Arts & Culture: Tis the Season…

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By Catherine Royka

The holiday season is already in full swing across Middle Tennessee, and there are plenty of events and performances to get you in the spirit! Here is a list of festive activities for you and your family and friends for the holiday season and ways to ring in the New Year. We hope this season is the most wonderful time of the year for you and yours, Happy Holidays!

Christmas Activities

Walk Thru Bethlehem
December 11
Visitors from Middle Tennessee and even as far as Europe have visited the highly anticipated Walk Thru Bethlehem at Woodmont Christian Church. Many in the community make this an annual event as a start to the Christmas season, with over 5,000 people in attendance most years. The church recreates the village of Bethlehem on the day of Christ’s birth. For more information, visit walk-thru-bethlehem.com.

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Handel’s Messiah

December 15- December 18
Delight in a true classic with the Nashville Symphony and Chorus as they perform Handel’s Messiah in a four-day special event you won’t want to miss. You’ll hear one hundred choristers, thirty musicians and four soloists. Visit nashvillesymphony.org for tickets and concert times.

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Deck the Hall
Running through December 23
Deck the Hall at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is back for another holiday season. The museum will be packed with a month of seasonal activities the rest of the month that blend music, art, education and even Santa Claus. Choose from multiple songwriter sessions throughout the month of December, a holiday concert with “A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas,” and much more. Visit countrymusichalloffame.org for more performances and events.

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A Century of Christmas: 1853-1953
Running through December 31
Belle Meade Plantation is decked out for the holiday season. Inside the mansion, there are ten Christmas trees, each representing a different decade in history. A Century of Christmas explores the Christmas traditions of those who called Belle Meade Mansion home and leads visitors on a historical journey through traditions of cultural practices during the Antebellum period through the mid-twentieth century. Visit bellemeadeplantation.com.

There’s Still Time to See These Christmas Events Too!

Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas
Running through January 1, 2017
marriot.com

Screen Shot 2016-12-12 at 4.02.27 PMCheekwood’s Holiday Lights
Running through January 1, 2017
cheekwood.org

Nashville’s Nutcracker at TPAC
Running through December 23
tpac.org

A Christmas Story at TPAC
Running through December 21
tpac.org

Christmas at the Ryman
Running through December 22
ryman.com

New Year’s Eve Activities

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Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville
December 31
Ring in the New Year and rock out the old with Music City at Nashville’s New Year’s Eve party. Count down to the fireworks at midnight to see the 15-foot-tall “Music Note Drop”!  The show is free to the public and takes place at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park on New Year’s Eve. Keith Urban, Styx, A Thousand Horses, Moon Taxi, Charlie Worsham, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers will be performing. View visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve.com for additional details.

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
December 31
Looking for a place to wine and dine on New Year’s Eve and want to catch a concert at the same time? City Winery is the spot to be to ring in the New Year then! Marty Stuart is playing an early show at 7pm and a late show at 11pm. All ages are welcome to attend. For information on tickets, visit citywinery.com.

Up-NYE

UP Rooftop Lounge
December 31
UP, a new rooftop lounge located in the Gulch is hosting a New Year’s Eve party from 5pm-1am featuring live music, a photo booth, champagne toast, a buffet and complimentary valet. It will sure be a memorable evening with a spectacular view of the fireworks! For additional information on tickets and other activities at the event, visit uprooftoplounge.com.

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Sinema’s New Year’s Eve Dinner + Lounge Party
December 31
For the foodie’s that want to celebrate the New Year with a fabulous four-course dinner and wine pairing, Sinema is the place for you. They will be serving dinner and taking reservations starting at 5:30pm with a special four-course dinner at $85 per person and an optional $40 per person wine pairing. Following dinner, the lounge party will be in full swing at 9pm. Visit sinemanashville.com for information on reservations and additional information.

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