We’ve made it to December! Below are some Memphis events to keep your spirits bright this holiday season. From virtual races and fundraisers to socially distant pictures with Santa, we hope you find joy in all that this month brings. All of us at StyleBlueprint wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

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Here is a roundup of our favorite Memphis events happening this month.

14 Memphis Events & Happenings: December 2020

*And, as we are in a rise in COVID cases, these suggestions are all made with social distancing in mind and each is subject to change. Please look at websites and social media for updates.

Through December 5, 2020: Virtual St. Jude Memphis Marathon

The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend is one of the biggest events of the year in the Bluff City, and just because it’s virtual this year doesn’t mean you have to stop fundraising and supporting. This year, the event offers two- and four-race challenges, as well as half-marathon, marathon, 5K and 10K options. stjude.org

Through December 23, 2020: Arrow’s Holiday Bazaar

Missing local festivals and pop-ups this holiday season? Arrow continues the tradition of the
Memphis College of Art Holiday Bazaar featuring art, accessories, apparel and jewelry from
local artisans. With over 85 vendors on display, shop from some of your favorite local artists
and makers. Want to host a private event? Find a date on the calendar that works best for you, invite five of your closest friends and have one hour of socially distanced shopping and champagne! ​​All proceeds from sales benefit the local art community.The Bazaar will run through December 23rd. arrowcreative.org/holidaybazaar

Through December 24, 2020: Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop

Through December 24, take a trip to Santa’s Wonderland inside Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. Have your picture taken, do some crafts and enjoy time with family. While you’re there, take a trip to the toy shop and make your list and check it twice! Reservations are required. basspro.com

Through December 27, 2020:  Holiday Wonders at the Garden

Memphis Botanic Garden’s most anticipated holiday event, Holiday Wonders, runs through December 27. The venue is outdoors, family-friendly and features three distinct venues with different themes, such as Snowy Nights and Trees Alight. Take a walk through this magical light show with your friends and family to get in the Christmas spirit! Parking is free, and general admission non-member tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Member tickets are $8. memphisbotanicgarden.com

Through December 27, 2020: Wonderland: An Interactive Holiday Photo Experience

Hosted by Memphis Escape Rooms, you can discover a world of wonder this holiday season. With a photo experience that has five different areas, you can capture a picture-perfect family photo. You can also play on synthetic ice and snow, send a letter to Santa and more. Located at Carriage Crossing in Collierville, you can find this wonderland at the corner across from Forever 21 and H&M. Tickets are $20 per person. Be sure to book your experience in advance, as space is limited. memphisescaperooms.com

Through December 31, 2020: Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees

This annual event benefiting Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital runs all month long at the Pink Palace Museum. Fun for family members of all ages, this winter wonderland brings the holiday season to life with its cast of animated characters in a snowy “Enchanted Forest.” Witness elves at work and penguins at play, and enjoy a special visit with a very special pink-cheeked, red-suited guest. The event runs Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., with extended hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on “Enchanted Forest Fridays.” Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and kids (ages 3 to 12). memphismuseums.org

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Through January 1, 2021: South Main Lights

Head to downtown Memphis on Main Street between GE Patterson and Butler to stroll through the bright and beautifully lit neighborhood. While you’re there, you can dine and shop to support our local businesses here in the 901. Lights are lit from 4 p.m. until midnight through January 1. memphistravel.com

Through January 3, 2021: Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park

Presented by International Paper, this a fun, family experience where you get to see beautiful lights and displays. Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets start at $20 per car and can be purchased at the gate, Lake’s Edge Gift Shop, or online. shelbyfarmspark.org

Through January 3, 2021: Zoo Lights

Through January 3, enjoy stunning Christmas lights while walking around the Memphis Zoo. Sip on hot chocolate, listen to festive music and take plenty of pictures that will last a lifetime. Space is limited, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets are $10 for zoo members and $12 for non-members. memzoo.org

December 4, 5, 11 & 12, 2020: 2020 Holly Jolly Holiday Celebration

Head to the newly renovated W.C. Handy Park on Beale Street for free holiday fun on December 4, 5, 11 and 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event includes a holiday picture backdrop, holiday music, hot chocolate and socially distant pictures with Santa on December 4 and 11. Masks must be worn by anyone over the age of two. facebook.com

December 7-13: Arts Week Presented by Arts Memphis

ArtsMemphis is proud to announce the inaugural Arts Week, an annual week-long celebration to showcase Memphis’ dynamic, diverse collection of artists and arts organizations. An officially-proclaimed week by both the City of Memphis and Shelby County, Arts Week will splash social media pages of artists and arts organizations, as well as marquees across Memphis neighborhoods and the Mighty Lights on the Memphis riverfront, to spotlight the significance of art to Memphis’ world-renowned cultural vitality. artsmemphis.org

December 11, 2020: Premiere Broadcast of Ballet Memphis’ Nutcracker

This year, Ballet Memphis has created an entirely new way to experience the magic of the holiday season. With a film version of the classic story, Nutcracker features the original music of Tchaikovsky and the entire Ballet Memphis professional company. Partnering with WKNO to broadcast on December 11 at 8 p.m., the performance is available through digital channels to be enjoyed by families across the Mid-South. balletmemphis.org

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December 11 & 12, 2020: Christmas in Bartlett

At Freeman Park on December 11 and 12, you can enjoy shopping, food and fun at Christmas in Bartlett! The fun begins on December 11 at 4 p.m. and features local vendors, food trucks, kids’ crafts and more festive fun. business.bartlettchamber.org

December 12, 2020: Breakfast with Santa

Have breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Fire Museum of Memphis on December 12. The museum is open for tours as well as special events, including storytime, interactive exhibits and holiday movies. In addition, space is limited to ensure the health and safety of guests. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., and 10 a.m. Masks are required for entrance, and tickets are $15 per person. eventbrite.com

December 31, 2020: New Year’s Eve on Beale Street

Don’t you worry, New Year’s Eve on Beale — Memphis’ biggest New Year’s festivity — is still on for this year! The 21-and-up NYE celebration includes Memphis music and a big fireworks finale. Later in the evening, everyone puts on their metaphorical blue suede shoes and heads down to Beale for the Guitar Drop, where a giant guitar falls on the corner of Beale and 2nd outside Hard Rock Café. bealestreet.com

From all of us at StyleBlueprint, have a happy holiday!


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