Tree lighting, 'The Nutcracker' and more: 6 events to add to your calendar in Southwest Nashville

Lipscomb tree lighting
Lipscomb University will hold its 15th annual Lighting on the Green Dec. 3. (Courtesy Lipscomb University)

Lipscomb University will hold its 15th annual Lighting on the Green Dec. 3. (Courtesy Lipscomb University)

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Holiday Lights begins Nov. 23 at Cheekwood. (Courtesy Cheekwood Estate and Gardens)
Nov. 23-Jan. 5

Take the family to see holiday lights

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens will showcase one million lights along a one-mile walking path at this annual holiday event. In addition to the lights on display, the ongoing event features carolers, gingerbread workshops, live reindeer, a s’mores pit and other activities. 5-10 p.m. $10-$22. Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 615-356-8000.

Nov. 28

Go for a run on Thanksgiving Day

Boulevard bolt is a 5-mile charity run and walk along Belle Meade Boulevard in Belle Meade. The race, which is suitable for runners, joggers and walkers, provides grants to more than 50 local organizations and has raised more than $3 million since 1994, according to event organizers. 8 a.m. $40-$70. Race begins on Belle Meade Boulevard near St. George’s Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Pike, Nashville.

Dec. 3

Watch a tree-lighting ceremony

Lipscomb University’s 15th annual Lighting of the Green features a free outdoor concert with Amy Grant and performances from Lipscomb choirs as well as vendors, photos with Santa and the lighting of the university’s Christmas tree. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Lipscomb University, Allen Arena Mall, 4021 Granny White Pike, Nashville. 615-966-1000.

Dec. 3

Learn about global topics

Vanderbilt University’s Fall Lecture Series will conclude with a panel discussion about global issues, featuring science journalist Carl Zimmer; cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker; and Amanda Little, writer-in-residence for Vanderbilt University. Previous speakers include George Takei and Doris Kearns Goodwin. 6:30 p.m. Free. Vanderbilt University, Langford Auditorium, 2209 Garland Ave., Nashville. 615-322-1813.

Dec 6-8

See a performance of ‘The Nutcracker’

See an abbreviated and narrated version of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” presented by the Centennial Youth Ballet. The performance group is a part of the dance division of the Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation Department. 7 p.m. (Fri.), 2 p.m., 7 p.m. (Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sun.). $8-$15. Harpeth Hall School, Frances Bond Davis Auditorium, 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville. 615-862-8439.

Dec. 7

Catch some candy at The Christmas Parade

The 66th Annual Nashville Christmas Parade returns to the downtown streets with balloons, custom floats, musical performances and an appearance by Santa Claus. The parade benefits the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Road closures have not been announced. 8:30 a.m. free-$50 (for reserved seating). Brandon Street and 1st Avenue North to Broadway and 8th Avenue North, Nashville. 615-872-2452.
By Wendy Sturges

A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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