The holidays are a time of traditions, and one of the Southeast’s favorite holiday traditions is experiencing the wonders of the Orion Starry Night show at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis Tennessee. What makes this dazzling light show special? First, it’s one of the largest drive-through Christmas light shows in the Mid-South, with over 2 million lights illuminating the night sky. And secondly, they pay homage to their Memphis roots, with 14 new displays (in addition to the old favorites) depicting some of the best known and beloved areas of Memphis, including Graceland, The Memphis Zoo, Beale Street, The Orpheum, to name just a few.
If, like me, you tend to be the chauffeur in your family, here’s an idea worth checking out: why not book a horse-drawn carriage or a leisurely hay ride and leave the driving to someone else! This way you, too, can relax and give your full attention to the magic happening all around you. If that sounds as appealing to you as it does to me, check out Starry Carriage Rides. (reservations strongly suggested).
Don’t miss Mistletoe Village, a festive wonderland where you’ll encounter another kind of luminary, Santa himself! You can also visit some furry friends at the Starry Petting Zoo, take a ride on a camel, do some last minute shopping, or simply savor some hot chocolate while enjoying your favorite Holiday songs and carols.
Shelby Farms Park is an amazing place, a destination worth visiting during any season. And since the holidays are also a time for giving, I really like that the proceeds from Orion Starry Nights go to the Shelby Farms Park Conservatory, a non-profit organization that manages and operates Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline. (The Greenline is a beautiful 6.5 mile urban trail connecting Midtown Memphis to Shelby Farms Park.)
Can’t make it before Christmas? Don’t worry – Orion Starry Nights runs through December 28th…and I’m sure the dazzling displays will be just as spectacular after the Holidays!
You can find out more at: http://www.shelbyfarmspark.org/starrynights
I want to wish you and yours a very merry (and bright!) Holiday season!