Can’t Miss Winter Events
By Mary Kleffner

Can’t Miss Winter Events

Beat the winter blues with these fun seasonal Ohio events.

Tubing at Snow Trails in Mansfield

The gifts have been unwrapped, and the decorations are stowed away. The holiday season has officially come and gone – but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! Embrace the season with comfort food, festivals, sweet treats and more events that all your friends and family will enjoy.

Bird in Hand, January 4 – March 1

Become one with nature at Beech Creek Gardens’ annual Bird in Hand. Take in chilly winter air as you explore the outdoors and hand-feed wild chickadees. Your little ones will love the “Play-viary” filled with a variety of both fun and educational activities, and all can enjoy an outdoor fire, hot cocoa and roasting marshmallows!

Comfort Food Cruise, January 11-12, 18-19, 25-26

Trek through exquisite Hocking Hills scenery while sampling all your favorite comfort foods at twelve different area restaurants. Don’t feel guilty indulging, as $5 from each ticket will be donated to local food pantries and you can burn off calories hiking or walking through trails, frozen waterfalls and more.

Chocolate Meltdown, January 18

Get ready for all-things chocolate at Chocolate Meltdown! Presented by the Miami Art Museum, this sweet event features dozens of yummy vendors, an amateur baking contest, auction and raffle, art exhibit and plenty of activities for the whole family. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, you’re in luck! Chocolate Meltdown is part of a four-day event called Conquer Cabin Fever. Work up a sweat during on these chilly January evenings by ice skating or participating in the Ninja Obstacle Course. Or, bundle up and watch the sled dogs and snowshoes from Fort Wayne, Indiana on Saturday then the Football Conference Champion Games on Sunday. There’s something for everyone!

Logan Frozen Festival, January 18

Head to Historic Downtown Logan for their annual Logan Frozen Festival. Watch in wonder as more than 30 unique ice sculptures come to life and spend the rest of the day playing games or skating on the iceless skating rink. Treat yourself to food from the food trucks and sample selections of both wine and beer at Brewery 33, Hocking Hills Moonshine and Hocking Hills Winery. The fun continues with music, an art exhibit, and special guests. You don’t want to miss this!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 20

Celebrate Dr. King’s legacy with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Ohio History Center in Columbus. Marvel at the items in the Civil Rights in Ohio collection documenting items from Ohio activists around the time Dr. Martin Luther King was leading a national civil rights movement from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM; Listen to History Curator Cliff Eckle talk about Ohio’s First African American fighting unit at 11 AM and 2 PM; and be sure to catch The Story of The Tuskegee Airmen, a program detailing the Tuskegee Airmen’s participation in World War II at 1 PM.

Lebanon Antique Show and Sale, January 25-26

Browse more than fifty vendors of high-quality antiques from the 18th-20th centuries at the Lebanon Antique Show and Sale. The longest running antique show in Ohio, this event features novelty items such as furnishings, decorative arts, textiles and jewelry. Find one-of-a-kind items and enjoy delicious food, also on-site.

Buckeye Lake Winterfest, January 25

The festivities begin at dawn for Buckeye Lake Winterfest, where Benny the Bass will predict when spring will arrive! Bars and restaurants will offer specials, with plenty of activities all day long, including fireworks.

Family Day at Snow Trails, February 2

Bundle up with your kin and head to Snow Trails for Family Day. Challenge your children to a tubing race, teach them the ropes at skiing, or warm up in the lodge after a long, snowy day filled with laughter and fun.

WinterFest, February 8

Both you and your little ones will enjoy Bowling Green’s annual WinterFest. Featuring everything from an ice garden and carving demos to a Winter Market, live entertainment, snacks and carriage rides – you won’t want to miss this. Get ready for a great two days of festivities!

Sweetheart’s Hike, February 15

Grab your loved one and your hiking boots for the Sweetheart’s Hike in Hocking Hills. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic stroll through Ash Cave in the hazy glow of the setting sun. Cuddle up afterwards at a cozy fire with refreshments.

The Arnold Sports Festival, March 5 – 8

Co-produced by Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Arnold is the largest multi-sport festival in the nation. This four-day event in Columbus features thousands of athletes competing in over 40 sports and events, including 12 Olympic sports. Catch talented athletes as well as hundreds of vendors and booths offering the latest in fitness apparel, equipment and more.

For more #WinterInOhio events and excitement, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org.

About the Author

Mary is a graduate of Capital University, she studied Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. She enjoys crafting, design, and spending time with friends and family.