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Winter 2018

Special Events

Nightly: Mighty Lights. Experience the biggest nightly light show on the Mississippi River! Mighty Lights illuminates the Big River Crossing and Hernando de Soto bridge. Visible from Martyrs Park to Fourth Bluff as well as elevated locations throughout Downtown. Running every hour on the hour from sundown to 11p. mightylights.com

Nov. 15–Jan. 8: Christmas at Graceland. Tours of Graceland are extra special during the holiday season with the interior and exterior of the mansion decorated for the holidays. See holiday decor originally displayed by Elvis. Graceland, 332-3322, graceland.com.

Nov. 16–Dec. 30: Zoo Lights. LED-lighting displays, Ferris wheel, Santa's reindeer, magic shows, ice skating, and the Polar Express Train. Memphis Zoo, 333-6500, memphiszoo.org.

Nov. 17–Dec. 31: Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees. A Memphis tradition for children of all ages is filled with animated characters, model trains, decorated trees, gingerbread village, and holiday magic. Santa lands at 9a, Nov. 17. Pink Palace Museum, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org.

Nov. 22–Dec. 28: Starry Nights. Visit the largest holiday light show and festival in the Mid-South. The magic of the holidays is brought to life through the drive-through light displays, carriage rides, cozy campfires, and visits with Santa in the Mistletoe Village. Shelby Farms, 222-7275, shelbyfarmspark.org/starry-nights.

Nov. 23–Dec. 24: Holiday Artist Market Show and Sale. View work from collective members in fine craft and collectibles. Details TBA. Memphis Arts Collective, 1501 Union, 833-9533, memphisartscollective.com.

Nov. 24–Dec. 30: Holiday Wonders at the Garden. Multiple outdoor venues featuring Snowy Nights, Sculptures Bright, Trees Alight with interactive activities, magical lighting, music, food, drinks. Advance purchase through Ticketmaster recommended. Open weekends and Christmas week, 5:30–8:30p. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com/wonders.

Nov. 25–Dec. 24: WinterArts. Features a stellar collection of affordable gifts by more than 30 local artists. Explore a collection of holiday gift ideas crafted in glass, metal, wood, fiber, and clay; plus jewelry, and more! FREE, location TBA, 826-3196, winterartsmemphis.com.

Nov. 29–Dec. 16: As You Like It. Tennessee Shakespeare Company welcomes the festive winter season into its new home with a fun, interactive production of William Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy. 7950 Trinity Road, 759-0604, tnshakespeare.org.

Nov. 30: Music of the Knights. A thrilling musical celebration of three of Britain’s legendary songwriters: Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John, and Sir Paul McCartney. This concert honors their lasting musical influence with many of their most famous songs. 7:30p. Halloran Centre, 225 S Main, 525-3000, orpheum-memphis.com.

Nov. 30: Crosstown Arts Open House. Tour the galleries, the Green Room, theater, cafe, Art Bar, Shared Art Making, and artist studios. Live music, food, drinks, performances. 5–8pm, Crosstown Arts, 1350 Concourse, Ste 280, crosstownarts.org.  
 
Dec. 1: Memphis Holiday Parade. Be a part of the grandest holiday parade in the region! Join in the fun on America's most iconic street to ring in the holiday season with marching bands, steppers, twirlers, floats, and all sorts of sights! FREE, Beale Street, 526-0115, bealestreet.com.

Dec. 1: Rob & Roland’s 14th Annual Stumbling Santa Pub Crawl. The largest pub crawl in Memphis has 2,000 Santa Clauses, reindeer, elves and other Christmas characters collect toys for Porter-Leath’s Preschool children while touring the best downtown bars. Participants should bring a cash donation or a new, unwrapped toy that promotes early learning for children 6 weeks to 5 years. 7p–11p, 523-8536, Flying Saucer, 130 Peabody Pl, porterleath.org.

Dec. 2: Kafé Kirk featuring SHEILA E. An intimate evening of music with Kirk Whalen and his friends. Enjoy an exclusive look into what exactly makes these artists who they are and what motivates them. 6p & 8:30p, 525.3000, Halloran Center, orpheum-memphis.com.

Dec 2: Metal Museum Holiday Open House. Annual celebration with family-friendly activities and mini workshops. Complimentary hot cocoa, spiced cider, and s'mores by the fire pit (weather permitting) and free museum admission. 12p–4p, metalmuseum.org

Dec 4: Too Much Christmas. Visible Music College preforms a Visible Christmas concert. 4:30p & 7p, Halloran Center, 225 S Main, 381-3939, visible.edu.  

Dec. 5–8, 14–15: 17th Annual Toy Truck. Drop off new, unwrapped toys as well as cash, check or credit card donations. Bring dolls, puzzles, balls, blocks, and other toys that promote early childhood learning, ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Dec. 5–8, 8a– 6p at the Poplar Collection, 4615 Poplar and Dec. 14–15, 8a–4p, at WMC Action News 5, 1960 Union. Benefits Porter-Leath. porterleath.org.

