25 Things to Do This Winter

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

21. Visit the city's quaintest corner

Village Lights in German Village

Brick streets, artisan shops and some of the most beautiful homes in town will be accented by rows of sidewalk luminaries during this annual opportunity to shop, dine, drink and stroll.

22. Learn to scuba dive

Underwater Connection

It seems odd to learn a skill set primarily used in the tropics when it's 20 degrees and sleeting. However, taking a scuba certification class now will help you get even more out of that upcoming island getaway.

23. Freeze your ass off for a good cause

Columbus Polar Bear Plunge

The Columbus Zoo's newest attractions will inspire crazy but charitable swimmers to dive into the frosty deep near the polar bear exhibit to raise money for Special Olympics Ohio. Admission costs $10. (Don't worry: The bears will be looking on from a different pool.)

24. Stay fit (without hitting the gym)

Indoor adult sports

Since setting up in Columbus several years ago, this league organizer has upped its winter offerings to include indoor versions of kickball, volleyball, bowling, basketball and cornhole. A number of leagues start in early 2011.

25. Master the casserole

Comfort Foods class at the North Market

The city's eat-local hub continues its accessible, affordable kitchen classes with an installment about hearty, homey treats. Robin Davis, food editor at The Columbus Dispatch, will be on hand to help you improve your favorite go-to grub.

Village Lights

German Village Society

6-10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5

588 S. Third St., German Village



Underwater Connection

1177 W. Third Ave., Grandview



Columbus Polar Bear Plunge

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19

4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell



Indoor adult sports


Various locations



Comfort Foods class

North Market

1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6

59 Spruce St., Arena District