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Letter from the editor | December 2018

Emily Adams Keplinger


Christmas in Memphis offers much to see and do. The recent chill in the air makes everything feel more magical. So grab your coat, scarf and mittens and head out to enjoy the sights and sounds of this holiday season.

Located inside the Pink Palace Museum, you can walk through a wintery wonderland while taking a peek at the antics of the animated critters of The Enchanted Forest. While there be sure to see the display of gingerbread creations that competed for honors in this year’s Gingerbread Village, and well as the Festival of Trees decorated by groups and individuals. Santa is available to hear Christmas wishes, too. And mark your calendar for Dec. 8 for the Grand Reopening of the mansion.

Proceeds from the Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees benefit Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. For more information, call the Pink Palace Museum at 901-636-2362 or visit memphismuseums.org/museum-visitor_information/.

Several other holiday traditions in which you can participate while also lending support to area nonprofit agencies, include Salvation Army Angel Trees and Red Kettle Bell Ringers, and Porter Leath Toys for Tots.

Experience the magic of the holidays with a drive through Shelby Farms Park to experience Starry Nights, presented by International Paper. There’s lot to do including the new Lights by the Lake walking path, the Candy Cane Train, a special Build-A-Bear Workshop, a visit with Santa, carriage rides and hayrides, as well as camel rides and pony rides and the critters at the Petting Zoo, holiday shopping and more. 

Starry Nights is the largest annual fundraiser for Shelby Farms Park. Visit www.shelbyfarmspark.org/starry-nights for more details including discounts and specially themed nights when Starry Nights will be closed to cars (Dec. 3 - Run, Walk, Bike and Dec. 10. - Walkin + Woofin when you can bring your four-legged friends).

Throughout December you can also get that holiday feeling at Holiday Wonders on select nights at the Memphis Botanic Garden (www.memphisbotanicgarden.com/Wonders) which includes Snowy Nights, Trees Alight, Under the Stars, and the City of Memphis Christmas Tree.

The Woodruff-Fontaine House, 680 Adams Avenue, invites the public to an Open House on Dec. 7, from 5 - 8 p.m., to see the Victorian splendor of their holiday displays. Step back in time as you tour all three floors and enjoy holiday refreshments. Go to www.woodruff-fontaine.org/events/ to see a complete listing of the house museum’s events that help make this season merry and bright.

From all of us at RSVP Magazine to all of you - Happy Holidays!