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November 28, 2022

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Middle Tennessee Theaters Raise Their Curtains For The Holidays

There are so many holiday happenings for theater-lovers in Middle Tennessee!

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Nov. 26 – Dec. 19
Nashville Children’s Theatre
25 Middleton Street, Nashville
Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale and written by Executive Director Ernie Nolan, this contemporary retelling shows that exhibiting kindness and creativity can be as life changing as a pair of well-made shoes. Ages 4 and older.


A Charlie Brown Christmas Live!

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage

Dec. 16 – 22
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
505 Deaderick Street, Nashville
Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story, the production features the music of Vince Guaraldi, as well as a concert of beloved holiday carols performed by the characters.




An Inside Look at Nashville Rep's 'A Christmas Story'

A Christmas Story

Dec. 2 – 19
Nashville Repertory Theatre
505 Deaderick Street, Nashville
The time: 1940. The place: Hohman, Indiana. Bespectacled Ralphie has an active imagination and one wish for Christmas — a Red Ryder BB Gun. Constant reprimands of “You’ll shoot your eye out,” a grouchy department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream.




Nashville's Nutcracker -

Nashville’s Nutcracker

Dec. 15 – 24
Nashville Ballet
505 Deaderick Street, Nashville
Experience this Music City holiday tradition and rediscover characters like Clara, Drosselmeyer, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Madam Bonbon and more. With choreography by Paul Vasterling, dreamy costumes and glittering sets, Nashville’s Nutcracker is a treat for families during the holidays.




Elf the Musical - Prescott Park Arts Festival

Elf The Musical

Dec. 3 – 19
Center for the Arts
110 W. College Street, Murfreesboro
The tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to New York then back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.



About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 3-year-old Ezra.