Dec. 1: Ballet Memphis Nutcracker Tea. A Victorian Christmas party with Nutcracker ballet characters, special performance, crafts, games, and silent auction. 2–4p, $45. Peabody Hotel, 737-7322, balletmemphis.org.
Dec. 1: Jingle Bell Ball. Youth enjoy age-appropriate holiday soirees with all the trimmings. 2–7p, $25. Gibson Guitar Factory and Peabody Hotel, 527-5683, memphischaritable.org.
Dec. 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.
Dec. 6: Tool Box Bash. Hammer in the holidays with live and silent auctions, Wall of Wine auction, food, and music to benefit Habitat for Humanity. 7–10p, $50. The Great Hall, Germantown, 322-3504, memphishabitat.com/toolboxbash.
Dec. 6–7: Cumberland Forest. Walk the Winter Wonderland path to see themed cabins, enjoy kids games, sip cider, pose with Santa, and witness the Nativity scene with live animals. Fri. 6–9p, Sat. 5–8p, donation of mittens or gloves. First Cumberland Presbyterian, Olive Branch, MS, 662-893-7347, firstcpchurch.org.
Dec. 6–8: Rural Route Studio Tour. Three art and pottery studios in the country present works created by the artist in residence and provide a firsthand look at unique art environments. Fri.–Sat. 10a–5p, Sun. noon–5p, 4881 Canada Rd., 384-9132, faganart.com.
courtesy Playhouse on the Square
Dec. 7: Breakfast with Santa (RESCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 14TH). Elf-themed crafts, live animals, wagon rides, and live music. 9–11:30a, $15 RSVP. Botanic Garden, 636-4131, memphisbotanicgarden.com.
Dec. 7: 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. 8a, Fourth and Beale, 578-7582, stjudemarathon.org.
Dec. 7, 14, 21: Holiday Magic of Science. Deck the halls with science! See snow appear out of the air and learn why tinsel is so sticky. Science demos capture the spirit of the season. Noon, $5. Pink Palace Museum, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org.
Dec. 8: Acoustic Sunday. Jesse Winchester and Mary Gauther join Amy Lavere and John Paul Keith for an evening of music magic to benefit Beth Sholom Synagogue. 7p, $39. 6675 Humphreys, 683-3591, bsholom.org.
Dec. 8: Metal Museum Holiday Show. Browse through treasures at the museum store, view the new “Ha! Metalsmiths at Play" exhibit, and watch a demo on creating copper ornaments. Noon–5p, free. Metal Museum, 774-6380, metalmuseum.org.
Dec. 9: Luna Nova Concert. A program of British chamber music from the first half of the 20th century includes a variety of composers. 7:30p, free. Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 493-0958, lunanova.org.
Dec. 11: Munch and Learn: Christmas in Art. Bring your lunch! Local artists and experts demonstrate and discuss holiday art and horticulture. Noon–1p, $8. Dixon Gallery, 761-5250, dixon.org.
Dec. 12: Cocktail Wars. Five Memphis mixologists compete to advance to the finals of the first North American Spirits Championship. Watch, taste, and vote! 7–10p, $15. Alfred’s on Beale, 275-9613, dishcrawl.com.
Dec. 13: The Art of Reading and Book Sale Preview Party. An adults-only art event for book lovers, with surprise performances, open bar, and hors d’oeuvres to benefit Literacy Mid-South. 6–10p, $35. Germantown Community Theatre, 327-6000, literacymidsouth.org.
Dec. 14: Breakfast with Santa. Elf-themed crafts, live animals, wagon rides, and live music. 9–11:30a, $15 RSVP. Botanic Garden, 636-4131, memphisbotanicgarden.com.
Dec. 14: Christmas in Collierville Home Tour. Four homes and a historic church open their doors to holiday decor and merrymaking. 10a–4p, $25. 196 Main, 486-2739, ccc1936.org.
Dec. 14: Cotton Museum Holiday Open House. Free tours, crafts and cooking demos, local gift vendors, and family-friendly entertainment. 10a–3p, free. Cotton Museum, 531-7826, memphiscottonmuseum.org.
courtesy Marshall Arts
Dec. 14: Downtown Howl-iday Parade. Promenade your pooch in his holiday finery amid the decked-out Downtown storefronts. Check-in 2p, parade 3p, free. Court Square to AutoZone Park, 575-0540, downtownmemphis.com.
