Things To Do Over the Break!

By Grace Gage

1. Start off your holidays the right way with a drive through Starry Nights at Shelby
Farms Park! With more than 1.5 million lights illuminating the Memphis night sky,
Starry Nights is the biggest annual drive-through holiday light show and festival in
the Mid-South. This year, International Paper Starry Nights features a completely
new light show that celebrates some of the most iconic places in Memphis, as well
as versions of your favorites. It’s open from November 24th—December 29th but
closed November 27. Their hours are Sunday – Thursday | 6pm-9pm, Friday +
Saturday | 6pm-10pm and join them for theme nights and get $5 off!
2. Another event on the Memphis Holiday To-Do List is Zoo Lights at the Memphis
Zoo. You can visit now through December 30 from 5:30-9:30. You’ll be able to see
snow in the Courtyard, the 90-foot LED Ferris wheel ($5 per person), see Santa in
his shop, go ice-skating ($6 per person), see live reindeer, enjoy thousands of LED
holiday lights and more.
3. Attend the traditional and classic performance of the Ballet Memphis Nutcracker
(December 15-17) this year as Ballet Memphis and the Symphony Orchestra
present one of Memphis’ most beloved holiday traditions. More than 100
professional dancers, children, musicians, and vocalists make this holiday tradition
an extraordinary experience for all.
4. The Town of Collierville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department will screen
Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life!! The movie will be shown Thursday,
December 14 at 7 PM – 9 PM. During the movie, stop by the Depot for hot
chocolate and meet special guest, Karolyn “ZuZu” Grimes from “It’s a Wonderful
5. Miracle on 34th Street Movie Night At The Orpheum To Benefit MidSouth Food
Bank (December 20) The Orpheum Theater is back again for the 2018 Christmas
season with a classic Christmas movie benefitting the MidSouth Food Bank.
Miracle on 34th street will play on the big screen and people of all ages and
generations are encouraged to attend. Complimentary photos with Santa (I know
everyone is excited about that) will also be available. There are three easy way to
get your tickets for this festive screening: Bring a non-perishable food item to the
downtown box office Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, or on the night of the
screening, drop off a non-perishable food item during any performance at the
Orpheum and Halloran Centre, or purchase $5 cash-only admission at the
downtown box office Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, or on the night of the
6. A Christmas Carol — Theater Memphis (December 1-23) Back for their 40th
year, Theater Memphis presents the Memphis holiday tradition ‘A Christmas Carol’.
Celebrate this awesome tradition with families, friends, coworkers, or whomever
else you desire to celebrate Christmas past, present, and future with.
7. Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops (November 11–December 24) Santa’s
Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and families are invited to enjoy this magical
Christmas village offering free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities
including fun crafts and games. Visit the Bass Pass Ticket Depot located at the

entrance of Santa’s Wonderland to pick up a time-stamped pass. Bass Pro Shops
will donate 100 percent of customer contributions to USO Care Packages, which are
shipped directly to active service members overseas, and AMVETS.
8. Although this is included in #4, the Memphis Zoo on Ice ice-skating rink has
officially opened daily from 9:30 am-4:30 pm every day with select nights of
5:30-9:30pm. Regular Zoo admission applies and it is $6/per person for the ice
skating! You can bring your own or rent skates.
9. The Mid-South Ice House is also hosting Christmas-themed skating events this
year from December 1-31. Skating is made even more fun with lights, holiday trivia,
prizes, and ice games with their polar bear mascot Crush!
10.The Memphis Grizzlies have decided to take part in the holiday cheer by hosting the
Memphis Grizzlies Holiday Toy Drive (December ) The Memphis Grizzlies’ players
and coaches take time out of their lives to volunteer at the organization’s annual toy
drive to benefit MIFA’s Holiday Hope Chest. Any fan that chooses to donate new,
unwrapped toys has an opportunity to meet and receive autographs from the
entire team and coaching staff. All toys collected are provided to children who
would not have the opportunity to receive them otherwise.
11.The Enchanted Forest at The Pink Palace 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.
12. Get your cup of cheer at local coffee shops such as Porcellino’s Tamp & Tap,
Java Cabana, Otherland’s, Muddy’s Bake Shop, Avenue Coffee, and/or City &
State! Each place has a wide array of food and drinks so pop in to warm up on the
cold days and to support Memphis businesses by #EatingLocal.
13. If you’re keen on embracing both the cold and the holidays in Memphis, the Big
River Crossing overlooking the Mississippi River is a good option at night because
it is well-lit, Christmas-themed, and provides a great way to enjoy the cool air with
families, friends, pets, or whomever else you desire.
14. Another great way to support and enjoy Memphis during Christmas time is by
heading downtown to the Peabody Hotel. They have gift shops, a beautiful (and
warm) lobby, a rooftop overlooking downtown, hot chocolate, and duck marches.
You can dress up and take holiday pictures with the tree, or dress down and enjoy
Memphis. Christmas Day at the Peabody is a great way to celebrate the holidays!
15.Join Shelby Farms in their race: Starry 4k!!! Run or walk the race that powers
Shelby Farms Park! This family-friendly fun run/walk is the only race through the
lights of Starry Nights, and it is your very last chance to see Starry Nights in 2017!