5 Winter Events In Northeastern Ohio Worth Checking Out

5 Winter Events In Northeastern Ohio Worth Checking Out

Who says cold weather can't be fun?


It's cold, snowy, most of us want nothing more than to be snuggled up in bed binging our favorite TV shows with a cup of our favorite hot beverage. Sadly, even the most anti-cold weather people have to go outside eventually. You know, responsibilities, school, work, things that require us to leave the warm cocoon of blankets we've carefully established.

Believe me, I get it. Cold weather generally makes me want to sleep. Like, all day.

However, there are some events that make braving the cold weather worth it! Whether you're looking for cute date ideas, fun family outings, or even a break from the Netflix void you've been sucked into, these five winter/Christmas events located around Northeast Ohio are the perfect opportunity to get into the spirit of the holidays!

1. IceFest - Hamilton, Ohio 

Hamilton, Ohio IceFest

The IceFest is an annual event held in Hamilton, Ohio and showcases the immense talents of local and international ice sculptors. This years theme, Game Night, will be on display within the pieces being carved. IceFest will be held over a two day period, January 18-19. Whether you've never seen sculptures like this before or happen to be an ice sculpture connoisseur, this event sounds like great time.

2. Holiday Lights on the Hill - Hamilton, Ohio

Hamilton, Ohio Holiday Lights on the Hill

Holiday Lights on the Hill is an annual award-winning light display held in Hamilton, Ohio. For $20-25 per carload, you and your family and friends can drive through this 2-mile long show of lights and music. The display will be up until January 1st!

3. Christmas at Kingwood - Mansfield, Ohio

Mansfield, Ohio Christmas at Kingwood

Located at Kingwood Center in Mansfield, Ohio, Christmas at Kingwood is an event with a variety of holiday displays. As you walk, you'll see beautiful light displays, trees decorated with wreaths crafter by local businesses, and live music. During Christmas at Kingwood, which runs until December 30th, you can also participate in different holiday workshops like painting a winter scene. Admission for Christmas at Kingwood is $5 per person.

4. Nutcracker Village and Advent Market - Steubenville, Ohio

Steubenville, Ohio Nutcracker Village and Advent Market

At the Nutcracker Village, around 150 life-size nutcrackers, are hand painted by volunteers and sponsored by local businesses. The nutcrackers will be on display in Steubenville until January 5th, and is accompanied by an advent market where various vendors and businesses sell food and gifts from inside small wooden shops. The event is free and open to the public and has been a huge success since it began in 2015.

5. Sleigh Rides Through Spiegel Grove - Fremont, Ohio

Fremont, Ohio Sleigh Rides Through Spiegel Grove

For only $3 per person 3 years and older (children under 3 ride free), you can ride a horse-pulled carriage through the grounds of the 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes' estate. Rides are first come first serve, and will be offered until December 31st. Along with sleigh rides, you can also explore the former president's grounds where his estate, a presidential library, his tomb, and a museum all reside.

Whatever your preference is for winter activities, these winter events are sure to make even the most anti-cold weather human beings crack a smile. Personally, I can't wait to add a couple of these exciting festivals and events to my holiday tradition list. For more information about these events or any other winter events happening in Ohio this season, you can visit.

Happy celebrating!

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Top 10 Winter Candles From Bath And Body Works

It's holiday candle season!

I'm not quite sure where my obsession with the seasonal Bath and Body Works candles comes from, but it's alive and strong. My parents don't let me light candles in my room (mom and dad, if you're reading this... I'm begging) and the sorority I currently live in doesn't allow it either.

Despite this, every time winter comes around one of the first places I always go is BBW to check out their new line of winter candles. And I've done so for years. Because of my love for this product, I consider myself to be somewhat of an expert. Here, in my opinion, are the top 10 Bath and Body Works winter candles ranked.

10. Cinnamon & Clove Bud

The two scents combined is unique and fresh, but personally, I think cinnamon is overpowering. It also doesn't really give me that winter-esque feeling that I always look for in these candles.

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9. Fresh Balsam

There's no denying that pine is symbolic of winter. The scent isn't bad. It's just not the best.

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8. Twisted Peppermint

A lot of people love the smell of mint. I'm not one of them. However, this candle has hints of vanilla and musk, which makes up for the main scent.

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7. Winter

Just like its name, there's nothing unique about this candle. The scent of pine needles is nice and homey, but I wouldn't spend $25 on it.

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6. 'Tis the Season

This candle offers a really lovable blend of apple and sugar. However, if you don't like sweet smells, it isn't for you.

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5. Vanilla Bean Noel

A classic among classics. I can't resist a good vanilla scent, and I always look forward to the release of this one.

