5 Things To Do This Weekend: 12/19 – 12/21

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 19th 2014 2694 0

Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won't want to miss in Memphis this weekend.


Giveaway over! Congrats to commenter Julie!

 Today I'm doing a giveaway for a pair of tickets for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra's annual Home for the Holidays performance (see #4) on Saturday. You can pick from the 2:30 or the 7:30 performance if you win. To win, leave me a comment on this post telling me you want to go!

1. Zoo Lights, Memphis Zoo, Friday – Sunday, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., $6 members / $8 non-members
Go to the Zoo after Zoo hours to check out thousands of holiday lights in displays, "snow", reindeer, Polar Express train, and Santa. You can see it all from a 90 ft. tall ferris wheel ($5), take a camel ride ($4) or ice skate ($6) every night this weekend or select nights until Dec. 30.

2. Lucero Family Christmas, Minglewood Hall, Friday, doors at 7 p.m., $24, all ages
Join the Lucero family for their annual Christmas party at Minglewood Hall. The band will be joined by Mighty Souls Brass Band. $1 of the show's proceeds will benefit a local charity.

3. House Happening 2, Woodruff-Fontaine House, Friday – Sunday, $25, all ages
This weekend, Project Motion Modern Dance Collective is taking over the Woodruff-Fontaine House in Victorian Village. Each room will have a different kind of holiday-inspired performance. Shows are Friday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (9:30 one is PWYC), Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m..

4. Home for the Holidays, Cannon Center, Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $15 and up/$5 for students, all ages/kid-friendly
This year, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra is included Hollywood holiday favorites (The Grinch, Rudolph, and yes, Frozen) into their annual traditional holiday performance. This might be a good opportunity to introduce the kids to classical music. If you want a pair of free tickets, leave me a comment on this post by 2 p.m.

5. Ugly Sweater Run, Shelby Farms Park, Sunday, 3 p.m., $30/$40 day of race if available, all ages/kid-friendly
Don you now your worst holiday apparel and join your fellow jingle-belled runners and walkers at Shelby Farms for the "merriest 5K". You can burn off the calories of the hot chocolate, beer, or hard cider at the finish line.

Don't forget to leave me a comment if you want to go to the Symphony on Saturday. I'll do the drawing at 2 p.m. today. 

A few other notes about this weekend: Choose 901 and Grizzlies bloggers 3 Shades of Blue will host a Grizzlies Watch Party on Sunday afternoon and the Dixon will host holiday music in the galleries on Sunday. Also, you only have a few more days to check out most of the ongoing events like Snowy Nights, Starry Nights, and Zoo Lights, so check out those and others on the Holiday Events Guide. Or make your plans for New Year's Eve next week on the NYE Guide here.

Another note: On Monday, the Memphis Tigers AAC Champions will take on BYU in the Miami Beach Bowl in Miami. If you can't head down to south Florida, you can still support the team by heading to Brookhaven Pub in East Memphis for the official Watch Party on Monday at 1 p.m.

Have a great weekend and tag your photos #ilovememphis for a chance to appear on the blog! If you don't alreayd, follow me on Instagram. I've been doing a "photo of the day" series with Memphis holiday decor all month that you might like if you want to get in the holiday spirit.

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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  1. Angela Davidson says:

    My teenager might grumble the whole way there but I think he would love it once they start playing…….pleaseeeee let me torture my kiddo with Memphis Symphony Christmas Concert tickets!! πŸ™‚


  2. Rachel says:

    I would love to go to the MSO concert! I love them!!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway! 

  3. Shari Webbe says:

    Jonesboro Arkansas loves Memphis Symphony Orchestra!

  4. Charmaine Conner says:

    I want to go to the concert!!! 

  5. Jessie Fulks says:

    My folks are in town for Xmas, and I'm sure my dad – who raised me as a classical music buff – would love to take his 6-y-o grandson to the MSO!! Time to raise another generation to appreciate the classic classics ^_^

  6. Carmen says:

    We would LOVE to go "Home for the Holidays" with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra!! Thank you for the opportunity!

  7. jason says:

    I haven't been to the symphony in a long time. It'd be fun to see one again!

  8. Stacie says:

    Pick me, pick me!

  9. Michael says:

    I would love to go to the Orchestra's performance. It'd be another Memphis first for me. 

  10. Sharon fisher Ellis says:

    Please pick me! I love MSO!

