Today, see paintings, portraits, drawings and giclees during the Christmas Open House from noon-6 p.m. at Sanders McNeal Studio and Gallery (Dickies Building, 736 S. President St., second floor). Also open Dec. 15 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The event is free; call 601-960-0484. ... The Farish Street/Main Street Project hosts their sixth annual tree lighting ceremony at 4 p.m. at Farish Street Park (Farish and Hamilton streets). See the Christmas tree display through Jan. 3. The event is free; call 601-941-3230 or 202-256-6021. ... Ballet Magnificat! presents "Snow Queen" at 7 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. Encores Dec. 15 at 3 p.m and Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. $15-$40; call 601-977-1001. ... The Mississippi Jazz Foundation's annual concert A Night of Musical Artistry is at 7 p.m. at Alamo Theater. Actor Palmer Williams ("House of Payne") is the host, and Jeff Bradshaw and Michael Burton perform. Tickets are $35 or $20 for students; call 601-594-2314 or 800-745-3000. Need more options? See our Best Bets.
On Saturday, the Lucky Town Brewing Release Party is at 6:30 p.m. at Underground 119. The event is for ages 21 and up. "Braille Blues Daddy" Bryan Lee performs at 9 p.m. Bring toy donations worth at least $10 for Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital for a free pint. No cover before 8 p.m.; for information visit luckytownbrewing.com. ... The Mississippi Community Symphonic Band and the Mississippi Swing perform at the Gala Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). The event is free; call 601-605-2786. ... From Heaven on High: Festive Music for Christmas is at 8 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church (5301 Old Canton Road). Performers include the Mississippi Chorus, the Mississippi Girlchoir, members of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Chorus Chamber Singers. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and $5 for students with ID (sold at the door); call 601-278-3351. ... Kristy Lee and Seein' Red perform at 8 p.m. at ToMara's. Admission is $20; call 800-745-3000. ... The concert "Cro, the Places You'll Go" is at 8:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. The Bailey Brothers, the Church Keys and Archtops perform in honor of Church Keys drummer Chris Crothers, who is moving away. Cocktails at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door; call 601-292-7121. ... Nameless Open-mic is at 9 p.m. at Suite 106. $5, $3 to perform; call 601-720-4640. For more events, check out the JFP Events Calendar.
On Sunday, The play "A Christmas Memory" ends its run at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) with a 2 p.m. show. Bring in-kind donations for CARA or Toys for Tots. Tickets are $25, $22 for seniors and students, $18 for children 12 and under and $75 for a family pack; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222. ... Cade Chapel's Christmas Cantata is at 4 p.m. at New Horizon Church International (1770 Ellis Ave.). The event is free; call 601-366-5463. Also, be sure to take some time to support a local restaurant such as Bon Ami, Two Sisters Kitchen, Julep, Cool Al's, or Cerami's. If you want more dining options, see JFP Restaurant Listings and the Menu Guide.
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