Santa Sightings

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Kids can pose for pics and share their wish lists with the jolly old elf this holiday season.

Special Events with Santa!

 

A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
Gaylord Opryland Resort
2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville
616-889-1000
Thru Dec. 24
Hop on St. Nick’s lap under the Delta Island Bridge. Hours are Sun – Thu 12 – 7 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; hours Dec. 17 – 22 & 24 are 11 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
Dec. 2 – 3, 9 – 10, 16 – 17
Kids can share their lists and pose for pictures. They will also receive a commemorative photo holder. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD
1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville
615-356-8000
Tue, Wed & Thu in December
Kids can visit with Santa on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. $22 adults, $17 ages 3 – 17 in advance ($5 more at the gate).

HOLIDAY PARTY WITH MRS. CLAUS & SANTA
Bordeaux Library
4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville
615-862-5856
Saturday, Dec. 9
Mrs. Claus makes balloon animals, paints faces and facilitates games. Santa is on hand to hear wish lists and pose for pics. 2 p.m. Free.

KEN LUDWIG’S ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre
8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville
615-646-9977
Dec. 8 – 9, 12 – 13, 15 – 16
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. 11 a.m. $10.

MEET ME AT THE ZOO
Nashville Zoo
3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville
615-833-1534
Saturday, Dec. 16
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. $16 adults, $11 ages 2 – 12.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS TRAIN
Tennessee Central Railway Museum
220 Willow St., Nashville
515-241-0436
Saturday, Dec. 9
A 64-mile round-trip train ride with Santa and his elves. 9 and 1:30 p.m. $21 – $75.

PAJAMA NIGHT WITH SANTA
RiverGate Mall
1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville
615-859-3458
Friday, Dec. 8
Kids can don their jammies for a special photo night with Santa Claus. 5 – 8 p.m. Free to visit; photo packages vary.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY 4-H PANCAKE BREAKFAST & MARKETPLACE
Lane Agri-Park
315 John R. Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro
615-898-7710 | bdavenp4@utk.edu
Saturday, Dec. 9
Kids can get their picture made with Santa during this eating and shopping event. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free admission to the marketplace. Breakfast is $8 adults, $5 ages 10 & younger. Santa photos are a suggested $5 donation.

SNACK WITH SANTA
Timberland Park
Mile Marker 437.2, Franklin
615-790-5719
Wednesday, Dec. 13
Ages 18 months – 4 years 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
Sunday, Dec.  17
St. Nick visits while kids enjoy chocolate fudge sundaes. 12 – 4 p.m. $12.

VOLUNTEER SANTA
RiverGate Mall
1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville
615-859-3458
Thursday, Dec. 7
UT fans can wear their team colors for photos with Santa who’ll also be decked out in a “Big Orange” suit. 6 – 9 p.m. Free to visit; photo prices vary.

SANTA AT BASS PRO SHOP
323 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville
615-514-5200
Thru Dec. 24
Hop on Santa’s lap for a free 4 x 6 photo — schedule your child’s visit with St. Nick by picking up a Bass Pro reservation in the store. Hours are Mon – Sat 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa

AQUARIUM RESTAURANT
516 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville
615-514-3474
Dec. 16, 17 & 23
A breakfast buffet with Santa and Sharkey that includes a waffle station, pancakes, omelettes and more. Pose for photos with St. Nick before watching him swim with the fish. 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. $14.99 adults, $9.99 ages 3 – 10.

CHEEKWOOD
1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville
615-356-8000
Saturday, Dec. 23
Enjoy eggs, sausage, fruit and waffles, then decorate cookies and visit with St. Nick. 8:30 – 10 a.m. $35 adults, $22 ages 3 – 17. Register in advance.

RAINFOREST CAFE
353 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville
615-569-7984
Dec. 16, 17 & 23
A new, bigger breakfast buffet this year, plus a raffle with prizes, goodie bags, visiting with Santa and other activities. 8 – 10 a.m. $18.84 adults, $13.23 ages 4 – 10, free ages 3 & younger.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY ENRICHMENT CENTER
110 Everbright Ave., Franklin
615-790-5719
Saturday, Dec. 9
Enjoy a continental breakfast before hopping on Santa’s lap to share wish lists and pose for photos. 8 – 10:30 a.m. $12 ($6 siblings), free for parents. Register in advance with event code 10866.

Santa at the Malls

THE AVENUE MURFREESBORO

2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro
615-893-4207 | theavenuemurfreesboro.com
Dec. 8 – 10
Fri 3 – 5 p.m., Sat 12 – 2 p.m., Sun 2 – 4 p.m.

COOLSPRINGS GALLERIA

1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin
615-771-2128 | coolspringsgalleria.com
Nov. 4 – 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.).

THE MALL AT GREEN HILLS

2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville
615-298-5478 | shopgreenhills.com
Nov. 9 – 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.).

OPRY MILLS

433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville
615-514-1000 | oprymills.com
Nov. 4 – Dec. 24
Nov. 4 – Dec. 14: Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (breaks 1 – 2 p.m. & 5:15 – 6 p.m.), Sun 12 – 6 p.m. (break 2 – 3 p.m.); Dec. 15 – 23: Mon – Sat 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (breaks 1 – 2 p.m. & 5:15 – 6 p.m.), Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (break 2 – 3 p.m.); Dec. 24: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (break 1 – 2 p.m.).

RIVERGATE MALL

1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville
615-859-3458 | rivergate-mall.com
Nov. 11 – Dec. 24
November hours: Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (break 4 – 5 p.m.), Sat 12 – 8 p.m. (break 4 – 5 p.m.), Sun 12 – 6 p.m. (break 3 – 3:30 p.m.). December hours: Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (breaks 1 – 2 & 5 – 6 p.m.), Sun 12 – 6 p.m. (breaks 3 – 3:30 p.m.). Pet photos take place Nov. 14, 21 & 18 from 5 – 8 p.m. and Dec. 5, 12 & 19 from 6 – 9 p.m.

STONES RIVER MALL

1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro
615-896-4486 | stonesrivermall.com
Nov. 11 – Dec. 23
Thru Dec. 14: Mon – Sat 12 – 8 p.m. (break 3 – 4 p.m.), Sun 12 – 6 p.m. (break 2:30 – 3 p.m.). Dec. 15 – 23: Mon – Sat 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (breaks 12 – 1 & 4 – 5 p.m.), Sun 12 – 6 p.m. (break 2:30 – 3 p.m.). Christmas Eve: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (break 1 – 2 p.m.).

STREETS OF INDIAN LAKE

300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville
streetsofindianlake.com
Nov. 25 – Dec. 23
Fri – Sat 1 – 4 p.m. & 5 – 7 p.m., Sun 1 – 4 p.m.

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

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