Holiday Fun Guide 2021: Christmas festivals, movies and family fun in Clarksville

For the season of giving and joy, there are all sorts of options for family fun, from light shows to ice skating to Christmas movies.

Here’s your guide to Christmas season events, through the new year.

Ongoing events

Winter Ice at Downtown Commons

  • When: Saturday, Nov. 20-Jan. 9
  • Where: Downtown Commons, 215 Legion St.
  • Cost: $12 adults/ $10 children under 12, government/military/APSU students
  • Time: 4-9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. -9 p.m. Saturdays; 2-9 p.m. on Sundays
  • Details: Hours vary on holidays, during school breaks, and during special events. Ice skates included in cost of ticket.

Christmas on the Cumberland

  • When: Tuesday, Nov. 23-Jan. 1
  • Where: McGregor Park, 640 N Riverside Drive
  • Cost: Free
  • Time: Monday-Thursday 5-10 p.m.; Friday-Sunday 5-11 p.m.
  • Details: Over 1 million lights along the Cumberland RiverWalk.

Drive-Thru Christmas Lights

  • When: Tuesday, Nov. 23-Jan. 1
  • Where: Clarksville Speedway and Fairgrounds, 1600 Needmore Road
  • Cost: $30 per carload, $50 for more than 8 people in a vehicle
  • Time: 5:30-10 p.m.
  • Details: Over 1 mile, and over 3 million lights, from the comfort of your car.

It’s a Wonderful Life at the Roxy

  • When: Thursday, Nov. 25-Dec. 18
  • Where: Roxy Regional Theatre, 100 Franklin St.
  • Cost: $35 for adults, $15 for kids 10 and under
  • Time: Times vary
  • Details: Live musical based on the 1946 film.

Christmas Tour of Trees

  • When: Monday, Nov. 29-Dec. 22
  • Where: First Baptist Church of Clarksville, 435 Madison Street
  • Cost: Free
  • Time: Guided tours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., self-guided tours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and on Sundays during worship hours.
  • Details: Over 30 trees beautifully decorated will be on display throughout December to tell a part of the gospel. These tours can be both guided and self-guided. Call the church office at 931-245-0000 to schedule a tour.

November

Saturday, Nov. 20

Grace Assistance Toy Run

  • Where: Pleasant View Baptist Church, 1388 Cumberland Heights Road
  • Cost: Free
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Details: Bring unwrapped and unopened toys to the church. The ride will begin at 10 (show up 30 minutes earlier to register). Toys will be delivered to Urban Ministries.

Saturday, Nov. 27

Small Business Saturday: Holiday Market

  • Where: Wilma Rudolph Center
  • Cost: Free entry, $10 for photos with Santa
  • Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Details: Local vendors, photos with Santa, and a toy drive.

Sunday, Nov. 28

Elf

  • Where: Roxy Regional Theatre, 100 Franklin St.
  • Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for kids
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Details: Classic 2003 Christmas movie

December

Friday, Dec. 3 – Sunday, Dec. 5

Drive-Through Nativity

  • Where: Grace Church of the Nazarene
  • Cost: Free
  • Time: Dec. 3-4 6-9 p.m., Dec. 5 5-8 p.m.
  • Details: Enjoy Christmas carols sung by the Grace Church Choir, sip hot cocoa, and snack on cookies at the end of your drive-through experience.

Friday, Dec. 3

David Steinquest and Friends Christmas Concert

  • Where: Austin Peay State University, Music/Mass Communications Mabry Concert Hall, 601 College St.
  • Cost: Free
  • Time: 7:30-9 p.m.
  • Details: Christmas music performance by Austin Peay’s band

Saturday. Dec. 4

Christmas Parade

  • Where: Downtown Clarksville
  • Cost: Free
  • Time: 5-7 p.m.
  • Details: City lighted parade.

Sunday, Dec. 5

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

  • Where: Roxy Regional Theatre, 100 Franklin St.
  • Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for kids
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Details: Rated PG-13

Friday, Dec. 10 – Saturday, Dec. 11

A Christmas Caroline

  • Where: Todd County Central High School
  • Cost: $12.30-$17.79
  • Time: Dec. 10, 7 p.m. Dec. 11, 1 p.m., 6 p.m.
  • Details: Featuring 13 original songs and over 30 local actors and actresses, this musical tells the story of Caroline, a young teen who has lost so and this Christmas is in danger of losing it all. Now it is up to three unlikely ghostly visitors, the Nutcracker, the Grinch and Jackie Skellington, to help Caroline find her way.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Christmas Light Run

  • Where: McGregor Park
  • Cost: $15-$25
  • Time: 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Details: 5K and 1-mile fun run through Christmas on the Cumberland. Proceeds support new light displays.

German Christmas Market

  • Where: Christ Lutheran Church, 2425 Kirkwood Road
  • Cost: Free
  • Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Details: Hybrid event this year with indoor and outdoor vendors, along with German food.

Christmas in the Grove

  • Where: Oak Grove War Memorial Walking Trail Park, 100 498 Walter Garrett Lane
  • Cost: Free
  • Time: 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Details: Christmas Parade followed by tree lighting led by Santa Claus.

Sunday, Dec. 12

The Santa Clause

  • Where: Roxy Regional Theatre, 100 Franklin St.
  • Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for kids
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Details: 1994 Christmas movie

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Company Cabaret: Holiday Hits

  • Where: Roxy Regional Theatre, 100 Franklin St.
  • Cost: $25 per person
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Details: Company of professional actors present musical selections.

Saturday, Dec. 18

Murder Mystery Dinner Show: A Christmas Carol

  • Where: Valor Hall Conference and Event Center, 105 Walter Garrett Lane
  • Cost: $40 per person
  • Time: 5-8:45 p.m.
  • Details: Riddlesbrood Touring Theater Group production with a buffet-style dinner, a photo booth and more. The event is 18-plus.

Sunday, Dec. 19

Miss Lucille’s Brunch with Santa

  • Where: Miss Lucille’s Marketplace, 2231-L Madison St.
  • Cost: $12-$20
  • Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Details: Buffet-style lunch, with complimentary photos. Mimosa and wine cash bar.

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