It’s holiday time and Rutherford County is full of events for you and your family.
1Smyrna Christmas Parade
Along Lowry Street in the Depot District, folks of all ages will gather in anticipation of the arrival of floats, bands, classic cars, dancers and, of course, Santa Claus as they travel northbound on Lowry Street toward Sam Ridley Parkway. This year’s theme is “A Tennessee Christmas.”
2Point of Grace
The soaring voices of Point of Grace has delighted a generation. Each song comes from the heart and inspires every member of the audience. For one night only they are coming to Murfreesboro with Aaron Shust and special guest Mallary Hope to share the sounds of Christmas to celebrate Christ’s birth. Learn more at bandsintown.com/e/101034578
3Joys of the Season
Dec 1, 3pm
Middle Tennessee State University, 1301 E Main St, Murfreesboro
Students and faculty from the School of Music will present music from the season that will be fun for the entire family. Concert begins at 3:00 pm. More at mtsuarts.com.
4Mistletoe and Martinis
It’s the annual Holiday Marketplace Preview Party that you don’t want to miss! Grab a group of friends or your main squeeze and join the Junior League of Murfreesboro for music, martinis, and munchies while viewing great gifts for the family. This fundraiser helps the organization fund their programs in the community. Learn more at mistletoeandmartinis.org.
5Celebrate Christmas Downtown Tree Lighting
Come experience the lighting of the Rutherford County Christmas Tree Downtown. Fun for the entire family. Polar Express showing and pics with Santa in the historic courthouse.
6LaVergne Parade of Lights
Dec 7, 6pm
Veteran’s Memorial Park, 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive, La Vergne
The parade begins at Veterans Memorial Park, located at 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive, and winds down to City Hall. There will be hot chocolate, carolers performing holiday songs, and it will end with a visit by Mr. and Mrs. Claus, the tree lighting ceremony topped off by a free fireworks display.
7A Christmas Carol
Creative Director Ronnie Meeks’ adaption of the timeless classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his overnight change from driven and heartless to filled with the joy of the giving. More at springhousetheatre.com
8Junie B. Performance at Linebaugh
A fun and endearing play for the whole family about learning the lessons Christmas has to offer. Junie B. Jones draws the name of the pain in her side for the school Secret Santa gift exchange and then the antics begin.
9A Christmas Carol at Center for the Arts
Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his dead partner, Marley, and the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future in this classic tale of redemptions. Scrooge’s adventures on Christmas Eve teach this greedy and selfish man to allow the goodness of the holiday season to warm his frozen heart. Selling out fast, get your tickets at boroarts.org.
1017th Annual Hotcakes and Holly Fundraiser
Dec 7, 7:30am
Middle Tennessee Christian School, 100 E MTCS Rd, Murfreesboro,
Rotary Club of Murfreesboro presents its 17th annual fundraiser breakfast benefitting local literacy programs. Included within the ticket price will be live entertainment and photos with Santa. Lots of pancakes, sausage, cinnamon rolls, and orange juice will be served up by members of the Rotary Club, and their youth programs, Interact and Rotaract. More at murfreesbororotary.com.
1136th Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes
This annual event features beautiful and historic private homes in Murfreesboro’s downtown area, distinctive churches, and as always, the graceful Oaklands Mansion fully decorated for the holiday season. On the mansion grounds, local artists and craftsmen will offer hand made products for sale, and there will be seasonal entertainment. More at oaklandsmansion.org.
121950’s Christmas Party at Hop Springs
Dec 7, 7:30pm
Hop Springs Brewery, 6790 John Bragg Hwy, Murfreesboro
Baby, it’s cold outside, come into Hop Springs and get ready to rock around the Christmas tree before you take a sleigh ride with your Santa Baby. Yep, we are celebrating the holiday season with the great songs from the 1950s, food, and major brews. More here.
13Murfreesboro Christmas Parade
December 8, 2pm
Main Street, Murfreesboro
Senior Judge Don Ash, long active in the non-profit community, will be the Grand Marshall of this year’s parade themed, “The Sounds of Christmas.” As in years past, the parade will start near the Middle Tennessee Boulevard / East Main Street intersection and head west towards the historic Rutherford County Square. It is a joyous event every year sponsored by The Good Neighbor Station, WGNS radio.
14Timeless Christmas Treasures
An evening filled with classical Christmas songs from the Tennessee Philharmonic that will be loved by the entire family. The symphony was begun in 1981 by Dr. Laurence Harvin, and has delighted the community with a full complement of concerts every year. It was formerly known and the Murfreesboro Orchestra. More here.
15Ugly Sweater Party
Dec 13, 6pm
Mayday Brewery, 521 Old Salem Rd, Murfreesboro
Pull out the ugliest of your ugly Christmas sweaters or use your creativity to create one! They’ll have prizes for the worst! Live music, food trucks, and beverages including 22 craft beers, cider or a seltzer to choose from. More here.