Find Us on Facebook!

December 2016 Events

Special Events

Dec. 1: Everyday Star: A Visible Christmas Concert. New music, as well as timeless classics with a twist, at this Christmas concert tour with Visible Music College students, staff, and friends. 7:30–10p, FREE with tickets. Cannon Center, 381-3939, facebook.com/events/1782139015357642/.

Dec. 2: Victorian Yuletide Open House. Old Southern Yuletide traditions and customs, with a story in every room. Stroll all three floors, each dressed for the holidays, and enjoy merry-and-bright refreshments. 5–8p, FREE. Woodruff-Fontaine House, 680 Adams, 526-1469, woodruff-fontaine.org.

Dec. 2: Sierra Club Holiday Party. An annual awards event and holiday party highlights the many tough environment and conservation battles we face. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share. 7–9:30p, Burch, Porter & Johnson Law Firm, 130 N. Court, facebook.com/events/162183460914594.

Dec. 2: MCIL Holiday Open House. Memphis Center for Independent Living hosts "the party of the season," with silent auction, music by Johnny B and the Goods, munchies, and merriment. 4–8p, 1633 Madison, 726-6404, sites.google.com/site/mcilaction/holiday15.

Dec. 3: St. Jude Marathon. Lace up your shoes and find your perfect vantage point to watch the fun at this sanctioned Boston Marathon–qualifying race, followed by a fun-filled weekend to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 7a, AutoZone Park, stjudemarathon.org.

Dec. 3, 10, 17: Holiday Science. Watch as snow appears before your eyes. See static electricity in action. Why is tinsel so sticky? Play a holiday song with your palms, and participate in physical science demos that capture the spirit of the season. Noon, Pink Palace Museum, 636-2437, memphismuseums.org.

Dec. 4: Metal Museum Holiday Open House. Take an ornament-making class, view an exhibition of holiday ornaments, and shop the Museum Store for unique, handmade gifts. Noon–5p, Metal Museum, 774-6380, metalmuseum.org.

Dec. 4: Christmas at St. Mary's. A 30-year collegiate tradition in Memphis features seasonal choral music presented by The Rhodes College Singers and Women's Chorus. 7p, FREE. St. Mary's Cathedral, 700 Poplar, 843-3775, rhodes.edu/events/music.

Dec. 7: Memphis Chamber Annual Chairman's Luncheon. More than 1,000 Memphis business and community leaders make this the largest business event of the year. Enjoy live entertainment, lunch by award-winning Peabody chefs, and a one-of-a-kind celebration of Memphis. 11:30a–1p, The Peabody, 543-3571, memphischamber.com.

Dec. 7: Diana: Remembering the People's Princess. This 20th anniversary tribute features the Pat Kerr private royal collection, including the royal gowns of Princess Diana to be featured in Kensington Palace, London. 5:30–7:30p, The Guest House at Graceland, RSVP 527-5683, patkerrinc@patkerr.com.

Dec. 8: Build Your Own Box Event. It's smokin'! Create your own box of cigars, for personal enjoyment or as a gift, at this tobacco-passionate establishment. Trained associates help you select from pipe tobaccos, walk-in humidors, the art of hookah smoking, and selections of smokeless tobacco. 4–8p, 346 S. Main, 509-2471, tinderboxtn.com.

Dec. 8: Holiday Party 16. Professional Network on Aging rings in the holidays with its annual holiday soiree. 3–5p, Agricenter International, Banquet Room Entrance C, 505-0946, pnamidsouth.org.

Dec. 10: Holiday Farmers Market. Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! Shop local for the holidays and find fresh produce, arts and crafts, music, and garden-fresh festivities, jingling all the way. 9a–1p, Central Station Pavilion, S. Front & G.E. Patterson, memphisfarmersmarket.org.

Dec. 10: Christmas in Collierville Home Tour. The halls are decked in four homes in the historic Town Square district, filled with holiday decor, indoors and out. The Holiday Gift Gazebo is stocked with baked goods and gifts, as well as entertainment and refreshments. All proceeds benefit Collierville nonprofit organizations. 10a–4p, 196 N. Main, ccc1936.org.

Dec. 10: Victorian Christmas at Mallory-Neely House. Celebrate the Yuletide with refreshments, an exhibit of dolls from 1850 to 1950, and a visit from Father Christmas. 10a–6p, 652 Adams, 523-1484, memphismuseums.org.

