Embrace the Chill in Canton This Winter

The mercury may be dropping, but that’s no reason to start hibernating. Canton, Ohio will host a number of exciting events this winter designed to lure you outdoors. So embrace the chill this season and don’t miss a moment of the action!

Canton First Friday: Fun Year-Round Party

Canton First Friday - Ohio Auto Warehouse

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Many monthly events take a break over the winter months, but not Canton First Friday. Visit local art galleries, studios, stores, and restaurants, or simply check out the entertainment. You’ll see musical acts, performance art, and a few surprises designed to appeal to adults and children. Each Canton First Friday has a different theme. In December it’s “Best Place to Buy a Gift,” January will be “Cold as Ice,” and in February the event will “Go Red.” Where: Downtown Canton Arts District When: First Friday of the month. The event starts with a First Stop at the Canton Museum of Art at 5:30 p.m. before moving outside at 6 p.m. Expect the party to wrap up around 10 p.m. Cost: Free

Light Up Downtown Canton: Family-Friendly Christmas Event

Downtown Canton will come alive with the spirit of Christmas in early December. There’ll be an ELFstravaganza on the main stage and musical acts from the local area to keep the crowds entertained. Children’s activities and crafts will give little ones plenty to do. Carriage rides and a fireworks display will add to the wintery fun. Where: Downtown Canton When: 3 December 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost: Free

Here Comes Santa: Festive Celebrations in Sippo Lake Park

There’ll be more Christmas cheer at Sippo Lake Park when it hosts Here Comes Santa, an annual all-day celebration of the festive season. Kids can meet Santa Claus and his team of TAILblazers, so make sure to bring your camera. Jacks-N-Jills Show Choir and the Canal Fulton Band will both perform, and there’ll be craft activities for the kids. An outdoor screening of a classic Christmas film is sure to get you in the holiday mood. Where: Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park, 5712 12th Street NW, Canton When: 5 December 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free

Eric Snow Family YMCA New Year’s Resolution 5K Run/Walk: Get Fit in 2017

Start your fitness resolutions on the right foot by taking part in the Eric Snow Family YMCA New Year’s Resolution 5K Run/Walk, the first race of the Ohio Challenge series. Money raised benefits the YMCA’s local programs including youth sports classes and swimming lessons. Register by December 21 to receive a free long-sleeved wicking shirt to wear during the race. Register through the RunSignUp website; search for Eric Snow to find the local race. Where: From Artisan Alley Tattoos, 331 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton When: 2 January 2016 from 9 a.m. Register and receive your race packet at 7 a.m. that morning. Cost: Between $25 and $40 for adults and $20 and $40 for children under 12, depending on how early you register. Grab your coat and head outdoors this winter. Canton isn’t hibernating for the season, so why should you?