Winter Activities in Ohio

[Updated: April 26, 2018 | Published: December 6, 2017]

Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy the unique activities of the season! With a variety of holiday festivals and indoor or outdoor options, there’s something for everyone to enjoy even when the weather turns chilly.

Give one of these activities a try this winter in Ohio:

There are wonderful holiday light displays to choose from in central Ohio! If you are looking for an extravagant display, the legendary lights of Clifton Mill will knock your socks off, located just 40 miles south of Columbus. If you are looking for an option that is closer to home, the Columbus Zoo’s Wildlights is always a great time for the whole family.

With the chilly weather rolling in, there are plenty of outdoor winter activities for you to enjoy. The Columbus Metro Parks are a great place for a winter hike or to take in one of their winter programs such as You Can Eat That, a 1-mile walk to learn about wild edibles that are still around in the winter months, or Common Winter Birds, a guided bird-watching walk.

If you’re more adventurous, there are plenty of winter sports to keep you occupied such as ice-skating, skiing, snow tubing and sledding. If you prefer watching to participating, the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang will start on February 9, 2018 and you can enjoy watching from the comfort of home.

The winter months also coincide with theater season. There are many great holiday performances to be enjoyed including Ballet Met’s annual performance of The Nutcracker and Broadway in Columbus’ seasonal option, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Broadway in Columbus will also offer many great non-holiday themed shows this season, including The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago and An American in Paris.

If you’re still looking for fun ideas, check out this comprehensive list of suggestions from What are you most excited to do this winter? Let us know on Facebook!

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