2018 Memphis Holiday Events, Parties, and Shows

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 6th 2018 1033 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. Submit your events here. Photo by Logan Young / Memphis Tourism. 

This post is in two sections, so scroll accordingly:

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

Also be sure to check out these posts:

Ongoing Memphis Holiday Lights, Displays, and Events

Santa’s Wonderland, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, November 10-December 24, free

Christmas at Graceland, November 15-January 8

Zoo Lights, November 16 – December 30, select nights, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. ($7-$9 + fees for extra activities)

Enchanted Forest/Festival of Trees at the Pink Palace, November 17 – December 31, hours vary ($6 adults/$5 kids + seniors)

– Starry Nights at Shelby Farms, November 22 – December 28, closed Nov 26, closed to cars on Dec. 3 and 10 ($20 per car/$50 per van)

Holiday Wonders at Memphis Botanic Garden, November 23 – December 31, select nights, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., ($8-$12)

Holiday Shows, Parties, Trivia, and Events

A Fabulous Navidad at Evergreen Theater, Nov. 9 – 10, 16 -17

Sanders Family Christmas, Bartlett Performing Arts Center, November 16 – 18

Santa Arrives at Carriage Crossing November 17, 10 a.m.

Santa Lands at Pink Palace, November 17, 9 a.m. (free)

Jingle Bell Run 5K/Walk at Overton Square, November 17, 10 a.m.

Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting at Peabody Place and Main, November 17, 5 p.m.

Christmas Movies at the Pink Palace CTI Giant Theater, starts November 18
The Polar Express 3D starts Nov. 17, The Light Before Christmas 3D and Jack Frost (2D) start Dec. 1, and they’re showing National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2D on Friday, Nov. 23.

Tree Lighting at the Peabody Hotel, November 23, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (free)

– Memphis Botanic Garden Tree Lighting Ceremony, November 23, 6:15 p.m. ($TBA)

Christmas in Collierville, Town Square, November 24, December 1, 8, and 15 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Collierville Christmas Tree Lighting, Town Square November 27, 5:30 p.m.

Holiday TV/Movie Themed Cerrito Trivia Nights, various locations, first one is Nov. 28
Cerrito Trivia hosts a dozen or more different holiday TV/movie themed trivia nights at multiple locations around the Mid-South. This year, they’re hosting Elf, Home Alone, The Office Christmas, and Nightmare Before Christmas.

Moscow Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Cannon Center, November 29

If Scrooge Was a Sistah, Hattiloo Theatre, November 30 – December 23 ($TBA)

– A Christmas Carol, Theatre Memphis, November 30 – December 23

Big Cypress Lodge at Bass Pro Pyramid

Deck the Paws, Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, December 1 and 2

– Magic of Science Holiday Edition at Pink Palace, December 1, 8, 15 at noon ($4.25 kids / $4.75 adults)

14th Annual Stumblin’ Santa Benefiting Porter-Leath, December 1, 7 p.m. – midnight

– IRIS Orchestra’s Season of Wonder Concert feat. U of M Chorus at GPAC – December 1 7:30 p.m. ($45 – $60)

– A Visible Christmas at Visible Music College, December 4, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

PB & Jammies Holiday Sing-Along at GPAC: December 7, 6:30 p.m. ($8)

 Ballet Memphis’ The Nutcracker, The Orpheum, December 7-9 ($28 – $78)

Jammies & Jingles at CMOM, December 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ($TBA)

Christmas Home Tour in Collierville, December 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Holiday at Hogwarts Burlesque Show at Minglewood Hall, December 11, 9 p.m. ($15+)

New Ballet Ensemble’s Nut Remix, Cannon Center, December 14 – 16 ($20-45)

A Victorian Holiday With Opera Memphis, Dixon Gallery, Dec. 14 – 15, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical, Orpheum Theater, Dec. 15 ($25 – $40)

Children’s Ballet Theatre Nutcracker at GPAC, December 15 and 16, ($31)

Manneheim Streamroller at the Orpheum Theatre, December 16 ($44 – $84)

Handel’s Messiah with Memphis Symphony Orchestra at Lindenwood Church,  December 18 and 19 ($35)

Candy Canes and Cocoa with Mrs. Claus, Morton Museum Collierville, December 20, 10:30 a.m. (free)

North Mississippi Allstars, Minglewood Hall, December 22 ($20-$22)

Magic of Memphis Holiday Spectacular, Cannon Center, December 22 + 23 ($15 +)

Gangsta Boo Christmas Night Crunkathon Show, The Hi-Tone, Dec. 25

Home Free: A Country Christmas, The Cannon Center, December 28

Christmas in Overton Square


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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