  11. Faith says:

    I'm "Home for the Holidays" for the first time in 2 years after living in China. I'd love to go and see our wonderful Orchestra perform! 

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  13. tiffany nason says:

    Would love a pair of tickets to the  Memphis Symphony Orchestra on Sat evening. Its my husband and 'Is anniversary and we will be childless for the evening but we have no plans

  14. Erika Roberts says:

    I would love tickets to the Cannon Center!

  15. Brian Dickerson says:

    My bassoon playing daughter would LOVE tickets!

  16. Andy says:

    Hey! I’d love to go to tomorrow’s show! My friend and coworker will be singing, and I’d like to be able to cheer her on! Thanks for doing a great job with the blog. It’s a real resource, especially to those of us who are recent transplants.

  17. Jason says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win tickets to the symphony performance!

  18. Julie says:

    Memphis Symphony is SO MEMPHIS!!  I SO want to go to the Home for the Holidays concert on saturday. Please pick me!!!

  19. Melody Lynn Smith says:

    We're new to Memphis,  so we went to the Nutcracker at the Orphium Friday night to check it out. I'm hooked! The symphony was amazing and we would love to hear them again. Merry Christmas!

  20. Chris says:

    I would love to go listen to the Symphony.  Thank you for giving away the free tickets.

  21. Leah Nichols says:

    Would love to introduce my kids to this experience!! And I would thoroughly enjoy it myself. 


  22. Max says:

    I would love MSO tickets!!

  23. Tammy Bright says:

    Would love to take my husband to the Symphony to celebrate!  We both had birthdays this week!

  24. Chaney says:


  25. Matt says:

    Symphony tix would be great.

  26. Melanie Hall says:

    Would love to win the Symphony tickets. It would be a great experience. Thanks fo the chance to win.

  27. Tammy Barham says:

    I want to go!  I usually see the Symphony every year when they come to Dyersburg.  They are not doing the concert this year and I need to get my Christmas Memphis Symphony fix.  Please…

  28. FAye says:

    I want to hear the symphony PLEASE! What a treat tgat would be!!!! I will take either tone just so I could go!!!

  29. Stephanie says:

    I would love to go to listen to the symphony! Never been and always wanted to go! Pick me!!

  30. Elizabeth Colhoun says:

    Christmas is the best time of year. It's a time to spend with friends and family. Christmas is not about the monetary gifts, but about memories made. Home for the Holiday's would be the Perfect Memory to share with my loved ones. This year I am greatful for my health and my families health. As a St. Jude Volunteer I can tell you first hand how precious this Gift is! Happy Holiday's #38104

  31. Dez Spellings says:

    Symphony tix, por favor!

  32. Anita says:

    Would love to hear the symphony. This would be perfect to take my niece!

  33. Elizabeth Colhoun says:

    Solstice Party, Saturday, Dec. 20 from 6-9 pm


    Join us at the Market on Sat., Dec. 20 from 6-9 pm for our second annual market celebration! Music will be provided by D.J. Witnesse. Refreshments and libations will be available. (1501 Union Ave., Memphis, TN 38104)

  34. Sheree says:

    I’m going to be an empty nester soon and this may be our last Christmas as a family. Tickets to the symphony’s holiday show would truly brighten our season!

  35. Chelsea T says:

    Oh count me, count me I will love to win!!!

  36. Justine says:

    This holiday season has been a mixed bag for my family and we're more thankful than ever for one another!

     These concert tickets would definitely brighten up our lives. 


  37. Kaitlin Edwards says:

    Please send me! my long distance person is coming to see me this weekend, and it would be such a treat.

  38. jen says:

    ********** I WOULD LOVE LOVE LOVE TO GO!**********************

  39. rena chiozza says:

    One of my favorite events in Memphis during the holiday Season!

  40. Megan says:

    Please please! I want to surprise my soon-to-be in laws with them

  41. Spike Chagolla says:

    Hey love what you guys put together love finding other things to go to that are not in my circle of places that I normally visit with that being said would love a chance to see Memphis Symphony Orchestra please Merry Christmas and one love!

  42. Jen Tyler says:

    Nothing says holiday spirit like hearing great Christmas music!! Would love the tickets to the show! 

  43. Rui Lou says:

    I would love to go !!! I am from Japan and new here in Memphis. I am looking for something awesome πŸ˜€

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