1. On Saturday, Santa will stop by Loveless Barn to have his picture taken with families who want one final photo before he heads to the North Pole to prepare for the big day. It is a bring-your-own-camera kind of event where Santa will be available for photos from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There’s plenty of parking and some other holiday-themed activities for the kiddos, plus shopping opportunities for all. Details at: www.lovelesscafe.com.
2. There is also a wonderful Santa at Santa’s Wonderland inside Bass Pro Shops at Opry Mills. Bass Pro also has an arcade, free crafts, games and activities for the whole family during store hours. The free Santa photos are from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Call 615-514-5200 for details or visit www.basspro.com/santa.
3. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has free photos with Santa on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Museum members get to reserve passes in advance, and timed passes are available starting at 9:00 a.m. each day. Details at: www.countrymusichalloffame.org.
More Holiday Fun
And if you are looking for some great free holiday music, Nashville’s male a cappella vocal group Schola Pacis will perform at the 10th anniversary Festivals of Lessons and Carols at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday at Christ the King Church, 3001 Belmont Blvd. Details at: www.scholapacis.com.
Last but not least is one of my favorite events of the Christmas season. Belmont School of Music has their annual Christmas Eve Carillon Concert at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday in the Bell Tower at the center of the Belmont campus. Faculty member Richard Shadinger will play traditional Christmas music on the tower’s 42-bell carillon. The campus Bell Tower is just off the corner of Belmont Boulevard and Portland Avenue. Call 615-460-6408 for details or visit www.belmont.edu/music.
A Season for Giving
And don’t forget that there is still time to join the Ms. Cheap Penny Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. Just stop by any Avenue Bank or Wilson Bank & Trust branch, pick up a penny drive can and start collecting at the office, home, parties, wherever. Every penny really does count! The drive runs through the end of January. More information at www.secondharvestmidtn.org.