The winter season in Ohio brings its own set of unique activities, festivals and events. Even though a few of these actives and destinations require snow (which we have yet to see,) these places offer fun-filled times that only happen in the winter season. Here are 13 unforgettable places in Ohio that you need to check out this winter.
1. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Wildlights
From Nov. 30, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a magical winter wonderland.
2. The Brite Winter Festival (Ohio City)
On February 21, 2016, Ohio City will once again host an outdoor and indoor music festival that features top-notch local and regional acts, hot drinks and treats and fireside conversations.
3. Dickens Victorian Village of Cambridge
Take a trip back in time and explore the historic downtown of Cambridge. Until early January, the town is transformed into old world England, featuring more than 80 scenes of 180 lifelike figures representing typical scenes from Victorian society and Dickens' novels.
4. Woodland Lights (Dayton)
This half-mile wonderland of lights, displays and festival activities in Countryside Park is a popular holiday family fun attraction. It is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly until December 31. Admission is $8 per person. (Children 2 and under are free.)
5. Historic Kirtland Nativity Exhibit
Featuring 100,000 Christmas lights and more than 500 nativity scenes from around the world, this destination is a unique holiday experience for families. Admission is free and the exhibit is open until January 3rd from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon. - Sat. and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m on Sundays.
6. PNC Festival of Lights (Cincinnati)
The PNC festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden runs from Nov. 21 - Jan. 2. In addition to an abundance of lights, this year's festival will feature a "Frozen" Wonderland themed area and a Gingerbread Village.
7. Winter Sports Center at Kendall Lake (Peninsula)
Although there must be four inches of snow for the center to open, this is the perfect family destination for some winter fun at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The center offers snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the Cuyahoga Valley, as well as a cozy setting to warm up with a hot drink after a day of outdoor fun.
8. Toledo Zoo Lights Before Christmas
Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo is fun for the whole family. The zoo features more than a million lights, making it a magical winter wonderland until January 3.
9. Clifton Mill (Clifton)
The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill are featured nightly from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting) until Jan. 1. Clifton Mill is located at 75 Water St., Clifton, OH 45316.
10. Snow Trails Winter Resort (Mansfield)
Learn to ski, snowboard or snow-tube at this winter fun ski resort in Mansfield. This family favorite destination features the Timberline Trail (the longest in Ohio,) the longest tubing lanes in Ohio, a 9,000 sq.ft. Rental Center, a Children's Learning Center and more.
11. The Christmas Ranch (Morrow)
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This popular family fun attraction features a million dancing Christmas lights synchronized to holiday music, Christmas shops, pictures with Santa, wagon and train rides and hot food and drinks. It is open from Nov. 27 - Dec. 31 and is located at 3205 S Waynesville Rd., Morrow, OH 45152.
12. Mohican Winter Fest (Loudonville)
From Jan. 8- 10, the Mohican Winter Fest features two general hikes; a 5K and a 10K hike. (Trails run from moderate to difficult and the hikes are led by volunteers from the Mohican Trails Club.) Enjoy a warm fire, hot soup, cookies and drinks that are provided after the hike.
13. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park Lights on the Hill (Hamilton)
For the holiday season, this outdoor sculpture park and museum is transformed into a winter wonderland. Holiday Lights on the Hill runs until Jan. 3. It is open every night (including the holidays) on Mon. - Thurs. from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $20 per car load, and on Fri. - Sun. from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $25 per car load.
Have you experienced any of these destinations or activities? What other special places are there in Ohio that you would recommend visiting in the winter? Share your experiences and any photos you may have with us in the comments below!