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Get in the Holiday Spirit with These Memphis Events

Now that Thanksgiving is over, do you need a little holiday cheer to keep you in the spirit of the season? Here's what's going on in Memphis to help you out.

For those wanting to look at some pretty lights, the Memphis Botanical Gardens is once again hosting its Holiday Wonders at the Garden exhibit. This event includes old favorites and updated Christmas lights. Admission starts at $12, and each night will offer something different.

"Lights, of course, [will be offered], but also snacks, adult beverages and sometimes Santa will be here," said a representative of the Botanical Gardens. "We'll also host Mistletoe nights, pet nights and ugly Christmas sweater night."

"Zoo Lights" at the Memphis Zoo also opens on Dec. 1. For non-Zoo members, prices start at $19.

Shelby Farms Park has also opened up their "Starry Nights" Christmas lights in Cordova. Prices for the event are varied, so be sure to check out their website for more information. This drive-through lights exhibit will run through Dec. 29.

The Overton Square will have their annual tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 3, starting at 6 p.m.

Collierville will have its annual Christmas parade on Dec. 2, at 7 p.m.

The Children's Museum of Memphis will host a month-long "Winter Wonderland" exhibit in December. The event is free, with general admission into the museum.

The Museum of Science and History on Central is hosting the "Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees," an event with various decorated Christmas trees. Admission is $7 and will run until Dec. 24.

On Dec. 2 in Germantown, Saddle Creek will host their "Holiday Kick-Off," a festival-type event, with train rides and a screening of the Polar Express movie.

Also, Dec. 2 is the first night of "Season of Delight." Held every Friday leading up to Christmas, the Crosstown Concourse will host this holiday-themed festival, complete with Christmas music, movies, and games.

The first night of "Navidad Spectacular! A Christmas Musical with Latin Flavor" will be held at the Evergreen Theater in Midtown on Dec. 2. There will be various other showings, so be sure and check the dates. Admission to the show is $25.

The Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center at St. Mary's Episcopal School will be showing "Nutcracker: Land of Sweets" from Dec. 2 through Dec. 4. Admission for students is $20.

The Museum of Science and History will also be hosting what they call "Fab Fridays." On these days, participants will bring in an old sweater or shirt and make their own ugly holiday sweaters. Participants will then be able to compete in an ugly Christmas sweater contest and enjoy a screening of the movie "Elf." It will be held on Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, and admission will be $12.

The Memphian Room at Circuit Playhouse will be showing a "Who's Holiday," following the story of the "grown up" Cindy Loo Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Admission starts at $30, with select showings from Nov. 25 to Dec. 18.

For those over 21 and looking for some post-finals relief, the 18th Annual "Stumbling Santa Pub Crawl" is on Dec. 3, starting at 7 p.m. at the Flying Saucer Downtown. Participants are encouraged to bring a gift that will then be donated to a preschool-aged child and to come dressed as Santa Claus as you tour the best bars Downtown has to offer.

On Dec. 9, there is a "Holiday Spirits Cocktail Festival" starting at 6 p.m. One ticket will get you 12 sample-sized Christmas-themed drinks. This event is happening at Keel Avenue. at The Kent Venue.

And, of course, be sure and check TigerZone for any new updated Christmas events on campus.

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