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Events and Happenings: December

Sumner County has all the December events to put you in the holiday spirit! Join us at these events and ring in the holidays! 

Gallatin Tree Lighting


Dates: December 1st

3 P.M.

100 Public Square, Gallatin, Tennessee

Ring in the holiday season at the Gallatin Tree lighting with special guests Chapel Hart and Guild and Union Elementary students. Witness the transformation of Historic Downtown Gallatin into a wonderland of lights that will warm your holiday season! 

Admission is Free 


The Winter Wonderettes


Dates: December 1-2

7:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.

Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, Hendersonville, Tennessee

Dance and swing your way into the holidays with the Hendersonville Performing Arts Company presentation of the Winter Wonderettes! The Winter Wonderettes is a 1960’s holiday jukebox musical! Come enjoy classics such as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland,”. There will be plenty of laughs and audience participation!

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Goodlettsville Tree Lighting and Santa Holiday Party


Dates: December 1st

6:00 P.M.

105 S Main Street, Goodlettsville, Tennessee

Watch as the switch is flipped on the giant tree in front of City Hall and Candy Cane Village beside City Hall!
This event is free and family friendly. Everyone is invited to join in the fun at Santa’s Holiday Party following the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 2nd. Starting at 6:30 pm participants will have the opportunity to visit with Santa, listen to live music and entertainment, create a special craft to take home, and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate.

Entertainment Schedule:
6:30 pm – Arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus
6:40 pm – Line Dancing with Santa’s Elves
7:10 pm – Solo
7:30 pm – Madison Creek Elementary Xylophones and Drums

Admission is Free



Christmas THrough the Ages


Dates: December 2nd, December 16th

9:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. 

210 Old Hwy 25, Castalian Springs, Tennessee

Explore the traditions, sights, and smells of Christmas through the ages at Cragfont and Wynnewood State Historic Sites. 

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Magical holiday Home Tour


Dates: December 2nd

11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Sumner County Tourism, 2310 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, Tennessee

Step into a world of holiday magic by touring Sumner County’s finest homes! With two tours available, you will be able to take in inspiration for your home decorations or just marvel at the beauty of the homes and holiday lights. The General Admission tour includes luxury homes including a tour of historic Rose Mont. The Tinsel Tour includes General admission homes plus a scheduled, guided tour of the original Fairvue Plantation Mansion, a private residence rarely seen by the public. This tour benefits Children Are People, Grace Place Ministries, Foster Families Assistance, and Sumner REALTORS. 

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Grandpa's Music

Dates: December 2nd

6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.

1033 Park St, Westmoreland, Tennessee

Take in a night of country music outside of Nashville! Get ready for a toe-tapping country music extravaganza as Lain Tomlinson & The Lost Troubadours take the stage at Grandpa’s Music. From heartfelt ballads to twangy guitar chords, this is a show you don’t want to miss!

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Deck the HAlls

Dates: December 2-3

Saturday, December 2nd: 7:00 P.M.

Sunday, December 3rd: 2:00 P.M., 6:00 P.M.

250 Hancock St, Gallatin, Tennessee

Join CenterStage Performing Arts Academy as they present their Christmas variety show!

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Christmas Parade and Christmas on Main Street

Dates: December 2nd 

1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

105 College Street. White House, Tennessee

The annual White House Christmas Parade with a super fun, Christmas movie theme! Following the parade, Christmas on Main Street will take place! Expect to find free refreshments, hot cocoa, cookies and milk, popcorn, live music, and photos with Santa. 

Admission is Free

Tipsy Christmas

Date: December 2nd

10:00 A.M.

124 Main Street, Portland, Tennessee

Who said Christmas shopping had to be boring? A Tipsy Christmas is a day of shopping, sipping, and eating all in support of local businesses. Start your shopping spree at any of the two hub locations, Tipsy Ricki’s or Sumner Crest Winery, and start your spree! Participating shoppers will receive a hole punch for visiting any of the participating stores while a purchase gets you two special hole punches. Each hole punch is an entry into the drawing for a grand prize! Second and third-place winners will receive a gift basket with items from all participating locations. 

The first 100 people through either of the two hub locations’ doors (50 at each location) will receive a swag bag filled with goodies from participating locations!

