Christmas Free Events December 8-14, 2014
Here is a list of FREE Events in and all around Nashville for each week of December. Below you will find events for December 8-14, 2014.
This a great way to get out and celebrate the Holidays and be a part of your community. Most events are free but a few ask that you bring a can good or toy, to help those in need. Hope you will find this helpful in planning your Christmas outings! Merry Christmas!
Dec. 8: Belmont Camerata will offer its annual presentation, “A Camerata Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Belmont Mansion. The popular program includes Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto” and a sing-along with Kathy Chiavola and fiddler Tammy Rogers-King. http://www.belmont.edu/music, 615-460-6408.
Dec. 8: The Harpeth Hall Upper School Winter Music Concert is at 6:30 p.m. in the Frances Bond Davis Theatre on the Harpeth Hall campus at 3801 Hobbs Road. The concert will include music by the Upper School Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Orchestra and Lads & Plaid, a combined choir featuring singers from Montgomery Bell Academy and Harpeth Hall. http://www.harpethhall.org or 615-297-9543.
Dec. 8: The Curb Youth Symphony will play a concert at 7:30 p.m. in Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt. blair.vanderbilt.edu.
Dec. 8-9: Christmas at the Cathedral of the Incarnation will take place at 7:30 p.m. both days at the Cathedral, 2015 West End Ave. The St. Cecilia Academy choirs will perform with the Cathedral Choir, the Father Ryan High School choirs and the Trevecca University Madrigalians. The concert, sponsored by the Diocese of Nashville, will include music and scripture for the season and will be accompanied by a full orchestra. 615-298-4525.
Dec. 9: Every holiday season, bassist/producer Dave Pomeroy organizes an amazing lineup of Nashville’s best singers and players for his annual “Nashville Unlimited” Christmas Concert to benefit Room in the Inn. Musicians confirmed this year are Brenda Lee, Mary Gauthier, Doug Seegers, The Nashville Mandolin Ensemble and Lorianna Matera; Pomeroy promises more to come. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, and is technically free, but there is a suggested minimum donation of $20, with all proceeds going to the Room in the Inn homeless program.
Dec. 9: The Nashville Youth Repertory Orchestra and the Youth Strings Orchestra and Reading Orchestra have a concert at 7:30 p.m. in Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music. blair.vanderbilt.edu.
Dec. 9: Middle Tennessee State University’s Department of Music presents the Nashville Chamber Singers in a Christmas Concert featuring McFadden’s Children’s Choir and a sing-along. It’s at 7:30 p.m.in Hinton Hall of the Wright Music Building. 615-898-2493, http://www.mtsumusic.com.
Dec. 10: Catch the “This Christmas” movie at 5 p.m. at Bordeaux branch library, 4000 Clarksville Pike. http://www.library.nashville.gov.
Dec. 11: Bicinium, a recorder duo, will perform a holiday concert at 10:45 a.m. in the second-floor gallery of the Main Library, 615 Church St. http://www.library.nashville.gov.
Dec. 12: Come out for an all-ages night hike from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd. 615-862-4187.
Dec. 12: Enjoy a sunset mountain bike ride at 4:30 p.m. on the new 1.5-mile beginner mountain bike trail at Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd. All ages are welcome, BYOB, as in bring your own bike, or you can even reserve a free park bike if you call in advance. There is also a group ride set on this new trail for 2 p.m. Dec. 20. 615-862-4187.
Dec. 13-14: The Metro Nashville Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Division will collect donated toys for its annual Christmas Basket Program in the Nashville Zoo parking lot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Nashville Zoo is offering a complimentary admission ticket (good through February) for every new toy donated. Kids are invited to drop off letters to Santa Claus that the officers will deliver to the North Pole in time for Christmas. Horses from the Mounted Patrol Division also will be available for guests to meet. Located next to the toy drive, the Zoo will offer a selection of toys that guests can purchase for donating to the toy drive. http://www.nashvillezoo.org.
Dec. 13-14: The 33rd annual Bethlehem Marketplace will be open 1-5 p.m. at Southeast Baptist Church, 708 Minerva Drive in Murfreesboro. About 250 church members are involved in the event. 615-896-0940.
