Nashville Downtown Details

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

   

Events This Week

 

89th Annual Waffle Shop

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 11 AM - 2 PM
LOCATION: DOWNTOWN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH $8

A long-running Christmas tradition, the Waffle Shop will serve homemade waffles, turkey hash, Southern grits, linked sausages, spiced tea and coffee. Plus, live music, a silent auction, baked goods sale and gift shop. All proceeds benefit the homeless ministries of the Downtown Presbyterian Church.

 

Holiday Spirits

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 6 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE CITY CLUB FREE

Enjoy holiday-themed cocktails, discounted appetizers, festive music and an impressive view of the city. Plus, bring a winter item for donation to the Martha O'Bryan Center and enter a raffle featuring wine and spirits. The event benefits NextUP Nashville, an organization of young leaders supporting the Martha O'Bryan Center through contributions, service and support. Click here to RSVP.

 

Touchdowns for Tomorrow with Wesley Woodyard & Friends

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 5 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: THE LISTENING ROOM CAFE $65/PERSON; $180 - $240/TEAM OF FOUR

Titans fans and trivia buffs, don't miss Touchdowns for Tomorrow. This unique fundraising event will feature Titans' starting linebacker and defensive captain Wesley Woodyard along with several of his teammates. The grand prize is four tickets to an upcoming Titans game. Plus, the event includes a silent auction to bid on Woodyard and his Titans teammates to join your trivia team. Admission includes appetizers and a dinner buffet. Proceeds benefit 16 Ways FoundationClick here to purchase tickets.

 

34th Annual Rudolph's Red Nose Run

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 6 PM
LOCATION: LP FIELD 5K: $40; DASHER'S DASH: $15

Be a part of one of Nashville's favorite holiday traditions. Approximately 2,000 runners and walkers will light the way along the 5K course for the 61st Annual Nashville Christmas Parade. Plus, a Dasher's Dash for children ages 2 - 6 beginning at 5:15 pm. All participants are encouraged to wear their best holiday costumes. Start and finish line near the south end zone of LP Field. Please note: road closures associated with this event. Closures begin at 4 pm and end at 8 pm on Friday, December 5. Closures include Victory Avenue (Titans Way to South 1st Street), Russell Street (South 1st Street to Woodland Street), Woodland Street Bridge, Union Street (1st Avenue North to 2nd Avenue North), 2nd Avenue North (Union Street to Broadway), Broadway (2nd Avenue to 10th Avenue), 3rd Avenue South (Broadway to Demonbreun) and 1st Avenue South (Broadway to Korean Veterans Boulevard). Click here for the complete route.
 

Metro Christmas Tree Lighting

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 6:30 PM
LOCATION: PUBLIC SQUARE FREE

Mayor Karl Dean will launch Nashville's holiday season by lighting the city's Christmas tree, a 38-foot Norway Spruce. The mayor will flip the switch to the tree and the wreaths decorating the Historic Courthouse and Founders' Tower. Eric Close (Mayor Teddy Conrad on ABC's "Nashville") will join Mayor Dean. Plus, performances by Aubrey Peeples (Layla Grant on "Nashville"), the Nashville Symphony Chorus and Lunch Break (a quartet from the Barbershop Harmony Society). Brenda Lee is also scheduled to make a guest appearance. Hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will be provided by The DISTRICT. The tree lighting kicks off the 61st Annual Nashville Christmas Parade.

