It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Downtown Memphs! Check all of the fun to be had during the holiday season in the Bluff City.

Kick-off your holiday celebrations at the Annual Downtown Tree Lighting

Saturday, Nov. 18 @ corner of Peabody Place and Main Street

5-7pm (Lighting at 5:30pm)

Admission: FREE

Richard Ransom emcee and Special St. Jude Patient will serve as our honorary tree lighter!!
Special appearances from Fabled Santa
Holiday Carolers
Holiday Arts & Crafts
Letters to Santa Station & Mailing
Hot Cocoa and S'mores
Holiday Specs by American Paper Optics, LLC
Holiday Ornaments & Magic Light Wand Sales*
*Benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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Memphis Holiday Parade

Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 4 pm on Beale Street

Be a part of the grandest holiday parade in the region! Join in the fun on America's most iconic street as we ring in the holiday season with marching bands, steppers, twirlers, floats, and all sort of sights!

Do you want to march in the parade? Beale Street is seeking requests from interested parade participants.  Please complete the form on this page or contact Jon Shivers at (901) 526-0115 or jshivers [at] bealestreet [dot] com!

Click here to download the parade application

Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid

Get a free photo with Santa and personalizd Christmas card, free kids' crafts, wirte a letter to Santa and have fun in the woderland of Bass Pro!

Learn more on the website

Holiday Events at The Peabody Memphis

Peabody Tree Lighting Ceremony – Grand Lobby

November 24, 2017

11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., with arrival of Santa and lighting of Christmas tree taking place immediately after 5 p.m. Duck March

It’s a 35-year Memphis holiday tradition that draws thousands each year. The Peabody kicks off the holiday season the day after Thanksgiving with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus and the lighting of the Peabody Christmas Tree. The event begins with the morning Duck March, and then local school and church choirs will sing holiday classics throughout the day as the crowds and anticipation grows. The entertainment culminates with a special performance by Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive after the evening Duck March to light the Peabody Christmas Tree.

Free, open to the public

Information: 901-529-4000

Holiday Season Choir Performances

November 27 – December 17, 2017 (weekdays)

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Peabody’s Grand Lobby comes alive every weekday during the holiday season with live performances by some of the MidSouth’s best school and church choirs.

Free, open to the public

Information: 901-529-4000


Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner @ Chez Philippe
December 24 & 25, 2017
3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

$95 per person, plus tax and gratuity

$45 for optional wine pairing

Reservations: 901-529-4000

Christmas Brunch – Mezzanine Level
December 25, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
$76 adults, $28 children ages 5-12, plus tax and gratuity

Christmas Dinner @ Capriccio Grill
December 25, 2017
11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

$45 per person,  $19 children 12 and under, plus tax and gratuity
Reservations: 901-529-4000

More places open in Downtown Christmas Eve and Day

Open Christmas Eve

Aldo's Pizza at 4 pm.

Bardog Tavern from 11am - 3am

Ghost River Brewing Taproom from noon to 4 p.m. with Flying Sobie’s brunch

Huey's Downtown at 11 am

Flying Saucer: Open Christmas Eve

Paulette's from 8-10 a.m., 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 -9 p.m.

Tug's Casual Grill from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Brunch)

Terrace at the River Inn from 4-10 p.m. (Full)

Open Christmas Day

Bardog Tavern at 5 pm

B.B. King's at 5 pm

Flying Saucer from 5pm to midnight

Paulette's from 5-9 pm

Tug's Casual Grill from 3-10 pm

More Holiday Events

Gazebo Holiday Lighting 2017

Take a Chrstmas photo!

Get the perfect shot on Main Street with the Christmas Lights or at the gazebo in Court Square Park!

Bob & Roland’s 13th Annual Stumbling Santa Pub Crawl

Sat. Dec. 2nd @ Flying Saucer Draught Emporium from 7-11 pm

The largest pub crawl in Memphis returns December 2nd! Join over 2,000 Santa Clauses, Mrs. Clauses and other North Pole characters to collect toys for kids in need while touring the best downtown bars. Participants should bring a new, unwrapped toy or a cash donation. Toy donations should promote early learning for children age 6 weeks to age 5.

More info

Ballet Memphis' Nutcracker

Friday, December 15 - Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ Orpheum Theatre

A joyful celebration of worldly cultures, youthful imagination and the overwhelming awe of more than 100 dancers, both professional and children from around the city, are a part of this one-of-a-kind experience.

