The Christmas season stirs up so much excitement, especially for the kids in the family. Neighborhoods are aglow with Christmas lights. All the local stores have beautiful Christmas displays. Christmas music is playing practically everywhere. All this Christmas spirit inspires the whole family to take in the season and make new Christmas memories.

Middle Tennessee offers plenty of ways to do just that! Here are a few ways to make the most of the 2021 Christmas season with the whole family:

Meet Santa (or the Grinch) in Middle Tennessee

Many families look for the perfect opportunity to snap photos with their kids and Santa. The good news is that there will be several Santa sightings in Middle Tennessee this year. He’s making appearances in cities from Nashville to Murfreesboro. Rumor has it, Santa will be spending a little time at each of the below events/locations. (And the Grinch will be making a few appearances as well!)

Community Events in Middle Tennessee

These upcoming community events are just what the season needs! Dickens of a Christmas in Franklin is an annual Charles Dickens-themed community event. On December 11th and 12th, this well-known seasonal event will host multiple vendors for holiday shopping, along with food, beverages, and entertainment! It’s a fun event that gets the whole family out of the house to enjoy a little Christmas joy in the community. But if Franklin isn’t exactly close to home, check out the Shabby Lane Holiday Splendor event in Murfreesboro on December 11th. It is also a holiday shopping event with multiple local vendors. 


Maybe the shopping is done, but the family could still use some quality time this Christmas season. The family can still get out and participate in a community event or two. Concord Community Church is providing a live, drive-thru nativity. During this free event, guests can drive through a retelling of the story of Christmas. And Patterson Park Community Center is offering a Santa Splash and Dash. This event invites children ages 7-13 to make a Christmas ornament, eat a delicious meal, and swim in an indoor pool.

Theater Events (Live or on-Screen) in Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee has several theaters that provide entertainment to local families. This Christmas, the Center for the Arts will be presenting Elf the Musical. And Springhouse Theater will be performing The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, with a free show at 10:30 AM on Sunday, December 12th. Those who love going to the movies can also check out the Capitol Theatre showing of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on December 21st. 

Parades in Middle Tennessee

Parades are fun pastimes for the whole family! At least three Middle Tennessee cities will be presenting their parades during the weekend of December 11th and 12th. The Parade of Lights will take place in La Vergne on December 11th. The Mt. Juliet Christmas Parade is also happening on December 11th. And the Murfreesboro Christmas Parade will be on December 12th.

Christmas Cooking in Middle Tennessee

One final event we should mention for the 2021 Christmas season is The Curious Kitchen Kids Holiday Cooking Series. This is a special event for young chefs. From December 20th through December 23rd, kids ages 6 through 15 will learn to make delicious, festive treats. What a perfect way to cap off the season just in time for Christmas!


Holloway Home Group loves spending the Christmas season in Middle Tennessee. This area is home to us, and we are always looking to explore the community. We have posted several blogs on our website that share our favorite activities or restaurants in the Middle Tennessee area. If you’d like to learn more about Middle Tennessee, check out our other blogs. And if your family would like to learn more about real estate in Middle Tennessee, feel free to reach out to us directly—