The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra sets the mood for the holiday season with a compilation of festive favorites led by guest conductor Joseph Hermann. Douse your ear canal with musical eggnog as violins pluck their strings and glockenspiels spiel their glocks to "O Holy Night," "Sleigh Ride," selections from The Nutcracker, and other aural wintertime classics. Special guests include the Riverdale High School Singers and soloist Diane Pulte, both of whom will stuff sensory stockings with quarter notes and treble clefs throughout the mellifluous evening. From your premiere seat in the majestic First United Methodist Church, you'll enjoy an up-close view of the professional symphony musicians as they coax your body into Yuletide-tinged hums, foot stomps, and restrained reindeer impersonations.
Angels Stop N Play’s activity-packed playscapes unfurl before giddy kids in a spacious safety-first environment during hourly childcare services and birthday parties. Themed birthdays at the amusement emporium surround gleeful cadres with cake, games, and face painting, allowing guests-of-honor to focus on more important revelry such as playing with friends and re-enacting their favorite scenes from MAS*H on a jungle gym. Alternatively, the facility’s extensive childcare hours—including staying open until midnight on Friday and Saturday—free up parents to hit the town while tots play under the watchful eye of the CPR- and first-aid-certified staff. Kids leap imagination-first into activities designed to advance social and cognitive development, or can kick back while watching a movie, playing video games, and translating Dr. Seuss stories into Pig Latin.
Fireworks, carousels, and chocolate-dipped bananas can mean only one thing: the Williamson County Fair is in town. This year it rolls in to celebrate the summer with rides, exhibits, and live entertainment from top acts from around the country. Thrill-seekers may want to start at the midway, which corrals all of the adrenaline-pumping, eye-popping attractions into one convenient location. The Enterprise dares riders to experience its 85-degree-angled high-speed twirl, and the Pirate swings them back and forth in a full-size ship that re-creates the excitement of the high seas, from mounting colossal waves to mouth-feeding a seagull. Plenty of family-friendly rides, such as a carousel and kid-approved roller coaster, ensure fun memories for visitors of all ages.
A trip to the fair wouldn?t be complete without exploring live events, exhibits, and competitions. Musical guests take to the main and blue-grass stages to keep toes tapping all day long. Further exploration of the grounds leads visitors to daily exhibits, from an agricultural-equipment display and a BMX trick team to a petting zoo and nightly fireworks. Judges critique entries in various competitions, such as bread and pie baking, the Fairest of the Fair Pageant, and the Sing Your Heart Out competition.
Founded with the goal of transforming downtown Nashville into a compelling, culturally rich urban center, Nashville Downtown Partnership fosters a sense of community via fun-filled initiatives that showcase the city?s finest offerings, such as the 11th annual Downtown Home Tour. Participants on the tour get a chance to see a variety of chic private spaces, ogling unique floor plans with an emphasis on ultramodern design that whisk guests into the future without the disheveled hairdos inherent with leaps through the time-space continuum. The Partnership creates such interactive experiences to help introduce locals to the benefits of living in the center of Music City, such as having easy access to its hundreds of restaurants as well as sports and entertainment venues.
The Holiday Market stuffs 40,000 square feet of the Nashville Convention Center with clothing, accessories, housewares, and gourmet food for sale. With merchants such as Gilchrist & Gilchrist Vintage Living, Cathy’s Antiques, or Emily G’s on hand, visitors can quickly browse a broad selection of stores without having to roller-skate through a mall. At the Girls’ Night Out event, guests peruse curated goods such as vintage jewelry and specialty desserts while listening to music and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres. Those attending the morning-preview event can bet in silent auctions or fill fists with discounted items while noshing on light breakfast fare. Morning shoppers also enjoy complimentary valet parking and gift-wrapping of purchases or any shopping companions finding it difficult to get into the holiday spirit. Each of the market events benefits charities backed by the Junior League of Nashville, an organization that promotes projects aimed at enriching the lives of children, women, and families.