Shop Small Markers Fair. Shopping, free mimosas, swag bags, raffles and more. Start at 100 Taylor, then shop the Germantown neighborhood. Over 25 local businesses participating. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission.


Small Business Saturday

A great opportunity to support local merchants at the outset of the holiday season! Find specials and a variety of gift options.


Hendersonville Tree Lighting

Enjoy a traditional, small-town community tree lighting. 3-5 p.m. Memorial Park, 151 East Main Street. Carriage rides, bouncy houses, live entertainment and food vendors. Free. Information:


Gallatin Chamber Networking Power Lunch

Lunch and casual networking at various restaurants in the area. All attendees are responsible for the cost of their own meal. Picasso’s Plate, 112 Public Square. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: 452-4000


Street Food Thursday

Enjoy a gathering of up to 20 local food trucks parked along Deaderick Street between 4th Avenue North and 5th Avenue North. This event takes place every other Thursday. Deaderick Street (4th Avenue North to 5th Avenue North) will be closed 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on the day of the event.

Williamson, Inc. Young Professionals Connect

Come rock around the tree at the Young Professionals Holiday Party. Mill Creek Brewery, 2008 B Johnson Industrial Blvd, Nolensville. 5-7 p.m. Have some drinks, network with likeminded young professionals, and play some mini golf thanks to Holes-2-Go. Information:

Battlefield Illumination Ceremony

The ceremony to commemorate the Battle of Franklin’s anniversary will be at Carter Hill Battlefield Park. 4 p.m. Brief remarks followed by the names of causalities. Visitors are allowed to walk throughout the luminaries to experience the somber event. Carnton and Carter House will be open to the public for a free walk-through from 5-7 p.m. Information: 794-0903


Nashville Christmas Parade

Former Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher will serve as grand marshal for the annual parade. 8:30 a.m. The parade route begins at Nissan Stadium at the base of Woodland Street Bridge, makes its way down First Avenue, then up Broadway to Eighth Ave. Road closures for this event 4 a.m.- noon. Folding chairs permitted. Information: Other area Christmas Parades:

  • Goodlettsville – Saturday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m.
  • Hendersonville – Sunday, Dec. 3, 2:30-5 p.m.
  • Smyrna – Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m.
  • Mt. Juliet – Saturday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m.
  • Gallatin – Saturday, Dec. 9 noon- 2 p.m.
  • Leiper’s Fork – Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m.
  • Donelson/Hermitage – Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m.
  • Murfreesboro – Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.

Holiday Open House

Tour historic Rock Castle and enjoy Christmas from a bygone era. Music, refreshments and more. 3-6 p.m. 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville. Information: 824-0502

First Saturday Art Crawl

Art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings, presenting local and world-renowned artists and artwork. The galleries offer rare opportunities to view diverse exhibitions featuring every genre of art. Admission: Free. Most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments. 6-9 p.m. Information:


Young Professionals Luncheon

Topic: Servant Leadership with guest speaker, Louis Upkins. Learn how to balance the demands of work and home. 304 Beasley Drive, Franklin. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fees: $20 Business Partners, $30 Guests. Information:


Williamson Chamber Leads Exchange

A facilitated, casual networking opportunity to develop member relationships. Members-only event. Space is limited to 30 participants and spots will fill quickly. Take business cards, brochures and product samples to share with other participant’s Morning meeting, Williamson Inc., 5005 Meridian Blvd, Suite 150, 7:30-9 a.m. Lunch meeting option, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Del Frisco’s Grill, 207 Franklin Road, Brentwood. Afternoon meeting 5005 Meridian Blvd, Suite 150. 3:30-5 p.m. Registration required. Information:

Chamber East Networking Coffee

Join business and community leaders in East Nashville for the Chamber East monthly networking coffee and community update. Burger Up East, 970 Woodland Street. 8:15-8:30 a.m. networking, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Registration is requested. Information:


Member Orientation

Joining the Chamber was an important step for your business. Now, how do you make the most of your investment? Join us for Member Orientation and learn about member benefits and involvement opportunities from Chamber staff. You’ll also learn how your business plays a role in the Chamber’s mission of creating regional economic prosperity. Lunch provided. Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, 211 Commerce Street, Suite 100. 11:30 a.m. registration, 11:50 a.m. program. Fee: complimentary to new Chamber members. Deadline to register, Dec. 1. Information:


Fall Leadership Breakfast

Building tattoo-worthy customer relationships. Speaker: Ken Schmidt, former director of communications strategy for Harley-Davidson. Curb Event Center Arena, Belmont University. 6:30 a.m. registration and networking, 7-7:30 a.m. breakfast, 7:30 program. Fees: $45. Information:

Chamber North Quarterly Meeting

This meeting will focus on North Nashville’s flourishing art community. 8-9:30 a.m. A light breakfast will be served. This is a free event, but registration is required. Information:

DEC. 8-9

Porter Flea Holiday Market

Holiday shopping at The Nashville Fairgrounds (625 Smith Ave) with more than 150 artists sharing their unique, local and handmade gifts. Friday will be a ticketed preview market (6-9 p.m.) offering early, intimate shopping access ahead of Saturday’s main market, which is free and open to the public (10 a.m.-5 p.m.). A collection of food trucks will be serving seasonal food. Information:


Music City Winterfest

This will be a FREE day of shopping, activities, and entertainment. There will be over 100 artisan booths, live music, and, of course, food and beer! Bring the kiddos — Santa will be making an appearance. 10:00am to 4:00pm at Centennial Park.

DEC. 9-10

Dickens of a Christmas

Franklin town square and side streets will transform into a scene out of a Charles Dickens’ novel. FREE family-friendly holiday festival. You can expect horse-drawn carriage rides, street performers, Dickens characters and numerous vendors. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free and open to the public, though some attractions will involve a small fee. Information:

DEC. 9-11

Appalachian Christmas Dinner

Feast on a traditional Appalachian dinner complete with moonshine, wine and stack cake. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville. Songs and dance with Sparky & Rhonda Rucker. Seating limited to 40 guests. 6 p.m. Fee: $40 each. Reservations:


Gallatin Chamber Networking Power Lunch

Lunch and casual networking at various restaurants in the area. All attendees are responsible for the cost of their own meal. Osaka Japanese Restaurant, 223 West Main Street. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: 452-4000