 

​61st Annual Nashville Christmas Parade

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 7 PM
LOCATION: PUBLIC SQUARE FREE

The 61st Annual Nashville Christmas Parade celebrates "Sharing the Warmth." The parade boasts more than 80 participants including 23 floats, eight large balloons like the Macy's Parade in NYC and 16 marching bands from across the Southeast filling the streets with magical sounds of the holiday season. Eric Close (Mayor Teddy Conrad on ABC's "Nashville") is the parade's grand marshal. This year's route begins on the Woodland Street Bridge, travels south on 2nd Avenue and marches down Broadway to 9th Avenue. The parade, hosted by Piedmont Natural Gas, will benefit Piedmont's Share the Warmth Round Up program. Please note: road closures associated with this event. Closures include the Woodland Street Bridge, Union Street (1st Avenue North to 3rd Avenue North), 2nd Avenue North (Union Street to Broadway) and Broadway (2nd Avenue to 12th Avenue). Closures begin at 4 pm and are rolling road closures. All roads will re-open by 9 pm.

 

Holiday Concert: The Ukedelics & The Nashville Belles

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FREE

Enjoy two back-to-back holiday performances in the library's courtyard gallery. Nashville’s own ukulele band, The Ukedelics, will perform seasonal favorites from 10:45 am - 11:30 am. The Nashville Belles, an all-female a cappella group, will perform beautiful four-part arrangements of holiday songs from noon - 12:30 pm.

 

Photos with Santa

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 11 AM - 2 PM
LOCATION: COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM FREE

Children of all ages are invited to share their Christmas lists with Santa and pose for a photo. Timed passes are available in 15-minute increments. Museum members may reserve their passes in advance. This event will be offered every Saturday until Christmas.

 

Holiday Concert: The Blair School of Music's Suzuki Strings

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2 PM
LOCATION: FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS FREE

The Blair School of Music's Suzuki Strings will perform songs of the season in an event that has become a holiday tradition at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Enjoy the talents of approximately 50 Blair School of Music’s violin and cello students ages 5 – 13. In addition to traditional carols, the students will perform classical works by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi.

 

It's a Wonderful Life Holiday Benefit

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 5 PM
LOCATION: WAR MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM FREE

This 11th annual holiday gathering will begin with a special viewing of "It's A Wonderful Life" at 5 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. Advanced registration encouraged.

 

First Saturday Art Crawl

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 6 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: 5TH AVENUE OF THE ARTS FREE

Art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings every month. Most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments. The performance platform on 5th Avenue will feature live music by the Free Spirit Gospel Choir. See this month's gallery map. Two free shuttles will circulate the route from 6 pm to 10 pm. Please note: road closure associated with this event. The southbound lane on 5th Avenue North (Church Street to Union Street) will be closed beginning as early as 5 pm and ending as late as 9 pm on Saturday, December 6. Participating galleries in this month's crawl include:
 

40AU
69 Arcade. 615-266-4028. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Andy Anh Ha Gallery
83 Arcade. 615-668-7598. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

The Arts Company
215 Avenue North. 615-254-2040. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

BelArt Gallery
56 Arcade. 615-397-2347. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

Blend Studio
79 Arcade. 615-852-7009. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

COOP
75 Arcade. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Corvidae Collective
11 Arcade. 615-251-1609. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Craig Brabson Fine Art Photography
64A Arcade. 615-308-7751. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Gallery 44
44 Arcade. 615-398-0146. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Hannah Lane Gallery
64 Arcade. 225-315-0221. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Hatch Show Print's Haley Gallery
224 5th Avenue South. 615-577-7711. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

L Gallery
73 Arcade. 615-567-3702. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

Nostos Gallery
58 Arcade. 615-495-1120. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

O Gallery
42 Arcade. 615-416-2537. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

OPEN
57 Arcade. 615-966-6282. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

The Rymer Gallery
233 5th Avenue North. 615-752-6030. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Space
61 Arcade. 615-582-2098. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

Studio 66
66 Arcade. 615-498-3320. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

Tennessee Art League
219 5th Avenue North. 615-736-5000. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Tinney Contemporary
237 5th Avenue North. 615-255-7816. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

UltraViolet Gallery
59 Arcade. 615-521-2632. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

WAG
77 Arcade. 615-383-4848. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

Plus, Karma (302 Church Street) will be open until 10 pm with 25% off clothing, free refreshments and "Monsters of Nashville" screen prints on display by artist Olivia Frankenstein.

