Things to Do in Winter

Chilly winter can make you want to hunker down on the couch for the season, but fortunately, there are lots of fun things to do to keep boredom at bay. Winter sports such as skiing, tubing and ice skating are all great ways to enjoy the elements. If you’d rather be indoors, try a romantic date night such as a cooking class, a weekend spa getaway or a cozy dinner with wine by the fire. The kids will love visiting an indoor water park, and the whole family can enjoy a day at the museum.

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    Downtown Middletown


    Leave your inner Grinch at home for the Middletown Holiday Whopla, filled with seasonal cheer: ice skating, lights, food, art and fun. Ends January 3.

  2. Loveland Stage Company


    Grab a ticket to the live show Christmas with Anton at the Loveland Stage Company, Dec 3–5, or their free-to-the-public performance, Christmastime, on Dec 18. 

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    Cincinnati Nature Center


    Cincinnati Nature Center's Light in the Forest features outdoor light displays, music, shopping and a decorated historic home. Reserve tickets online through January 2. 

  4. Mile 42 Coffee


    Warm up with a creamy, dreamy peppermint mocha from Mile 42 Coffee. Drink it inside, or get it to go from their walk-up window.

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    The Foundry


    Capture memories with the whole family in the immersive selfie experience of Deck the Walls, eight holiday rooms decorated by local artists. Through December 20. 

  6. SGN Golf


    Missing the links this winter? Grab your friends and tee off for a round at Loveland’s newest indoor golf facility, SGN Golf.

  7. Voice of America MetroPark


    Bundle up in your winter gear for a sledding adventure down the 65-foot Chill Hill, overlooking the Voice of America MetroPark.

  8. Summit Park


    Take the whole family ice skating in Blue Ash at the Warm 98.5 Ice Rink at Summit Park—skate rental only $7 per person!

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    Light Up Middletown


    Light Up Middletown is a drive-through fantasyland, sparkling with holiday light displays in the 100-acre Smith Park. Through December 31.

  10. Bishop’s Quarter


    Toast the season with friends! Enjoy a glass of wine (or two!) and warm up next to the cozy fireplace on Bishop’s Quarter’s second floor.


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    Kings Island


    Enjoy a world of holiday magic at Kings Island WinterFest: live entertainment, ice skating, festive food and family-favorite rides on select nights through December 31. 

  12. Taft Theatre


    A holiday favorite, Elf will be presented on stage by The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati—runs through December at the Taft Theatre.

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    Sharon Woods Park


    Drive-thru the charming Holiday In Lights show at Sharon Woods, produced by the Alleen Company, glowing through January 1. Walk the lights on December 29. 

  14. Paxton’s Grill


    Trivia lover? Grab dinner at Paxton’s Grill on Tuesday nights and bring home the big-brain bragging rights with their 7 p.m. trivia contests.

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    EnterTRAINment Junction


    Christmas at the Junction features the world’s largest indoor train display and a journey to the North Pole to visit Santa. Through January 2. 

  16. Symmes Township Park


    Stuck inside for a snow day? Gather the kiddos and head to Symmes Township Park for sled riding (and maybe a snowball fight!).

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    Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park + Museum


    Visit Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park + Museum for the spectacular Journey BOREALIS, a unique art installation of more than one million lights. Through January 2.

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    Liberty Farm Market


    ‘Tis the season for Christmas at the Barn, a wine tasting and theatre performance by The Story Collective at Liberty Farm Market on December 12. 

  19. Scene 75


    This month, grab Breakfast with Santa, participate in Toys for Tots, or celebrate New Year’s inside this fun indoor entertainment center, Scene 75.