Take a holiday carriage ride in Hillsboro Village, check out the Nashville Christmas Parade: 4 things to do this weekend in Southwest Nashville, Dec. 6-8

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See a performance of 'The Nutcracker'

Dec. 6-8

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. mininutcracker.brownpapertickets.com

Catch some candy at the Nashville Christmas Parade

Dec. 6

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. 8:30 a.m. Free-$50 (for reserved seating). Brandon Street and 1st Avenue North to Broadway and Eighth Avenue North, Nashville. 615-872-2452. www.nashvillechristmasparade.com

Get in the holiday spirit in Hillsboro Village

Dec. 7

The Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood Association is hosting the group’s eighth annual Holiday in Hillsboro Village with horse-drawn carriage rides, trolley tours and other activities planned throughout the neighborhood. Proceeds support annual events hosted by the association as well as amenities for Fannie Mae Dees Park and other neighborhood projects, according to HWEN. 4-7 p.m. $15-$175. Nashville First Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2800 Blair Blvd., Nashville (carriage rides), corner of 24th and Belcourt Ave., Nashville. (trolley rides). www.hwen.org

Enjoy a dog-friendly day at Cheekwood

Dec. 8

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens is hosting a pet-friendly event for visitors who want to take their dogs to the 55-acre botanical garden. Pet photos are included in the price of general admission. Pets are required to be on a leash, according to event organizers. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $15-$22. Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 615-356-8000. www.cheekwood.org


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