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December 02, 2023

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Top Things to Do with Kids this Weekend

"Ice!" at Gaylord, "Home Alone" in Concert w/ Nashville Symphony; String City at the Country Music Hall of Fame & lots more!

What in the world are you all doing with the kids this weekend?! Here’s our top ten things to do — listed in no particular order — through Sunday, Dec. 3.

Click on the links for more information about each event.


Friday, Dec. 1 – Sunday, Dec. 3

Experience John Williams’ delightful score performed live while Kevin McCallister’s Christmas misadventures play on the big screen at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Saturday, Dec. 2

An amazing array of puppeteers and marionettes by Nashville Public Library’s Wishing Chair Production chronicle the history of country music and how Nashville became Music City USA. The story is told through nearly 100 puppets, ranging from DeFord Bailey to Johnny Cash to Dolly Parton and Taylor Swift.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Put on your favorite pajamas and join at Adventure Science Center for a special showing of Polaris in the Sudekum Planetarium, followed by hot cocoa and a liquid nitrogen marshmallow demonstration.

Saturday, Dec. 2

The third annual Winter Festival will be at Veterans Memorial Park in La Vergne from 3 to 8 p.m. Enjoy the tree lighting, pictures with Santa, carriage rides, vendors, ice skating and more!

Saturday, Dec. 2

Join Sam Davis Home for this special holiday themed tea party from 2 – 3:30 p.m. All ages are welcome to join in the festive fun which includes crafts, photo opt, and delicious tea service. Limited space available. and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Now through through Feb. 4, 2024

See larger-than-life scenes filled with colorful, whimsical imagery and fantastical beasts at Nashville Zoo and enjoy the country’s largest Chinese lantern festival. Over 500 custom-made silk lanterns will be spread across 60 acres, creating elaborate displays with some of your favorite Zoo animals, holiday-themed scenes and even a 200-foot-long dragon.

Now through Jan. 1

Explore acres of twinkling lights, over 17 hours of exciting activities, shows and events: including ice skating/tubing, photos with Santa and horse-drawn carriage rides. Plus, enjoy the return of the ICE! walk-through exhibit with a The Polar Express theme!

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Sunday, Dec. 3

Enjoy a hot chocolate bar, letters to Santa station and photos with Santa at Assembly Food Hall. In addition, enjoy featured brunch items from Liege Waffle, Whisk Crepes and Donut Distillery.

Sunday, Dec. 3

This free event, organized and hosted by Brentwood Academy, will feature family-friendly Christmas activities, culminating with the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Other festivities include Santa and elves, nativity with live animals, a human snow globe, trackless train, bounce houses and more.


Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3 (runs through Dec. 17)

Based on the famous novel by Roald Dahl, Nashville Children’s Theatre presents this TYA world premiere featuring an original score and lyrics as well as songs from the beloved 1971 film picture, including “Candy Man,” “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” “Oompa Loompa Song” and “Pure Imagination.”