in Belle Meade and Franklin themusicclass.com/nashville • info@themusicclass.com

615-777-9314

Early childhood music program for parents and children ages birth - 5 yrs. Help your young child achieve his or her full musical potential with this innovative, developmental music and movement program. Parent and child classes are playful and creative and each family receives the acclaimed CDs and songbooks. Classes meet weekday and weekend mornings. Call or visit our website for current schedule and session pricing or to find out about our birthday parties and moms’ group events.

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

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.

FITNESS/SPORTS Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate 1911 Business Campus Drive, Murfreesboro 1820 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro bskonline.com • bushido96@aol.com

615-890-6755 615-893-6003

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.

Boost Gymnastics 11 Vaughns Gap Road, Nashville boostgymnastics.com

615-352-8533

Boost Gymnastics offers activity filled themed camps and classes this holiday season. Check our newly revamped Parent & Tot and Preschool classes on our website. continued on page 78...

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David Deaton Karate Brentwood Hendersonville Lebanon Mt. Juliet daviddeaton.com

615-377-1100 615-824-9111 615-547-1754 615-754-6878

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

615-867-6900 615-617-7644

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.

My Gym 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood my-gym.com/brentwood

615-371-5437

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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Deer Run Camps and Retreats 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station deerrun.camp • contact@deerrunretreat.org

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FAMILY RETREATS AND EVENTS, B&B – Customize a day or overnight retreat or family event with on-site staff who serve you well and provide excellent meals. Upscale lodge or cabin accommodations, variety of meeting/gathering facilities and recreation options including climbing tower, paintball, archery, BB guns, giant swing, leap of faith. B&B accommodations are available at The Lodge — upscale guest rooms in a secluded wooded setting. BIRTHDAY PARTIES – Customized package for an exciting outdoor adventure birthday party! Climb a 45 ft. climbing wall. Play paintball on a wooded course. Fly high above the game field on the Giant Swing. Jump off the 33 ft. Leap of Faith. Test your shooting skills on the archery and BB gun range. Wind your way through the Preds Zone Challenge Course. Includes use of a pavilion for cake and presents. Add a wagon ride and campfire with s’mores for extra fun!

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY Engineering for Kids Various locations in the greater Nashville area engineeringforkids.net/location/nashville • nashville@engineeringforkids.net

Engineering for Kids brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to kids ages 4 - 14 in a fun and challenging way. We are proud to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts through hands-on learning. Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world! Check out our website for our class offerings.

TRADITIONAL CAMPS Horton Haven Christian Camp

Murfreesboro onegoalsports.net • admin@onegoalsports.net

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.

3711 Reed harris Road, Chapel Hill hortonhaven.org

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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.

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