Photo Ops with Santa Claus

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Don't forget to get your annual photo with Santa! You can find him all over the area, just look and see.

CHRISTMAS DOWNTOWN
Downtown Smyrna
100 Front St., Smyrna
townofsmyrna.org
Saturday, Dec. 8
Holiday festivities include photos with Santa ($5). 5 – 8 p.m. Free.

COOKIES WITH SANTA
Lanes, Trains and Automobiles
450 Butler Drive, Murfreesboro
615-890-3999 | ltadepot.com
Saturday, Dec. 8
Enjoy bowling, cookies and a visit with St. Nick. 12 – 2 p.m. Free.

COOKIES WITH SANTA
Smyrna Public Library
400 Enon Springs Road W., Smyrna
615-459-4884 | rclstn.org
Friday, Dec. 21
All ages can share a treat with St. Nick then pose for pictures. 1:30 – 4 p.m. Free.

A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
Gaylord Opryland Resort
2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville
616-889-1000 | christmasatgaylordopryland.com
Thru Dec. 24
Hop on St. Nick’s lap inside the Holiday Halls. Hours are Mon – Thu 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Photo packages start at $30.

DECK THE HALL
Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville
615-416-2001 | countrymusichalloffame.org
Dec. 1 – 2, 8 – 9, 15 – 16
Kids can share their lists and pose for pictures.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free.

HOLIDAY AT CHEEKWOOD
1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville
615-356-8000 | cheekwood.org
Dec. 1 – 30 (excluding Christmas Day)
Kids can visit with Santa during daytime hours Saturdays, Dec. 1 – 22. St. Nick also visits kids from 5 – 8 p.m. nightly during Holiday Lights. Daytime admission (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) is $20 adults, $13 ages 3 – 17. Holiday Lights admission (5 – 10 p.m.) is $22 adults, $17 youth.

JINGLE BOUNCE
BounceU
1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro
615-893-8386 | bounceu.com/murfreesboro-tn
Dec. 14 & 21
Bounce on inflatables, enjoy holiday cookies and visit with Santa. Ages 7 & younger 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. All ages Dec. 21 only from 1 – 3 p.m. $10.95. Register.

MEET ME AT THE ZOO: SANTA CLAUS
Nashville Zoo
3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville
615-833-1534 | nashvillezoo.org
Saturday, Dec. 15
Santa’s checking his list twice, taking gift requests and posing for photos with good little boys and girls … and even the naughty ones! 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. $18 adults, $13 ages 2 – 12.

MERRY MANSKER’S CHRISTMAS
Historic Mansker’s Station
705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville
615-859-3678 | historicmanskersstation.eventbrite.com
Saturday, Dec. 8
Get a pic with Santa and Mrs. Claus, ride the trackless train, make crafts nibble on cookies and sip cocoa. 1 – 3 p.m. Free.

MOVIES & COCOA WITH SANTA
Williamson County Enrichment Center
110 Everbright Ave., Franklin
615-786-0186 | wcparksandrec.com
Friday, Dec. 14
Ages 10 & younger can get pics with St. Nick, decorate cookies, write letters to the North Pole and watch a holiday flick. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. $10. Register.

NORTH POLE EXPERIENCE
Nolensville Town Hall
7218 Nolensville Road, Nolensville
615-776-3640 | nolensvilletn.gov
Tuesday, Dec. 4
Stop by Santa’s sleigh for a visit. 6 – 8 p.m. Free.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS TRAIN
Tennessee Central Railway Museum
220 Willow St., Nashville
515-241-0436 | tcry.org
Saturdays, Dec. 1 & 8
A 64-mile round-trip train ride with Santa and his elves. 9 and 1:30 p.m. $21 – $80.

PICTURES WITH SANTA
Williamson County Enrichment Center
110 Everbright Ave., Franklin
615-786-0200 | wcparksandrec.com
Wednesday, Dec. 19
Ages 6 & younger can play winter carnival games and get a pic with St. Nick. 10 a.m. $8. Register.

PORTLAND CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Downtown Portland
615-325-9032 | portlandcofc.com
Saturday, Dec. 1
Visit Santa during the city’s holiday festivities. 3 – 5 p.m. Free.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY 4-H PANCAKE BREAKFAST & MARKETPLACE
Lane Agri-Park
315 John R. Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro
615-898-7710 | bdavenp4@utk.edu
Saturday, Dec. 8
Kids can get their picture made with Santa during this eating and shopping event. Breakfast is 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., marketplace is 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free admission to the marketplace. Breakfast is $8 adults. Santa photos are a suggested $5 donation or free with the purchase of the breakfast.

SANTA AND S’MORES
Outdoor Adventure Center
100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna
townofsmyrna.org
Friday, Dec. 14
All ages can enjoy refreshments and a visit with Kris Kringle. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. $5. Register.

SANTA CARES
CoolSprings Galleria
1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin
615-771-2128 | coolspringsgalleria.com
Dec. 2 & 9
Children with sensory issues or other special needs can visit with Santa Claus in a calm environment. Photo packages available for purchase. 9 – 11 a.m. Free. Register at the website.

