2017 Holiday Happenings in Sumner County, Tennessee!

November 17, 2017

The holidays are a magical time of year and during your visit to Sumner County, Tennessee, there are many opportunities to join in the festive cheer! Scroll down for a chronological look at some of the holiday happenings throughout the county!

Throughout the holiday season:

Sunday, November 26

  • Hendersonville Christmas Tree Lighting
    • The annual Hendersonville Christmas Tree Lighting at Memorial Park begins with food vendors, bouncy houses, and live entertainment. At 5pm the carriage rides begin and Mayor Jamie Clary will start the much anticipated count down to the lighting of the Christmas tree. Enjoy live entertainment by local choirs and musicians!

Friday, December 1

  • Holiday on the Hill at Briar Rose Hill
    • The Friday night market sneak peek not only offers first-pick of the goods in the market, but wine and apps will be served as well. Tickets for entry range in price from $3-$5. The night market runs from 4:30pm-7:30pm.
  • Gallatin Christmas Tree Lighting
    • Mayor Paige Brown will lead the lighting of the Gallatin Christmas tree beginning at 5:00pm, rain or shine, on the historic downtown Gallatin Square. Music will be part of the fesitivites and local businesses on the Square will be open to visit!

Saturday, December 2

  • Holiday on the Hill at Briar Rose Hill
    • At Holiday on the Hill you will see Christmas décor, farmer’s favorites, fresh Christmas trees, and an assortment of handmade, homemade, and original goods. Holiday on the Hill will also have a variety of vendors who sell vintage & antique treasures, home decor, jewelry, apparel, gifts, and restored & re-purposed items. All vendors are local and items are made in Tennessee! Entry ranges from $3-$5 per person.
  • White House Christmas Parade - "A Rock N' Roll Christmas"
    • White House, Tennessee, hosts its  Christmas parade themed "A Rock N' Roll Christmas" at 1:00pm. The parade will begin at White House Municipal Park, turns left and continues along Highway 76.
  • Westmoreland Christmas Parade - "Peace on Earth"
    • Join Westmoreland, Tennessee, at 2:30pm for one of the area's most loved traditions: the annual Westmoreland Christmas parade! The theme this year is "Peace on Earth" and the grand marshal will be Ruth Ewalt, a retired Air Force GS-14 Senior Analyst with 36 years of service to the USA. Be sure to come out before the parade to enjoy music, games, and train rides!
  • Portland Christmas Festival & Parade - "Christmas at the Movies"
    • Come out to Main Street in Portland, Tennessee, for the annual Christmas Festival & Parade that is themed “Christmas at the Movies” beginning at 3:00pm. At the festival be sure to visit with Santa, decorate cookies, shop vendors, create crafts, enjoy live music, and snack on goodies. The parade kicks off at 5:30pm, followed by a tree lighting ceremony of the City Christmas Tree.
  • Holiday Open House at Historic Rock Castle
    • This free event features tours of the holiday-festooned Smith home, Christmas caroling, and complimentary refreshments including fresh baked cookies and wassail from 3:00pm-6:00pm.
  • Yulefest
    • Yulefest celebrates the holiday season with musicians, storytellers, and demonstrators in the cabins of Historic Manskers Station and in the historic Bowen-Campbell House. Visitors can take their time listening to the sounds of yesteryear as they tour the sites and take in the beauty of simple, natural decorations. This event is free and open to the public from 5:00pm-8:00pm.

Sunday, December 3

Tuesday, December 5

  • TubaChristmas 2017
    • TubaChristmas is back and is free to attend! Don’t miss this evening of great Christmas music played by the renowned Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble & local musicians! The show starts at 7pm at First Baptist Church in Gallatin.

Thursday, December 7

  • Music City Bronze Christmas Performance
    • Enjoy an evening of enchantment with the holiday sounds of Nashville’s premier community hand-bell ensemble, Music City Bronze, held at the historic Palace Theater in Gallatin! Tickets are $10 per person at the door.

Saturday, December 9

  • Gallatin Christmas Parade - "Christmas in Toyland"
    • Gallatin, Tennessee's “Christmas in Toyland” parade provides music, entertainment, and merriment that creates holiday memories for the entire family. Beginning at 10:45am, Danny McCorkle will perform holiday music from the balcony of the Gallatin Public Library. H. D. Wheeler of ServPro and Cathy Martindale, host of "Racing Country," are the Masters of Ceremonies. The parade will begin at noon, leaving from Steam Plant Road, turns left on Hartsville Pike, and travels down East Main Street to Broadway, ending at Gallatin High School.
  • Sumner County Christmas Boat Parade - "Deck the Hulls"
    • Deck the hulls at the annual Sumner County Christmas boat parade in Hendersonville, Tennessee! This is a family-friendly holiday spectacular for all ages; it is free to the public and food vendors will be on-site. This event will take place from 6:30pm-9:00pm at Mallard Point Park, next to Creekwood Marina.
  • An Appalachian Christmas Dinner at Historic Rock Castle
    • Enjoy an Appalachian Christmas dinner from 6pm-9pm at Rock Castle State Historic Site. Guests will feast on a traditional Appalachian dinner complete with moonshine, wine and stack cake. Storytelling and music will be provided by Sparky and Rhonda Rucker! Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased online.

Sunday, December 10

Monday, December 11

Saturday, December 23

  • Bethpage Christmas Parade
    • The highly anticipated Bethpage Christmas parade will feature horses and buggies, motorcycles, floats, tractors, antique cars, and, of course, Santa! The route will begin at 2pm at Dickie Alexander’s Landscaping on Rock Springs Road, travel past Bethpage Tire, past Bethpage Elementary, down Old Hwy 31E past the Bethpage Post Office, ending at Bethpage Market on 31E.


Be sure to visit our Event Calendar for new listings of all the great events throughout Sumner County, Tennessee!