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A Cold Day in Columbus: 5 Activities to Try This Winter

 Buckeye Chuck did not see his shadow this year, predicting an earlier spring in Ohio. However, the current conditions including ice, snow, and chilly temperatures, hint that we will need to embrace the cold just a bit longer. Will you make the most out of your winter and bundle up for the snow, or stay toasty indoors?

  Whatever you decide–we’ve got plenty of fun activities for you to try this season that will make the winter months fly by. 

Fun on the Ice

Whether you’re looking to cheer on the Blue Jackets from the stands or show off your own skills on the ice, Nationwide Arena is the place to be! Here are some great upcoming events to check out:

  • Take the little ones to Disney on Ice on Feb 4-6 as Mickey and friends bring your favorite Disney stories to life. 
  • Join the city’s biggest Blue Jackets fans at the team’s upcoming home games on February 20, 22, and 27. Check out the full season schedule here.
  • Escape to the ice and enjoy open skating at the OhioHealth Ice Haus with friends.
  • For female hockey fans, Hockey For Her is a special series of events offering unique experiences and behind-the-scenes looks at the Jackets organization

 Host a Hot Cocoa Party

A cozy cup of hot cocoa is the perfect way to warm up after a day in the cold with neighbors and loved ones. Set up a low-maintenance, crowd-pleasing, hot cocoa bar with dozens of toppings for a fun twist on a seasonal favorite. Start with a theme, then build your bar with an array of toppings – from marshmallows to toffee, whipped cream to caramel sauce, a quick trip to Giant Eagle Market District will ensure you have everything you need to make the hot cocoa of your dreams! Pick up chalkboard labels for an Insta-ready look or even try a hot chocolate charcuterie board. Pair with hot cocoa-flavored dessert like these hot chocolate brownies

 Test Your Knowledge

Tap your brain and test your knowledge on Trivia Night Wednesdays at 7 PM with Whistle & Keg! Enjoy a friendly competition against your neighbors, friends, and fellow bar-goers for a chance to win one of many amazing prizes. Enjoy several craft beers on tap, wine, cider, and more. 

Rock Out at KEMBA Live!

Hosting hundreds of events, performances, and concerts each year, KEMBA Live! has something for everyone. Check out the performance from Umphrey’s McGee–an up-and-coming American jam band that experiments with several musical styles– on February 17. Looking for something that fits your taste? Take a peek at the Arena District Events page to stay up to date on shows and events coming to Columbus this winter. 

 Host a Game Night

Keep the boredom at bay with a night full of play! Classic board games never go out of style and can entertain guests for hours. Order pick up from your favorite Arena District and Grandview Yard restaurants and enjoy a great night indoors. Learn how to make your own games if you don’t own any – ‘Celebrity’ is a great party game that can keep you entertained for hours.