By Helen Hudson
Photo courtesy of USA Today
Although it can be tempting to stay in due to the recent bitter onslaught of winter, here are a few ways that make enduring the cold worthwhile.
Summer Avenue Drive-In
The Summer Avenue Drive-In stays open during the winter months (Fri-Sun only) and offers double feature films for only $7.50/person. They also have a concession stand, so get your snacks and bundle up with some blankets for a perfect-spent winter’s night.
Zoo Lights and Memphis Zoo on Ice
The Memphis Zoo lights up in the evenings during the holiday season with fanciful displays, lighted trails, Santa in his workshop, reindeer and special crafts. The Zoo's carousel and tram rides are free with the price of admission to Zoo Lights, and for additional fees you can ride the unforgettable ferris wheel or walk through the glass maze.
The Memphis Zoo on Ice brings an additional holiday vibe to the already popular zoo, with daily ice skating from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.. Skate rentals are available, but bring your own socks!
Hot chocolate and other holiday treats are served at the Cat's House Cafe. The Zoo Lights and Zoo on Ice run through December 30th on select evenings.
Starry Nights, the holiday-themed drive-through tour of lighted displays, runs every evening from Nov. 29 through Dec. 28, featuring more than 1.5 million lights in a display that winds through the vast park. Fanciful images of animals, stars and planets, holiday images and more lead guests through the park. Choirs from local schools perform on select evenings, and viewers can drive through in their cars, or sign up for a horse-drawn carriage or hayride through the light show.
The lobby of the historic Peabody Hotel is a festive place with its ornate columns, lush decor and resident ducks. During the holidays, however, the Peabody lobby transforms from festive to all-out magical. The lobby and mezzanine levels get the full holiday decoration treatment: a huge Christmas tree in the bar area, gingerbread creations, more trees and lights in every nook and cranny, garland and general splendor. During the month, area high school choirs or bands perform at the 11 a.m. duck march, which is a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit.
Winter in Memphis offers a multitude of holiday and wintery events, so don’t hesitate to get out there and have some fun!
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