Mount St. Joseph University

A Winter of Fun

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By: Megan Simmermeyer

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With the winter break spanning a solid month this year, Mount students can look forward to spending their days with family and friends. Here are seven family-friendly activities everyone can engage in this holiday season.

  1. Festival of Lights: Each year, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden strings thousands of lights throughout their park, creating a winter wonderland for patrons to visit. Many of the exhibits remain open for the Festival, so visitors can still see the birds, elephants, reptiles, and much more.
  2. Ice Skating at Fountain Square: If you’re in the Cincinnati area, stop by Fountain Square to enjoy O’Keeffe’s Ice Rink. Open Oct. 27-Feb. 19, the rink is open to skaters of all ages and operates seven days a week. And because it’s located in Fountain Square, you’ll find dozens of options for dinner afterward or dessert at Graeter’s.
  3. A Christmas Carol: The classic holiday tale, A Christmas Carol, returns for another year at Playhouse in the Park. Featuring Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and all the familiar characters of the original tale, this play is sure to enchant audiences of all ages.
  4. The Nutcracker: Visit the newly renovated Music Hall to see the Cincinnati Ballet perform The Nutcracker, the classic tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they defeat the evil Mouse King.
  5. Perfect North Slopes: Head to Lawrenceburg, Ind.,  for some early snow. Perfect offers slopes ideal for skiing, snowboarding, or tubing, and patrons of all skill levels are welcome—and for those new to the slops, lessons are available, for adults and children. Visit their website for information on opening day and operating hours.
  6. Krohn Conservatory: Surround yourself with hundreds of live plants at Krohn Conservatory during its holiday show, lasting Nov. 18-Jan. 7. This year’s Holiday Show features a train display and historical buildings created by Applied Imagination.
  7. Movie Theater: If the outdoors are a little too cold for your taste, visit a local movie theater. The holidays often offer showings of new films, as well as special showings of holiday favorites. Enjoy a few hours of laughs, drama, or action with your friends or family, and don’t forget the popcorn!

This short list doesn’t cover even half the holiday events the Tri-State area features, but the best part about a long winter break is the opportunity to explore. These seven places are just the beginning.