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Thanksgiving 2013 is Stuffed with Fun Activities in Nashville

Thanksgiving is the perfect prelude for the Christmas holiday season. It reminds us to take the time to give thanks, give back, celebrate family and celebrate life.  As you make plans to gather with your family and friends over Thanksgiving weekend 2013, we have an irresistible smorgasbord of activities, entertainment and dining options in Nashville to tantalize every taste.boulevard bolt

The Boulevard Bolt, one of the country’s biggest 5-mile races, celebrates its 20th anniversary on Thanksgiving Day. Here’s your opportunity to bring the family out for some outdoor exercise while raising money for the homeless community in Nashville. Join over 8,700 runners and walkers down Belle Meade Boulevard in this benefit run and help make a difference in the lives of those who need a helping hand. The race is managed by volunteers from three local congregations. Since 1994, the Boulevard Bolt has donated $2.6 million to organizations serving Nashville’s homeless.

One of the best deals for taking in the sights is a Music City Total Access Pass. For $50 you get free admission to The Parthenon plus your choice of four attractions including Cheekwood Botanical Garden, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Fontanel Mansion, the Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour, Nashville Zoo, The Ryman Auditorium, The Hermitage and more. The Ryman Auditorium

So what’s going on around town? The Grand Ole Opry has moved downtown to the Ryman for the holiday season – back to its roots in the ‘Mother Church of Country Music.’ Mel Tillis and Restless Heart will be performing on November 29.

At the Bluebird Cafe, the world-renowned spot for both up and coming musicians and phenomenally successful songwriters, the day after Thanksgiving is traditionally an evening with the Sweethearts of the Rodeo.

Fontanel, the original home of Barbara Mandrell, launches the holiday season with performances of Deborah Allen’s Rockin’ Little Christmas that run from November 16 – December 21. You can also enjoy tours of the Southern Living Idea House, Fontanel mansion, and a delicious Italian meal at Fontanella Restaurant.

Music City Roots, a live radio show at the Loveless Cafe Barn, showcases grassroots Americana musical talent. Mike Farris and 18 South are part of the lineup for the Thanksgiving Show on November 27.Rockwell self portrait

Take a tour of Norman Rockwell’s iconic artwork on display at The Frist from November 1, 2013 – February 9, 2014, representing 56 years in the artist’s career.

The Predators have two home games during Thanksgiving weekend. Experience the excitement on ice as Nashville’s NHL hockey team battles against the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers on November 28 and 30.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum showcases the sights and sounds of the season with artfully trimmed trees and unique holiday activities. This year they are celebrating Christmas in Color in the Museum of Art from November 30-December 22, with each tree reflecting the many shades of the season.

Discover the Christmas spirit at the Tennessee Repertory Theater’s performance of A Christmas Story November 30-December 22.

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In stunning synchronization on ice, the Rockettes will once again be a feature of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Gaylord Opryland Resort, November 15, 2013-January 1, 2014.

No Thanksgiving celebration is complete without the feast. The Capitol Grille at the historic Hermitage Hotel downtown is serving an upscale Southern Thanksgiving Brunch for $47.50, touched with the creative ingenuity of Executive Chef W. Tyler Brown. Children under 12 can eat for $27.50. Both the brunch and the Thanksgiving dinner menus read like a who’s who of divine cuisine. Why stay home and cook when you can share a feast fit for a king?

thanksgiving buffetMonell’s offers a traditional dinner in a homestyle setting in all three locations (downtown, on Murfreesboro Road, and in Gallatin). Price is $22.84 per person and half price for children ages 4-12.

Market Street Restaurant in the Downtown Hilton offers a Thanksgiving buffet with the typical Southern favorites of pumpkin pie, pecan pie and apple pie desserts.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is a favorite and trusted alternative for a family Thanksgiving dinner. It’s hard to beat the affordability, high-quality food, and warm country atmosphere.

How are you celebrating Thanksgiving in 2013? 

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel...Read on

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