Get a Jump Start on Christmas This Weekend


Thanksgiving is over, and though you'll likely be knee-deep in leftovers for the next few days, wade free of the mashed potatoes and hit up some early holiday events this weekend.

It may not be the Macy's Day Parade, but the annual Memphis Holiday Parade promises local marching bands and Christmas floats.On the Friday after Thanksgiving, it's the perfect kick-start for the hectic shopping days ahead. The parade begins at 5 p.m. in the South Main Arts District.

Don't limit your holiday giving to friends and family. Donate a bag of socks to the homeless at the Old Fashioned Sock Hop at Earnestine & Hazel's on Friday night. For your donation, you'll gain entry to a traditional "sock hop" party with live music and dancing. And you can rest easy knowing your holiday gift-giving has already begun. The party starts at 8 p.m. Socks will be dispersed to the homeless through Calvary Street Ministry.

Stock up on local art for holiday gifts at Lulalyn's Santa Showcase on Saturday night from 5 to 9 p.m. The tax-free art sale features work by Cathy Burge, Paul Clements, Kevin Mitchell, and others.

If you have room left in your belly after days of eating Thanksgiving leftovers, dine at Majestic Grille during their weekly "Sunday Supper & a Movie" promotion. Each week, they'll serve a special holiday menu and screen a Christmas film. Miracle on 34th Street begins at 6:30 p.m. this Sunday.

For more weekend fun, check out the Flyer's online calendar.

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