Dec. 6: Holiday Concert 2018. Join all ensembles of Stax Music Academy for this special holiday celebration concert, “It’s Christmas Time Again.” 7:30p, Halloran Centre, 225 S Main, 525-3000, orpheum-memphis.com and Ticketmaster.com.

Dec. 7: Victorian Yuletide Open House. Stroll all three floors at your leisure and enjoy holiday decorations and refreshments. 5–8pm, Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum, 680 Adams, woodruff-fontaine.org.

Dec. 8: Holiday Farmers Market. Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! Memphis Farmers Market has your holiday season's shopping covered, from gifts to treats to dinners. 8a–1p, Central Station Pavilion, S. Front at G.E. Patterson, memphisfarmersmarket.org.

Dec. 9: Acoustic Sunday Live. Presenting blued legend Bobby Rush, folk legend Tom Chapin, and guitar legend David Bromberg with John Kilzer. Additional details TBA. St John's United Methodist Church, 1207 Peabody Ave, 726-4104, stjohnsmidtown.org.

Dec. 12: Harry Connick Jr., A New Orleans Tricentennial. Celebrate New Orleans’ 300th birthday and enjoy the evening as Harry toasts this beloved city and performs a selection of holiday favorites. 7:30p, Orpheum Theatre, 525.3000, orpheum-memphis.com.

Dec. 14: A Victorian Holiday. Join Opera Memphis for an interactive evening of carols, dancing, festive drinks and more! Enjoy a cup of wassail, play Victorian parlor games, or relax and listen to the beautiful singing of the Opera Memphis Carolers. 7p–10p, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, operamemphis.org.

Dec. 14–15: Holiday Concert Weekend at Graceland. Experience holiday concerts on the Graceland campus, featuring three festive live concerts at Graceland's new Elvis Presley's Memphis entertainment complex. Hotel packages, ticket-only packages and individual tickets are available. Graceland, 332-3322, graceland.com.

Dec. 15: Merriment under the Mistletoe. Enjoy drinks, dancing, and hors’doeuvres in the carriage house or take a stroll through the festive atmosphere of the mansion. 7–10p, Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum, 680 Adams, woodruff-fontaine.org.

Dec. 16: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis. Celebrates the group's 30 year anniversary of the first Christmas album and 40 years since the first Fresh Aire album. Includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. 6:30p, Orpheum Theatre, 525.3000, orpheum-memphis.com.

Dec. 29: New Year’s at Noon. Children ring in the New Year at the Children’s Museum with a myriad of fun activities. 458-2678, 2525 Central, cmom.com

Dec. 31: NYE on Beale. The biggest party of the year! Say good-bye to 2018 and ring in 2019 with live music, dancing, fireworks, great food and drinks, and thousands of friends featuring Hard Rock Café’s famous Guitar Drop. Must be 21 or older to attend. NYE concert is FREE. 8:45p, Beale St, 526-0115, bealestreet.com, 529-0007, hardrock.com/memphis.

Jan. 5: Willie Nelson & Family. With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust.  8p, Orpheum Theatre, 525.3000, orpheum-memphis.com.

Jan. 5-8: Elvis Birthday Celebration. Four days of events, including an unforgettable fan experience featuring one of Elvis’ closest friends, Jerry Schilling. Graceland will still be decorated for the holidays and there will be an epic birthday cake on display on Jan. 8.  graceland.com.

Jan. 11– Feb 3: A Song for Coretta. Written by Pearl Cleage, the five fictional characters in this play are at the end of a long line of mourners at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church to pay their respects to the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther. King, Jr. Hattiloo Theater, 37 Cooper, hattiloo.org.

Jan. 20: Memphis Empty Bowls Project. Enjoy a delicious, simple dinner of soup and bread donated by local restaurants, and select one of the beautiful, handcrafted bowls to take home as a reminder of the bowls that go empty in Memphis. Art market and live music from 5p–7p. Crosstown Concourse, West Atrium, 1350 Concourse Ave, memphisemptybowls.com.

Jan. 22–26: International Blues Challenge. The Blues Foundation’s 35th annual five-day event of more that 260 blues performances from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. The finale night at The Orpheum Theatre tickets on sale Jan. 14 at orpheum-memphis.com. Week-long pass available now at blues.org. Beale Street.

Jan. 26: Mary Wilson. Since her career with The Supremes, Wilson has written a best-selling autobiography, performed on stage and screen, lectured and toured the world, and continues to be looked up to as a singer who set the standard for females in the recording industry. 7:30p, 525.3000, Halloran Center, orpheum-memphis.com.

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