Baby it’s (kind of) cold outside!

It’s official; we have emerged from our tryptophan comas, staring another holiday season straight in its tinsel-covered face. There are two types of people that materialize this time of year; those who drown every single square inch in garland and lights rivaling a Norman Rockwell painting, or those who bah-humbug their way through the season trying not to go broke or punch a family member in the face. Either way, Beat Buzz Memphis has massed the MOST inclusive and comprehensive list of holiday happenings that even the biggest Grinch can appreciate. Happy Holidays, Memphis!

Gimme’ ALL the Lights

Memphis Christmas Lights–Your one-stop-shop for information on where to view some of the most spectacular holiday displays in the Memphis area! This would also be a great way for those who are hesitant of crowds due to Covid-19 or struggle with anxiety to revel in the Christmas spirt! You can view their official Facebook page to acquire information about elaborate displays or to give information on areas in Memphis with concentrated holiday decor! Please visit Memphis Christmas Lights | Facebook

Memphis Christmas Lights (photo courtesy of MCL FB)

Did someone say Parade?…

Memphis Holiday Parade 2021–December 11, 3pm–4:30pm…2021 Memphis Holiday Parade on the World Famous Beale Street! Featuring elementary & high school bands, cheerleaders, dance groups, car clubs, community organizations and even Santa Claus with all of his reindeer! You won’t want to miss out on the biggest holiday parade in Memphis! For more information, please visit 2021 Memphis Holiday Parade | Facebook

Off to the Theatre…

There are an abundance of noteworthy theatre adaptaions of your favorite holiday classics, along with some contemporary ones, as well!

Senior Arts Series-Theatre Memphis-A Christmas Carol–On Wednesday, December 1, at 10:30am and 1:30pm, Creative Aging presents Theatre Memphis’ rendition of the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. Tickets are $5.  Bring your friends and join us for this wonderful production! Wheelchair seating is limited.  Please call 901-272-3434 to reserve a wheelchair space. For ticket information, please visit Senior Arts Series-Theatre Memphis- A Christmas Carol 2021 10:30am Tickets, Wed, Dec 1, 2021 at 10:30 AM | Eventbrite

Elf On The Shelf: A Christmas Musical–Tuesday, December 14, Cannon Center for the Performing Arts…The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical is the thrilling spectacle of music and dance that transports audiences to the North Pole to glimpse the magical lives of Santa’s Scout Elves. Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and heartfelt moments that will bring the family together, this joyous and uplifting celebration will leave audiences captivated by the splendor of the season. For ticket information, please visit The Elf On The Shelf: A Christmas Musical Tickets Dec 14, 2021 06:00 PM Memphis, TN | Ticketmaster

Ballet Memphis Presents the Nutcracker–December 17-19, Orpheum Theatre-Memphis…The magic returns! Gather at the Orpheum Theatre for the festive tradition of Nutcracker. Gather your whole family this holiday season to experience the classic you know and love. For ticket information, please visit The Orpheum Theatre Memphis – Memphis | Tickets, Schedule, Seating Chart, Directions (ticketmaster.com)

Holiday Themed Trivia Events…

Think you know your holiday movies? Test your knowledge at one of these holiday themed trivia events! All events are free, but reservations are strongly advised due to limited capacity.

A Christmas Story trivia at Railgarten–December 1, 7pm…for more information, including reservations, please visit ‘A Christmas Story’ Trivia at Railgarten | Beat Buzz Memphis

Harry Potter trivia, Yule Ball Edition, at Pimentos–December 2, 7pm…for more information, including reservations, please visit Harry Potter Trivia Yule Ball at Pimentos | Beat Buzz Memphis

Christmas Vacation trivia at Railgarten–December 8, 7pm…for more information, including reservations, please visit ‘Christmas Vacation’ Trivia at Railgarten | Beat Buzz Memphis

Elf trivia at The Liquor Store–December 15, 7pm…for more information, including reservations, please visit ‘Elf’ Trivia at The Liquor Store | Beat Buzz Memphis

The Office Christmas trivia at Old Dominick–December 16, 7pm…for more information, including reservations, please visit ‘The Office’ Christmas Trivia at Old Dominick | Beat Buzz Memphis

Home Alone trivia at The Liquor Store–December 22, 7pm…for more information, including reservations, please visit ‘Home Alone’ Trivia at The Liquor Store | Beat Buzz Memphis

Memphis Traditions

Enjoy all your traditional Memphis favoritites!