 

Nashville's Nutcracker

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, SHOW TIMES VARY BY DATE
LOCATION: TPAC - TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER $28 - $92

Nashville's own version of this timeless holiday classic tells the tale of Clara, a young girl who goes on a fantastic journey with the help of her magical uncle Drosselmeyer. Approximately 200 dancers perform to the famous music of Tchaikovsky, introducing audiences to beloved characters such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King, the Nutcracker, the Dancing Bear and historic characters from Nashville's past.

 

Christmas at First Baptist Nashville

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 6 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: FIRST BAPTIST NASHVILLE FREE

First Baptist Nashville is ushering in the Christmas season beginning Sunday, December 7. This year's theme is "He Shall Be Called." The evening will feature the Children's, Youth and Sanctuary Choirs along with the Sanctuary Orchestra. Plus, visual interpretations and dramatic readings will accompany the music of the season. The service will be tailored in the tradition of the "Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols."

 

Merry Mercy Christmas Benefit

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, RECEPTION: 6 PM; DINNER: 7 PM
LOCATION: OMNI NASHVILLE HOTEL $125/PERSON ($60 TAX DEDUCTIBLE)

The event will begin with a reception and silent auction featuring travel packages, sports memorabilia, jewelry and artwork. A gourmet dinner will follow including entertainment from recording artist, songwriter and "American Idol" finalist Danny Gokey and singer/songwriter Dana Glover. The evening will also feature a special message from Nancy Alcorn, founder and president of Mercy Ministries, as well as stories of transformation from Mercy graduates. Click here to purchase tickets in advance.

 

Salon@615: Richard Ford

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FREE

Pulitzer Prize Award-winning author Richard Ford will discuss his latest work, "Let Me Be Frank With You: A Frank Bascombe Book." The book continues the story of Ford's celebrated character Frank Bascombe and his take on American life from the '80s into the 21st century. A book signing will follow.

 

Holiday Bridal Mixer

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 6 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: WEDDING 101 FREE

Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, sweet treats and a chance to mingle with some of Nashville's best wedding vendors. Cocktail attire preferred. Interested attendees may bring a guest. RSVP by Thursday, December 4 to attend.

 

 

Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville

Christmas for the Kids at The Listening Room Cafe Wednesday, December 3

Amy Grant & Vince Gill: Christmas at the Ryman at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, December 3 - Thursday, December 18

Shakin' the Shack at Party Fowl Wednesday, December 3

MP&F Speaker Series: A Conversation with Andrew Maraniss & Perry Wallace at Nashville Public Library Wednesday, December 3

Howie Day at 3rd and Lindsley Wednesday, December 3

Justin Kalk Orchestra at Mercy Lounge Wednesday, December 3

The Great Affairs at The Rutledge Thursday, December 4

B.B. King All-Stars at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Thursday, December 4

Welcome to Nashville Showcase at Silver Dollar Saloon Thursday, December 4

Eric Nicholas at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Thursday, December 4

Matt McAtee & The Eventuals at Sambuca Thursday, December 4

Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, December 4

Art-Making in the Lobby: Construct Like Kandinsky at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, December 4

Michael W. Smith: The Spirit of Christmas at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, December 4

Kaela Kinney at Two Old Hippies Thursday, December 4

Painting Class: Perfume and Pearls at Sips 'n Strokes Thursday, December 4

Funky Good Time at Acme Feed & Seed Friday, December 5

Lightning 100's Artist of the Week at 12th & Porter Friday, December 5

Justine Blazer at Bootleggers Inn Friday, December 5

Emoni Wilkins at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Friday, December 5

Larry Frick at Wildhorse Saloon Friday, December 5 - Sunday, December 7

Coffee, Country, Cody & Christmas at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Friday, December 5

