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Looking for something fun to do in December? Check out these events in Rutherford County

The Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro) logo The Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro) 12/7/2021 Nancy DeGennaro, Murfreesboro Daily News Journal

There's no shortage of events this month in Rutherford County, plenty of fun for the entire family. 

Gallagher Unplugged

Gallagher Guitars, 118 N. Walnut St. in Murfreesboro, will host upcoming concerts:

  • 7-9 p.m. Dec. 4: Asher Cataldo
  • 7-9 p.,m. Jan. 1: Delyn Christian

Tickets are $10 in advance and $14 at the door. Purchase on

Family-friendly comedy on stage

Notes Lounge, 2349A S. Church St. in Murfreesboro, will host father-son comedian duo Gerald and Hunter Kelly, from "America's Got Talent," on stage at 5 p.m. Dec. 4. This is a family-friendly show. Tickets are $5 to $30 and can be purchased on For more info, call 615-528-3303.

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'Christmas Vacation'

Mayday Brewery, 521 Old Salem Road in Murfreesboro, hosts a "Christmas Vacation" viewing and costume party Dec. 4. The movie starts at 7 p.m. 


Fountains at Gateway, 1500 Medical Center Parkway, hosts Winterfest through Jan. 30, 2022. Enjoy ice skating, seasonal festivities and treats. 

Hours are 4-8 p.m. Thursdays, 4-10 p.m. Fridays, 12-10 p.m. Saturdays and 12-5 p.m. Sundays. During winter break, Dec. 20-Jan.3, hours are 1-9 p.m. Sundays, 12-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 12-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Admission is $12 for ages 4 to 12, and $15 for 13 and older. Visit for more details.

Murfreesboro tree lighting

Main Street Murfreesboro will host the annual Rutherford County Christmas Tree lighting on the east side of the historic Rutherford County Courthouse is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 3. Enjoy live Christmas music, storytelling, crafts and kids activities, hot chocolate, food trucks, shopping with local merchants and movie under the stars.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will throw the switch to light the tree. Also, there will be a toy drive benefiting the Child Advocacy Center and Boys and Girls Clubs, so the public is asked bring a toy to donate.  

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Christmas lights drive-thru

For the second year, Cannonsburgh Village is hosting a drive-thru Christmas Lights event. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St. in Murfreesboro, will come to life with a Christmas light display on the first three weekends in December.

Hours are 5-8 p.m. Dec. 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19. Donations will be accepted. For more information call 615-890-0355.

Oaklands Mansion dinners

Oaklands Mansion museum, 900 N. Maney Ave. in Murfreesboro, will host Christmas dinners Dec. 3-4.

A wine and cheese pre-party for sponsors is 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the mansion. Sponsors will also receive a link to the Virtual 38th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes and tickets to the Christmas dinner.

Sponsorship begins at $250 for two guests. Enjoy your own table of eight for $1,000. There will be no tickets sold at the door, as seating is reserved. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online.

Capped at only 85 guests per night, our Christmas Dinners replace the larger annual Christmas Gala with a more intimate event. Guests will dine on a traditional holiday menu by Chef Jeff. The deserts will be courtesy of The Tasty Table, Olive Branch Bakery and Simply Pure Sweets. You will enjoy LOLA wine and a full bar by Julie’s Bartending service. Visit to purchase.

Discovery Center

The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St. in Murfreesboro, will host a holiday open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Admission is free and open to all ages. See Santa and enjoy lots of festive entertainment and activities.

Time for holiday fun! Learn how others celebrate around the world, take a picture with Santa, decorate the giant gingerbread house, and so much more. Free and open to the public.

Journey tribute

Departure, Journey Tribute band, will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at Main Street Music, 527 W. Main St. in Murfreesboro. Tickets are $20. Purchase on

'Elf: The Musical'

"Elf: The Musical" will take the stage Dec. 3-19 at Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St. in Murfreesboro. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday each weekend, and 2 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19. The Dec. 12 show has only wheelchair and/or specifically held seats available. 

