Music City Area Real Estate News & Market Trends

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Dec. 3, 2019

Nashville Christmas Events 2019

Ho ho ho! It's the most wonderful time of the year again -- and Nashville never disappoints. There are numerous activities to help get you in the holiday spirit! Whether you call Nashville home or you're traveling to our city for the holiday season, make your plans now. We've compiled a list of a handful of the most popular (and least known) holiday events in Nashville. These certainly are not the end of the holiday activities in Nashville, but are definitely on our favorites list.

Get cozy in an igloo

Through March

Downtown Nashville

Located on the rooftop of The Bobby Hotel, the Nordic Village with private igloos is back for year two. Igloos hold up to eight people plus two rustic cedar cabins that host groups up to three couples. You'll need reservations -- so, book a block of time and cozy up in a warm igloo with great drinks and great views. -- $200+

Photo via Bobby Hotel

Celebrate a country Christmas

Through January 1

Opryland Resort

The Gaylord Opryland Resort always shows up in its best dress for the holiday season. The gigantic hotel's decorations and flowers are lit up with millions of shiny lights. It's free to walk the main areas of the hotel. There are plenty of other activities you can take part in like indoor snow tubing, their annual ICE! Spectacular featuring scenes from A Christmas Story, and more. -- Free to $21.99+

Music City Holiday Cruise on the Cumberland

Through December 23

Downtown Nashville / Opry Mills

Each night, the General Jackson Showboat makes a nightly cruise down the Cumberland during the festive season with a holiday dinner buffet and a full stage show. It might be chilly and breezy on the water, but it's warm and cozy inside the boat as you cruise to the skyline and back to Opry Mills. -- $66+

Zoolumination at the Nashville Zoo

Through December 30

South Nashville / Nashville Zoo

Experience the Nashville Zoo like you never have before. It's the country's largest Chinese lantern festival with over 500 custom-made silk lanterns spread across 60 acres featuring (of course) your favorite zoo animals, holiday-themed scenes, a 200-foot-long dragon, and more.  -- $19 to $29

Photo via Nashville Zoo

Winter wonderland at Hidden Bar

Through December 31

Downtown Nashville

Hidden Bar is located in the basement of the Noelle Hotel. It's not quite a speakeasy, but you definitely will have to hunt for it. (The bar is through that door?) Once you find the hallway to Hidden Bar, you'll find a winter wonderland of holiday excess and specialty winter cocktails. -- Free

Festive Franklin cocktails

Friday, December 6

Franklin

When it comes to our cocktails, we don't settle. This cocktail festival won't disappoint. You can expect holiday drinks created by mixologists plus food, music, and entertainment. -- $34

Nashville Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 7

Lower Broadway

Set up along the side of Lower Broadway to get a good view of the floats, bands, and performance groups marching by. It's always a blast and it benefits the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. -- Free

LOL at Nashville's Nutcracker

December 7 through December 23

TPAC

Don't miss the Nashville's Nutcracker. It's entertaining, with talented dancers, great music, and local jokes and puns to keep it fun. -- $53+

Photo via Nashville Ballet

GLOW

December 7 through December 23

Germantown

What good is a baseball field during the winter? Turn it into a holiday spectacle, duh! There is a thrilling tube run, an outdoor ice skating rink, Nashville's tallest Christmas tree, and a two-story version of Santa's Workshop. It's anything and everything holiday you could wish for in one! -- $15.99+

Carol (the verb, not your coworker) at the Schermerhorn

Saturday, December 7

SoBro

This family-friendly singalong starts at 10am with an hour of kids' activities before the show at 11am! It's backed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, so it's kind of a big deal. -- $49+

Stroll Cheekwood with your honey

Through December 29

Belle Meade

The botanical gardens at Cheekwood are beautiful year-round. Imagine that but times ten. The grounds are decked out in colorful light displays. You can even buy 3D glasses to transform some of the displays into twinkly illusions. (They def are already 3D in real life, but it's whatever.) They offer varying packages with drink tickets, hot cocoa, s'mores kits, and fire pits. -- $25+

Drive through lights in Franklin

Through January 5

Franklin

Pay by the carload & drive through the one-mile long path at The Franktown Festival of Lights. You can even tune your car stereo to classic holiday songs synced to the lights. -- $25+

 

Posted in Community News
Oct. 30, 2019

The Best Nashville Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat In

Boo! It's Halloween week! Families and children around Metro Nashville are getting their costumes ready and candy bags ready searching for the perfect spot in the area to hit up for trick-or-treating. Our local Experts have compiled a list of some of the hottest neighborhoods to go trick-or-treating at.

