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Looking to have an eventful December? We've got a rundown of some of the best things to do in the region. Start off the month with a family-friendly festival at Centennial Park, or spend the weekend shopping at the Porter Flea Holiday Market. Throughout the month, you can catch ongoing performances at TPAC, including A Christmas Story and Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, as we as Vince Gill and Amy Grant's annual Christmas residency at The Ryman.

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1. Amy Grant & Vince Gill Christmas at the Ryman

The duo returns for the 2018 season to perform traditional holiday songs.

Check it out

7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-6; Dec. 12-13; Dec. 16-20; Dec. 23 at The Ryman, 116 5th Ave. N. Tickets range in price from $55 to $135

2. Music City Winterfest

Go to Centennial Park on Saturday Dec. 8 and Sunday Dec. 9 for holiday fun for the whole family. Make plans to grab breakfast with Santa, or perhaps drinks with friends at the Onesie Brunch. The Holiday Market will have gifts from Nashville craft artisans. There will be music by local groups, food trucks and s'mores stations, as well as pet portraits, a beard competition and more.

Check it out

10 a.m. December 8-9 at Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave. Admission is $5 per person for ages 18 and older.

3. Porter Flea Holiday Market

The Porter Flea Holiday Market is a free shopping experience at The Nashville Fairgrounds. You can find unique gifts for friends and family as dozens of vendors will be on hand selling apparel, accessories, home goods, furniture, jewelry, and paper goods. On Friday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m., there will be a Preview Market, where for the $25 entry you can be among the first to shop the goods. Tickets include two complimentary drinks and other goodies. On-site parking is $5.

Check it out

10 a.m. Dec. 8 at Nashville Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave.


4. Walk Through Bethlehem

Walk through Bethlehem

Photo courtesy of Woodmont Christian Church

More than 200 costumed characters and live animals recreate the village of Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth. Visit merchants, shopkeepers, sample the food, and find Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus in the manger. The walk can take from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on your interest and involvement. Hands-on activities such as basket weaving, carpentry, bread baking and pottery are provided at village shops for children. 

Check it out

1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Woodmont Christian Church, 3601 Hillsboro Pike. Free

5. Tuba Christmas

In its 32nd year in Nashville, Tuba Christmas Nashville — a nonprofit organization affiliated and sanctioned by the Harvey Phillips Foundation Inc., features more than 100 tubas playing Christmas Carols.

Check it out

11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Nashville First Baptist Church, 108 7th Ave. S. Free

6. Yoga Under the Stars

The Adventure Science Center hosts Yoga Under the Stars on the last Saturday of each month from 9-10:15 a.m. under the Sudekum Planetarium’s 63-foot dome featuring NASA visualizations and 6.5 million stars. Just be sure to bring your own mat.

Check it out

9 a.m. December 29 at Sudekum Planetarium, 800 Fort Negley Blvd. Tickets are $22 for non-members and $17 for members.

7. Drew and Ellie Holcomb’s Neighborly Christmas

Drew and Ellie Holcomb’s Neighborly Christmas, an annual holiday concert and celebration, returns on December 17 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The Nashville-based Americana duo and their band, The Neighbors, will perform traditional and original holiday songs plus more.

Check it out

7:30 p.m. Dec. 17; 8 p.m. Dec. 22 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, One Symphony Place. Tickets are $41 to $105 and can be purchased in advance online.

8. Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood

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Photo courtesy of Cheekwood

Delight in the joy of the holiday season with a stroll through Cheekwood’s annual holiday lights exhibit featuring one million lights illuminating its gardens.

Check it out

5 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 30 at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Drive. Tickets are $19 for adults; $14 for youth; children ages 2 and younger admitted free.

9. Peter Pan and Tinker Bell

This theatrical adventure features Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and Wendy and is highlighted by dancers and contemporary music including songs by Taylor Swift, the Bee Gees and others.

Check it out

Showtimes vary, Dec. 13-23 in James K. Polk Theatre, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick St. Ticket cost starts at $35.

10. A Christmas Story at TPAC

A Christmas Story

Photo courtesy of Nashville Repertory Theatre

For the 10th year, Nashville Repertory Theatre will deliver “A Christmas Story,” complete with a frozen flagpole, a ballet tribute to an iconic Leg Lamp and many costume changes. The Bumpus hounds will be ready and waiting for you.

Check it out

Through December 22 at Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Ticket prices start at $45.


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