Need an extra dose of the holiday spirit? The Christmas glow you’ll find along Clarksville’s Riverwalk and downtown streets deliver a dazzling experience for all ages. From its Hallmark-worthy small-town charm to its beautiful scenery and array of activities, a getaway to Clarksville this holiday season is sure to create lifetime memories…and maybe even new traditions for your family.
Ice Skating at Downtown Commons
Ice skating is back. The Winter Ice Rink at the Downtown Commons opens on November 20. The seasonal outdoor ice rink will stay open through the holiday season with a closing date of January 10. Regular operating hours will be Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hours will vary on holidays, during school breaks, and special events. Ice skates are provided and included in the cost of the ticket. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children under 12-years-old, government employees, military, and APSU students.
For updates follow the park’s Facebook page.
Downtown Commons is also home to Montgomery County’s Christmas tree and a large sleigh that's designed for photos. Take a few minutes to capture your adventure with some snapshots.
Christmas on the Cumberland
Christmas on the Cumberland is Clarksville’s most popular and treasured seasonal tradition. Over one million lights in dazzling display illuminate the half-mile Riverwalk at McGregor Park. Opening November 23, the free event continues through January 1. Christmas on the Cumberland is open Sunday-Thursday from 5:00-10:00 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 5:00-11:00 p.m.
Drive-Thru Christmas Lights
Stay in the safety of your car to experience the Clarksville Speedway’s Drive-Thru Christmas Lights. This light show opens Tuesday, November 23, and continues through January 1. Cruise the one-mile track to take in the glow and sounds of the season in the over three million light display. Cost is $25 per carload and the display opens nightly at 5:30 p.m. View admission and special discount nights at www.clarksvillespeedway.com.
Roxy Regional Theatre Movies
The Roxy Regional Theatre will be the host to many holiday events this winter. This year’s seasonal movie lineups include: “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Musical,” Elf, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, and Santa Claus. A Wonderful Life opens November 25 and extends through December 18. In addition to these holiday classics, on December 15, the Roxy will be showcasing Holiday Hits Cabaret. This event will be the ideal time to enjoy holiday classics in a beautiful auditorium-style setting. Admission is $5 per person. For showing dates and times, or to purchase tickets, visit roxyregionaltheatre.org.
Christmas Village & Noel Night
Experience a season-best at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center. See the artistry of hundreds of porcelain pieces that construct a festive Christmas Village. With moving parts and lights, and a model train making its way through the village, the exhibit is sure to bring smiles to all ages. Experience Christmas Village from November 16 - January 1.
Noel Night at the Museum is an open-house event with specials in the Seasons gift shop, free gift wrapping, food, music and a special guest from the North Pole.
Spiritfest & Lighted Christmas Parade
SpiritFest is an outdoors pre-parade event at First Presbyterian and Trinity Episcopal Churches downtown. Activities begin December 3 at 2:00 p.m. and include musical performances, a petting zoo, hot chocolate and snacks, arts and crafts, along with storytelling. The event culminates with the 61st Annual Lighted Christmas Parade at 5:00 p.m.
Enjoy outdoor games, a free craft for the kids from Arts for Hearts, Xander's Pizza food truck, and family fun at Erin’s Farm’s Winterfest on November 27 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. While attending, you can pick and cut your own farm-fresh Christmas tree. The Christmas tree farm will also be open November 26, 28, and December 3-5. A gift gallery carries a variety of hand-blown glass and other work by local artisans - perfect for your holiday shopping
State Park First Day Hikes
Start the New Year with a commitment to fitness and wellness. On January 1 join other fitness and outdoor enthusiast on First Day Hike. Both Dunbar Cave State Park and Port Royal Historic State Park participate in America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states. Each park hosts a short guided hike through the park with a ranger highlighting winter foliage, wildlife and interesting historic facts. For times at each location check the TN State Parks website.
The events listed above are just a small glimpse into what Clarksville has to offer this holiday season. Visit our website www.visitclarksvilletn.com or download our VisitClarksvilleTN app to customize your holiday getaway. Happy Holidays.
Thousands of visitors enjoy Christmas on the Cumberland every year. Photo Credit: Lucas Ryan Chambers
Header Photo: Christmas lights on Franklin Street picture by Eric Johnson.