From the sparkling Christmas lights to holiday menus popping up around the Nashville area, it can be so hard to choose from the all the activities. Whether you have a family, or you’re hoping to get in the holiday spirit with friends, here are a few of my favorite things to do in Nashville and Franklin this time of year.
1. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center Hotel Lights: This will quickly turn into a family tradition. There is something so mesmerizing about walking around the Opryland Hotel and admiring the thousands of lights displayed for the holidays. Not to mention ICE, the restaurants and the mall close by. You can easily spend an entire evening here.
2. Downtown Franklin is one of America’s favorite small towns. Hosting a variety of quaint shops, boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops, a few hours spent here is never enough. Start off your morning with brunch at 55 South, then over to some shops on Main Street such as Imago Dei, a women’s clothing boutique and the The Shoppes on Main for a variety of local art and craft vendors. If you need a break, grab coffee at Frothy Monkey. Quick dinner options include Frothy Monkey, or for something more upscale try GRAYS On Main or Red Pony Restaurant. No choice will leave you hungry!
3. Shows at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center: If you haven’t been to the symphony in a few years or you just want to do something different, a date night or family night to enjoy some music is an absolute must this holiday season. The holiday classic movie Home Alone is playing this week with the Nashville Symphony as well as an Irish Christmas, and much more. Check out the variety of shows to see this December and January here: https://www.nashvillesymphony.org/tickets
4. Food, Coffee & Drinks at Pinewood Nashville: This is a one-stop shop for delicious apps, entrees, cocktails, and/or after dinner coffee and dessert. Not to mention the beautiful bowling alley if you’re feeling competitive. If you’re roaming downtown and need a warm place to get dinner or just relax for a few hours, Pinewood is the place to visit.. Check out their website for their amazing menu and location: https://www.pinewoodsocial.com