Dec. 14: Memphis Farmers Market: Holiday Market. Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! A wintertime market with fresh produce, arts and crafts, music, and garden-fresh festivities. 10a–2p, free. Central Station Pavilion, 575-0580, memphisfarmersmarket.org.
Dec. 15: Davies Manor Open House. The oldest log house in Shelby County decks its halls with holiday finery and festivities. 2–4p, free. 9336 Davies Plantation, 386-0715, daviesmanorplantation.org.
Dec. 15: Gingerbread House Workshop. Decorate a delicious gingerbread house with friends or family teams of three. Supplies provided. 3–5p, $35 RSVP. Brooks Museum, 544-6246, brooksmuseum.org.
Dec. 17: A Key West Christmas. A Downtown holiday celebration, Jimmy Buffet–style, with music, food, and good times. Wear your best beach togs. 6–9p, donation. Arcade Restaurant, 521-9552, memphisdna.org.
Dec. 19: Art After Dark: Ashe to Amen. Live music, cash bar, musical performance, and guided exhibit tour. 6–9p, $7. Dixon Gallery, 761-5250, dixon.org.
Dec. 21: Home for the Holidays Concert. An annual favorite and family tradition with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Wendy Moten, and Memphis Symphony Chorus. 2:30p & 7:30p, $15+. Cannon Center, 537-2525, memphissymphony.org.
Dec. 21: Winter Solstice Party. The final hurrah in the Four Seasons Cocktail Series offers complimentary cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres, and a side of theater never seen. 5:30–6:30p, free. Playhouse on the Square, 725-0776, playhouseonthesquare.org.
Thru Dec. 24: WinterArts. A wondrous showcase of holiday gifts created by local artists benefits Artworks Foundation. Shops of Saddle Creek, winterartsmemphis.com.
Thru Dec. 24: Memphis Arts Collective Holiday Market. More than two dozen regional vendors offer handcrafted and collectible wares. Mon.–Sat. 10:30a–6:30p, Sun. noon–5:30p. 1501 Union, 338-4943, memphisartscollective.com.
Dec. 25: Peabody Christmas Brunch. An overflowing buffet of traditional Christmas favorites with all the trimmings. 10:30a–3:30p, $60. Peabody Hotel, 529-3668, peabodymemphis.com.
Thru Dec. 27: Starry Nights. More than 1 million lights shine in the largest holiday light show and festival in the Midsouth. Mistletoe Village, Santa, s’mores, hot cocoa, and holiday shopping. 6–9p, $20 per car. Shelby Farms Park, 767-PARK, shelbyfarmspark.org/starrynights.
courtesy Dixon Gallery
Dec. 27: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts district as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display unique merchandise, cuisines, and art. Every last Fri., 6–9p, free. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, southmainmemphis.net.
Dec. 27: Liberty Bowl Teams Welcome Party. Eat, drink, and play as the city welcomes the Liberty Bowl’s two competing teams. 6p, $25. AutoZone Park, 795-7700, autozonelibertybowl.org.
Dec. 27–31: AutoZone Liberty Bowl Events. A playbook of citywide events includes a team welcome party, VIP dinners, parade, pep rally, tailgating, and the big game. 795-7700, autozonelibertybowl.org.
Dec. 28: New Year’s at Noon. Kids dress as cowboys and cowgirls to celebrate the Year of the Horse and a brand-new year, including a balloon/candy drop. 10a–2p, $15. Children’s Museum, 458-2678, cmom.com.
Dec. 29: Players & Coaches Dinner. Join the players and coaches of Liberty Bowl’s two competing teams and hear a game preview and insider information. 6p, $40. Hilton Memphis, 795-7700, autozonelibertybowl.org.
Thru Dec. 30: Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard. Play in the snow, create winter crafts, enjoy games, watch a musical light show, and sip hot cocoa or spiced tea: Fri.–Sat. only thru Dec. 14; daily Dec. 17–30; closed Dec. 24–25. 5:30–8:30p, $10. Botanic Garden, 636-4116, memphisbotanicgarden.com.
Thru Dec. 30: Zoo Lights. Jungle all the way with new LED-lighting displays, Ferris wheel, Santa’s reindeer, magic shows, camel rides, ice-skating rink, and the Polar Express Train. 5:30–9:30p on select nights, $8. Memphis Zoo, 333-6500, memphiszoo.org.
