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Fun Activities for Kids This December

December 13, 2022

Make the Most of This December

There are so many free events for children happening at Nashville Public Library this month, and in the community! NPL is offering a plethora of festivities, and there is most certainly something for everyone on your list. Whether your child prefers arts and crafts, movies, or music, we have an event for it this December. Keep reading to stay in the loop!

Holiday Festivities at NPL!

A Christmas Story

Bellevue is hosting a mid-afternoon viewing of this iconic 1983 film. Drinks provided, BYO bag lunch!

Tuesday, December 13th from 12:00 to 2:00 PM at the Bellevue Branch

The Polar Express

All ages are welcome to attend this screening of a magical holiday movie, "The Polar Express"!

Thursday, December 15th at 3:30 PM at the Watkins Park Branch

Elf Movie & Game Night

Come spread holiday cheer with a screening of the 2003 classic, Elf! There will also be some games for tweens and teens (ages 9-18). 

Wednesday, December 14th at 5:30 PM at the Goodlettsville Branch

A Child's Calendar

Join Wishing Chair Productions for this fantastic puppet show in the Puppet Theatre at the Main Library downtown! This performance will take place December 16th and 17th at 10:30 and 11:30 AM. 

Friday, December 16th and Saturday, December 17th with showtimes at 10:30 and 11:30 AM at the Main Library

Basses Rule: Holiday Concert

Basses Rule, Nashville's own 9-piece bass recorder ensemble will be dazzling us with all the holiday favorites! Never heard a bass recorder? Now is your chance!

Thursday, December 15th from 10:15 to 11:00 AM in the Courtyard Gallery at the Main Library

Holiday Piano Concert

Join us for Amanda Dembiec's annual recital of holiday tunes, in the Mezzanine area of the Main Library. 

Thursday, December 15th at 12 PM at the Main Library

Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage

Join in a viewing of this wonderful, inspiring holiday movie about painter Thomas Kinkade.

Friday, December 16th at 10:30 AM at the Green Hills Branch

Holiday Extravaganza & Community Appreciation Day

This edition of the Craft Saturdays series at Edmondson Pike Library will feature a craft show and opportunities to meet other crafters and share creations from previous Craft Saturdays!

Saturday, December 17th from 12:00 - 3:30 PM at the Edmondson Pike Branch

Craft Saturdays: Last Minute Gifts

Join Suzanne at the Inglewood Branch to create some last minute gifts for anyone left on your list!

Saturday, December 17th at 2:00 PM at the Inglewood Branch

Holiday Recorder Concert with Bicinium

Recorder duo Bicinium presents a medley of holiday music in the Courtyard Gallery.

Tuesday, December 20th from 10:15 - 11:00 AM in the Courtyard Gallery at the Main Library

Adventures in Art: Snowy Day

Ms. Ashley and Ms. Elizabeth will be hosting a read-aloud of the Ezra Jack Keats classic, followed by some arts and crafts that pay homage to the beautiful collage art from the book!

Tuesday, December 20th from 2:00 - 3:00 PM at the Edmondson Pike Branch

Adventure Club: Elf Screening

Here's one more opportunity to catch this favorite holiday movie! This all ages event will also feature an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest! Be sure to don your ugliest apparel. 

Thursday, December 22nd from 4:30 - 5:30 PM at the Old Hickory Branch

Ice Skating!

Centennial Sportsplex's Ice Arena offers Public Skating sessions throughout the week. Kids 4 and under and spectators get in for free! Children and adults over the age of 4 can get in for $7.

Click here to view the Public Skating schedule!

Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday morning and afternoon, as well as on select Mondays and Tuesdays

The Nashville Holiday Music Special!

The Nashville Holiday Music Special, which debuted on December 3rd, will be aired again on WKRN on Christmas Eve at 5 PM. This is a one-hour program full of performances from some of Nashville's best entertainers!

December 24th at 5 PM

Movie Night, anyone?!

With our free streaming services, Kanopy and Overdrive, there are millions of movies for kids to choose from! Both have designated Kids sections, so perhaps you could allow your little one to call the shots. And don't forget the snacks! Popcorn and hot chocolate are some of my favorite go-to winter movie refreshments! (Cue "Let's All Go to the Lobby").

Caroline Cronin


Caroline is a Bilingual Literacy Assistant for Bringing Books to Life! She is passionate about accessibility and language justice and loves to share stories and art with friends of all ages. In her free time she enjoys singing, cooking, teaching and practicing yoga, and roller skating.