7 Non Shopping Black Friday Activities

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Not a retail shopper? Hate crowds? We’ve put together a list of Black Friday activities to do with the family that doesn’t involve shopping but does involve great family fun around the city.

1.Country Music Hall of Fame

On Friday, the Country Music Hall of Fame will hold its tree lighting along with its first installment of the Christmas concerts with Tracy Lawrence. After the tree lighting, Lawrence will sign copies of his CDs available for purchase in the Museum Store.

While visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame, be sure to see the Shania Twain exhibit and the brand new Faith Hill and Tim McGraw exhibit. You can even get a photo with Santa just before the tree lighting. Learn more about the Country Music Hall of Fame here.

2.Opryland Hotel & Resort

Located just outside of Nashville, Opryland Hotel transforms into a winter wonderland during the Holiday season. Tour the hotel for free and see the over 2 million twinkling lights across the property. Other activities to enjoy while visiting the property include the ICE exhibit featuring Charlie Brown Christmas, Arctic Plunge Snow Tubing and Ice Skating, horse carriage ride around the property and Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Visit their website for more information.

3. Dancing Lights of Christmas at New Location in Lebanon 

Noted as Middle Tennessee’s largest drive-thru light and music show, Dancing Lights of Christmas is back for an 8th year with a new location. The attraction will be open nightly from 5pm-10pm with a cost of $25 per car and $50 for commercial vehicles. Visit Dancing Lights Facebook page for more information.

4. SOAR Adventure 

Looking to burn some energy? SOAR is the perfect place to get outside with the family and test your skills on the ropes course. SOAR Adventure has over 110 climbing elements, perfect for the youngest in the family to the most advanced climber. Located at 3794 Carothers Parkway, Franklin, SOAR Adventure will be open from 10 am – 8 pm on Black Friday. Buy one tower adventure pass and receive a FREE round of mini golf on Friday, November 24th. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

5.Tennessee State Parks

State Parks have launched a campaign called #OPTOUTSIDE to encourage families to get outside on Black Friday. They are hoping to replace shopping with hiking with free guided tours at all 56 state parks. All Tennessee State Parks will be open on Black Friday and are asking residents to participate in their campaign using #OPTOUTSIDE for their photos they post on social media.

6. Adventure Science Center 

Spend your Black Friday at the new Tinkering Garage. Described on their website as “a place where your inner hacker-maker-tinkerer-inventor-designer can come out and play.” All of the tools and materials are provided. It is a special space where the self-guided process of trying things out, seeing what happens, reflecting and evaluating, and trying again is celebrated. It’s project-based learning at its best. Learn more about the Tinkering Garage and the new train exhibit on their website. 

7. Charlie Brown Dinner Theatre at Fontanel

Starting November 24th and running through December 23rd, A Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE on Stage dinner and show will be featured at the Natchez Hills Winery at Fontanel this holiday season. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang on their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas. Purchase tickets here. 

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage is a fresh take on the timeless classic. When Charlie Brown becomes discouraged by the materialism of the season, Lucy convinces him to direct the Christmas play. In typical Charlie Brown fashion, things go awry when he selects a tiny fir tree for the production. It’s up to Linus to save the day and remind everyone of the real message of the holiday.