2017 Memphis Holiday Event Guide: Parties, Shows, and Lights

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 16th 2017 2497 0

Happy Holidays! Here is a list of holiday and Christmas events in the Memphis area, including holiday parties, holiday shows and concerts, and ongoing holiday light displays.

This post is in two sections, so scroll accordingly.

  1. Ongoing Holiday Lights, Displays, and Events
  2. Holiday Shows, Parties, and Events

If you’re looking for a list of Mid-south Holiday & Christmas Parades, go here. If you’re looking for a list of holiday markets, go here.

Ongoing Memphis Holiday Lights, Displays, and Events

Santa’s Wonderland, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, November 11-December 24, free

Christmas at Graceland, November 16-January 8

Zoo Lights, November 17 – December 30, Select Nights, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. ($7-$9)

Holiday Wonders at Memphis Botanic Garden, November 24 – December 30, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., ($8-$12)

– Starry Nights at Shelby Farms, November 24 – December 29 ($15 +)]

Enchanted Forest Fridays at Pink Palace, December 1-22, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Holiday Shows, Parties, Trivia, and Events

– A Krisko County Christmas, Evergreen Theatre, November 10-18 ($25)

New Ballet Ensemble’s Nut Remix, Cannon Center, November 17-19 ($20-45)

–  The Light Before Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Polar Express, Pink Palace CTI Giant Theater, November 18 – December 9

Santa Arrives at Carriage Crossing November 18, 9:00 a.m.

Santa Lands at Pink Palace, November 18, 9:00 a.m. (free)

Christmas Pics for Pups, Hollywood Feed Union Ave., November 19, Noon – 3:00 p.m. ($10)

Sounds of the Season w/ Memphis Wind Symphony Brass Ensemble, Shops of saddle Creek, Saturdays, Nov. 25 – Dec. 23

Tree Lighting at the Peabody Hotel, November 24 (free)

– Memphis Botanic Garden Tree Lighting Ceremony, November 24, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. ($10)

– Take the Soul Train to Christmas, Hattiloo Theatre, November 24 – December 17 ($26-35)

Christmas in Collierville, Town Square, November 25, December 2, December 9, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Collierville Christmas Tree Lighting: November 28, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Home Alone Trivia, LBOE & TJ Mulligan’s Cordova, November 29

– A Christmas Story Trivia, Pimento’s Kitchen, The Arcade, Memphis Made, November 30

Squirrel Nut Zippers Christmas Caravan Tour, The Hi-Tone, November 30 ($25 – $30)

Big Cypress Lodge at Bass Pro Pyramid

– A Christmas Carol, Theatre Memphis, December 1-23

Magic of Memphis Holiday Spectacular, Cannon Center, December 1 & 3 ($15 +)

Overton Square Tree Lighting: December 1, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

– The Santaland Diaries, The Circuit Playhouse, December 1-23

Snowkus Pokus Super Scientific Circus, Bartlett Performing Arts Center, December 1, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Victorian Yuletide Open House at Woodruff-Fontaine House: December 1, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  (free)

Breakfast with Santa at Shelby Farms, December 2, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., ($16-$60)

Brunch with Mrs. Claus, Baker Community Center Millington, December 2, 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Christmas in the Country, Morton Museum Collierville, December 2, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (free)

– Magic of Science Holiday Edition at Pink Palace, December 2, 9 and 16 at noon ($4-$4.75)

Singing Santa, Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, December 2, 10:30 am. – 1:30 p.m.

13th Annual Stumblin’ Santa Benefiting Porter-Leath, December 2, 7:00 p.m.

– Pictures with Santa, Hollywood Feed Cordova, December 3, Noon – 3:00 p.m. ($10)

Cerrito Trivia Christmas Music: Name That Tune, Pimento’s Kitchen, The Arcade, Memphis Made Brewing, December 7

– CABARET NOEL III: Sleigh bells Ring, Are Ya Listening, TheatreWorks, December 8-10 ($15)

PB & Jammies Holiday Sing-Along at GPAC: December 8, 6:30 p.m. ($8)

Breakfast with Santa, Collierville United Methodist Church, December 9, 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. ($6)

Deck the Paws, Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, December 9, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  ($25 photo session)

Jammies & Jingles at CMOM, December 9, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 12:30-2:30, $10-$20

Santa’s Visit to the Sensory Shop Southaven, December 9, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (free)

Stax Music Academy Holiday Concert, U of M Harris Auditorium, December 15 ($10-$15)S

Holiday Judgment, TheatreWorks, December 15 & 16 ($8-$15)

A Night in Lapland, Cove Bar, December 16, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., ($5-$10)

Brunch With Santa at the Majestic Grille: December 16 (reservations required)

Annual Xmas Time feat. Robby Grant Band w/ DJ Hot Tub Eric & Zac, Bar DKDC, December 16, 10:30 p.m. (cover TBD)

Children’s Ballet Theatre Nutcracker at GPAC, December 16 & 17, ($31)

MHBC Jingle Bell Ride, December 16, 9:45 a.m.

The Nutcracker, Harrell Performing Arts Theatre, December 16, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ($10-$18)

Christmas in Overton Square

The Nutcracker, The Orpheum, December 17, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ($75)

Lucero Family Christmas, Minglewood Hall, December 17 ($23)

Christmas Vacation Trivia at Rec Room, Pizza Social Bartlett, Midtown Crossing Grill & Dan McGuinness Southaven, December 19

10th Annual Clark’s Christmas Dinner at the Majestic Grille: December 19 (reservations required)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Screening, Orpheum Theatre, December 20 (free with donation to Mid-South Food Bank)

Candy Canes and Cocoa with Mrs. Claus, Morton Museum Collierville, December 21, 10:30-11:30 (free)

Art After Dark: Winter Solstice in the Garden at The Dixon, December 21, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

XMas Show: Jack O & The Sheiks feat. Michael Donahue, Bar DKDC, December 25 (cover TBD)


Contributor Aisling Maki compiled this list. Thanks, Aisling! Check out more of her blog posts here.

Did we miss any Memphis holiday events? Submit them here.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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