Holidays on Stages

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Celebrate the season at a theater near you!

So many holiday stories on so many stages across Middle Tennessee! Mark your calendars for these holiday happenings in the theater.

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

Dec. 9 & 16 | All ages
615-563-2787 | artscenterofcc.com
The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury. Dec. 9 at 2 p.m., Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. $10. A holiday comedy about the worst kids in the entire history of the world taking over the church Christmas pageant.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS DINNER THEATER

Thru Dec. 23 | All ages
615-724-1600 | fontanel.com
Natchez Hills Winery at Fontanel, 4125 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville. Thu – Sat 7 p.m., Sun 1:30 & 7 p.m. $59.99 ages 7+, free ages 6 & younger. Dine while the Peanuts gang take the stage to uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

Friday, Dec. 8 | All ages
615-782-4040 | tpac.org
TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 7 p.m. $35 – $50. A stage adaptation of Charles M. Schulz’ beloved animated holiday story in which the Peanuts characters uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

CHRISTMAS BELLES

Dec. 1 – 16 | All ages
615-791-5007 | pull-tight.com
Pull-Tight Theater, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin. Thu – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $18 adults, $12 students. The Futrelle Sisters return for the holiday farce revolving around the Christmas program at the Tabernacle of the Lamb Church.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Dec. 1 – 17 | All ages
615-904-2787 | boroarts.org
Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro. Fri – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students, $11 children. Experience Charles Dickens’ famous holiday tale on stage.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Dec. 14 – 17 | All Ages
actorspointtheatre.com
Actors Point Theatre at God Why Church, 100 God Why Court, Hendersonville. Thu & Sat 7:30 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $13 – $18 (make it a dinner show on Fri – Sat night for $27 – $34). In this unique twist of the classic tale, the story is set in a migrant farm worker’s community at the edge of town in a junk yard.

A CHRISTMAS STORY

Thru Dec. 22 | All ages
615-782-4040 | nashvillerep.org
Nashville Rep at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Wed – Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $57.50 – $72.50. A stage version of the holiday movie classic about a boy’s wish for a Red Ryder B.B. gun. READ OUR REVIEW HERE.

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE

Thru Dec. 27 | All ages
615-889-1000 | christmasatgaylordopryland.com
Cirque Dreams at the Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville. Various showtimes. $24.99 – $89.99. Cirque performers dressed as ornaments come to life and perform dazzling feats to holiday music in this Vegas-style extravaganza. READ OUR REVIEW HERE.

CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS

Dec. 8 – 9, 14 – 17 | All ages
615-893-9825 | mltarts.com
Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro. Thu – Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $10 adults, $7 students. A holiday comedy about a young Jewish girl in the mid-1930s who is cast as Jesus in her school Christmas play.

ELF THE MUSICAL JR.

Dec. 7 – 10 | All ages
615-867-7244 | murfreesborotn.gov/parks
Perform Murfreesboro at The Washington Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. Thu – Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $7.50 adults, $6 ages 4 – 17. The stage version about Buddy, a young orphan turned would-be elf.

ELF THE MUSICAL JR. & A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

Sunday, Dec. 17 | All ages
615-538-2076 | acttooplayers.com
The Act Too Players at the Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 1 & 5:30 p.m. $13 – $25. A holiday double-header.

A GOOD OLD-FASHIONED REDNECK COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

Dec. 8 – 17 | All ages
615-598-8950 | encore-theatre-company.org
Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. Fri – Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 & younger. What if the three wise men were really three rednecks who, while avoiding their families, stumbled across the greatest story ever told?

GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER

Sunday, Dec. 24 | All ages
615-889-3060 | ryman.com
Moscow Ballet at the Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 2 p.m. $30 – $70. Experience a unique interpretation of the Nutcracker story featuring 80 classically trained ballet dancers.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Thru Dec. 10 | All ages
615-826-6037 | hpactn.com
Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville. Thu – Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $18 adults, $15 students. The saga of George Bailey and his guardian angel, Clarence.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE THE MUSICAL

Thru Dec. 23 | All ages
615-646-9977 | chaffinsbarntheatre.com
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu – Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. $60 adults, $30 students, $18 ages 5 – 11. A timeless fable of dreams, disillusionment and the power of love.

KEN LUDWIG’S ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Dec. 8 – 9, 12 – 13, 15 – 16, 22 – 23 | All ages
615-646-9977 | chaffinsbarntheatre.com
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 11 a.m. $10. This children’s Christmas show tells the story of a mouse, an elf and a spunky girl who won’t take no for an answer after Santa missed a house last year. Bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee, tea and soft drinks provided. Grab a photo op with Santa after the show.

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Dec. 1 – 23 | All ages
615-541-8200 | studiotenn.com
Studio Tenn at the Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. Thu – Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $30 – $85. Enter a winter wonderland behind the wardrobe where animals talk, trees walk and the White Witch rules the landscape. Backstage tours to see the costumes and other fun stuff are available at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17 for $15.

THE MINI-NUTCRACKER

Dec. 1 – 3 | All ages
615-862-8439 | https://themininutcracker.brownpapertickets.com
Centennial Youth Ballet at Harpeth Hall’s Davis Auditorium, 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville. Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m., Sun 1 p.m. $12 adults, $8 ages 12 & younger. A young girl’s Christmas dream comes to life.

NASHVILLE’S NUTCRACKER

Dec. 2 – 23 | All ages
615-782-4040 | nashvilleballet.com
Nashville Ballet at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Dec. 2, 3 & 10 at 2 p.m.; Dec. 9, 16, 21 – 23 at 2 & 7 p.m.; Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 17 at 1 & 6:30 p.m. $35 – $92. It’s the 10th anniversary of this Nutcracker rendition steeped in local history, and it includes 301 kids in the youth cast this year. Also new in this year’s production: a Dancing Bear Cavalry, new magic from Drosselmeyer, and it’s going to snow for the first time in the audience during the show! READ OUR PREVIEW HERE.

A TAFFETA CHRISTMAS

Dec. 1 – 16 | All ages
615-221-1174 | townecentretheatre.com
Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood. Thu – Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $20 adults, $16 students. A classic hometown Christmas musical throwback to the 1950s.

A TUNA CHRISTMAS

Dec. 1 – 23 | All ages
615-646-9977 | chaffinsbarntheatre.com
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu – Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. $60 adults, $30 students, $18 ages 5 – 11. It’s Christmas in Texas’ third smallest town as two actors play all of the town’s characters.

WINTER WONDERETTES

Thru Dec. 17 | Ages 10+
615-883-8375| thelarrykeetontheatre.org
The Larry Keeton Dinner Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville. Thu – Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $18 – $30 adults, $15 – $20 ages 12 & younger. This musical comedy features ‘60s versions of holiday classics.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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