Events This Week
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, SHOW TIMES VARY BY DATE
LOCATION: TPAC - TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER $25 - $52
Featuring design elements inspired by the Victorian/Industrial Era, this unique production evokes the styling and silhouettes of Charles Dickens’ day, but with strikingly modern twists. Fusing classical and current aesthetics and theatrical techniques, Studio Tenn’s innovative re-imagining of this holiday favorite transforms the familiar tale of Ebenezer Scrooge into a fresh, enthralling and unforgettable experience.
The event will feature art, food, drinks and music. All proceeds from art sales will be donated to the Cayce Place Revitalization Foundation, a nonprofit focusing on breaking the cycle of multigenerational poverty by providing educational resources to children in need.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
LOCATION: WEDDING 101 FREE
Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, holiday cocktails, a DJ, a photo booth and more. Plus, Katie Russo Beauty will be on site to give attendees tips and tricks on perfecting holiday and wedding looks. RSVP in advance.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 6 PM
LOCATION: LP FIELD $35
Due to weather concerns, the 33rd Annual Rudolph's Red Nose Run was rescheduled from its original date on Friday, December 6 to its new date on Friday, December 13. Be part of one of Nashville's favorite holiday traditions. Start and finish line near the south end zone of LP Field. Note: road closures associated with this event. Closures begin at 4 pm and end at 9 pm on Friday, December 13. Closures include Victory (Titans Way to South 2nd Street), South 2nd Street (Victory to Russell), Russell (South 2nd Street to Titans Way), South 1st Street (Russell to Woodland), Woodland (South 1st Street to Union), Union (Woodland to 2nd Avenue North), 2nd Avenue North (Union to Broadway), Broadway (2nd Avenue to 7th Avenue). Click here for a route map.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1 PM - 4 PM
LOCATION: TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM FREE
A group of musicians known as “Tradition Continues” will play a mix of time-honored tunes and holiday classics. The performance is in conjuction with the museum's exhibit, "David’s Dulcimers: Instruments from the Schnaufer Collection," on view until Sunday, December 29.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 5 PM - 11 PM
LOCATION: WAR MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM FREE
This 10th annual holiday gathering will begin with a cocktail hour at 5 pm, followed by a special viewing of "It's A Wonderful Life" at 6 pm. A festive reception will follow in the ballroom complete with food, drinks, live music, dancing and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Wonderful Life Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to ease the financial burdens encountered by families of children with cancer.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 10 AM - 2 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE CITY CLUB $19.95; $12 CHILDREN 6-12; 5 AND UNDER FREE
Take your tailgate inside on Sunday, December 15 when the Titans take on the Arizona Cardinals at LP Field. The City Club will host a special holiday brunch where guests can have their picture taken with Santa and enjoy a buffet featuring assorted breakfast and lunch items, along with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys.
A journey in words and music from the creation through the prophecies pointing to Christ's coming, His birth and the promise of Salvation. Music by Conrad Susa, Matthew Culloton, Herbert Howells and John Rutter, plus traditional favorite carols.
Readings and music celebrating the birth of Jesus featuring the cathedral choir and senior choristers. Under the direction of Dr. Michael Velting, canon for music, and Jon Johnson, associate organist and choirmaster. A reception will follow.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 6 PM - 7:30 PM
LOCATION: FIRST BAPTIST NASHVILLE FREE
Six grand pianos, 528 keys, 24 hands, The Sanctuary Choir and some of First Baptist's most talented instrumentalists will present "Keyboards at Christmas." All ages will delight at the sights and sounds of this festive musical evening in celebration of Christmas on a truly "grand" scale.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 11 AM AND 12:30 PM
LOCATION: FIRST BAPTIST NASHVILLE FREE
A concert of Christmas carols featuring 100 tubas. Tuba, sousaphone, euphonium and baritone horn players from across the nation will play Christmas carols, first with instruments only and then with everyone singing along. The performances are approximately 45 minutes in length. Parking is free in the church's lots.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 6:30 PM
LOCATION: MERCY LOUNGE $10
Five Nashville-native bands will participate in Billy Block's second annual concert benefiting the nonprofit Trezò, an organization that supports an intimate, community-based Christian day school in Cayes-Jacmel, Haiti. The school provides a place of safety, education, nutrition and healthcare for approximately 90 local children.