1. East Nashville

This area of town is know for being eclectic year-round. The holiday season doesn't disappoint. East Nashville is home to many residential areas with plenty of sidewalks, parking, and homes handing out candy.

2. Hillsboro/West End

Located between Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities, the area is very walkable with sidewalks lining most of the streets. You'll find decked out homes on every street -- especially on Essex and Barton. Often, Essex is closed to traffic for an uninterrupted, traffic-free experience.

3. Richland

This is the Halloween trick-or-treating jackpot. You'll find the most action on Richland Avenue and on the 3700 block. Neighbors go through gallons of candy, and there are hundreds of pumpkins carved and on display. Even better, there are several homes that go all out -- and when we say all out, we mean it. For your safety, traffic control is even hired. 

4. Belmont

Hit up Belmont Boulevard and Oakland Avenue for a great Halloween experience! There is ample street parking and cute homes that are totally tricked out -- some that are so decorated, other decorated homes in the area can't even contend.

5. Green Hills & Belle Meade

The lack of walkability in these areas deters many trick-or-treaters. But, if you find a street with houses nestled close to each other, you are sure to find decorated homes and a crowd of trick-or-treaters.

6. Westhaven in Franklin

Here's another Halloween jackpot! It sits just south of Nashville in Williamson County. The neighborhood is filled with townhouses and single-family homes, so you definitely won't run into a shortage of homes handing out candy or kids in costumes.

Where are you going this Halloween? We'd love to see your costumes! Tag @MusicCityExperts or #MusicCityExperts so we can see your spooky evening. 

Posted in Community News
July 3, 2019

Places to watch 4th of July fireworks

It's that time of year again -- friends, family, and BBQs celebrating Independence Day. Fireworks are always a part of the annual festivities, and there are several places you can go to see a spectacular show. Many of the fireworks, 

The star of the fireworks diplays will be the show in the heart of Downtown Nashville. Here are some of the tops spots in the Nashville area.

July 3rd Fireworks Show at TailGate Brewery

Celebrate Independence Day a day early! From 11:00am to 11:00pm, enjoy live music, craft beer, cider, wine, liquor, pizza, and a fireworks display at 9:00pm. It's is a family-friendly event, and admission is free.

Find out more >>

Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th -- Downtown Nashville

Spectators will marvel at the largest 4th of July fireworks show in the country! What really makes Music City's show the best is the GRAMMY-award-winning Nashville Symphony's original songs performed live and choreographed to the fireworks show. Check out these poppin' facts about the event: 

  • More than 62,000 shells will be shot, making it one of the largest fireworks shows in the country.
  • Eighteen technicians from Pyro Shows will set up the show over the course of eight days.
  • More than 36,000 pounds of explosives and 150 miles of wire will be used.
  • Fifteen flatbed trailers mounted with fireworks will be used.
  • Some 40,000 pounds of sand will be used to bury the largest shells.
  • There will be more than 1,000 floating flares and special ghost shells as part of the show.
  • The show’s finale will be the most powerful in Nashville history.

Get all the details about timing and the best places to view the show >>

Franklin on the 4th

The free festival kicks off at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 4th, with bluegrass music playing from the stage. Food and craft booths will fill the downtown square. Antique cars will line Main Street between the square and 4th Avenue. The show will begin at approximately 9 p.m.

Learn more >>

Red, White and Boom in Brentwood Celebration

The 32nd Annual Independence Day Celebration at the Eddy Arnold Amphitheater in Crockett Park from 5pm to 10pm on Thursday July 4, 2019. Big Band, disco, and jazz music will begin at 7pm. The display begins at 9pm, admission is free.

