Christmas Day jumps starts the weekend. Show off some of Memphis' hot spots to visiting friends and family. Overton Square, South Main, and Beale Street businesses are throwing some Christmas parties for your amusement.
Lafayette's Music Room, 2119 Madison
Fri., Dec. 25, 6 p.m.
There are lots of Christmas eating and partying opportunities this holiday. Lafayette's is just one of many. Pre-game at home, then hit the streets and make some fun holiday memories—Memphis style.
Earnestine & Hazel's, 531 S. Main
Sat., Dec. 26, 6-8 p.m.
The holidays are all about giving. Combine your philanthropic endeavors with some fun at Party for the Hub. Wear your ugliest holiday sweater, cheer on the Grizzlies, and help someone in need. It will give you the warm and fuzzies—much like that ugly sweater.
Midtown Crossing Grille, 394 N. Watkins
Sat., Dec. 26, 8 p.m.
Traditionally, the day after Christmas is Boxing Day. Before you celebrate Cassius Clay, Joe Dempsey, or Sugar Ray Leonard, consider this: Boxing Day can be traced back to the Victorian era when churches often displayed a box into which their parishioners put donations. That's right, it's not about fighting. It's all about giving. And Andy Fleming and friends are giving you some laughs at a Boxing Day tradition. You can also jump in the ring for the holiday at Otherlands with the Jimmy Davis Annual Boxing Day Show.
Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central
Through Dec. 31
Parents are liars, pure and simple. When I was just a toddler in the early 70s, I happened to hear on the local news that the government was calling numbers for the draft. I was listening intently because I didn't want them to call my number. I didn't know you had to be 18, no one ever said that. All I heard is that if they pulled your number, you had to go fight. I was incredulous. I didn't want to leave my friends and family. I didn't even know how to fight. Would I be able to bring my baby dolls? It was very disturbing. I ran to my mom and said, "Do I really have to leave and go fight?" My mother said, "No, honey. You will never have to go. You have flat feet." My relief was enormous. My flat feet saved the day. Fast forward to my early 20s when I was seeing my doctor for a routine check-up. I was told I was fine. But I reminded my doctor that I had flat feet. To which he said, "You don't have flat feet." It was at that moment I knew my mother had lied. I started thinking of all the lies. The big one of course is when I reached that age when magic just wasn't logical and I wanted to test my theory by staying up to see if Santa was real. Mother said, "If you stay up and see him, you'll never get another present." Oh, I stayed up all night. Oh, I saw Santa. I received presents into my twenties from Santa. Even after I moved out on my own, I had to return Christmas morning to get my presents from Santa. Mother loved Christmas and it wasn't until she got the ultimate Christmas gift, grandchildren, that Santa stopped bringing my brothers and me presents. I just want to thank all the parents in world for being such great liars and extending the magic long past it's prime. Speaking of such, enjoy the magic of the season past Christmas Day. The Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees is still on display with many other seasonal events through the end of December.
The Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 4339 Park
Sundays, 2-4 p.m. Continues through Dec. 27
This is the last weekend for gallery music at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Enjoy the art and sounds at one of our most celebrated museums. Happy Holidays!
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.