5 Things to Do Thanksgiving Week

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1. Marshmallow Hike at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary

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WHEN: Saturday, November 28, 10:00am – 2:00pm

WHERE: 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood, TN 37027

WHAT: Are you looking for something to do with the family during the holidays or an excuse to get out of the house by yourself? How does a nice hike in the winter woods followed by hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows sound? Come by Owl’s Hill for our annual Marshmallow and Hot Chocolate Hikes. Future Dates are December 28 – 31 and January 2, 9, 16, 2021.

Learn more here.

COST: $10/hiker

2. East Nashville Holiday Market

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WHEN: Saturday, November 28, 11:00am – 5:00pm

WHERE: 400 Davidson St. Nashville, TN 37213

WHAT: Come shop local, handmade, and small business this Holiday Season for the 2nd Annual East Nashville Holiday Market!

The East Nashville Holiday Market began in November of 2019 and has been an exciting shopping experience for locals and tourists. Come shop and dine in a casual atmosphere with over 30,000 square feet of space – perfect for social distancing!

This 4-week long market will everything from candles, bath/body, women’s apparel, CBD, vintage, vinyl records, accessories, jewelry, food, and more! The market also has 2 food trucks and live music. Admission and parking are always free!

2020 is the perfect year to support your small business owners.

The market is still currently a dog-friendly market but please confirm as they may change this rule.

Learn more here.

3. Holiday Lights at Cheekwood

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WHEN: Light Display open now through January 10
Daily | Tuesday – Sunday, 9 AM – 4:30 PM
7 Nights a Week | 5 PM – 10 PM

WHERE: 1200 Forrest Park Drive Nashville, TN 37205

WHAT: When the sun goes down, the gardens at Cheekwood light up for the prettiest holiday stroll of the season, featuring more than a million lights throughout  55 acres of beautiful botanic gardens. Enjoy seasonal favorites like real reindeer and TRAINS! lit up for the holidays. New this year, see the story of the Nutcracker unfold through a unique exhibit in the Historic Mansion & Museum, and experience the evening glow of “Chihuly Nights”, part of “Chihuly at Cheekwood”.

Holiday LIGHTS is presented by the Marlene and Spencer Hays Foundation. Special thanks for the installation to Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. Medical & Military Mondays sponsored by Synovus.

Purchase tickets here.

4. 30 Minute Mini Outdoor Photoshoot

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WHEN: Multiple sessions available Nov 27 – 29

WHERE: Photo shoots in various parts of Nashville

WHAT: Enjoy sun, social distancing, and supporting local photographers with a free, 30 minute mini photoshoot!

Free to book! Capture you and your loved ones (furry ones included!)

Sessions available every Saturday and Sunday in multiple locations. Select the date, time and place that works best for you.

Book your session here: https://shoott.com/book-a-session/

Sessions are complimentary to book and last 30 minutes.

Receive a digital gallery of 40+ high-res photos to choose from 3-5 business days after your session.

Pay only for the ones you love starting at $15/photo.

5. The Dancing Lights of Christmas

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WHEN: Open seven days a week including all holidays–rain or shine!
Sundays through Thursday 5-10pm
Friday and Saturday 5-11pm


WHAT: Come see Tennessee’s largest drive through light and music show with over 2 million lights dancing to some traditional and rockin Christmas tunes coming through your car radio.

Bring your family, friends, even the family pet and make some Christmas memories all in the comfort of your own vehicle–you can’t get much more socially distanced than that!
Tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket booth as you enter the show using cash or credit card!

Learn more here.

COST: $25 per family vehicle