Peabody Hotel holds annual Christmas Tree Lighting event

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For 18 years The Peabody Hotel has celebrated the beginning of the holiday season with its annual tree lighting event. Typically the event has thousands of people packed inside the historic hotel for a weekend of celebrations, lights, Santa, and even gingerbread houses but this year things look a little different.

Still, the spirit of Christmas is very much alive inside the grand lobby of the Mid-South landmark.

The lights sparkle and shine on the 30 foot tall Christmas tree inside the grand lobby of the historic Peabody Hotel.  There are 15,000 lights and some 2,000 ornaments - red, green and gold - hang from the grand tree for all to see, thanks to good old Saint Nick.

“Normally we have Christmas carolers and there’s probably two thousand people here and it’s a much grander event and the orchestra might be playing,” said Douglas Browne, President of The Peabody Hotel and Resort. “So this year we scaled it down and it’s not open to the public. It’s only open to hotel guests with hotel rooms that are allowed here for this event tonight.”

Let’s be honest - who really needs Christmas carolers when you have Santa and don’t forget his helpers: The Peabody Ducks!

Santa traveled all the way from The North Pole to be with the famous Peabody Ducks and their Duckmaster. It’s an annual tradition for one Jenae Scott-Robinson and her daughter eight-year-old Courtlyn.

“We started going years ago - just walking through and then we stayed last year and this year we saw it was a requirement so I just went ahead and booked a room,” said Jenae Scott-Robinson.  

Her daughter agrees this was an event not to be missed.

“I am excited, so excited I’m gonna get to see the Christmas tree and the lights, Santa, everything it is awesome and I can not wait,” said Courtlyn Robinson.

She is a third-grader at Gardenview Elementary in Memphis and she already knows exactly what she wants from Santa this year.

“Okay, so what I want for Christmas is a new Nintendo Switch game,” said Courtlyn.

If you didn’t make it Friday night to see the lights, they will be open to the public all season long and of course, you can always book a room at the hotel for a staycation even beyond the holiday season.