Dec. 30: Beale Street Parade. Floats, frivolity, and high school and university marching bands give a Liberty Bowl–style performance, followed by a pep rally and fan night. 3p, free. Beale Street, autozonelibertybowl.org.
Thru Dec. 31: Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees. A Memphis tradition filled with animated characters, model trains, decorated trees, and holiday magic to benefit Le Bonheur. Mon.–Sat. 9a–5p, Sun. noon–5p, $6. Pink Palace, 525-8733, theenchantedforest.org.
Dec. 31: Liberty Bowl. Two of college football’s top teams take to the gridiron to determine who’s champ. Pregame buffet 11:30a, $35. Game kickoff 3p. Liberty Bowl Stadium, 795-7700, autozonelibertybowl.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. 5p–till, Beale Street, 529-0999, bealestreet.com.
Dec. 31: Death Du Jour Mystery Dinner Theater. Help solve the murder in “Rockin’ in the New Year," where a pop singer shows off her engagement ring “rock" and, before the clock strikes midnight, is in over her head in deep water. 7–10p, $38 includes dinner and theater. Spaghetti Warehouse Downtown, 210-0545, deathdujourmysteries.com.
Thru Jan. 8: Christmas at Graceland. Elvis welcomes the holiday season with spectacular lights, holiday displays, and special decorations he originally displayed, both inside and outside the mansion. 332-3322, elvis.com.
AutoZone Park: Third & Union, 721-6000, memphisredbirds.com. Also see Memphis Redbirds AAA Baseball. Thru Dec. 21: U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots drop box for new, unwrapped toys, Wed.–Sat., 10a–2p.
Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center: 3663 Appling, 385-6440, bpacc.org. Dec. 7: Jim Witter: "Christmas Memories," musical tributes to musical greats, 8p. Dec. 12–15: "The Nutcracker" ballet.
Beale Street: Between S. Main and Fourth, 529-0999, bealestreet.com, bealestreetmerchants.com. Dec. 30: AutoZone Liberty Bowl Parade (3p), followed by Liberty Bowl Pep Rally in Handy Park (5p). Dec. 31: New Year's Eve on Beale Street, 5p–till.
courtesy Fagan Art
Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art: Pembroke Square, 119 S. Main, 523-ARTS, belzmuseum.org.
Brooks Museum of Art: 1934 Poplar, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org. See website for full list of workshops, lectures, films, lunches, and programs. Wednesdays: Pay What You Can, 10a–4p. Dec. 15: Gingerbread House Workshop, 3–5p. Thru Jan. 5: "Shared Vision: The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection of Photography." Thru Jan. 12: "#MemphisShared," Instagram photographs submitted by Memphians.
Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School: 60 Perkins Ext'd, 537-1483, buckmanartscenter.com. Thru Dec. 6: "Dream Escapes," paintings by Jennifer Goss. Dec. 7–8: Roudnev Youth Ballet: "Nutcracker," a youth-friendly version of the original. Dec. 13–Jan. 17: Levy Gallery: Antiques of Early England and the Old South; reception Jan. 10, 5:30–7:30p. Dec. 19: Inside Sounds: An Evening of Acoustic Blues, 7:30p. Dec. 20: "Fried Glass Onions — Memphis Meets the Beatles," 8p.
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts: 255 N. Main, 576-1200, box office 576-1269, 800-726-0915, thecannoncenter.com. See website for complete events listing. Dec. 6: Visible Music College: "The Rock 'n' Roll Christmas Show," 7:30p, 381-3939, visible.edu. Dec. 21: Memphis Symphony Orchestra: "Home for the Holidays," 2:30p & 7:30p, 537-2525, memphissymphony.org.
Center for Southern Folklore: 119 & 123 S. Main, Pembroke Square, 525-3655, southernfolklore.com. A showcase of folk art, Southern music, and food.
Children’s Museum of Memphis: 2525 Central, 458-2678, cmom.com. See website for daily programs, clubs, and activities. Dec. 28: New Year's at Noon. Thru Jan. 5: "Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body."
Christian Brothers University: Beverly & Sam Ross Art Gallery: 650 E. Parkway S., 321-3243, cbu.edu. Thru Dec. 12: "Four Women: For Art's Sake."
Chucalissa Archaeological Museum: 1987 Indian Village, 785-3160, memphis.edu/chucalissa.
