‘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!
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
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.
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