With the arrival of winter break, students have free time to enjoy the Christmas season and relax after an exhausting semester. There is no shortage of affordable events throughout Ohio to keep students entertained before classes begin again.
Here’s a list of ten activities to consider checking out after finals:
1. A Christmas Story House
In addition to watching the 24-hour movie marathon beginning on Christmas Eve, take a trip to Cleveland to see the house where A Christmas Story was filmed. Consider purchasing a remake of the leg lamp while you’re at the gift shop, too.
The house is open Dec. 14-31, with the exception of Christmas Day. Check the website for hours.
2. Gasser Jewelers gingerbread house display
From now until Dec. 23, stop by Gasser Jewelers to check out their annual gingerbread house display. While you’re there, vote for your favorite one!
Location: 205 Third Street NW, Canton, OH 44702
3. Jason Farnham and friends at the Canton Palace Theatre
“Get in the Mood for Christmas” with Jason Farnham and Friends on Dec. 17 at the Canton Palace Theatre features a variety of musical styles, including contemporary piano, jazz and blues. Some Christmas songs will be played, as well as a holiday sing-a-long. The show is at 7 p.m.
Go to http://cantonpalacetheatre.ticketforce.com/ for tickets.
4. “Unwrapping the Holidays”
Check out some holiday traditions at the Canton McKinley Presidential Library and Museum’s exhibit, “Unwrapping the Holidays: The History and Traditions of the Yuletide Season.” This exhibit is featured until Jan. 29.
Location: 800 McKinley Monument Drive NW, Canton, OH 44708
Cost: $8 for museum admission
5. “Celestial Light” at the Hoover Price Planetarium
If you’re an astronomy buff or just like to look at the stars, the Hoover-Price Planetarium is offering a presentation about various cultures’ ideas about the constellations each weekend through Dec. 26. The show begins at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information, call 330-455-7043.Location: 800 McKinley Monument Drive NW, Canton, OH 44708
Cost: $8 for museum admission
6. First Friday
Kick off the new year by going to First Friday in the Arts District of Downtown Canton on Jan. 6, 2012. January’s theme is “Ice, Ice Baby.” Visitsome art galleries, listen to musicians perform and enjoy a fun evening out on the town.
Location: Between Cleveland Avenue and Market Avenue and 6th Street NE and Tuscarawas Avenue
7. PNC Festival of Lights
If you’re from the Cincinnati area or are interested in taking a short trip, the PNC Festival of Lights is at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens from now until Jan. 1. This nightly event from 5 to 9 p.m. features almost two million lights in themed areas and light shows.
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
8. Trans-Siberian Orchestra
If you’ve never seen TSO live or if you’re a fan of the famous rock opera, the orchestra will be playing in Ohio over the holiday break. On Dec. 18, Nationwide Arena will be hosting TSO at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. On Dec. 30, head to the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland for either the 3 p.m. or 8 p.m. show.
For more information and tickets visit http://www.trans-siberian.com/
9. Sled riding hotspots
The hill behind the Brehme Centennial Center is always a great place to sled ride, but Ohio offers many other great places to check out when you’re off campus for break.
Alliance offers a few hills at Silver Park on 2930 S. Union Ave. for sledding enthusiasts. Goodyear Heights Metro Park on 2077 Newton Ave. in Akron offers lighted hills for sledding.
If you’re from the Cleveland area, the Memphis sledding area of Big Creek Reservation at 7619 Memphis Ave., Brooklyn, OH is a popular destination for sled riding.
10. Winter Lights Lantern Display
The Cleveland Museum of Art has a lantern display now through Jan. 16. This display, inspired by various cultures’ traditions of lighting ceremonies, features lanterns made by artists.
For more information call 216-707-2483 or check out pictures of the event at http://www.clevelandart.org/.