The days are getting cooler and the countdown to Santa’s visit has begun. Here are five events in the county sure to get and keep everyone in the holiday spirit. From tree lighting to cookie decorating to listening to music out on Johnny Cash’s old farm, there is something for everyone. It all kicks off on December 4 with the annual tree lighting ceremony that is part of Christmas in Downtown Dickson.
1Christmas in Downtown Dickson – December 4, 2022
Time: 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Christmas in Downtown Dickson will offer plenty of seasonal cheer and family fun. The evening will kick off with the tree lighting ceremony at 5:00 p.m. at Waychoff Park, followed by a performance at Quest Center at 6:00 p.m., and more activities and performances beginning at 7:00 p.m. including carriage rides beginning at the Bank of Dickson, train rides lining up at the Clement Museum, picture with Santa at L and K photography, a live nativity at The Help Center, and “Santa Paws,” a fundraiser for the Humane Society, on Main Street. Plus, lots of other activities and shopping late!
2Bell Ringer Trail Run – December 10, 2022
Montgomery Bell State Park
112 North Main
Time: 5:30 a.m. packet pick-up
Cost: $60 to $110 per person to run
This race of more than 31 miles features running on one of the best trail networks in the Nashville area. It gives area ultra-runners a close-to-home venue for a trail ultra and it showcases the wonderful natural resources of the Tennessee State Park system. Awards are given to the top three male and female finishers in each race – 50k, 25k, 15k. The awards are made by the Dickson County Woodturners. They are made from wood from the Montgomery Bell State Park and then engraved with the event logo and award information. All finishers will receive finisher medals. Since this race began in 2014, it has continued to grow each year and draw runners from all over the country.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of Montgomery Bell State Park. The mission of this group is to support the park, provide a quality place for families to recreate, and educate visitors on the importance of protection and preservation of the park.
3Christmas Ravoli and Cookies – December 10, 2022
100 South Mulberry Street
Time: 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $150 for two people
Lauren Cowen has combined two of her best classes to create a Christmas class participants will never forget. Louie’s Linguine will be teaching how to make two dozen Christmas shaped ravioli — think shapes like snowmen, ornaments, and Santa. HOMEmade will be teaching participants how to decorate six Christmas themed cookies.
Tickets are priced for two people, so bring a significant other, relative, best friend, or favorite coworker to share this delightful experience.
Christmas themed snacks and refreshments will be served. Feel free to wear Christmas attire. It will be a true celebration of the season. This class is for adults and kids over the age of 15.
4The French Family Concert – December 16, 2022
Storytellers Hideaway Farm and Museum
9347 Old Highway 46
Time: 6:00 p.m. doors open, show starts at 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person, children under 10 are free
Christmas music just sounds better coming from the voices of a family, that’s why the Storytellers Hideaway is bringing the French Family to its stage at The American Garage for a holiday concert. The doors open at 6:00pm so visitors can visit the Farmhouse to see the Christmas lights and decorations.
The French Family may launch into the bittersweet ache of a classic or the startling tenderness of one of their self-penned original songs. This trio is made up of dad Stuie, mom Camille, and son and middle child Sonny, who sing classic country style with a modern twist.
Before having a family of three, Camille and Stuie toured over 20 years as Camille and Stuie in their beloved Australia. They earned three Australian Golden Guitar Awards––that country’s equivalent to the CMAs. Then Nashville came calling. The Time Jumpers took an interest in the group and they have been living and performing in the States ever since.
517th Annual Dickson County Christmas Night Parade – December 17, 2022
Topless in Tennessee Jeep Club
Time: 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
The Topless in Tennessee will once again sponsor the lighted jeep parade down Main Street. They will gather the most wildly lit jeeps blazing with rock lights, halos, and string lights. Also their annual toy drive for the Child Advocacy Center (CAC), parade organizers ask that those along the parade route bring a new unwrapped toy (or three or five) to be donated to the kids at the CAC. Toss them into the open jeeps along the parade route. Entry Fee: $15 per Jeep and a toy(s). They will take waivers and be taking money up the day of the parade.
3:30 p.m. North Main Street closes
4:30 p.m. Parade Line up at Dickson County High School (DCHS)
6:00 p.m. Parade kicks off from DCHS along the normal route, ending at the Middle School.