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Thanksgiving and Christmas Volunteer Opportunities in Nashville

Thursday November 18, 2021

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Earlier this month, we posted a list of the upcoming holiday festivities in Nashville. We also wanted to use our platform to highlight something more important: namely, exciting volunteer opportunities in our fair city. Whether you’re visiting to connect with family or have lived here for years, we invite you to consider giving back this Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Nashville Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities


Farm Friday at Mill Ride Park

Antioch is getting a new park! Mill Ridge Park is set to occupy over 600 acres of nature, right in the heart of Davidson County. Supporters hope that this area will help to strengthen bonds in the community – between residents, their neighbors, and nature. Farm Fridays are a great opportunity to help improve the farmhouse and farmyard at Mill Ridge Park. Volunteer alone or in a group to remove invasive plants, pick up trash, repair structures and fences, or plant and mulch trees.

Host: Friends of Mill Ridge Park

Date and Time: 11/19, 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM


GraceWorks Ministries Turkey Trot

Every year, GraceWorks hosts a Turkey Trot 5k and 10k on Thanksgiving Day! This is one of their most important fundraisers of the year, and all volunteers will be finished by 11:00 AM (leaving plenty of time for family fun). If you sign up to work this event in Franklin, you can help with set up, tear down, handing out goodies, directing routes, and passing out water to the runners.

Host: GraceWorks Ministries

Date and Time: 11/25, 6:00 AM to 10:30 AM


Dinner at the Hospitality House

Hospital Hospitality House provides weekly meals for families on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This place serves as a home away from home for patients and caregivers in Nashville area hospitals. HHH stays include meals, lodging, and supportive services. If you own a restaurant or have any culinary flair, this could be a great chance to give back to the community. HHH asks that the dinner be able to feed 30 adults – that’s the number of residents they host at any given time. There are no dietary restrictions.

Host: C. Wright Pinson Hospital Hospitality House of Nashville

Date and Time: 11/23, 11/25, 11/30, 12/2, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Share a Meal with Dismas House

Dismas House offers case management, clinical support, life skills training, and fellowship for formerly incarcerated men who are seeking second chances. Their motto is “More than a chance: a change.” On Thursdays, the Nashville Food Project provides fresh, healthy food for Dismas House residents. As a volunteer, all you have to do is bring yourself and enjoy dinner and conversation with this community.

Host: Dismas House of Nashville

Date and Time: 11/25, 6:00 PM to 7:09 PM


Christmas Coat Drives, Hygiene Kits, and More


Cheekwood Holiday Lights

Remember Cheekwood from our holiday activities post? We’ve found a way to see the lights and promote a good cause. If you sign up for this event, you’ll serve as a greeter or way finder for this seasonal display. As a bonus, volunteers will be granted free access to the event after their shifts. Cheekwood asks that each participant be 16 or older, wear a mask while indoors, and show proof of COVID vaccination.

Host: Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

Dates: Every day except 12/25, 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM or 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Family Holiday Drive-Thru Extravaganza

That’s right, we’ve got an extravaganza on the docket. Are you one with the holiday spirit? Do you love nothing more than decking the halls? The Family Center is seeking volunteers to help them string lights, decorate for Christmas, and pass out gift bags to their families. They need people for both of their locations – in Nashville and Murfreesboro – so if it fills up, you still may be able to have fun for a cause. The Family Center provides a safe space for parents and children to cope with trauma and break multi-generational cycles of child neglect and abuse.

Host: The Family Center of Tennessee

Date and Time: 12/11 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, or 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM


Donating Items

For many of us, the holidays are a time to appreciate just how much we have – and to give back however we can. There are many Nashville-area nonprofits who have requested items like toiletries, winter coats, and other supplies for this season.

Bethlehem Centers of Nashville needs women’s socks, large print books, wipes, dishwashing liquid, batteries, and deodorant.

Building Lives has asked for materials for “welcome home kits” that they give to veterans who move into permanent housing (sheets, pillows, shower liners, cutlery, and other household items are included on their list here).

CommuniServe has requested senior supplies like walkers, canes, and adult diapers.

Fannie Battle Day Home for Children asks for donations of school supplies, including crayons, glue, markers, notebook paper, and pencils. Click here for the full list.

Morning Star Sanctuary has recurring needs for their emergency shelter, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, hairbrushes, soap, deodorant, and bus passes.

Mother to Mothers is always looking for new or gently used baby gear, including strollers, high chairs, pack-n-plays, and car seats. You can also donate wipes, formula, baby clothes, and diapers.

Poverty and the Arts is in search of art supplies, including canvases, colored pencils, pastels, paint pens, markers, frames, mat board, and jewelry-making supplies.

Second Harvest Food Bank needs non-perishable items. Canned goods, peanut butter, rice, and pasta are at the top of their list.

