Kick Off the Season in Style

If looking for inspiration or simply general merriment, the Nashville area has no shortage of amazing events to behold. Following are a few favorites.

The Third Annual Festival of Trees

Though a real feast for the eyes, the Festival of Trees offers much more than elaborate tree decor. Thanks to the collaboration of The Arc Williamson County, The Arc Davidson County and Greater Nashville, visitors enjoy live music and a silent auction, as well as the offerings of delicious bites and a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased on and include one drink ticket per guest. Join in the fun this year on Dec. 5 from 5–7 p.m.


This year’s Franktown’s Festival of Lights debuts Santa’s Village as an interactive wonderland with holiday activities, hot drinks, cookies and amusement favorites, such as a Ferris wheel and carousel, a petting zoo complete with camel rides for kids, and, of course, Santa! To purchase tickets or for more information, visit

Upgrade the Nutcracker experience! In exchange for a tax-deductible donation to Nashville Ballet, choose from a variety of exciting and exclusive add-on benefits, such as a signature Nutcracker doll or a behind-the-scenes tour of the Land of Sweets. It’s the perfect opportunity during the season of giving.

For more information about Christmas Tree Lighting in the Square, visit

01/Franktown Festival of Lights

Franktown’s second annual Festival of Lights is a shining spectacular that stretches over a mile, boasting 200-plus light displays, including work by Brentwood’s only Luther Tanley of Lumenate. Experience Franklin’s brightest drive-thru light show each night until Dec. 28 between the hours of 6–10 p.m.

02/Nashville’s Nutcracker

The holiday favorite returns to TPAC’s Jackson Hall for 15 performances from Dec. 7–23. Join Clara and her magical friends on a journey through a spectacular dreamland. The Nashville Symphony performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. For tickets, visit

03/66th Annual Nashville Christmas Parade

This Christmas parade is on Dec. 7. Since 1927, this free-to-all affair incorporates floats, musical guests, dancers and musicians for an experience down Broadway that only comes once a year. The parade begins at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of North First Avenue and Brandon Street, so arrive early (with bells on) to secure viewing spots!

04/Christmas Tree Lighting in the Square

On Dec. 6, this nostalgic event features local children’s choirs, photos with Santa and more. In partnership with sponsors Middle Tennessee Electric, Williamson Medical Center, Mars Petcare, Downtown Franklin Association and Spring Tree Media Group, city representatives delight in offering this impressive multi-media display.