Brantley Gilbert at Bridgestone Arena Friday, December 5

102.9 The Buzz's Swanky Sweater Christmas Jam at War Memorial Auditorium Friday, December 5

Music at the Frist: The Contrarian Ensemble at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, December 5

R. Kelly at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Friday, December 5

The Manhattan Transfer Swings Christmas at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, December 5

Cinderella at Nashville Public Library Friday, December 5

Opry at the Ryman: Gene Watson, The SteelDrivers, Janelle Arthur and more at Ryman Auditorium Friday, December 5

K. Michelle at Anthem Friday, December 5

18th Annual Bill Monroe Appreciation Night at Station Inn Saturday, December 6

Sol Invictus: Opening Reception at Corvidae Collective Saturday, December 6

College Football Saturdays at Pour House Nashville: Burgers, Bourbon and Brews Saturday, December 6

The Get Togethers' Tacky Christmas Sweater Get Together at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Saturday, December 6

Michael Scott at Whiskey Bent Saloon Saturday, December 6

Christmas for the Soul: St. Jude Benefit at The Listening Room Cafe Saturday, December 6

James and the Giant Peach at Nashville Children's Theatre Saturday, December 6 - Sunday, December 14

Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, December 6

Deck the Hall Concert with Gene Watson at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, December 6

iHeart the Holidays at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, December 6

Olivia Frances at Two Old Hippies Saturday, December 6

Opry at the Ryman: Chaley Rose, Darryl Worley, Mel Tillis and more at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, December 6

Christmas Movie Night: Home Alone at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Saturday, December 6

Amahl and the Night Visitors at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Saturday, December 6

Eight to Five Jive at Acme Feed & Seed Sunday, December 7

J. Curly Speegle at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Sunday, December 7

Jutt Huffman at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Sunday, December 7

Jesse Cain at Silver Dollar Saloon Sunday, December 7

The Dean Martinis at Sambuca Sunday, December 7

Tennessee Titans vs. New York Giants at LP Field Sunday, December 7

Family Program: Letterpress Holiday Prints at Hatch Show Print Sunday, December 7

Family Program: Country Cookie Decorating at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, December 7

A Very Merry Christmas with Dave Barnes at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Sunday, December 7

Sugar & The Hi Lows with Sam Palladio at 3rd and Lindsley Sunday, December 7

New Monday with Val Storey at Station Inn Monday, December 8

The Black Keys at Bridgestone Arena Monday, December 8

Anthony Hamilton: Home for the Holidays at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Monday, December 8

Holiday Photo Editing at Nashville Public Library Monday, December 8

The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks Extravaganza at Ryman Auditorium Monday, December 8

Painting Class: 3rd Birthday Celebration at Sips 'n Strokes Monday, December 8

8 off 8th: Jingle Ball at Mercy Lounge Monday, December 8

Derek St. Holmes at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Tuesday, December 9

Phil Vaught at Wildhorse Saloon Tuesday, December 9

The Doyle & Debbie Show at Station Inn Tuesday, December 9

Jim Brickman: On a Winter's Night at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Tuesday, December 9

Story Time at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, December 9

Opry at the Ryman: Dustin Lynch, Lindsay Ell, Anna Wilson and more at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, December 9

Hoodie Allen with Chiddy Bang & Taylor Bennett at Anthem Tuesday, December 9

Plexnation at Whiskey Bent Saloon Wednesday, December 10

Radio Romance at The Listening Room Cafe Wednesday, December 10

Steve Dorian at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Wednesday, December 10

Green River Ordinance Holiday Concert at 12th & Porter Wednesday, December 10

Painting Class: Santa and Reindeer at Sips 'n Strokes Wednesday, December 10

Live Band Karaoke at Hard Rock Cafe Wednesday, December 10

The Cocktails at Sambuca Wednesday, December 10

Under the Mistletoe: Christmas Comedy Fundraiser at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Wednesday, December 10

Night Rancher at Bootleggers Inn Thursday, December 11

Tony Bennett at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, December 11 - Friday, December 12

