It's been awhile since I've done a $40 date, partially because we've been bad about sticking to a budget when going out but also because its been a lot of the same places visited. But with the holiday season I have a new idea for y'all!
A Memphis tradition is the Enchanted Forest. Many cities have a similar concept: festival of trees, winter wonderland . . . Basically a display of holiday decorated tree with the admission to benefit a local charity. For the past few years The Enchanted Forest has been held at The Pink Palace (sorry Lilly lovers, it's a museum). This year in addition to the daytime hours between Thanksgiving and New Year The Enchanted Forest is open until 9pm on Friday nights. So when I found myself too tired to attend a holiday party I figured this was the perfect low key activity.
Good luck with the small print, but some history on the event:
This year there is a nice display of trees, we looked at them all and then took some photos of our favorites.
The Pink Palace Tree:
Wizard of Oz by Seize the Clay:
The snowman tree was Shaun's favorite:
The one with crescent moons was mine, of course!
Please note I am we'll aware that I am awful at making a crescent with my arms and awesome at posing in a manner to make my big hips look even bigger. Yay me!
There were actually lots of nice trees we took pictures of but y'all need to pay the $6 and see it yourself, it's for charity y'all!
Along with the trees is a little winter wonderland display, it's old school but cute:
There's also a gingerbread house competition and the entries are on display:
At the end children can meet Santa and photo packages are available for purchase.
On our way out we saw the penguin pond
Each penguin represents a $50 donation, at the end of the display they are given to patients at LeBonheur.
To continue with our theme of seeing holiday trees and to make the evening more of a date we headed to The Peabody lobby to see their decorations and pose with the big tree.
Just the tree:
There was a lady playing Christmas Caroles on the piano and some people were singing along. I also like the people watching from the holiday party in the mezzanine ballroom, those people were having fun!
Per usual I had tea and Shaun the adult hot chocolate and we split a dessert. This brought the total to the night a little over $40 but hey, it was a holiday treat.
The Peabody also has a gingerbread display, it smelled soooo good!
This was the perfect way to enjoy some time relaxing among a season full of hustle and bustle. Both activities are great for families too, just make sure to order a kiddie hot chocolate!
I hope y'all are finding lots of ways to have fun this holiday season.