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Thursday, December 16, begins the Garth Brooks series of nine flood benefit concerts! There are three double-show nights on Thursday, December 16 (7 pm and 10 pm), Tuesday, December 21 (6 pm and 9 pm) and Wednesday, December 22 (6 pm and 9 pm). There are also two show nights of the anticipated Amy Grant and Vince Gill concert at the Ryman Auditorium, on December 21 and 22, both at 7:30 pm. In light of the exciting events, please make your evening plans accordingly. Come downtown early, park cheap with BEEP, and enjoy some dinner, shopping, and all that Nashville has to offer during the holiday season!
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Events This Week
THROUGH SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, SHOW TIMES VARY BY DATE
LOCATION: TPAC - TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER $42.50 - $47.50
The Tennessee Repertory Theater presents A Christmas Story. 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 Rider carbine-action, 200 shot range-model air rifle. This irresistible piece of Americana is guaranteed to warm the heart and tickle the funny bone.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 7:30 PM
LOCATION: CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL $20 SUGGESTED DONATION
This concert benefits Room in the Inn, and features several renowned local artists including Emmylous Harris, Buddy Miller, Music City Baroque, Duffy Jackson Big Band, Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, Vinnie Vidivici, and more. Hosted by Dave Pomeroy with Don Henry, and always includes special mystery guests each year. Seating is first come, first serve.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16 - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 7 PM ON THURSDAY, 8 PM ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
LOCATION: WAR MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM $35 - $70
The Nashville Symphony and Chorus ring in the holiday season with their annual performance of Handel's brilliant oratorio Messiah.
Nashville in Harmony celebrates the holiday season with the 100 expertly blended voices of Music City's premier city chorus for a delightful program - served with a twist. From current pop charts, favorite TV specials and the silver screen, along with warm seasonal favorites, Nashville in Harmony has something for everyone.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 7 PM, 10 PM
LOCATION: BRIDGESTONE ARENA $27.50
The first of nine flood benefit concerts that Garth Brooks will perform over the course of six days. The concert series has sold over 140,000 tickets, raising more than 3.5 million dollars for victims of Nashville's historic May 2010 flood. All proceeds are going to the Community Foundation Tennessee Flood Relief.
The second of four musical showcases for the television taping of the PBS series, Jammin' at Hippie Jack's. Featuring renowned singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard. During intermission, visitors will be able to tour the museum's galleries. Free snacks and beverages (including beer and wine) will be available.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 6 PM - 8 PM
Shop "under the stars" at the Night Market! Enjoy shopping, wine from the cash bar, warm beverages from merchants, live music, free samples, and much more. Night Market will be inside the Market House, with almost all restaurants and shops open, and the outside merchants will move inside for the evening fun as well!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 4 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: DOWNTOWN YMCA FREE
The Urban Services Youth Development Center is hosting the first annual Rock The Bells Holiday Extravaganza at the Downtown YMCA. A full day of activities including games, face painting, pictures with Santa, and holiday treats.
The Sanctuary Choir and the Nashville String Machine will share majestic music of the season. Exquisite arrangements of familiar carols and holiday classics filled with the joyous sounds of Christmas. Complimentary parking available in the church's parking lots.
Join your downtown neighbors for drinks and complimentary appetizers. New members and friends are invited! Attendees can check out the new Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
Seussical at Nashville Children's Theatre Through Sunday, December 19
A Christmas Story at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Through Saturday, December 18
Trailer City Jail's Christmas Jamboree at Miss Jeanne's Dinner Theatre Through Sunday, December 19
Nashville Ballet presents The Nutcracker at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Through Sunday, December 19
Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz at Past Perfect Wednesday, December 15
Brasher Bogue Event Series at Hard Rock Cafe Wednesday, December 15
Nashville Predators vs. San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, December 15
Shawn Camp and Friends at Station Inn Wednesday, December 15
The First Noel Christmas Concert at LifeWay Plaza Wednesday, December 15
11th Annual Nashville Unlimited Christmas Concert at Christ Church Cathedral Wednesday, December 15
Gulch Marketplace Holiday Shopping Soiree at ICON Wednesday, December 15
Nashville Symphony presents Handel’s Messiah at War Memorial Auditorium Thursday, December 16 - Saturday, December 18
Twisted Tinsel at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Thursday, December 16
Garth Brooks at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, December 16
Andrew Peterson at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, December 16
Pamela Ward at Wildhorse Saloon Thursday, December 16