Dec. 11: S'mores with Santa. Santa drops in for s'mores and snapshots in My Big Backyard, decked out in lights and holiday decorations, with outdoor activities, snow play, hot-dog bar, hot-cocoa buffet, and interactive fun. 5–8p, Botanic Garden, 636-4131, memphisbotanicgarden.com.

Dec. 15: Walking in Memphis Courthouse Tour. Historian Jimmy Ogle steps you through the facts and figures of one of Memphis's most beautiful and sculptured buildings. Noon, FREE. Meet at the southwest steps, Adams & Second, jimmyogle.com.

Dec. 15: Art After Dark. Holiday sing-along with Aron Shiers, hot chocolate, eggnog, cash bar, light refreshments, and galleries and gardens stay open. 6–8p, Dixon Gallery, 761-5250, dixon.org.

Dec. 16: Holiday Soiree. Memphis Black Arts Alliance rings in the holiday season with live entertainment, drinks, food, networking, and the unveiling of the exciting 2017 MBAA season. 7–9:30p, Brinson's Downtown, 341 Madison, 948-9522, memphisblackartsalliance.org.

Dec. 17: Brunch with Santa. Holiday movies on the big screen, special appearances by North Pole elves and Mrs. Claus, and the Jolly Ol' Elf himself visits every table! Reservations required. 9:30a–noon seatings, The Majestic Grille, 145 S. Main, RSVP 522-8555, majesticgrille.com/events/brunch-with-santa.

Dec. 17: Rose Ball. Wear your holiday finest and celebrate the 145th wedding anniversary of Mollie Woodruff. The mansion is dressed in traditional Yuletide cheer, with drinks, dancing, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. 7–10p, Woodruff-Fontaine House, 680 Adams, 526-1469, woodruff-fontaine.org.

Thru Dec. 23: Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Bring the family to celebrate the holiday season. Play in the snow, sip hot cocoa or spiced tea, create a winter craft, watch a musical light show, and enjoy fun, games, and the magic of the season. 5:30–8:30p, Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com/snowynights.

Thru Dec. 27: Starry Nights. The biggest holiday light show and festival in the region includes thousands of lights, the Mistletoe Village, photos with Santa, camel and pony rides, petting zoo, carriage rides, s'mores roasting, and holiday shopping. Shelby Farms Park, 767-PARK, shelbyfarmspark.org/starrynights.

Thru 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.

Dec. 30: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts districts, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display creative merchandise, cuisines, and art. Every last Fri., 6–9p, free. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, gosouthmain.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, gingerbread village, and holiday magic. Pink Palace Museum, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org.

Dec. 31: Exhalation: New Year's Eve 2016. Let it all out! Join Lord T & Eloise, DJ Wick-It the Instigator, a midnight balloon drop, and other aristocrunk ways to release dreams into the New Year, all benefitting the Memphis Songwriters Association. 9p–2a, The Cadre Building, memphissongwriters.org, tickets: facebook.com/events/1802730376656801/.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve at The Peabody. See and be seen at the South's Grand Hotel's high-energy party. Performances by Hollywood, Seeing Red, and DJ Mark Anderson. The party flows from Grand Lobby, Mezzanine, Continental Ballroom, the Corner Bar, and back through again until 2017 officially arrives! Dinner at Chez Philippe and overnight-stay packages available. 8p–2a, The Peabody, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com/NYE2016.

Dec. 31: New Year's Bash at the Square. Neighborhood concert with local favorites, beverages for purchase, late-night hotspots, and a few New Year surprises! 9:30p–12:30a, FREE. The Tower Courtyard Stage, Overton Square, overtonsquare.com.

Thru Jan. 8: Christmas at Graceland. Tours are extra special with the mansion's interior and exterior decorated for the holidays with all of Elvis's favorite, including red-velvet drapes, life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh, and Presley family Christmas artifacts. 332-3322, graceland.com.

Jan. 16: King Day 2017. Remember the life and legacy of one of the most prolific humanitarians and leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement with daylong family entertainment, youth-centered learning, Mid-South Food Bank Drive, and Lifeblood Drive. 8a–6p, FREE. National Civil Rights Museum, 521-9699, civilrightsmuseum.org.

