Holiday Happenings: 10 Must-See Memphis Events for Merry Making

With its location, Memphis is known for mild winters – but you can always count on snow and lots of holiday cheer, thanks to the holiday-themed events that run throughout the season.

From single events including the AutoZone Liberty Bowl – an SEC / Big12 post-season match-up – to the season-long fanciful Snowy Nights in the Memphis Botanic Garden’s My Big Backyard, there’s something for everyone during the holiday season in Memphis.

If romance is on your mind, there’s nothing better than a romantic stroll through the Memphis Zoo at night, or the wild wonderland that is Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park (they even offer lighted carriage rides). The kids will love the snow and crafts at the MBG and the splendor that is the Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees at the Pink Palace. The Peabody Hotel’s famed ducks get a little holiday groove on, as the lobby of the historic hotel goes all-out, with a huge Christmas tree, garland, a whimsical gingerbread display and more.

Football fans have long known the Liberty Bowl as a great post-season game, and this year’s match between teams from the SEC and Big 12 promises to be a hot ticket; a parade and pep rally on Beale Street is all part of the bowl experience. And Beale is ground zero for New Year’s Eve, as the guitar drops at midnight, with 50,000 revelers looking on.


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