There’s so many things to love about this time of year: cozy nights in front of the fireplace with a mug of hot cocoa, curling up in bed to watch holiday movies, decorating the tree and spending quality time just being together. Every family has their own “thing”, be it a visit to see Santa or making cookies using grandma’s old recipe, but one that seems to be popular with everybody is driving around to ooh and ahh over all the Christmas lights. To help you and your family enjoy this time-honored tradition, The JudyMac Team of Crye-Leike Realtors have put together a guide to viewing the beautiful Christmas lights on display in Collierville, Germantown, and East Memphis.
The 2018 Collierville Holiday Lights Tour map is incredibly helpful, and allows you to navigate over 30 homes that have been beautifully decorated for the holidays, along with the celebrated Town Square. To see the map and suggested routes, click here.
Germantown Parks & Recreation just announced the results of their Beautification Commission’s 2018 Holiday Lighting Contest! The categories and winners include:
Best In Show Overall category
2032 Whispering Pines Drive
Zero Lot Line category
1998 West Arden Oaks Drive
Subdivision Entrance category
Lights Galore category
8605 Woodlane Drive
9151 Saxton Greene Lane
Children’s Christmas category
8480 Hunters Forest Cove
1623 Brookside Drive
Traditional Doorway category
2458 Regents Walk
Hodges Law Firm, PLLC
2294 South Germantown Road
The Lighting Contest had close to 70 entries, and the city has provided a map with locations for each of them. It’s also broken down into categories, so you can hit every house or just the highlights, depending on how much time you have! The map is available here.
All around town
Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park
6903 Great View Drive North
Memphis, TN 38134
11/22 through 12/28
Sunday-Thursday: 6pm-9pm | Friday-Saturday: 6pm-10pm
Starry Nights has holiday fun for the whole family! The lighting display can be driven through, but walking trails are also available for those who would rather experience it on foot. There’s a magical, visits from Santa, carriage, and hayrides, camel and pony rides, a petting zoo, plus the Candy Cane Train. As the largest annual fundraiser for the Park, Starry Nights has become a holiday tradition for families all over the Mid-South.
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN 38112
11/16 through 12/30
Select nights from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
This amazing outdoor holiday experience featuring a spectacular holiday lights display, live reindeer, Santa Claus in his shop, snow in the Courtyard, plus a 90-foot LED Ferris wheel and ice-skating!
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
11/23 through 12/31
Holiday Wonders offers three themed areas for families, friends, and groups, including:
Snowy Nights, which is an outdoor, interactive venue that’s great for families.
Trees Alight is located in the Conifer Garden, featuring the City of Memphis Christmas Tree and a spectacular nightly LED light show.
The Under the Stars Outdoor Lounge, a cozy spot with comfy couches, fire tables, and adult beverages.
Enchanted Forest: Festival of Trees
Pink Palace Museum
3050 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111
11/17 through 12/31
Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm | Sunday 9am – 5pm | Friday nights until 9 p.m.
Local businesses, churches, and other volunteers decorate the Enchanted Forest trees with thousands of lights every year, but that’s not all there is to see at the Pink Palace. Children can catch a glimpse of animated elves are making toys while penguins, bears, and mice play in the snow. There’s a model train circling around a miniature snow-covered village, plus a nearby Gingerbread Village and pictures with Santa!
Light displays that are worth a little drive
Rose of Sharon Church Campground
3065 Candy Lane
Burlison, TN 38015
Located about half an hour north of Memphis, Christmas City is a staple in Tipton County’s holiday celebrations. It features a half mile of lights you can either drive or walk through, and depicts the life of Christ, as well as an ever-evolving cast of cartoon characters kids love! Santa Claus makes a special appearance every Friday and Saturday night before Christmas, and when he visits, the Christmas City train will be on-hand to carry guests through the light display. During this time, the concession stands serve holiday favorites like hot chocolate, along with popcorn, cold drinks, cotton candy, funnel cakes, and hamburgers. There’s no admission fee (although donations are welcome!)
Bella’s Lights Display
4630 Alexander Rd.
Olive Branch, MS 38654
Bella’s Lights is a computerized light show that consists of over 200 channels and 10 songs. They run from November 26 to January 6 during the hours of 5:30-10 p.m., weather permitting. Donations are accepted at this stunning display, which goes to help 7-year-old Bella with expenses related to her Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), or brittle bone disease. Donations are also used to bring awareness to this disease.
Happy holidays from The JudyMac Team of Crye-Leike Realtors
The Mid-South has so much to offer, including all the beautiful holiday lights we’ve listed for you. Are you looking to relocate here in the new year? Do you need to sell your current home and plan to move into another house nearby? Whatever your real estate needs in 2019, we have the skills and expertise to make buying or selling a home in downtown, East Memphis, Germantown, or Collierville a pleasant, positive experience for you and your family. We thank you for all your support over the last year and can’t wait to see what the coming year has in store for our team and our clients!