8 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 Cassadee Pope at 4:30 p. 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

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 The Grinch Stole 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. Franktown Festival of Lights at Williamson County Agricultural Center

Williamson County’s only drive-thru light display featuring a full mile of holiday illumination, will be unwrapped for the first time this holiday season. The month-plus long dazzling light display will kick off on Nov. 22 and run through Dec. 29, offering daily viewings of the light spectacle from 6-10 p.

Located at the Williamson County Ag Center, the $25 per car will help support Franktown Open Hearts, a local organization serving inner-city youth and their families. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate. More information is available at www.FranktownLights.com.

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 1p – 8 pm on Black Friday. On Friday, November 23, climb for just $25! Visit their Facebook page for more information.

5.Tennessee State Parks

Make plans to join the outdoors at one of the Tennessee State Parks on Black Friday for free, ranger-led hikes at all 56 state parks. It’s the only doorbuster that won’t have a line -head outside and show the world that you’re #thankful4hiking.

Tennessee State Parks, Friends Groups and Tennessee State Natural Areas are hosting a variety of hikes and interpretive programs for all ages on the day after Thanksgiving. These events are free to attend.  All Tennessee State Parks will be open on Black Friday.

6. Adventure Science Center 

Spend your Black Friday at the Adventure Science Center in 44,000 square feet of hands-on experiences.  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 their latest exhibits and activities on their website. 

7. Smashville Holiday Festival 

The outdoor ice skating rink is back but has moved from Bridgestone Arena to Ascend Amphitheatre. Until January 6, you can skate on the outdoor rink. Price to skate is $13.73 if you bring your own skates or $16.48 for skate rental. Open skate time starts at 11 a. Purchase your tickets online here. 

There will also be 3 on 3 pond hockey each Monday and Wednesday evening. You can sign up as a team or an individual. Free parking behind Ascend Amphitheatre. Find more information here.

8.Family Friday at Loveless Cafe

Grab a biscuit and spend the day at the Loveless Cafe. There will be crafts for kids, face painting, recipe demonstrations, mini train rides, and local vendors. You can even get a free photo with Santa. Fun runs 10 a until 2 p  at Loveless Cafe, located at 8400 Highway 100, Nashville.