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The Memphis Holiday Fun for Everyone Guide 2016

Photo: Bill Simmers

Featured image: Bill Simmers

It’s never too early to start planning your holiday adventures in Memphis! Grab a coffee or hot chocolate and make plans with our handy guide below.

starry nights at shelby farms park in memphis

Photo: Steven Ward

Ongoing Light Displays:

  • Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park
    • November 18th – December 27th
    • With more than 1.5 million lights illuminating the night sky, this is the largest annual drive-through holiday light show and festival in the Mid-South. This year, International Paper Starry Nights features a completely new light show that celebrates some of the most iconic places in Memphis, as well as versions of your family favorites.
    • Cost:
      • $20 for car, truck or minivan
      • $50 for limo or 15 passenger van
      • $150 for charter or school bus
  • Zoo Lights
    • Opens November 18th (select nights)
    • Snow is back at this year’s SunTrust Zoo Lights! You’ll see snow in the Courtyard, an all-new ride, the return of the 90-foot LED Ferris wheel, see Santa in his shop, go ice-skating, see live reindeer, enjoy thousands of LED holiday lights and more.
    • Annual tree lighting ceremony is 11/18 (time TBA)
  • Snowy Nights at Memphis Botanic Garden 
    • Open nightly December 2 & 3, December 9 & 10, December 16-23 from 5:30-8:30pm
    • Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
    • Themed lighting along Playhouse Lane and a musical light show throughout My Big Backyard set the stage as you stroll in through “falling snow,” play in the giant Snow Globe, decorate icicle ornaments, search for hidden snowflakes in the Snowflake Forest, play Mitten Toss and Tic-Tac-Snow, and plug your own design into our Giant Light Bright! Don’t worry about a little chill in the air…you’ll keep toasty warm around campfire pits, perfect for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.
    • Cost:
      • MBG members $8
      • Non-members $10
      • Children under 2 are free
  • Enchanted Forest: Festival of Trees at Pink Palace
    • Festival of Trees: Beautiful trees decorated by professional designers, individuals and local organizations, sparkle on the mezzanine.
    • Santa lands Saturday, November 19 at 9 a.m.
    • Pictures with Santa: November 19  –  December 24 (Photo packages: $10 – $60)
    • Enchanted Forest Fridays: Dec. 2, 9, 16 & 23 9am to 9pm
    • Sign up to build a gingerbread house or decorate a tree!
  • Magic of the Holidays Display – Free
    • Every year you can experience 30,000 lights set to music at 6928 Briarhill Drive, in Bartlett.
    • Lights go up on Thanksgiving Day Night.
    • Go here for more info.
  • Bella’s Lights Display
    • Located at 4630 Alexander Rd in Olive Branch, Mississippi, Bella’s Lights is a computerized light show between the hours of 5:30pm to 10:30pm from Nov. 26 until Jan. 6.
    • Donations are welcome in the donation box, as it is to help raise money for several more post ops and checkups and to bring awareness to Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
  • Collierville Lighting Contest Winners
    • Follow the map for a route that leads you around Collierville to the nearly twenty of the best holiday light displays.
  • Downtown Memphis Holiday Storefront Map
  • Bartlett Holiday Lighting Contest
  • Griswold Family Christmas (Germantown contest winner for 2016)
  • Germantown Holiday Lighting Contest Entries
Photo: Amanda Hill

Photo: Amanda Hill

Find a Christmas Tree:

  • The Agricenter – 7777 Walnut Grove Rd. Memphis, TN 38120 (precut trees)
  • Lindenwood Christian Church – 2400 Union Avenue. Memphis, TN 38112  (precut trees)
  • Big Jim’s Christmas Tree – (precut trees)
  • Whole Foods – 5022 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38117  (precut trees)
  • Dan West Garden Center – 4763 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38117  (precut trees)
  • Midtown Nursery – (precut trees)
  • Priddy Farms – 4595 N Germantown Rd (cut your own)


See Santa:

Photo: John Carroll

Photo: John Carroll

Family Friendly Holiday Shows & Events:

Photo: @chesneajean on IG

Photo: @chesneajean on IG

Other Holiday Events:

memphis holiday christmas trolley

Photo: Kate Lareau

Holiday Markets & Gift Ideas:

Christmas Eve:

Christmas Day/Chanukah Events:

Celebrate Chanukah:

Celebrate Kwanzaa:

Photo: James Wessels

Photo: James Wessels

Events on New Year’s Eve:

We wanna see your holiday photos so tag them with #choose901 on Instagram and Twitter and you might just be featured on our blog or Instagram!

We will be updating this list so please send us your events to be included for consideration.

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