Trace Adkins' Christmas Show at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Thursday, December 11 - Friday, December 12

T-Ran Gilbert at 12th & Porter Thursday, December 11

Holiday Concert: Bicinium at Nashville Public Library Thursday, December 11

Mike McQuaid & Friends at Two Old Hippies Thursday, December 11

RAW Nashville Presents Holiday RAWk at Cannery Ballroom Thursday, December 11

Communion Nashville December Club Night at Mercy Lounge Thursday, December 11

Brian Ashley Jones at Sambuca Thursday, December 11

Scott Skittle Johnson at Silver Dollar Saloon Friday, December 12

Amber's Drive at The Listening Room Cafe Friday, December 12

Harpeth Hill at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Friday, December 12

Tour & Concert: Legendary Holiday at Historic RCA Studio B at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Friday, December 12 - Sunday, December 14

Marvel Universe Live! at Bridgestone Arena Friday, December 12 - Sunday, December 14

Wait for the Ricochet at 12th & Porter Friday, December 12

Nashville Bluegrass Band Christmas Ham Giveaway at Station Inn Friday, December 12

Art After Dark at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, December 12

Opry at the Ryman: Dierks Bentley, Marty Stuart, Joe Diffie and more at Ryman Auditorium Friday, December 12

Sam Hunter at Two Old Hippies Friday, December 12

Rave of Thrones at Anthem Friday, December 12

Painting Class: Funky Wreath at Sips 'n Strokes Friday, December 12

Parents' Night Out at First Baptist Nashville Friday, December 12

Relient K at Cannery Ballroom Friday, December 12

Bridgette Tatum & Blue Mother Tupelo at The Listening Room Cafe Saturday, December 13

Studio Workshop: Color and Kandinsky at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Saturday, December 13 - Sunday, December 14

Brother Trouble at Wildhorse Saloon Saturday, December 13

The Grascals at Station Inn Saturday, December 13

Music City Christmas Run at Public Square Saturday, December 13

Opry at the Ryman: Kacey Musgraves, Emmylou Harris, Kree Harrison and more at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, December 13

Oz Noy at 3rd and Lindsley Saturday, December 13

Krista Angelucci at Two Old Hippies Saturday, December 13

Soiree Saturdays at Anthem Saturday, December 13

Kopecky Family Band at Mercy Lounge Saturday, December 13

Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Saturday, December 13

Tom Bullard at Whiskey Bent Saloon Sunday, December 14

Harold Allen at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Sunday, December 14

Homeless Benefit for Room in the Inn at Station Inn Sunday, December 14

Patton James & The Synchromatics at Sambuca Sunday, December 14

Tennessee Titans vs. New York Jets at LP Field Sunday, December 14

The Head and the Heart at Ryman Auditorium Sunday, December 14

Christmas with the Cast of "Nashville" at 3rd and Lindsley Sunday, December 14

Click here to see a complete calendar of all events happening in downtown Nashville!

Music City Star for Christmas Parade
The Music City Star is a great alternative to beat the traffic and parking for the 61st Annual Nashville Christmas Parade on Friday, December 5. Advance tickets range from $1.70 - $5 per person. Click here for route and time information.
Free Frist Admission with Food Donations
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts will offer free admission to guests bringing non-perishable food items to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee through December 31, 2014. The items most needed by Second Harvest this year are peanut butter, canned chicken or tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta and cereal.

Convention Update

Large groups and events (500+ attendees) that are downtown December 3 - 17, 2014 include Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (4,500, December 3 - 10), Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors (1,000, December 4 - 6), American Country Countdown Awards (6,000, December 7 - 16), American College of Surgeons (1,000, December 11 - 13), Hunt Brothers Pizza (500, December 11 - 13), Symposium of Cochlear Implants in Children (1,000, December 11 - 13), Med-El Corporation (900, December 11 - 14) and Corporation of the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1,300, December 14). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.

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