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Today’s Forecast

57º | Sunny | 2% chance of rain | Sunrise 6:37 a.m. | Sunset 4:33 p.m.

No need to travel through the Candy Cane Forest
A view of the bar area at The Hampton Social, which is decked out in holiday decor
Though, walking through Holidays at the Hamptons feels pretty similar. | Photo by NASHtoday in 2022
The best way to spread cheer, is catching a holiday movie with friends far and near. This roundup of seasonal screenings will leave you saying, “I’m booked,” all month long.

Franklin Theatre

"The Muppet Christmas Carol” | Multiple dates | 10 a.m. | The Muppets present their own rendition of the Charles Dickens classic in this 1992 Disney film.

Jingle All the Way” | Saturday, Dec. 23 | 1:30 p.m. | A father promises his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas, but he must travel all over and compete with everyone else after every store sells out.

Belcourt Theatre

"The Shop Around the Corner” | Saturday, Dec. 9-Sunday, Dec. 10 | 11:30 a.m. | Two co-workers who can’t stand each other are actually falling in love as anonymous pen pals through the season.

It’s a Wonderful Life” | Wednesday, Dec. 20-Monday, Dec. 25 | Times vary | Frank Capra’s film loosely inspired by “A Christmas Carol,” and an annual Belcourt tradition, returns to the screen.

Jackalope Brewing Co.

"National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” | Sunday, Dec. 10-Monday, Dec. 11 | Times vary | Clark Griswold wants to have the perfect family Christmas, but as the holiday approaches, his meticulous planning goes awry.

The Hampton Social

“Elf” | Tuesday, Dec. 12 | 7 p.m. | Buddy, who was raised as an elf at the North Pole, travels to New York in search of his real father.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” | Monday, Dec. 18 | 7 p.m. | The solitary Grinch is set to ruin Christmas for all of Whoville until he meets Cindy Lou Who, a young girl who tries to get to know him.
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Wednesday, Nov. 29
  • Arkansauce and Fireside Collective | Wednesday, Nov. 29 | 7 p.m. | Analog at Hutton Hotel, 1808 West End Ave. | $19+ | Arkansauce is all about improvisational string leads matched with complex melodies and deep thumping bass grooves.
Thursday, Nov. 30
  • Music in the Café: The Contrarian Ensemble | Thursday, Nov. 30 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway | Free | This special performance by The Contrarian Ensemble features music across bluegrass, jazz, traditional Irish, and more.
  • Shane Smith & The Saints | Thursday, Nov. 30 | 7:30 p.m. | Ryman Auditorium, 116 Rep. John Lewis Way N. | $25+ | The band appears with support from Tanner Usrey.
Friday, Dec. 1
  • Margaret Ellis Jewelry Once-A-Year Sample Sale | Friday, Dec. 1-Saturday, Dec. 2 | Times vary | Margaret Ellis Jewelry, 2809 Bransford Ave. | Cost of purchase | Get first dibs on a wide variety of classic favorites, unique tweaks, and one-of-a-kind handmade artisan jewelry at up to 75% off when the studio doors open.
  • Tennessee Residence Christmas Tours | Multiple dates | Times vary | The Tennessee Residence, 882 South Curtiswood Ln. | Free | Gov. Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee invite you to celebrate the holiday season with Christmas at the Tennessee Residence — this year’s theme is “Heaven and Nature Sing.”
Saturday, Dec. 2
  • The Winter Warmer | Saturday, Dec. 2 | 11 a.m. | Marathon Music Works, 1402 Clinton St. | $91.75 | Featuring 25 breweries offering up some of the rarest and most interesting stouts, porters, barley wines, barrel-aged beers, and lagers.
  • Nashville Predators vs. New York Rangers | Saturday, Dec. 2 | 3:30 p.m. | Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway | $121+ | Watch the Preds take home ice.
Sunday, Dec. 3
  • 12 South Farmers Market Holiday Pop-Up Market | Sunday, Dec. 3 | 12-4 p.m. | The Garden Stop, 6304 Hills Chapel Rd. | Cost of purchase | Enjoy live music, local food and drinks, holiday crafts, giveaways, and shopping at Nashville-based small businesses.
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Older Adults
Give the gift of (lifelong) learning this holiday season
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Steel Drum Band is another popular class for OLLI participants. | Photo provided by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
Looking for something unique for your 50+ giftees? Give the gift of new experiences with OLLI — Vanderbilt University’s no-credit, no-grades lifelong learning program for Nashvillians aged 50+.

