The Best Neighborhoods for Christmas Lights in Memphis
One of my favorite Christmas traditions is driving around Memphis and the Mid-South, checking out other people’s Christmas lights.
I’m not talking about professional displays like Starry Nights, which is impressive for sure, but not free. I’m talking about neighborhoods where people do their best Clark Griswold impersonations and go all out with twinkling, plastic lit-from-within holiday cheer.
Here’s a general list of neighborhoods that usually go all out for the holidays. I cannot guarantee that these areas will do every year, this list is just a guideline.
These aren’t the only great neighborhoods, for sure, but each of these areas has a decently high concentration of decoration.
If you know of other great areas, please leave them in the comments so other people can find them.
– Bellair, off of Poplar, across from Overton Park in Midtown. The entire street looks great – the light poles are wrapped, and there are a ton of awesome blue and white lights.
– The neighborhood around White Station and Quince (between 240 and Park). Some of the displays are epic and others are more modest, but this neighborhood has a really high concentration of decorated houses.
– Chickasaw Gardens (near the Pink Palace). The houses in Chickasaw gardens are huge, meaning more surface area to decorate.
– The Walnut Grove Lake subdivision in Cordova. The houses in this neighborhood are arranged around a lake, and a lot of families decorate their boats and docks.
– There’s a house on White Station just north of Sanderlin that’s kind of amazing. All of the lights flash as though they’ve been timed to music (I wouldn’t rule out the possibility), and the yard is decorated with all sorts of holiday ephemera.
– The residents of Central Gardens in Midtown tend to have some of the most tasteful (yet epic) displays in town.
– Twinkle Town Road in Whitehaven, neighborhood off Winchester and Elvis Presley near Graceland.
– In the past, there were two houses with outstanding light displays (including one synced to a radio station) on Durbin Ave. near Bartlett Road.
– Daybreak Drive and Venson Drive houses in Bartlett, TN
– The website Mid-South lights has a bunch of homes listed from all over town.
– Bella’s Lights on Alexandar Road in Olive Branch runs throughout the season.
– These aren’t residential, but the business owners in Cooper-Young and in the Downtown Core always have great window displays. Be sure to stop by Flashback at East Parkway and Central, too.
– Here’s a map, curated by East Memphis Moms. You can check out her list here.
Where are your favorite holiday light displays? Leave them in the comments (and you get bonus points if you include a photo).
Originally posted December 2012. Updated December 2019.