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This holiday season, rock around the Christmas tree at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Join us on November 29 to kick off this year's Deck the Hall festivities—supported by Balsam Hill and Hilton Nashville Downtown—and come back throughout the holiday season for more yuletide cheer, including free Saturday photos with Santa, ornament-making, instrument demonstrations, songwriter sessions, and family programs for all ages, available every weekend.

  • Check out the festivities from Deck the Hall last year!

 

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Steve Wariner Holiday Concert and Tour at Historic RCA Studio B

Friday, December 13

7:30 p.m.

Members can purchase tickets here.

Non-members can purchase tickets here.

Join Grammy-winning recording artist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Steve Wariner for an intimate performance of original songs, holiday tunes, and reinterpretations of classic hits recorded in Studio B. Wariner’s Top Ten hits include “All Roads Lead to You,” “Heart Trouble,” “Some Fools Never Learn,” and “What I Didn’t Do.” He co-wrote and recorded the 1998 hit “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” which was named Song of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. Wariner also wrote “Longneck Bottle” (Garth Brooks), “Nothin’ but the Taillights” (Clint Black), and “Where the Blacktop Ends” (Keith Urban). Opened in 1957, Studio B was the vision of RCA executive, producer, and guitar virtuoso Chet Atkins, who produced thousands of records in the room. In the 1970s, Atkins hired Wariner to play bass in his band, signed him to his first recording contract, and eventually named him a “C.G.P.,” or “Certified Guitar Player,” a distinction given to only five musicians. Wariner was recently inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and is a member of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame. A brief tour of the studio will be offered at 7:00 p.m. Historic RCA Studio B, 1611 Roy Acuff Place, Nashville, TN 37203. Tickets are $39.50.

 

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Deck the Hall Tree Lighting

Featuring the McCrary Sisters

Friday, November 29

4:30 p.m.

The McCrary Sisters will kick off Deck the Hall, a full schedule of holiday activities at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, with a performance featuring jazz-, R&B-, and gospel-influenced arrangements of classic holiday songs. They will then light a thirty-foot Christmas tree in the museum’s Mike Curb Conservatory. The McCrarys—Alfreda, Ann, Deborah, and Regina—grew up in Nashville as the children of Reverend Samuel H. McCrary, who raised a large family while balancing his preaching with performing as a member of gospel group the Fairfield Four. As individuals and as a group, the sisters have performed with artists such as Eric Church, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes, Elvis Presley, Carrie Underwood, and Stevie Wonder. Free. Following the performance and tree lighting, the McCrary Sisters will sign copies of their new CD, A Very McCrary Christmas, available for purchase in the Museum Store.

 

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Free Photos with Santa

November 30, December 7, December 14, December 15, December 21 

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Children of all ages are invited to share their Christmas lists with Santa and pose for a free photo. Free Santa photos are made possible by Balsam Hill, Hilton Nashville Downtown and Smile Bar.

 

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Family Program: String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry

Friday, November 29 | 10:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Saturday, November 30 | 10:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Marionettes, rod puppetry, shadow animation, and an ever-changing set tell the story of country music as it relates to Nashville’s transformation into Music City. Experience this exciting true story through nearly one hundred puppets, ranging from the Staple Singers to Johnny Cash to Taylor Swift. String City was created by Wishing Chair Productions, the resident puppet theater company at Nashville Public Library, in collaboration with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Limited seating. Free. ​

 

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Family Program: Beginner Electric Guitar Workshop: “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

Saturday, December 7 | 1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Try your hand at the electric guitar in this hands-on workshop. Participants will learn to play along with “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” the holiday classic made famous by Country Music Hall of Fame member Brenda Lee. Led by Adam Ollendorff, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who toured with Kacey Musgraves and co-wrote “Moonlight, Mistletoe, and You,” the title track of Keb’ Mo’s 2019 holiday album. Guitars and amps provided. Ages seven and up. Taylor Swift Education Center. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating.

 

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Family Program: Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print

Sunday, December 8 | Noon–12:45 p.m., 1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m., 2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Kids get hands-on with letterpress in this unique workshop at Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the United States. Participants learn about letterpress printing from Hatch Show Print staff, then create their very own letterpress art using carved wood, linoleum, and metal block images from the Hatch collection. Ages five and up and accompanying adults. Universal Music Group Hatch Show Print Space for Design. Limited seating. Free. Program pass required. Program passes are free and distributed 30 minutes prior to each session at Universal Music Group Hatch Show Print Space for Design on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

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Film: Jimmy Dean Christmas Show (1964)

Sunday, December 8 | 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

The Jimmy Dean Show was a weekly variety show that aired on ABC for three seasons. This special Christmas episode features Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmy Dean as host, and performances by guests Molly Bee, George Kirby, and Boots Randolph. The episode also includes commercials that aired during the original broadcast. Fifty-seven minutes. Ford Theater. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members.

 

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Creative Zone: Holiday Paper Craft Fun with Hatch Show Print

Saturday, December 14 | 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Get in the holiday spirit with Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress shops in North America. Make your own poinsettia ornaments, reindeer antlers, paper garlands, star ornaments, and holiday cards by cutting, folding, and gluing colorful papers. All ages. Taylor Swift Education Center. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members.

 

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Family Program: Mini-Museum Snow Globes

Saturday, December 21 | 10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Celebrate winter at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum by creating a miniature museum exhibit within a snow globe. Take note of the creative ways that we display artifacts in the galleries. Make a display of your own inside a snow globe, using photos, trinkets, decorations, and song lyrics related to the museum. Come ready for hands-on seasonal fun! All ages. Taylor Swift Education Center. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members.

 

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Family Program: Creative Zone: Country Ornaments

Sunday, December 22 | 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Come celebrate the season, country-music-style. Get inspired by designs in the galleries, then decorate a salt dough ornament shaped like an instrument, armadillo, cowboy hat, or other country music shape. Taylor Swift Education Center. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members.

 

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Film: The Johnny Cash Show featuring the Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison (1970)

Sunday, December 22 | 3:00 PM–4:00 PM

Come celebrate the season, country-music-style. Get inspired by designs in the galleries, then decorate a salt dough ornament shaped like an instrument, armadillo, cowboy hat, or other country music shape. Taylor Swift Education Center. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members.

 

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Family Program: Musical Petting Zoo

Saturday, December 28 | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Bang a drum, strum an autoharp, and pick a banjo! Our Musical Petting Zoo offers budding musicians a chance to try new and familiar instruments. Instructors will be on site to offer guidance. Taylor Swift Education Center. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members.

 

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Film: Purina Grand Ole Opry Christmas Show (1955)

Sunday, December 29 | 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

This special Christmas performance from 1955 features songs and skits from Country Music Hall of Fame members Eddy Arnold, Grandpa Jones, the Jordanaires, Minnie Pearl, Marty Robbins, Carl Smith, and Hank Snow. Highlights include performances of “Christmas Can’t Be Far Away,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Silent Night.” Forty-seven minutes. Ford Theater. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members.

 

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Family Program: New Year’s Eve Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Maracas

Tuesday, December 31 | 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

In the South, eating black-eyed peas or “Hoppin’ John” on New Year’s Day is said to bring good luck for the coming year. Let’s get hands-on and make our own maracas using dried black-eyed peas. Families will explore this culinary tradition, percussion instruments in country music, and country songs about the holiday. Participants will go home with their handmade maracas to shake on New Year’s Eve. Ring in 2020 with musical fun and good luck. Ages four and up. Taylor Swift Education Center. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating.

 


 

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