Tag Archives: Christmas

Happy Holidays!

20 Dec

Hello dear friends! It’s that time of the year again, and this year we’ve decided to stop digging for a half-decent event to write about every day and instead focus on enjoying the holiday.

So, from the N4F crew, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or, at the very least, enjoy the time off work. We’ll see you next year (or maybe a little before then).

 

59th Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting: Christmas Around the World at Public Square

2 Dec

Tonight’s the night! In case you’re one of those people who doesn’t know when it’s officially okay to start getting ready for Christmas, it’s definitely tonight. That’s because the 59th Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting is tonight at 7pm!

The parade starts at LP Field crossing the Woodland Street Bridge (if it gets cleared after that barge ran into it), west down 2nd Avenue and marching down Broadway. Vince Gill is the Grand Marshall, which pretty much makes him and his wife king and queen of Christmas in Nashville this year (Amy hosted Lipscomb’s tree lighting). There will be marching bands, cars with people waving from them, and, of course, Santa.

Also, the big tree in Public Square will be lighted with Vince and Mayor Karl Deen. If you were looking for a traditional way to start the Christmas season you’d be hard-pressed to beat this.

-Emily

Lipscomb’s annual Lighting of the Green

29 Nov

You know that Christmas is coming when people start throwing parties about lighting up their Christmas trees, especially Lipscomb. I mean, a lot of people, myself included, have parties to decorate Christmas trees, but how many people can also boast a holiday concert that’s hosted by Amy Grant and features performances by enny Gill, Melinda Doolittle, Point of Grace, Amanda McCaslin, and more?

Well, this is Nashville, so maybe more than I’d expect.

But I digress! Today is Lipscomb’s annual Lighting of the Green. Things get started at 4pm and there will be food, free pictures with Santa, a marketplace for gift-buying, and, of course, the concert that’s hosted by Amy Grant (this starts at 5:30pm). Usually it’s outside, but everything has been moved into the arena because of the nasty weather.

Annual Christmas Eve Carillon Concert at Belmont

23 Dec

Bells in the Bell Tower

Hey, guess what! I’m a student at Belmont University! Surprise! That’s right, I’m a Belmont student, but I had no idea until recently that every year Belmont has a Christmas Eve Concert at the bell tower, but they do. In case you didn’t know, Belmont has this pretty nice looking bell tower in the middle of the campus, and it has some sweet bells inside of it which are called carillons.

Every once in awhile (usually when there are lots of high schoolers visiting campus) I’ll  be strolling along and I’ll hear someone playing the bells. When you hear the bells playing like that (as in not on the hour) that means there’s someone inside there physically playing them. I always enjoy hearing the bells, and since I’ve seen people on certain Saturdays just sitting at the foot of the bell tower listening I assume that other people enjoy hearing them as well.

But back to the Christmas Eve performance. I don’t have any details on the exact songs that will be played, but it starts at 2pm and runs for about an hour. It will be at the bell tower (1900 Belmont Blvd). Ms. Cheap says that you can sit in your car and listen but to be perfectly honest that would probably suck since you’d have to park somewhere with a building or two between you and the bells, and though they carry the sound would probably be pretty muddy I imagine. I recommend bundling up  and grabbing a seat at one of the tables by the caf because really, it’s not that cold. Bring a stadium blanket, some hot chocolate, and cuddle up against someone you wouldn’t mind cuddling up against.

Anyway, have a safe and happy holiday. Merry Christmas eve!

-Emily

GIFT UP: Grimey’s Incredibly Fantastic Trade-in of Unwanted Presents

18 Dec

It happens every year. That family member who doesn’t know you that well and does all of his or her Christmas shopping at Kroger will inevitably give you a gift card to some big chain store you don’t go to. A $15 Best Buy gift card? Thanks, but that won’t exactly go very far for anything worth buying at Best Buy…

Of course, the thought it always appreciated, it’s kinda crappy to get genuinely upset or straight-up complain about a gift you get for the holidays, but when you’re not going to use something you get then it kind of sucks.

