Dec. 2: Freedom Award Ceremony & Gala. National Civil Rights Museum annually honors individuals who make significant contributions in civil rights and who lay the foundation for future leaders in the battle for human rights. 6:30p, Cannon Center, 526-1813, civilrightsmuseum.org.
Dec. 2: Elmwood Book Sale. Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and authors of titles that are connected to the cemetery. 5:30p, free. Elmwood Cemetery, 774-3212, elmwoodcemetery.org.
Dec. 4: The Bar-Kays 50th Anniversary Gala. The culmination of a yearlong celebration of sharing soul-stirring music with fans around the world. This star-studded gala benefits the band's "Fab Five" charities. 8p, Cannon Center, thebar-kays.com.
Dec. 4: Cooper-Young Night Out. Live music, retail specials, and assorted cuisine in Midtown's historically hip district. Every 1st Thu. 5–9p, free. 276-7222, cooperyoung.biz.
Dec. 5: MCIL Open House. Meet new friends, eat a few delights, bid on must-have auction goodies, and support the Memphis Center for Independent Living. 4–8p, 1633 Madison, 726-6404, mcil.org.
Dec. 5–7: Rural Route Holiday Studio Tour. Three divergent artists, three unusual studios, and three days of festive food, one-of-a-kind art, and cultural discovery. 10a–5p Fri.–Sat., noon–5p Sun., 384-9132, faganart.com.
Dec. 6: St. Jude Marathon and 5K. Lace up your shoes for a Memphis Runners Track Club–sanctioned, Boston Marathon–qualifying race, followed by a fun-filled weekend to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 7:15am, AutoZone Park, 578-1582, stjudemarathon.org.
Dec. 6: Holiday Parade on Beale! The grandest parade of the season, with marching bands, floats, fancy cars, steppers, and, of course, you-know-who with his reindeer. 4p, Beale Street, downtownmemphis.com.
Dec. 6, 13: Memphis Farmers Market Holiday Market. Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! An end-of-the-season market with fresh produce, arts and crafts, music, and garden-fresh festivities. 9a–1p, Central Station Pavilion, S. Front & G.E. Patterson, memphisfarmersmarket.org.
Dec. 7: Jingle Bell Ball. Youngsters enjoy age-appropriate holiday soirees — Children’s Cookie Party, Jingle Bell Rock, Mistletoe Mash, and The Holiday Dance — with all the magical trimmings of the season to benefit Memphis Charitable Foundation. Toddlers–eighth grade. 2–7p, Gibson Guitar Factory and The Peabody Hotel, 527-5683, memphischaritable.org.
courtesy Janice Nabors Raiteri
Dec. 7: Metal Museum Holiday Open House. One-of-a-kind homewares, sculpture, jewelry, hand-forged works, and more. Ornament-making workshop, holiday treats, and a tour of the new exhibit. Noon–5p, free. 774-6380, metalmuseum.org.
Dec. 7: Dixon Artist Market. Regional artists, one-of-a-kind creations, cash bar, and free admission to the museum all day. 11a–5p, 4339 Park, 761-5250, dixon.org.
Dec. 7: Holiday Artist Market. Sip from the cash bar and visit with regional artists who offer their one-of-a-kind gift ideas and creations for the holiday season. 11a–5p, free. Brooks Museum, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org.
Dec. 10: Greater Memphis Chamber Luncheon. The largest business event of the year brings together Memphis business and community leaders. 11:30a–1p, The Peabody, 543-3571, memphischamber.com.
Dec. 13: Made In the Midsouth Wonderland. A winter wonderland that encourages everyone to shop local this holiday season includes vendors, live performances, Santa, and a workshop for the kids. 10a–8p, Cooper-Walker Place, 1015 Cooper, 877-4285, madeinmycommunity.com.
Dec. 14: Holiday Pajama Party. Come in your bedtime best! Holiday music, gallery tours, film screenings, art-making events, Elf on the Shelf sightings, gingerbread house workshop, and visits from you-know-who. 11a–5:30p, Dixon Gallery, 761-5250, dixon.org.
