93rd annual Waffle Shop. Homemade waffles, hot chicken or eggs, spiced tea and coffee. Plus, live music, a silent auction, bake sale and free tours of the historic Egyptian-revival church. All proceeds benefit the homeless ministries of the Downtown Presbyterian Church. Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $10. Information: https://dpchurch.com/93rd-annual-waffle-shop


Christmas at the Ryman

Amy Grant & Vince Gill present Christmas at the Ryman, a Nashville holiday tradition. Dates through Dec. 23. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Avenue N. 7:30 p.m. Information


Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights

The event, in its fourth year, features one million lights on a one-mile course offering lights and holiday experiences designed to appeal to all ages. 5-10 p.m. Fee: Adults $22, Youth $17, 2 and younger free. Information


Free Monday’s at the Frist

The Frist will offer free admission to guests bringing nonperishable food items for Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee. Collection barrels are next to the Visitors Services Desk. The items most needed are peanut butter, canned meat, canned vegetables and fruit, and cereal. 919 Broadway, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Information


First Friday: Your Small Business Resource

Topic: EntreLeadership. Guest speaker: Alex Judd, business and leadership coach, Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership. E|Spaces, 1550 W. McEwen Drive, Suite 300. 7:30-9 a.m. Free. Information


Porter Flea Holiday Market

There will be dozens of vendors selling apparel, accessories, home goods, furniture, jewelry and paper goods. It’s a great place to get unique gifts for those hard-to-shop-for friends and family members. Fee: free for the Saturday market. The Nashville Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Avenue. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Also a ticketed, 21 and older preview market on Friday, December 7. Fee: $25. Information

Gallatin Christmas Parade

Starting at 10:45 a.m., Gallatin’s own, Danny McCorkle will be performing holiday music from the balcony of the Gallatin Public Library. As the parade begins, H.D. Wheeler, with ServPro, and Cathy Martindale, host of “Racing County,” will be the masters of ceremony. Parade route: Steam Plant Road to Hartsville Pike, down Main Street, down Broadway and ends at Gallatin High School. Parade begins at Noon.

DEC. 8-9

Music City Winterfest

Shopping, activities, entertainment and food. This is a family-friendly event. Enjoy brunch with Santa. Fee; 17 and under, free; over 17 $5 per person. Centennial Park. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information

Dickens of a Christmas

The 34th year that Dickens of a Christmas has taken place in downtown Franklin. The town square and side streets will transform into a scene out of a Charles Dickens’ novel. Free, family-friendly holiday festival. Attendees can expect horse-drawn carriage rides, street performers, Dickens characters, and many great vendors. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Information

DEC. 9-11

An Appalachian Christmas Dinner

Guests will feast on an authentic Appalachian dinner complete with moonshine, wine and stack cake. Storytelling will be provided by Virginia Appalachian Mountain Native Linda Goodman with music by Holly Wood & The Appalachian Extras, Susie Monick, Joe Collins, Daniel Seymour and Jeff Gilkinson. Stonewall, 332 E Main Street, Gallatin. 6:30 p.m. Benefitting the Sumner County Museum. Fee: $40 each. Information: 615 451-3738.


Gallatin Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon

Speaker: Charles Parker, Retain Trends in Gallatin, Tennessee. The Gathering Place, 450 West Main Street. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Catering provided by Bit O Heaven. Fee: $18 for reservations by noon, Dec. 7. $20 after deadline; $25 at the door or for non-members. Information


IBC Luncheon

Featuring a panel conversation with Consuls General from France, Germany UK, Greece, Ireland and Belgium. Baker Donelson Special Events Center, 211 Commerce Street. 11-11:30 a.m. registration, networking, and buffet lunch. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. program. Fee: $40- Chamber member, $55 Future member. Information

Tuba Christmas

Over 100 tubas will perform Christmas carols during Tuba Christmas Nashville. Nashville First Baptist Church, 108 7th Ave. S. The concert features players ranging from novices to adult. Two performances, 45 minutes each. 11 a.m. and 12:30. Fee: Free with free parking in the lot behind the church.


2018 Education Report Card for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce annually convenes a diverse committee of business and community volunteers to evaluate the progress of Nashville’s public school system. Each year, they offer recommendations for continuous improvement efforts based on research, data, interviews, and overall assessment of Metro Nashville Public Schools. Social and emotional learning is the special topic for the 2018 Report Card. This is a complimentary event to attend but due to limited space, pre-registration is required. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street. 10-11:30 a.m. Information and registration