Poised in the beautiful Orpheum Theatre, the transforming sets let the magic unfold before your eyes—from an exquisite party with life-size dancing dolls and a battle with life-size mice and toy soldiers, to sparkling falling snowflakes in the Land of Snow and the dazzling and colorful Kingdom of Sweets.

And as Sugar Plum, Dew Drop, the Russians and Arabians, Mother Ginger and many more favorites bring to life, with the Memphis Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s luscious music, everyone will know what a true holiday gift Nutcracker can be.

$10 - $78


Drew and Ellie Holcomb's Neighborly Christmas

December 22, 2017, at 8 pm @ Orpheum Theatre

Drew and Ellie Holcomb and their band The Neighbors bring their Christmas celebration to the Orpheum for a night of Christmas standards, original holiday tunes and Holcomb favorites like “Fire & Dynamite,” “Live Forever” and “Fight for Love.”

$34.50 - $74.5


13th Annual Stumbling Santa Pub Crawl

Saturday, December 2 at 7 PM - 2 AM

It is time for our 13th annual Stumblin' Santa Pub Crawl!!!! This year's festivities will kick off Saturday, December 2nd, at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium 7:00PM.

As usual we will be collecting toys for underprivileged children in conjunction with Porter-Leath and their greatest need is gifts for children 5yrs old and younger. There is no cost to participate but we do ask that you bring a new, unwrapped toy or toys for the kids. We need 6,000+ toys to ensure all of the Memphis area families will be covered.

For toy ideas -

Holiday Open House @ The Metal Museum

Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 12 - 4 pm

Celebrate the start of the holiday season! Take a class, shop for unique, hand-made gifts in the Museum Store, sip on hot chocolate or spiced cider or warm yourself by the fire pit (weather permitting).


Jingle Jam 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017, at 9 pm - 3 am @ Cannon Center for Performing Arts

For the last 4 years, THE JINGLE JAM has become the Holiday Hallmark for Shelby County and the Tri-State Area. It marks the PINNACLE of the year's event calendar bringing live music, comedy and the Cities most popular DJs under one roof with one focus.... A GROWN FOLKS, HOLIDAY FESTIVE, GREAT TIME.

For your room reservations, CALL 800-325-3535 and ASK FOR THE JINGLE JAM BLOCK.
No one under 25 is allowed. 
For VIP TICKETS and Reserved TABLES, contact our Jingle Jam Coordinator at 901-343-4441.

Memphis Farmer's Market: Holiday Market

2017 Holiday Market

Saturday, Dec. 9 @ Central Station Pavilion


New Ballet Ensemble Nut Remix Presented By Nike

Friday, November 17, 2017 - Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 17th @ 7pm, 18th @ 5:30pm, & 19th @ 2:30pm

Cannon Center for Performing Arts

NBE’s creative reinvention of ballet classic The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition for thousands of Mid-Southerners who love the wide world of dance and music in the show – from classical ballet to hip-hop, flamenco to traditional African dance, and more. The 15th annual production returns to the beautiful Cannon Center with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra playing selections from Tchaikovsky’s original score plus orchestrations written for this production, and the Memphis Symphony Big Band swings arrangements from Duke Ellington’s jazz version of the Nutcracker. There’s live flamenco, African drumming, even some Booker T & The MG’s inspiring more than 150 dancers onstage! The New York Times said of Nut ReMix, “These people just love all kinds of dance.” Join us in November and you will too!


A Visible Christmas

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at 7:30 pm @ Visible Music College

A Visible Christmas is back at the Cannon Center this year on November 28th! Join staff and students from Visible Music College for a joyous evening of original tunes and Christmas classics. 

Tin Roof's Inaugural X-mas Onesie Party!

December 8 at 8 PM to Dec 9 at 11 PM

Get ready for your new favorite holiday event. Inroducing Memphis's first ever Christmas Onsie party! That's right! Get ready to wear your best Christmas Onsie and strut your stuff on Friday Dec 8th!

This is a free event that will take place on the Green Room Side! Invite your friends, your cousin and your momma! This party will be THE hoiday party not to miss. Live DJ, $5 Jameson shots and $3 domestic beers till 11pm! Don't forget Glow Co. will be performing during the partty as well! Massive FOMO alert!

Get your best onsie and get ready to ring in the holidays the ONLY we know how! Tin Roof's Christmas Onsie party!

Check out Downtown Directory to see restaurants throughout Downtown offering Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining. You will need to check out individual restaurants for hours the closer we get!

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