26 things to do in winter: part 1


The new Oshkosh Independent Magazine shared “26 Ways to Make It Through an Oshkosh Winter” and we will be publishing several ideas each week through February 2018 to help you through this upcoming season.

Here are three activities from the magazine that you can get started on this week:

  1. Celebration of Lights: Northeast Wisconsin’s premiere display of holiday lights returns to Menominee Park Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, with more than three quarters of a million lights spanning 1.2 miles along Lake Winnebago.  Santa’s Workshop is open every day through Dec. 23 (he’s busy after that), and a new gift shop stocked with homemade holiday gifts will be open.  Carriage and hay rides are also offered.  Visitors are encouraged to bring a canned food item to support local pantries and service organizations.
  1. Rec Department: The Oshkosh Recreation Department does as much as any other group in our city to bring people together around positive activities. From the traditional (swimming, gymnastics, basketball leagues) to the unconventional (robotics, skating club, Spanish), the Rec Department offers programming that reaches all segments of our community.  Registration for winter/spring programs begins Nov. 27 for residents, and Dec. 4 for nonresidents.  Don’t delay—the Rec Department is super-popular, and slots fill quickly.
  1. Race for the Light:  Winter and freezing temperatures are no excuse for being lazy, for staying indoors and for not getting involved in helping one of Oshkosh’s signature social service agencies.  Race for the Light 2017 is the fifteenth year of the Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Service’s 5k run/walk, which starts at the Boys & Girls Club and heads through the lit-up Menominee Park.   The race, which features an ugly holiday sweater theme, is set for Dec. 2.

The Oshkosh Independent Magazine is published 6 times annually and is available through subscription here.

The next edition will be out February 21, 2018.

COL photo courtesy of OCVB


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Justin R. Mitchell

Justin is the founding editor of the Oshkosh Independent.

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