Dec. 19–21: House Happening 2: All Through the House. Project: Motion hosts a magical evening of dance that includes modern twists on "The Nutcracker," Victorian history, and the holiday mayhem of our lives today. Fri. 7:30p & 9:30p, Sat. 7:30p, Sun. 2p, Woodruff-Fontaine House, 214-LEAP, projectmotiondance.org.
Thru Dec. 28: Starry Nights. A Midsouth tradition with more than 1.5 million lights in the area's largest holiday light show and festival. Mistletoe Village, petting zoo, campfire, and carols. Shelby Farms Park, 767-PARK, shelbyfarmspark.org.
Dec. 29: AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The SEC faces off against the Big 12 to determine who’s champ. Pregame buffet, Tiger Lane tailgating, and action on the gridiron. 1p, Liberty Bowl Stadium, 795-7700, autozonelibertybowl.org.
Thru Dec. 30: Zoo Lights. New LED-lighting displays, Ferris wheel, Santa’s reindeer, magic shows, camel rides, ice skating, and the Polar Express Train. 5:30–9:30p on select nights, Memphis Zoo, 333-6500, memphiszoo.org.
Thru Dec. 30: Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard. Play in the "snow," sip hot cocoa or spiced tea, create a winter craft, and enjoy fun, games, and a musical light show. Times vary, Botanic Garden, 636-4116, memphisbotanicgarden.com.
Thru Dec. 31: Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees. A Memphis tradition for children of all ages is filled with animated characters, model trains, decorated trees, and holiday magic to benefit Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Santa arrives Nov. 15, 9a. Pink Palace Museum, 636-2362, events.lebonheur.org.
Dec. 31: Beale Street New Year’s Eve. Bury your blues and rock in a new year at the clubs along Memphis’s most celebrated street. Thirteen bands wail out in Handy Park, and the giant 10-foot Gibson guitar drops at midnight. 6p–till, Beale Street, 529-0999, bealestreet.com.
Jan. 1, Feb. 5: Cooper-Young Night Out. Live music, retail specials, and assorted cuisine in Midtown's historically hip district. Every 1st Thu. 5–9p, free. 276-7222, cooperyoung.biz.
Thru Jan. 4: Victorian Yuletide. Each room is trimmed with festive decorations and festive artifacts from the archives, including the museum's toy and doll collection. Wed.–Sun. noon–4p, Woodruff-Fontaine House, 680 Adams, 526-1469, woodruff-fontaine.com.
Thru Jan. 8: Christmas at Graceland. Elvis welcomes the holiday season with spectacular lights, holiday displays, and special decorations that he originally displayed, both inside and outside the mansion. Graceland, 332-3322, elvis.com.
Jan. 15: Art and a Movie. Create art, drink wine, play, create, and interact. Afterward, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" film screening and more wintry celebrations. 6p, Dixon Gallery, 761-5250, dixon.org.
Jan. 20–24: International Blues Challenge. The world's largest gathering of blues acts. Blues bands and solo/duo acts from around the world compete in the planet's largest Battle of the Blues Bands. Beale Street clubs, 527-2583, blues.org.
Jan. 29: AWA Banquet and Silent Auction. Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby is honored at the Association for Women Attorneys' annual banquet. Silent auction benefits UofM Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. 11:30a, UofM Holiday Inn, 844-4438, awamemphis.org.
Feb. 7: Polar Bear Plunge and Chili Cook-Off. Brrr! Hundreds of plungers are freezin’ for a reason to b-b-benefit Special Olympics. People’s choice chili tasting, donut-eating contest, costume contest, and awards. Spectators free. 10:30a–4p, Mud Island River Park, 683-1271, specialolympicsmem.org.
Feb. 9–15: Memphis Open. Newly renamed, this ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament attracts star players, with a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw. Racquet Club, 765-4400, rcofmemphis.com.