Church Health Center: 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.
courtesy Gallery Fifty Six
Circuit Playhouse: 51 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Thru Dec. 29: "A Tuna Christmas," a mysterious phantom wreaks havoc on a small town's elaborate lawn decorations.
Cooper-Young Historic District: 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.
Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange: 65 Union, 531-7826, memphiscottonmuseum.org. Dec. 14: Holiday Open House, 10a–3p.
Crosstown Arts Gallery: 422 N. Cleveland, 507-8030, crosstownarts.org. Dec. 13–Jan. 10: Memphis Heritage: "Newman 2 … A New Generation"; reception Dec. 13, 6–8p, memphisheritage.org.
Dance Scholars: Southwest TN Community College, 737 Union, 301-3262, dancescholarsinc.org. Dec. 14: "Students' Works & Dances," a modern, jazz, and Nutcracker dance performance, 7p. Thru Jan. 31: Fundraising sale: 2014 calendar available for purchase.
David Lusk Gallery: 4540 Poplar, 767-3800, davidluskgallery.com. Thru Dec. 21: "Arcadia" by Nancy Cheairs, a blend of reality and imagination.
Davies Manor Plantation Museum: 3570 Davieshire, 386-0715, daviesmanorplantation.org. Shelby County’s oldest log house. Dec. 15: Holiday Open House, 2–4p.
D’Edge Art and Unique Treasures: 550 S. Main, 521-0054, facebook.com. Works by Debra Edge, Rosa Jordan, Heather Prouty, and Philip Eubanks. Thru Dec. 15: "At the River I Stand," new works by George Hunt.
DeafConnect of the Mid-South: 144 N. Bellevue, 278-9307, deafconnectmidsouth.org. Thru Dec. 27: Art Connect, art show and sale.
Dixon Gallery and Gardens: 4339 Park, 761-5250, dixon.org. 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. Thru Dec. 8: Tennessee Shakespeare Company: "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," 759-0604, tnshakespeare.org. Thru Jan. 5: "Ashe to Amen: African Americans and Biblical Imagery." Thru Jan. 12: "Brian Russell: Continuum," cast glass and forged metal sculptures.
Elmwood Cemetery: 824 S. Dudley, 774-3212, elmwoodcemetery.org.
Energy Fitness: 552 S. Main, 523-2348, energymemphis.com. Personal training, meal planning, ballet barre fitness, off-site and online training.
Evergreen Presbyterian Church: 613 University, 274-3740, evergreenmemphis.org. Dec. 6: Rhodes MasterSingers and Memphis Symphony Orchestra: "Memphis Messiah," 7:30p, 537-2525, memphissymphony.org.
Farmers Market: Cooper-Young Community: Year-Round: Saturdays, 9a–1p, 1000 S. Cooper, cycfarmersmarket.org.
FedExForum: 191 Beale, 205-1234, tickets: 800-745-3000, fedexforum.com. See website for complete events listing. Also see Memphis Grizzlies NBA. Dec. 6: Trans-Siberian Orchestra: "The Lost Christmas Eve," a rock-opera debut, 8p. Dec. 27: Zac Brown Band, 7p.
Fire Museum of Memphis: 118 Adams, 636-5650, firemuseum.com.
Fountain Art Gallery: Chickasaw Oaks Plaza, 3092 Poplar, 458-7100, fountainartgallery.org. Contemporary, fine art by Midsouth artists. Thru Dec. 24: "Gifts of Art Sale." Thru Dec. 31: "Art from A to Z."
Gallery Fifty Six: 2256 Central, 276-1251, galleryfiftysix.com. Dec. 6–28: "Places in the Americas," new work by Janet Weed Beaver; reception Dec. 6, 5–8p.
Germantown Performing Arts Center: 1801 Exeter, 751-7500, gpacweb.com. Dec. 6–8: New Ballet Ensemble: "Nut ReMix," an energetic take on "The Nutcracker" features a mix of traditional and modern.
Gibson Guitar Factory & Showcase: 145 Lt. George W. Lee, 543-0800, gibson.com.
Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church: 1720 Peabody, 272-7425, gslparish.org. Dec. 9: Luna Nova Ensemble, 20th century British chamber music concert, 7:30p, free, 493-0958, lunanova.org.
Graceland: 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd, 800-238-2000, 332-3322, elvis.com. Thru Jan. 8: Christmas at Graceland, holiday decorations that Elvis originally displayed both inside and outside the mansion.
