Events This Week
The Tennessee Repertory Theatre presents A Christmas Story at TPAC. It is a production of humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s. The story follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his unflappable campaign to get Santa (or anyone else) to give him a Red Ryder carbine-action, 200 shot range-model air rifle. This irresistible piece of Americana is guaranteed to warm the heart and tickle the funny bone.
The Nashville Ballet presents the classic tale of Clara and her magical Nutcracker. Set in Nashville in 1897 during the Tennessee Centennial, this production returns to the stage with even more dancers and magical characters. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky's famous score at every show.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20 - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, SHOW TIMES VARY BY DATE
LOCATION: SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER $49 - $109
The Nashville Symphony and Chorus ring in the holiday season with their annual performances of Handel’s inspiring oratorio Messiah. This Baroque-era masterpiece gives expression to universal thoughts and emotions through an astonishing range of music, with moments of tranquility, darkness and exuberance — and there’s no better place to hear it than at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. TIP: Tickets are limited for all three shows, but some seats are still available, especially in the orchestra view section.
Nothing says Christmas like hearing a group of children sing "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and "Joy to the World." McKendree United Methodist Church's three, four and five-year-olds will sing from the church's steps as a way of ushering in the holiday season to the downtown community. Volunteers will also pass out cookies to passersby.
Concert celebration with celebrity appearances by Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White, Jason Crabb, Tanya Goodman Skykes, Aaron Wilburn, Christ Church Choir and many more. Toys, sleeping bags, blankets, and food boxes will be given away to the homeless and working poor.
Join modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty for a joyful Irish celebration of the birth of Christ. With virtuoso Irish traditional players and the Tennessee Men's Chorale and Ladies Chorus, this vibrant evening of beloved carols, modern hymns and spirited reels and jigs celebrates the wonder and beauty of Christmas.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 6 PM MONDAY; 11 AM TUESDAY
LOCATION: DOWNTOWN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH FREE
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 6 pm on Monday night featuring communion and favorite hymns. A relaxed and joyful Christmas Day worship service including communion and hymns on Tuesday at 11 am.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 5 PM AND 8 PM
LOCATION: FIRST BAPTIST NASHVILLE FREE
Two Christmas Eve services. Service at 5 pm features Carols, Candles and Communion including the Chamber Singers and traditional carols. Service at 8 pm features music communion and carols in a more relaxed atmosphere in the Fellowship Hall.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 5:30 PM AND 10:30 PM
LOCATION: FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA FREE
Holy Communion and a Christmas Eve candlelight services on Monday night at 5:30 pm and 10:30 pm. Free parking provided in the parking lot at the corner of 8th Avenue S and McGavock.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 12:15 PM, 4 PM, AND 11 PM MONDAY; 10 AM TUESDAY
LOCATION: CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL FREE
Christmas Eve service featuring Holy Eucharist and music by the choir at 12:15 pm. Solemn Holy Eucharist at 4 pm and 11 pm (music begins at 10:15 pm) on Monday. Christmas Day service with Holy Eucharist at 10 am.
Christmas Eve services at 3 pm and 11 pm.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 11 AM - 5 PM
LOCATION: UNION STATION HOTEL $45 ADULTS; $15 CHILDREN
The Twelve Tastes of Christmas is a culinary delight. Enjoy a delicious family-style dinner while relaxing in an elegant atmosphere. Menu items include turkey and andouille gumbo, Chateaubriand, grilled lamb chops, roast Christmas goose, dressing, green bean and wild mushroom casserole, a selection of holiday desserts and much more! Complimentary valet parking. Reservations highly suggested: 615-620-5665.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, BRUNCH: 11 AM - 4 PM; DINNER: 5:30 PM - 10 PM
LOCATION: CAPITOL GRILLE AT THE HERMITAGE HOTEL BRUNCH: $47.50; DINNER: $52.50; CHILDREN: $27.50
Two options for your Christmas feast: brunch or dinner. The brunch buffet menu by Chef Tyler Brown includes Niman Ranch steamship ham, roasted beef steamship round, Ashley Farms turkey, fingerling sweet potatoes, roasted broccoli casserole, brioche stuffing with mushrooms, leeks, and bacon, a Hermitage Hotel grand dessert display, and more! Brunch is served in the Grand Ballroom, lobby, and on the veranda. Christmas Dinner is a three-course meal and is served in the Grille. Limited reservations are available, call 615-345-7116.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
A Christmas Story at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center through Saturday, December 22
Nashville's Nutcracker at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center through Sunday, December 23
Amy Grant & Vince Gill at Ryman Auditorium through Thursday, December 20
The Cocktails at Sambuca Wednesday, December 19
Holland Marie at Bootleggers Inn Wednesday, December 19
Dusty Hundley at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Thursday, December 20
Handel's Messiah at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, December 20 - Saturday, December 22
Dixie Tabernacle at 12th & Porter Thursday, December 20
Hot Club of Nashville at Station Inn Thursday, December 20
Biff Kapow at Silver Dollar Saloon Thursday, December 20
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown at Nashville Children's Theatre Friday, December 21
Preschool Children Caroling at McKendree United Methodist Church Friday, December 21
Middle Tennessee State University vs. Vanderbilt at Bridgestone Arena Friday, December 21
Opry at the Ryman: Chonda Pierce, Gwen Sebastian, The Band Perry and more at Ryman Auditorium Friday, December 21
