As final’s week ends and the students of Ohio University let out a collective sigh of relief, pack their cars, and head home for the holidays, there are still a few of us who will be staying in town and are looking forward to a winter in Athens.

Winter break in Athens Ohio
Thanks to the still recent switch from quarters to semesters, we all get to experience a little winter in Athens instead of heading home for Thanksgiving and returning in January.

This will be my first winter break in Athens, and I’m so excited to see Athens at such a beautiful time of year. The transformation is stunning, especially at night while it’s snowing as Court Street hangs bright lights and wreaths over it’s lampposts, and shop and bar windows.
Photograph of horse-drawn carriage ride taken from Visit
Athens Ohio Facebook page

Five suggestions for things to do on winter break in Athens :

  1. Taking a stroll down Court Street is one of the many fun things Athens has to offer for those who get to enjoy it over break.
  2. Stop into one of the many local shops and find the perfect holiday gift. Check out the link below for the 25 Gifts of Athens. One thing I love about living here is the sense of community you feel from shopping local. This list of gifts features handmade and local gift ideas from your favorite Athens establishments.
  3. If you get thirsty, don’t forget to visit one of Athens’ critically acclaimed coffee shops or bars to “rehydrate”. Brenen’s on Court Street offers free coffee refills while you are there, so bring a good book and watch the snowfall while having a few cups. If you want to leave but still have some coffee left, they are happy to put the rest in a to-go cup!
  4. If you want to relax and stay warm, head up to the Athena Cinema where a series of holiday films are being shown. The best part? Admission is only a minimum donation of one canned food item. Enjoy a holiday classic while helping benefit area families in need! Check out their website below for show times.
  5. If you want to take part in enjoying the holiday spirit and don’t mind braving the cold, enjoy a holiday horse-drawn carriage ride on December 19th from 6-8pm on Court Street.

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You’ve worked hard this semester so remember to enjoy your holiday break before it all begins again on January 14th. If you are spending the holidays back home with friends and family, travel safe and Athens will be here to welcome you back for another great semester!

Stop by the Athens Cinema on Court Street to see a holiday film and help area families in need! Photograph taken from the Visit Athens Ohio Facebook page.

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Picture of Court Street with holiday decorations.  Photograph from instagram user @K_Geno.


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