New Year’s Eve Hotspots in Middle Tennessee

NYE Hot Spots

What better way to ring in 2017 than at some of the best parties Middle Tennessee has to offer? Whether you’re a local or just visiting, New Years Eve in Nashville and the surrounding areas are sure to please all interests. Between the abundance of live music performances, to parties, to elegant dinners, making the right choice to spend your last few hours in 2016 may be harder than you thought. So we hope some of these NYE hotspots will help:

 

New Years Eve Dinners

 

 

New Years Eve Live Music Performances

 

 

New Years Eve Parties

 

Listing of the Week

 

LOTW-2613bAirpark-Blog-1024x512 (1)This listing of the week comes from a premier builder who made his mark on the Rosebank neighborhood in East Nashville. This transitional style home is nestled away on Airpark Drive, which connects to Shelby Bottoms, making you just minutes away from trails, river access, a fenced dog park and much more! A large, half-covered rooftop deck and private patio off the owners suite provide more than adequate outdoor living space for enjoying and entertaining – and beautiful views! Listed for $475, 900 by Matt Read, Chad Sain and Autumn Roth from Parks in the Gulch. Find out more about this home here.

Christmas Decor Outside Your Home

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For those homeowners who love to decorate the exterior of their home as well as the interior for the holidays, there are many dazzling lighting options. You don’t have to worry that your house will look like every other house on the block because there are a virtual plethora of outdoor décor concepts available to you to choose from.

 

Regardless of whether you’re planning on decorating your entire outdoor property or if you want to stick to only a simple porch display, we’re sure you’ll find inspiration in this creative list of outdoor holiday lighting design ideas:

     

  • Low maintenance: Many homeowners have a lot of other priorities that need attention, making low maintenance holiday lights a must. If you can devote several hours to stringing your choice of outdoor lights, invest in putting your lights on timers. Then set it and forget it!
     

  • On a budget: If you’re working with a tight budget this holiday season, consider installing solar powered lights. Innoo Tech offers strings of white crystal ball lights that will give your porch or patio a whimsical ambiance without adding to your electric bill. For a pop of affordable color, look for solar LED fairy style lights. Many solar light sets even offer several lighting settings.
     

  • DIY: Making your own holiday decorations is another creative way to save money on your seasonal décor budget. It’s also a great way to get into the holiday spirit and can become a cherished family tradition. Pinterest is awash with outdoor Christmas decorations you can make yourself – both with and without lights.
     

  • Themed: For those who want to get creative – choose a different theme every year! Some popular outdoor holiday light themes include: candy canes, wreaths, lanterns/luminaries, stars, snowmen, the North Pole, Christmas village, candyland, lighted arches, red ribbons/bows and garland, Christmas balls, Santa and reindeer, toys, Polar Express, snowflakes and icicles.
     

  • Classic: All-white (non-LED) lights framing the outline of your house is a classic, elegant holiday decoration approach. Look for white lights labeled ‘soft white’ or ‘warm white’ for a simple yet classy style. It’s also appropriate to line your driveway, walkway or some trees with the same classic white lights.
     

  • Outdoor party: Get creative if you have an outdoor patio or deck that will be used during the holiday season for social gatherings. Though the weather outside may not be frightful, your décor can still be delightful. Consider a ‘tropical Christmas’ theme with bright lights, colorful reindeer and vibrant Christmas plants like poinsettias. If your patio is covered – line the ceiling or wrap the pergola beams with lights. You can dangle icicle lights over one or more sides for a magical, enclosed feel.
     

  • Modern: Some people love to try out the newest on-trend lights every holiday season. The most recent addition to the world of Christmas décor is called a star shower projector. These motion laser projectors are extremely simple to install, as they involve no ladders, stapling or dead light bulbs. The projector displays colored stars onto your house/yard in dazzling holographic star shower patterns.

Listing of the Week

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Our listing of the week is this beautifully renovated bungalow in Historic Richland Central with 6 bedrooms. Open Kitchen with breakfast bar, pantry, and wine cellar. Family room with fireplace plus a second level recreational room with built-ins. Spacious master suite located on the second level with large walk-in closets. Expansive outdoor back deck and a two car detached garage. Listed for $975,000 by Mary Beth Thomas and John Brittle from Parks in the Gulch. View more about this home here.

Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Middle Tennessee

Best Christmas Lights

Create holiday memories, or continue cherished traditions by visiting some of the best christmas light displays in Middle Tennessee! Bundle the kids in warm coats and scarves, bring some candy canes, pour some hot chocolate in a thermos, and make some new holiday traditions this season.

 

The Dancing Lights of Christmas at Jellystone Park

One of Middle Tennessee’s most popular drive-thru light shows, The Dancing Lights of Jellystone Park offers hundreds of thousands of LED christmas lights dancing to rocking holiday tunes all while staying in your car! This would be the perfect time for the whole family to dress in their favorite pajamas and make new traditions. Try to make it on a weeknight, as it tends to have extremely long lines on Friday and Saturday nights. Admission is $25 per vehicle.

