Holiday Events in Nashville!

There is something about the holidays that just beckons you back to a simpler time of family, candy canes, Christmas trees and lights. Lots of lights! No matter what or how you celebrate, it is hard not to soften up a bit and have a bit of a twinkle in your eye as you gaze upon Christmas, holiday, and Hanukah lights. (Whatever you call them, they are mystical!)

 

Nashville knows how to celebrate, so it is no surprise that it knows how to put on a holiday show. Here is a list of where to see lights in and around Nashville.

 

About a half hour out of Nashville, you will find the Festival of Lights in Lebanon, TN, hosted by the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. The Festival of Lights is a driving tour that takes you through a dazzling display of lights and animation. Drive through a magical wonderland through Fiddlers Grove each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in December.

 

How about 750,000 lights to brighten your holidays this season? Cheekwood Arts and Gardens is hosting a Holiday Lights exhibit in the Mansion and into the beautiful gardens. Enjoy Holiday Carolers, live reindeer, twinkling lights and s’more pits. Eat at the Pineapple Room Restaurant, purchase cookies at the sweets shop or stop in for hot toddies on your stroll. Hours are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through January 3, but they are closed on Christmas Day. Buy your tickets online here.

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If 750,000 lights aren’t enough to get you in the holiday spirit, what about 2 million? Yes, you read right: Opryland Hotel and Resort turns into a magical wonderland each year with over 2.3 million lights inside and out, holiday decorations and fun activities for kids of all ages.  A Country Christmas will run from November 20 through January 2, 2016, and it’s free to visit.

 

While you are there, you can partake in Carriage Rides, ICE® with over 2 million blocks of ice, ice skating, Arctic Plunge Snow Tubing and so much more. The viewing of the lights are free other activities cost admissions or other fees.

 

Drive by or visit the State Capitol on 600 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN to see the 80-foot Christmas tree.

 

Enjoy the holiday and the magic of the lights of the season.

Where to Shop for the Holidays in Nashville

There are so many retailers and online stores vying for your holiday business, but before you click or head down to a crowded mall, why not shop Nashville? Support local shops and artisans and send unique gifts this season with these holiday shopping ideas.

Nashville Jam Company is located a half hour out of Nashville in Old Hickory and sells all natural jams and jellies using locally sourced fruits and vegetables, citrus and sugar. If you don’t feel like driving out to Old Hickory, you can pick up a jar at Acme Feed, Batch Nashville (at the Nashville Farmer’s Market), Green Door Market and White’s Mercantile.

Handmade goods crafted by local artisans are available at the Sawtooth Print Shop at its print shop located at 604 Gallatin Avenue South, #215, Nashville, TN. Sawtooth will be hosting a Holiday Pop Up from 10 a.m. Saturday, November 28, through 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. You will find unique gifts, art prints, greeting cards, jewelry, ceramics, printed hand towels, clothing and more.

While you are in East Nashville, why not stop in to the Treehouse for lunch or Little Octopus? Both are delightfully tasty, and Little Octopus is open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday, too.

Another local spot where you can shop and eat is the Southernaire Market. Located at 150 3rd Avenue, this shop carries apparel, beer soap, groceries, baskets and other unique gifts. While you are there shopping for holiday gifts, why not pick up ingredients for dinner? Choose from fresh produce, a butcher shop full of fresh meat and seafood, or to-go sushi!

If shopping makes you hungry, stop by The Southern Steak & Oyster next door, too!

Since you’re in the neighborhood, how can you resist the Goo Goo Shop? If you haven’t tried Goo Goo clusters you really can’t claim to be a true Nashvillian. Since 1912 Nashville has been home to one of the first and best candies in the nation. The original cluster is made with real milk chocolate, caramel, peanuts and marshmallow nougat, but The Goo Goo Shop sells a variety of clusters and Goo Goo gifts and apparel. These are true Nashville originals.

While you are in the area, check out Two Old Hippies located at 401 12th Ave South in Nashville. This boutique shop has an eclectic mix of apparel for women and men, unique jewelry, textiles, artwork and crafts.

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of cranberries. Maybe it’s that jellied cranberry from a can, or maybe your family has a famous cranberry and orange relish recipe that shows up on the table, or maybe it’s a cranberry martini. No matter what, cranberries in some form or another show up each year on your Thanksgiving table., so why not add cranberries as part of your Thanksgiving decorating? Here are some great ideas.

Create a centerpiece using a glass vase (or Mason jar), some store-bought flowers and fresh cranberries. Set the arrangement in the center of your table or serving area.

Use martini glasses, fresh cranberries and floating candles to make a decorative arrangement. Arrange the martini glasses on your table.                                           

Create decorative floating candles using tall, inexpensive glass vases. Fill with orange slices and cranberries, then add a small floating candle. Not only is this decoration attractive, when the water gets warm, the scent of oranges and cranberries fill the air.

 

Kumquats, cranberries and walnut or chestnuts placed in a large glass vase with a votive candle (put the candle in a small glass votive holder for safety reasons) make a cheerful center piece for your dining or buffet table.

 

 

 

Ultimate Guide to Halloween in Nashville

It’s almost here, that most magical time of the year – not that holiday, HALLOWEEN! And this year it falls on a weekend, so that means Halloween in Nashville will be more fun than ever.

Here is a list of Halloween parties, mazes and haunts …

Nashville’s Hottest Halloween Parties

This coming Saturday check out Spellbound on M Street at the Rosewall. From 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. you will be mesmerized by aerialists, dancers and the area’s hottest DJs keeping the party going long after the bewitching hour. There will be drink specials, multiple bars, dancing and a costume contest, so grab your friends (groups of five or more get a discount) and have a blast.

Get more information or purchase tickets online. 

You’ll find four floors of haunted madness at Acme’s Halloween Haunted House Party! This Saturday check out Nashville’s biggest Halloween party from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be dancing, music, drink specials, a photo booth and more.

Each floor has its own haunted happenings:

  • 1st Floor – Funky Monster mash
  • 2nd Floor – Haunted Social Lounge
  • 3rd Floor – Sister Sprouse & Suprise Guests
  • Rooftop – Rise from the Dead with Acme Radio.

Presale tickets are sold out, but get there early for tickets at the door.

Combine Halloween fun with FREE and you have Rippy’s on Broadway’s 4th Annual Halloween party this Saturday starting at 10 p.m.

This is Nashville’s Hottest Dance Party with DJ Cru, killer Fireball drink specials, no cover and a cash prize costume contest. Don’t miss this annual Halloween tradition, located at 429 Broad Street in downtown Nashville.