Jan. 27: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts districts, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display creative merchandise, cuisines, and art. Every last Fri., 6–9p, free. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, gosouthmain.com.

Jan. 31: Association for Women Attorneys Annual Banquet. Cocktail reception, dinner, and program that includes special honors, induction of the 2017 AWA board officers and committee chairs, and scholarship presentations. 6–8p, Tower Center at Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar, 577-6152, facebook.com/memphisawa.

Jan. 31–Feb. 4: The International Blues Challenge. Blues musicians from around the world compete for prizes and industry recognition at the world's largest gathering of blues acts, which includes a youth showcase. Beale Street venuse and The Orpheum, 527-2583, blues.org.

Jan. 27: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts districts, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display creative merchandise, cuisines, and art. Every last Fri., 6–9p, free. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, gosouthmain.com.

Feb. 3: Keeping the Blues Alive Awards. The Blues Foundation bestows 16 individuals and organizations with its prestigious award that honors those who helped keep the blues going strong. Meet the award recipients over lunch, and thank them for singing the blues. 11a, DoubleTree Downtown, 527-2583, blues.org/keeping-the-blues-alive.

Feb. 24: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts districts, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display creative merchandise, cuisines, and art. Every last Fri., 6–9p, free. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, gosouthmain.com.

 

Monthly Highlights

ON STAGE: December 2016

Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center: 3663 Appling, 385-6440, bpacc.org. Dec. 10: Emile Pandolfi. Celebrate the season with one of America's best-loved pianists.

Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center: 60 Perkins Ext'd, 537-1483, buckmanartscenter.com. Dec. 10–11: Roudnev Youth Ballet: "The Nutcracker," a traditional interpretation of a holiday classic.

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts: 255 N. Main, 576-1269, 800-726-0915, thecannoncenter.com, ticketmaster.com. Dec. 1: "Everyday Star," Christmas concert with Visible Music College, 7:30–10p, 381-3939, facebook.com/events/1782139015357642. Dec. 2: Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. Dec. 4: MSO: Pops 1: Magic of Memphis Holiday Spectacular, 3p, 537-2500. Dec. 7: Joe Bonamassa, world-renowned blues/rock guitarist. Dec. 10–11: Sesame Street Live: "Elmo Makes Music," sesamestreetlive.com. Dec. 17–18: "Take the Soul Train to Christmas." A journey that starts on Christmas day during slavery, travels through the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Era, and ends with Christmas rap and break-dancing.

Circuit Playhouse: 51 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Thru Dec. 23: "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!" with Junie B. Jones, the world's funniest first-grader. Dec. 2–Dec. 23: "The Santaland Diaries." Crumpet, Macy's grumpiest Christmas elf, is back! Jan. 27–Feb. 19: "Hand to God." A foul-mouthed sock puppet named Tyrone shows us that sometimes our deepest and darkest desires fit like a glove.

Dance Scholars: 301-3262, dancescholarsinc.org. Dec. 17: "Students' Works & Dances." Elementary school students perform ballet divertissements. 2p, St. Stephen's UMC Fellowship Hall, 3981 Macon, 301-3262, dancescholarsinc.org.

FedExForum: 191 Beale, 205-1234, tickets: 800-745-3000, fedexforum.com, ticketmaster.com. See website for complete events listing. Jan. 12: Red Hot Chili Peppers, 7p.

Germantown Performing Arts Center: 1801 Exeter, 751-7500, gpacweb.com. Dec. 10–11: IRIS Orchestra, 751-7669, irisorchestra.org. Dec. 18: Children Ballet Theater: "The Nutcracker," 2:30p.

Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts: 225 S. Main, 525-3000, orpheum-memphis.com. Dec. 11: Irish pop tenor Eamonn McCrystal and former Celtic Woman Chloe Agnew perform classic hits from Ireland, Christmas favorites, and new music, 7p.

Hattiloo Theatre: 37 S. Cooper, 525-0009, hattiloo.org. Dec. 17–18: "Take the Soul Train to Christmas." A former Pullman Porter ushers his granddaughter and friends through time on a magical steam engine. Jan. 20–Feb. 12: "Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin." An openly gay, black proponent of non-violent civil disobedience is assigned to orchestrate an unprecedented march for jobs and freedom.

Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787, orpheum-memphis.com. "The South's Finest Theater." Dec. 9–11: Ballet Memphis: "The Nutcracker." Dec. 13–18: "Annie," a brand-new incarnation of the iconic Tony Award–winning musical. Dec. 23: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, classical musical hits, dazzling multimedia effects, and the spirit of the season in a signature sound, 7p. Jan. 13: Roots-rock artist A.J. Croce, a cabaret-style concert, 7:30p. Jan. 24–29: "The Bodyguard: The Musical," a breathtaking, romantic thriller. Feb. 10–12: "The Illusionists: Live From Broadway." A mind-blowing spectacular showcasing talents of 7 of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Feb. 13: "An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies." Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson leads an enlightening review of all the science that our favorite movies got wrong, 7p. Feb. 28–Mar. 5: "Beautiful — The Carole King Musical." The true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom to become one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Thru Dec. 31: "Peter Pan." Jan. 20–Feb. 12: "Rock of Ages." It's the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood'. Will the rock-and-roll fairy tale end when German developers plan to turn the Sunset Strip into a capitalist strip mall?

Theatre Memphis: 630 Perkins Ext'd, 682-8323, theatrememphis.org. Thru Dec. 15: "A Christmas Carol."

Tennessee Shakespeare Company: UofM Mainstage, 3745 Central, 759-0604, tnshakespeare.org. Dec. 8–18: "Much Ado About Nothing," a holiday revel of comic romance. Dixon Gallery, 4339 Park, 759-0604, tnshakespeare.org.

ON EXHIBIT: December 2016

Blues Hall of Fame: 421 S. Main, 527-2583, blues.org. Thru Jan. 15: "Black, White, and Blues by Marc Norberg," a collection of 33 artful black-and-white photographs of blues musicians across the decades. Thru Jan. 15: "Ernie Patton Paints the Blues," 10 paintings of Blues Hall of Famers.

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. Thru Jan. 8: "Red Grooms, Traveling Correspondent," a news correspondent's eye for telling detail with a lens focused on New York and Tennessee.

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. Thru Jan. 15: "Wayne Edge: A Sense of Wonder," sculptural works out of organic elements of Earth and its atmosphere. Thru Jan. 15: "Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art," the first major exhibition to explore the multifaceted meanings of these outdoor subjects in painting and sculpture. Jan. 29–Mar. 26: "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now." Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art's curatorial team logged more than 100,000 miles, traversing the U.S. to visit nearly 1,000 artists to offer an unusually diverse and nuanced look at contemporary American art from nearly every region.

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. Thru Jan. 1: Master Metalsmith: Hoss Haley, a sculptor well known for his works in steel, concrete, and bronze. Thru Jan. 22: Tributaries: Cozette Philips, sculpture that raises ecological consciousness by capturing the mark of existence in something that is fleeting, impermanent, and affected by its surroundings.

National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry, 521-9699, civilrightsmuseum.org. Chronicles the key episodes and legacy of the American civil rights movement. Dec. 5–Mar. 6: "Enslaved: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery" documents the lives endured by slaves and celebrates the freedom they never dreamed possible. Feb. 16: Book & Author Series: "Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South" with author Talita LeFlouria, 6p.

ON SCREEN: December 2016

National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry, 521-9699, civilrightsmuseum.org. Chronicles the key episodes and legacy of the American civil rights movement. Dec. 13: "13th," a documentary that investigates mass criminalization and the prison industrial complex, 6p.

Pink Palace Museum CTI 3D Giant Theater: 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Thru Dec. 31: "Polar Express 3D." A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole. Thru Dec. 31: "The Light Before Christmas 3D." An animated film about two children who learn about the night before Christmas.

Sharpe Planetarium: 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Thru Dec. 31: "Season of Light," a historical and scientific exploration of the mystery of the Christmas star. Thru Dec. 31: "Black Holes," a fully immersive journey through one of the most mystifying phenomena in the universe: a black hole. Thru Dec. 31: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure." Join Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, on an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon. Thru Mar. 19: Autumn/Winter Seasonal Stargazing: hop through current constellations, learn cool star names, and groove to space music.

Submit events for calendar
consideration:
editor@memphisdowntowner.com.
We publish citywide events that are open to the public.