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November 21, 2018 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Ahead of the festive season, the city of Memphis has announced a series of events guaranteed to put even the biggest Grinch in the mood to be merry.

Graceland

Graceland is a spectacle every year in Memphis with the entire house decorated just as Elvis Presley himself used to, and this Christmas will be even more sensational with the world premiere of Christmas at Graceland, a new Hallmark Original Movie, taking place on the Graceland Soundstage. The celebrations continue during the holiday concert weekend with three live concerts honouring the King of Rock. (Until 8 January)

Memphis Botanic Gardens

Memphis Botanic Gardens’ much loved holiday attraction Holiday Wonders at the Garden will open next Friday, 23rd November. This Christmas event has activities that cater to all ages across the Trees Alight LED light show, Snowy Nights outdoor interactive venue, TruGreen Under the Stars Outdoor Lounge, and the 50’ tall City of Memphis Christmas Tree. The Gardens have also announced a series of special evenings across the season, including extended hours for Date Night for 18+, and their multiple marriage proposal options to help holiday romantics pop the question in the gardens.

Memphis Annual Holiday Parade

Held on world famous Beale Street, the Memphis annual Holiday Parade is one of the largest holiday parades in the area. With antique cars, dance groups and marching bands, the iconic street is filled with Christmas spirit. A special visit from Santa Claus is one of the highlights of the parade – a great way to experience Christmas cheer in Memphis. (1 December)

Holiday Wonders at the Garden.

The Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees

One of Memphis’ longest Christmas traditions is The Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees, which has been taking place for 65 years. Held in the Pink Palace from Nov 17 to Dec 31, this dreamland is filled with animated characters, model trains, and a sweet-smelling Gingerbread Village. Beautifully decorated Christmas trees line the hall as guests venture through the display. Proceeds from ticket sales go on to benefit Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

A number of additional events and displays will be taking place in Memphis over the festive season including:

  • Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops (Nov 10 – Dec 24)
  • Memphis Zoo’s Lights Christmas festival (Nov 16 – Dec 24)
  • Starry Nights at Shelby Farms (Nov 22 – Dec 28)
  • Tree lighting at the famous Peabody Hotel (Nov 23)
  • Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Cannon Center for the Performing Arts (Nov 29)
  • A Christmas Carol at Theatre Memphis (Nov 30 – Dec 23)

The popularity of the southern city is on the rise, and visitor numbers from Australia nearly doubled in the last year. With no shortage of entertainment this festive season, it is the perfect time to follow explore the unique experiences that Memphis has to offer for yourself.

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