5 Things To Do This Weekend 11/29 – 12/1

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 29th 2013 958 0

Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving! Here are 5 Things to Do in Memphis this weekend. 

1. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Peabody Hotel, Friday, 11 a.m., free, all ages 

The Peabody kicks off the holiday season with the arrival of Santa Claus and the lighting of the Christmas tree. Local choirs perform holiday classics throughout the day, and the Peabody Pastry Team unveils their Christmas Village. 

2. Zoo Lights, Memphis Zoo, Friday and Saturday, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., $6 members/$8 non-members, all ages

Go to the Zoo to check out LED lighting displays, camel rides, Santa's reindeer, the Polar Express train and Santa Claus. You can see it all from a 90 ft. tall ferris wheel.

3. North Mississippi Allstars/Grifters shows, Minglewood Hall, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m./9 p.m., all ages/18+, $22/$10

The Number 3 Thing To Do is your two-for-one I Love Memphis Black Friday special: two legendary Memphis bands, two nights, one venue. Friday night is NMA's Thanksgiving show which I talked about here, and Saturday night is the Shangri-La Records Anniversary reunion show with Grifters which I talked about here

4. It's a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play, Dixon Gallery and Gardens Winegardner Auditorium, Friday – Sunday, 7 p.m., $30/$24 students and seniors, all ages

Back by popular demand, Tennessee Shakespeare Company brings this holiday classic for the entire family to the Dixon in this 1940s live radio play featuring the good-hearted George Bailey, Angel 2nd Class Clarence Oddbody, and lots of period jingles and music. The Sunday show is at 3 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.

5. Small Business Saturday, locally owned shops and businesses, Saturday, all day, all ages

Avoid the mall and do your holiday gift-buying at some neighborhood shops on Saturday instead. You'll find locally-owned businesses in Sanderlin, Laurelwood, Poplar Plaza, Chickasaw Oaks, Cooper Young, Overton Square, Broad Ave, South Main, and countless other neighborhoods.  

As always, there are plenty more events on the calendar and the Holiday Events Guide. This weekend, tag your Twitter and Instagram photos #ilovememphis and they might appear here later. 

(P.S. The new I Love Memphis Instagram account is @ilovememphisblog)

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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