Art Making in the Lobby: Crafting a Winter Wonderland at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, December 16
Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue with The McCrary Sisters at Mercy Lounge Thursday, December 16
Jammin' at Hippie Jack's at Tennessee State Museum Friday, December 17
Garth Brooks at Bridgestone Arena Friday, December 17
Opry at the Ryman featuring Eric Church, Jamey Johnson, Del McCoury Band and more at Ryman Auditorium Friday, December 17
Kink Ador at 12th & Porter Friday, December 17
Cinderella at Nashville Public Library Friday, December 17
HiPower Band at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, December 17
Swagger at Mulligan's Irish Pub & Restaurant Friday, December 17
Eric Paslay plus Rose Falcon at 3rd and Lindsley Friday, December 17
A Holiday Night for Human Rights at The Rutledge Friday, December 17
Night Market at Nashville Farmers' Market Friday, December 17
"That's Amore" with Melissa Bollea, Sheree Spoltore, Ben Reno, Cliff Downs at Listening Room Cafe Friday, December 17
Learn to Paint Workshop at O Gallery Saturday, December 18
Songwriter Session: Richie McDonald at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, December 18
Dave Barnes and Drew Holcomb at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, December 18
Opry at the Ryman featuring Steel Magnolia, Marty Stuart, Del McCoury Band and more at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, December 18
Champagne Saturdays Saturday, December 18
Rock The Bells Holiday Extravaganza at Downtown YMCA Saturday, December 18
Off the Wall Abstract at O Gallery Saturday, December 18
Holiday Shoe Party at The Shoe Boutique & Accessories Saturday, December 18
Toys for Tots Christmas Show at Listening Room Cafe Saturday, December 18
Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans at LP Field Sunday, December 19
Afternoon Tea With Santa at The Hermitage Hotel Sunday, December 19
Garth Brooks at Bridgestone Arena Sunday, December 19
The Bart Walker Band at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Sunday, December 19
Carol Candlelight Celebration at First Baptist Nashville Sunday, December 19
A Very British Christmas in honor of the American Appreciation of English Christmas at Mercy Lounge Sunday, December 19
John England & the Western Swingers at Robert's Western World Monday, December 20
Garth Brooks at Bridgestone Arena Monday, December 20
Monday Night Football at Bentley House of Soul Monday, December 20
McKenzies Mill at 12th & Porter Monday, December 20
Senior Monday at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Monday, December 20
Nashville Urban Residents Association Holiday Party at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Monday, December 20
Garth Brooks at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday, December 21
The 12 Days of Christmas: Amy Grant and Vince Gill at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, December 21 - Wednesday, December 22
Freak Like Tennessee at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Tuesday, December 21
Garth Brooks at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, December 22
An Aquavelvet Christmas at 3rd and Lindsley Wednesday, December 22
Freak Like Tennessee at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Wednesday, December 22
Nashville Predators vs. Ottawa Senators at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, December 23
Christmas Party with Rick Huckaby and Friends at 3rd and Lindsley Thursday, December 23
Opry at the Ryman featuring Dailey and Vincent, Holly Williams, Eddy Raven and more at Ryman Auditorium Friday, December 24
Christmas Eve Eucharist at Christ Church Cathedral Friday, December 24
Christmas Eve Service at Downtown Presbyterian Church Friday, December 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Holy Communion Service at First Lutheran Church ELCA Friday, December 24
Christmas Eve Communion at First Baptist Nashville Friday, December 24
Opry at the Ryman with Dailey and Vincent, Emily West, Holly Williams and more at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, December 25
Christmas Day Celebration at Christ Church Cathedral Saturday, December 25
Christmas Day Service at Downtown Presbyterian Church Saturday, December 25
Christmas Day Carols and Holy Communion at First Lutheran Church ELCA Saturday, December 25
John England & the Western Swingers at Robert's Western World Monday, December 27
Usher with Trey Songz and Miguel at Bridgestone Arena Monday, December 27
Monday Night Football at Bentley House of Soul Monday, December 27
Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday, December 28
Dog and Pony at Sambuca Tuesday, December 28
Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz at Past Perfect Wednesday, December 29
Zac Brown Band with special guests The Wood Brothers and Casey Driessen at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, December 29
21 Days of Dashing Downtown Deals!
Don't forget that the 21 Days of Dashing Downtown Deals continues through December 24. Check out the link for a full listing of all the great deals offered in Nashville to take care of your holiday shopping needs! Save time. Save money. Save your weekend!
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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. (Here's a tip: You don't have to attend an Arena event to use this service. However, the free parking is only available on Bridgestone Arena event dates).
Large groups and events that are downtown December 15 - 29 include Campus Outreach Memphis (567, December 27 - 30) and Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (40,000, December 28 - January 1, 2011). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions/.