Get Into The 2018 Holiday Spirit With Music City Winterfest

Dated: 11/13/2018

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by TJ Anderson

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Photos: Music City Winterfest website

This time of year in Nashville, there’s always a glut of festive events — parades, craft classes, holiday markets, visits from Santa and more. We’ve developed a few annual standbys in our household, and we’re already starting to plot some out on our holiday-season calendar.

One Nashville tradition I’d encourage you to add to your Christmas-festivities mix, if you haven’t already become acquainted: Music City Winterfest, which returns for its fourth year December 8-9, in Centennial Park.

Of all the holiday gatherings Nashville offers as winter rolls in, none has quite the breadth of this two-day celebration, designed for kids, teens, grown folks and furry family members alike.

What’s on the schedule for Winterfest 2018

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Winterfest launched in 2015, and each year, it’s offered a wide array of things to do, eat, drink and experience, and 2018 is no different.

Among the many offerings planned for Centennial Park that weekend:

— Local shopping at a holiday market, with more than 65 vendors

— Creative activities for kids and grown-ups, at crafting stations from East Nashville’s Turnip Green Creative Reuse

— A friendly battle for the men in the mix, in the form of a Winterfest Beard Competition

— Live music from Nashville Classical Choir, Belmont a cappella group The Beltones, Harding Strings and more

— Carriage rides inside one of Nashville’s most beautiful parks

— Tons of entertainment for kids, including face painting, bounce houses, Nashville’s Mr. Bond the Science Guy, Wayne the Magician, and even a visit from some famous folks (like maybe Anna and Elsa from Frozen)

— Adult and non-alcoholic beverages, at holiday libation bars and hot beverage bars

— S'mores stations for snacking

— A pet-focused “selfie station” to help you capture the perfect pet ‘Gram

— Much, much more

The best part, as holiday traveling and holiday shopping saps your savings: Winterfest is a cheap weekend out in Nashville. Admission to the fest, and access to all the stuff above, is free for everyone 17 and younger, and just $5 a day for folks 18 and up. If you choose to go the whole weekend, two-day passes are available for $8, too. (Tickets are available in advance, through Eventbrite.)

Winterfest extras for the extra-interested

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The standard Winterfest offerings aren’t exactly slim, but for those of us with super-sized seasonal spirit, the organizers have a few bonus ticketed events we can take advantage of.

That Saturday: Breakfast with Santa, which includes a traditional breakfast buffet, photos with Santa, crafts and holiday activities, goodie bags for kids and more. Tickets for that event, which kicks off at 10 a.m., run $25-$40, and include full Winterfest access too. Grab Breakfast with Santa tickets here

On Sunday: a Onesie Brunch. This one’s geared toward the growed folks — even if it does ask you to come out in your festive jammies — and includes holiday cocktails, brunch, live entertainment and more. Tickets run $50 per person (21 and up), and Sunday Winterfest access comes with your spot too. Onesie Brunch tickets can be purchased here.

Check out the full rundown of Winterfest offerings at, and catch up with the latest news and additions by following Music City Winterfest on Facebook.

If your mind’s less on holiday entertainment right now, more on finding a new Nashville home this fall/winter, I’d love to help make your 2018 holiday dream come true. Check out some homes for sale in Nashville here, and call or email TJ Anderson Homes to get started!

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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