1. Nashvilleâ€™s Nutcracker by the Nashville Ballet
Now in its 11th year, â€œNashvilleâ€™s Nutcrackerâ€ weaves the classic tale with cleaver nods to Nashvilleâ€™s past and present. The family-friendly performance follows young Claraâ€™s journey with beloved characters like Uncle Drosselmeyer, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King and the Nutcracker. The Nashville Ballet tradition
When:Â Dec.1-23, select dates and times
Where:Â Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick St.
2. Ice skating and snow tubing at Gaylord Opryland
Gaylord Opryland, a known holiday destination for locals and tourists alike, features more than three million lights each year, along with a host of activities like a 7,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink, a five-lane tubing hill covered in 1.5 million pounds of real snow, a â€œDr. Seussâ€™ How the Grinch Stole Christmasâ€ themed ice sculpture show and more.
When: Nov. 9-Jan. 1
Where: Gaylord Opryland, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville
Price: Activity prices vary
3. Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood
Along with one million lights that illuminate the mile-long walking path, Cheekwood goes all out with live reindeer, a sâ€™mores pit, gingerbread workshops, carolers and other activities. Holiday LIGHTS is a timed-ticketed event with two evening time slots available. Arrivals begin at 5 p.m. and run until 7 p.m. with late evening arrivals beginning at 7 p.m. running until 9 p.m.
When: Nov. 23-Dec. 30, Daily
Where: Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Drive
Price: Adults, $22; Ages 3-17, $17; Children 2 and under, free; members receive $5 discount
4. Rudolphâ€™s Red Nose Run
Leading up to the annual parade is Rudolphâ€™s Red Nose Run, Nashvilleâ€™s most festival 5k. Organizers encourage runners, walkers and joggers of all abilities to wear their best holiday apparel and stick around for a costume contest. The race benefits NeedLink Nashvilleâ€™s heating and housing programs that keep hundreds of Nashville families and seniors warm each winter.
When:Â Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 a.m.
Where:Â Riverfront Landing Area at Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville
Price:Â $30 per participant
5. The 65th annual Nashville Christmas Parade
Nashvilleâ€™s annual Christmas parade returns this year with custom floats, balloons and an appearance by Santa, along with performances by LeAnn Rimes, Craig Wayne Boyd, Melinda Doolittle and many others.
When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Parade begins at First Ave. N and Brandon St. and ends at 8th Ave. N and Broadway
6. Porter Flea Holiday Market
The Porter Flea Holiday Market is an indoor holiday shopping opportunity with vendors selling apparel, accessories, home goods, furniture, jewelry and more. The annual pop-up event brings together some of Nashvilleâ€™s best independent artists, designers and artisans.
When: Friday, Dec. 7, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: The Fairgrounds Nashville, 625 Smith Ave, Nashville
Price: $25 for Dec. 7 preview event; free admission on Dec. 8Â