| Now that Thanksgiving has past, it’s time to focus on the rest of the holiday season.
TMP Photo by Kelly Hite. The Rutherford County christmas tree lighting is set for Dec. 5.
The Murfreesboro Post has compiled the Top 10 (11, because it’s the season for giving) things you and the family can do to enjoy the Christmas season.
1. MTSU Christmas Events
In its 38th season, the Middle Tennessee Choral Society performs Handel’s “Messiah” at 3 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in the Wright Music Hall.
The Choral Society will be accompanied by an orchestra, all under the direction of Dr. Raphael Bundage. Tickets at the door: $10 for adults; $9 for seniors age 65+; $8 for children under age 12; free for university students. Phone: 615-898-2849. There is a performance Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
MTSU also invites the public to enjoy “Twas The Night Before Christmas” Nov. 30 in the Hinton Music Hall of the Wright Music Building. For more information, call 898-2493.
2. A Larnelle Harris Christmas
Held at the First United Methodist Church, 265 West Thompson Lane Murfreesboro, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Grammy-winner Larnelle Harris, newly inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame, performs sacred and secular Christmas music with the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra.
Phone the Murfreesboro Symphony at 615-898-1862 or visit www.murfreesborosymphony.com for more information.
3. “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play”
Lamplighter’s Theatre, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy. in Smyrna, presents “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4-6 and 11-13, and 4 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14.
Come and see the unexpected humor happens when a 1940’s radio troupe performs this show before a live audience.
For more information, call Lamplighter’s at 615- 534-0148 or visit www.lamplighterstheatre.net.
4. Holidays at Oaklands Museum
Oaklands Historic House Museum holds events for both young and old during the holiday season.
On Dec. 5, the museum holds its annual Christmas party and silent auction.
Reservations are required.
Start the holiday season with the annual Oaklands Candlelight Tour of Homes, which features beautiful and historic private homes and the Oaklands Historic House Museum, 900 N. Maney Ave.
Additionally, the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Murfreesboro Camp 33 will present living history demonstrations on the Oaklands’ lawn.
The Oaklands Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes will be from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
The kids can also experience Victorian holiday customs through decorations and tales from the past with Victorian Holiday Tours for Children.
The program is available Dec. 8-19 to home school groups and school groups.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children ages 6-17. For tickets or more information about any event call 615-893-0022 or visit www.oaklandsmuseum.org.
5. Rutherford County Christmas Tree Lighting
Come see the annual Rutherford County Christmas Tree Lighting and arrival of Santa Claus on the Murfreesboro Public Square at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5.
Also included in the festivities will be choral and dance performances.
Downtown merchants and restaurants will be open to welcome guests.
Visit www.downtownmurfreesboro.com for more information.
6. “A Christmas Carol”
Learn the true meaning of Christmas with the classic story by Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol.”
Adapted by Richard Northcutt for the Center for the Arts, this Christmas favorite gives new life to the classic characters of Scrooge and Tiny Tim.
The play runs Dec. 5-21. The center is located at 110 West College St. in Murfreesboro. For more information, call 615-904-ARTS or visit www.boroarts.org.
7. “A Tuna Christmas”
Come spend the holidays with your favorite citizens of Tuna, Texas as two actors portray all 22 citizens of Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.
Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 – Dec. 20 at The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., in Woodbury.
Call 800-235-9073 or visit artscenterofcc.com for more information.
8. 34th annual 2008 Town of Smyrna Christmas Parade
Smyrna’s annual Christmas parade kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 from the Rotary Soccer Park on Mayfield Drive and proceeds south on Lowry Street before ending at Nolan Drive. This year’s theme is the Sounds of Christmas.
More than 70 groups marched last year, including civic clubs, businesses and bands from local schools.
9. Bethlehem Marketplace
The 27th annual Bethlehem Marketplace returns to the Family Life Center at Southeast Baptist Church from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 13-14.
Marketplace is a reenactment of how the village of Bethlehem might have appeared the morning after the birth of Jesus. Its atmosphere and surroundings are those of 2,000 years ago. It features characters – like Roman soldiers, prisoners, tentmakers, weavers, carpenters, merchants in shops and census-takers – in historically accurate costumes. Live camels and other animals lend authenticity to the reenactment.
The drama is put on entirely by approximately 300 church members.
There is no admission, no donation accepted and nothing actually is for sale.
Southeast Baptist Church is located at 708 Minerva Drive in Murfreesboro.
For more information, call the church at 615-896-0940 or visit www.sebaptist.org.
10. Christmas at Cannonsburgh
Murfreesboro’s pioneer village will be decked for the season during Christmas at Cannonsburgh from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.
The event features music and fun for the family as well as some old-time tradition.
Cannonsburgh Village is located at 312 S. Front St., in Murfreesboro. For more information, call 615-890-0355.
11. Rutherford County Christmas Parade
Rutherford County’s annual Christmas Parade takes to the streets of downtown at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, starting at MTSU’s Bell Street parking lot.
The “A Middle Tennessee Christmas”-themed parade will wind down East Main, around the Historic Murfreesboro Square, onto West Main Street and then ends on Walnut Street.
Call WGNS at 615-893-5373 or visit www.wgnsradio.com for more information.
MTSU is also offering $5 tickets to a landmark basketball game between the Lady Raiders and University of Alabama to parade participants and onlookers. Tickets can be purchased by calling 898-2103 or get them at the ticket office on the northeast corner of Murphy Center on the day of the parade.
Michelle Willard can be contacted at 615-869-0816 or email@example.com.