After the turkey’s been carved and the pumpkin pie’s been cut, the Christmas season unofficially begins.
Collierville is home to many family-friendly Christmas events to help get the most out of the season. Here are the Herald’s top picks:
Support local businesses
When: Saturday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What: On Small Business Saturday, shop the merchants on Collierville’s town square and also visit Santa at the Depot Visitors Center until 2 p.m., take the “Shop Local Saturday” double decker shuttle from the square to Carriage Crossing and a carriage ride around the square. Grab a cup of hot chocolate in the depot and enjoy a day supporting the local economy. Christmas in Collierville Saturdays run through the season. For more information, see collierville.com.
Attend the tree lighting
When: Tuesday, Nov. 27, 5:30-7 p.m.
What: Head back to the square on Tuesday evening to see the town’s official Christmas tree lighting. At 5:30 p.m., the board of mayor and aldermen will begin serving hot chocolate and at 6 p.m., a concert featuring choirs from Tara Oaks Elementary School, Crosswinds Elementary School, West Collierville Middle School and Collierville High School will begin with music provided by Germantown Baptist Jazz Band. The tree – and square – will be lit at 7 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive for photos, so make sure you bring your camera. For more information, see collierville.com.
Bundle up and watch the Christmas parade
When: Friday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m.
What: The 42nd annual Christmas parade will go down Byhalia from White Road to West Collierville Middle School. If it rains, the parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Catch ‘Miracle on 34th Street’
There are two ways to catch this Christmas classic – on stage and on film.
The Collierville Arts Council’s play, based on the 1947 film of the same name, will run from Dec. 1-9 with shows at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.
The play stars Jimmy Hoxie
as Kris Kringle, Peyton Blythe as Susan Walker, Tiffanie Emerson as Doris Walker and Michael Anderson as Fred Gayley. Other cast members include Irene Steelman (Shellhammer), Tim Ryan (Dr. Sawyer); Jeff Steelman (District Attorney Mara); Emily Garrett (Judge Harper); Heather Staggs (Halloran); Jamie Jonkman (Dr. Pierce); Erik Jonkman (Finley, the bailiff); Marcus Jordan (Duncan, the zookeeper); Makena Jordan (Al, the postal worker and an elf); Lila Turpin (Dutch girl); Christina Anderson (Janet Mara); Max Jonkman (Johnny); Alexis Steelman, Zoey Steelman, Jenna Grace Jonkman and Olivia Caspersen as elves; and Maryssa Ryan and Rayley Ryan as children.
The play will take place at The Harrell Performing Arts Theatre and tickets are $15 for students, seniors and military and $20 for adults. See colliervilleartscouncil.com for more information and to buy tickets online.
On Thursday, Dec. 6, the Town of Collierville will show the film on the square at 6:30 p.m., if the weather allows. Hot chocolate will be available in the depot and free books will be handed out by the Collierville Literacy Council.
Take a tour of the holiday lights from the double decker bus
When: Dec. 10-12 and 17-19, 6 and 7 p.m.
What: Ride the town’s double decker bus and tour beautifully-decorated homes around town. The tour will include homes on the Collierville Town Beautiful Holiday Lights Tour and will last approximately an hour. Cost is free, but pre-registration is required at colliervillemuseum.evanced.info/signup/Calendar.
Have cocoa and cookies with Mrs. Claus
When: Saturday, Dec. 20
What: Mrs. Claus will be back at the Morton Museum to read “Bear Stays Up for Christmas.” A free event, there will be hot chocolate and candy canes will be available. There will be two different times to go – from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Other Christmas events
Here are other Christmas events happening around Collierville:
Storytime with Santa, Morton Museum, Nov. 30 at 10:30 a.m.; free
Polar Express Pajama Party, Morton Museum, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; free; bring your pajamas and blanket and remember to register early
Collierville Contemporary Club’s Home Tour and Gift Gazebo, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of the event; see colliervillecontemporaryclub.org for more.
Carols and Candlelight by Peace Tree United Methodist, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the town square gazebo; free
Cocoa and crafts, Morton Museum, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.; free
Away in 100 Mangers, Bible Museum on the Square through Jan. 18; $5/person or $15/family; see biblemuseumonthesquare.org or story on page A1 for more.
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