6 Rutherford County Holiday Events

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Photo from Christmas in Downtown Murfreesboro. Photo Source: Main Street Facebook page.

Time to start making plans for the holidays. Here are seven holiday events taking place in Rutherford County that feature everything from shopping handmade crafts to supporting small local businesses to an ugly Christmas sweater contest. Plus, there will be lots of music, fun and beverages to get the season started right. And at some, you might just see Santa!

1Small Business Holiday Market

November 25, 2023

Agri-Park
315 John Rice Boulevard
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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Time: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Come to this festive shopping event and discover unique gifts, support local businesses, and get into the holiday spirit. This event is the perfect opportunity to find one-of-a-kind treasures for loved ones. With a wide variety of vendors showcasing their products, you’re sure to find something special. From handmade crafts to delicious treats and food trucks, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss out on this wonderful event that celebrates small businesses and brings our community together.

2Celebrate Christmas Downtown Murfreesboro

December 1, 2023
Main Street Murfreesboro
Town Square
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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Times: Friday, 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

On the first Friday night of December, holiday revelers will gather around the historic 1859 Rutherford County Courthouse, for the annual lighting of the Rutherford County Christmas tree. Main Street organizes this event, featuring entertainment, caroling, the lighting of the tree, and a visit from a very special bearded gentleman. Bring your family downtown for dinner, view the live nativity, shop in unique stores, enjoy an hour-long program full of choir music, dancing, acting, and Santa. Free activities for children, carriage rides, and pictures with Santa run from 5:30-8:30pm. It’s a Christmas tradition for Murfreesboro and we hope you and your family will be a part of it downtown!

3Christmas Open House at Sam Davis Home

December 2, 2023
1399 Sam Davis Road
Smyrna, Tennessee
https://centennialholidayshow.com/
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $12 to $20, children under 6 are free

This is an opportunity for the whole family to come to Sam Davis home and experience 19th century holiday traditions and make an ornament for your tree.

4Nutcracker Tea Party

December 2, 2023
Sam Davis Home
1399 Sam Davis Road
Smyrna, Tennessee
https://centennialholidayshow.com/
Time: 2:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $20.00 per person

All ages are welcome to join in this festive holiday themed tea party that includes crafts, photo opts, and delicious tea service. Limited space available. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

5Middle Tennessee Choral Society Christmas Concert

December 3, 2023
Hinton Hall
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Middle Tennessee Choral Society’s Christmas Concert will include Jeffery Ames’ “Gloria Fanfare,” “Nativity Suite” by Dale Warland with flute and harp, and Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata” with brass and organ.

6Ugly Christmas Sweater Bingo

December 21, 2023

Mayday Brewery
521 Old Salem Road
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Time: 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Join the folks at Mayday for a fun night of bingo and prizes for the ugliest Christmas Sweater. They will also have small batch seasonal specials.