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January 22, 2022

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Things To Do With Your Family This Month

Christmas drive-throughs, Nashville's Nutcracker, Bell Buckle's Old Fashioned Christmas and a whole lot more.


Nashville to Host Televised New Year's Eve Concert Special

Nashville to Host Televised New Year's Eve Concert Special

Nashville will host a televised Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville show featuring indie rock band Moon Taxi and powerhouse trio The Shindellas, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today. There will be no public concert, Music Note Drop or spectators due to COVID restrictions.


Marshmallow Hikes

Marshmallow Hikes

Are you looking for something to do with the family during the holidays or an excuse to get out of the house by yourself? How does a nice hike in the winter woods followed by hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows sound? Come by Owl's Hill from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for Marshmallow and Hot Chocolate Hikes. Registration is required.


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25 Days of Discovery

Join Discovery Center in Murfreesboro (502 Southeast Broad Street) throughout the month of December and explore special holiday-themed programs and activities for all ages during Mind-Blowing Matinees, Tuesday – Saturday at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. The series of programs includes science demonstrations, crafts and hands-on experiments. Included with admission, free for members.


Chihuly at Cheekwood | Behind the Lens

Chihuly Nights at Cheekwood

See the stunning works of Dale Chihuly every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5 – 10 p.m. Chihuly Nights features large-scale installations in the gardens of the historic estate as well as pedestal works presented in the art galleries. Though members get in for free during the day, the night event (5 – 10 p.m.) is $13 for adult members/ $9 for youth members and $23 for adult nonmembers/ $17 for youth nonmembers. 


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Christmas On The Cumberland

The City’s free Christmas on the Cumberland event is sure to create lasting memories this holiday season as thousands experience the captivating displays of over one million lights at McGregor Park. Open nightly through January 1, 2021. Hours are 5 – 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 5 – 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.


Franktown Festival of Lights | Nashville Guru

Franktown Festival of Lights

Enjoy the Christmas classics as you drive-thru in the comfort of your own car and enjoy this exhibit featuring thousands of sparkling holiday lights and over 200 light displays. The holiday light festival takes place nightly through December 26 at the Williamson County Ag Center at 4215 Long Ln. Tickets are $25 per car and can be purchased at the gate or in advance. Enter code FTOH for $5 off.  


Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas

Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas

This year, Gaylord debuts the I Love Christmas Movies™ interactive pop-up experience. There’s also annual activities like Letters to Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides and Luminaries of Love. Kids are sure to love creating gingerbread houses and playing the Merry Snoopy Christmas scavenger hunt. The Oak Ridge Boys serve up this year’s dinner show, and let’s not forget the glow of those 3 million lights! It all happens at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center (2800 Opryland Drive) in Nashville daily through Jan. 3.


Holiday LIGHTS

Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood

Come out to Cheekwood (200 Forrest Park Drive) and walk through an illuminated winter wonderland with one mile of lights, real reindeer, s’mores pits and cash bars with seasonal drinks and hot toddies. Hours are 5 – 10 p.m. nightly through Jan. 10, 2021. Admission is $22 for adults and $17 ages 3 – 17 ($5 discount for members). 


The Oak Ridge Boys Dinner Show: Christmas in Tennessee | TV Interview

The Oak Ridge Boys “Christmas in Tennessee” Dinner Show

Grammy Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members The Oak Ridge Boys will celebrate the holiday season at home this year with a 25 consecutive-day residency as part of Gaylord Opryland’s 38th annual A Country Christmas event. The Dinner Show will be nightly from 6-8 p.m. through Dec. 25 and feature a holiday meal followed by the band performing Christmas classics. Admission is $99.99 per adult, $39.99 per child (4-11) and children 3 and under are free.


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Winterfest 2020

Holiday hours are Dec. 20 through Jan. 4: Sunday – Thursday from 12 – 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 12 – 10 p.m. Admission is $15 for 13 and up, $12 for kids 4-12 and kids 3 and under are free.


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Winter Campology: Animal Companions

During this 3-day camp Dec. 21-23, get up close and personal with Discovery Center’s animal residents. Bring your camper to the Discovery Center for a week of pet-care projects and learning about our friends in the animal kingdom. At the end of the week, campers will receive a Pet Patch. Cost is $150 for nonmembers; $135 for members.


Nutcracker Marche in the Mansion

Nutcracker Marche in the Mansion

Have yourself a very nutcracker holiday! Cheekwood will display a collection of over 80 traditional and non-traditional nutcrackers throughout the period rooms inside the Historic Mansion & Museum. This exhibit will be on view during both daytime and evening hours, and will even include Wizard of Oz themed nutcrackers. Included with admission.


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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 18-month-old Ezra.