Nothing says Christmas like hearing a group of children sing "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and "Joy to the World." More than 30 of 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.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
A Christmas Story at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center through Sunday, December 22
Nashville's Nutcracker at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center through Sunday, December 22
Andrew Peterson at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, December 11 - Thursday, December 12
Handel's "Messiah" at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Wednesday, December 11 - Friday, December 13
A John Waters Christmas at War Memorial Auditorium Wednesday, December 11
5th Annual Christmas with the Kiddos featuring Trent Tomlinson at The Listening Room Cafe Wednesday, December 11
Andrew Leahey Brain Surgery Benefit at Cannery Ballroom Thursday, December 12
Buddy Owens at Bootleggers Inn Thursday, December 12
Holiday Concert featuring the Providence Players at Nashville Public Library Thursday, December 12
Educator Workshop: "What does it mean to be an American?" at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, December 12
Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, December 12
Imagine No Gun Violence: A Tribute to John Lennon at 3rd and Lindsley Thursday, December 12
BURNT Recycling's 25th Anniversary Reception at Rolling Mill Hill Thursday, December 12
Phil Lassiter at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Friday, December 13
Tacky Sweater Christmas Party at Mercy Lounge Friday, December 13
Opry at the Ryman featuring Carrie Underwood, Kree Harrison and more at Ryman Auditorium Friday, December 13
A Very Merry Christmas with Dave Barnes at War Memorial Auditorium Friday, December 13
Shannon LaBrie at 12th & Porter Friday, December 13
Sam Hunter Band at Two Old Hippies Friday, December 13
Dance Party with Keno at Anthem Saturday, December 14
Randy Moore Band at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Saturday, December 14
Harvest Hands' 5th Annual Benefit Concert at Cannery Ballroom Saturday, December 14
Opry at the Ryman featuring Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and more at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, December 14
Family Program: Embellished Instruments and Photos with Santa Claus at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, December 14
Family Workshop: "A Norman Rockwell Christmas" at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Saturday, December 14
Holiday Concert featuring the Nashville Belles at Nashville Public Library Saturday, December 14
Nashville Predators vs. San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, December 14
An Electric Christmas with Over the Rhine at 3rd and Lindsley Saturday, December 14
Pat Summitt Benefit Concert at The Listening Room Cafe Saturday, December 14
Uncle Pat's Panic Party: A Toys for Tots Benefit at 12th & Porter Saturday, December 14
Sid Yochim at Silver Dollar Saloon Sunday, December 15
Arizona Cardinals vs. Tennessee Titans at LP Field Sunday, December 15
Holiday Film Screening: Reba McEntire's Christmas Card at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, December 15
An East Nashville Christmas Benefit Concert at 3rd and Lindsley Sunday, December 15
Grant Garland at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Sunday, December 15
8 off 8th: Jingle Ball 2013 at Mercy Lounge Monday, December 16
Open Jam at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Monday, December 16
Biff Kapow at Whiskey Bent Saloon Monday, December 16
Senior Monday at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Monday, December 16
Holiday Concert featuring the Providence Consort at Nashville Public Library Monday, December 16
Josh and Matt at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Tuesday, December 17
Holiday Songwriter's Night featuring Tim Rushlow at Hard Rock Cafe Tuesday, December 17
Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday, December 17
Faith Evans Ruch at 12th & Porter Tuesday, December 17
Herchel Bailey Band at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Tuesday, December 17
American Red Cross Benefit Show at Anthem Wednesday, December 18
Nick Smith at Whiskey Bent Saloon Wednesday, December 18
Kenzie Wetz at Two Old Hippies Wednesday, December 18
Brendan Benson & Friends at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, December 18
Network After Work at McFadden's Wednesday, December 18
Holiday Concert featuring Bicinium at Nashville Public Library Wednesday, December 18
John Tesh Big Band Christmas at War Memorial Auditorium Wednesday, December 18
A Tribute to Jeff Beck at Mercy Lounge Thursday, December 19
Christmas with Amy Grant & Vince Gill at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, December 19 - Saturday, December 21
Music at the Frist: Ryan Coleman at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, December 19
The Celebration of Elves 2013 at 3rd and Lindsley Thursday, December 19
A Steel Magnolia Christmas at Wildhorse Saloon Thursday, December 19
Under Great Lights Holiday Party at 12th & Porter Thursday, December 19
Karnevil Masquerade at Kocktails & Kouture Thursday, December 19
Christmas Special with Stacy Mitchhart and Miss Jackie Wilson at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Friday, December 20
Sarah Montgomery Band at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Friday, December 20
Joseph Wooten's Christmas and Birthday Show at 3rd and Lindsley Friday, December 20
Opry at the Ryman featuring Radney Foster, Del McCoury Band and more at Ryman Auditorium Friday, December 20
12th and Porter Holiday Party at 12th & Porter Friday, December 20
David Starr at Two Old Hippies Friday, December 20
Christmas Confession at St. Mary's Catholic Church Friday, December 20
Nashville Saves Christmas: A Celebration of Local Music for Charity at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Saturday, December 21
Opry at the Ryman featuring Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and more at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, December 21
Sweet Dreams and Holiday Cheer with Mandy Barnett at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, December 21
Cash Country Christmas at The Johnny Cash Museum Saturday, December 21
Holiday Concert: The Providence Consort at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Saturday, December 21
Nashville Predators vs. Montreal Canadiens at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, December 21
Tree House Music Group Holiday Concert at Two Old Hippies Saturday, December 21
Mike Farris's Most Amazing Christmas at 3rd and Lindsley Saturday, December 21
Christmas Caroling at St. Mary's Catholic Church Sunday, December 22
A Holiday Music Experience with KEM & Friends at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Sunday, December 22
Holiday Film Screening: Country Christmas in the Canadian Rockies at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, December 22
Andy Davis & Friends Christmas Show at 3rd and Lindsley Sunday, December 22
Nashville Predators vs. Boston Bruins at Bridgestone Arena Monday, December 23
New Year's Eve Events
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Large groups and events (300+ attendees) that are downtown December 11 - 25, 2013 include the Tennessee Law Institute Review (600, December 11 - 13). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.