Things to Do in Memphis this Winter

Memphis Zoo on Ice

Ice skating at the Memphis Zoo is back for another year. Photo by Andrea Zucker.

The Orpheum Theatre and trolley. Photo Credit: Phillip Parker

See a Broadway show at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis. Photo by Phillip Parker.

Tony Allen - Memphis Grizzlies

Tony Allen is Grit & Grind. Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images

Gibson Guitar Factory

Putting the final touches on a Gibson Guitar. Photo by Andrea Zucker.

Buddy Guy Sings "Damn Right I Got the Blues." Photo Credit: Memphis Blues Foundation

Buddy Guy Sings "Damn Right I Got the Blues"

Front Porch at Rock n Soul Museum - Justin Fox Burks

Explore the history of Memphis music at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum. Photo by Justin Fox Burks


Christmas lights at Graceland. Photo by Andrea Zucker

Chilly days, snowy weather and (gasp!) temperatures that dip below freezing aren’t all that common in Memphis, but even in a city with more sunny days per year than Miami, Memphis has its share of cold weather. If you’re visiting Memphis in the winter, don’t hole up in your hotel room, there are plenty of things to do both indoors and out when the weather is frigid. Here’s a sample.  

Broadway Shows
The Orpheum Theatre packs the best and brightest Broadway touring shows in the area. Put on your holiday sweater and sit back in this immaculate theatre for Tony Award winning (and nominated) shows like Jersey Boys, Rent, Little Mermaid and more. When not putting on the ritz, the Orpheum plays host to traveling musicians and A-list comedians.  

Museums by the Ton

Memphis has more cultural museums and historic sites than you can shake a stick at. Curate your own adventure at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Home to nearly 9,000 works of art from all time periods, the Brooks Museum will inspire and ignite a fire in your soul. If the weather is crummy, give the African Peanut Soup at the museum’s Brushmark Restaurant a try.

Got kids with cabin fever? Let them explore the Pink Palace Museum, take in a show at the CTI 3D Giant Theater or scurry down the street to the Children’s Museum of Memphis where they can go hands-on with a FedEx flight simulator or burn off steam on the disco floor.

Any music fans in the house? See how a real Memphis blues guitar is constructed at the Gibson Guitar Factory tour or explore the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum – a Smithsonian Institute project that digs up the roots of soul and rock ‘n’ roll music. Of course, these attractions are on top of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Sun Studio and Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Outdoor Attractions
How do you make one of the nation’s best zoos even cooler? Slide into the Memphis Zoo on Ice, which offers the only tented, outdoor ice skating rink in the Mid-South.  Not much for skating? Sip hot chocolate and enjoy the holiday festivities in Teton Trek – a Yellowstone National Park inspired lodge on the zoo grounds. The ice rink is available this November through the end of 2016 and admission is just $6.

Put on some extra layers and hit the course at Mirimichi. The premiere public golf course in the area (established by Justin Timberlake) will scratch your golf itch and is available for play year around. Replace your divots on the championship course or train indoors at the Callaway Performance Center. Bring your swing and club up for this monster course!

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Winter Events
Memphis doesn’t turn out the lights in the winter. From the neon of Beale Street to shimmering candles for Elvis’ birthday in January, we keep the party going throughout the year. Check out some of these more popular winter events or see our Memphis events page.