Zoo Lights at Memphis Zoo–Zoo Lights is back this year with TONS more light displays and some of your favorite holiday activities. Visit with Santa, cozy up with your family by the s’mores stations, or dash across the ice at the ice rink! Operating select days throughout December. For tickets, please visit Events (memzoo.org)

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms–Festive fun and dazzling lights are in store for all as you drive or walk through over 3.5 million lights! All proceeds from the event support the daily operations of Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline! Plan your de-LIGHT-ful trip here: bit.ly/2CUZHR4!

Enchanted Forest at MOSH–Come explore a forest of sparkling, awe-inspiring trees decorated by professional designers, individuals and local organizations. Watch with excitement as miniature trains twist and turn throughout a snow-covered village. Stop by the Penguin Pond to see hundreds of cuddly-stuffed penguins all representing a donation to the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

Holiday Wonders at the Garden–Holiday Wonders at the Garden returns brighter and better than ever in 2021! This year’s event runs select nights beginning Friday, November 26, through Thursday, December 23. The event caters to families, couples, and groups for an unforgettable outdoor holiday experience. For ticket information, please visit Holiday Wonders at the Garden Tickets Memphis, TN | Ticketmaster

Graceland Lights–Join the fun and festivities as Graceland revels in the holiday season! Enjoy special holiday tours (including VIP tours) and see Elvis’ beloved home decorated during what was always his favorite time of year! For more information about special, holiday events at Graceland, please visit Christmas at Graceland | Home of Elvis Presley

Dixon Lights–The Dixon Gallery and Gardens will glow with a spectacular display of multi-colored lights on select nights in December! December 2, 3, and 4, December 9, 10, and 11, and December 16, 17, and 18. Create a holiday craft and enjoy festive beverages and snacks available for purchase from Park & Cherry by Chef Phillip Dewayne. For ticket information, please visit Dixon Gallery and Gardens (blackbaudhosting.com)

Think outside the box…

Take a detour from your run-of-the-mill traditions with these new and exciting holiday themed happenings by Memphis Escape Rooms!

Wonderland Memphis–A contemporary twist on the average, family Christmas photos, Wonderland Memphis is an interactive, holiday selfie museum offering sixteen rooms decked to the halls with holiday spirit! Each forty-five minute session is $25 per person (children 4 and under are free) and you can take as many selfies as your heart desires. For more information or to book, please visit Wonderland | An Interactive Photo Experience (memphisescaperooms.com)

Holiday Themed Escape Rooms–New for the 2021 holiday season,summon your David Copperfield and MacGyver skills to escape “Merry Movie Christmas” (East Memphis location) where you attempt to escape from “Christmasverse” after seemingly being teleported through the television as you’re trying to enjoy your favorite Christmas movie. The ultimate goal is to find the remote so you’re not trapped forever.

In “Naughty or Nice” (Downtown location) you have found yourself on Santa’s naughty list. In light of the holiday spirit, Santa has bestowed a one-time opportunity for redemption; will you make it to the nice list in time for Christmas, or will you end up with coal in your stocking? For more information or to book a room, please visit Memphis Escape Rooms.

 

I’ll take Halloween, Christmas edition, please

For those whose love of Halloween lasts throughout the entire year.

