Family Fun During the Christmas Season

The Nashville Symphony. Photo credit: Mickey Dobo, courtesy of The Nashville Symphony.

With no disrespect to Thanksgiving, if you want to enjoy Christmas events in December, you have to make your plans now. There are a number of events that will be happening in and around Williamson County. Some require reservations, because events sell out quickly. Others just need to be considered as we plan our calendar, because you will not be able to do everything. The Christmas season is a time to spend with family. Fortunately, there are many events that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Have you got a train lover?

The NorthPole Express with Santa returns leaving out of Nashville and round trips through Lebanon. The two and one half hour, 64 mile train ride will satisfy your train lover with a scenic ride through Tennessee. Other passengers include Santa and his elves, along with carolers singing many Christmas songs that have become favorites over the years.  Regular, first-class and dome seating, an ultimate panoramic view, are available. December 5 and 12.

It’s music to my ears.

Any opportunity I have to take my children to the symphony, I do so. Yes, children can enjoy classical music. The Nashville Symphony has three productions you and your children will enjoy. Using familiar stories like Home Alone and A Charlie Brown Christmas, they will be able to make a connection through classical
music. Your children (and you) may also enjoy just singing along to some Christmas favorites at the Holiday Sing-Along. Early December dates

Bah, Humbug!

If you live anywhere near Franklin, you know about the annual Dickens of a Christmas celebration. Locals as well as many from out of town may be found strolling the streets of Christmases past as Main Street is turned into one from the Victorian period. There will be more than 200 characters, dancers and entertainers recreating Victorian culture and performing as some of Dickens’ memorable characters. December 12-13

Ice, ice baby!

The Nutcracker is an annual event for our family. Although we enjoy seeing it performed by the ballet each year, I have to admit, it is a bit repetitive. We already know the story; we know the ballet dances (even though we could not perform them ourselves) , but we still enjoy the experience of seeing the story come to life. If your family also enjoys the story, seeing ICE featuring TheNutcracker will take you to a new dimension and add a twist to the traditional Russian story. November 20-January 2

“You’ll shoot your eye out!”

Christmas has never been the same ever since we got wrapped into Ralphie Parker’s quest to obtain the ultimate Christmas gift; “…an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle!A ChristmasStory is nothing but fun and one that will be enjoyed by all of the family. November 27- December 20

Jennifer Smeltser writes for HomeLife Academy. HomeLife Academy is an official private school serving thousands of home educators. For more of Jennifer's articles, visit Homeschool Roster.

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