More info >>

Mt. Juliet’s Musical July 4th Firework Celebration

Mt. Juliet’s fireworks show will be at the little league ball fields on Lebanon Road. There will be $10 parking on-site benefiting Mt. Juliet League Baseball/Softball.

Tune your radio to 94.1FM to hear the show choreographed with music.

Get the details >>

Where will you celebrate the 4th? We want to see all of the fun around Music City! Share your posts on social media and tag @MusicCityExperts.

Posted in Community News
May 13, 2019

Why do you need a REALTOR®?

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial (and emotional) undertakings of your life. Some people feel like they can take on this task alone by doing the work themselves, or by using one of the newer limited service companies that allow you to submit offers online without agent representation. Although you might be able to save on commission rates, flying solo is usually not the best way to go. Doing so could end up being more costly than commission in the long run -- especially by using a limited service company where fees (up to a whopping 9%) can easily surpass commission rates.

1. Agents really know the market & the industry

Real estate agents have loads of experience -- and Music City Experts' agents are truly experts. For many agents, helping people buy and sell homes is their full-time job. So, even though you might think you have a good idea of the real estate market in your area, an agent spends all day every day in the business. Their knowledge and familiarity with the industry is unmatched. And, like any other industry, real estate has its own set of jargon and acronyms. Your agent can help you navigate this terminology.

2. Agents have amazing searching power

The searching power of the internet is awesome. You can quite literally find almost anything! You can find tons of up-to-date, accurate listings at any hour of the day on websites like ours. Ready to have your mind blown? REALTORS® have access to more listings that aren't actively being advertised. They even have access to homes before they hit the market!

Too, your agent has the skills and tools to help you find a home that meets your exact criteria. See an area that's just over your price range? They can help you find a home there that you may have overlooked.

3. REALTORS® can't lie

Okay, well, sure they can. However, REALTORS® are licensed professionals that adhere to a strict code of ethics in addition to common law. They are required to act in their client's best interest. Plus, Music City Experts agents are held to an even higher standard of professionalism. It's one of the many reasons we are #DeliberatelyDifferent.

4. They will get you the best value

Whether you are buying or selling, your real estate agent will make sure you get the best value. They have impeccable negotiation skills, and they will make sure you don't overpay.

5. Representation

REALTORS® wear a lot of hats. In addition to making sure you get the best value when buying or seling, your real estate agent will be your backer and fighter that will be there for you & make sure nobody takes advantage of you. It's like having a advocate, therapist, and data analyst in one.

6. The little details that count

Your agent is your resource from contract-to-close. Contracts and paperwork can be hard to handle. If you've ever bought a home, you know how many little details there are that need to be satisfied. Even still, most people are not familiar with the nitty gritty. A real estate agent is. They can and will walk you through every step. Having this experienced professional by your side will make the process seem much less overwhelming. You can have peace of mind knowing that the important details are being handled correctly.

Ready to buy or list your home? Trust one of our agents -- you won't be disappointed. We have a diverse range of agents on our team, and we're sure you will find one that you work with perfectly.

Feb. 13, 2019

Nashville Date Night Restaurants

Need last minute Valentine's Day date night ideas? Nashville is filled with spots for the perfect romantic evening with your sweet heart. Here are a few of Nashville's hidden gems:

1. Barcelona Wine Bar -- Edgehill

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Explore the seemingly endless menu of unique wines and tapas at Barcelona. This spacious, dimmly lit room is the ideal location for a special occasion or your casual week night dining.

2. Nicky's Coal Fired

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This Italian restaurant, specializing in gourmet pizzas and pasta, is one of the newer additions to The Nations in West Nashville. 

3. Margot

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Margot puts a southern accent on French cuisine. This quaint spot is located in Five Points right in the heart of East Nashville. The menu changes daily and focuses on locally sourced products, seasonal ingredients, freshness, and simplicity.

4. answer.

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Situated in the Sylvan park neighborhood, Answer's adorable interior and eclectic menu might make this your favorite weekly date night choice.

5. Josephine

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Dine at Josephine on the ever-so-popular 12th Avenue South, and go explore the shops & murals after.

