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25 Things to do in Memphis in December


Photo: John Carroll

The halls aren’t the only thing getting decked this time of year! As the end of year nears, fun events and cool happenings deck out the city of Memphis! Check out this list for all the awesome things happening around Memphis in December:

More than 1.5 million lights illuminate the night sky in the largest holiday light show and festival in the Mid-South. In addition to Mistletoe Village, performances, and ice sculpting.

Broadway’s feel-amazing musical comedy smash in Memphis

The guys of NCM Rifftrax Live as they critique “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”! In the movie, the Martians kidnap Santa because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents.

New Ballet Ensemble & School, a nonprofit organization providing children throughout Memphis and surrounding areas with access to professional dance training, will present its tenth Nut ReMix.

A family holiday tradition, brought to you by Theatre Memphis.

Holiday tree lighting, free photo with Santa by Lasting Expressions, Reindeer Stampede fun run, sewing crafts, pop up shops, and much more from the Overton Square family.

Toys for Tots Benefit Concert starring Alexis Grace. Joyce Peterson and Cameron Harper of ABC Local24 and CW30, Rocky the Redbird, and the United States Marine Corps Color Guard will be special guests.

Includes Christmas carols from around the world by noted composers including John Rutter, Mack Wilberg and Norman Luboff; and secular classics including “White Christmas.”

Hosted by Visible Music College, the program will feature plenty of fanfare to match the occasion: special guests include the Neighborhood Christian Center’s children’s choir and Sarah Simmons, former Visible Music College student and finalist on NBC’s The Voice.

All ages welcome and doors at 7:30, Alex da Ponte and the boys will play at 8pm at the Hi- Tone; and the Yarn will follow.

Christmas concert featuring John Angotti.

Build a memory with your family while assembling and decorating a yummy gingerbread house. There will also be a special visit from Santa and the Gingerbread Man.

Eat Brunch and take pictures with Santa; and bring your Christmas list

Enjoy a delicious warm breakfast, elf-themed crafts, live animals, wagon rides, and live music at the Memphis Botanic Gardens

  • Stumbling Santa Pub Crawl, Flying Saucer (and other downtown bars), Dec. 7, 7 p.m

Join hundreds of Santas as they stumble from the Flying Saucer to the bars on Beale, spreading holiday cheer along the way. Admission is a donation of a toy (no stuffed animals, please) for Porter-Leath that will be accepted at the Flying Saucer.

A collection of comedic short films from Corduroy Wednesday FIlm Company and G.B. Shannon. A Pay-What-You-Will event, the filmmakers are raising funds to pay submission fees to film festivals around the world as Songs in the Key of Death begins its festival run.

Celebrate the magic of the season with themed crafts and games! Santa and Rudolph will be on site with giveaways for the children

“Named one of the 10 best albums of the decade, “Behold the Lamb of God” is a collection of songs about Jesus.

Create ornaments, play dreidel games, see Santa Claus, hear winter stories told by the Memphis Public Library Children’s Department, enjoy a concert by the Navy Band Mid-South, see Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas Screening. There will be lots of outdoor fun including horse-drawn carriages ($15 per ride), food trucks providing hot chocolate and other foods available for sale.

Now in its 15th season, the Peabody Award-winning show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! will tape at the Orpheum Theatre for broadcast.

Johnny Mathis is a Grammy award winning singer songwriter. Presenting an enchanting evening of romantic ballads, Johnny Mathis will celebrate the holiday season with his greatest hits combined with familiar holiday tunes.

Play in the “snow,” sip hot cocoa or spiced tea, create a winter craft, and enjoy fun, games, and a musical light show on the Leaping Lawn.

For those little ones that can’t stay up until midnight, ring in the New Year at CMOM beginning at 10 am and ending with a balloon /candy drop at 12 noon.

The 34th annual FCA Prayer Breakfast will feature Bill Curry as the featured speaker and will be held at the Hilton Memphis hotel.

The theme for the night is Firsts. Story Slams consist of  true, unscripted stories told in front of a live audience in Memphis, Tennessee.

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