Feb. 21–22, Feb. 28–Mar. 1: Bowlin' on the River Bowl-A-Thon. Teams have a "ball" at bowling alleys throughout the city to "make a strike" for Junior Achievement. Sign up for a team: 366-7800, bowlathon.com.
Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center: 3663 Appling, 385-6440, bpacc.org. Dec. 5, 6: Blue Sky Riders, featuring Kenny Loggins, 8p. Dec. 19: "A Christmas Carol," starring Jeremy Webb, 8p.
Beale Street: Between S. Main and Fourth, 529-0999, bealestreet.com, bealestreetmerchants.com. Home of the blues at the crossroads of rock 'n' roll. Dec. 6: Holiday Parade on Beale, 4p, downtownmemphis.com.
Brooks Museum of Art: 1934 Poplar, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org. One of the leading art museums in the American South. See website for full list of workshops, lectures, films, lunches, and programs. Wednesdays: Pay What You Can, 10a–4p. Dec. 14: Gingerbread House Workshop, 3p. Thru Jan. 3: "Brooks Introduces: Whitten Sabbatini." Thru Jan. 11: "Recent Photography Acquisitions." Thru Jan. 18: "Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt."
Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School: 60 Perkins Ext'd, 537-1483, buckmanartscenter.com. Jan. 23: Upright Citizens Brigade, 8p. Jan. 31: Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, 7p. Feb. 7: Cirque-Tacular World, 7p.
Calvary Episcopal Church: 102 N. Second, 525-6602, calvarymemphis.org. Dec. 19: A BealeCanto Christmas, 7:30p.
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts: 255 N. Main, 576-1200, box office 576-1269, 800-726-0915, thecannoncenter.com. See Memphis Symphony Orchestra listing and Cannon website for complete schedule. Dec. 5: Visible Music College: The Rock 'n' Roll Christmas Show, 7:30p, free, visible.edu. Dec. 7: Anthony Hamilton, 7p. Dec. 20: Memphis Symphony Orchestra: "Home for the Holidays," 2:30p & 7:30p. Dec. 28: Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, 5p. Jan. 25: Collage dance Collective: "Rise," 2:30p.
Children’s Museum of Memphis: 2525 Central, 458-2678, cmom.com. See website for daily programs, clubs, and activities. Dec. 6: Red Carpet Christmas Celebration, 10a–1p. Dec. 20: Visit with Santa, 11a–3:30p. Dec. 31: Ninja New Year's at Noon, 10a–1p.
Chucalissa Archaeological Museum: 1987 Indian Village, 785-3160, memphis.edu/chucalissa. Prehistoric American Indian archaeological site dates back to the 15th century. Dec. 13: Volunteer Days, 9a–1p, drop in, no RSVP needed.
Church Health Center Wellness: 1115 Union, 259-HOPE, churchhealthcenter.org. Indoor walking track, heated pool, group exercise, racquetball and basketball courts, cooking and dancing classes, health education, workshops, seminars, diabetes and hypertension classes, yoga, and pilates.
Circuit Playhouse: 51 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Dec. 6: Literacy Mid-South Book Sale, 10a–2p, 601-9692, literacymidsouth.org. Thru Dec. 28: “Sanders Family Christmas,” stories that warm the heart and tickle the funny bone woven together with 25 feel-good Southern gospel Christmas favorites. Thru Jan. 6: Art Gallery: "Luminosity," artwork by Janice Nabors Raiteri. Jan. 16–Feb. 8: "Bad Jews," a comedy about the holy and holier-than-thou. Feb. 27–Mar. 22: "Assassins," a shooting gallery of some of history's most notorious players.
Cooper-Young Historic District: Cooper–Young Intersection, Midtown, 276-7222, cooperyoung.biz. 1st Thursdays: Cooper-Young Night Out, festive time with live music, retail discounts, and restaurant specials, 5–9p. Saturdays Year-Round: Farmers Market, 8a–1p.