Harrell Performing Arts Theatre: 440 W. Powell, Collierville, 457-2780, harrelltheatre.org. Dec. 7–15: "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," a hilarious Christmas classic.
Hattiloo Theatre: 656 Marshall, 502-3486, box office 525-0009, hattiloo.org. Dec. 5–22: "The North Star: An Urban Nativity." After finding shelter in a rundown apartment building, Mary is visited by one of the resident squatters.
IMAX Theater: Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Thru Dec. 31: "The Light Before Christmas" brings to life "The Night Before Christmas." "Santa vs. The Snowman," an animated holiday favorite. "Great White Shark," a family-friendly look at the largest predatory fish in the world.
Kroc Center: 800 E. Parkway S., 729-8007, krocmemphis.org. See website for fitness programs, swimming activities, cultural events, and educational opportunities. Thru Dec. 30: Paintings by Steve Nelson.
Leadership Memphis Gallery: 363 S. Main, 278-0016, allenprojectsonline.com. Open by appointment only. Dec. 27: Art Show benefiting Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services, 6–9p, 324-3202, spaymemphis.org.
Library: Benjamin L. Hooks Central: 3030 Poplar, 415-2700, memphislibrary.org. See website for classes, workshops, and programs. Dec. 12: Holiday Gift Creating Bonanza, 3p. Dec. 14: Free Legal Clinic, 10a–noon.
Library: Cossitt Branch: 33 S. Front, 415-2766, memphislibrary.org. Dec. 9: Computer Class: Update Your Resume for the Year, 11a–noon. Dec. 11: Annual Christmas Tea, noon–1p. Dec. 18: Movie Day: "The Christmas Story," noon.
Lichterman Nature Center: 5992 Quince, 767-7322, memphismuseums.org. Open year-round for self-guided trail backpacking and nature programs/exhibits. 4th Saturdays: Trail Blazin' Volunteers, 9a–noon.
Lindenwood Christian Church: 2400 Union, 458-1652, lindenwoodcc.com. Dec. 1: "The Christmas Spectacular 2013!" 7:30p.
Magevney House, 198 Adams, 523-1484, memphismuseums.org.
Malco Theatres: 761-3480, malco.com. Thru Dec. 25: Wrapped With Love, handmade movie-film bows to benefit St. Jude.
Mallory-Neely House: Victorian Village, 652 Adams, 523-1484, memphismuseums.org.
Marshall Arts Gallery: 639 Marshall, 406-6978, marshallartsmemphis.com. Dec 6–13: "639 Show," with the 16 artists of Marshall Arts; reception Dec. 6, 6–9p.
Memphis Black Arts Alliance: 985 S. Bellevue, 948-9522, memphisblackartsalliance.org. 2nd & Last Sun.: Jazz-A-FIRE jazz/jam sessions, 3–5p, 22 N. Second.
Memphis Botanic Garden: 750 Cherry, 636-4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com. See website for classes, workshops, lunch & learns, camps, receptions, and lectures. Dec 2–31: Martha Kelly & Elizabeth Alley art exhibit and sale; reception Dec. 3, 5:30–7:30p. Dec. 7: Breakfast with Santa, 9–11:30a, RSVP. Dec. 23: Snowy Day Camp, 10a–2p.
Memphis Center for Independent Living: 1633 Madison, 726-6404, mcil.org. Dec. 6: Holiday Open House and Silent Auction, 4–8p.
courtesy Memphis College of Art
Memphis College of Art—Midtown: 1930 Poplar, 272-5100, mca.edu. Works by students and alumni in all media. Thru Dec. 11: Fall BFA Show; reception Dec. 6, 6–8p. Thru Dec. 19: "Resurgence," paper-and-rope exhibit by Tara Bullington-Baker; reception Dec. 6, 6–8p.
Memphis College of Art—Downtown: 477 S. Main, 272-5100, mca.edu. Thru Dec. 14: "Xenobia," Generation X–inspired exhibit by Justin Bowles, justinautumnbowles.com, and "(Im)material Matters," gelatinous, translucent works by Katie Whitfield, katiewhitfield.com.
Memphis Grizzlies NBA: FedExForum, 205-1234, grizzlies.com. Season runs Oct–Apr. Dec. 3: Phoenix, 7p. Dec. 5: L.A. Clippers, 7p. Dec. 7: Golden State, 7p. Dec. 9: Orlando, 7p. Dec. 11: Oklahoma City, 7p. Dec. 15: Minnesota, 5p. Dec. 17: L.A. Lakers, 7p. Dec. 23: Utah, 7p. Dec. 28: Denver, 7p. Dec. 30: Chicago, 7p.