Posted in Community News
Jan. 24, 2019

10 Home Design Trends for 2019

As a new year rolls in, so do the new home design trends, and experts have their predictions for what's going to be hot and what's not. Before you head to your favorite home improvement store and pick up the paint brush, take a look at what colors and styles you can expect to see in stores, magazines, and Instagram feeds this year. 

1. Natural Details  

Photo via Decor Aid

In 2019, expect natural pieces to be at the forefront. Say goodbye to the cold minimal technology focused design from 2018 and welcome natural elements like stone, granite, copper, and concrete. Warm up your space with natural light or other pieces like houseplants, wooden accents or furniture, geodes, and branches.

Photo via @holden.parker on Instagram

2. Velvet

Photo via MYDOMAINE

Yes, you read that right -- velvet. What was once seen as old and weird, is now unique and luxurious. Design experts believe this trend will really take off in 2019. 

Bonus trend: Burnt & mustard yellow are making an appearance in 2019, too.

3. Brass

Photo via @jossandmain on Instagram

Carrying over from 2018, brass decor is expected to be the popular alternative to nickel and stainless steel. Brass is a fun way to add warm character to any room, whether it's a living room or a bathroom with brass fixtures.

4. Pink & Blush

Photo via Style and Minimalism

Blush, dusty pink, and bronze are going to be the colors that instantly liven up a tired neutral room in 2019.

5. Black & White Decor

Photo via Elle Decor

It's timeless, it's bold, and it's going to be a popular trend in 2019. Black and white is so fresh, clean, and modern no matter what year it is.

6. Geometric Patterns

Photo via HG Design Ideas

Certainly no new design trend here, but expect 2019's geo patterns to be much larger and much bolder than ever before. If you're not committed enough to decorate a wall, adding a throw blanket is an easy way to incorporate this trend into your space.

7. Vintage Lighting

Photo via Pinterest

Edison bulbs and exposed wires probably aren't going anywhere for a while, but vintage pendants and scones (especally with copper and brass) will be making an appearance in 2019.

8. Dark and moody colors

Photo via Studio McGhee

Designers predict that homeowners are going to start leaning towards darker colors, like navy and forest green, in response to the past few years being so heavily focused on neutrals.

9. Soaking Tubs

Photo via Interiorzine

People are looking to make bath time a more luxurious, spa-like experience -- even taking space from closets and hallways to make their relaxation oasis dreams come true.

10. Light Wood Floors

Photo via Elle Decor

Light wood floors are chic, make for a light and airy feel, and they can easily be made to fit in a casual or more luxurious decor. This popular hit is here to stay in 2019.

While these are definitely not the only hot trends for the new year, these are some of the A-listers. Inspired? Decorating is fun, especially when it's your brand new home! Let Music City Experts help you find your Nashville home. Give us a call or reach out on -- social media // 615.815.1295

Jan. 16, 2019

Listings Spotlight | January 2019

New year, new home? Make 2019 the year you move or buy your first home. Buying a home is an exciting time, and our agents are here to help make your road to homeownership as simple and stress-free as possible. Are you looking for a home or property in the Nashville area? Take a look at some of our current listings to choose from:

1. 6869 Arno Allisona Road, College Grove, TN 37046

Country living at its best! This charming log home and horse farm has wide plank floors, beams, and two massive stone fireplaces in the family room and master bedroom. $628,000. Find out more >>

Listed by Laura Dahl

2. 202B Woodmont Circle, Nashville, TN 37205

Enjoy 3413 square feet, 3 bedrooms, and 3.5 baths in a convenient location. Walk to Woodmont Park, Richland Greenway, Starbucks, and more! $787,500. Learn more >>

Listed by Laura Dahl

3. 7622 Pewitt Road, Franklin, TN 37067

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to own land on Pewitt Road, owned and sold by the Pewitt family. 61 acres can be subdivided or kept as one unit. The current house is original home built in 1900 that could be used as a rental as an investment. $899,900. Get all the details >>

Listed by Jason Warner

4. 510 Trinity Lane, Burns, TN 37209

A home with a spectacular view, designed to maximize the view from each room! It's only 30 minutes to downtown Nashville. This home has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a four-car garage, a full unfurnished walkout basement, and a bonus room. $499,900. Make it yours >>