Dance Scholars: Southwest TN Community College, 737 Union, 301-3262, dancescholarsinc.org. Dec. 13: Students' Works & Dances program, 7p. Jan. 4–15: New year enrollment period, 1738 Galloway; call for appointment.
Dixon Gallery and Gardens: 4339 Park, 761-5250, dixon.org. Private estate museum on 17 acres of formal and informal gardens. See website for workshops, lectures, classes, garden demos, and children’s events. Tuesdays & Sundays: Current exhibit curatorial tour, 2p. Wednesdays: Munch & Learn Lecture Series, noon. 3rd Thursdays: Art After Dark, galleries and gardens stay open until 8 p.m., with entertainment and cash bar. Dec. 4, Jan. 22: Warm Up to Wine, wine-tasting class, 6p. Dec. 5–Mar. 1: Amaryllis Exhibition. Dec. 7: Artist Market, 11a–5p. Dec. 11–21: TN Shakespeare Co.: "The Twelfth Night," 759-0604, tnshakespeare.org. Dec. 14: Holiday Pajama Party, 11a–5:30p. Thru Jan. 4: "Portraits and Figures: Works by Joyce Gingold and Carl E. Moore" places austere and beautiful sculptural figures opposite graphic and colorful paintings for a contemporary take on the age-old examination of the human figure. Thru Jan. 4: "Rodin, The Human Experience," an exhibition of 51 works in bronze. Jan. 25–Apr. 19: "Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Art 1400–2000."
Downtown Neighborhood Association: 521-9552, memphisdna.org. 4th Thursdays: Monthly public information meeting: 6p social, 6:30p program. See website for details. Dec. 16: Holiday Party, 6p, Cafe Keough.
Farmers Markets: Saturdays thru Dec. 13: Memphis Farmers Market Downtown, 9a–1p, Central Train Station Pavilion, S. Front and G.E. Patterson, memphisfarmersmarket.org. Saturdays Year-Round: Cooper-Young Community, 8a–1p, 1000 S. Cooper, 725-2221, cycfm.org.
FedExForum: 191 Beale, 205-1234, tickets: 800-745-3000, fedexforum.com. See website for complete events listing. Also see Memphis Grizzlies NBA and University of Memphis Tigers Basketball. Dec. 8: Usher: The UR Experience, 7:30p. Feb. 13–14: Monster Jam, monsterjam.com.
Germantown Performing Arts Center: 1801 Exeter, 751-7500, gpacweb.com. Also see Memphis Symphony Orchestra listing. Dec. 6: IRIS Orchestra: "A Circle of Seasons," 8p, irisorchestra.org. Dec. 21: Children's Ballet Theater Nutcracker, 2:30p. Jan. 24: IRIS Orchestra: "Defiance and Conscience," 8p, irisorchestra.org. Feb. 21: IRIS Orchestra: "Thankfulness and Transcendence," 8p, irisorchestra.org.
Graceland: 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd, 800-238-2000, 332-3322, elvis.com. Thru Jan. 8: Christmas at Graceland.
Hattiloo Theatre: 37 S. Cooper, 525-0009, hattiloo.org. Thru Dec. 21: “If Scrooge Was a Brother," three ghosts visit Scroo, an American businessman with a surly attitude about the world. Feb. 10–21: "Who Will Bell the Cat," the story of civil rights icon Benjamin L. Hooks.
Lichterman Nature Center: 5992 Quince, 767-7322, memphismuseums.org. Open year-round for self-guided trail backpacking and nature programs/exhibits. Tuesdays–Saturdays: Wild Lunch with the animal keepers, noon. 4th Saturdays: Trail Blazin' Volunteers, 9a–noon.
Lindenwood Christian Church: 2400 Union, 458-1652, lindenwoodcc.com. Dec. 7: "Christmas Spectacular 2014," 7:30p.
