December 2014 Events in Tennessee

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17th Annual Confederate Christmas Ball – Dec. 6, Columbia
Step back in time and fill your dance card as you swirl around the floor to authentic reels, promenades and waltzes popular during the 1860s. On-site dance instruction and period music provided. Period dress a must for all ball participants. Participants and spectators $25 per person. CONTACT: (931) 698-3876

31st Annual Oaklands Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes – Dec. 6, Murfreesboro
Explore historic homes, a distinctive church and the Oaklands Mansion decked out in holiday splendor from 4 to 8 p.m. CONTACT: (615) 893-0022,

Downtown Dayton Horse & Carriage Christmas Parade – Dec. 6, Dayton
Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas at downtown Dayton’s annual event including photos with Santa, Christmas Critters Pet Pageant, Appalachian Christmas music, living nativity, Horse & Carriage Parade starting at 4:30 p.m., candlelight caroling and lighting of the courthouse following the parade. CONTACT:

7th Annual Del Rio Christmas Bazaar – Dec. 6, Del Rio
Features only handmade/homemade arts, crafts and edibles from more than 40 regional artisans. A warm and festive day awaits with live music, good food and good cheer in beautiful Del Rio. Groups and buses welcome. CONTACT: (423) 487-5929 or (423) 487-3161,

Historic Jonesborough Progressive Dinner – Dec. 6, Jonesborough
Experience an elegant multi-course dinner and a tour of our finest historic homes. This event is a fundraiser sponsored by the Heritage Alliance. Reservations are required. CONTACT: (423) 753-9580,

Christmas in Rockwood – Dec. 6-7, Rockwood
Experience the magic of Christmas during the annual Tour of Homes in picturesque Rockwood. This year’s event will showcase historic homes, carolers, Santa Claus, horse and carriage rides, a gingerbread house display, holiday shopping and much more. Event runs from 1 to 6 p.m. each day. CONTACT: (865) 354-4315

Christmas in Olde Jonesborough – Dec. 6, 13, 20, Jonesborough
Rekindle the old-fashioned Christmas spirit, Charles Dickens-style from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays in downtown Jonesborough. CONTACT: (423) 753-1010,

Christmas is Old Appalachia – Dec. 6-24, Norris
Enjoy the simple joys of a pioneer-style Christmas at the Museum of Appalachia with music, food, decorations and more. CONTACT: (865) 494-7680,

Christmas at Historic Rugby – Dec. 13, Rugby
Visit beautifully decorated historic homes to bring an old-fashioned Christmas holiday season to life. CONTACT: (888) 214-3400,

21st Annual Christmas Toy Train Show – Dec. 13, Nashville (pictured)
This annual train and collectibles show, held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, features trains of all sizes and gauges available from all major manufacturers both new and old, parts for repair jobs and many railroad-related items. There will be operating layouts for viewing, and children can enter drawings for train sets. Admission is $7 and free for children 12 and under. CONTACT:

Gallatin Christmas Parade: A Winter Wonderland Christmas – Dec. 13, Gallatin
Starting at Steam Plant Road, the parade travels through Gallatin’s historic downtown and can be viewed from anywhere along the route before it ends at Gallatin High School. In years past, the parade has consisted of more than 100 entries, and this year is promised to be even bigger and better. CONTACT: (615) 452-4000,

Dickens of a Christmas – Dec. 13-14, Franklin
A Victorian-themed Christmas with more than 200 costumed characters reenacting the work of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” CONTACT: (615) 591-8500,

Dickens on the Square – Dec. 13-15, Covington
Covington’s historic square is transformed into a Christmas setting of mid-Victorian England. The public is invited to take part as characters or just come enjoy the event, which features caroling, carriage rides, puppet shows and more. CONTACT: (901) 476-9729,

A Soldier’s Christmas – Dec. 19-20, Johnsonville
Johnsonville State Historic Park visitors will have the opportunity to witness a real Civil War Soldier’s Christmas. Period decorations will adorn each cabin, soldiers will sing Civil War-era Christmas carols and much more. CONTACT: (931) 535-2789

Music City New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway – Dec. 31, Nashville
Ring in the new year and rock out the old with Music City and thousands of your closest friends at Nashville’s New Year’s Eve party on Lower Broadway. CONTACT:

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