Holiday Activities in Memphis, TN
Each year the Peabody Hotel ushers in the holiday season with their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Upon entering the hotel, a life sized gingerbread house and winter scene greet hotel guests. Lavish holiday décor throughout the lobby culminates with an exquisite ornate Christmas tree fitting for the South’s Grand Hotel. Sip hot cocoa and munch on gourmet treats as music by local choirs fills the expansive lobby and mezzanine with holiday cheer. Of course it wouldn’t be the Peabody Hotel without the famous Peabody ducks whose legendary march from their penthouse to the lobby fountain is included in the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony events.
A seasonal tradition in Memphis, the Singing Christmas Tree is a production of mammoth proportions featuring original story and music, dancing and of course a gigantic awe-inspiring singing Christmas tree. A 400 plus piece orchestra provides the soundtrack as an amazing and convincing cast take viewers along a memorable journey. The detailed costuming, elaborate stage design and spectacular theatrical elements of this performance will make you think you’re on Broadway. Tickets are reasonably priced and there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Gather the entire family and get ready to enjoy family friendly entertainment with a moral.
Twinkling Christmas lights and angelic carolers move over! Take your Christmas to the extreme as you witness the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s electrifying rock opera performance. This elaborate production features a full orchestra, laser light show, pyrotechnics and other elements synchronized to the music. If you’ve never heard of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra think the attitude and rhythm of rock n’ roll meets the drama and soaring melody of opera. Experience the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Winter Tour for yourself and join the over 8 million concert goers that have witnessed this incredible production since the Winter Tour’s inaugural concert in 1999. Be prepared for a mind-blowing performance that will leave you exhilarated and amazed.
A long standing holiday tradition in Memphis, the Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees benefits Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. For well over 50 years Mid-South families have flocked to this holiday display. Inside the Enchanted Forest is a snowy scene inhabited by retro animatronic animals busy with classic holiday activities like ice skating, igloo building, gingerbread house making and Christmas gift packing. Outside of the Enchanted Forest you’ll find Gingerbread Village, a tantalizing neighborhood of delightful gingerbread houses created by local chefs, businesses and organizations, and Penguin Pond, an arctic scene populated by stuffed animal penguins, all of which are donated to the children of Le Bonheur Hospital. The Festival of Trees displays themed Christmas trees decorated by professional designers, individuals and various groups.
Every holiday season thousands of college football fans convene at the Liberty Bowl Stadium to watch as two top college teams compete in the Liberty Bowl Game. Join in the excitement of one of the oldest non-BCS bowl games as teams from the SEC and Conference USA contend for the coveted Liberty Bowl trophy. The fun begins during Bowl Week with a parade on Beale Street and the BBQ Bowl, a barbeque cook-off, and then continues with tailgating before the big game. The halftime show features a world renowned recording artist as well as performances by each team’s marching band. The Liberty Bowl Game is not only about football and fanfare it’s also about spreading good cheer. Proceeds from the event benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.