 

Gaylord Opryland Hotel

Easily the most popular place in Nashville to view stunning lights. With over 2 million lights, it is free to walk around the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and experience 9 acres of indoor gardens with waterfalls, a river (complete with a riverboat tour for a small fee), and multiple restaurants and shops.

 

Holiday Lights at Cheekwood

Visit Cheekwood to experience over 1 million festive, twinkling lights! One of the most gorgeous holiday strolls in Middle Tennessee, come see all of the decorations from inside the mansion, all the way to the botanical gardens. Every night you can see live reindeer and select nights enjoy s’more pits and holiday carolers! Tickets are $15 for kids and $20 for adults.

 

Chad’s Winter Wonderland

There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to visit Chad’s Winter Wonderland in Lebanon, TN. Have Santa himself take your christmas wish list as you drive thru Santa’s house! Continue driving to see 350+ christmas decorations, live animals, the christmas train, and even a dancing snowman. Don’t forget to bring your letters for Santa, because there is a mailbox just for him. Price is $15 per vehicle.

 

Lights on Old Charlotte

Come visit Old Charlotte Pike in Franklin for the 11th annual computerized christmas lights display. Either walk down the street or slowly drive down Old Charlotte to witness over 60,000 lights, a 20 foot mega-tree, and 160 channels of light-o-rama computer controlled lights.

 

 

 

Whether it’s staying in your car and driving through dancing lights, or walking through the magical botanical gardens all lit up, visiting festive lights is the perfect outing for any age!

 

Christmas Decor Inside Your Home

Christmas Decore inside
As the winter holidays approach once again, there’s a festive feeling in the air everywhere you go: malls, restaurants and even grocery stores are decked out in holiday style. To help you recreate this festive feeling at home, we’ve compiled a list of some easy Christmas décor ideas for inspiration.

 

Nothing makes a home feel more like Christmas than a cozy interior – no matter where you live. Usher in holiday cheer and delight by putting your own twist on these winter decoration concepts:

     

  • Christmas garland – One of the simplest ways to welcome the holidays is by using garland as adornment in virtually any room. Christmas garland is traditionally made up of trimmings from balsam fir, white pine, and other evergreen trees. Because of the evergreen’s association with Christmas, its garland looks festive on a mantel, chandelier, staircase railings, or framing a doorway. Wrap Christmas lights around the garland or use it on its own.
     

  • Christmas card tree – If you receive an abundance of Christmas cards, this idea will work out splendidly. On a blank wall, create the outline of a Christmas tree with paint-safe tape and gold or silver garland. Place a flat star on top. As your holiday cards start their yearly arrival, hang them from your wall tree like ornaments. This is a great way to have a Christmas tree if you can’t (due to space, allergies, or other limiting reasons) or simply a cute way to bring festivity to an empty wall.
     

  • Decorative pillows – While it’s not technically a holiday “decoration,” you can switch out your everyday couch throw pillows with Christmas or winter themed pillows for an instant mini-makeover for any home. This is such a quick and easy way to automatically make your living room feel more merry, and if you’re on a tight budget, pillows are very easy to make yourself!
     

  • Holiday candles – Since the ideal ambience you’re aiming for is warm and cozy, fill your house with as many candles as possible. Invest in some Christmas candle holders or try your hand at a holiday candle DIY project.
     

  • Trim more than just your tree – Hanging up Christmas ornaments on the tree is a long-standing tradition for many families, as many ornaments have special meaning and invoke fond memories. Additionally, glass ball ornaments can be quite stunningly beautiful – and not just on the tree! Fill a metal wire bowl, lantern or glass jars with decorative balls in your favorite colors. Make your own “Christmas garland” or wreath with just glass balls and a hot glue gun or hang some of your favorite silver and gold balls from your actual evergreen garland display. Scatter leftover balls across your mantel or centerpiece. Any spot that needs a little something extra is a great place for these gorgeous glass Christmas decorations.
     

  • Go red – Although there are definitely plenty of colors that bring to mind the coming of Christmas, most people would agree that red is the color we think of first. Santa wears red, after all! Bring in as much red as possible to your home’s interior with: bows on wreaths, glass balls, stockings, poinsettias, tablecloths, tree decorations, pillows, throws, wrapping paper, candles, cranberries (displayed in mason jars, they make a great yet simple centerpiece) and dishes.

 

Most importantly, make sure that your holiday décor always has your signature style running through it so that no matter what ideas you use, they’ll feel authentic and unique.

