January Ohio Winter Events and Activities

A Christmas Story House

christmas story house cleveland ohioAdmission to A Christmas Story House in Cleveland: $11/adult, $9/senior and $7/child ages 7-12. Group discounts are available. The price of admission includes a guided tour of the house and yard and admittance into the museum.

  • When: Open 7 days a week from 10am – 5pm
  • Where: (Map It) 3159 W. 11th Street, Cleveland, OH  44109. Admission tickets to A Christmas Story House can be purchased at the giftshop (3166 W. 11th Street) located directly across the street from the house. 
  • Phone: 216-298-4919
  • Web: achristmasstoryhouse.com/

A Christmas Story House in Cleveland, Ohio:  The house used in the popular holiday classic “A Christmas Story” has been restored to its original 1983 movie appearance. Purchased and renovated by Brian Jones, a true fan of the movie who sells leg lamps for a living, the house takes visitors on a nostalgic journey to the sights and scenes where Ralphie Parker dreams of nothing but receiving a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle for Christmas. In addition to A Christmas Story House, visitors can explore the museum where items from the movie are on display, more than 100 behind-the-scenes photos are featured and movie-related memorabilia can be purchased. A Christmas Story House is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th Street in the Tremont neighborhood. For more information or for directions, visit www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com.

Ma & Pa’s Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides

Fee for MA & PA’s Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides: Family rates start at $20/adult and $5-10 per child. Couples rate ranges from $50-65.

  • When: Annually from December 1 through the end of February
  • Where: (Map It) Main Market Road, (State Route 422), Troy Township, Ohio
  • Phone: 440-548-5521 
  • Web: www.maandpas.com/

MA & PA’s Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides:  How does “Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh” sound?  The excursion begins at Ma and Pa’s 1820’s log cabin where you will find various rustic items such as chainsaw carved bears, log furniture, hunting, fishing, and everything for the rustic home. Then out into the woods one of their draft horses will pull one of two old fashioned sleighs, wandering out into an open field where, during the evening rides, the horses often stop so that guests can gaze up into the star filled sky. When the trip has ended, visitors are welcomed back to the cabin for hot chocolate or maple coffee and cookies baked by Ma herself!

A Bi-Cycling Dandy Excuse For Getting Hibernated In January! (A.B.C.D.E.F.G.H.I.J.!)

New Year’s Day Bike Ride in Medina, Ohio.

  • When: January 1 (Ride begins at Noon so come early for map)
  • Location: (Map It) Medina Square in Medina, Ohio
  • Web: Click here

Medina, Ohio’s A Bi-Cycling Dandy Excuse For Getting Hibernated In January! (ABCDEFGHIJ!) This is a free bike ride of 3, 24, or 12 miles on New Year’s Day – despite the weather. A map is provided, but NO other services are provided. NO sag wagon, NO snack stops, NO closed course, NO first aid cars, NO food. Get the idea? Then come prepared! The route does go through a couple of cities where food may be purchased if you need it. 

Valetine Re-mailing Program From Loveland

Loveland, Ohio’s Valentine re-mailing program is a special stamping that is free but proper postage must be applied to envelopes.

  • When: January 1 – February 14
  • Location:  (Map It) Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce in Loveland, Ohio
  • Phone:  513-683-1544

Valetine Re-mailing Program From Loveland:  Send your Valentines stamped with a romantic cachet and postmark from Loveland, Ohio.  Prepare your Valentines, affixing proper postage, address, and return address, and include them in a larger envelope addressed to:  The Valentine Lady, 123 West 2nd St., Loveland, OH  45140.   All of the Valentine Ladies, past and present, members of the sweetheart court, and Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce staff members, will affix the special cachet bearing our signature slogan, “There is nothing in this world so sweet as love.”  After the special cachet is stamped upon the Valentine envelopes, they are taken to the Loveland Post Office where they are hand canceled bearing the passionate postmark from Loveland, OH.  Please don’t wait until February to send your Valentines!  For more information please visit www.lovelandchamber.org.

