First Tennessee Starry Nights

12/05/2012, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM


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First Tennessee Starry Nights is a Mid-South tradition. More than 2.5 million lights illuminate the night sky in the largest holiday light show and festival in the Mid-South. But Starry Nights is more than a show--it's an experience. This year, after viewing new exhibits, you can take a ride on a camel, visit the Starry Petting Zoo, take photos with Santa and make memories that will last a lifetime in magical Mistletoe Village.Mondays are closed to cars for Run, Walk, Ride nights--a chance to see the show on foot or by bicycle. 

The show will be closed on Monday, November 26 so that we can thank our generous sponsors. Starry Nights will reopen on Tuesday, November 27.

Note: Starry Nights will open to the public at 7pm on December 15 due to the Breakaway Running Starry 4k. All other nights, the show will open at 6pm.


Mistletoe Village is a place where you can experience the magic of the holidays. Grab a cup of hot chocolate while you visit Santa, do some holiday shopping with local artisans, visit the Starry Petting Zoo and even ride a camel. Afterward, gather around a cozy campfire and roast s'mores while you listen to carols in the village.


Starry Nights will be closed to cars each Monday in December so that visitors can see the show on foot or on bicycle. 

December 17 is an extra special Run, Walk, Ride Night: Walkin' + Woofin' Night. This night welcomes dogs to the show! All dogs must be on leash.


See the show at the speed of light during this exciting new event. After you race through the lights, you'll cross the snowy finish line and be rewarded with complimentary hot chocolate. All runners will receive a t-shirt that glows in the dark!

Register Today!


Tuesday-Sunday: $20 per car | $50 per large van + limo | $150 per charter bus

Mondays (Run, Walk, Ride Nights): $5 per person or $20 per family (maximum) 


Tickets can be purchased at the gate as you enter the show, or you can purchase them ahead of time and save time in line. 

Pre-purchase tickets online here


Mondays (Run, Walk, Ride Nights): 6pm-9pm

Tuesdays: 6pm-9pm

Wednesdays: 6pm-9pm

Thursdays: 6pm-9pm

Fridays: 6pm-10pm

Saturdays: 6pm-10pm

Sundays: 6pm-9pm


See the show in a whole new light on a horse drawn carriage or hay ride. Carriages seat up to 6 passengers. 

Reserve your carriage or hay ride today!


  • All veterans and active military will receive a $5 discount with a valid ID (discount valid for whole show).
  • Police, Firemen + EMT will receive a $5 discount with a valid ID (discount valid for whole show).
  • November 29: Decorate Your Car Night--decorate your car and receive a $5 discount at the gate. Valid on 11/29/12 only.
  • December 6: Tacky Sweater Night--wear a tacky sweater and receive a $5 discount at the gate. Valid only on 12/6/12.

All proceeds from Starry Nights and the new Starry 4k Fun Run benefit Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, the nonprofit organization that manages and operates Shelby Farms Park + Shelby Farms Greenline. Each year, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy is tasked with privately fundraising over $2 million (over 75 percent of the operating budget) to keep Shelby Farms Park + Shelby Farms Greenline clean, green and safe. Starry Nights is just one of the many ways that we work toward this goal. 

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