Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight
For the New Year’s Eve bash that dreams are made of, Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, right in downtown Music City, is the place to be on 31 December. An annual free, public event since 2009, Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight gets bigger every year, attracting hundreds of thousands of revellers. Headlined by Keith Urban for the fourth year in a row, the night’s multi-genre line-up includes Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Struts, Amanda Shires, Bren Joy, Kalie Shorr and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Gates open at 4pm, and midnight sees the traditional Music Note Drop that triggers fireworks and biodegradable rice paper confetti.
From late November through December, the Holiday LIGHTS exhibit illuminates the estate’s botanical garden with one million holiday lights, bringing a bit of calm to the frenzy of the holiday season
Whether you hit up Nashville during or after the festive season, Santa will be waiting for you at his very own dive bar, located beyond the well-worn paths of downtown’s party-packed streets. You’ll enjoy a cold beer, a warm welcome and the chance to appreciate a taste of Nashville’s less glitzy past. The Santa Pub’s owner’s St. Nicholas resemblance is real, as are the chilled beers and the nightly karaoke magic that starts at 7pm, except on Sundays when it follows the house band’s 7pm show. What’s more Southern than a mobile home trailer filled with year-round Christmas decorations? Don’t forgot to bring cash, as that’s the only payment Santa will accept.