The Nashville Food Project is also in need of food items, many of which are seasonal. They’ve requested olive oil, fresh fruit, graham crackers, nuts (walnuts, pecans, cashews), pumpkin seeds, honey, cranberries, canned pumpkin, and unsweetened applesauce.

YWCA requests one-day MTA bus passes, gift cards for gas, full-size toiletries, soup bowls, and full- or twin-size bed linens.


We hope that this list has inspired you to volunteer or donate during this holiday season. Webconsuls is a digital agency based in Nashville, TN.

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‘Tis (almost) the season! As the time for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and other festivities draws nearer, the Webconsuls team wanted to find the best holiday activities in Nashville. If you’re looking for family fun or small business shopping, browse the calendar below.

East Nashville Night Market

Do you love shopping local? Are you sad about it getting dark at 5 PM? Do you want something fun to do during one of those too-early nights? We recommend the East Nashville Night Market! Each month, more than sixty local vendors gather to sell boutique clothing, plants, vintage items, art, and more! Complete with food trucks, bar fare, and live music, these are always can’t-miss events. The last Night Market of the season takes place on December 3rd and, since it’s getting cold out, it’ll take place inside. Entry and parking are free, and dogs are welcome!

Date: 12/3
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Christmas Pop-Up Bars

This is probably one of the best trends to emerge in Music City. Each November and December, a handful of Nashville bars transform into winter wonderlands. Here are a few of our must-visit Christmas pop-up bars:

  • Reindeer Games (Headquarters Beercade in SoBro): 3D displays, countless ornaments, 2,000 feet of twinkle lights, life-size sleigh, and festive menu items. Guests under 21 are welcome on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00, and on Saturday from 11:00 to 2:00. You can also rent out the space for a private event.
  • Home Alone (Hidden Bar in the Noelle): They turn the bar into the house from Home Alone! Except there are snacks and cocktails.
  • Camp Bobby (Bobby Hotel): These rooftop igloos have already become famous around town, but Bobby Hotel has taken their winter wonderland a step further in 2021. This year, they’ve added a “frozen pond” where you can skate. Soak up those downtown views while you skate on a roof. Talk about a novel experience!
  • Saint Nicky’s (Nicky’s Coal Fired in The Nations): Running from Black Friday through the New Year, Nicky’s Coal Fired transforms into a holiday-themed pizzeria. Pop over for great food and to check out how they deck the halls – it’s something to see.
  • TBD: There are a few local businesses that usually offer holiday pop-up bars, but that haven’t yet announced any 2021 plans. These include L27 (a rooftop bar), Rosemary & Beauty Queen, Chopper Tiki, Dream Nashville, and Walden.

East Nash Holiday Bash

If you’re in the Five Points area between December 2nd and 4th, you’ve got to check out the Holiday Bash. Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, this event has everything: live (holiday) music, family activities, campfires, festive cocktails, and an array of East Nashville vendors. Admission is free for all ages, with one exception. On the 3rd, guests can choose to purchase an upgraded Holiday Cocktail Bash ticket for $35 (basically, you’ll get five exclusive cocktails, special treats, and access to a build-your-own s’more station).

Here’s a quick list of all the fun they’re packing into this weekend:

  • Fire pits (with s’mores)
  • Wreath making
  • Letters to (and photos with) Santa
  • Tree decoration (BYOO – bring your own ornaments)
  • Ornament crafts (you can use these for the decoration!)
  • Holiday cocktails
  • Tree lighting ceremony

Dates: 12/2 – 12/4
Times: TBD

East Nashville Holiday Market

A recent addition to the EN holiday scene, the East Nashville Holiday Market has quickly become a community favorite. Beginning at the end of November, The Marketplace in East Nashville transforms into a showcase for local entrepreneurs and makers. The Marketplace is a giant venue – this converted warehouse spans over 30,000 square feet, which means there’s plenty of room for vendors and shoppers alike. Goods typically include candles, vinyl records, accessories, bath and body products, vintage clothing, and handmade jewelry. Santa will be available for photo ops with your little ones (and possibly dogs? We feel like it’s worth asking).

(Bonus: Events by The Marketplace in East Nashville always include a great selection of food trucks, so you can snack while you shop!)

Dates: 11/27, 11/28, 12/4, 12/5, 12/11, 12/12, 12/18, 12/19
Times: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Holiday Lights at Cheekwood

No event list is complete without Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. A staple of the Nashville area, this expansive property is decked out in stunning holiday lights beginning November 20th. This year, there’s a new addition: the Peppermint Path. Kids will love the reindeer village and s’mores stations, and adults will enjoy a selection of holiday spirits. This ticketed event usually goes quickly, so we advise you to pick up your tickets soon! Prices range from $9 to $26.

Dates: 7 days a week from 11/20 to 1/9, with the exception of Christmas Day
Times: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM


We hope this list helps you to make some memories this season! Happy Holidays from the Webconsuls team.
Webconsuls is a digital marketing agency based in Nashville, TN.