13 things and more to do in the Mid-South for the holiday season

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — We’ve compiled a list of things you and your family can do to get into the holiday spirit and spread a little cheer in the Mid-South.

1. Gifts of Green - Nov. 1 - Dec. 30

A popular seasonal Gifts of Green shop reopens in the Botanic Garden’s Visitors Center through the end of the year. A variety of tropical and unusual plants, stylish pots, and other botanical novelties make a gift for the holiday hostess or your own home decor.

2. Christmas at Graceland - Nov. 18 - Jan. 8

Elvis Presley’s mansion is transformed into a winter wonderland beginning in mid-November. The driveway is lit up with Christmas lights, there’s a life-size Nativity scene, and Santa with his sleigh on the front yard. The mansion’s interior is done out for Christmas, and you can see how Elvis celebrated the holidays.

3. Zoo Lights (on select nights) Nov. 18 - Jan. 1

The SunTrust Zoo Lights will be held at the Memphis Zoo on select nights until Jan. 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Lights, singing trees, tram rides, an illusion show, a marketplace, and a few animals are among the attractions. Zoo members pay $14, while non-members pay $19. You can also ride the Ferris Wheel or go ice skating for an additional $6 apiece. You must reserve your tickets for a specific night in advance, so don’t expect to walk in.

4. Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees - Nov. 19 - Dec. 24

The Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees, benefiting Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, will run at the Museum of Science & History - Pink Palace. Begin your visit with a stroll through the magical Festival of Trees. Once inside the exhibit, children of all ages will be charmed by the animated characters set in the magical snowy setting of The Enchanted Forest. Teddy bears beckon, elves are busy at work and penguins play in the snow. Be sure to check out the model trains. Finally, Santa cheerfully greets guests at the end of the Forest and poses for holiday photos. Adults pay $7, and Seniors and Children ages 3-12 $6.

4. Memphis Arts Collective Holiday Artists Market - Nov. 25 - Dec. 24

Memphis Arts Collective is back at the corner of Poplar and Highland at 3484 Poplar Ave for their annual Holiday Artist Market and show. Join collective artists and craftspeople in celebrating 30 years of independent artist markets. Mondays - Saturdays 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Sundays noon - 5:00 p.m., Dec. 24 open until 4:30 p.m.

6. Starry Nights (on select nights) Nov. 25 - Dec. 29

On some nights this Christmas season, drive through two miles of spectacular light displays at Shelby Farms! This year’s display will include some old favorites as well as brand-new lighting and 3-D features. Tickets are $29.95 plus card fees, or $35 cash for certain days reserved ahead of time. There are also a few days when you can go riding or walking. Remember, this is the park’s biggest fundraiser of the year, so spread some holiday happiness and help Shelby Farms out this year.

7. Holiday Wonders at Botanic Garden (on select nights) Nov. 26 - Dec. 23

For its annual Seasonal Wonders experience, the Botanic Garden will showcase many holiday decorations, including a towering Christmas tree. The garden will be open at 5 p.m. on various nights. Your timed-entry tickets can be reserved online. Members pay $8, non-members pay $10, and same-day tickets cost $12. (which you still should buy online, no tickets at the gate).

8. WinterArts 2022 - Nov. 26 - Dec. 24

The 14th annual showcase of hand-crafted works will be at Park Place Centre on Ridgeway Road. This year’s collection of holiday gift ideas are crafted in glass, metal, wood, fiber, & clay. Hours are Mondays – Thursdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sundays noon - 5 p.m.

9. Millington Christmas Tree Lighting - Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m.

There will be a Christmas tree lighting at the Millington Fire Department, located at Navy Road. Parking will be available at Millington City Hall. There will be live entertainment with the MCMHS Jazz Band, pictures with Santa, hot chocolate & cookies.

10. Merry and Bright - Dec. 1, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, and Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m.

On select evenings in December, enjoy the Dixon Gallery gardens in a vibrant spectrum of colored lights and create a holiday craft. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. Ticket prices are $15 for future members; $10 for Dixon members, and can be purchased here

11. Collierville Christmas Parade Dec. 2, 7 p.m.

Thousands of spectators line the parade route from Byhalia Road to West Collierville Middle School. The rain date for the parade is Dec. 3.

12. A Christmas Carol - Dec. 2 - Dec. 23

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, ‘A Christmas Carol’ comes to the Lohrey Theatre. Buy tickets here

13. Bluff City Christmas Experience - Dec. 3, 10 a.m.

The Bluff City Christmas Experience makes its way to the Hickory Ridge Mall, on Winchester Road. There will be a Christmas Tree exhibit, shopping vendors, live entertainment, carousel rides, and more.

14. Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade - Dec. 3, 2 p.m.

“Christmas Stories” is the theme of DeSoto County’s 45th annual holiday gathering.

15. Walking Through a Christmas Wonderland - Dec. 3, 4-7 p.m.

Celebrate this Christmas season with a leisurely stroll at the Mayor A. Keith McDonald Pavilion featuring live entertainment, holiday floats, fun activities for the children, treats to eat, and best of all, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

16. Hernando Christmas in Toyland Parade - Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.

The parade will begin at the corner of Mt. Pleasant Extended and Commerce Street, traveling down Commerce Street, around the courthouse square, and ending at Hernando Baptist Church on East Center Street. The parade features more than 100 entries with floats, cars, marching bands, fire trucks and of course, Santa

17. Beale Street Memphis Holiday Parade - Dec. 10, 3 p.m.

The Beale Street parade will have marching bands, steppers, twirlers, floats, and all sorts of sights present.

18. Arlington Toy Story Christmas Parade - Dec. 10, 11 a.m.

The city’s parade this year has a “Toy Story” theme; participants and attendees are invited to wear costumes and design floats inspired by the popular Pixar films, to augment the more traditional Christmas attractions.

19. Germantown Holiday Parade - Dec. 10, 2 p.m.

The parade will start on Kimbrough Road at Farmington Boulevard. Decorated floats, horses, school groups, clubs, and booming marching bands” and “Santa aboard a Germantown fire truck” are among this parade’s attractions. Bring unwrapped toys, because there will also be a ‘Toy Truck’ benefitting the Porter-Leah children’s center.