SANTA AT THE COURTHOUSE
Rutherford County Courthouse/Public Square
20 N. Public Square, Murfreesboro
615-895-1887 | downtownmurfreesboro.com
Dec. 7 – 8, 14 – 15, 21 – 22
Santa arrives on Friday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. during the tree lighting. Visit him Saturdays from 12 – 4 p.m. (bring your own camera) for free. On Fridays from 6 – 8 p.m., Shacklett’s Photography will be on site selling photo packages.

SANTA PARTY
My Gym
330 Franklin Road, Brentwood
615-615-371-5437 | http://signup.com/go/JubdTLt
Friday, Dec. 7
Enjoy games and activities with St. Nick in 45-minute sessions between 2 – 5:45 p.m. $5 per family to play; $15 for Santa photo.

SANTA SPIRIT NIGHT: NASHVILLE PREDATORS
RiverGate Mall
1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville
615-859-3458 | rivergate-mall.com
Thursday, Dec. 6
St. Nick will don his Nashville Predators attire, so get your fang fingers ready to pose for a Preds pic. 5 – 8 p.m. Photo package prices vary.

SANTA’S WONDERLAND
Bass Pro Shop
323 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville
615-514-5200 | basspro.com/santa
Thru Monday, Dec. 24
The 3,500-square-foot Christmas village invites children of all ages to enjoy a variety of games and activities. Speaking of Santa, kids can hop on his lap and leave with a free 4 x 6 studio-quality photo. No need to wait in a long line. Just go online and use the free digital Bass Pass system to schedule your child’s time. Updates and reminders are sent via text message. Hours are Mon – Sat 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

SNACK WITH SANTA
Timberland Park
Mile Marker 437.2, Franklin
615-790-5719 | wcparksandrec.com
Monday, Dec. 10
Ages 4 and younger can hear stories and do crafts with St. Nick. 10 – 11 a.m. Free. Register.

SUNDAES WITH SANTA
Milky Way Farm
520 Milky Way Road, Pulaski
931-808-2281 | milkywayfarm.org
Dec. 8 – 9
St. Nick visits while kids enjoy chocolate fudge sundaes. 12 – 4 p.m. $12.

A VISIT WITH SANTA
Williamson County Public Library
1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin
615-595-1244 | wcpl.ss9.sharpschool.com
Thursday, Dec. 6
Bring a camera or your phone to snap a pic of your child with St. Nick. 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Free.

Local Mall Santas

THE AVENUE MURFREESBORO
2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro
615-893-4207 | theavenuemurfreesboro.com
Dec. 7 – 8
Fri 3 – 5 p.m., Sat 1 – 3 p.m.

COOLSPRINGS GALLERIA
1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin
615-771-2128 | coolspringsgalleria.com
Thru Monday, Dec. 24
Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (breaks 1 – 2 p.m. & 5 – 6 p.m.), Sun 12 – 6 p.m. (break 3 – 3:30 p.m.). Pet nights Dec. 3 & 10 from 6 – 9 p.m.

THE MALL AT GREEN HILLS
2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville
615-298-5478 | shopgreenhills.com
Thru Monday, Dec. 24 (Santa’s Flight Academy)
Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (breaks 1 – 2 p.m. & 5 – 6 p.m.), Sun 12 – 6 p.m. (break 2 – 3 p.m.). Pet nights are Dec. 2 & 9 from 7:30 – 9 p.m.

OPRY MILLS
433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville
615-514-1000 | oprymills.com
Thru Monday, Dec. 24
Daily 11 a.m. – 7:20 p.m. Reserve your time slot online before heading to the mall. Pet photos are Sunday, Dec. 9 from 7 – 9 p.m.

RIVERGATE MALL
1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville
615859-3458 | rivergate-mall.com
Thru Monday, Dec. 24
Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Dec. 3 – 7; breaks 1 – 2 p.m. & 5 – 6 p.m.); Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (breaks 1 – 2 p.m. & 5 – 6 p.m.); Sun 12 – 6 p.m. (breaks 3 – 3:30 p.m.); Christmas Eve 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (break 1 – 2 p.m.). Pet nights with Santa are Tuesdays, Dec. 4 – 18 from 6 – 9 p.m.

STONES RIVER MALL
1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro
615-896-4486 | stonesrivermall.com
Thru Monday, Dec. 24
Thru Dec. 13: Mon – Sat 12 – 8 p.m. (break 3 – 4 p.m.), Sun 12 – 6 p.m. (break 2:30 – 3 p.m.). Dec. 14 – 23: Mon – Sun 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (breaks 12 – 1 & 4 – 5 p.m.). Christmas Eve: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (break 1 – 2 p.m.). Pet photo nights (dogs & cats only) are Mondays, Dec. 3 – 17 from 5 – 8 p.m.

STREETS OF INDIAN LAKE
300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville
streetssofindianlake.com
Thru Sunday, Dec. 23
Fri – Sat 2 – 4 p.m. & 5 – 7 p.m., Sun 1 – 4 p.m. (closed Dec. 2). Dec. 20 – 22 include additional times from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dec. 23 is from 1 – 4 p.m. only.

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

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