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for military and seniors, and $14 for students. Call 615-904-2787 or visit

'Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

An ordinary nativity play takes on a life of its own when the Herdman siblings show up

and take over. Christmas will never be the same in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," on stage at Springhouse Theatre, 14119 Old Nashville Highway in Smyrna, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-4 and 10-11, and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for military and seniors, and $12 for students. Purchase online at or call 615-969-9273.

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'Christmas Carol'

"From Charley: A Christmas Carol" will be on stage Dec. 3-18 at The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Highway in Woodbury. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Dec. 5.

Based off the classic Charles Dickens tale, "From Charley: A Christmas Carol" offers a new spin to the same story. This tale shows a different perspective through Charles Dickens’s eyes as he writes the legendary tale. 

Tickets are $13 for seniors, military and students, and $15 for adults. Visit or call 615-653-2787.

Santa Splash

Santa Splash and Dash is set for 5-8 p.m. Dec. 10 at Patterson Park Community Center pool, 521 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Murfreesboro. Enjoy playing in the indoor pool, make a craft, and enjoy pizza and treats.

For ages 8-14. Just because it's cold that doesn't mean you can't join us for a holiday pool party! Celebrate the holiday season with an ornament craft, a meal, and lots of swimming. It will be a holly jolly good time for all! Space is limited to the first 40 participants. Cost is $5 if you preregister or $7 at the door, if there is space. Visit to register or call 615-893-7439.

Christmas concert

The Tennessee Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Belle Aire Baptist Church, 1307 N. Rutherford Blvd. in Murfreesboro. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at For more information, call 615-893-1862.

Frosty Fun Run

The annual Frosty Fun Run is set to step off at 10 a.m. Dec. 4 at its new location, Hop Springs Beer Park, 6709 John Bragg Highway in Murfreesboro. Proceeds from this event will be donated to CASA and Parks Christmas for the Children organizations, both benefiting children in our local communities, providing Christmas gifts that they would otherwise go without.

Go run, enjoy pizza and beer, raffles and music with Santa as the DJ. Cost is $25 per person or $125 for a family of four. Purchase at

'Lion, Witch, Wardrobe' on stage

Consider This Theater Company, 7120 Old Nashville Highway in Murfreesboro, presents "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" on stage. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-11 and 17-18, and 2 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19. Tickets are $12 online at \ 

Front Street festivities

Downtown Smyrna comes alive for the holidays at the annual Front Street Christmas festivities, set for 5-9 p.m. Dec. 11. There will be hot drinks and s'mores, carriage rides and free photos with Santa. Admission for this holiday tradition is free. Call 615-459-9773 for more information.

Hop Springs concerts

Hop Springs, 6790 John Bragg Highway in Murfreesboro, host a variety of concerts in December. 

  • Forever Abbey Road Beatles tribute is on stage at 7 p.m. Dec. 11. Tickets are $17 online at
  • The Piano Men, tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John, is 7 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets are $17 at
  • 1950s Christmas with Good Rockin Tonight is 7 p.m. Dec. 18. Tickets are $15 at
  • New Year's Eve with Mixtape 80s tribute band is Dec. 31. Only 200 tickets are available for this all-ages show. The ticket comes with parking and free Champagne toast at midnight (ages 21 and older). Mixtape will go on stage at 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. There will be food trucks on site. Tickets are $50 each. Purchase on

Eagleville parade

The 18th annual Eagleville Christmas parade steps off at 5 p.m. Dec. 11. The theme is "'Twas The Night Before Christmas." The parade goes south on Main Street and left onto old Highway 99, ending at Eagleville School. For more information, call Eagleville City Hall at 615-274-2922.

Parade of Lights

The annual Parade of Lights is scheduled for 5 p.m. Dec. 11, but this year the parade will start at City Hall, 5093 Murfreesboro Road, and end at Veterans Memorial Park, 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive.

This year’s theme is "Who Stole Christmas?" with the La Vergne Grinch serving as the grand marshal. The tree lighting ceremony will take place at the park immediately following the parade along with Christmas caroling.

