Things To Do on Christmas Day in Memphis

Close up of the downtown Memphis Holiday Tree. Photo credit: Holly Whitfield.

After the presents have all been opened and the dinner has been eaten, there is a sense of letdown on Christmas Day. Unfortunately, there is not a lot to do on December 25th to liven up the anti-climactic end of Christmas because most places are closed. The good news is, there are a few things going on around town. So when you get tired of staring at your relatives, check out this list of things to do on Christmas Day.

Updated by Holly Whitfield November 2017

  • 01 of 07

    Go Bowling

    Bowling is great exercise and a good way to burn off those Christmas calories. Best of all, it's fun for the whole family and everyone can participate. Several bowling alleys in the Mid-South will be open for limited hours on Christmas Day and some even offer special pricing for the holiday. Here are a few that will be open:

    Andy B's 
    Billy Hardwick's
    Main Event Entertainment

  • 02 of 07
    This one will have to be done early in the day but from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Christmas Day, MIFA will deliver meals and gifts to homebound senior citizens. Volunteering to make these deliveries is a nice way to share the spirit of the season.
  • 03 of 07
    Lots of folks have a tradition of going to the movies once the events of Christmas have drawn to a close. It's a good way to wind down from all the excitement of the holiday and lots of new movies will be opening that day so you'll have plenty of films from which to choose.
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    You can count on Bar DKDC in Cooper Young to celebrate the holidays with some local favorites for a live music performance. On Christmas Night, Jack O and The Sheiks will perform with special guest Michael Donahue. The show begins at 10 p.m. Enjoy craft cocktails, local beers, and a festive crowd at this bohemian neighborhood bar.

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  • 05 of 07
    A scene from Starry Nights, the eco-friendly, million-plus bulb light display at Shelby Farms during the Christmas season. Photo courtesy of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy

    Can't get enough Christmas? Then take the whole family on a leisurely drive through Shelby Farms to enjoy their spectacular light display, Starry Nights. This mile and a half route features more than one million light bulbs depicting holiday scenes. Starry Nights will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day evenings.

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    Even on Christmas Day, the heart of Memphis nightlife doesn't skip a beat. While not everything will be open, you can still get a bite to eat, a drink or two, and enjoy live music at some of Beale's most popular night spots including the Rum Boogie Cafe and the Pig on Beale.
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    Looking for a way to blow -- er, I mean, try to multiply your Christmas cash? The Tunica area casinos will all be open on Christmas Day and will offer all of the usual attractions -- gaming, shows, and restaurants.