If you’re looking for something fun to do with the whole family during Christmas break, or if you have family visiting from out of town, try these family-friendly, holiday themed events in and around Williamson County.

1. Christmas Lights

Take in some Christmas lights. There are places all over Williamson and Davidson County with excellent light displays, including local neighborhoods. See our list of local light displays here.

2. Smashville Outdoor Rink

Walk of Fame Park
121 4th Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

Enjoy an outdoor skating rink in the heart of downtown Franklin. The rink is open Mon-Fri 4p-10p and Sat and Sunday 12p-10p, unless booked for a private party. Click here for the Smashville Outdoor Rink calendar.

Admission
$15 for adults and $10 for kids (includes skate rental)

Learn more here.

3. The Movie Gang- Nightmare Before Christmas

Fri, Dec 23m 4 & 7pm showings
Franklin Theatre
419 Main Street, Franklin

movie-gang-christmasThe Movie Gang presents its Christmas movie, ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ at the Franklin Theatre.  Franklin resident and lead guitarist for New Found Glory, Chad Gilbert, started The Movie Gang a year ago with the intent of bringing family entertainment with a twist. Gilbert told us his selection process for the movies ones that will appeal to large audience.

“I try to pick fun pop culture movies that translate and appeal to multiple generations. Movies like ‘The Goonies’, ‘The Princess Bride’ and more. Then I watch them and try to find ways to make them interactive and come to life.  We’ve had sword fighting, karate on stage during the Karate Kid.  We try to make it super fun and memorable.  We also try to do over the top showings for holidays. Last Valentines Day weekend, we showed ‘The Notebook’ and gave out roses courtesy of Franklins Always in Bloom and free tissue boxes.”

At the Christmas showing, movie-goers can enjoy hot chocolate from Honest Coffee Roasters, and a sweet treat from Five Daughters Bakery. In addition to the treats, there will be special lighting to accompany the music throughout the movie. Tickets are still available for the 4 pm showing with very limited tickets available for the 7 pm showing online at the Franklin Theatre.  Those who arrive at the movie in their ugly Christmas sweater receive a candy cane!

4.Nashville Children’s Theatre’s Cinderella

Dec 20-22
Nashville Children’s Theatre
25 Middleton St
Nashville, TN 37210

As colorful as a Victorian pop-up book and as lush as a Viennese Waltz, this sparkling holiday confection brims with humor, romance, and spectacular theatrical effects. All the iconic elements one would hope to see are here; hilarious stepsisters, wise fairy godmother, amazing transformations, delicate pumpkin coach, beautiful ball gown, a handsome Prince, the striking clock, a desperate flight and, of course, a delicate glass slipper left behind in the snow – all lovingly designed, carefully crafted, and beautifully played by the extraordinary artists of Nashville Children’s Theatre. This holiday season, come and warm your hands and heart with NCT’s Cinderella, presented by Nashville Children’s Theatre.

cinderellaAdmission Info:

$15/Youth Ticket
$20/Adult Ticket
$17/Senior, Military, Educator Ticket

Show Times:

  • Dec 20, 2016 at 02:00 pm
  • Dec 21, 2016 at 02:00 pm
  • Dec 22, 2016 at 02:00 pm

5. JJ Heller Christmas Concert

Thursday, December 22, 7pm
Franklin Theatre
419 Main Street, Franklin

Franklin resident, JJ Heller, will perform Christmas selections from her latest album “Unto Us” which was released in November 2016.  It’s a collection of Christmas favorites and three heartfelt original songs. Heller drew inspiration from Christmas classics including Amy Grant’s “Home For Christmas,” Sarah McLachlan’s “Wintersong,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and the soundtrack to her favorite Christmas movie, “White Christmas.”

Opening for JJ Heller, is the husband-wife duo Jenny and Tyler. We were able to get a sneak peek of Jenny and Tyler when they performed recently at a Nashville show.  Watch our video below.  Ticket prices start at $25, purchase them online at the Franklin Theatre.

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