HauntedWeb’s Christmas Nightmare–December 10th and 11th Only!!! The fear returns this December at HauntedWeb; Memphis’ Premier Haunted Attraction! Have you been good or bad this year? Santa is making a list and Krampus is checking it twice. Experience a twisted Memphis holiday tradition like no other! Evil Elves, Jack Frost, and Santa’s most horrific creature to unpack from his sleigh. Join us this December 10th and 11th for some holiday fear and cheer and a not so silent night. Santa slays again this December at Hauntedweb! Buy tickets NOW at hauntedweb.com.

For the Kids

Although some of the events listed above are family friendly, these are some events that are primarily geared towards children.

By the Brewery–December 4, 2:30pm-4:30 pm…Don’t let the name fool you! Soulful Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by to hear your children’s Christmas wishes! For more information, please visit Holiday Photos with Santa | Beat Buzz Memphis

Jingle Bell Ball–December 5, 12pm-5:30pm…CNN has declared Memphis Jingle Bell Ball the “premiere children’s party in the nation.” COME AND SEE Cinderella, Prince Charming, Santa Claus and his elves, Puppeteers, Angels, Jabberblabber, Magicians, Face Painters, Balloon Artists, DJs … AND MORE! For more information, please visit Memphis Jingle Bell Ball 2021 | Beat Buzz Memphis

Movie Night with CCR&R–December 9, 6:30pm…Please come out and enjoy our feature presentation “The Polar Express” with refreshments and giveaways. Only 5 guest per one car. You will recieve a golden ticket from your child’s center the week of the event. You must bring that ticket with you the night of the event to enter. One child has to be enrolled in a DHS Licensed Child Care Center (Shelby). Enrollment Will Be Verified! For more information, please visit Movie Night With CCR&R | Beat Buzz Memphis

Breakfast with Santa at Joe’s Crab Shack–December 11, 8am…Santa isn’t bringing cookies, but he’s inviting you to join him for BREAKFAST at the Shack! Come and meet Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas over a scrumptious variety of your breakfast favorites in our early special plated meal for adults and kids. For more information, please visit Breakfast with Santa -Joe’s Crab Shack Memphis | Beat Buzz Memphis

Kids Holiday Paint Party–December 11, 11am–1pm…Let your sleigh bells ring as paint brushes sing!!! Be merry and bright and come and enjoy the holiday fun! For more information, please visit Kids Holiday Paint Party! Let your sleigh bells ring as paint brushes sing! | Beat Buzz Memphis

Fa-La-La Holiday Fair–December 18, 2pm-6pm…FREE ADMISSION! Come meet Santa, enjoy great food, drinks, and a fun time for the whole family!Join us for a day of shopping with your favorite local businesses! Pick up that last minute gift or treat yourself!! Bring the kids and meet and take pictures with Santa. For more information, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fa-la-la-holiday-fair-tickets-195625149087

Winter Wonderland at CMOM–December 4 through January 2…Immerse yourself in a Winter Wonderland as you stroll through trees, twinkling lights and dancing snowflakes. Complete with a sock skating rink, Winter Wonderland boasts endless activities to bring the season to life. For more information, please visit Winter Wonderland – Children’s Museum of Memphis (cmom.com)

Breakfast with Santa at the Fire Museum of Memphis–December 11, 8am–12pm…You can have breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus before having your picture made with Santa using good social distancing practices. The museum will be open for tours and there will be special events going on at the museum including Storytime with Ms. Patricia and the Dalmatians, interactive exhibits and holiday movies! For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Breakfast With Santa 2021 | Beat Buzz Memphis

Princess Holiday Party at Sweet LaLa’s Bakery–December 18, 3pm–4pm…Join the Ice Queen, Cinderella, the Mermaid Princess, and the Frog Princess for some holiday fun! Sing, dance, play games, and make crafts with the princesses while getting into the holiday spirit! There will be plenty of photo opportunities as well as cookies available for purchase! For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Princess Holiday Party! | Beat Buzz Memphis

Just Trees, Please

For those who just want to CUT to the chase (see what we did there? Cut? Anyways….) Here is a list of “just trees” and other, holiday essentials.

