Music Madness Awards Gala & Fundraiser
Give A Little Nashville
For several months, the online publication Give A Little - Nashville has sponsored a fan-voted contest designed to raise awareness and financial support for charities chosen
"Small Things" Reception at Haynes Galleries – Friday, December 7, 6-8 p.m.
Scope out more than 160 "small works" from 51 American Realists. The salon-style event features pieces by John Singer Sargent, Norman Rockwell, and Andrew Wyeth among others. (1600 Division St., Suite 140, (615) 430-8147). haynesgalleries.com
60th Annual Nashville Christmas Parade – Friday December 7, 6:30 p.m.
Join Mayor Karl Dean as the city's Christmas tree is lit in Public Square Plaza followed by a parade. (Public Square, Downtown). nashvillechristmasparade.com
Opry at the Ryman – Friday, December 7, 7 p.m.
Check out the Grand Ole Opry inside its former home. This week’s performance features Charley Pride, American Idol contestant Scotty McCreery, Diamond Rio, Kristen Kelly, and more. Tickets are $34-$55 (116 5th Avenue North, 615-889-3060). Ryman.com
Photos with Santa – Saturday, December 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
No matter if you’ve been naughty or nice, the big guy will greet you (and the kiddos) with a smile. Members only. Call (615) 416-2050 for reservations. (Country Music Hall of Fame, 222 5th Avenue South). Countrymusichalloffame.org
Burger Up's Sunday Farm Supper Series – Sunday, December 9, 6:30 p.m.
The jovial 12South eatery is hosting another in its “Farm Supper” series, this time featuring five courses (bacon and chickpea risotto; BLT dumplings) that will showcase Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams. Tickets are $100 with wine pairings, $75 without (2901 12th Avenue South, 615-279-3767). burger-up.com
Dickens of a Christmas – Sunday, December 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Downtown Franklin comes alive in a historical fashion during this day-long street festival inspired by and peppered with characters from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (Historic Downtown Franklin, Main St.). historicfranklin.com