The Great Sled Dog Race Classic of Northeast Ohio

punderson-sled-dog-raceAdmission to The Great Sled Dog Race Classic of Northeast Ohio is free.

  • When: Usually early to mid January, weather permitting
  • Location: (Map It) Punderson State Park, in Newbury, Ohio
  • Phone: Mary Groth – Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland – 330-659-7330
  • Web: Click here

The Great Sled Dog Race Classic of Greater Cleveland is the only sled dog event in Ohio attracting mushers from across Ohio and other states. Teams will cover one to six miles through woods and across open fields. Because the weather doesn’t always cooperate, there will be an alternate race date announced. Park Accommodations: Punderson State Park offers a beautiful lodge (Manor House) for overnight stays or many rustic cottages that can sleep 8-10 people. Call the lodge for rates 440-564-9144 or 1-800-282-7275. Camper hookups are also available

Mohican Winterfest

Mohican Ice FestMohican Winter Fest in Loudonville is free.

  • When: January 13 & 14, 2018
  • Location: (Map It) Downtown Loudonville, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-994-4789 or 419-994-2519

Mohican Winterfest is a winter festival in Loudonville, Ohio: Come and enjoy ice sculpture and carving competitions featuring award winning ice carvers. Ice carvings are displayed throughout downtown with most of the events in Central Park. Visitors will enjoy speed carving, demonstrations and Fire Poi (Spinning) (Fire and Ice). There will also be a figure skating exhibition, carriage rides, a train expo, social media scavenger hunt and more. Winter hikes are followed with a delicious bowl of soup to warm up afterward.

Mid America Boat Show

cleveland-mid-america-boat-show-The Mid-America Boat Show at the I-X Center in Cleveland is $14/adult, $12/senior and free for children 12 and younger.

  • When:  January 18 – 21, 2018
  • Where:  (Map It) International Exposition (I-X) Center, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Call:  440-899-5009 
  • Web: www.ClevelandBoatShow.com

The Mid-America Boat Show at the Cleveland I-X Center is one of the largest indoor boat shows in the country. The event will feature the best prices in years on powerboats, sailboats, fishing boats, personal watercraft, trailers, and accessories. It will be the best place to shop from more than 50 exhibitors from across the state and would be a perfect winter rendezvous point for all your boating buddies!

Winter Hike At Hocking Hills

hocking-hills-winter-hikeWinter Hike at Hocking Hills is free.

  • When: January 20, 2018 with continuous starts from 9am – 11am
  • Location: (Map It) Hike begins with continuous starts between 9am and 11am from the Old Man’s Cave Visitor’s Center. 
  • Phone: 740-385-6841 or 740-385-6842
  • Web: Click here

The Winter Hike at Hocking Hills: More than 5,000 outdoor enthusiasts will participate in the Annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike. Hikers should assemble at the Old Man’s Cave Visitor Center at any time from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Winter Hike and all pre-hike and post-hike activities are free. Donations are encouraged for the refreshments, and for the return ride to Old Man’s Cave. Commemorative patches and hiking stick medallions are available for purchase. Hikers should come dressed in layered clothing and sturdy shoes.  Hocking Hills State Park is located about 55 miles southeast of downtown Columbus on State Route 664 in Hocking County. 

IceFest Hamilton

hamilton ice festHamilton Ice Fest is free.

  • When: Returns in January 2019 (offered every other year)
  • Location: (Map It) downtown Hamilton, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-895-3934

Hamilton Ice Fest:  The winter season is approaching quickly and that can only mean one thing…the return of IceFest in Hamilton, Ohio! IceFest, whisks visitors away to a winter wonderland filled with ice sculptures, ice carving competitions, yummy hot chocolate and family-fun activities. The Hamilton-based organization, City of Sculpture, leads the way in the planning of the event. An estimated 200 blocks and 40 tons of ice are needed for the event; then locally and nationally-based carvers will chisel and create to bring the works of art to life. IceFest has featured a Technicolor Ice Walk, Human Dog Sled Races and of course, competition carving.

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