Participating Businesses:
Tipsy Ricki’s Boutique
Sumner Crest Winery
Graphic Obsessions
Main Street Nutrition
Riley Reese Boutique
Dash of Dez Boutique
Heritage House Antiques
Brown Resale
Abrahamson Chiropractic & Wellness of Portland
Milo’s Coffee House

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Polar Express


Dates: December 2nd

10:00 A.M., 12:00 P.M.

146 N Water Ave, Gallatin, Tennessee

Dive into the holidays with this classic showing of Polar Express featuring live conductors, entry golden tickets, ringing silver bells, and Santa himself. Make sure to wear your Christmas pajamas! 

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Portland Christmas Festival and Parade-Polar Express


Dates: December 2nd

3 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.

106 Main Street, Portland, Tennessee

Join the community of Portland as they welcome the holiday season with the annual Christmas Parade. Themed The Polar Express, attendees can expect to be mesmerized by the Christmas-decorated floats and characters taking over the streets of Portland. Festivities begin at 3 P.M. with live music, vendors, cookie decorating, and a visit from Santa! The parade will begin at 5:30 P.M.

Admission is Free

Deck The Hulls


December 2

5:30 P.M.

Sanders Ferry Park

Christmas lights don’t only belong on houses! Take in the parade of Christmas decorated boats flowing through Old Hickory Lake!


Westmoreland Christmas Parade


Dates: December 2nd

2:30 P.M.

The holiday season is just around the corner, and what better way to kick off the festivities than by joining us for the Westmoreland 2023 Christmas Parade! This year, we’re turning Downtown Westmoreland into a winter wonderland with a spectacular parade that promises to delight visitors of all ages.

As the clock strikes 2:30 PM on December 2nd, the streets of Downtown Westmoreland will come alive with the twinkle of lights, the sounds of joyous carolers, and the heartwarming spirit of the season. The 2023 Christmas Parade is a cherished tradition that brings our community together and ignites the holiday spirit in all who attend.

Admission is Free


Dates: Dec 2

5 P.M. – 8 P.M.

Historic Maskers Station, Goodlettsville, Tennessee

Yulefest kicks off the holiday season with musicians, storytellers, and demonstrators in the cabins of Mansker’s Station and in the Bowen House. Visitors can take their time listening to the sounds of the past as they tour the sites and take in the beauty of simple, natural decorations, enjoy refreshments, participate in carriage rides and dancing, and so much more. 

Admission is Free

Christmas Open House at the bridal House


Dates: December 3rd

1 P.M.  – 4 P.M. 

2313 Highway 25 W, Cottontown, Tennessee

Take a step back into the 19th century at the Christmas Open House at The Bridal House! Visitors can expect refreshments, period-dressed docents, and 19th-century music being played on the hammered dulcimer. Vendors include Christmas artwork by Kathleen Haynes, soaps by Kay Brown of Scent of the Sun Soap, and holiday florals by Apple and Dove Flower Company. 

Admission is Free


Holiday Fest


Dates: December 3rd

2:00 P.M.

151 E Main St, Hendersonville, Tennessee

HolidayFest brings together individuals, businesses, government and service organizations in a celebration of Community, Tradition, Charity, and Creativity. The Parade starts at 2 P.M. with a tree lighting at 4:30 P.M.

Admission is Free

Bluegrass Country Christmas


Dates: Dec 3rd

5:00 P.M.

Temple Theater, Portland, Tennessee

Join Grand Ole Opry inductee Rhonda Vincent and The Rage at the Temple Theater in Portland, Tennessee for a Bluegrass Christmas Celebration! Rhonda Vincent has transcended into Bluegrass and Country Music Fame with her 8 Female Vocalist of the Year awards, a Grammy for best Bluegrass Album of the Year, 2001 Entertainer of the Year, and 2021 Grand Ole Opry Inductee. She is bringing her talents to Portland, Tennessee for a once in a lifetime show of Bluegrass from an all-time great. 

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Festival of Lights


Dates: December 5 – December 31

5 P.M. – 10 P.M. Daily

See the best lights of Hendersonville, Tennessee during the Festival of Lights! Drive to some of the most bright, beautiful, interactive, and holiday favorites located across Hendersonville. Don’t forget to bring the hot cocoa! The official Map will be released soon! 

