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. The year of less is slowly turning into a lifestyle of less. Our family is spending another December at home (for the third year in a row) 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.
The Schermerhorn is a breathtaking venue that feels special no matter what you’re there for. For the last couple of years, we’ve attended Dave Barnes’ Christmas show, which we highly recommend. This year we’ll be going to Home Alone in Concert (performing on 12/5 and 12/6)! Experience John Williams’ delightful score performed live (by the Nashville Symphony and Nashville Symphony Chorus) while the movie is shown on the big screen.
We’re also excited about a Very Merry Christmas with Dave Barnes (12/2), Drew and Ellie Holcomb’s Neighborly Christmas (12/17 and 12/22), and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Big Band Holidays with Wynton Marsalis (12/7). Also Handel’s Messiah (four performances to choose from), which has really become an annual holiday tradition for many families.
Full schedule and tickets available at NashvilleSymphony.org
2. NASHVILLE’S NUTCRACKER
Nashville Ballet has performed Nashville’s Nutcracker for over 10 years. This has become a huge tradition for families, with fifteen performances to choose from. Our (young) family especially loves the early afternoon show so that we can grab dinner at Milk & Honey after the show!
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 will be at TPAC’s Jackson Hall for fifteen (15) performances:
- Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 1 p.m.
- Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
- Friday, December 21, 2018 at 2 p.m.
- Friday, December 21, 2018 at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 1 p.m.
- Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets available at NashvilleBallet.com
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
If your kids can’t get enough of the Marvel movies or too young to watch them, this live performance might be a fit for your family. Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial maneuvers, pyrotechnics, martial arts, motorcycles stunts, and vast video projection in this completely new thrilling adventure.
Seven shows available from December 6-9. Click here for tickets
If you’re home but willing to drive a few hours, Dollywood should always be in consideration! Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas featuring Glacier Ridge is the most beautiful holiday addition yet. There’s no better way to spend your holiday season, and there’s no place quite as uniquely beautiful as Dollywood.