Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park: A Memphis Holiday Tradition

Starry Nights Is One Of The Best Things To Do This Holiday Season

Starry Nights Is One Of The Best Things To Do This Holiday Season

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park is a Memphis holiday tradition! Drive through the park’s two miles of twinkling Christmas lights and holiday displays, stop for pictures in the photo areas, and sip on hot chocolate. You can also reserve carriage or hay rides through the show.

If you’re looking for Christmas lights in Memphis, Starry Nights is the place to go. You can tune in to FM 100.9 on your car radio for Starry Nights info when you get to the park, and then FM 97.5 for holiday music while you drive through the lights.

Bonus—If it’s chilly outside, you’ll be warm and comfortable in your car!

cars driving through blue and gold holiday lights at Shelby Farms at night
Justin Fox Burks

When Is Starry Nights open?

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms in Memphis is open on select days from November 24 through December 31 2023. 

Is Starry Nights open on Christmas?

Starry Nights is open 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.

What are the Starry Nights hours?

Starry Nights in Memphis is open from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. on select days. 

car perspective driving through lights display
Logan Young

How To Get A Free Pass To Starry Nights At Shelby Farms

Starry Night is the park’s biggest fundraiser every year, but they need LOTS of volunteers to help the event run smoothly. If you’ve ever enjoyed the trails, fields, lakes, or playgrounds at Shelby Farms Park, consider giving back a few hours of your time. Info here.

You’ll be outside helping direct traffic, interact with guests, work check-in on special event nights. In exchange, you’ll receive a complimentary pass to the show.

You can find the list of shifts and more information on the Volunteer Odyssey website. To me this sounds like a fun family or group activity!

Can you walk through Starry Nights?

You can walk or bike through Starry Nights on Tuesday, November 28 and Thursday, December 28. The show will be closed to cars on these days. Leashed dogs are welcome on these days.

You're able to purchase a family four-pack this night as well for $24.95, electronic payment in-advance, or $35 cash at gate. Individuals can buy tickets for $6.95/per person via advance electronic payment or it's $10 at the gate. Children in strollers are free.

How much are Starry Nights tickets?

Starry Nights tickets range from $15.95 per car to $35 per car. Tickets vary in price depending on when you go and how you pay. You pay less if you sign up for a specific day/time—or more if you get a Flex Ticket that’s good for any day/time. See the full range of ticket prices listed here. 

On select nights tickets are $24.95 ($5 off) per car online:

On select Mondays, tickets are $15.95 ($15 off) per car online:

On the two walk/bike nights, you can pay per person and it’s $6.95 online or $10 cash. They also have family 4-packs for the walking nights. Children in strollers are free. Get tickets here. Motorcycle drive-through tickets are $15.95 online, $20 cash. Not available on walk-through nights.

3D Glasses, Mistletoe Village + Santa Experience

The Starry Nights experience isn't limited to just your car. On select Sundays and Thursdays in December you can enjoy Mistletoe Village for holiday shopping and meet Santa. Photos with Santa are available for purchase.

When you purchase your tickets, a holiday pop-up shop has additional offerings to help support the park. One of them is 3D glasses for $3/pair. Watch the lights come to life as you travel through.

BUT! Before you drive through, be sure to stop at concessions and get some hot chocolate to sweeten the night. Hot chocolate is electronic payments only and costs $5.

Go There:

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park

Enter Starry Nights through the main park entrance (Gate 1) onto Great View Drive North off of Farm Road (GPS address for reference: 6993 Great View Drive North, Memphis, TN 38134).
Your GPS system may direct you to a different entrance, but all ticket holders must enter through the main entrance. All other Park entrances are closed. Look for the Starry Nights sign at the entrance!
Memphis spelled out in christmas lights
Logan Young
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