For Mapping Information: Click Here

Admission is Free

This is a self-guided tour.

National Lampoon CHRISTMAS Vacation


Dates: December 8th

7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

The Palace Theater

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The Grinch


Dates: December 9th

1:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

The Palace Theater

Come and get your picture taken with the Grinch outside of the Palace Theater beginning at 1:30 P.M.! A free showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas will begin at 3:30 P.M.

Admission is Free


Christmas by Candlelight


Dates: December 9

4:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Cragfont State Historic Site

Join us for An Early Tennessee Christmas at Cragfont…by Candlelight! Experience the beauty of this stately old home and learn about what Christmas was like here over 200 years ago. See the house as never before with the halls decked in greenery and candlelight aglow. End the tour with historical Christmas carols performed by the Traveling Caudells and try an 18th-century Christmas treat.

Tickets to this event are extremely LIMITED.

Cragfont is not heated, please dress appropriately for the weather.

This tour will take place in VERY dim lighting, flashlights will only be permitted while going up and down stairs. If you prefer to tour Cragfont in the daytime, please consider purchasing a ticket to An Early Tennessee Christmas at Cragfont, taking place on November 25th and December 9th.

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Running of the Elves

Dates: December 5

12 P.M.

418 industrial Dr, White House, Tennessee

Grab your elves and get ready to spread holiday cheer in the third annual Tate Ornamental Running of the Elves Fun Run and 5K! Be the lead in the Christmas parade as the crowd cheers you along the route. Cash prizes for the top male and female in each race.

Here’s your chance to get really creative because we’ve got great prizes for the most spirited and best-dressed teams and individuals!

5K begins at 12:20

Run begins at approximately 12:35

Awards Presented at 1:00 pm

Register Here

Holiday Pop-up Shop


Dates: December 5

10 A.M.

90 Volunteer Dr Ste 250, Hendersonville, Tennessee

Presented by Bella Palazzo Premier Event Centre, join the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce for the December Monthly Luncheon & Pop-Up Shop! Experience a special musical performance and hear from TN State Senator Ferrell Haile! It’s going to be a fun time with free cocktails, entertainment, networking, shopping, and more! Purchase your luncheon tickets today before they sell out!

Doors open at 10 am for holiday shopping until 12 pm. The Luncheon program will begin from 12 pm-1 pm, then the holiday shopping continues from 1 pm-6 pm.

The shopping portion is free to the public – You must purchase a ticket to join the luncheon.

Complimentary mimosas 10 am-12 pm with Pop Up Shop Purchase – free and open to the public

Luncheon from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm- Lunch Tickets required.

Complimentary beer and wine 4-pm-6 pm with Pop UP Shop Purchase – free and open to the public

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Appalachian Christmas Dinner


Dates: December 10,11,12

7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.

Historic Stonewall

Take a step into the past and experience an Appalachian Christmas dinner including storytelling with wine and moonshine servings, Christmas Pork dinner, and Stack Cakes for dissert!

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Miracle on 34th Street


Dates: December 15th

7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

The Palace Theater

Do you still believe in Santa? We do! See Miracle on 34th Street at The Palace Theater. Movie begins at 7 p.m. Your $10 ticket includes a small popcorn.

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Its A Wonderful life


Dates: December 23

7:00 P.M.

The Palace Theater

See an angel get his wings in this Christmas favorite. The movie starts at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted and concessions will be available for purchase.

Admission is Free


Breakfast With Santa


Dates: December 16th

9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Gallatin Civic Center

Join us for a morning of Christmas cheer! Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy a delicious breakfast, take a photo, and make a Christmas craft all while benefiting the Friends of Gallatin Miracle Park! Tickets are $10 a person, $50 a family, and kids 2 and under are free!

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Dates: December 16th

7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

The Palace Theater

See the original holiday Classic right here at The Palace Theater in Gallatin! Your $10 ticket will include a small popcorn.

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The Santa Clause


Dates: December 22nd

7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

The Palace Theater

What happens when a businessman turns into Santa? See for yourself right here at The Palace Theater. Movie starts at 7 p.m. Your $10 ticket includes a small popcorn.

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