5 Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend: 12/4 – 12/6

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 4th 2015 2068 0

Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a few extras. Don’t forget to check out the Holiday Events Guide and Holiday Shopping Guide for ongoing events and shopping ideas.


1. Toy Bash, Propcellar (2585 Summer Ave.), Friday, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m., $100 at the door + an unwrapped toy , 21 and up
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis believes that every child should be able to open at least one present during the holidays. Your attendance at the Toy Bash makes that happen.
The evening consists of live music and performances by the Memphis Soul Review, cocktails and tasting stations with savory food items, keepsakes from the Amurica photo booth, and an appearance by Santa and his elves.

2. Ballet Memphis’ The Nutcracker, The Orpheum Theatre, Friday – Sunday , $9.50 – $74.50, all ages/kid-friendly
More than 100 dancers with magical sets and costumes make up Ballet Memphis’ production of The Nutcracker.


3. St. Jude Marathon and Cheering Section, Downtown, Saturday, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., all ages
Saturday is the St. Jude Marathon! If you’re not running, join me at Mile 6 (on N. Parkway between N. Dunlap and Ayers) to be part of the I Love Memphis Cheering section. We’ll have coffee and donuts while they last starting at 8 a.m. until about 10 a.m. Check out the Facebook event for more info.

4. Memphis Christmas Parade, Beale Street, Saturday, 4 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
After the marathon traffic clears out, the Memphis Christmas Parade on Beale Street kicks off at 4 p.m. There will be marching bands, twirlers, vintage cars, and Kris Kringle is scheduled to make an appearance. Here are the other parades in town going on this weekend:

Collierville on Friday at 7 p.m.
Millington on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Olive Branch on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Arlington on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Bartlett on Saturday at 4 p.m.

5. Stumbling Santa Pub Crawl, Flying Saucer downtown, Saturday, 7 p.m., toys or cash donation for Porter-Leath, 21 and up
Don your festive best and join hundreds of Santas/Ms. Clauses/Elves as they stumble from the Flying Saucer to the bars of Beale, spreading holiday cheer along the way. Admission is a donation of a toy (no stuffed animals, please) or cash ($20+) for Porter-Leath that will be accepted at the Flying Saucer.

Here are a few more ideas:

Theatre Memphis’ A Christmas Carols opens on Friday and runs through Dec. 23. Peter Pan is at Playhouse on the Square on select days through Jan. 10.

Caritas Village hosts their holiday market on Friday and Saturday. Choose901 will have their Pop-Up Shop on Friday and Saturday at 409 S. Main. The Brooks Museum will host an artist’s holiday market on Sunday.

The Memphis Tigers men’s basketball team plays Southeast Missouri at FedExForum at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Levitt Shell celebrates a faux “snow day” with “sledding”, live music, food trucks, fireworks, and announcements about renovations to the outdoor venue. Things get started around 12:45 p.m. Click here for more details.

The Grizzlies play the Suns at 2:30 p.m. at FedExForum on Sunday.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to tag your photos #ilovememphis and they might show up on the blog. I’ll see some of you on Saturday at the marathon!

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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