by mphsglo on 21/11/08 at 2:12 am
This article highlights a few family events in and around the Memphis area that are free to attend.
During this holiday season, it is particularly important to families to find economical activities which will satisfy each and every member. Whether you are entertaining your children or out of town guests, you will enjoy these FREE festive events:
Friday, November 21
The Downtown Holiday Winter Lights Committee will flip the switch on Main Street and Court Square on Friday, November 21, 2008 at 5:00pm. You can park your car at the North End Terminal and take the trolley down Main Street to view the lights and decorations, then, stop at Court Square for caroling and hot cocoa. Don’t forget to dress warmly for this outdoor event. FREE to attend.
Friday, November 28
Another must-see event Downtown will be Memphis’ Annual Holiday Parade on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 28, 2008. The Parade will take place on South Main beginning at 5 pm and will march north on Main Street from St. Paul to Huling. Come out and join families from Memphis and the surrounding areas; cheer on marching bands, entertainers and local celebrities. You will want to bundle up and cuddle up for these festivities. FREE to attend.
On the same day, you will want to get to South Main early for shopping and enjoy various in-store activities, sponsored by the district’s merchants, for your family, which will include face painting and magic shows. During this time FM100 and WRVR 104.5 The River will have their Make-A-Wish fundraiser. FREE to attend.
Trolley services will be suspended to the South Main area from 3 to 7 pm, but, MATA is offering 25 cent shuttles from Main Street at Peabody Place to the South Main Arts District. But, you will want to stick around for the South Main Trolley Jolly Night, to enjoy music, entertainment, and egg nog as holiday parties line Main Street.
Wednesday, December 3
On Wednesday, December 3, you will want to head to University of Memphis, as the Rudi Scheidt School of Music celebrates the holiday season with it’s annual holiday concert. Performances will be given by ensembles and soloists from throughout the School of Music. This event will start at 12:30 pm in the Harris Music Building, located on 3775 Central Avenue. Ample parking is available across from the UofM campus on Central. FREE to attend.
Sunday, December 7
The Bartlett Area Chorus will present a FREE concert of Christmas and holiday music in the banquet hall of the Bartlett Station Municipal Center (new Bartlett library). Bring the family out on Sunday, December 7th, at 3:00 pm. Get in the mood for the holidays as this ensemble of 30+ voices sings music old and new, traditional and contemporary. The featured guest singers will be the Honors Chorale from Shadowlawn Middle School. The Bartlett Station Municipal Center is located at 5868 Stage Road in Bartlett, Tennessee. Parking is plentiful and free. FREE to attend.
Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14
Germantown Baptist Church will host a three day event to celebrate the Christmas and holiday season; beginning on Friday, December 12 at 6 pm. Everyone in the family will want to come enjoy a wide range of festivities throughout the campus, which will include, a program by the Germantown Baptist Church Choir and Orchestra. The children will particularly enjoy the Living Nativity and Bethlehem Village. Parking is available on the church parking lot. Germantown Baptist Church is locate at 9450 Poplar Avenue in Germantown, Tennessee. Coming from the Memphis area just travel east on Poplar Avenue. FREE to attend.
Sunday, December 14
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will present a festival of Lights from 4 – 6 pm. There will be something for the whole family during this annual celebration of the holiday season. You and the children can take a carriage ride throughout Overton Park, take pictures with Santa, create your own masterpieces and munch on a variety of sweets. The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is located in Overton Park. You can access the parking lots from Poplar Avenue and East Parkway. FREE to attend.
Breath of Life Christian Center will present an evening of celebration with a Christmas play from 6 pm – 8 pm. Breath of Life is located at 3795 Frayser-Raleigh Road in Memphis. Plenty of parking is available on the church’s lot. FREE to attend.
Whether you are riding upon carriage or lifting your voice in song; these events will be unforgettable to you and your loved ones. You can find more festive events and activities to help celebrate the holidays at the ArtsMemphis website.