Listing of the Week

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Extraordinary home in Smyrna, TN on 3.4 acres! This home is complete with 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, plus 2 and a half baths. Master downstairs and another master upstairs. Open kitchen with custom cabinets & granite countertops. Master suite includes whirlpool tub and his & hers vanities. Spacious bonus upstairs along with separate office and formal dining room downstairs. Florida room with half bath for pool guests, in-ground salt water pool, covered porch, solar heating with low average monthly electric bills. Listed for $550,000 by Kathie and Steve Meadow from Parks in Smyrna. Find out more about this listing here.

Best Christmas Tree Farms in Middle Tennessee

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Whether you choose to pick and cut your own christmas tree, select a tree and have it cut for you, or buy a pre-cut one, Middle Tennessee has an abundance of places to keep your traditions alive! These farms are not just places to purchase your perfect tree, many have complimentary hot chocolate and hot cider you can sip on while they shake and bale your tree.

 

Energy Saving Tips This Winter

Energy Saving
As the year shifts further into autumn, temperatures continue their downward trend in most parts of the US. With the approach of winter weather, many people are looking for new ways to save energy (and money).
 
Perhaps you need to conserve your energy use due to budget constraints or a desire to build up your savings. You may also be thinking about your carbon footprint and its effect on our planet. Whatever your reason(s) for wanting to save energy this winter, you’ll benefit from putting at least some of the following tips into action:

     

  • Layer up – Get into the habit of keeping your heat set a few degrees lower than you have in the past. The general rule of thumb is that you can save 5% on your heating bill for each degree that you lower your thermostat. Stay comfortable by wearing more layers around the house – including a cozy sweater, thermal underwear (if needed) and fluffy socks. Add an extra blanket to your bed as well.
     

  • Use solar power – Even if you don’t have solar panels in your home, you can still take advantage of the sun’s rays to heat up your home. To do this, keep your south-facing window coverings open during the day to welcome in the sun’s natural heat. When the sun goes down, make sure all blinds and curtains in your home are closed to keep as much heat in the house as possible. Additionally, invest in thermal blinds or drapes to help keep drafty windows from letting in too much cold air.
     

  • Winterize your windows – If you have especially drafty windows that are still letting in too much cool air even with thermal window treatments, you may need to take extra steps to stay warm. The two most effective ways to winterize drafty windows are by caulking around the exterior of the window and applying plastic wrap over the inside. The plastic stripping you’ll need comes in easy to install window insulation kits and can be found at most hardware stores.
     

  • Change your filters – It’s recommended that you have your heating system examined once every year before severe winter weather arrives. This yearly check-up by a professional will catch any problems before they cause your heating system to fail, which could prove to be inconvenient, uncomfortable and even dangerous if it happens when temperatures are extremely low. At the very least, be sure to replace your heating vent filters on their recommended schedule. When filters are not replaced on time, they become ineffective at doing their job, and they start to restrict air flow throughout your home. This will increase your energy costs.
     

  • Don’t heat the whole house – This is especially true if you have a large home, but small and medium-sized homes will also use less energy if you focus on heating the rooms you actually use. To do this, close the heating vents in rooms you don’t use and seal them shut with a vent cover. Close the doors to any unused rooms, and make sure that heating vents are open in the rooms you spend the most time in.

Look Ahead to December

Look ahead to December

The holiday season brings colder weather, joyful celebrations and mesmerizing decorations. There is no better way to get into the spirit than by attending events with family and friends in Middle Tennessee.

 

The 63rd Annual Nashville Christmas Parade

Join this years Grand Marshall, Kelly Clarkson, at the 2016 Nashville Christmas Parade on December 3rd starting at the intersection of 8th Ave and Broadway at 9am. This will be televised live on NEWS 2, WKRN-TN in Nashville.

 

TPAC Winter Holiday Fest Marketplace

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center will be hosting it’s first-ever Winter Holiday Marketplace on December 3rd. Come out to shop local artisans and vendors, enjoy specialty food and beverages, arts and crafts, and free photo opportunities with characters and props from the Nashville ballet. Happening at the War Memorial Auditorium from 4-10pm.

 

The Spirit of Christmas at Fontanel

On December 9th, 10th and 17th at 8:30pm, come out to Fontanel and join Krista Marie and Damien Horne for en evening filled with Christmas spirit. Upon arrival, enjoy a glass of warm apple cider or chilled egg nog and grab some christmas cookies. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the 90-minute show.

 

Breakfast with Santa

Bring your children and enjoy a nice breakfast with Santa at the Nashville Farmer’s Market on Saturday, December 10th at 10am to 12pm. City Farm Company will be serving a kid-friendly biscuit breakfast with fun toppings and fillings. There will be story time at 11:30am around the christmas tree in the Market House. Arrive early to snap a picture with Mr. Kris Kringle!

 

Dickens of Christmas

Come out for the largest christmas festival in Middle Tennessee, Dickens of Christmas in Franklin! On December 10th and 11th, walk Main Street with 200 dancers, musicians, and characters who will be re-creating the time of Charles Dickens. Come decked out in holiday attire for a great family picture and there will be snow!

 

 

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