p1p1While the center of Thanksgiving is typically a delicious feast with friends and family followed by a little football or a trip to the movies or strategic planning for those holiday shopping days, there are other events in Memphis that you may also want to put on your list.


Zoo Lights opens on Thanksgiving from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Prices are $7-$9 plus extra charges for ice skating and Ferris Wheel, all ages/kid-friendly. The Zoo is closed during the day on Thanksgiving but will open that night. The Zoo and Zoo Lights are open on Friday and Saturday.

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms is open nightly, including Thanksgiving, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (and on weekends until 10 p.m.). It costs $20 per car (a little bit more for vans and buses) and $3-$5 for other activities, including a petting zoo, camel rides, and s’mores roasting.

The Turkey Trot 4 Miler benefiting the March of Dimes is on at the Botanic Gardens on Thanksgiving Day and starts at 9 a.m. It’s a fun event for the whole family and proceeds go to a worthy cause.

If you want to volunteer and feed the homeless, many shelters around Memphis are looking for extra hands to help out this year.p2

The day after Thanksgiving is pretty special, too, in Memphis. There is the Peabody Christmas Tree Lighting in the Peabody Hotel Lobby on Friday, November 25th. The event is free and is open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. There are choirs all day, and Santa arrives right after the 5 p.m. Duck March to turn on the tree.p5

Don’t forget to also pick up your Thanksgiving flowers and Thanksgiving centerpieces at our Memphis flower shop! We will also re-open on Friday for Black Friday specials as well as Small Business Saturday so come out and get ready for the holidays!