9 Winter Attractions For The Family In Ohio That Don’t Involve Long Lines At The Mall

In the middle of the bustling holiday season, it can be challenging to actually enjoy the season. This year, consider getting outside with the family for a day of snow tubing fun, taking a Santa train or exploring a life-size nutcracker village. Here in Ohio, there’s so much more to do this time of year than shop all weekend or wait in line for Santa at the mall. The following are some of the best Ohio winter getaways for families we’re sure everyone will enjoy! See how many you can add to your winter bucket list:

How many of these attractions did you know about? What are your favorite Ohio getaways for families that you look forward to year winter? Let us know!

Address: Mad River Mountain, 1000 Snow Valley Rd, Zanesfield, OH 43360, USA
Address: The Chalet, 16200 Valley Pkwy, Strongsville, OH 44136, USA
Address: Steubenville Nutcracker Village, 157 N 4th St, Steubenville, OH 43952, USA
Address: Dickens Victorian Village, 708 Wheeling Ave, Cambridge, OH 43725, USA
Address: Lock 3 Park, 200 S Main St, Akron, OH 44308, USA
Address: Butch Bando's Fantasy Of Lights, 3311 S Old State Rd, Delaware, OH 43015, USA
Address: Lorain & West Virginia Railway, 46789 OH-18, Wellington, OH 44090, USA
Address: Snow Trails, 3100 Possum Run Rd, Mansfield, OH 44903, USA
Address: Christmas Ranch, 3205 S Waynesville Rd, Morrow, OH 45152, USA

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Ohio winter getaways for families

November 28, 2022

What are some other Ohio winter getaways for families?

This season, we recommend loading up the car and making a trip to one of these Christmas towns in Ohio:

  • Columbus. Ohio’s capital wholeheartedly embraces the Christmas season. The area’s popular outdoor shopping mall, Easton Town Center, is decked out in Christmas lights and decor for the season. The shopping center also features Santa visits, ice skating, and carolers. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Wildlights is also a popular destination for families during the holiday season. From circa late November through early January, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a magical winter wonderland. You’ll easily see why locals love visiting Ohio’s capital during the coolest season of the year!
  • Peninsula/Cuyahoga Valley National Park. During the holiday season the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad features the North Pole Adventure. Be on the lookout for reindeer in the scenic valley while you sip hot chocolate and eat Christmas cookies. (Passengers are even encouraged to wear their pajamas.) While you’re in the area, don’t forget to explore Peninsula’s festive businesses.
  • Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Museum Center features several holiday events and exhibits throughout the month of December, such as the Duke Energy annual Holiday Train Display. The Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden runs from late November to early January. Bundle up and embrace the season at 3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH, 45220.
  • Toledo. Don’t forget about charming Toledo, Ohio, this winter season! 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 early January. Toledo features a number of holiday events each year, including tree lightings, holiday fundraisers, special exhibits, and more.
Address: Mad River Mountain, 1000 Snow Valley Rd, Zanesfield, OH 43360, USA
Address: The Chalet, 16200 Valley Pkwy, Strongsville, OH 44136, USA
Address: Steubenville Nutcracker Village, 157 N 4th St, Steubenville, OH 43952, USA
Address: Dickens Victorian Village, 708 Wheeling Ave, Cambridge, OH 43725, USA
Address: Lock 3 Park, 200 S Main St, Akron, OH 44308, USA
Address: Butch Bando's Fantasy Of Lights, 3311 S Old State Rd, Delaware, OH 43015, USA
Address: Lorain & West Virginia Railway, 46789 OH-18, Wellington, OH 44090, USA
Address: Snow Trails, 3100 Possum Run Rd, Mansfield, OH 44903, USA
Address: Christmas Ranch, 3205 S Waynesville Rd, Morrow, OH 45152, USA

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