Dec. 13-14: The Heritage Foundation’s 30th annual “Dickens of a Christmas” street festival in downtown Franklin is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 13 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 14 with costumed characters, street musicians, a holiday arts and crafts bazaar and more. Plus, there will be a “town sing” at the Public Square from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday with candles and song sheets. This festival draws 50,000 people over two days. 615-591-8500, http://www.historicfranklin.com.
Dec. 13: The Granville Country Christmas “A Christmas to Remember” is a great day (10 a.m.-8 p.m.) to visit this quaint town, with an old-fashioned Christmas parade, children’s events, an antique toy display, Santa, a historic home tour and a Santa’s workshop, where children can shop for their parents at prices ranging from 50 cents to $5. 931-653-4511, http://www.granvilletn.com.
Dec. 13: Bowie Nature Center in Fairview is having its annual Holiday Fireside Concert at 2 p.m. around the fireplace, where you can enjoy some jazzy holiday favorites by Jeff Kirk and Friends. Refreshments will be served. 615-799-5544, http://www.bowiepark.org.
Dec. 13: Fiddlers Grove in Lebanon will have a holiday-themed Second Saturday event at 6 p.m. in the Veterans Building with live music and a visit by Santa Claus. 615-443-2626, http://www.fiddlersgrove.org.
Dec. 13: Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation has a “Movie under the Winter Stars” at 6:30 p.m. at Cannonsburg Village, 312 S. Front St. in Murfreesboro. The movie hasn’t been announced. 615-893-2141.
Dec. 13: The Vanderbilt Community Chorus celebrates its 15th season with a holiday concert featuring traditional and contemporary works. blair.vanderbilt.edu.
Dec. 13: There is a Fall Star Party at Warner Park Nature Center from 7 to 9 p.m. Meet at the Special Events Field in Edwin Warner Park for the Geminid meteor shower! Local astronomers will be on hand with knowledge and scopes to assist you in learning the night sky. 615-352-6299.
Dec. 13: Historic Rock Castle invites you to a candlelight tour of this 1979 mansion from 6 to 8 p.m. You can travel back in time 200 years and enjoy seeing this beautiful home be decorated as it would in the early 19th century, as well as period Christmas music, costumed interpreters and refreshments. Historic Rock Castle is at 139 Rock Castle Lane in Hendersonville. 615-824-0502 or http://www.historicrockcastle.com.
Dec. 14: The 32nd annual Walk Through Bethlehem at Woodmont Christian Church, 3601 Hillsboro Road, involves about 400 church members, as well as live camels, sheep and goats to re-create a Bethlehem marketplace. The lower level of the church, the gymnasium and the south courtyard are transformed into the village and outskirts of what Bethlehem may have been like on a smaller scale on the night of Jesus’ birth. The event is 1-7 p.m. 615-297-8563, http://www.woodmontchristian.org.
Dec. 14: First Baptist Nashville’s Church Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra’s “Christmas with Steve Green” is at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. Green, who has had 18 No. 1 songs, seven Dove Awards and four Grammy nominations, has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide. First Baptist is at 108 Seventh Ave. S. http://www.firstbaptistnashville.org.
Dec. 14: The Nashville Community Choir is having its annual Handel’s “Messiah” Sing-In with a full orchestra at 7 p.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at 4304 Hillsboro Road. This free presentation has been a seasonal tradition for more than a quarter-century. 615-545-6106, http://www.nashvillecommunitychoir.org or email email@example.com.
Dec. 14: Brentwood United Methodist Church will present “Festival of Carols” at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary at 309 Franklin Road in Brentwood. 615-373-3663.
Dec. 14: Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal), 900 Broadway, will hold its annual Lessons and Carols at 4 p.m. http://www.christcathedral.org or 615-255-7729.
Dec. 14: The Blair Children’s Chorus Program, featuring the Chorale, Girls’ Concert Choir, Young Men’s Chorus, Boychoir, Choristers and Training Choir will present a program of American composers. It’s at 2 p.m. in Ingram Hall at the Blair School. blair.vanderbilt.edu.
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