One of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America, Hatch Show Print is open to art lovers, music lovers, collectors and everyone else in between. Step inside and see how these legendary posters are made.
The big picture
The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery’s permanent collection features eastern and western art, including everything from Etruscan artefacts to works by Roy Lichtenstein. Also located inside Vanderbilt University’s Student Center is the Sarratt Gallery, a small and interesting space which houses ten contemporary art exhibits a year by regional and national artists.
The Gaylord Opryland Resort is a festive must-do thanks to its annual ‘A Country Christmas’ shindig, which takes place from mid-November through to the new year. While many events are ticketed, just wandering around the grounds will get you into the spirit of things thanks to the three million twinkling lights and lavish Christmas fountain shows. Over on the hotel’s Magnolia Lawn, the outdoor nativity display features special lighting effects and an audio rendition of the biblical story.
Follow your art
Every first Saturday of the month, art galleries open their doors from 6 to 9pm for what’s known as the First Saturday Art Crawl. Enjoy contemporary art, wine and hors d’oeuvres as you wander galleries spanning every aspect of the art world in Nashville.
Bass Pro may be a chain catering for outdoors enthusiasts but, come November, it puts on a magical Santa’s Wonderland at each of its stores. Expect the works: from rustic Christmas cabins and elves to snow-covered hills and illuminated trees. There’s loads of crafts and you can even have your photo taken with the big man himself, Father Christmas.
Take kids to the Nashville Public Library for their puppet shows, which take place on Friday and Saturday mornings in the Main Library in December and January. This year it’s Wishing Chair Productions' Cinderella, a musical telling filled with magical surprises and featuring exquisite puppets.