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Memphis Area Christmas Light Displays - 2012

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Memphis Area Christmas Light Displays - 2012

Brightly lit panda in the China exhibit

Photo by Teresa R. Simpson, licensed to About.com
Each year during the holidays, the Memphis area is aglow with Christmas lights. Here are some of the best places to see the largest displays. If you know of a Christmas light display that I've missed, please send me an email at memphis@aboutguide.com.

Christmas at Graceland:

The stunning light display at Graceland decorates the entire Graceland Plaza area. The lights will first be turned on at 6:00 p.m. on November 22, 2013. The lights will be kept on every evening through January 8, 2014. The exterior lights can be seen from the street but to see Christmas decorations inside the mansion, regular admission fees apply.
3765 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Visit their website for additional information.

Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard:

Visit the Botanic Gardens for an evening of lights, snow, and holiday magic. In addition to light displays and snow falling, there will be holiday music, winter crafts, and games throughout the "Backyard." This event runs Friday and Saturday nights November 29-December 14 and daily December 17-30 (closed December 24 and 25) from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for non-members and $7 for Garden members.
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
Visit their website for additional information.

Southern Lights:

Southern Lights is the city of Southaven's annual christmas light display, located in Central Park on Tchulahoma Road. The light display will run from November 28 - December 31, 2013 (closed Christmas Day). Hours of operation are: Sunday – Thursday, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Friday & Saturday, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Admission is $10.00 for cars; $15.00 for vans and hayrides; $25.00 for buses and $5.00 for motorcycles.
7505 Stonegate
Southaven, MS 38671
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Starry Nights:

Drive a 1.5 mile route through Shelby Farms and take in the more than 2.5 million eco-friendly light bulbs on festive display. Starry Nights runs from November 29 through December 27, 2013 from 6-9 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and 6-10pm on Friday and Saturday. Mondays 6-9 p.m.are reserved for walkers/runners/joggers/bikers only. Admission is $20 per car, $50 per shuttle or minibus, and $150 for tour buses. On Mondays, walkers, runners, and bikers pay $5 per person or $20 maximum per family.
Walnut Grove and Farm Roads
Memphis, TN 38120
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Zoo Lights:

This is Memphis' biggest Christmas light display and features over one million bulbs! Zoo Lights runs from from November 22-December 30, 2013(select days) from 5:30-10:00 p.m. Admission is $6 for members and $8 for non-members. See photos of Zoo Lights.
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN 38112
Visit their website for additional information.

Christmas City:

Christmas City is a half-mile light display at the Rose of Sharon Campground in Burlison. It runs Thursdays through Sundays, November 28-December 22, 2013 from 5:30 until 10:00 p.m. Santa will be there on Fridays and Saturdays in December from 6:00-9:00 p.m., along with train rides and concession stands.
3065 Candy Lane
Burlison, TN 38015
Visit their website for additional information
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