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Dashing Downtown Deals!
Shop LOCAL this holiday season by shopping downtown! Downtown Nashville has great options to take care of your shopping list from top to bottom. Check out a wide selection of discounts and other offers at your favorite downtown stores, restaurants, salons, art galleries, and more! Save time. Save money. Save your weekend!
New restaurant: Grillville Express!
160 4th Avenue N. 615-291-4567. New restaurant serving lunch featuring lots of items from the grill including burgers and sandwiches. Plus, four daily soups, salads, wraps, pasta, baked potatoes, and more. Hours are Mon - Fri, 11 am to 3 pm.
New special event venue: Events on Third!
209 3rd Avenue N. 615-457-1133. A multi-floor and multi-space event venue that can accommodate up to 350 people.
Events This Week
Local chefs, cooks, writers and musicians will lift the lid on pots of soup that they've created, served with fresh bread from Provence. Bring friends and family and stop by, have a bowl of soup, and some bread. Plus, Yazoo will sell beer by the glass. This event is a fundraiser for the Martha O'Bryan Center.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 6 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS $50 MEMBERS; $75 NON-MEMBERS
Encaustic paintings use the ancient technique of combining melted beeswax, resin, and pigments to create a surface that can be built up to make textured layers. During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to view an encaustic mummy portrait in the exhibition To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum, and then have fun using a simplified version of the medium themselves. Cost includes all supplies and gallery admission. Call 615-744-3355 to register.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, NOON - 12:30 PM
LOCATION: DOWNTOWN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH FREE; SUGGESTED $5 DONATION
The a cappella vocal group, Schola Pacis, will perform classical and seasonal choral favorites.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, SHOW TIMES VARY BY DATE
LOCATION: TPAC - TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER $22.25 - $82
The Nashville Ballet presents the classic tale of Clara and her magical Nutcracker. Set in Nashville in 1897 during the Tennessee Centennial, this production brings exciting new visual elements to the Nashville rendition of the classic holiday tradition. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra will perform at every show.
Children and adults of all ages are invited to decorate holiday cookies with guidance from the talented Two Twenty • Two Grill & Catering staff.
Six grand pianos, 528 keys, 24 hands, The Sanctuary Choir, and some of First Baptist Nashville’s most talented instrumentalists will present "Keyboards at Christmas." All ages will delight at the sights and sounds of this festive musical evening to Christmas on a truly “grand” scale.
Founded in 2001 by director Karen Mitchell, the Nashville Flute Choir is a group of professional and amateur musicians. The choir is comprised of C flutes, piccolo, alto and various bass flutes. The ensemble performs around the city and provides an opportunity for the flutists to share their love of music with the community.
Dramatic readings of scripture. Plus, sing favorite carols with the adult and youth choirs.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 11 AM, 12:30 PM
LOCATION: FIRST BAPTIST NASHVILLE FREE
A concert of Christmas carols featuring one hundred tubas. Tuba, sousaphone, euphonium and baritone horn players from across the nation play Christmas carols, first with instruments only and then with everyone singing along. Each performance is approximately 45 minutes in length. Parking is free in the church lots.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 8 PM - 8:45 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE BALLROOM FREE
An introduction to social dancing at Nashville Ballroom's guest party! Instructors will introduce visitors to the world of dance with a mix of popular social dances including the Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Salsa, Swing and more! Enjoy a champagne toast, a free basic beginner group dance lesson and a dance demonstration. No partner or previous experience necessary. Click here to register.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
Shelly Rann at Two Old Hippies Wednesday, December 7
Champagne Guest Dance Party! at Nashville Ballroom Wednesday, December 7
Soup & Bread at Yazoo Brewing Company and Tap Room Wednesday, December 7
Home for the Holidays with LeAnn Rimes at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, December 8
Adult Studio Workshop: Exploring Encaustic Painting with Stefanie Gerber Darr at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, December 8
Crystal Chandler at Casablanca Coffee Thursday, December 8
Martin McDaniel at Legends Corner Thursday, December 8
Nashville @ Noon: Great Performances at DPC at Downtown Presbyterian Church Friday, December 9
Nashville's Nutcracker at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Friday, December 9 - Sunday, December 18
Opry at the Ryman featuring Joey & Rory, Diamond Rio, Del McCoury Band, and more at Ryman Auditorium Friday, December 9
Girls Gone Loud at The Rutledge Friday, December 9
Molly Hunt, Mike Ulviia, and Angie Brogerg at Listening Room Cafe Friday, December 9
The Big Rock Show with Brion Gamboa at 12th & Porter Friday, December 9
Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, December 10
Cheerleaders of America: Music City Challenge at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Saturday, December 10
Autograph Signing: Karlen Evins at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Store Saturday, December 10
Opry at the Ryman featuring Sarah Darling, Rhonda Vincent, and more at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, December 10
Concert and Autograph Signing: Suzy Bogguss at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, December 10
Holiday Cookie Decorating at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, December 10
Urban Music Challenge at The Rutledge Saturday, December 10
Kids Club: Still Life 101 at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Saturday, December 10
Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, December 10
Don Rigsby at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Saturday, December 10
Sam Hayes at Second Fiddle Saturday, December 10
The BB King All Stars featuring Natasha Young at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Saturday, December 10
Tennessee Titans vs. New Orleans Saints at LP Field Sunday, December 11
Keyboards at Christmas at First Baptist Nashville Sunday, December 11
David Alford's Christmas Down Home at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Sunday, December 11 - Sunday, December 18
Holiday Concert: The Nashville Flute Choir at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Sunday, December 11
Annual Service of Lessons and Carols at Downtown Presbyterian Church Sunday, December 11
Titans Ultimate VIP Tailgate at Hard Rock Cafe Sunday, December 11
Applause for the Cause Benefit at Hard Rock Cafe Sunday, December 11
Reed Pittman and Austin Adams CD Release at 3rd and Lindsley Monday, December 12
Nashville Predators vs. Calgary Flames at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday, December 13
A Tuba Christmas at First Baptist Nashville Tuesday, December 13
Jimmy Charles at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Tuesday, December 13
Opry at the Ryman featuring Phil Vassar, Matthew West, Diamond Rio, and more at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, December 13
Making Memories: To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Tuesday, December 13
Salvation Army Benefit with Amanda Williams at Two Old Hippies Tuesday, December 13
The Kandheli Express at Sambuca Tuesday, December 13
A Celtic Christmas at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, December 14
Dune Grass Music Songwriters Showcase at The Rutledge Wednesday, December 14
Champagne Guest Dance Party! at Nashville Ballroom Wednesday, December 14
Nashville Symphony presents Handel’s Messiah at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, December 15 - Saturday, December 17
Nashville Predators vs. Detroit Red Wings at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, December 15
Jim Brickman at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, December 15
Fruitcake! at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Thursday, December 15
A Very Murrell Christmas Benefit Concert at 12th & Porter Thursday, December 15
The Purple Hulls at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Thursday, December 15
Martin McDaniel at Legends Corner Thursday, December 15
Sam Hayes at Second Fiddle Thursday, December 15
Live from the Ledge with Phil Vassar at Hard Rock Cafe Thursday, December 15
Opry at the Ryman featuring Will Hoge, Joe Diffie, Steve Wariner, and more at Ryman Auditorium Friday, December 16
Dusty Hundley at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Friday, December 16
Wooten Brother Reunion at 3rd and Lindsley Friday, December 16
Vinyl Radio at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, December 16
The Buchanan Boys at Wildhorse Saloon Friday, December 16
Outlaw Serenade, Hunter, and Dixie Voodoo Revival at Hard Rock Cafe Friday, December 16
A Pied Piper Holiday: Music Instrument Workshop at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Saturday, December 17
Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, December 17
Opry at the Ryman featuring Emmylou Harris, The Civil Wars, Steve Wariner, Keb 'Mo, and more at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, December 17
Riders in the Sky at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, December 17
Fighting Cancer with Comedy at Listening Room Cafe Saturday, December 17
Tim Reynolds and Tr3 at 12th & Porter Saturday, December 17
The ConSoulers at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Saturday, December 17
Lewis Copeland at The Stage on Broadway Saturday, December 17
Closing Reception: Veritas Numquam Perit: Works by Hunt Adams at Studio 66 Saturday, December 17
Holiday Pipes with Organist Isabelle Demers at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Sunday, December 18
Gabe Dixon and Friends Christmas Concert at 3rd and Lindsley Sunday, December 18
Merry & Bright Holiday Trunk Show - hosted by Freshie & Zero at The Stahlman Building Sunday, December 18
Dallas Starke at Sambuca Sunday, December 18
Chris Weaver at The Stage on Broadway Sunday, December 18
Joy - An Irish Christmas at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Monday, December 19
Nick & Amanda Duo at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Monday, December 19
Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty Benefit at 3rd and Lindsley Monday, December 19
Senior Monday: Holiday Harps and Sing-Along at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Monday, December 19
Asleep at the Wheel: Santa Loves to Boogie at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Tuesday, December 20
Jimmy Stewart at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Tuesday, December 20
Amy Grant and Vince Gill at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, December 20 - Wednesday, December 21
Mike Siler at Legends Corner Wednesday, December 21
Sleepless Truckers at Second Fiddle Wednesday, December 21
Burning Las Vegas at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Wednesday, December 21
New Year's Eve Events
Is your downtown bar, restaurant or special event venue hosting a New Year's Eve party? If so, please let us know about it so we can help spread the word. Click here for the NYE events that we already have listed in our online events calendar.
Be Cheap with BEEP!
During Bridgestone Arena events, park FREE at LP Field Lot R. Optional round-trip shuttle service is $3 per person with a convenient drop-off point near the arena. Click here for all of the details about this parking option. (TIP: You don't have to attend an arena event to use this service. However, the free parking is only available on the stated Bridgestone Arena event dates).
Large groups and events that are downtown December 7 - 21 include the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (775, December 2 - 7) and the National Baptist Convention of the USA/Sunday School Publishing Board (1,700, December 12 - 15). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.