But never fear, Grimey’s is here to take that unwanted gift card off your hands and replace it dollar for dollar for one of theirs. Grimey’s calls it GIFT UP: Grimey’s Incredibly Fantastic Trade-in of Unwanted Presents, and they, along with a bunch of other indie record stores, actually do this all year long.

There are, naturally, a few rules to this trade program. First, the gift card has to be from a major chain store (no other indies!) that actually sells tangible music (CDs and stuff, no iTunes gift cards). Secondly, the retailer cannot be going out of business, so sorry, you can’t trade in that FYE gift card. Thirdly, The gift card’s value must be verifiable via phone or the internet. If there isn’t a number or a website on the back that you can go to to confirm the card’s value Grimey’s cannot accept it. And finally, the gift card cannot expire within 6 months of the trade-in. Other than that, you’re good to go. Border’s, Barnes & Nobel, Best Buy, if you get an unwanted gift card from a place like that when you know that you’d REALLY rather get some sweet used LPs from Grimey’s you’re in luck.

Now you can actually get genuinely excited about that Wal-Mart gift card! Woohoo!

-Emily

GIFT UP: Grimey's Incredibly Fantastic Trade-in of Unwanted Presents

18 Dec

It happens every year. That family member who doesn’t know you that well and does all of his or her Christmas shopping at Kroger will inevitably give you a gift card to some big chain store you don’t go to. A $15 Best Buy gift card? Thanks, but that won’t exactly go very far for anything worth buying at Best Buy…

Of course, the thought it always appreciated, it’s kinda crappy to get genuinely upset or straight-up complain about a gift you get for the holidays, but when you’re not going to use something you get then it kind of sucks.

But never fear, Grimey’s is here to take that unwanted gift card off your hands and replace it dollar for dollar for one of theirs. Grimey’s calls it GIFT UP: Grimey’s Incredibly Fantastic Trade-in of Unwanted Presents, and they, along with a bunch of other indie record stores, actually do this all year long.

There are, naturally, a few rules to this trade program. First, the gift card has to be from a major chain store (no other indies!) that actually sells tangible music (CDs and stuff, no iTunes gift cards). Secondly, the retailer cannot be going out of business, so sorry, you can’t trade in that FYE gift card. Thirdly, The gift card’s value must be verifiable via phone or the internet. If there isn’t a number or a website on the back that you can go to to confirm the card’s value Grimey’s cannot accept it. And finally, the gift card cannot expire within 6 months of the trade-in. Other than that, you’re good to go. Border’s, Barnes & Nobel, Best Buy, if you get an unwanted gift card from a place like that when you know that you’d REALLY rather get some sweet used LPs from Grimey’s you’re in luck.

Now you can actually get genuinely excited about that Wal-Mart gift card! Woohoo!

-Emily

Merry Tubachristmas!

13 Dec

Editor’s note: this article was written by Sarah Musgrave, a junior at Belmont University. If you want to write an article for N4F email me at tips@nashvilleforfree.com.

It just isn’t Christmas without….?  There are lots of different answers to that question – too much spiked eggnog, the annual viewing of Santa Claus is Coming to Town, driving around making fun of all the tacky, flashing, multi-color Christmas lights around the neighborhood…but my answer to that question is TUBACHRISTMAS.

TUBACHRISTMAS is a national tradition that began in 1974 on the New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink, and after 37 years, hundreds of these concerts take place all over the country (including three in the state of Alaska and another three in Hawaii).  The TUBACHRISTMAS concert is so popular in Nashville that there are two different shows at First Baptist downtown.

Starting at 9:30am this Tuesday, December 14th, tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players will gather from across the state to begin rehearsing for the 11:00am and 12:30pm shows.  As hilarious as this concert sounds, it is no joke!  Expect fifty or so tuba players for your sonic pleasure.  The concert is normally a half hour or so – the on-call ensemble plays a few different arrangements for all the tubas, and the concert always ends with a carol sing-along.

