Sumner Weekend: 5 Happenings This Weekend


Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are 5 events in and near Sumner County!

1Art Exhibit ‘Magic of Santa’ Opens

magic of santa

Saturday, November 18
Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center
1017 Antebellum Cir, Hendersonville

Check out the exhibit The Magic of Santa, featuring the art of Ralph J. McDonald.

McDonald was already a renowned wildlife artist before he created his first Santa Claus painting. That work, titled “A Christmas Party,” was inspired by a trip through Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains on a snowy winter day. It was painted in the tradition of Santa painters he most admired, such as Haddon Sundblom, Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth.
These enchanting paintings are guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. On View through Jan 7th, 2024

ALSO that same night, take in the marvel of the holidays with Christmas Tree Elegance at Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center. This annual Fundraiser for the MACC proves to be a festive event year after year.
Five stylish, seven-foot Christmas Trees, donated by Vickman Company, are gorgeously decorated by noted designers. Each tree is uniquely appointed to match a particular theme. Trees are also embellished with gifts and sold through a silent auction. All proceeds support the MACC’s arts education and outreach activities. Christmas Tree Elegance is a Holiday Fest event!

This year’s Christmas Tree Elegance coincides with the opening of the

Admission to the exhibit and tree auction is free. Enjoy a cocktail reception while getting into the holiday spirit.

2Santa Photo Mini Sessions

karlyn stanley photography santa photos

Sunday, November 19
Karlyn Stanley Photography
429 N Main St, Goodlettsville

Interactive mini session with Santa in Studio!

Sunday, Nov 19th ONLY

10 minute sessions – $150 – 5 images

Great Alternative instead of going to the mall.

Parents are welcome to hop in the photo as well.

Santa is great at answering all their questions and really brings the magic!

3ICE – Polar Express at Opryland

photo courtesy of Gaylord Opryland

Friday -Sunday, November 17-19, 10 am – 10 pm
Gaylord Opryland,2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville

Gaylord Opryland’s 40th annual A Country Christmas began on November 10, 2023 and runs through January 1, 2024. The resort’s signature attraction features a brand-new ICE! theme, The Polar Express™, based upon the beloved Warner Bros holiday film. Using more than two million pounds–or 1,000 tons–of ice, “The Polar Express” is brought to life in ice sculpture form by a team of 40 world-class ice artisans from Harbin, China.

Find tickets here. 

42023 Christmas Harvest Craft Show

christmas harvest craft show

Saturday, November 18, 9am – 4pm
Gallatin Civic Center
210 Albert Gallatin Ave, Gallatin

A long-time tradition in the city of Gallatin! This craft extravaganza is always held the third Saturday in November. The community is invited to shop and mingle at the Christmas Harvest Craft Show. It’s a local tradition you don’t want to miss at the Gallatin Civic Center.

5‘Emma’ – Welch College Theatre Department

emma at welch theater

November 16 & November 17 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, November 18 @ 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Welch College
1045 Bison Trail, Gallatin

Welch College Theater Department presents an adaption of Jane Austen’s most surprising heroine, Emma.

Enjoy cookies and tea at intermission!

Tickets are $5.00 with a $25 family ticket for families over 5 people!

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