5 Things To Do This Weekend: 12/18 – 12/20

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 17th 2020 930 0

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas, everybody! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend.

But first, a special announcement:

Tune in to a special two-part edition of the I Love Memphis Podcast—Cerrito and I are bringing the show out of hibernation for two episodes, a 2020 Recap: Some Good Things Happened on 12/17 at 3 p.m. and 2021 Preview: All Hope Is Not Lost on 12/18 at 3 p.m. 

We’ll be streaming our chat live on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter—follow Cerrito Entertainment on those platforms or I Love Memphis on Twitter, plus I’ll be share the audio through the ILM Podcast feed and on the blog next week!

Memphis Zoo Lights – limited tickets so get yours ahead of time!

Also, be sure you didn’t miss anything on the blog this lately:
Guide to What’s Open on Christmas and Christmas Eve 
Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria Is Open!
A List of Heated Patios
Christmas at the Pyramid: Need a Holiday Staycation?

OK, here’s your weekend guide:

1. Winter Wonderland, CMOM, through January 3, included in admission fee, all ages/ kid-friendly
The Children’s Museum of Memphis is offering some special holiday fun this year with their new “Winter Wonderland” activities, including trees, lights, crafts, performers, and photo opps. It opened this week for the first time and is open every day but Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out the full schedule of crafts, story times, activities, projects, food trucks, and performances.

2. Overton Square Outdoor Holiday Movies, Friday, 7 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Bundle up, get you some food to-go from an Overton Square restaurant, and settle in for a free outdoor movie in Chimes Square. This week, it’s the Christmas tearjerker classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Also, on Sunday they’re gonna have some fake snow falling in the Square from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. for all of your IG needs!

3. Shop Local! There’s still time!
If you want something shipped, forget it, but you can still shop local through curbside pickup, socially-distanced and masked local shopping, and artist’s markets, including the Memphis Arts Collective, the Pink Palace Crafts Fair Pop-Up Shop, and the Starving Artist market this Sat. and Sun. Don’t forget about gift cards from local restaurants and businesses!
Here are some more resources:
Shop Local Online Guide
Holiday Markets Guide

4. Shop With Santa, AutoZone Park, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., free to enter, all ages/kid-friendly
If you’ve been missing the Redbirds, this Saturday is your chance to hang out at the ballpark and shop for unique and one-of-a-kind items like jerseys (including special edition and holiday ones), autographed balls, discontinued giveaway items (now for sale), bobbleheads, merch, and more. Plus, Santa will be there in a snow globe from 9 a.m. to noon for photos with the kids. details.

5. Drive-Thru Caroling, Opera Memphis, Sunday, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., donations encouraged, all ages/kid-friendly
Who hasn’t had their spirits lifted by Opera Memphis during this stupid year? They’ve been doing drive-by shows, reverse parades, hilarious videos, and the greatest thing I’ve ever seen…and they’re offering their talents yet again this Sunday for an afternoon of four-part carol singing from their singers. Drive up (their office is at 6745 Wolf Rive Blvd.) and enjoy the music. Donations will benefit the Artist Relief Fund at Music Export Memphis.

Plus a few more ideas…

Santa’s Wonderland at the Bass Pro Pyramid — through December 24

Winter Wonderland at the Children’s Museum of Memphis – through January 3
CMOM, but make it Christmas. Check out the full schedule of crafts, story times, activities, projects, food trucks, and performances.

Wonderland Memphis – ongoing
Interactive Photo Experience at the Carriage Crossing in Collierville is multiple rooms with 15 festive backdrops and fun. Details.

Zoo Lights – select nights through January 3
Holiday lights at the Zoo! A Ferris Wheel! Entertainment! Buy tickets in advance for a specific night.

Enchanted Forest at the Pink Palace – through December 31
Vintage holiday display, photos with Santa, and a bunch of beautifully decorated unique trees. Advance tickets for timed entry.

Downtown Holiday Tree – ongoing
See the big holiday tree at the corner of Peabody Place and Main Street.

Holiday Wonders at Botanic Garden – select nights through December 27
Holiday lights, display, and a big ol’ tree. You can reserve your timed-entry tickets online.

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms – select nights through January 3
Drive through two miles of all-new light displays. Advanced tickets, date-specific.

Oak Court Mall is hosting photos with Santa.

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