Listed by Brian Wutz

5. 1323 Riverbrook Drive, Hermitage, TN 37076

Enjoy upgrades galore with this house -- granite, cabinets, recessed lights, plush carpet/pad, tech desk, wired for fiber internet, custom blinds, you name it! This home is situated on a gorgeous street with easy interstate access. And, all appliances stay! $228,900. Get all the details >>

Listed by Lance Davis

6. 104 Loring Court, Nashville, Tennessee 37220

Take a look at this stunning home! It is located in an intimate gated community in the heart of Oak Hill. It's an entertainers dream with an executive kitchen, large yet cozy family room with an eye-catching fireplace, a dreamy screened porch with stone fireplace overlooking the pool, and an enormous rec room. $2,325,000. Get all the details >>

Listed by Beth & Alisa

7. 111 Morton Mill Circle, Nashville, Tennessee, 37221

Love an open floor plan? This is the home for you. The upstairs boasts a large master bedroom, plus a large secondary bedroom with full bath. You'll find a full finished basement with bath and kitchenette in this home! $284,900. Learn more >>

Listed by Beth & Alisa

8. 4617 Robin Lane, Nolensville, Tennessee 37135

This fantastic 5-bedroom home is located in the highly sought after Nolensville neighborhood, Summerlyn. $499,900. Learn more >>

Listed by Beth & Alisa

9. 2 River Bluffs Drive, Jasper, Tennessee 37347

This lightly wooded beautiful bluff lot has an amazing 263 feet of brow with a 180-degree view. Build your dream! $329,000. Learn more >>

Listed by Trayc Hostetter

10. 123 Hillsboro Pl, Nashville, Tennessee 37215

Perfect location in Green Hills! Spacious, vaulted ceilings, ceiling fans throughout, large patio off of living room and master suite, breakfast patio off of the kitchen, hardwood floors, new carpet in bedrooms, wet bar, w/d included. For rent. $1,650 per month. Contact Roslyn to see more >>

11. 1607 Cockrill Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37208

Look at this beautifully renovated home in the Buchanan Arts District! It has an open floor plan with hardwood floors throughout and tile flooring in the upstairs bathrooms. $330,000. Learn more from the bearded agent >>

Listed by Shawn Turner

12. 375 Hurt Road, Lewisburg, Tennessee 37091

This stunning new custom home features a level .64 acre lot rocking chair front porch, hardwoods, custom tile work, stainless appliance package, quartz countertops, and custom soft close cabinets -- no detail was left unturned. $189,900. Find out more >>

Listed by Candice Van Bibber

13. 309 Patterson Drive, Colombia, Tennessee 38401

Over 2 incredible acres make this property ideal for city living with a country feel. It's just minutes to I-65 and the GM plant, making this an ideal location that is private and serene. If you are looking for a peaceful setting, look no further! $385,000. Take a peek >>

Listed by Candice Van Bibber

Posted in Buying a Home
Dec. 6, 2018

Changing your utilities -- Davidson County

Moving is exciting! Among all of the excitement, it can be easy to forget some of the most basic things you need to take care of. When moving into a new home, one of the first things you need to do, within a few days of closing, is get the utilities moved into your name! This sometimes comes with costs including paying to have your credit pulled, or if the home’s utilities are turned off, a fee to have someone come turn your utilities on!

We've compiled a list of who to call when changing utilities in Nashville!

Davidson County

Nashville Electric Service

Nashville Electric Service is one of the nation’s largest public electric utility companies. They provide energy to more than 360,000 customers in the Middle Tennessee area. Those who work for NES are committed to providing the community with excellent service and support. Their website offers online bill pay, power outage information, and details on how to make the switch to Green Power.

Contact Information

Main office located at 1214 Church St., Nashville, TN 37246

Office Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 6 PM

Phone: (615) 736-6900 or (615) 234-0000

To Transfer Service

To transfer NES service to a new address, call 615-736-6900. At the prompt, press 2 to reach an advisor.

