Nov 30–Dec 4: Memphis in May Holiday Merchandise Sale. Close-outs and deep discounts on unique Memphis in May merchandise, perfect for Memphisthemed gifts. Mon noon–4pm, Tue–Fri10am–4pm, 61 S. Main @ Union, 525-4611. Dec 3: Cooper Young Night Out. In Midtown’s historically hip district, restaurants and stores host live music, specials, and assorted cuisines. 1st Thursdays, 5–9pm, free. 276-7222, cooperyoungnightout.com. Dec 3–5: Subsidium Carrousel of Shoppes & Gala. More than 110 vendors with festive, fabulous treasures in one shopping extravaganza to benefit Memphis Oral School for the Deaf. Preview Gala Dec 3. Thu 9am–5pm, Fri–Sat 9am–6pm, $7. Agricenter, subsidium.org. Thru Dec 4: The Toy Truck. Bring a new toy, bicycle, or money to brighten the season for Porter-Leath children. 5am–7pm, Bud Davis Cadillac, 5433 Poplar, 577-2500, porterleath.org. Dec 4: Make It Count for Kroc. An evening of wine and cheese appetizers compliments the Memphis Jazz Orchestra “Count Basie” concert to benefit the Kroc Center. 6:15pm, $35. Memphis Drum Shop, 878 S. Cooper, 276-2328, memphisdrumshop.com. Dec 4: Memphis Center for Independent Living Open House. Food, live music, silent auction, and Holiday Gift Shoppe benefits advocacy for people with disabilities. 4–8pm, free, $5 auction tickets. 1633 Madison, 726-6404, mcil.org. Dec 4: Toast for Toys. Help make the holidays special for the children of Boys & Girls Clubs during a festive evening of entertainment, dancing, and food. 7–11pm, $100 + toy. Pink Palace Museum, 278-2947, bgcm.org. Dec 4–24: Made in Memphis Holiday Artist Market. Cool vintage wares and handcrafted art by local artisans priced for all budgets and wrapped with local pride. Open daily, times vary, free. 1501 Union, 413-8937, memphisartscollective.com. Dec 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 21–23: Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard. Celebrate the first winter event in the new garden as festive scenes light up the night. 5–8pm, $7. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4116. Dec 5: Blues Ball 16th Anniversary Celebration. Toast Santa and his motorcycle reindeer with mistletoe martinis to kick off plans for the largest annual ball in America, benefiting Memphis musicians. 7pm, $200. Gibson Guitar Factory, 527-5683, bluesball.org. Dec 5: Breakfast with Santa. Dream of a GREEN Christmas with “green” holiday demos, crafts, live entertainment and animals, secret shopping room, fireside story time, and more. 9–11:30am, $12. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4131. Dec 5: Harvesting the Holidays. Memphis Farmers Market opens for a special one-day crop of winter produce, baked goods, arts and crafts, cookbooks, the Market Cafe, and holiday trimmings. 10am–3pm, free. Central Station Pavilion, memphisfarmersmarket.org. Dec 5: Memphis Holiday Parade. THE signature event to ring in the holidays in the city’s coolest neighborhood includes marching bands, floats, steppers, and all sorts of crazy surprises. 5pm, free. South Main Arts District, memphisholidayparade.com. Dec 5: Victorian Yuletide Gala. Come decked out in holiday cocktail attire and eat, drink, and bid to support the museum’s vintage clothing collection! 6:30–9:30pm, $65. Woodruff-Fontaine House, 523-0235, victorianvillageinc. Org. Dec 5, 6: Nutcracker Children’s Tea Party. Visions of sugar plums join a child-friendly tea menu, finger sandwiches, cookies, and a special performance by Ballet Memphis’s Nutcracker cast. 1–3pm, $35. Peabody Hotel, 529-4188, balletmemphis.org. Dec 6: Jingle Bell Ball. Youth enjoy a special holiday soiree with all the trimmings. Toddler–2nd grade, 2:30– 4pm; grades 3 & 4, 4:30–6pm; grades 5 & 6, 3–4:30pm; grades 7 & 8, 5–6:30pm. Gibson Guitar Factory, 527-5683, memphischaritable.org. Dec 10: Mistology. Explore the art and science of the cocktail with education mixed with entertainment and stirred with a Q&A session. 6pm, $10. Brooks Museum, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org. Dec 10: The Music Interviews.Wine tasting with paired foods followed by three film screenings from a True Story Pictures project recording the life stories of noted musicians. 