5 Things To Do This Weekend: 12/20 – 12/22

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 20th 2013 879 0

Happy Friday! If you're looking for something fun to do in Memphis this weekend, here are five ideas.

But first, here's a picture of a festive stallion from Pho Viet Nam, courtesy of @johncbass on Instagram. He just so happens to be the bass player for Lucero (see #5). 

1. Memphis Arts Collective Holiday Artist Market, 1501 Union Avenue, Friday – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m./noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays, free to get in, all ages 

There's still hope for you, procrastinating gift-buyer. Quite a few Memphis artists have their creative works for sale daily through Christmas Eve. The Arts Collective is hosting a Winter Solstice Party at the sale on Saturday, with drinks and DJ Witness. 

2. Starry Nights, Shelby Farms, Friday – Sunday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (closes 9 p.m. on Sun.), $20 per car, all ages

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. 

3. Home for the Holidays, Cannon Center, Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m. / 7:30 p.m., $15 and up

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with singer Wendy Moten and the Memphis Symphony Chorus for their annual Home for the Holidays pops concert of holiday favorites.

4. Home Alone Movie Day, AutoZone Park, Saturday, 3 p.m., free, all ages

Admit it: after seeing Home Alone as a kid, you secretly wished your family would leave you home alone so you could eat mac 'n' cheese for every meal and thwart bad guys with booby traps. Well, you can relive your dreams this Saturday afternoon when AutoZone Park shows the holiday classic on the stadium videoboard for free. You can sit in the lower bowl or on the field, but if you do the latter, bring a blanket (no chairs allowed). The gates open at 2 p.m. for kids' activities and caroling.

5. Lucero Family Christmas, Minglewood Hall, Dec. 21, 7 p.m., $22

It's time to meet the family. Tradition continues this Saturday night at Minglewood Hall when Lucero hosts their annual "Family Christmas" party, along with Dead Soldiers. Big bonus – the show will benefit the Green Machine Mobile Food Market, which delivers produce to areas of Memphis with less access to food. You can read more info here (but please note that the ticket winners were already announced).

ICYMI: If you're already feeling nostalgic for 2013, you might enjoy the Year in Review recap I posted yesterday. 

If you want more ideas for what to do this weekend, there are a ton on the calendar and a few from the Holiday Events Guide that are still going on. If you want to get a jump start on New Year's plans (make dinner reservations now, trust me on this one) check out the updated Guide to New Year's in Memphis.

Wherever your weekend takes you, have fun. Tag your photos #ilovememphis on Twitter or Instagram, and they might show up on the blog.

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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