Happy holidays! Make sure to support local artists this holiday season by checking out the awesome work happening in Nashville this month. Here’s my guide to Nashville theatre events in December:


The Game’s Afoot @ Lakewood Theatre Company

Dec 2-18 2022


“This hilarious play brings murder, mystery, mayhem and madcap adventure to the stage.  William Gillette, a Broadway superstar, famous the world over for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, Has invited fellow cast members to his opulent home for a holiday dinner party.  But when one of the guest winds up dead, Gillette has to summon every ounce of Sherlock to solve the mystery.  This play will keep you laughing and trying to figure out whodunit until the final blow.”



Arsenic & Old Lace @ Playhouse 615

Dec 2-18 2022


“A clever combination of the farcical and the macabre, centers on two elderly sisters who are famous in their Brooklyn neighborhood for their numerous acts of charity. Unfortunately, however, their charity includes poisoning lonely old men who come to their home looking for lodging. The two women are assisted in their crimes by their mentally challenged nephew who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and who frequently blasts a bugle and yells “charge” as he bounds up the stairs. Matters get complicated when a second nephew, a theater critic, discovers the murders and a third nephew appears after having just escaped from a mental institution. In his adroit mixture of comedy and mayhem, Kesselring satirizes the charitable impulse as he pokes fun at the conventions of the theater.”



Elf the Musical @ Nashville Repertory Theatre

Dec 21 2022 -Jan 1 2023


“Based on the hit holiday movie, Buddy mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Raised as an elf, he is unaware that he is actually human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Just like the 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf is a modern-day holiday classic sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”



A Christmas Carol: Solo Performance by Mark Cabus @ Studio Tenn

Dec 10-11 2022


“You may think you know Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol by heart, but you’ve never seen anything quite like actor-writer-director Mark Cabus’ acclaimed solo performance of the beloved holiday classic. In this ingenious adaptation, Cabus takes on more than 18 characters — from Scrooge to Marley’s Ghost, Mr. Fezziwig, Bob Cratchit and even Tiny Tim — engaging audiences with his quick wit and sharp skills, capturing the haunting tale of an angry, old man bound to save his shrunken heart.”



The Christmas Schooner: Source One Five @ Williamson County Performing Arts Center

Dec 16-18 2022


“Discover the true spirit of Christmas and take a ride on THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER! The whole family will enjoy this heartwarming true story based on the historic Great Lakes voyages of Christmas tree ships during the late 1800s. It tells the story of a Michigan shipping captain who braves the deadly winter to bring Christmas trees to Chicago for homesick German-American families. Filled with a wonderful original score and traditional holiday favorites.”



The Wizard of Oz @ Nashville Children’s Theatre

Nov 17- Dec 23 2022


“Based on the famed novel and classic movie, The Wizard of Oz follows the story of lonely outsider Dorothy Gale, a young girl who is whisked away to the magical land of Oz with her dog Toto. She travels down the Yellow Brick Road and learns not only the value of having heart, brains, and courage but also the importance of friends. This timeless story reminds us that, no matter what you are searching for, there truly is no place like home.”



Nuncrackers @ Center for the Arts

Dec 2-18 2022


“The Nunsense Christmas Musical, Nuncrackers, is presented as the first TV special taped in the Cable Access Studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement. It stars the nuns you love, plus Father Virgil, and four of Mount Saint Helen’s most talented students. Featuring all new songs including Twelve Days Prior to Christmas, Santa Ain’t Comin’ to Our House, We Three Kings of Orient Are Us and It’s Better to Give than to Receive, this show is filled with typical Nunsense humor, some of your favorite carols, and a “Secret Santa” audience participation. This Nunsense Christmas Show will make you laugh, and maybe tug at your heartstrings. It’s the perfect way to ensure that your holiday season is merry and bright!”



White Christmas @ Larry Keeton Theatre

Dec 1-18 2022


“Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. With a dazzling score featuring well-known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial title song, White Christmas is an uplifting musical worthy of year-round productions.”



The Best Christmas Pageant Ever @ Hendersonville Performing Arts Center

Dec 2-11 2022


“In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!”



‘Twas the Bite Before Christmas: A New Play by Catherine Buford; Murfreesboro Little Theatre @Mills-Pate Arts Center

Dec 9-18 2022


“It’s business as usual at the North Pole with Mrs. Claus and the gang, but when a mysterious figure uses dark magic to raise the dead, the halls are decked with chaos.”


Thank you to each of these companies for the use of their promotional artwork (credit to each company respectively).


Happy holidays and happy theatre-going!


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