Memphis Heritage: Howard Hall, 2282 Madison at Edgewood, 272-2727, memphisheritage.org. Dec. 7: Book signing and sale: "Images of America: Memphis Movie Theatres" by Vincent Astor, 10a–5p.
Memphis International Raceway: 5500 Victory Lane, Millington, 969-7223, racemir.com. See website for list of racing activities and events.
Memphis Music Mondays: Hard Rock Cafe, 315 Beale, 529-0007, memphismusic.org. 1st & 3rd Mondays: Music business community: networking and ideas exchange, live music, food, 6p.
Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum: Inside FedExForum, 191 Beale at Third, 205-2533, memphisrocknsoul.org. Tuesdays: Free admission for Shelby Co. residents w/ID, 2–7p.
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. Thru Jan. 5: Memphis Zoo on Ice and Ferris wheel rides, 9:30a–4:30p daily, 5:30–9:30p on select nights.
Metal Museum: 374 Metal Museum Dr., 774-6380, metalmuseum.org. See website for class and demo times. Dec. 7–Mar. 9: "Ha! Metalsmiths at Play"; reception Dec. 8, noon–5p. Dec. 8: Holiday Show and Sale, noon–5p. Dec. 14–Mar. 2: "Tributaries: Andrew Hayes," sculptures of books and steel.
Mississippi RiverKings Hockey: Landers Center, Southaven, MS, 662-342-1755, riverkings.com. Season runs Oct.–Mar. Dec. 7: Bloomington, 7p. Dec. 13: Huntsville, 7p. Dec. 27: Louisiana, 7p.
National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry, 521-9699, civilrightsmuseum.org. Thru 2013: Freedom's Sisters, exhibit celebrating 20 extraordinary African-American women who fought for freedom and changed the course of history. Thru 1st Qtr 2014: Due to renovations and expansion, access includes the motel balcony where Dr. King was assassinated, listening posts in the motel's courtyard, and the Legacy Building, a museum in the boarding house where the assassin's bullet was fired.
Neighborhood Christian Centers: 785 Jackson, 881-6013, ncclife.org. Dec. 14: Christmas Meal Basket Packing, 8a, 4148 Delp.
New World Connection International Cultural Center: 509 S. Main, 292-6149, newworldconnection.org. Dec. 5: Christmas Film Night, the Russian film equivalent to "It's a Wonderful Life," 7p.
Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787, orpheum-memphis.com. Dec. 3–8: "Sister Act the Musical," Broadway's feel-amazing musical comedy smash. Dec. 13–15: Ballet Memphis: "The Nutcracker," 737-7322, balletmemphis.org. Dec. 19: Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me, 7:30p. Dec. 21: Johnny Mathis Christmas Concert, an enchanting evening of holiday hits, 8p.
Peabody Athletic Club: 149 Union, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com. Ellipticals, treadmills, stair-steppers, free weights, hot tub, tanning, and more.
Peabody Memphis: 149 Union, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com. 1st Wednesdays: Master Taster’s Club Wine Tasting, 5–6:30p, Peabody Corner Bar. Dec. 6: Historic Dinner Series: Prohibition Repeal Day Dinner, 6p, Chez Philippe, RSVP 529-4188. Dec. 25: Christmas Brunch, 10:30a–3:30p. Christmas Day Dinner, 11a–10p, Capriccio Grill, RSVP 529-4199.
Pink Palace Museum: 3050 Central, 320-6362, memphismuseums.org. Dec. 7, 14, 21: Holiday Magic of Science: Decorate for the holidays with different science concepts, noon. Thru Dec. 31: Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees, a Memphis holiday tradition. Thru Feb. 14: "The Early Advantage," exhibit commissioned by Urban Child Institute.
Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Thru Jan. 5: "Peter Pan." Thru Jan. 5: MCA Gallery: "Balancing Act," works of clay by Leandra Urrutia.
Porter-Leath: 868 N. Manassas, 577-2500, porterleath.org. Dec. 2–6: Toy Truck donations, 7a–7p, Bud Davis Cadillac, 5433 Poplar.
Railroad and Trolley Museum: 545 S. Main, 590-3099, mrtm.org.
