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August 13, 2022

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Top Weekend Family Fun Picks: Dec. 13-15

Enjoy the weekend with your kids at one of these festivities. Pictured above: The 35th Annual Dickens of a Christmas fills the streets of Downtown Franklin Saturday and Sunday.

THE FROG PRINCE
Nashville Public Library, Nashville
Friday, Dec. 13 – Saturday, Dec. 14

This musical marionette show tells the story of a lonely frog and a spoiled princess.

JURASSIC QUEST WITH ANCIENT OCEANS
Music City Center, Nashville
Friday, Dec. 13 – Sunday, Dec. 15

Experience life-size animatronic dinosaurs, interact with baby dinosaurs, dig up fossils and more. Plus, check out the ancient oceans exhibit where you'll come face-to-face with a 50-foot megalodon.

FLASHLIGHT CANDY CANE HUNT (REGISTER)
Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, Franklin
Friday, Dec. 13

Kids can decorate treat bags before hitting the grounds with their flashlights (bring their own) to search for candy canes. Cocoa and cookies served.

THEATER BUG WINTER CONCERT: ON THE AIR
The Theater Bug, Nashville
Friday, Dec. 13 – Sunday, Dec. 15

Enjoy a night of music performed by more than 50 local youth who are a part of The Theater Bug family.

ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH
TPAC's Polk Theater, Nashville
Friday, Dec. 13 – Sunday, Dec. 15

This holiday panto production finds a genie helping Aladdin rescue the princess from the clutches of an evil magician. Read our preview HERE.

NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Outdoor Adventure Center, Smyrna
Friday, Dec. 13

Crafts, games and visits from holiday characters.

SANTA SPLASH & DASH
Patterson Park Community Center, Murfreesboro
Friday, Dec. 13

This indoor pool party includes dinner and an ornament craft.

HOME ALONE IN CONCERT
Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville
Friday, Dec. 13

Enjoy a screening of Home Alone in high-def while the Nashville Symphony performs the score live.

NASHVILLE'S NUTCRACKER
TPAC's Jackson Hall, Nashville
Friday, Dec. 13 – Sunday, Dec. 15

Nashville Ballet's holiday tradition finds Clara and her magical friends on a journey through a spectacular dreamland with familiar Nashville landmarks.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
TPAC's Johnson Theater, Nashville
Friday, Dec. 13 – Sunday, Dec. 15

Nashville Rep presents Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved tale using five actors and imaginative props. Read Chad Young's review HERE.

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
Noah Liff Opera Center, Nashville
Friday, Dec. 13 – Sunday, Dec. 15

Nashville Opera presents this family-friendly production sung in English about a shepherd boy and his mother who entertain three traveling kinds during a pit sop on their journey. The story shines light on how the generosity of heart ca be a miracle in itself. In addition, you'll get to see Pepito, a mini-opera about a forgotten shelter dog who opens the hearts of young married couple.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS EXCURSION TRAIN
Tennessee Central Railway Museum, Nashville
Saturday, Dec. 14

Enjoy a train ride with Santa and his elves to Lebanon and back (no layover).

26TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TOY TRAIN SHOW
The Fairgrounds, Nashville
Saturday, Dec. 14

Operating train layouts in action, more than 200 tables of new and antique model trains, door prizes, and five new train sets will be given away to kids through a drawing.

ELVES IN TRAINING
Delmas Long Community Center, Goodlettsville
Saturday, Dec. 14

Make ornaments and treats for Santa's reindeer while listening to a Christmas story and enjoying treats and hot chocolate.

CAROLS, CRAFTS AND COOKIES
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville
Saturday, Dec. 14

Decorate cookies, design holiday cards and make festive crafts while local choirs perform Christmas carols.

35TH ANNUAL DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS
Historic Downtown Franklin
Saturday, Dec. 14 – Sunday, Dec. 15

Middle Tennessee's largest outdoor Christmas festival includes strolling musicians, dancers and characters, including many from Charles Dickens' stories. Plus, carolers, vendors, crafts and more.

BETHLEHEM MARKETPLACE
Southeast Baptist Church, Murfreesboro
Saturday, Dec. 14 – Sunday, Dec. 15

A walk-through drama re-enacting how the village of Bethlehem might have appeared the morning after the birth of Christ.

AUNTIE CLAUS
Nashville Children's Theatre, Nashville
Saturday, Dec. 14 – Sunday, Dec. 15

This world premiere production is based on Elise Primavera's children's picture book about Sophie Kringle's glamorous, mysterious great aunt. Read Chad Young's review HERE.

SUMNER COUNTY CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE
Mallard Point Park, Hendersonville
Saturday, Dec. 14

Watch a parade of boats decked out in holiday lights and other decor.

EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVERY TOLD (AND THEN SOME!)
Belmont University's Troutt Theater, Nashville
Saturday, Dec. 14 – Sunday, Dec. 15

Nashville Shakespeare Festival presents this comical holiday show that has nothing to do with Shakespeare, and it promises to be a party for the whole family. Be aware that the existence of Santa Claus is debated but without resolution.

THE MUSIC OF MOTOWN FOR KIDS
City Winery, Nashville
Sunday, Dec. 15

The Rock and Roll Playhouse performs the music of Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and The Temptations for kids along with holiday tunes.

FORD COMMUNITY DAY
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville
Sunday, Dec. 15

Enjoy FREE admission to the museum along with several family programs, live performances and photos with Santa. There's also discounts in the store and you can get 20% off a family membership today only!

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