Priddy Farms–Now open for Christmas tree season! Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday open 1:00-7::00. Friday 10:00-8:00 Saturday 9:00-8:00 Sunday 11:00-7:00. For more information, please visit Priddy Farms – Christmas TRee Season

Midtown Nursery— Thier team is ready to help you make the best choice for your fresh tree, wreaths, garlands, swags, green bouquet, fire wood and more! Stop by Midtown Nursery! For more information, please visit Midtown Nursery | Facebook

Big Jim’s Christmas Trees–Replace the giant pumpkin with the giant snowman and you have Big Jim’s Christmas Trees! Serving three locations; Bartlett, East Memphis, and Lakeland. For more information, please visit Big Jim’s Christmas Trees | Facebook

Paint the Town Festive

Let your artistic side out this season with these festive art events!

Tis the Season Paint & Sip–December 19, 2pm–7pm…Spread cheer and enjoy a relaxing paint and sip with neo soul vibes and delicious food! Christmas, Kwanza, the Grinch, Frosty and more varieties of 3D textured canvases to choose from upon entry! Open to the public but seating is limited so order your tickets today! Purchase tickets at A Real Touch

Painting with a Twist Holiday Events–Germantown, TN…Choose from a multitude of dates and events throughout the season. For more information, please visit Events | Painting Party in Germantown, TN | Painting with a Twist

Board & Brush Holiday Events–Bartlett, TN…Select from multiple holiday themed workshops and dates throughout the the season. For more information, please visit DIY Wood Sign Workshop | Make Custom Wood Signs at Board & Brush (boardandbrush.com)

Other Community Events

XMAS MEETS KWANZAA 2 DAY POP-UP SHOP FUNDRAISER FOR THE RESTORATION OF THE ORANGE MOUND GALLERY–Held on the the last Saturday and Sunday before Christmas, from 11 AM- 4PM, this Fundraiser and Seasonal/Cultural ‘feel good” event is geared towards last minute shoppers who may be searching for one-of-a-kind gifts, personalized items, more commercial accessories, products, food, and “Candy Lady” treats sold by African Americans local artisans and entrepreneurs. Old School Holiday Music and Door Prizes included. Everyone is welcome. Part of the proceeds from this event will go towards the repairs and the restoration of the Orange Mound Gallery facility (floors, ceiling, paint and painting services). The remainder will go towards the formulation of future consistent creative programming (for children and adults in visual and performing arts practices) and the expenses incurred towards the presentation of future arts-based events (gallery shows, purchases and materials for pop-up rentals and performance events, hanging materials, lighting, tables, sound, and technology equipment. *This will be an end of the year annual event. For more information, please visit XMAS MEETS KWANZAA 2 DAY POP-UP SHOP FUNDRAISER FOR THE RESTORATION OF THE ORANGE MOUND GALLERY | Facebook

Sip, Shop, and Ugly Sweaters by Broad Avenue Arts District–December 3, 5pm–8pm…The LAST first Friday of the year!! SIP on something from each participating shop, SHOP for all your holiday gifts, and wear you best UGLY SWEATER! We can’t wait to see you there! Falling Into Place will have hot mulled cider. For more information, please visit Sip, Shop, and Ugly Sweaters- First Friday | Facebook

Hanukkah Candle Making at PJ Library of Memphis–December 1, 4:30pm–6pm…Join PJ Library & Bornblum Jewish Community School as we celebrate Hanukkah, Wednesday, December 1st, from 4:30-6:00pm. Kids will get the chance to make colorful Hanukkah candles, enjoy delicious donuts, and more! For more details & to RSVP please click the link: https://forms.gle/qHfrmcMCSXcG8f7H7

Feature by: Andrea Jones

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