5:30–8pm, $20. Memphis College of Art, 274-9092, truestorypictures.org. Dec 10: Thursdays at the Lodge. New event! Every 2nd Thursday, wind down at the Great Lodge in Teton Trek with tapas and libations, and the King of Rock and Roar. 5:30–8:30pm, $10, adults only. Memphis Zoo, 276-WILD, memphiszoo.org. Dec 11: Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Show. Learn about Visible School, take a tour, and enjoy the show produced by students, staff, and alumni. 6:30pm tour, 7:30pm show, free. Lifelink Church, 1015 S. Cooper, 292-9579, visibleschool.com. Dec 12: Jingle Bell Rock with Santa. Santa arrives by helicopter! Rock to his workshop to create ornaments, sing with carolers, play games, deck the halls, take pictures with Santa, and more. 10am–1pm, free w/admission. Children’s Museum, 458-2678, cmom.com. Dec 12–13: Mid-South Women’s Forum & Expo. Holiday extravaganza with festive, upscale shopping and entertainment to promote unity and self-improvement. Sat 10am–8pm, Sun 11am–6pm, $15. Cook Convention Center, 680-2018, midsouthwomen.com. Dec 13: Light Festival. Pictures with Santa, games of dreidel, sweet treats, and screening of Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas. 4–6pm, free. Brooks Museum, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org. Dec 17: GREEN ClimBRIDGES Night. 1,400 square feet of climbing on a 35-foot wall with a variety of professional routes, plus coffee, food, music, and tour of the first green commercial building in Memphis. 6–9pm, $15. BRIDGES, 477 N. Fifth, 260-3707, bridgesusa.org. Dec 18: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts district as shops, restaurants, and art galleries offer unique merchandise and cuisine. Every last Fri (except this month), 6–9pm. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, southmainmemphis.org. Dec 19: Brunch with Santa. Holiday movies on the Majestic screen, kid-friendly brunch menu (with hot chocolate), adult-friendly brunch menu (with Majestic mimosas), and Santa! 10am–1pm, The Majestic Grille, 145 S. Main, RSVP 522-8555, majesticgrille.com. Thru Dec 24: WinterArts. A hot, new holiday arts show and sale that features top regional artists and affordable gifts, plus giftwrapping to benefit Memphis City Beautiful. 5475 Poplar, winterartsmemphis.com. Dec 25: Holidaze Celebration. Bring cans of food for MIFA, then settle back for a double-bill show with FreeWorld and Mojo Possum topped by a wee-morning Monster Jam. Ho, ho, ho! 10pm–3am, $5. Newby’s, 539 S. Highland, 452-8408, freeworldjams.com. Dec 25: MIFA Christmas Day Meals. Bring holiday cheer, a holiday meal, and a holiday gift bag to homebound seniors — many of whom spend Christmas Day alone. Take your children, a friend, and visit awhile. Reserve a route: 529-4529, mifa.org. Dec 30–Jan 3: New Year’s Eve Weekend on Beale. Tigers pep rally, battle of the bands, fireworks, Hard Rock Guitar Drop, and more throughout the weekend. Times vary, 529-0999, bealestreetmerchants.com. Thru Dec 31: Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees. Children of all ages are charmed by animated characters set in a magical, snowy setting with Teddy bears, elves, playful penguins, and Santa! Benefits Le Bonheur. Mon–Sat 9am–5pm, Sun noon–5pm, $5. Pink Palace Museum, 525-TREE, theenchantedforest.org. Dec 31: New Year’s Eve on Beale Street. Ring in the year on one of the most historic streets in America, complete with the live music, the Hard Rock Guitar Drop and fireworks! Bealestreetmerchants.com. Dec 31: New Year’s Eve at The Peabody. Two parties under one roof! WildSide Party kicks it up a notch; The Scene Party makes a statement! 6pm–2am, $50 (Wildside Party), $40 (The Scene Party). Peabody Hotel, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com. Dec 31: New Year’s Eve Zoo Snooze. Send your child to spend the night at the zoo with the other animals! Moonlight safari, games and crafts, countdown to midnight, pizza dinner, and breakfast. 6:30pm–10am, $85. Memphis Zoo, 276-WILD, memphiszoo.org. Thru Jan 2: Starry Nights. Back after a decade of darkness, this Shelby Farms drive-thru fundraiser twinkles with more than a million LED lights and displays for more than a mile. Mon–Thu 6–10pm, Fri–Sat 6–11pm, $20/car. 767-PARK, starrynightsmemphis.org. Thru Jan 2: Zoo Lights. Holiday activities extend to the brand-new Teton Trek exhibit, with live reindeer, pictures with Santa, carriage rides, Snowflake Ball disco, and spectacular light displays. 5:30–9pm, nights vary, $7. Memphis Zoo, 276-WILD, memphiszoo.org
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