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24. New Year's Resolutions
The winter months are ripe for planning out how next year you'll be a better, more fit, more stylish, more outgoing new YOU! (Winter's for the planning, the other seasons are for the doing.)
23. Chili Open Golf Classic
Is there anything more refreshing than a game of golf on a bitter winter's day? We think not. Join your fellow Clevelanders this year for an afternoon of hitting balls, unlimited Wendy's chili, and icy cold beer.
22. Cleveland Botanical Gardens
Summer festivities at the Cleveland Botanical Garden ain't got nothing on the larger-than-life winter gingerbread house display. Every year, hundreds of visitors stop in to marvel at the graham cracker shingles, the candy cane lamp posts and the gum drop keystones created by local kids and adults alike.
21. Sun Rises
God bless daylight savings. For nearly half a year, you can catch some spectacular sunrises without having to get up at ungodly hours. If you're feeling particularly ambitious, head to Edgewater Park for a truly beautiful sunrise.
20. Little Italy
Remember when you were a kid and thought it'd be neat to live in a snow globe? Well, if you walk through Little Italy during a snowstorm, it's pretty much the same sensation. Plus you can stop by Corbos for a cannoli on the way out. Score.
19. East Side/West Side Debates
Whether you're an East Sider or a West Sider, we know who gets the most snow. But why on earth would we agree to disagree when there's all sorts of silly bickering to be had?
Local bars love winter because we all drink more alcohol to stay warm and we never want to venture out into the snow. As for the bars with cozy, crackling fire places... well, we'll be there all night.
Are you a PWKIP (Person Who Knits in Public)? We are too! For the entirety of winter, we can all knit in public without being the subject of weird stares.
Some of the best movies of the year are released during the winter months, making going to the theaters one of our top priorities from November through February. Our picks this season include Philomena, The Hobbit, and American Hustler.
15. Chinese New Year
Who says we have to be confined to just American New Year? The College Club of Cleveland typically hosts a Chinese New Year celebration of epic proportions (think a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet, firecrackers, decorations and the whole nine yards). Go celebrate!
14. Post-Holiday Sales
The holidays may be the busiest shopping season of the year, but in the month or so after the holidays wrap up we enter into the biggest sale season of the year. Save your cash for January, and score huge deals at Cleveland malls and big box stores.
13. Pets in Sweaters
Adorable. Pets. Wearing. Sweaters. Enough said.
12. Christmas Trees
Folks in other big cities like New York and Chicago buy their Christmas trees on street corners and at supermarkets, but here in Cleveland, we have options aplenty for picking and cutting our own trees. If you do decide to chop your own tree, we recommend waiting until afterward to crack open the celebratory Christmas Ale.
11. Weekend Getaways
Winter vacations tend to be underrated, but you can often score great deals on winter getaways. There are dozens of great spots within a two-hour radius of Cleveland: Rent a cozy cabin at Mohican, for example, or spend a night at a winery looking out over frozen Lake Erie.
10. The Olympics
The Olympics! Dozens of Cleveland bars air the games, so grab some pals and go watch the world's best athletes compete on ice and snow.
9. Peppermint Stick Ice Cream
Q: What's better than eating your body weight in peppermint stick ice cream? A: When your obsession helps stimulate the local economy. Choose Pierre's and never experience gorger's guilt again.
8. Snow Days
Snow days aren't just for kids. Lots of businesses and corporations have been known to close down when a particularly powerful storm sweeps though Northeast Ohio. Keep doing the snow dance.
7. Seasonal Cocktails
There's nothing we love more than hunkering down in a bar and working our way through the menu of seasonal spirits and cocktails. Bring a friend and see how many you can knock out in one night.
6. Pretty Holiday Lights
We already know that Cleveland is one of the most picturesque cities in Ohio, but, boy, do our beautiful streets shine when they're decked for the holidays. Take a stroll downtown, or buzz through Ohio City, Coventry or Gordon Square and be dazzled by this year's crop of glittering holiday lights.
5. Sub-Zero Tailgating
The Browns may be neck deep in another losing streak, but that only means Cleveland football fans should tailgate harder. Rally the troops and head on down to the Muni lot for some cold beer and even colder temps.
Argue as you will, but the only thing better than football season in Cleveland is basketball season in Cleveland, except, you know, when we are projected to have a terrific season and then end up losing 50 percent of our games.
3. New Year's Eve
This year's inaugural Public Square New Year's Eve celebration is bound to be one for the books. With free festivities all day, plus a musical performance by electronic dance music group Krewella and a midnight countdown by Cleveland native Drew Carey, this is one New Year's Eve party you don't want to miss.
2. Christmas Ale
If Christmas Ale doesn't embody everything that is truly good and wonderful about winters in Cleveland, then we're fresh out of ideas. Try a batch of this year's crop, and we guarantee you'll be singing Christmas carols all the way home.
1. Spring is Around the Corner
Despite having given you 49 other reasons to celebrate winter in Cleveland, if you're not totally convinced, we can't blame you. Just take solace in the fact that the holidays usually whiz by, and that the first signs of spring will be here before you know it.
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