» We’ll Be Home for Christmas, Nashville…

Looks like our family will be spending the holidays at home in Nashville this year. We love staying home with no rigid schedules (and no school lunches to pack!) during the winter break but I’m already planning some ways for us to get out and have some fun. Here are a list of events we are looking forward to and making plans to attend in December and others in January that will be gifted to our kiddos.


This is quickly becoming a Christmas tradition date for Calvin and I. Dave Barnes will perform holiday favorites old and new, including “Christmas Tonight,” “All I Want for Christmas is You,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and more. Dave always invites very special guests each time (Hillary Scott last year!) which makes the show unique and fun from year to year. Last year’s concert sold quickly so be sure to get your tickets early!

Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets available at NashvilleSymphony.org

Our family spent the day in Nashville last year, anchored by this great performance! Nashville’s version of the timeless holiday classic returns for the ninth consecutive year, with more than 200 dancers per performance taking audiences on a fantastic journey through a dreamland filled with beloved characters.

Photo: Karyn Photography
Photo: Karyn Photography

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 held at TPAC’s Jackson Hall for fourteen performances:

  • Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, December 23, 2016 at 2 p.m.

Tickets available at NashvilleBallet.com



Our boys had a great time at their first Predators game last year especially since the Preds took the win! They enjoyed the food, the chants, and the crazy fans. Liam loved singing (and shaking it to) Tim McGraw’s “I like it I love it” every time the home team scored.


Hopefully we can catch another game before 2017:

Dec. 3 – New Jersey
Dec. 4 – Philadelphia
Dec. 6 – Colorado
Dec. 13 – St. Louis
Dec. 15 – Minnesota
Dec. 17 – NY Rangers
Dec. 22 – Los Angeles
Dec. 27 – Minnesota
Dec. 29 – Chicago

Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone w/ the Nashville Symphony

We have a third grader who loves Harry Potter. He even has a group of friends assigned to different characters of the book series. This show isn’t until January but would be a great gift for any Harry Potter fan, young and old.

Relive all the thrills and excitement of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with the Nashville Symphony performing John Williams’ exuberant score live. Get ready to experience the film in glorious HD at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

January 5-7th, tickets available at Nashville Symphony

5. PAW Patrol Live!

For you preschool parents, here’s a gift that will make fun memories for your child and won’t appear in the Goodwill box a month later. PAW Patrol is on a roll with the first ever live tour! The tour will stop at TPAC’s Jackson Hall on January 21-22, ticket’s available at TPAC’s website.


Disclaimer: We have been in contact with these events and have received tickets to review some of these events. As always, the opinions are my own.

About the author


Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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