Memphis Botanic Garden: 750 Cherry, 636-4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com. See website for classes, workshops, lunch & learns, camps, receptions, and lectures. Dec. 6: Breakfast with Santa, 9–11:30a, RSVP 636-4131. Memphis Herb Society Holiday Market, 9a–2p. Thru Dec. 30: Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard, times vary. Dec. 1–31: Holly Hike, self-guided tour.
Memphis College of Art — Downtown: 477 S. Main, 272-5100, mca.edu. Thru Dec 13: MFA Thesis Exhibition: "Things That Were," opening Dec. 5, 6–9p.
Memphis Grizzlies NBA: FedExForum, 205-1234, grizzlies.com. Season runs Oct–Apr. Dec. 5: San Antonio, 7p. Dec. 7: Miami, 5p. Dec. 9: Dallas, 7p. Dec. 12: Charlotte, 7p. Dec. 16: Golden State, 7p. Dec. 19: Chicago, 7pp. Dec. 22: Utah, 7p. Dec. 26: Houston, 7p. Dec. 30: San Antonio, 7p. Jan. 5: New York Knicks, 7p. Jan. 11: Phoenix, 5p. Jan. 17: Portland, 7p. Jan. 19: Dallas, 4p. Jan. 21: Toronto, 7p. Jan. 24: Philadelphia, 7p. Jan. 26: Orlando, 7p. Jan. 29: Denver, 7p. Jan. 31: Oklahoma City, 7p. Feb. 8: Atlanta, 5p. Feb. 10: Brooklyn, 7p. Feb. 13–21: All-Star Break. Feb. 27: Los Angeles Clippers, 7p.
Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum: Inside FedExForum, 191 Beale at Third, 205-2533, memphisrocknsoul.org. A comprehensive Memphis music experience. Tuesdays: Free admission for Shelby Co. residents w/ID, 2–7p. Thru January: "60 Years of Rock 'n' Roll."
Memphis Zoo: 2000 Prentiss Place, 333-6500, memphiszoo.org. See website for workshops, classes, and clubs. Thru Dec. 30: Zoo Lights, 5:30–9:30p on select nights.
Metal Museum: 374 Metal Museum Dr., 774-6380, metalmuseum.org. The only museum in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to fine metalwork. See website for class and demo times. Dec. 5–Mar. 1: Tributaries: Susie Ganch, familiar forms stripped down to their underlying molecular structure. Dec. 7: Holiday Open House, noon–5p. Thru Jan. 4: Holiday Show and Sale, one-of-a-kind, hand-forged works from renowned metal artists across the country, Tue.–Sat. 10a–5p, Sun. noon–5p.
Mississippi RiverKings Hockey: Landers Center, Southaven, MS, 662-342-1755, riverkings.com. Season runs Oct.–Mar. Dec. 5: Knoxville, 7p. Dec. 12, 13: Pensacola, 7p. Dec. 23: Huntsville, 7p. Dec. 26: Louisiana, 7p. Jan. 3: Louisiana, 7p. Jan. 16, 17: Fayetteville, 7p. Jan. 23, 24: Peoria, 7p. Jan. 27: Columbus, 10:30a. Jan. 30: Pensacola, 7p. Feb. 7: Pensacola, 7p. Feb. 17: Huntsville, 7p. Feb. 24: Pensacola, 7p.
National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry, 521-9699, civilrightsmuseum.org. Chronicles the key episodes and legacy of the American civil rights movement. Dec. 11: An Evening with the Curator, 6–7:30p. Dec. 17: Lunch and Learn: "The Civil Rights Movement: A Cultural Revolution," noon–1p.
Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787, orpheum-memphis.com. "The South's Finest Theater." Dec. 7: So You Think You Can Dance — Live Tour, 7:30p. Dec. 12–14: Ballet Memphis: “Nutcracker.” Dec. 16: Country star Trace Adkins: "The Christmas Show 2014," 8p. Dec. 26, 27: "Cirque Dreams: Holidaze," an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding, gravity-defying feats, 8p. Feb. 3–Mar. 1: Broadway: "The Lion King."
