25 Things to Do This Winter

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

16. Enjoy Christmas from your car

Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park

You don't even have to leave your seat to see more than a million lights draped around Alum Creek State Park. The drive-through show turns on at 5:30 p.m. daily and costs $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends.

17. Unleash your inner Canadian

Columbus Curling Club

Ever took to a sheet and raised a rock just inside the hog line? If you have no idea what that means, head to this rare curling-specific facility for one of the clinics or instructional leagues scheduled throughout the season.

18. Spice up your afternoon tea

Hot toddy

Need to shake off a winter chill? Simply start with your everyday herbal - then get a little livelier. To one cup of tea, add a tablespoon of honey, juice from a lemon quarter and an ounce of rum, whiskey or brandy. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

19. Curl up with a good book

Columbus Metropolitan Library

People in other cities are able to wander through stacks, pick out a good book and curl up in a quiet library corner. They just can't do so at the best library in the country, an honor the Columbus system grabbed again in 2010.

20. Tour a sugar shack

Ohio Maple Producers Association

The Buckeye State boasts hundreds of operations that specialize in transforming tree sap into delectable pancake topping. Most of them are so excited about their outdoor alchemy that they'll give you a free tour. Ohio's short tapping season usually starts in February.

Fantasy of Lights

Alum Creek State Park

Through Jan. 2

3615 S. Old State Rd., Delaware



Columbus Curling Club

2999 Silver Dr., North Side



Hot toddy


Columbus Metropolitan Library

96 S. Grant Ave., Downtown



Ohio Maple Producers Association