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Fun Winter Things to Do in Central Ohio

January 16, 2024

Fun Winter Things to Do in Central Ohio

Fun Winter Things to Do in Central Ohio

Now that the craziness of the holiday season has ended, it’s a great time to take a breath from the stress of hosting, planning, and gifting, to treat yourself to a relaxing getaway.  Although the snow may be falling, there are still tons of exciting events happening in Fairfield County, and we’ve gathered a few ways to help you find fun winter things to do in central Ohio!

Three wintery photos showing a log cabin, a snowy forest view, and a smiling man and woman.
Fun Winter Things To Do


Situated in the county’s northeast corner, Buckeye Lake State Park offers lake, land, and leisure, with 35 miles of shoreline and over 3,000 acres of water!  Known as the largest celebration around the lake, the Buckeye Lake Chamber of Commerce holds Winterfest every year on the last Saturday in January.  This unique tri-county event not only benefits local businesses around the lake during the off-season but also helps bring the community together in a unique way.  After joining Benny the Bass as he predicts an early spring or long winter, stop by Millersport Coffee to warm up with a cup and peruse local artists hosted by Earthly Pottery Co. Grab a breakfast burrito from Si Senor Mexican Grill at The Canal, a hot slice or sweet treat from LakeBound Pizza or Dockside Donuts, and top it off with a crafted cocktail from the Hereinafter Cocktail Tavern as they hold all-day food specials, live music, and more.  

The party doesn’t end on Saturday!  Join the Buckeye Lake Winery as they hold the 10th Annual Polar Plunge; sign up to dive into the cold waters of Ohio’s oldest state park and raise money for local charities while doing it. 

Looking for something a little more relaxing?  Cozy up on the Covered Bridge Country Wine Trail, spanning over 500 square miles of Fairfield County.  Home to 15 original historic covered bridges (the most in any county in Ohio), pairing our amazing wineries and beautiful bridges together in one trail just made sense! Plan a getaway to experience a part of Ohio history and view some picturesque scenery, then relax with a nice glass of chardonnay, zinfandel, pinot noir, and much more at one of our many popular wineries.


Much like Punxatawney Phil and Benny the Bass, join Lancaster Parks and Recreation on February 2nd in Downtown Lancaster for Poppy the Skunk’s Prediction!  This year, you can even cast your vote at local coffee spot, L-City Coffee

Of course, February wouldn’t be complete without celebrating the most romantic day of the year!  Learn all the tips and tricks to spend the special day with an ultimate guide to Valentine’s Day in Fairfield County, including where to stay, where to eat, fun things to do, where to shop for flowers, and even get the best gifts locally.

New this year, Lancaster BrewFest is adding a winter date!  Bundle up and celebrate the return of the BrewFest with over 20 Ohio craft breweries, ciders, and distilleries on Saturday, February 24 with live music and food truck vendors.

Beat Cabin Fever

Lace-up your boots and hit the trails this winter!  Fairfield County is home to an amazing variety of parks and natural locations that let you get a close look at the area’s wildlife and unique geological features, including Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve, Charles Alley Memorial Park, Cross Mound Park, and more.  View the Outdoor Fun Guide to find the perfect spots to get out, stretch your legs, and take in some beautiful views while doing it!

Book Your Stay

After a cool day of being out and about, cozy up in one of the many unique lakefront cottages, historic farmhouses, cozy cabins, and other short-term rentals that Fairfield County has to offer!

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