Rhodes College: Clough-Hanson Art Gallery: 2000 N. Parkway, 843-3442, rhodes.edu. Thru Dec. 4: "Allison Wade: Conduits and Offerings."
Run/Walk: Dec. 28: Starry 4K at Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park benefits Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, 5p, 767-PARK, starry4k.racesonline.com.
Sharpe Planetarium: 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Thru Dec. 31: "Star of Wonder," current scientific thought concerning a 2,000-year-old mystery. Dec. 7–Mar 1: "Wonders of a Winter Night," a guided tour through the winter night sky.
Shelby Farms Park: 500 N. Pine Lake, 767-PARK, shelbyfarmspark.org. Thru Dec. 27: Starry Nights, 6–9p.
Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum: 826 N. Second, 527-3427, heritagetoursmemphis.com.
South Main Historic Arts District: Between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, southmainmemphis.net. Last Fridays: South Main Art Trolley Tour, shops, restaurants, and galleries stay open late, 6–9p.
Southland Park Gaming & Racing: I-40 & I-55, exit 279A, West Memphis, 870-735-3670, southlandgreyhound.com.
St. John’s Episcopal Church: 3245 Central, 323-8597, stjohnsmemphis.org. Dec. 15: Memphis BoyChoir and ChamberChoir: "Lessons & Carols," 4p & 7p. Dec. 18: GirlChoir: Christmas Recital, 6p.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral: 700 Poplar, 527-3361, stmarysmemphis.org. Dec. 15: "The Shining Night," choral music with The Adams Avenue Camerata, 3:30p. 299-2601, adamsavenuecamerata.org.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music: 926 E. McLemore, 942-SOUL, staxmuseum.com. 1st Thursdays: Stax Fresh Trax, group music-listening sessions, 6p. Thru Oct. 31, 2014: "And the Grammy Goes to Memphis," a showcase of the various Grammy Awards for music attributed to this region.
Sun Studio: 706 Union, 521-0664, sunstudio.com.
Theatre Memphis: 630 Perkins Ext'd, 682-8323, theatrememphis.org. Dec. 6–23: "A Christmas Carol."
TheatreSouth: 1000 S. Cooper, 726-0800, voicesofthesouth.org. Dec. 6–21: Voices of the South: "Sister Myotis' Holiday Spin," an evening of Yuletide fun and hilarity.
TheatreWorks: 2085 Monroe, 274-7139, theatreworksmemphis.org. Dec. 6–14: Bluff City Tri-Art: "A Family Affair: MaRRy Xmas," a holiday wedding threatens to be canceled when the bridegroom is suspected of cheating.
University of Memphis: Art Museum: 142 Communication and Fine Arts Bldg, 678-2224, memphis.edu/amum. Thru Jan. 4: "Bauhaus twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy" explores the timeless modernism of Bauhaus architecture and the visions of contemporary practitioners. "Terri Phillips: We Have Always Lived in the Castle," installation of sculpture and sound.
University of Memphis: Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music: Harris Concert Hall, 3775 Central, 678-2541, memphis.edu/music. (Visit website for additional performances of the symphony, chamber orchestra, ensembles, singers, bands, choirs, and recitalists.)
Victorian Village: 671 Jefferson, 523-0235, victorianvillageinc.org.
Walking Tours: Downtown History: Host Jimmy Ogle, 604-5002, jimmyogle.com, free. Dec. 19: Downtown Courthouse, meet Adams & Second, noon.
W.C. Handy Home: 352 Beale, 527-3427, wchandymemphis.org.
W.C. Handy Performing Arts Park: 200 Beale, 526-0115, bealestreet.com.
West Tennessee Historical Society: Memphis University School Wunderlich Auditorium, 276-7154, wths-tn.org. Dec. 2: "Surviving the Research Blues: A Historical Approach," presentation by UofM's freshman honors class, 7p.
Woman's Exchange: 88 Racine, 327-5681, womans-exchange.com. Thru Dec. 20: WE Consign, consignment sale, Mon.–Fri. 10a–4p, Sat. 10a–2p.
Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum: 680 Adams, 526-1469, woodruff-fontaine.com.
YMCA Fogelman Downtown: 245 Madison, 527-9622, ymcamemphis.org. Swim lessons, exercise classes, weight equipment, and coaching. Dec. 3–31: Dance lesson of the month: East Coast Swing, 8p, Tue. & Thu. except holidays.
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