The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 800 E. Parkway S.
Starts Dec. 11. Sundays, 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20
For one penny and up, the whole family can enjoy a night of music, dance, and entertainment at this seasonal pay-what-you-can event. On Saturday, a special Santa's workshop will offer pre-show entertainment including holiday themed crafts, Christmas carol sing-a-long, a visit with Elsa and Anna, and time to chat with Santa Claus. Santa's workshop is free, and might I suggest you consider the wonderful addition that Kroc Center has made to our community when paying for A Lifetime of Christmas performance. Other fun holiday happenings for the kids include Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard at Memphis Botanic Garden, Jammies and Jingles Breakfast at Children's Museum of Memphis, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe at Playhouse 51, Gift of the Magi at Kudzu Playhouse, Germantown Holiday Parade, and University District Tree Lighting.
Center for Southern Folklore, 123 S. Main
Sat., Dec. 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Center for Southern Folklore holds a special place in my heart. I have enjoyed events, music, and art in this wonderful place. I even was given the opportunity once to talk about the special history of Uptown, the oldest neighborhood in Memphis and onetime home of Joe Light the folk artist from Memphis—among others, during the Memphis Heritage Festival one year. So when I heard that they are offering hand-crafted items, folk art, and archival photographs, recordings, and videos, well, I just couldn't not let you in on the fun. One visit and the Center will hold a special place in your heart too. Some other this-weekend-only markets include Glitchmas Holiday Artist Market, Memphis Indie Holiday Market, Made In The Mid-South: A Winter Wonderland, Garden Path Studio Holiday Open House, Holiday Pop Up Shop, and Sunday Funday. Christmas in Collierville Home Tour will also feature a gift market at Morton Museum of Collierville History on Saturday.
Chez Philippe, The Peabody, 149 Union
Sat., Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m.
Anyone who can drink whatever they want and chooses Jack Daniel's is a friend of mine. In the case of Sinatra, it doesn't hurt that he was Italian and had a voice as smooth as our Tennessee whiskey. Chez Philippe will be celebrating with a four-course feast of some of Sinatra's favorite traditional Italian foods and Jack Daniel's. If your idea of celebrating the holidays involves spirits, just wanted to tip you off to another event on Saturday, The Twelve Tastes of Christmas at The Gallery at Madison Square. The twelve tastes of Christmas are apparently found in martinis with a Christmas theme, such as the Green Grinch martini. If food is your pleasure, add some cheese to your holiday at Hi-Tone's Grilled Cheese Festival on Sunday.
Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Dr.
Sun., Dec. 13, 2-4 p.m.
This is probably one of the coolest events in our city this weekend, a traveling exhibition with the results of a worldwide competition celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Gold Museum in Taiwan. This is the first year that the exhibition has come to the United States. And it is right here in our wonderful city hosted by the National Ornamental Metal Museum. Come and celebrate the results from the finest metal craft professionals worldwide in two categories: jewelry and objects. The curator talk by Tom Di Maria regarding the current exhibition of works on paper and video by 12 artists with mental, physical, and developmental disabilities, "Extra Celestial," at Crosstown Arts should also be interesting. "A Cast of Blues" at The Blues Foundation will be soulful. "Trophies Through the Lens: African Wildlife Safari Images 2015" features photographs by Jack Kenner and some of his students from recent safaris. A portion of the proceeds benefit wildlife preservation efforts in Africa. Finally, artists exhibiting in the current exhibition at Scottish Rite, "Circuitous Succession Epilogue II," will be on hand Saturday to talk about their work.
Second Presbyterian Church, 4055 Poplar
Sun., Dec. 13, 6-7 p.m.
If faith is the reason for your season, consider celebrating it with the music and vocal talent from some of our local churches. In addition to the Festival of Carols at Second Presbyterian Church you will find The Christmas Spectacular 2015 at Lindenwood Christian Church, The Stirring: A Soul Stirring Christmas at Hope Presbyterian, and the 20th Annual Charles Billings Christmas Concert at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church. Other holiday concerts this weekend include In the Christmas Spirit with the Maitre Ds at Stax Museum of American Soul Music on Friday, A Piano Christmas Concert at Beethoven Club on Friday and Saturday, Melinda Doolittle at Halloran Centre on Saturday, and Magic of Memphis Holiday Spectacular with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra at Cannon Center on Saturday. And don't forget to look to the sky on Sunday for a light show compliments of our universe, The Geminid Meteorite Shower. And thanks to our friends at Sharpe Planetarium for bringing it to our attention.
For a full list of what’s happening this weekend in and around Memphis, check out our calendar of events. Also, be sure to tag your favorite Instagram photos of Memphis while you are out and about with the #memphisflyer hashtag. I hope you have a great weekend.