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The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Events In Memphis 2018

Photo: Kate Lareau

Photo: Kate Lareau

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. We’ve got suggestions on where to see Santa, where to see Christmas lights, where to get Christmas Trees, what restaurants are open on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, holiday markets, and holiday events. Got an event to add? Submit it here.

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Zoo Lights, Photo by Lauren Berry

Ongoing Light Displays:

  • Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park – 11/22 through 12/28
    • Closed on Monday, November 26
    • Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 6pm-9pm | Friday-Saturday: 6pm-10pm
    • Cost: $20 per car | $50 per van | $150 per bus
    • Special Theme Nights:
      • November 29: Tacky Sweater Night ($5 off)
      • December 3: Run Walk Bike ($5 per person); Starry Nights closed to cars
      • December 6: Decorate Your Car Night ($5 off)
      • December 6:  Member Night (Free Petting Zoo entry + free s’more kit.  Must show Member ID)
      • December 10: Walkin + Woofin ($5 per person; free for four-legged friends!): Starry Nights closed to cars
      • December 13: Scout Night ($5 off)
    • Get tickets online
  • Zoo Lights at the Memphis Zoo – 11/16 through 12/30
    • Open select nights from November 16th through December 30th, 5:30pm to 9:30pm
    • Snow is back at this year’s SunTrust Zoo Lights! You’ll see snow in the Courtyard, 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.
    • Things to know:
      • Zoo Lights are open at 5:30pm on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
      • Zoo Lights admission is $7/members, $9/nonmembers, children under 2 are free
      • Ice skating is $6/person
      • Ferris wheel is $5/persion
      • Annual tree lighting ceremony is 11/18 (time TBA)
      • Get tickets online
  • Holiday Wonders at the Memphis Botanic Garden – 11/23 through 12/31
    • Holiday Wonders at the Garden runs on select nights through December 31st featuring three distinct areas, each with a different theme but all catering to families, couples and groups.
      • Snowy Nights: Snowy Nights is the outdoor, interactive, family oriented venue. It is a continuation of the popular Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard.
      • Trees Alight: Trees Alight is sure to become a community favorite and features the City of Memphis Christmas Tree as well as a spectacular nightly LED light show. It will be located in the Conifer Garden.
      • Under the Stars Outdoor Lounge: This is a cozy location filled with welcoming couches, fire tables and holiday spirits. The lounge will be located in the heart of Holiday Wonders at the Garden and will have easy access to Trees Alight and Snowy Nights. Concessions and adult beverages will be a step away.
      • Tickets go on sale 11/12.
  • Enchanted Forest: Festival of Trees at Pink Palace – 11/17 through 12/31
    • The Enchanted Forest is a magical experience full of delightful animated characters.  Elves are busy making toys while penguins, bears and mice play in the snow.  A model train winds its way around a miniature snow-covered village while the nearby Gingerbread Village smells delightful! Thousands of twinkling lights shine from dozens of beautifully-decorated trees lining the mezzanine.  Area businesses, churches and other volunteers have decorated the trees, which are sponsored by local corporations and individuals, and you’re sure to find a favorite.
      • Hours:
        • Monday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm
        • Sunday 12 noon – 5pm
        • Extended Hours Friday nights 9am to 9pm
        • Last ticket sales 30 minutes before closing.
        • Cost:
          • Admission to the Enchanted Forest does not include regular Museum admission.
          • Adults: $6
          • Children/Seniors: $5
      • Special events:
        • Pictures with Santa: November 17  –  December 24
        • Enchanted Forest Fridays with extended hours: 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21 – 9am to 9pm
  • 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 –  Donations welcome
    • 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 through 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.

Check out these areas to hang out, eat, walk, and shop while checking out the lights:

Photo: @chesneajean on Instagram

Find a Christmas Tree:

  • The Agricenter– 7777 Walnut Grove Rd. Memphis, TN 38120 (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– 2400 Poplar Ave, Memphis TN 38112  (precut trees)
  • Priddy Farms – 4595 N Germantown Rd (cut your own)
  • Christmas Tree House – 806 Wolf River Blvd., Collierville, TN 38017 (precut trees) (Opens 11/21) Will also have hayrides, Christmas carols, hot cocoa, apple cider, crafts, bounce houses and opportunities for pictures. 
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Photo: Peabody Memphis

Tree Lighting Ceremonies:

See Santa:

Family Friendly Holiday Shows & Events:

Upcoming Holiday Events

Holiday Markets:


Ways to Give Back:

Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day:

Restaurants Open Christmas Day:

Celebrate Chanukah:

Celebrate Kwanzaa:

Looking for New Year’s Eve celebrations? Go here.

We will be updating this list so please submit your holiday events for consideration.

See more upcoming events here.

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