The Winter Session (which starts Jan. 7) is now open for registration. Here’s the courses we’re eyeing:

🏛️ For political enthusiasts
  • Understanding the Profession of Politics from Reading Political Biographies | Delve into the profession of politics through the eyes of political biographies, and explore the motivations and skills of politicians.
🤡 For comedy-lovers
  • Funny You Should Mention It: TV Comedy in the 21st Century | Laugh + learn while examining the evolution of television comedy, from “I Love Lucy” to “The Office” and more.
🎶 For singers
  • Choral Singing | Learn to blend, sing in harmony, and perform (disclaimer: spontaneous happiness may occur).
🧘 For wellness warriors
  • Reverse Meditation | Explore the power of “Reverse Meditation,” using pain and challenges as catalysts for growth and happiness.
🎼 For the I-want-to-learn-a-new-instrument-ers
  • Beginners Harmonica | Learn how to play harmonica + get to know special harmonica techniques, led by multi-talented Bronson Herrmuth.
News Notes
  • Stall your engines. NASCAR Champion’s Week is back in Nashville and portions of downtown roadways will be closed through 7 p.m. this evening. Check the map + cheer on the drivers in the parade at 2:30 p.m. today.
Coming Soon
  • Two Nashville staples are joining forces. Grillshack Fries and Burgers will lease the Yazoo Brewing kitchen and open a walk-up counter by year’s end. Foodies can expect the same menu featured at Grillshack’s other two locations: wings, tenders, burgers, and salads. (Nashville Business Journal)
  • Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee will rejoin the Lebanon community with the opening of a new retail store and donation center tomorrow, Nov. 30 — 1414 Main St. The grand opening event at 8:30 a.m. boasts “special perks, prizes, and more.”
  • Oui approve. French-inspired bakery Paris Baguette selected Franklin for its first Tennessee location. The franchise known for its pastries, breads, cakes, and coffee is expected to open sometime next year, though an exact location has not yet been revealed. (What Now Nashville)
  • Former Titans running back Eddie George was named one of 25 modern-era semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2024 class. Of note, George is the only running back in franchise history to rack up 300+ carries for eight consecutive seasons. The semifinalists will be reduced to 15.
  • Nashville SC’s Hany Mukhtar and Walker Zimmerman secured the MLS Best XI honor, which recognizes the league’s top players in each position. The feat marks Mukhtar’s third consecutive award and Zimmerman became just the sixth player in league history to earn the honor five or more times.
  • The War and Treaty, Riley Green, Patty Loveless, and Stewarts Creek High School Senior Abigail Sowards will join the lineup for the 8th annual All for the Hall benefit concert at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Previously announced Dierks Bentley and Jordan Davis will no longer perform. Get tickets.
  • “Jagged Little Pill: The Musical” joined TPAC’s Broadway lineup and will debut on Friday, March 1-Saturday, March 2. Get your tickets Friday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. to hear Alanis Morissette hits like “You Oughta Know” and “Head Over Feet.”
  • We aren’t given many 21-month grace periods. Oil checks, doctor appointments, Tax Day... time speeds by between them. But The Ascent found a credit card offering 0% intro APR on balance transfers for 21 months — among the longest we’ve seen to avoid interest charges. Learn more.*
  • Which ugly Christmas sweater would you choose? We’re liking: the Santa hat-topped wine glass or the “Home Alone” print featuring Catherine O’Hara.*
Try This
✈️ This flight is grounded in Franklin
Someone holds up a phone in front of a laptop with digital passports filling the screen.
Phone a friend and tackle the stops as a team. | Photo by NASHtoday
No backlog on these passports. Travel around your own backyard using a curated list of suggestions via The Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Digital Passport program.

How it works

  • Sign up for one of the free offerings featured in the collection.
  • You’ll receive the passport via email and text and can start using it immediately.
  • When you visit a spot, show your phone to the staff to redeem available discounts.
Pro tip: Most passports expire after 18 months.

Lists we’re loving (and why)

  • Craft Coffee Trail | Discounts like buy one-get one 50% off at High Brow Coffee and 20% off food and drinks at Curio Brewing Company
  • Murals of Williamson County | Visits to three or more murals get you a special “Murals” pin from the Franklin Visitor Center.
  • Midnight Sun Scavenger Hunt | We love a game. Solve each of the ten clues to statues of Midnight Sun and get a prize.
The Buy
Anything off of this year’s Oprah’s Favorite Things list. We’re seeing: luxury flaky sea salt, all-weather boots, fleece robes, and a baked brie board.
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Brrrring on the ice skating. Ford Ice Center’s holiday public skate calendar for the month of December is here. Bonus: The themed sessions include complimentary hot chocolate at both locations.
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