If the holidays make you crave simpler times, the Victorian-era Christmas celebrations at Nashville’s most historic mansion are just the ticket. Belmont Mansion hosts daily tours of the estate, halls decked, through December 31, and evening tours (5 to 7 p.m.) that focus on Victorian Christmas traditions lit by the glow of night. Throughout the month, special events turn up the cheer, like a self-guided tour accompanied by music, hot cider, and cookies in the Grand Salon or a seated dinner hosted by honorary chairs, the Earl and Countess of Eglington and Winton. Need a family photo for your Christmas card? On December 8, a photographer will be on hand for Noel, Notes & Nibbles, a musical breakfast and viewing.
When in Nashville, soaking in the area’s music scene is a must. A Camerata Christmas (December 10) features bluegrass-style carols led by Kathy Chiavola, Ryan Joseph, and Tammy Rogers-King, and Christmas Cabaret spotlights performers Ginger Newman and Russel Davis December 20.
If modern-day entertainment (enjoyed from the comfort of your car) is more your speed, the Dancing Lights of Christmas returns to Middle Tennessee—just outside of Nashville—at James E. Ward Agricultural Center through December 31. More than a half-million lights dance to music on your radio on this year’s extended drive route for an experience that rocks all of the senses.