5 Things to Do in Memphis This Weekend: 11/23 – 11/25

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 23rd 2012 427 0

Happy black Friday! Here are five awesome things to do in Memphis this weekend that don't include standing in line to buy a cheap TV:

2. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Peabody Hotel, Friday, 5 p.m., free

The swankiest hotel lobby in Memphis is going to be all dolled up for the holidays on Friday, Nov. 23rd. The lights on the massive, two-story tree will be flipped at 5 p.m. There will also be a visit from Santa, seasonal music from Opera Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and dance performances from New Ballet Ensemble and the Children's Ballet Ensemble.

2. Zoo Lights, Memphis Zoo, Friday – Dec. 30, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., $5 members / $7 non-members

Zoo Lights, Memphis, Tenn.

The Zoo is turning into a winter wonderland from Nov. 16 through Dec. 30, and this year, it's going to be a little epic. As at Zoo Lights past, there will be light displays, live reindeer, Santa, caroling, ice skating, magic shows and train rides. Unlike last year, this year you can see it all from a 90 ft. tall ferris wheel.

3. Starry Nights, Shelby Farms, Friday – Dec. 28, 6 p.m., $20 per car

Load up the car and drive slowly through Shelby Farms' ginormous annual holiday light display (Starry Nights features more than 2.5 million LED lights). After you drive through Starry Nights, visit Mistletoe Village where you can meet Santa, ride a camel and check out the petting zoo. You can see Starry Nights on foot (or skates or bicycle) every Monday in December ($5 per person or $20 per family).

4. Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market Artisan Faire, 1000 S. Cooper, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., free

Shop handmade and local at the Cooper Young Community Farmers Market's first artisan faire of the season. Vendors will be selling crafts, art, wearables and more (in addition to the market's usual supply of fresh food) every Saturday from tomorrow through December 22.

5. Jive Turkey Throwdown, The Cove, Saturday, 10 p.m., $5

If you're reluctant to let Thanksgiving go, the Cove has a solution: on Saturday, they're having a Jive Turkey Throwdown. There won't be any actual turkey, but they will have Hope Clayburn's Soul Scrimmage, limited edition merch and rarities, and proceeds from the door will go to help a filmmaking team finish a documentary about Memphis music.

If none of these events carve your turkey, there are plenty more on the blog's calendar. Have fun, and come back and tell me about it on Monday.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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