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Oshkosh Winter Activities

Winter can be a tough time for people who like to get out of the house in their free time. Sure, there are plenty of winter activities for the adventurous among us — Kids with boundless energy and adults with snow-centered hobbies like skiing, snowboarding, and ice fishing have a lot to look forward to. But those of us who would rather stay indoors might see winter as one long excruciatingly long dark day of couped-up cabin fever. It doesn’t have to be that way, though! There are plenty of Oshkosh winter activities (other than your standard dining and drinking options that never get old) that are well-suited for the indoor types and can help you stay on the move throughout the snowy season. Here are some of our favorites:

Indoor Ice Skating at the YMCA: Located at the 20th Street YMCA, this open-to-the-public indoor ice arena is the only one of its kind in Oshkosh, with open skate hours (go here for the November 2014 schedule) every day. Free for YMCA members and cheap for everyone else (think three bucks for an adult and two for kids), the Open Skate allows people of all skill levels to just get out there, have fun, and try not to fall down too much!

Nutcracker in the Castle: A beloved favorite in Oshkosh, this year’s Nutcracker event runs from November 21st through January 15. Whether you go for a self-guided tour or opt to get taken on an actor-guided walk-through during one of the special event times with live music and ballet performances, it’s a great family activity for all ages.

Time Community Theater: Located at 445 North Main Street, the Time is a great place to catch a movie downtown on the cheap (or free!). Recurring events include Free Fridays (the name says it all: free movies on Fridays – Be sure to check out This is Spinal Tap on November 21) and Saturdays @ 7, which for three dollars gets you in to see a high-quality piece of film-making like The Big Lebowski on November 22nd.

We might be about to be hit with a long stretch of cold here in Oshkosh, but remember there are ways to stay active and out and about in the community even if you don’t like to be outside for prolonged periods of time. Stay tuned for more suggestions!