Stacy Mitchhart at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Friday, December 21
Art-Making in the Lobby: Inspiration Tee at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, December 21
Cinderella at Nashville Public Library Friday, December 21
Project 21 at Rocketown Friday, December 21
Meiko with Angel Snow at 3rd and Lindsley Friday, December 21
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown at Nashville Children's Theatre Saturday, December 22
Home for the Holidays at 12th & Porter Saturday, December 22
Western Kentucky vs. Louisville at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, December 22
Opry at the Ryman: Ashley Monroe, Jimmy Wayne, Vince Gill and more at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, December 22
Josh Helms Band at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Saturday, December 22
A Spirit for the Holidays at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Saturday, December 22
Gina Britt at Station Inn Saturday, December 22
Cinderella at Nashville Public Library Saturday, December 22
Songwriter Session: David Ball at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, December 22
12 Against Nature at 3rd and Lindsley Saturday, December 22
The Bridge to Christmas at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Saturday, December 22
Jimmy Charles & Goose Gossett at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Sunday, December 23
Joy, An Irish Christmas at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Sunday, December 23
Kuzin It Reunion Party at 12th & Porter Sunday, December 23
Grant Garland at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Sunday, December 23
Bluegrass Jam at Station Inn Sunday, December 23
Dobro and Guitar Demonstration: Gene Bush and Bruce Nemerov at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, December 23
Film Screening: Marty’s Christmas Party (1996) at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, December 23
Jennifer Knapp & Margaret Becker at 3rd and Lindsley Sunday, December 23
Rob Skaggs at Silver Dollar Saloon Sunday, December 23
Brandon Harris at Whiskey Bent Saloon Sunday, December 23
Katie Shuett at Bootleggers Inn Sunday, December 23
Paul Pace at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Monday, December 24
Christmas Worship Services at Downtown Presbyterian Church Monday, December 24 - Tuesday, December 25
Christmas Eve Services at First Baptist Nashville Monday, December 24 - Tuesday, December 25
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion at First Lutheran Church ELCA Monday, December 24
Christmas Celebration Services at Christ Church Cathedral Monday, December 24 - Tuesday, December 25
Christmas Eve Worship at McKendree United Methodist Church Tuesday, December 25
The Twelve Tastes of Christmas at Union Station Hotel Tuesday, December 25
Christmas Brunch and Dinner at Capitol Grille at The Hermitage Hotel Tuesday, December 25
Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, December 26
Gil Gann at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Wednesday, December 26
Jon Byrd & Byrds Auto Parts at Station Inn Wednesday, December 26
Story Time at Nashville Public Library Wednesday, December 26
Rick Trace at Silver Dollar Saloon Wednesday, December 26
July Micheals at Whiskey Bent Saloon Wednesday, December 26
Holland Marie at Bootleggers Inn Wednesday, December 26
Randy Moore at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Thursday, December 27
B.B. King All Stars at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Thursday, December 27
Stacy Mitchhart at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Thursday, December 27
Music at the Frist: Meltzer Parsons Duo at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, December 27
San Rafael at Sambuca Thursday, December 27
Shawn Camp & Friends at Station Inn Thursday, December 27
Chris Henry at Bootleggers Inn Thursday, December 27
Opry at the Ryman at Ryman Auditorium Friday, December 28
Randy Moore Band at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Friday, December 28
Stacy Mitchhart at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Friday, December 28
Art-Making in the Lobby: Inspiration Tee at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, December 28
Minnie Murphy at Sambuca Friday, December 28
FAB Beatles Revue at 3rd and Lindsley Friday, December 28
Mike Scott at Silver Dollar Saloon Friday, December 28
Bobby McLendon at Whiskey Bent Saloon Friday, December 28
Tylor Baily at Bootleggers Inn Friday, December 28
Opry at the Ryman at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, December 29
Randy Moore Band at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Saturday, December 29
Suit Up the City at 12th & Porter Saturday, December 29
B.B. King All Stars at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Saturday, December 29
Miss Jackie Wilson at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Saturday, December 29
Matt McAtee & The Eventuals at Sambuca Saturday, December 29
Paul Thorn & Steve Forbert at 3rd and Lindsley Saturday, December 29
Jessie Cain at Bootleggers Inn Saturday, December 29
Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars at LP Field Sunday, December 30
Irish Fiddle Demonstration: David Coe and Josh Culley at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, December 30
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at LP Field Monday, December 31
New Years Eve with Bassnectar at Bridgestone Arena Monday, December 31
New Years Eve with Old Crow Medicine Show at Ryman Auditorium Monday, December 31
Josh Helms Band at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Monday, December 31
Zak Lee Rite at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Monday, December 31
New Year, New Friends: Bar Louie's New Year's Eve Party at Bar Louie Monday, December 31
Chris Weaver at Sambuca Monday, December 31
Mike Bubs XXL New Years Eve Party at Station Inn Monday, December 31
Moon Taxi at 3rd and Lindsley Monday, December 31
Megan Pfluegger at Silver Dollar Saloon Monday, December 31
Mike Scott at Whiskey Bent Saloon Monday, December 31
Smoke 'N Guns at Bootleggers Inn Monday, December 31
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Large groups and events that are downtown December 19 - January 2 includes the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (50,000, December 27, 2012- January 1, 2013). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.