The Winter Festival also kicks off at 5 p.m. with arts and crafts vendors selling special gifts for the holiday season as well as snack vendors. Santa’s Village will also be set up at the park for pictures with Santa. Fireworks will close out the festival at 8 p.m.

New this year is an ice skating rink. Families will be able to get skates and about 45 minutes of skate time with a canned food or toy donation. Registration on is recommended but not required.

Through Dec. 11, the skating rink will be open from 4-8 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 

Murfreesboro parade

The Murfreesboro Christmas parade steps off at 2 p.m. Dec. 12 and starts at the intersection of Middle Tennessee Boulevard and East Main Street. The route continues down East Main around the Public Square. Theme is "The Spirit of Christmas." Deadline to enter is Nov. 29. Visit for details.

'The Nutcracker'

The Middle Tennessee Sinfonietta performs selections from :The Nutcracker" in the Washington Theatre at the Patterson Community Center, 521 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Murfreesboro, at 7 p.m. Dec. 17-18. Tickets are $5 and available on-line at

Candlelight tour

To keep the tradition alive, Oaklands Mansion presents a virtual Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes. Locations featured include:

  • Laura and Tim Gossett, 512 E. College St.
  • Michael Graves and Doug Willard, 304 E. Lytle St.
  • Bill Jakes Realty, 305 N. Highland Ave.
  • Lindsey and Thomas Jennings, 449 E. College St.
  • Cynthia and Ronnie Martin, 401 E. Lytle St.
  • Judy and Ken Stone, 550 E. Main St.
  • The Rose Cottage, Molly and Steve Poleskey, 320 E. College St.
  • Oaklands Mansion, 900 N. Maney Ave.

This special holiday video, produced by Murfreesboro CityTV, will take you through Murfreesboro’s East Main Street Historic District and then to Oaklands Mansion. The video will premiere on Murfreesboro CityTV at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and replay several times through the end of the year. After the program airs on CityTV, it will be available on

Midnight at Noon

Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Parkway, is set for 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 31  Play New Year Bingo, go on a scavenger hunt, write a New Year wish and make a fun party craft. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults and $4 for youth and seniors. Visit for details.


Santa downtown

See Santa and Mrs. Claus in downtown Murfreesboro inside the historic Rutherford County Courthouse. Around 7:30 p.m., following the tree lighting, they will be on hand for photos and visits. The remainder of the month, hours are 12-4 p.m. Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Bring your own camera.

Santa at Martin's

Santa will visit Martins Home & Garden, 1020 N.W. Broad St. in Murfreesboro, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 4. Share your Christmas wishes and be sure to bring your own camera to capture the moment. There is no charge. 

Donut Country

See Santa at Donut Country, 1311 Memorial Blvd. in Murfreesboro, from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 4. Receive a ticket to see Santa with any purchase. Parents may take their own pictures for free or may purchase photos from the onsite photographer, Sarah Lawrence of Little Tots Photography. Photo packages start at $20.

50th anniversary and Santa

The Senior Activity Center of Smyrna, 100 Raikes St., celebrates its 50th anniversary with a Christmas Open House and photos with Santa. Call 615-459-4839 or email

Santa at The Avenue

The Avenue Murfreesboro, 2915 Medical Center Parkway, hosts free visits with Santa this holiday season.

From 8-10 a.m. Dec. 4, children with special needs and their families can experience the magic of season. During this event children will be able to take a photo and interact with Santa and receive special Christmas gift. This event has limited reservations. Visit to reserve a spot.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4-5, bring your own camera for photos with Santa.

Feeling down in the grumps? Get your photo made with the Grinch between 2-4 p.m. Dec. 18. Stick around to watch a free showing of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Santa at the mall

Santa is in residence at Stones River Town Centre, 1720 Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro, through Dec. 24.

Hours are 12-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, with extended hours starting Dec. 12. He'll be on hand from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 24.

Reservations are strongly encouraged with walk-up visits available as space allows throughout the day. Register online at

Reach reporter Nancy DeGennaro at Keep up with restaurant news by joining Good Eats in the 'Boro (and beyond) on Facebook and follow Murfreesboro Eats on TikTok.

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