Peabody Memphis: 149 Union, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com. Historic Downtown landmark hotel. 1st Wednesdays: Master Taster’s Club wine tasting, 5–6:30p, Chez Philippe.
Pink Palace Museum: 3050 Central, 320-6362, memphismuseums.org. Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America's first self-service grocery store. Thru Dec. 31: Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees, a Memphis tradition for children of all. Santa arrives Nov. 15, 9a.
Pink Palace Museum CTI 3D Giant Theater: 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America's first self-service grocery store. Thru Dec. 31: "The Night Before Christmas." Thru Dec. 31: "Jerusalem," explore the crossroads of civilization and faith. Thru Jan. 9: "Meerkats 3D," the twists and turns of life in the Kalahari Desert.
Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Thru Jan. 4: “Peter Pan,” the boy who won’t grow up flies into Memphis. Jan. 23–Feb. 15: "The Rocky Horror Show."
Run/Walk: Dec. 6: St. Jude Marathon and 5K at AutoZone Park, 8a, 578-7582, stjudemarathon.org.
Sharpe Planetarium: 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Thru Feb. 28: Seasonal stargazing tours through the night sky.
South Main Association: 578-7262, southmainassociation.com. 2nd Tuesdays: Monthly public information meeting: 6p social, 6:30p program. See website for details. Dec. 16: Holiday Party, 6p, Cafe Keough.
South Main Historic Arts District: Between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, gosouthmain.com. Last Fridays: South Main Art Trolley Tour, shops, restaurants, and galleries stay open late, 6–9p.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral: 700 Poplar, 527-3361, stmarysmemphis.org. Dec. 7: Rhodes College Christmas at St. Mary's, 7p.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music: 926 E. McLemore, 942-SOUL, staxmuseum.com. State-of-the-art museum at the original site of Stax Records. Thru June 30: "Soul: Memphis's Original Sound — Photographs by Thom Gilbert," 80 portraits of Memphis-related soul music artists.
Studio 1688: 497 N. Hollywood, 726-1688, blownfuseglassart.com. Co-op gallery with changing exhibits. Classes and workshops available.
Theatre Memphis: 630 Perkins Ext'd, 682-8323, theatrememphis.org. Dec. 5–23: “A Christmas Carol.”
TheatreWorks: 2085 Monroe, 274-7139, theatreworksmemphis.org. First Fridays: FreakEngine Improv, midnight, memphisfreakengine.com. Dec. 12–14: Bluff City Tri-Art Theatre Co.: "First Site," a young, widowed church deacon receives a holiday gift from his well-meaning youth Bible class, 946-6140.
University of Memphis Tigers Basketball: FedExForum, 205-1234, tickets: 800-745-3000, gotigersgo.com. Season runs Nov.–Mar. Dec. 2: Stephen F. Austin, 6p. Dec. 6: Bradley, 8:30p. Dec. 13: Oklahoma State, 5p. Dec. 17: USC Upstate, 7p. Dec. 20: Oral Roberts, time TBA. Dec. 23: Western Illinois, 7p. Dec. 31: Houston, 1p. Jan. 3: Tulane, 3p. Jan. 14: Cincinnati, 6p. Jan. 17: UCF, 1p. Jan. 28: East Carolina, 8p. Feb. 4: Jacksonville State, 7p. Feb. 7: Temple, noon. Feb.19: Connecticut, 8p. Feb. 26: SMU, 8p. Feb. 28: Tulsa, 7p.
Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum: 680 Adams, 526-1469, woodruff-fontaine.com. Restored 1870s French Victorian mansion. Dec. 19–21: Project: Motion: House Happening 2: All Through the House, a performance weekend, Fri. 7:30p & 9:30p, Sat. 7:30p, Sun. 2p, 214-LEAP, projectmotiondance.org. Thru Jan. 4: Victorian Yuletide.
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