Connection Fees

The connection fee on your first bill is non-refundable and covers administrative start-up costs when service is started or transferred. The following charges apply:

If power is on - $15

If power is off - $30 (future day) or $45 (same day)

Security Deposit

NES requires a security deposit of $250 before service can be connected. The deposit is automatically credited to your bill after 12 months of satisfactory payment history (i.e., no disconnections, no more than one returned payment and no more than two disconnect notices). If you close your account prior to that time, the deposit is applied to your final bill.

The security deposit can be waived with one of the following: 

  • Instant credit check with a credit bureau at no expense to the customer
  • Satisfactory payment history with NES within the past 12 months (i.e. no disconnections, no more than one returned payment and no more than two disconnect notices)

Davidson Metro Water Services

Davidson Metro Water Services provides clean water to the residents of Nashville. Residents can pay their bills online and contact customer support 24/7 to report a leak or request emergency services.

Contact Information

Main Office located at 1700 3rd Ave N. in Nashville

Phone: 615-862-4600

Email: MWSdispatchers@nashville.gov

To Request or Transfer Service

To request service to a new address call (615) 862-4600. 

Connection Fees

Residential customers starting water service must pay a non-refundable service initiation fee of:

$35.00 for guaranteed same day service

$25.00 for any day thereafter.

Piedmont Natural Gas

Piedmont Natural Gas provides their services to the residents of Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In Tennessee, their natural gas services are provided to Robertson, Cheatham, Davidson, Wilson, Dickson, Williamson, Rutherford and Sumner counties. They install and repair natural gas to residential and commercial buildings and also convert home appliances over to natural gas power.

Contact Information

Main office located in Charlotte, NC

Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Phone: 800-752-7504

Email: customerselfservice@piedmontng.com

To Start Service (If you DO NOT have an active account with Piedmont Natural Gas already)

To start PNG service to a new address, call 1-800-752-7504.

Remember when scheduling your appointment:

  • Your electricity and water services must be active before your scheduled appointment date. If either of these services are not active when the technician arrives, it will result in delays establishing your natural gas service 
  • Our scheduling calendar will provide the first available appointment date. To increase the likelihood that your desired date is available, please provide as much notice as possible.

To Transfer Service (If you already have an account with Piedmont Natural Gas)

To transfer PNG service to a new address, call 1-800-752-7504 or click here.

Have the following information ready when you place your order:

  • Your Piedmont Natural Gas service account number 
  • Your email address 
  • The mailing address to which you would like us to send the final bill for the location where service is being disconnected
Posted in Buying a Home
Nov. 26, 2018

Best Nashville Holiday Events & Activities

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now it's time to get into the holiday spirit! There are plenty of fun events and activities in and around Nashville to get you in the mood for hot chocolate, gingerbread, candy canes, and cozy socks. Here is a list of some of the top holiday festivities:

Christmas Tree Lightings

Metro Nashville Tree Lighting

Nashville Public Square Park. November 30, 2018, at 6 pm

Franklin Christmas Tree Lighting

Public Square. November 30, 2018, at 7 pm

Brentwood Annual Tree Lighting

Brentwood Library. December 3, 2018, at 5 pm

Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas

November 9, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Stand in amazement at lavish holiday displays featuring more than three million twinkling lights and festive décor at A Country Christmas, Gaylord Opryland Resort's celebration of the season. Come to enjoy the festive atmosphere and events with our exclusive Christmas packages. Get more info >>

Photo via Gaylord Opryland

Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood

November 23, 2018 - December 30, 2018

Delight in the quaint, joyful holiday atmosphere of Cheekwood Estate & Gardens during Holiday LIGHTS. Delight in one of Nashville's favorite traditions with one million lights twinkling and illuminating the garden. Learn more about this ticketed event >>

Photo via Cheekwood

Drive-Thru Dancing Lights of Christmas

November 16, 2018 - December 31, 2018

The Dancing Lights of Christmas returns for its 9th consecutive season. Wilson County and the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, home of the Wilson County Fair, will host the Dancing Lights of Christmas this holiday season. This has quickly become a Nashville tradition where attendees pile in a car and drive through an incredible dancing light show, which synchronizes with a special FM radio channel. The cost is $25 per car. The show opens nightly at 5:00 pm, even on holidays. With over one and a half million lights dancing to the music on the radio, each visit will be a new experience. It's a great evening for the entire family! Learn more about this event >>