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4. Flannel

I'm a fan of the more musky scents, which Flannel definitely encapsulates. It's extremely cozy and always makes me want to disappear under a bunch of blankets and read a good book.

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3. Hot Cocoa & Cream

Sweet scents are also a favorite of mine, but I know that doesn't go for everyone. If you're one of those people, know that Hot Cocoa & Cream isn't overwhelming and its chocolate goodness is irresistible. I always want a brownie after smelling this one.

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2. Marshmallow Fireside

Nothing gets me into the Christmas spirit like Marshmallow Fireside. It's warm, slightly musky and sweet, and if I were allowed to light candles it would definitely be one I'd have burning all winter.

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1. Mahogany Teakwood

This is a seasonal candle, but truthfully I think it can be used year-round. It's reminiscent of the iconic Abercrombie and Fitch scent we all loved in middle school, but better (maybe a little classier?). I'm obsessed.

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Feel free to test my judgment and try all of these out for yourself. If you get one you end up not liking, you can always give it to someone else as a present and claim you were being thoughtful. Stay cozy, and happy holidays!

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10 Monumental Moments From The 61st Grammys

Representation. Girl Power. Strong Vocals. Perfection.


On Sunday, February 10, the 61st Grammys award ceremony aired on CBS. This night had its fair share of motivational speeches, strong performances, and girl power! Here are 10 moments from the Grammys that I will remember for the rest of 2019.

10.  Drake's Speech

Drake's speech cutoff was quite shocking but entertaining to see. He spoke that anyone who takes the time to see him, or any other artist, in concert, that is more rewarding than winning a Grammy. That was extremely bold and awesome on his part.

9. Dua Lipa's win for Best New Artist 

Dua Lipa's speech was moving when she talks about how there were more female nominations in different categories, which shows the progress our society needs. As the music cued in, Dua became extremely inspirational by stating that you should remember that you can do whatever you set your mind to, despite your different story, beliefs, and background.

8. Lady Gaga's emotional speech

What made Lady Gaga's speech amazing is how she helped spread awareness about mental health when mentioning "A Star Is Born." This was refreshing to hear because, in our society, many individuals suffer from mental health issues each day. So, what we must do is not disregard one another and instead, help each other. She then continues and says: "And if you're hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody and take them up in your head with you." Very riveting and beautiful. Thank you, Lady Gaga.

7. Michelle Obama's special appearance


What stunned me and many other viewers was the surprise appearance from Michelle Obama. She entered in alongside Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Alicia Keys. What captivated me from this speech was this quote: "Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in. Music shows us that all of it matters — every story within every voice, every note within every song. Is that right ladies?" It is always refreshing to see Michelle Obama speak in solidarity for women in the music industry. It just shows how incredible she is, and this appearance literally left me clapping and grinning.

6. Shawn Mendes and Miley Cyrus' "In My Blood" performance

Shawn Mendes

Besides the amazing black vest look, Shawn Mendes collaboration with Miley Cyrus was spot on. The vocals were on point and it got me to my feet belting out "In My Blood." They are both in my list of favorite artists of all time, so this duet was definitely most needed in my life.

5. Alicia Keys: First Female Grammy host in 14 years


Alicia Keys shined as the host of the Grammys, even hitting amazing high notes! The last time there was a female host for the Grammys was back in 2005 when Queen Latifah hosted. I hope this female representation in hosting the Grammys continues on.

4. BTS becoming the first Korean act to present an award at the Grammys

Presenting award

K-pop superstar group BTS received the honor of presenting the "Best R&B Album" to H.E.R. What made this presentation amazing was when RM, the leader of the group, said, "Thank you to all our fans for making this dream come true and we'll be back." Hopefully one day, BTS will finally get the Grammy that they FREAKING deserve.

3. Kacey Musgraves' Album of the Year win

Album of the Year

Even they misspelled her name in the opening sequence, Kacey Musgraves was awarded Album of the Year for "Golden Hour." Not only that, Musgraves won all the other awards she was nominated for Best Country Song ("Space Cowboy") and Best Country Solo Performance ("Butterflies"). What a QUEEN!

2. Cardi B making history


Cardi was awarded "Best Rap Album," which makes her the first female solo artist to ever win in this category! Very inspiring and well deserved. You go, Cardi! Talk about changing the game, OKURRRRR!

1. "This is America" winning Song of The Year

Childish Gambino

Finally, Song of The Year was awarded to Childish Gambino for "This is America." Though he was not there to receive his award, this win shows how much of an impact it has left for our country. It has started conversations that needed to be held and sends a message that we all were too afraid to witness. I hope he keeps at it and continues inspiring people each day.

I personally found this year's Grammys very interesting with a mix of different moments. I wonder what the Grammys have in store for us in 2020!


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