Nashville has a lot to offer when it comes to the year of less. If you haven’t been following along, 2017 for our family has the been the start of attempting to buy less stuff, but instead have more experiences together together. Our family has spent the last few Decembers at home and we’ve found lots to look forward to in doing so. Here are a list of events we are especially making plans to attend in December.
1. SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER
The Schermerhorn is a breathtaking venue that feels special no matter what you’re there for. Dave Barnes’ Christmas show has quickly becoming a Christmas tradition for Calvin and I, but there’s definitely some others worth checking out. Make sure you view the Schermerhorn’s upcoming schedule.
We’re most excited about A Johnnyswim Christmas (12/8), Drew and Ellie Holcomb’s Neighborly Christmas (12/10), and a Very Merry Christmas with Dave Barnes (12/18). Also Handel’s Messiah, which has really become an annual holiday tradition for (four performances to choose from) for many families.
Full schedule and tickets available at NashvilleSymphony.org
2. NASHVILLE’S NUTCRACKER
Nashville Ballet is celebrating 10 years of Nashville’s Nutcracker December 2-23, 2017, at TPAC’s Jackson Hall with all-new magical elements to mark the occasion. Our family spent the day in Nashville last year, anchored by this great performance! If this has also become an annual tradition for your family, your kids will be surprised by a few new elements this year in celebration of its 10th year, including snow falling in the audience during the snow scene!
Visit magical lands with the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King, the Nutcracker, the Dancing Bear and many historic characters from Nashville’s past.
Nashville’s Nutcracker at TPAC’s Jackson Hall has grown to 16 performances:
- Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2 p.m.
- Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 1 p.m.
- Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 2 p.m.
- Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 7 p.m.
- Friday, December 22, 2017 at 2 p.m.
- Friday, December 22, 2017 at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Tickets available at NashvilleBallet.com
3. NASHVILLE PREDATORS
The only cold temperature we enjoy is from the Nashville Predators ice. Our kids love hockey when it comes to the food, the chants, and the crazy fans. Liam still loves singing (and shaking it to) Tim McGraw’s “I like it I love it” every time the home team scores.
There are plenty of home games in December to check out. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com
4. Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas
Nashville friends, looking to do a staycation? Look no further. In addition to the expected 3 million holiday lights and 48-foot tall Christmas tree, Gaylord Opryland will be hosting a brand new Broadway show for its 34th annual “A Country Christmas.” Cirque Dreams Holidaze will showcase 20 acts and feature original music and seasonal favorites at the Grand Ole Opry.
This year’s theme for the ICE! attraction is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The exhibit will include 2 million pounds of ice sculptures completed by 40 master artisans.
Opryland will also host an outdoor snow tubing hill covered in 1.5 million pounds of real snow.
“A Country Christmas” runs from Nov. 10 through Jan. 1. Click here for more information.