Dickens of a Christmas

December 8 - 9, 2018, 10 am - 5 pm

The festival will recreate the time of Charles Dickens using historic downtown Franklin’s Victorian architecture as the backdrop. Some 200 musicians, dancers, and characters will fill the streets, including several from Charles Dickens’s stories. Find out more >>

A Christmas Story at TPAC

November 23, 2018 - December 22, 2018

A Christmas Story, a favorite story for many during the holidays, is at TPAC’s Andrew Johnson Theater for the 10th and final year of the performance, so don’t miss your chance to see this classic movie performed live. This is a fun family outing before Christmas. Tickets range in price starting at $45. Learn more about this ticketed event >>

Nashville's Nutcracker

December 1, 2018 - December 23, 2018

The Nashville Ballet will be performing Nashville’s Nutcracker for the eleventh consecutive year. Dancers will perform over a dozen magical shows. Come to see your favorite characters like the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King, and the Nutcracker. Learn more about this ticketed event >>

Photo via TPAC

Deck the Hall

November 23, 2018 - December 23, 2018

Celebrate the holidays with Deck the Hall events and activities at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum! Learn more about their holiday programs >> 

There are so many holiday events to get out and enjoy this season! Share your outings with us -- tag @musiccityexperts in your posts.

 

 

Posted in Community News
Nov. 8, 2018

Tips for holiday home safety

The holiday season is filled with joy, cheer, and festive times complete with decorations, twinkly lights, trees, and yummy food. These set the perfect holiday mood, however, they pose hidden dangers. Your family, home, and possessions are very valuable, so we put together a list of tips that can keep your loved ones and your home safe.

1. Holiday lighting

These twinkly lights help make your home jolly and warm feeling, but they are a potential fire hazard. Make sure you inspect your decorative lighting every year. Check for frayed or kinked cords, cracked bulb holders, or loose connections. You should look for certification marks such as CSA, UL or ELT. These indicate safety compliance. 

When setting up your decorations, don't overload outlets or extension cords, and keep them away from flammable materials and candles. For outdoor lights, make sure they are hung with plastic hooks or clips. You should avoid hanging lights with nails, tacks, or staples as these can damage the wire's insulation.

Always turn off your holiday lights while you are away or sleeping.

2. Christmas trees

Live trees are more resistant to flames (when you water them daily), but if you opt for an artificial tree, look for a fire-resistant label. Set up your tree away from potential fire starters -- fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, and other heat sources.

One-in-six holiday tree fires are caused by a heat source being too close.

3. Decorations

Only use nonflammable or fire retardant ornaments and decorations. You should not use breakable or sharp ornaments. If you do, keep them away from the reach of children.

Older ornaments may contain lead paint. When in doubt, do not display them.

4. Entertaining & cooking

As you're cooking that delicious Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, never leave the kitchen unattended. According to the National Fire Protection Association, unattended cooking is the number one cause of home fires.

5. Fire safety

Ensure you have a working fire extinguisher, and functional smoke and CO2 alarms. Should something catch fire in your home, you will be ready to respond quickly and prevent a big problem.

Unfortunately, fires occur more frequently during this time of year, so make sure you and your family have an evacuation plan.

6. Home security

The holiday season is many people's favorite time of the year. It's also a criminal's favorite time of the year. Many people are away from home having fun at holiday events or visiting family & friends. Criminals know that homes are stocked with expensive gifts, and they're watching your home -- especially if you leave conspicuous packaging by your curbside the morning after Christmas. Keep your home secure this season by:

  • Being extra careful to lock all doors and windows.
  • Leave a radio or TV on while you are away.
  • Put some of your indoor lights on a timer.
  • Keep gifts and other valuables out of window's sight.
  • Ask a neighbor or trusted friend to get your mail if you won't be at home.
  • Don't make it obvious you just bought a new 70-inch TV on Black Friday.
  • Don't hide a spare key in obvious places (you shouldn't hide one at all).
  • If you have one, arm your security or smart home system. Most systems offer fire and smoke alerts. This can give you extra piece of mind while you are away.

Have a safe & happy holiday season from Music City Experts!

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