Make sure to arrive early to get parked and settled in, while enjoying the Dixieland band that normally opens for the tuba group.  Both concerts are normally packed, so I’d suggest you be there at least fifteen minutes prior to show time.

Merry Tuba Christmas!

Sarah

Nashville Santa Rampage 2010

8 Dec

Warning: seeing this many Santas in one place has induced uncomfortable side effects in the average bystander. If you or anyone in your family has suffered from merriment migraines or jolly aches, be sure to stay indoors this Saturday because Santa Rampage 2010 is a global event. Santas in over 25 cities around the world are banding together, and nothing can restrain the sheer jolly and intoxication that will result. This is the SANTOCALYPSE. Forget democracy, Santarchy will reign absolute as we celebrate the spirit of the season—and there’ll be exactly two weeks to recover before your famous ride. It will be madness, and you’re invited.

Every year during the month of December, Santarchy tribes around the world band together to paint their respective towns red (get it?).  Typically a downtown bar-hopping affair, Santarchy is founded on merriment, creative Santa costumes, Klaus comradery and mass intoxication. December 11th, the 17-year old tradition is resurrected yet again, and Nashville is going to bring the Santa harder than ever.

In the past, Nashville’s Santas formed an amorphous red glob in lower Broadway, but this year an extra dose of anarchy is getting pumped into the Santarchy. So come out solo, or get together with all your weird Santa friends and paint joy all over the spots of your choosing. Of course, expect lots of Santas at all the hot spots: the Gulch, 5 Points, the Village, Second Avenue or Elliston Place. Seriously, your odds of running into other Santa groups anywhere are pretty darn good.

You can find the “official” Santarchy event on Facebook, and there’s an hysterical list of rules you’ll need to follow. Like:

  • address every Santa as Santa, in the first, second, and third person, singular and plural.
  • DO be ready for new adventure at a moment’s notice. Santa is like a shark, and must keep moving in order to thrive.

Alpha Santa, on twitter @troh23, has updates for the Advance Santarchy Santapocalypse, which is an intense, all-day event. Catch them at the Gold Rush on Elliston Place for brunch at Noon, there may be “roller skating, bowling, mall crashing, Misfits caroling and more! as much as we can possibly do…”

For the less ambitious Santas out there, get your Billy Bob Thornton on this Saturday, December 11th all around Nashville (or all around the world, for that matter). In this country, assembly is free (whadup first amendment), but Santa costumes and alcohol are not. So please, buy your neighborhood Santa a drink sometime.

Ho ho ho!

Hillsboro Village Art Walk: the Holiday Edition

2 Dec

Christmas is in the air, and Nashville hasn’t even turned the lights on its official tree yet! But that doesn’t matter, what does matter is the holiday spirit, and tonight Hillsboro Village will be full of it.

It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for the Art After Hours art crawl. Now, N4F used to be all about hanging out in the Arcade, but lately we’ve been more into hanging out in Hillsboro Village, this month especially. There will be free cider from Fido, free Santa pics from Anna Robertson at Posh, a snowflake craft night at Clothing Exchange, $40 off one pair of glasses and $60 off the second pair at See, free “festive” food and drink at Bosco, free samples at Sweet G Treats, choirs caroling at Belmont Methodist Church, wine, cookies, milk, and all kinds of discounts at all kinds of stores, and more.

Possibly the biggest event, the Christmas prize to end all Hillsboro Village Art Crawl Christmas prizes is a HUGE gift basket giveaway with $500 worth of Hillsboro Village merch and gift cards. You can enter to win that at EVERY shop in the Village. Man, if you won that you would basically be king or queen of Hillsboro Village, and that would be amazing.

It might be cold tonight, but put on your winter coat, scarf, gloves, and hat and make your way down to the Hillsboro Village Art Walk. 5-8, y’all.

-Emily

Merry Christmas!

25 Dec