The Holidays in East Nashville

Year after year, The Ornaments provide one of our favorite excuses for amping up the holiday spirit in East Nashville. While we wait for news of this year's shows, we'll go ahead and get East-Nashville-holiday-stoked about Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams' returned holiday flavors (whiskey eggnog, y'all) and new holiday gravels (since there are worst ways to get into the holiday spirit than putting french toast and honey cornbread crumblies on ice cream), and the events below.

Yeah, it does feel a little early to be talking holidays. But if a season's gonna start pooling until it covers the whole year, we're just glad it's not tax season.

Know about any other Eastside holiday events? Give us a shout. We'll keep updating.

Saturday, Nov. 23

East Nashville Harvest Heyday

More a celebration of autumn than a true holiday shindig, but we'll call this a pre-Thanksgiving festivity, since its fundraiser and food drive will help hungry folks in our community (via East Nashville Cooperative Ministry) around a time that, ideally, is focused on the giving of thanks and giving in general. Along with a craft and artist marketplace, the Heyday offers a fall carnival, music and general autumn merriment.

When: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: The Shoppes on Fatherland
More info: East Nashville Events

Dec. 1-24

Fannie Battle Caroling for Kids

You'll find few better opportunities to embrace the giving nature of the holiday season than Fannie Battle Caroling for Kids, a long-held tradition meant to aid Fannie Battle's laudable work helping at-risk youth. Your involvement can take many forms -- you can organize a caroling group, hold a virtual fundraiser or just support these efforts by shopping or dining with a Caroling for Kids partner. Grab more info at the Fannie Battle website.

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7

Porter Flea 2013 Holiday Market

While this Porter Flea installment won't be held on the Eastside, since the makers market got its start in East Nashville, we'll always consider it a neighbor. By now, most of us know the drill -- and it's a great drill -- but for the uninitiated: Porter Flea brings out some of the finest local and regional artists, artisans and makers around for a bustling day of ogling and shopping. Of late, they've been holding a night-before preview market -- a great way to beat the big crowds and get first crack at the goods -- and the holiday market continues that tradition, with a preview on Dec. 6.

When: Preview market 6 - 9 p.m. on Dec. 6; full market Dec. 7 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Track One Building, 1211 4th Ave. S.
More info: Porter Flea website

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8

The 35th Annual Lockeland Springs Celebration of Home Tour

The annual Lockeland Springs Celebration of Home Tour is a neighborhood tradition that allows us both to get in the holiday spirit and celebrate (and take in) the distinctive charm of our neighborhood. This year's tour includes stops at beautiful historic homes and treats from some of East Nashville's finest providers (Fat Bottom Brewery, Mad Donna's, Pomodoro East, many others). Our upcoming issue is the official tour publication, so you'll be able to read a lot more about the Celebration when that hits the streets. Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest.

When: 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 7, 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 8
Where: Throughout Lockeland Springs
Info: Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association
Tickets: $10 advance at Alegria, The Goodbuy Girls, Rustique and Pied Piper Creamery or online. Days-of at the Corinthian Lodge at 1400 Eastland

Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy

Photos with Santa are cute and all, but let's spice it up a little this year. DancEast is hosting three Tea seatings, offering treats, crafting, dancing and a chance to have photos taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy by a pro photog (Sarah Beaty, of Eyeris Photography). Means a chance to stay in the neighborhood rather than braving the mall for your holiday photo-ops, too, which ain't so shabby.

When: Dec. 7 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. or 4:30 - 6 p.m.; Dec. 8 from 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Where: DancEast, 805 Woodland St., Suite 314
More info: Tea With the Sugar Plum Fairy tickets

Saturday, Dec. 14

Snowflake 5K

Snowflakes evoke the holidays, no? Ours is a runner-friendly neighborhood, and the winter chills don't seem to scare anyone into hibernating -- we're tough that way. So the 5K train don't stop just 'cuz it's December. The annual Snowflake 5K invites runners (and walkers, and dogs) to Shelby Bottoms for some good old-fashioned hoofin', and includes cash prizes for the fastest male and female runners and awards for pets, too (including ones for pets and owners donning Santa suits). Best part: Participation helps benefit Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee's efforts.

When: 9 a.m.
Where: Shelby Bottoms
More info: Snowflake 5K site

Winter Wonder Fatherland

Get those last-minute gifts bought while keeping the young ones entertained with family-friendly activities.

When: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: The Shoppes on Fatherland
More info: East Nashville Events

Sunday, Dec. 15

An East Nashville Christmas

Here's one from East Nashville and for East Nashville, if not in East Nashville: An East Nashville Christmas, featuring Luella And The Sun, Tim O'Brien, Off The Wagon, Derek Hoke & Jen Duke, Grace Adele, The Danberrys, Julie Lee and many others sharing holiday sounds, with proceeds benefitting East Nashville's National Health Care for the Homeless Council.

When: doors at 6 p.m., show at 8
Where: 3rd & Lindsley, 818 3rd Ave. S
Tickets: $20 via Ticketweb


Wednesday, Dec. 18

Decembersongs: An East Nashville Christmas

And another one of East Nashville: Decembersongs -- a seasonal crew of local singer-songwriters, this time consisting of Amy Speace, Rod Picott and Doug and Telisha Williams -- takes on a mix of holiday standards and creative yuletide originals at the Bluebird during their 2013 tour.

When: 9:30 p.m.
Where: Bluebird Cafe, 4104 Hillsboro Pike
More info: Decembersongs on Facebook

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