5 Things To Do This Weekend: 12/2 – 12/4

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 2nd 2016 6617 0

This gorgeous photo of Collierville Towne Square's Christmas tree was taken by my fellow U of Memphis alumni, Ben Hampton. Used with permission.

This gorgeous photo of Collierville Towne Square’s Christmas tree was taken by my fellow U of Memphis alumni, Ben Hampton. Used with permission.

Happy Friday, Memphis! Before I get to your weekend guide, here are a few announcements:

– Here’s a list of discounts, deals, and freebies for St. Jude Marathon runners.

– Come to the Cheering Section on Saturday morning! We’ll be out there from 10:15 a.m. until about 2 p.m. The St. Jude Marathon runners are counting on us. Don’t believe me? Check out the testimonials in this post.

– Next Tuesday, join me, Volunteer Odyssey, for a special happy hour Volunteer Pop-Up Party at 101 Main Street. Read more here.

– I Love Memphis finally sells t-shirts online. Check out shop.ilovememphisblog.com.

And now, here’s are the five things you won’t want to miss this weekend, plus plenty of extras.

1. Soulsville USA Christmas Bazaar, 9 McLemore, Friday and Saturday, free, all ages/kid-friendly
Support the Soulsville USA neighborhood by attending their inaugural Christmas Bazaar this Friday night (3 p.m. – 9 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Shop with neighborhood businesses, enjoy local music and food, and take photos with black Santa.

2. A Bunch Of Holiday Markets, All Over Memphis, All Weekend,All Ages
In addition to the Soulsville Bazaar, if you want to shop local for your holiday gifts, this weekend is a big one to get it done. Check out First Fridays on Broad (Fri. 4-8), – Southern Junkers Vintage Market (Friday – Saturday), Agricenter’s Christmas Craft Store (Sat. 8 – 5),  Shop Small Saturday with Pretty Useful Co. at Ghost River Brewing (Sat. 1 – 4), Choose 901’s Pop Up Shop at Clayborn Temple (Friday 3-7, Sat. 1-7), Holiday Open House at the Metal Museum (Sunday, noon -5). Got more? Add ’em in the comments.

3. St. Jude Marathon and Cheering Section, Midtown & Downtown, Saturday, all morning, all ages
Saturday is the St. Jude Marathon! If you’re not running, join me at Mile 22 to be part of the I Love Memphis Cheering section. We’ll some snacks, some signs, and other cheering supplies, but feel free to bring your own. 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. Check out this schedule for the other parades in town going on this weekend.

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.

Ongoing holiday events

Zoo Lights at the Memphis Zoo

Enchanted Forest at the Pink Palace

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! at Circuit Playhouse

Santaland Diaries at Circuit Playhouse

Peter Pan at Playhouse on the Square

– Starry Nights at Shelby Farms



– Dodici, Bari’s new upstairs artisan cocktail bar, opens this weekend. The twelve-seat bar serves unique cocktails and delicious rare cheeses and prosciuttos. It opens at 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. You can bet I’ll be there to check it out soon. Read more here.

First Friday Victorian Yuletide Open House at Woodruff-Fontaine House

PB and Jammies Holiday Sing-Along at GPAC

Impossible Language poetry series at Storybooth

Haunted Pub Crawl downtown


Agricenter Farmer’s Market Christmas Craft Show

Breakfast With Santa at The Brunswick Kitchen

Timeless Holiday at Morton Museum of Collierville

Family Studio at the Dixon

– 9th Annual Frayser Raleigh Holiday Parade

Germantown 175th Anniversary Photo Exhibit

Nick Canterucci: Avignon Exhibit opening at Crosstown Arts

An Evening With Joe Leathers at South Main Sounds

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at the New Daisy

Santa Claus Presents: Hip Hop for a Good Cause at Newby’s


Holiday Open House at the Metal Museum

– Magic of Memphis Holiday Spectacular at the Cannon Center

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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