He came late this year, but Old Man Winter has finally brought his gray skies, frigid temperatures and bitter precipitation to Columbus. As usual, he'll be staying roughly until April. That's about five months - but it'll feel like 10.

6. Stay put for an entire pot of tea

ZenCha Tea Salon

Owner I Cheng Huang treasures tea and inspires others to do likewise inside his clean, bright, cozy tea parlor. From an extensive menu, you can sample the grassy greens of Asia, the bold blacks of Britain and numerous varieties created on site.

7. Plan an unforgettable date

Candlelight Nights at Franklin Park Conservatory

The romantic side of Franklin Park's extended holiday celebration peaks weekly during Candlelight Nights. While live music wafts around hundreds of votive candles, be sure to visit the Christmas tree made of poinsettias - and maybe find some mistletoe.

8. Cut your own Christmas tree

Timbuk Farms

Scotch pine, white spruce, Douglas fir and other favorite Christmas species await in the soil at this Licking County farm. Timbuk also offers pre-cut trees, holiday gifts and, for those pressed for time, a Santa on site.

9. Tackle an easy snow sport

Vertical Descent Tubing Park at Snow Trails Winter Resort

Snow tubing is the fastest-growing winter sport, and all four Ohio ski resorts offer it. Even those who can barely button their own parka can enjoy the smooth, 1,100-foot runs at Snow Trails. There's even a lift back up.

10. Catch (or just watch) Olympic-sized air

The Louie Vito Rail Jam

Ohio Olympian Louie Vito hosts an event that will use big air and tech tricks to benefit a local food pantry. Contest entry is free with a donation, and the action should be awesome, even for those who don't strap in.