Free family Thanksgiving events in Nashville 2017
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The season of Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for homecomings, reunions and time to treasure with family and friends. There will be free family-friendly events to enjoy in Nashville, Tennessee in 2017. Check out all the free holiday events being held in Nashville in this year.  

Christmas Lights and Outdoor Nativity
Nov. 11-Dec. 31 @ 4 p.m.
Gaylord Opryland Resort, 2800 Opryland Dr., Nashville, TN 37214

Gaylord Opryland Resort will be festively decorated and aglow with over three million lights through the resort. The Outdoor Nativity will portray the birth of Jesus Christ through a display and audio rendition at the Magnolia Lawn. While there will be fees for many of entertainment events at Gaylord, there will be no charge to walk through the resort and view the decorations and the Nativity.

VA Veteran’s Day Parade
Nov. 18 @ 10 a.m.
Alvin C. York Campus of VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, 3400 Lebanon Pike, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

The annual Veteran’s Day event will bring the parade to Veteran’s who are not able to attend other community parades. The parade themed will be “A Grateful Nation Salutes Gulf War Veterans. The patriotic event will be free and open to the public.

Christmas on the Cumberland
Nov. 21-Jan. 1 @ 5:30 p.m. p.m.
McGregor Park Riverwalk, 640 N. Riverside Dr., (US 41-A), Clarksville, TN 37040

The City of Clarksville will kick off the festive holiday season with a grand opening ceremony illuminating the city with over one million lights.  It will be free to view the Christmas lights and walk through the decorated park.

Night of the Child Nativity Collection
Mid. Nov. – Jan.
Chapel at Upper Room Museum, 1908 Grand Ave., Nashville, TN3 7212

The Night of the Child Nativity Exhibit will display over 130 international nativity scenes representing the birth of Jesus Christ. The Christian Art Museum will tell Biblical stories through sculptures, art, and paintings. There is no admission fee, they do accept donations ($5 suggested donation).

2nd Annual Handmade Nashville Holiday Market
Nov. 25 @ 10 a.m.
Red Caboose Park, 656 Colice Neanne Rd., Nashville, TN 37221

Shop for handmade gift items at the holiday market on Small Business Saturday. Admission will be free.

Nashville Flea Market at the Fairgrounds
Nov. 24-26 @ 8 a.m.
The Fairground Nashville, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville, TN 37203

The Nashville Flea Market is held the last weekend of every month. The market in Nashville is considered one of the top ten in the U.S., attracting a huge number of vendors and dealers selling a variety of wares. Admission will be free but there is a $5 fee for parking.

11th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Hendersonville
Nov. 26 @ 3 p.m.
Memorial Park, Hendersonville, TN

Hendersonville will present a small-town, traditional Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring musical entertainment, fun, and activities for the family. Children will enjoy meeting Santa Claus, the bouncy house, and Sugar Creek Carriage Rides.

Nashville Christmas Parade
Dec. 2 @ 8:30 a.m.
Broadway & 5th Ave., Nashville, TN

The Piedmont Natural Gas Nashville Christmas Parade Presented by Tootsies will be a festive event for the entire family. The parade will feature musical entertainment, celebrity appearances, elaborate floats, and more.

Spring Hill Christmas Parade
Dec. 2 @ 5 p.m.
Main St., Spring Hill, TN

The 10th Annual Spring Hill Christmas Parade will be presented by Kiwanis of Spring Hill & Thompson’s Station.


Belle Meade Plantation
Belle Meade, TN 37205

Belle Meade Plantation will hold the Candlelight Open House, which will be free and open to the public, on Nov. 9 from 5-8 p.m. The historic mansion will be festively decorated for the holidays through the season. Tours will be free for children 5 and under, while regular admission will apply for adults and older children.

Christmas at the Mansion
Nov. 24-Dec. 30 (Thurs., Fri. & Sat.) @ 6 p.m.
Fontanel Mansion, 4125 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville, TN 37189

Celebrate the holiday season with an evening at the Mansion at Fontanel. There will be over 40 decorated Christmas trees, Dickens Christmas carolers, and displays from country music superstars. There will be special fun activities for kids, so the entire family can enjoy the visit to the historic mansion.  Children ages 10 & under will be admitted free. Tickets for adults will be $18-$25.